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You've probably seen the Eggleston Urban Farm tent at the market, but do you know the story behind it?  We did a little Q&A with Margaret Epes, who heads up the Urban Farm operation, to tell us more about this unique organization that deserves support from all of us! Eggleston provides many services to our community, but we will focus on the Urban Farm, which is located on Church Street in Norfolk, as well as their Garden Center, located on La Valette Avenue, in the Riverview section of Norfolk.  

Q: Can you tell us more about the mission of Eggleston?
A: Eggleston's mission is to provide education, training, and employment to people with disabilities. Eggleston employs our community members with disabilities to work side-by-side with our employees in the workplace to provide a gateway for job training and full integration with the greater community.

Q: How do the Urban Farm and the Garden Center fit into that mission?
A: The Urban Farm and the Garden Center provides employment for nine individuals with disabilities, giving these individuals meaningful education, training, and employment, as well as community engagement. Furthermore, the Garden Center and Urban Farm serves as a gateway into the community. When you come to the Garden Center or Urban Farm, you are supporting the entire Eggleston organization, and have the opportunity to learn about all the many ways that Eggleston exists in the community to address its mission.

Q: How do you choose what varieties of produce you will grow on the farm?
A: We are working on a small plot of land, <1/4 acre, so we try to make the most of it by choosing varieties that use the land efficiently. The site is an educational opportunity--not only for our employees and volunteers that work on it, but for the neighborhood that sees it everyday; therefore, we want to include a variety of crops to show people what's possible and to find new and unique ways to connect people with their food and the land.

Q: Can you tell us about some of the things you bring or plan to bring to the market in the upcoming weeks?
A: The Striped Armenian Cucumber has been a customer favorite this summer and the okra and green beans have been our all-star producers. We also bring succulents, native pollinators and herbs. We are excited for fall being just around the corner--some of our favorites coming up include sweet potatoes, stargazer radishes, carrots, hakurei turnips, kohlrabi, and a spicy salad mix. We are also bringing fall veggie starter plants for your home garden! 

Q: Can you tell us how people can help with Eggleston's mission and find out more about volunteer opportunities?
A: The Urban Farm has volunteer opportunities every Tuesday from 9:00 to 11:00am and one Saturday a month (the next Saturday Volunteer day is Sept 7th from 9:00 to 11:00am).
The best way to get info is to stop by the Eggleston stand at the HBFM--here you can sign up to be on our monthly email list, grab flyers about the Garden Center (with coupons!) and other Eggleston services and meet part of the team. If you can't make it to our table you can email krichards@egglestonservices.org for volunteer inquiries, follow the Eggleston Garden Center on facebook, and check out our website https://www.egglestonservices.org/ for more information on the entire Eggleston organization.

Q: What else do you want people to know?
A: This project wouldn't be what it is without all of our wonderful volunteers and community partners. We are so grateful for them and we welcome anyone out to the urban farm to enjoy the space, get your hands dirty, and learn more about growing food and the Eggleston mission.

You can be a part of this story! Whether you choose to volunteer or simply shop at the Urban Farm tent at the market, you are supporting urban agriculture and local people with disabilities! Check them out next time you're at the market! Please note, Eggleston Urban Farm will also be a vendor at our Sunday Harvest Market at O'Connor Brewing for the remainder of the season, starting this Sunday, September 1! Noon to 3 pm at O'Connor Brewing Co.! 
 
GUEST VENDOR THIS WEEK
NOFO SOAPS

NOFO Soaps will be bringing their handcrafted soaps, salves, facial oils, beard oils and lip balms to Wednesday's market. Some of their soaps are even made with Virginia craft beers!
GUEST VENDOR THIS WEEK
PRECISE PORTIONS SAJE SPICE BLENDS


Precise Portions Saje Spice Blends crafts 100% organic spice blends, as well as a basil infused olive oil. Their blends are Caribbean-inspired and designed to help you prepare flavorful, healthful meals in under 30 minutes! Ask them about ways to use their spice blends with the fresh veggies or proteins you pick up from the market. 


