Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the hours of operation?
May - October: Saturdays, 8am-12pm
November - April: One Saturday a month, 9am-12pm (2020-2021: 11/21, 12/19, 1/9, 2/13, 3/13 and 4/10)
2. Where is the Forest Farmer's Market Located?
15583 Forest Rd, Forest, VA 24551 (Behind the Library)
3. What is Conventional product?
Farmers may use fertilizers and pesticides along with GMO seeds.
4. What does Sustainable mean?
"Sustainable agriculture is the efficient production of safe, high quality agricultural products, in a way that protects and improves the natural environment, the social and economic conditions of farmers, their employees and local communities, and safeguards the health and welfare of all farmed species."
5. What is Bio-intensive?
An organic agricultural system that focuses on achieving maximum yields from a minimum area of land, while simultaneously increasing biodiversity and sustaining the fertility of the soil.
6. What is Organic?
A form of agriculture that relies on techniques such as crop rotation, green manure, compost, and biological pest control.
7. How do I become a vendor?
Applications are given on request to potential vendors. Food vendors are required to have a site tour prior to admissions. Artisans must submit photographs of their work prior to being accepted. More about becoming a vendor.
8. Are pets allowed at the market?
Yes! We ask that you keep your pet on a leash.
9. What payment types are accepted?
Cash/checks are accepted by all vendors. Many vendors also accept Credit cards.
10. What is the plan for inclement weather?
We are open rain or shine.
11. Are there bathroom facilities?
Yes, the Forest Library allows us to use their bathrooms. They open at 9am.
12. Is the market handicap accessible?
Yes, the market is on a paved portion of a walking trail.
13. What happens to any leftover produce?
The Forest Farmers Market has partnered with Society of St. Andrew to glean the market. They then bring it to the Salvation army or the Daily Bread and donate it in the farmer's name.
14. Why shop local?
Your local businesses give back more to the community.
More of your dollars stay in the community.
More jobs stay in the community.
You can find anything you need locally.
You develop relationships locally.
You can find affordable prices in our community.
For every $1 spent at local businesses, 45¢ is reinvested locally. Non-local purchases keep, at most, 15¢ in your local community.
Local businesses value, respect and appreciate your patronage.
More tax dollars go to schools and roads in your community.
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