STAUNTON – Staunton’s store Made will be hold it’s third annual little market this weekend, Project GROWS has expanded food access and Staunton is in the running for a USA Today list — here’s the buzz.

Little market

Made; For by the People, for the People will be holding it’s third Little Made; Market. The market offers curated indie arts and crafts, hosted by the store. It will feature more than 30 selected artists from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 4 on the first block of East Beverley Street between Augusta and New streets in downtown Staunton. 

Made owner Corrie Park opened the store in 2013. The store offers goods made only in America, many of which are locally sourced. 

The market was born when Morgan Claborn, Park’s friend, moved to Staunton and help Park get the market together. 

“My goal was and remains to create a high quality, carefully curated show open to all Virginia makers,” Park said “When you attract artists and makers from other parts of the Commonwealth, there’s always a few that have never heard of Staunton. When they get here — and are obviously blown away by our city’s beauty and charm — that kind of news spreads fast to their own family, friends and customers, and our city becomes even more of a destination which helps our local economy tremendously.”

Park said it’s important to her as an educator, entrepreneur and artist to encourage students to take part in the in the market — so the market features a student exhibition tent.

The following artisans and groups are participating:

  • The Sleeping Bear — Chesapeake 
  • Filthy Clean — Radiant 
  • Wren & Hide — Madison Heights 
  • Rachel Ruddle Ceramics — Fredericksburg 
  • Wandering Soles Moccs — Grottoes 
  • Bonfire Begonia — Staunton 
  • LPM Pottery — Harrisonburg 
  • Suzanna Garrett Designs — Lexington 
  • Square of the Bone — Henrico County 
  • HiFiber Design — Charlottesville
  • Sacre Bleu Bebe — Staunton 
  • Seed & Soil — Lynchburg 
  • Pegged by Grace — Lynchburg 
  • All Knotted Up — Lynchburg 
  • Horse & Hare — Winchester 
  • Vintage Art by Kathy White — Fairfax 
  • Skylark Hammocks — Staunton 
  • Liberatus Jewelry — Richmond
  • To Dwell Well — Chesapeake 
  • Owl Song — Staunton 
  • Four Little Leaves — Staunton 
  • Emily Ann Row Art & Illustration — Staunton 
  • You’re In Luck Farm — Charlottesville
  • Sew Brave Designs — Hanover County
  • Jessie Rublee Ceramics — Staunton 
  • Discarded Letters — Staunton 
  • Craig Snodgrass Art — Staunton 
  • Noelia Nunez Art — Staunton 
  • Emily Ruth Prints — Charlottesville 
  • The Potters Daughter — Staunton
  • Candace Christy — Staunton 
  • Staunton Makerspace — Staunton

For more information visit the store’s Facebook at Made; By the People, For the People.

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Project GROWS

Beginning the first week of May, nonprofit Project GROWS will accept and double Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP) benefits at the North Augusta Farmer’s Market and the Waynesboro Farmer’s Market, a release said.

Lower income families in the greater Augusta area will be helped thanks to the program Virginia Fresh Match SNAP, which increases affordable access to fresh foods for low income families. The SNAP matching funds are provided with support from Virginia Fresh Match’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive program grant.

Project GROWS’ mission is to improve the health of children and youth in the community through hands-on garden and nutrition education and access to nutritious local food.

The nonprofit is in its eighth growing season, producing more than 15,000 pounds of produce annually on its 10-acre production and learning farm in Augusta County, and serving 4,000 youth annually with hands-on garden-based education.

Project GROWS manages the North Augusta and Waynesboro Farmer’s Markets and will be matching dollars spent by customers participating in the SNAP program with the help of Virginia Fresh Match, a release said.

SNAP is a U.S. Department of Agriculture program that offers food assistance to eligible low income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities across the country. Virginia Fresh Match doubles the value of SNAP benefits spent at participating farmer’s markets — if a shopper uses $10 in SNAP benefits, they will get an extra $10 to spend on fresh produce. 

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“Agriculture is Virginia’s leading industry, yet many families struggle to afford the fresh fruits and vegetables needed for a healthy lifestyle. Applied as a food security strategy in many communities, accepting and doubling SNAP at farmers markets makes fresh food more equitable and affordable. We’re excited to have Project GROWS’ markets join our network,” said Maureen Best, Local Environmental Agriculture Project Executive Director and Virginia Fresh Match co-lead, in a release.

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The North Augusta Farmer’s Market will be held at the Augusta County Government Center from noon to 5 p.m. every Wednesday from May 1 to October 30.

The Waynesboro Farmer’s Market will be held at the Pavilion at Constitution Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday from May 4 to September 28.

USA Today list

Staunton is once again a contender on a USA Today reader’s choice list. This time for “Small Town Culture Scene.”

Readers can vote at Best10.com.

Staunton makes the nominated list of 20 different cities along with places like Point Pleasant, West Virginia (hello, Mothman!), Ashbury Park, New Jersey, Doylestown, Pennsylvania and more.

“Bigger isn’t always better, especially when it comes to these 20 small towns, each with a population of fewer than 30,000 people (as of the last census),” the site said. “What each lacks in size it makes up for with a big cultural punch — museums, art galleries, performing arts and busy event calendars.”

Staunton has made a number of lists in the past few years, some include the local food scene featured in Vogue, Architectural Digest, Expedia, Reader’s Digest and The Huffington Post to name a few.

“Located in the stunning Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, the town of Staunton is the hometown of President Woodrow Wilson and the location of Beverley Street,” the site said. “This main street, lined by red brick buildings, encompasses one of the highest concentrations of late-19th-century architecture of any town in the country. A highlight is the Blackfriar’s Playhouse, a recreation of Shakespeare’s theater in London.”

Vote for your favorite once per day until voting ends May 6 at noon. The 10 winning small towns will be revealed May 17. 

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