A lease has officially been signed to provide space in the Robert C Byrd Intermodal Center for Grow Ohio Valley’s Public Market project.
This non-profit farmers market will operate year-round, and offer a wide selection of local food and farm products, as well as specialty items not typically available in Wheeling.
“We’re encouraged by the swell of support for this project,” said GrowOV Director Danny Swan in a press release. “This collaboration opens the door to a new and unique grocery offering in Wheeling where shoppers effectively invest in healthy food access for our whole community.”
Grow Ohio Valley, the City of Wheeling, the Ohio Valley Regional Transportation Authority and Anthony Wayne Parking signed the lease last week.
The market will also feature a deli, serving healthy breakfast and lunch items.There will also be products from more than 40 vendors such as jams, pickles, bulk grans and other natural groceries.
“We’re excited to see this initiative launch downtown,” added Wheeling Vice Mayor Chad Thalman in the release. “It creates an important amenity for downtown dwellers and should bring new visitors into our downtown area.”
The Public Market will be open year-round specializing in locally produced food and natural products.
GrowOV explained in the press release that selling local food will return 70-80 percent of sales to farmers. That compares to less than 15 percent in traditional grocery stores.
The Public Market will also make local and healthy foods more convenient and accessible to the region.
It will also accept SNAP, WIC and Senior Vouchers. GrowOV also said in a press release that there will be a “SNAP stretch’ program with the WV Food & Farm Coalition that increases the purchasing power of shoppers using SNAP.
The search is on for a Deli&Market Manager and an AmeriCorps VISTA service volunteer to work with local farmers as a Produce Outreach Coordinators. Vendors who grow or make local food products are also wanted.
For more information, e-mail PublicMarket@GrowOV.org.