THE HISTORIC RURAL RETREAT DEPOT
Museum and Event Center  

Rural Retreat Farmers Market at the Depot

The Depot Foundation is proud to host The Rural Retreat Farmers' Market at the Depot 



2019 RURAL RETREAT FARMERS MARKET AT THE DEPOT

The Market will operate its 7th season AT THE DEPOT during the summer of 2019:

Opening Day:  Wednesday, June 12th
We will hold our 3rd Annual Mountains of Music Homecoming Event that afternoon
Hours:  To be determined pending a vendor survey (see below)
Last day:  September 25

Vendors:  We hope you will join us for this season. We plan to offer more events to attract customers this summer, ranging from music to special celebrations. 
We are conducting a survey of vendors to determine the best operating hours to bring you the most customers. Please contact Michael Cole at mikedcole@yahoo.com, telephone 276-243-4271 for more information.


The Rural Retreat Farmers Market at the Depot is funded in part by the Wythe-Bland Foundation.


VENDORS:  If you would like to participate please email us at info@theruralretreatdepot.com.  

Our market will grow again this year thanks to a generous grant from the Wythe Bland Foundation.  The Wythe Bland Foundation supports activities that promote a healthier lifestyle, and their support is greatly appreciated.

The first ever F
armer's Market at Rural Retreat Depot launched on Wednesday July 3, 2013 and closed in September after a very successful first season.  The number of weekly vendors ranged from 10 to 20 and the customer count was usually around 200.  Wayne Smelser of Creggar Farms was one of the Farmers’ Market vendors. Smelser said “The food you buy at the farmers market is seasonal. It is fresh and delicious and reflects the flavors of our area. Most food found at the farmers market is minimally processed, and many of our farmers go to great lengths to grow the most nutritious produce possible by using sustainable techniques, picking produce right before the market, and growing heirloom varieties. Buying directly from farmers gives your local farmer a better return for their produce and gives them a fighting chance in today’s economy. Shopping at our farmers market is a wonderful opportunity to taste the diversity of our community, to eat healthy, and to support your local farmers.”

The Farmers' Market is a shining example of the Depot Foundation's mission to manage the Depot for the benefit of the community.  Long before a full restoration is complete, the Foundation has begun to host events including a Haunted Depot (operated by and for the benefit of the Rural Retreat Wythe County Fair Association), a Holiday Shopping Bazaar, a Holiday Concert, the Farmers' Market and more.  These activities are made possible by your donations and the generous time contributed by our wonderful member volunteers.  Thanks Amy, Evelyn, Ed & Ellen, Hugh, Betsy, Chuck, Kim and anyone we fail to mention, and especially Dr. Mike Spraker for leading the effort.

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The Rural Retreat Town Flat on Farmers' Market Day
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