December 2017 Newsletter

Dec 22, 2017 by

Happy holidays from everyone on the LEAP team
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The markets never stop

The days are short and the weather is getting cold, but that doesn’t stop our group of determined farmers and entrepreneurs. Join us on December 16th for the monthly Grandin Village Winter Market, where you’ll get all kinds of cold weather crops, pastured meats, baked goods and more.

And remember: the West End Farmers Market happens every Tuesday under our covered patio. If it gets cold, we’ll roll down our nice vinyl enclosures and keep the market warm with space heaters. Even though summer’s bounty is on hiatus, there’s still plenty of amazing local food at your fingertips.

We hope you have a lovely holiday season surrounded by friends, family, and local foods!

Happy Holidays!

We’re so thankful for the farmers, businesses, and especially the shoppers that keep our local food system thriving. This holiday season, please consider helping us continue our work with a donation to LEAP. Your support enables us continue the behind-the-scenes work to nurture healthy communities and resilient local food systems. There are a number of ways you can contribute:

Lots of exciting events in December

Add these to your calendar, they’re sure to be fun, informative, and focused on local food:

  • Big Lick Downtown Countdown. For the second straight year, the Big Lick Downtown Countdown is raising funds for LEAP. This is Roanoke’s big New Years Eve street festival, complete with with live music, indoor/outdoor spaces, and a “Star Drop”. LEAP is looking for volunteers to help with this event, which would include free entry after your shift as well as other great perks. Sign up to volunteer here!
  • Dar Williams and Beth Macy: Finding Roanoke Dinner. BOOK CITY★Roanoke welcomes musician and author Dar Williams for a community dinner and conversation on vibrant communities and her book, What I Found in a Thousand Towns. Hosted by Factory Man and Truevine author Beth Macy, the evening will include conversation, local foods, book signing and songs. Tickets to the dinner are free with local purchase of the book — available now at Book No Further
  • Acornucopia Project Nut Revival Tour. Come join us to explore and revive a local nut culture in our communities. Co-hosted by LEAP and the Acornucopia Project, we will talk about which nuts are good for home use and which show the most potential for future profitable industries in our region. Bill Whipple is working to bring wild foraged nuts back into the food system through collecting and processing them into delicious products such as acorn flour and bitternut hickory oil. Along with samples of native nuts and nut products, there will be a presentation and discussion about what we can do to bring back wild nuts.
Winter Market on December 16th
Fresh greens and storage crops for your holiday dinner table. Plus, local foods make great gifts!
Fresh Food in the West End
Fresh foods from Roanoke, Floyd, Franklin County and more every Tuesday 3-6pm behind Freedom First. Like all LEAP markets, SNAP benefits are accepted and doubled.
Become a LEAP Community Partner! Support LEAP and snag some great deals at the Community Markets. LEAP Partnerships are open to businesses- let LEAP help promote the great work you do in the community!

Buy a LEAP Market Gift Certificate for a longtime market-goer or to introduce a friend to the market.

Want to volunteer with LEAP?  LEAP runs on community support. Let us know if you have a special skill you’d love to share!

Have a question? Email Maureen at

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