Abingdon Farmer’s Market is Open – with a Twist

Posted by Monica Hoel
Kyra (’77) and Tom (’75) Bishop are providing a safe way for local farmers to offer curbside service.

“We have not closed!”

That’s the announcement on the Abingdon Farmer’s Market Facebook page. In this season of social distancing, absolutely everyone is working on new ways to do business, and the Abingdon Farmer’s Market has worked out a plan.

In short, participating farms and growers put a list on Facebook of what they have available, and shoppers make an order in advance for pick up. The new Facebook page is “Abingdon Farmer’s Market Direct.” Shoppers can peruse items available, make their requests, then pick up items on the appointed Farmer’s Market date.

The last quandary? How to handle the pick-up of produce when we can’t be in large groups.

Berry Home Centers to the rescue!

All produce pick-ups will be handled as a “drive-thru” in the large parking lot at Berry Home Center store at exit 14 in Abingdon.

Abingdon Farmer's Market in the parking lot of Berry Home Centers' Abingdon store.Abingdon Farmer's Market in the parking lot of Berry Home Centers' Abingdon store.Berry Home Centers (located in Abingdon and Chilhowie) are owned and operated by Tom (E&H ’75) and Kyra Kegley (E&H ’77) Bishop. Kyra says they are “…open for business as usual, except that of course, things are not usual right now! Our stores are open to contractors and the general public alike. We have taken many measures to ensure that we can conduct business as safely as possible, so we ask that any customer calls/texts/emails their orders in so we can offer contactless curbside pickup and deliveries.”

Kyra also says it’s an honor to support members of our local farming community. “We think that having access to the food and products produced by our local farmers is essential, especially now! The Abingdon Farmers Market is a huge asset to our community and we are happy to welcome their vendors to use our property to conduct their businesses until the regular market can re-open.” 

  • The Abingdon Farmers Market at Berry Home Center in Abingdon.
“We think that having access to the food and products produced by our local farmers is essential, especially now!”
Kyra Kegley Bishop
E&H Class of 1977

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