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Direct Marketing Farm Tour

Farm Business Management Update, June/July 2003

By Cathy Belcher

Thanks to FDMA board members, Jackie Hott and Kitty Nicholas, there will be a farm tour this summer. On August 2, tour participants will meet at the Travelodge in Winchester. Tour buses will depart at 9:00 AM to visit five local farm markets, each offering its own flare and adventure. The tour also includes a progressive-style lunch.

The Winchester City Market in historic downtown Winchester will be the first stop. Then it's off to Virginia Farm Market, a full-service market located right on Route 522 featuring locally grown and produced products. The next stop is Hedgebrook Farm, where owners Jackie Hott and Kitty Nicholas will serve fresh-from-the-garden appetizers and talk about their farm activities and their new farm vacation home. Richard's Fruit Market will host lunch and share information about the many festivals they hold throughout the season. Dessert will be served at Marker-Miller Orchards. John Marker, who recently joined the FDMA board of directors, will give a tour of his new on-farm market. So mark your calendar for Saturday, August 2, 2003 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. This is going to be an exciting and educational tour with plenty of time for asking questions and networking. The cost is just $38 per person, which includes the progressive lunch.

If you want to attend, fill out the form below and send it with your check, made payable to FDMA, to: Cathy Belcher, VDACS, 1100 Bank Street, Richmond, VA 23219.

Name(s) __________________________________________________________

Farm/Market __________________________________________________________


City ________________________________State_____________ ZIP_______________

No. Attending ____________________@ $38 each = $_____________________________

Reprinted from the Virginia Farmers Direct Marketing Association Spring 2003, newsletter Direct Marketing News.

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