Vendor List for August 28:

BowWowMeow Baking Co. - all natural dog and cat treats

Captains Choice Seafood - oysters, dry packed scallops, shrimp, fresh fish, crabs, crab meat, crab cakes, and a varied weekly selection

Cowboy Syd's Products (Sydney Meers) - sauces, spice mix, salad dressing, chutney, aged country hams, ham salad, pork barbecue, petite savory pies, wine vinegars, barrel-aged vanilla extract, signature coffee blend, relish, heirloom grits

Crunchy Carrot - cold pressed juices, alkaline waters

Eggleston Urban Farm - fresh fruits and vegetables, native plants, pollinator-loving plants, succulents

Empowered Plant Cakes - 100% plant based, gluten free, dairy free, raw and refined sugar-free cakes and confections

Full Quiver Farm - pasture raised chicken and eggs; farm-raised pork; grass fed beef; Farmer’s Grill grilled meats and sandwiches

Joysicles Gourmet Pops - all natural pops

Klassic Doughnuts - yeast doughnuts made on-site, old-fashioned fresh squeezed lemonade

Liliana Produce - fresh fruits and vegetables, farm-grown flower bouquets

LMNz Twizted Pretzel - hand-rolled soft pretzels, pretzel roll sandwiches

Max The Knife Sharpening - knife and blade sharpening

Norma's Produce at Penn Farm - fresh fruits & vegetables, fresh herbs

NEW! NOFO Soaps - handcrafted soaps, salves, facial oils, beard oils, and lip balms (guest vendor)

Overachieving Tea - handcrafted teas, including cold brew tea

Pasta e Pani by Salvatore - fresh pasta, pasta sauces, hand-pulled fresh mozzarella, meatballs, bread and more

NEW! Precise Portions - 100% organic spice blends, flavored olive oil (guest vendor)

Red Mushroom Brewing Company - kombucha

The Creative Wedge - cheese spreads, regional artisan cheeses, crackers, chow chow, hot sauce, bloody mary mixes, honey

The Hoot - all natural cleaning products that are eco-friendly, kid-friendly and pet-friendly

The Neighborhood Harvest - lettuces, greens, herbs, vegetables, eggs, soups, breads, dairy products and more--delivered to your home or office

The Rustic Tart - sweet and savory pies, including tomato pies

Three Ships Coffee - locally roasted coffee, including cold brew

WhaaatCo.!? - premium beef jerky, marinade, hot sauce

Learn More About Our Vendors
THE PARTY SQUARE
FROM THE CREATIVE WEDGE


Uncover, serve with crackers or bread and let the party begin! The Party Square from The Creative Wedge contains four of their most crowd-pleasing spreads. ***If you think you will be late or want to make sure you get this or exactly the cheeses you want, please call their shop at 757-965-9030 before Wednesday and preorder.***
Tonight is your last chance to email your special order for whole pies! 
You can arrange to pick up at the market on Wednesday or at their shop on Granby Street on Friday or Saturday. 

Carrot Cake Piecasso
Tomato (time is limited for summer tomato pies!)
Chocolate Chess 
Red White & Blueberry
RECIPE OF THE WEEK - Anna's Tomato Tart
 
Want to bring a showstopper dish to your Labor Day celebration? Ina Garten's recipes never disappoint, and neither will this Tomato Tart! Sweet late summer tomatoes tossed in an herbaceous pesto mixture will make this delicious, along with a flaky crust, Dijon mustard and Gruyere cheese! It can be served at room temperature, so it's easy to bring along to be served as a starter or with the main meal. 
 
VISIT OUR NEW MARKET AT O'CONNOR BREWING TWICE A MONTH ON SUNDAYS! 
 
For those of you unable to make it to our Wednesday market, have you heard that we have partnered with O'Connor Brewing started a second market in Norfolk? Harvest Market at O'Connor Brewing Co. will be held every 1st & 3rd Sunday through October 6, from noon to 4 pm* (*please note that on September 1, the market will be closing at 3 pm, as the brewery is closing early for an event). You can just pop in to shop at the market, or stay for an afternoon of great beer, good times with friends and to support all things LOCAL! This new market has its own Facebook page, so "Like" it to keep up with all the news. Many of the vendors are at both markets, and there are some who are unique to just one of them. Either way, we have a great selection!
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY
Markets are rain or shine. Brief thunderstorms early in the market day may force us to put sales on hold temporarily. In the event of widespread thunderstorms or storms in the final hour of the market, we may be forced to close for the day. If we are forced to close either temporarily or for the day, we will post a notice on the home page of our website.
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2019 Season Hours:
Wednesdays, 3:00-6:00 PM, April through October. 
Plus a special Thanksgiving Market on Sunday, November 24, 2:00-5:00 PM.

At the Church of the Good Shepherd
7400 Hampton Boulevard
Norfolk, VA 23505

The parking lot cannot accommodate all who attend. There is plenty of overflow parking on the side streets behind the church. Parking on the side streets across Hampton Blvd is also an option if you don't have little ones with you. Please be courteous to residents and take care not to block driveways.

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