Today, members of the Richwood Pantry began the process of becoming GHP/GAP certified. What does this do for the Five Rivers initiative. Full certification and audit allows local farmers to market their produce using distributors like Crook Brothers and U. S. Foods. It also allows local produce to be sold through grocers like Food Land, Food Lion, Kroger’s and Walmart.
On Friday, Barbara Radcliff, Director of the Pantry and Norvill Clark visited the West Virginia State Fair. The trip was made to meet with Cindy Martel, Marketing Specialist, of the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA). As a result of the trip:
- The Pantry is now listed with the State of West Virginia as a Food Cooperative. This enables the Pantry to purchase produce at wholesale prices from local growers and distributors.
- The Pantry is now able to receive promotional assistance from the WVDA. More on this later.
- The Pantry is in the process of finding a location to provide locally grown produce to the communities of Richwood, Fenwick, Hinkle Mountain, Dane, New Hope and Nettie. For the immediate future, the Farmers’ Market is located in the Pantry at 14 Cherry River Plaza, Richwood, WV 26261
It is exciting times at the Pantry. We will keep you posted.
On August 1, 2015, the final Saturday of the Cherry River Festival, the Richwood Pantry began operating the Richwood Farmers Market.
This is a modest beginning. The goal is to provide fresh produce to residents of Richwood who have a difficult time traveling outside of the city. Produce provided are:
More is on the way!