Highland Mid-Kids Radio Club Interviews New Farmers’ Market Manager

“Hello, I’m Ethan, and joining me today are Lauren and Emma from the Highland Mid-Kids Radio Club. We are here today with Cornelia Granbery from the Highland Farmers’ Market.”

“Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?”

“Thanks for having me here – I’m originally from Nashville, TN, and I studied economics at the University of Virginia. I recently moved to this area from Northern California with my fiancée and my hound dog.”

“What is your new position and what are your major responsibilities?”

“I recently took on a role with The Highland Center. I wear many hats there, but one of my roles is the Highland Farmers’ Market manager. So my main responsibilities are essentially to coordinate a weekly farmers’ market throughout the summer and early fall – essentially work with the vendors, and plan the market as well as advertise it to folks in the community.”

“What do you think you will enjoy the most about this job?”

“That’s a good question. I think what I will enjoy most, given that I’m new to the community, is interacting with people, spending my Friday afternoons outside. I think it will be fun to see shoppers go home with a bag full of local food and produce – I think those are two things I’ll enjoy.”

“When will the farmers’ market be open for business?”

“We’ll be kicking off this year, this season, May 26th, and it’s always on a Friday, every week, 3:30 – 6:00 pm. This year we’re celebrating our 20th anniversary, so this will be our 20th season, and we will be having 20 markets, and that will be lasting until early October. Our final market will be the weekend of Hands and Harvest, October 6th and 7th. And the market is held, for those of you who don’t know, in Monterey, at the pavilion at The Highland Center, which is on Spruce Street.”

“Are you planning any changes?”

“We are planning to provide snacks, free snacks for kids while school is in session, so essentially during the first three markets this year there will be free snacks for kids available, so you can come straight from school if you like. We will be continuing to provide children’s’ activities, so we encourage you to come all season long. We also will have several new vendors this year, so there will be some new faces, providing new products this year – we hope you come and see them and visit with them.

“We’re continuing to offer matching SNAP dollars, so we encourage those who utilize SNAP to come out and get twice the valur on local food at the farmers’ market.”

“Thanks you so much for joining us today.”

This has been the Highland Mid-Kids radio Club, reporting for Allegheny Mountain Radio.

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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