Floyd Market Father's Day With Pancakes on top!

What a pleasant morning it was on Saturday, June 18th to meet fellow shoppers at the Floyd Farmers Market and then amble up to the the Village Green for SustainFloyd’s all-you-can-eat Breakfast at the Market with friends, neighbors, and maybe even with DAD for Father's Day weekend.

You probably know that the Floyd Farmers Market and its operation are the results of the vision and continued involvement of SustainFloyd, and that the Market Breakfast (for the fourth year) was the result of much good work by the organization's board, staff and volunteers from right here in Floyd County.

The cool, calm and crisp mid-June weather certainly didn't hurt the turn-out, which saw nearly 200 breakfasts served with the help of Fat Bean Farm and Food Company and helpers. Folks found shady places under the massive maple or the roof of the Village Green where they could sit with friends as long as they wanted, with refills of Floyd County buckwheat pancakes, eggs and Red Rooster Coffee.For the second year, Jeff Liverman’s Fork Mountain Ramblers entertained the crowd with just-right music out of a variety of setting-appropriate Appalachian and folk genres.

Some of the first to arrive were Virginia Tech students, who had just watched the sunrise from the top of Buffalo Mountain. The group of about 10 consisted of "experts" from various biology department interests, so they had identified plants, mosses, birds and more before breakfast. They were excited to visit the Farmers Market and discover they could get such a great breakfast.

Here sitting on the lawn they made their own music from nature. Sort of music, anyway.

One little visitor, named “Harper” from Missouri got a big surprise. A kind lady passing by asked Harper if she'd like a doll that was part of a "box of contents" bought at a local yard sale that morning. The woman just knew she'd find an appreciative child among all the hungry adults. With a little help, the little girl gave her new dolly a Floyd name: GreenFern NorthStar!

The doll-recipient’s mother said she had looked forward to coming to Floyd "just forever." Asked about her experience, she said, "The Floyd Country Store Friday Night Jamboree met and easily exceeded my expectations and was the second most thrilling thing in my life after marrying my husband!” Husband was sitting close by, and did not quite know if he had been complimented or dissed.

Two shifts of volunteers helped with set-up (starting at 7:00 a.m.) and take-down; ticket and membership sales; chopping and peeling; cracking eggs; cooking and serving in the shade of the pop-up tent.

To top it off, the SustainFloyd Solar Voltzwagon was on hand to power the music and demonstrate the clean production of energy from the sun. Visitors stopped and chatted with the SustainFloyd members who had created and constructed the unit, soon to be seen at FloydFest, Floyd Fandango and other remote sites over the summer and fall.

SustainFloyd is now in its seventh year of service to the Floyd community. We would be pleased to have you join us as members or as volunteers, and appreciate your donation of time and dollars to help sustain our work towards a healthy, pleasant, resilient community. To join SustainFloyd or to make a donation or add your name to our list of volunteers, go on the web to http://sustainfloyd.org/get-involved/ or send email to info@sustainfloyd.org

Images by Andy Morikawa and Fred First

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