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November 2017 Newsletter

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November 2017 Newsletter

New fall/winter markets in the LEAP family Even though daylight hours are growing scare, our farmers aren’t quite done yet! If you haven’t heard, the West End Farmers Market is every Tuesday, year-round. Our outdoor Grandin Village Farmers Market is staying open the first two Saturdays in November (the 4th and 11th). The customers want more local food, and our farmers are all too willing to oblige! Just like last year, the Grandin Winter Markets start inside the CoLab on November 18th (10am-1pm) and happen on the 3rd Saturday of...

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September 2017 Newsletter

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on September 2017 Newsletter

End-of-summer blessings from LEAP  Change is in the air… September brings cooler evenings, back-to-school transitions, and the first of the fall harvest is starting to appear at your local farmers markets (plus plenty of peak summer crops)! Come check out all the delicious fare your favorite local farmers have been working hard all summer to grow– taste the fruits of their labor!September is also a time of transition for us here at LEAP, as two of our LEAP family are moving on to other food-focused endeavors. If you’re...

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August 2017 Newsletter

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on August 2017 Newsletter

Plenty more than peak season produce to get excited about in August While we hope you all are able to revel in the abundance of fresh fruits and veggies available at LEAP markets this month, there are plenty of other ways to celebrate the peak of the season beyond just shopping at the farmers market and eating delicious, local, seasonal fare. Check out what else is happening in the local food world and come celebrate summer with us! Join us as we celebrate National Farmers Market Week! To highlight the important role local farmers markets...

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LEAP 2016 Annual Report

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on LEAP 2016 Annual Report

Click the following link to see LEAP’s 2016 Annual Report and learn more about the work we do to support local agriculture and food access in Roanoke and beyond....

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Grandin Village Farmers Market Open for the Season!

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Community Market News, Community-wide news, Newsfeed | Comments Off on Grandin Village Farmers Market Open for the Season!

The Grandin Village Farmers Market is rocking and rolling!  The market opened for our main season on April 22 and will be booming until the end of October. Come check out the fantastic vendors, eat delicious food, and make new friends every Saturday from 8:00-12:00. The Market is located in the raised parking lot behind the CoLab (1327 Grandin Road). You can access the lot from the lower parking lot or from Westover Ave. 2017 Grandin Village Farmers Market...

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February 2017 Newsletter

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February 2017 Newsletter

View this email in your browser Regional Food System Work and Farmer Listening Sessions In partnership with the Roanoke Valley-Allegany Regional Commission’s  Local Food Planning Committee, LEAP released the “Roanoke Local” Regional Food and Agriculture Report. This report compiles existing data from the US Agriculture census, Virginia Department of Agriculture, and food system assessments from the region to create a starting point for us to think about our regional food shed. One thing we learned from this process is that...

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Seeking 2017 Market Vendors!

Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Seeking 2017 Market Vendors!

LEAP is thankful for all of the farmers and producers who sell at the Community Markets. We’re always looking for more producers within 100 miles of Roanoke. If you are interested in selling your goods at our markets, please check out our 2017 Vendor Information and Application, or, new for 2017, you can fill out the application online. Completed applications, including any necessary permits or inspection reports, are due Wednesday, February 8th. Need some help with your business? If you are a farmer or food producer in the Roanoke...

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“Roanoke Local” Regional Agriculture Report

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 in Community-wide news | Comments Off on “Roanoke Local” Regional Agriculture Report

In partnership with the Roanoke Valley-Allegany Regional Commission’s Regional Local Food Planning Committee, LEAP has prepared the “Roanoke Local” Regional Food and Agriculture Report. Read more about the current state of local food production in the Roanoke Valley Foodshed as well as potential projects to help move the local food economy forward. Roanoke Local Food and Agriculture Report by Liza Dobson...

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To our valued supporters

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 in Community-wide news, Fundraiser | Comments Off on To our valued supporters

Dear Valued Supporters, On behalf of LEAP’s board, staff, and local food producers, thank you for helping us continue to LEAP ahead! In 2016—we opened The Kitchen (offers shared commercial kitchen space to help create new small food businesses) and we currently have 9 member businesses and 2 organizations that offer cooking classes. We expanded the LEAP Mobile Market from 5 to 9 weekly stops, serving more neighborhoods in Roanoke with fresh, local food. Our Healthy Food Incentive Programs grew across all markets, making local food more...

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December 2016 Newsletter

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Community Market News, Community-wide news | Comments Off on December 2016 Newsletter

December 2016 Newsletter

Happy Holidays! We miss seeing our friends, customers, farmers, and food producers every week at the markets, in The Kitchen, and on the road with the Mobile Market. But there are still plenty of opportunities to visit us and get your fill of fresh, local foods. The Grandin Village Winter Market has expanded to include monthly winter dates. Mark your calendars for the next one, December 17th from 10:00-2:00 indoors at CoLab (the building just below the Grandin market) where you will see many of your favorite market vendors. Stop by, pick up...

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