Southside Planning District Commission

Serving Brunswick, Halifax, & Mecklenburg Counties, and the towns of South Boston & South Hill, VA

The Southern Virginia Food Hub Project focuses on a service area encompassing eight counties across southern Virginia; Brunswick, Charlotte, Lunenburg, Nottoway, Greensville, Mecklenburg, Halifax, and Dinwiddie. Over four years of research, planning, strategizing, and grant writing has led to a planned grand opening of the brick and mortar location, the Southern Virginia Maker’s Market, in the Spring of 2019. This newly remodeled facility is located in the heart of downtown South Hill and will be the central hub for the participating 100+ farmers and food artisans. Here you will find a local foods grocery stocked with seasonal produce, pasture raised meat and eggs, and value-added products from across Virginia. The local foods deli will feature ready-to- eat, take home meals to make the local food movement convenient for busy families. Each week, the meal menu will be designed around what the local farmers have harvested and what local meats are in stock. The community classroom will offer a wide variety of food and agriculture related classes for local farmers and citizens alike. The commercial kitchen will be available for rent to facilitate local food artisans in preparing value-added products. These products will then be retailed in the Maker’s Market and at other market locations throughout the region. A micro sized dairy processing room is unique to this project. This room will allow small scale dairy producers to pasteurize and bottle fluid milk, as well as, make a variety of dairy products like soft cheeses, butter, and ice cream. This multifaceted project is one of a kind and will become a model for other communities across the Commonwealth.

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