The weekend is off to a fantastic start in Berryville. Clarke County skies dawned clear and sunny with temps expected near 90 degrees. Beautiful weather may give way to scattered afternoon thunderstorms. Here are just a few of the activities around Berryville today:
Seasonal fruits, vegetables, sandwiches, pies and coffee are just a sampling of the many delicious delicacies available every Saturday morning in Berryville.
Mackintosh Fruit and Berry Farm’s Bill Mackintosh said that his wife, Lori Mackintosh, thought of the attractive produce display baskets that adorn their produce table. “Anything that looks good was her idea. Anything that tastes good was mine.”
Vine Ripe Farm’s Jim and Lea Justice are offering organic produce grown just down the road in Millwood. Vine Ripe Farm produces seasonal products all year long.
The “GJ” in “GJ Cooks” is local par-excellence pastry maker Geneva Jackson. Jackson says that her business is “outstanding” right now. So much so that Jackson is working hard just to keep up with the orders. Later today, Jackson’s desserts will grace the table of a South Carolina couple’s wedding anniversary party at the Boyce Country Club.
If you didn’t make it to today’s market be sure to attend next week.
Walk to Cure Diabetes
Zion Baptist Church members are walking to cure diabetes. Walking teams and solo walkers are seeking donations from family, friends and businesses to fund medical research and a cure.
Walk across the street from the Farmer’s market on the first Saturday of the month and you’ll find beautiful, locally made crafts and gifts. Seventeen crafters have tables loaded with wares this morning.
Cristi Griffin and her father make hand-turned wooded bowls from ash, poplar, oak and other hardwoods. “My dad made me take shop class when I was in school” Griffin said. “When my child started kindergarten I had a lot of time on my hands so I started wood turning again.” Griffin’s “All Things Handmade” also offers handmade jewelry, decorative plates and birdhouses.
Bluemont’s Richard Davis also offers birdhouses. Davis says that he usually sells ten or twelve birdhouses on a Saturday morning. Davis isn’t in business for the money though. “I don’t care if I don’t sell anything. I just love to make birdhouses.”
Lemon Cancer Cure
Cheri Stockton’s son, Hunter, was diagnosed with cancer when he was six. Hunter, who is now eight, has been cancer free for 19 months.
During the time that Hunter was being treated, Cheri Stockton visited an Alex’s Lemonade Stand fund raiser in Charles Town. Stockton decided that someday she would do a lemonade fundraiser too.
“Alex was a little girl who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer when she was two years old” Stockton said. Neuroblastoma is the most common form of cancer in infants. “When Alex was four she told her parents that she wanted to start a lemonade stand to raise money for cancer research so that other children would not have to go through the same thing that she did.”
Stockton said that this year marks the tenth anniversary of the lemonade stand in Alex’s front year.
Bel Voi Drive resident Cheryl Levi, a registered nurse, works with Stockton in Purcellville. Levi offered her home for the lemonade stand because she believes there needs to be more funding specifically for pediatric cancer. “Berryville is a great community for this type of fundraiser” Levi said. “Many community businesses have been very supportive by providing raffle gifts and food. Food Lion in Berryville, Martins in Winchester, and the Bloom and Giant in Purcellville have all been wonderful to us.”
Stockton and Levi hope to raise $1500 today. Visit Alex’s Lemonade Stand at 2 Bel Voi Drive in Berryville.