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The New Highland Baptist Church is helping local farmers and producers by providing a community Farmers Market on Wednesdays.

flowers and plants; Chili Llama Farm, vegetables and plants; Deer Run Farm, vegetables and berries; Dragonfly Farms, grassfed beef, lamb, eggs, vegetables and plants; Mike Wiblin, vegetables and plants; Philhower Farm, vegetables; Rain or Shine Greenhouse Gardens, hydroponic lettuce and greens, bagels and soft pretzels; Sandridge and Sons Honey, comb honey; and Village Garden, vegetables and plants. Lee said the idea for a local farmers market came as a result of a church-wide strategic plan-

ning process that was approved in 2010. “We are excited about the opportunity to help local growers with a midweek market,” he said. The market’s ministry goals are threefold: ❍ NHBC seeks to share the Good News by helping to build community within our local neighborhoods specifically by providing a healthy way for neighbors to gather and connect with each other and with NHBC on a regular basis.

❍ Connecting God’s call to environmental stewardship to the foods we eat, stewardship of resources, and reducing the carbon footprint of what we eat. ❍ Educating patrons with practical ways to maintain the connection with the sources of their food; and helping to fill the growing demand for fresh, locally grown and prepared foods. For more information, visit the church website at www. or call 804-550-9601.

Summer Book Chats scheduled next month

Middle school students are invited to participate in the 2012 Summer Book Chats at Hanover County middle school libraries. This year’s theme will be “Responding to Disasters.” Students will be able to join in a book discussion with Hanover County first responders about how they and others, including the characters in the books, respond to the challenges of disasters.

The books and schedule are as follow: ✏ “Life As We Knew It” by Susan Pfeffer — 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Oak Knoll Middle School. ✏ “Earthquake Terror” by Peg Kehret — 11 a.m. to 1p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Liberty Middle School. Students are urged to bring a lunch. ✏ “Dead and Gone” by Susan Pfeffer — 3 to 4 p.m. on

Thursday, Aug. 30, at Stonewall Jackson Middle School.

The Hanover County Cannery at 12491 Taylor Complex Road in Ashland is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in July and most of August. It also will be open on Saturdays in September and October. Hours for processing foods are: ❍ 4 to 7 p.m. Mondays (the Cannery closes at midnight). ❍ 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays (closes at 3 p.m.). ❍ 8:30 to 10 a.m. on

Saturdays (closes at 3 p.m.). The canning process must begin during these times in order to have the process completed by closing time. Processes that take longer than the average of five hours must be approved in advance by the supervisor. To check on the availability before you travel, call 804365-6484. For more information, see works/cannery.htm. Information submitted by Tom Harris, Hanover County public information officer.


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The New Highland Baptist Church has joined with local farmers and producers to launch a community Farmers Market, which is held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 5 on the church’s recreation field adjacent to its picnic pavilion at 9200 New Ashcake Rd. in the Atlee area of Hanover County, directly across from the Ashcreek subdivision. Items offered include fresh honey, locally grown fruits and vegetables, eggs, meats, herbs and handmade crafts. The market manager is Trevor Buckley, who oversees the operations, and the point of contact from the church is Mike Sandridge, of Sandridge and Sons Honey. New Highland applied for and received a grant from the Dover Baptist Association to help with start-up funds for the market. This enabled funding for advertising, signs and administrative costs. According to Dr. Robert Lee, senior pastor, 11 vendors have been participating and the list continues to grow. Those vendors are: B&H Farm, vegetables; Bluebird Produce, vegetables; Blue Ridge Companies, cut

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The Mechanicsville Local

July 18, 2012