April 23, 2021
Marshall Farmers Market will launch next month
Photo/Don Del Rosso
Moving Marshall Forward President Bobby Deane and Vice President Ann Michael Greene in the parking lot where the monthly market will operate.
It’ll draw additional foot traffic, additional opportunity for new retail customers for all of the businesses. I think it’s a perfect thing for a small town like this. It’s creating more of a sense of community.
— Dan Moore, shop owner
The Northern Fauquier village next month will get its first “organized” farmers market.
Beginning May 14, the Marshall Farmers Market will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. the second Friday of the month in a parking lot at Frost and West Main streets. The market will run at least through October.
Other related market day activities will include live music at the adjacent Johnny Monarch’s eatery and Main Street sidewalk sales.
“The goal and vision of this event would be to drive folks to the center of town to where they can go to this market and enjoy the music at Johnny Monarch’s,” said Bobby Doane, president Marshall Moving Forward, the market’s organizer.
Newly created, the nonprofit Marshall Moving Forward seeks to promote and assist with economic development projects that benefit the village.
As of Wednesday, 17 businesses had agreed to participate in the market, said Mr. Doane, the community outreach coordinator and day host of Field & Main restaurant at 8369 W. Main St.
The nonprofit has asked vendors to pay $25 each for the season to help support effort, he said.
Marshall Moving Forward decided to hold the village’s farmers market on a Friday night so that it wouldn’t compete with Warrenton’s Saturday and The Plains’ Sunday markets, Mr. Doane said.
“As this event evolves, we’re really trying to get some of the retailers involved to stay open a little later” on market nights, Mr. Doane said. “It really is our goal to have this be something that is encompassing.”
Dan Moore’s Domestic Aspirations at 8393 W. Main St. normally operates 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
But on the second Friday on the month, Mr. Moore will adjust the shop’s hours to 4 to 7 p.m. to coincide with the market schedule.
“It’ll draw additional foot traffic, additional opportunity for new retail customers for all of the businesses,” said Mr. Moore, whose shop specializes home furnishings, art and accessories. “I think it’s a perfect thing for a small town like this. It’s creating more of a sense of community.”
Fauquier Supervisor Mary Leigh McDaniel’s Marshall District includes the village.
The market should appeal to newcomers and those who know the village, Ms. McDaniel said.
“It will bring people to Marshall who might not otherwise know Marshall and kind of help them get familiar with it,” she said. “And, for the people that already do know Marshall, it’s just one additional thing to do.”
Supervisor Holder Trumbo (Scott District) will allow the market free use of the parking lot that fronts his vehicle storage business, H&H Auto Garage at 8382 W. Main St.
“I think it’s a great opportunity to connect farmers and the local consumers to find the products they want, that you can’t find in the grocery store and support our local agriculture,” Mr. Trumbo said.
The 55-year-old Fauquier native called the Marshall Farmers Market “the first really organized one we’ve had.”
Over the years, “people have done some casual, informal things,” Mr. Trumbo said. “But never anything like this.”
Ideas for the Friday activities emerged several weeks ago during discussions involving Mr. Doane, Marshall Moving Forward Vice President Ann Michael Greene and volunteer Brenda Payne.
“It’s almost like a passion project,” Mr. Doane said. “So, I kind of got this group together. We just started chatting and kind of came up with ideas.”
For market vendor information, click here.
Established farmers markets also operate in Remington, The Plains and Warrenton.
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