Greene County Ruritan Club – Farmers Market Likely Not Returning

Editor’s note: This is an excerpt of a story from the Greene County Record website – original story (May 10, 2016) can be found at this link: Farmers market likely not returning

BY TERRY BEIGIE Staff Writer (of Greene County Record)

After several decades, Greene County will not be kicking off the annual farmers market this summer.

Bob Burkholder, along with his wife, Joanne, has been the market manager for years under the Greene County Ruritan Club. “I’ve done it for 25 years or plus, so it’s time for somebody else to pick up the ball and go with it,” Burkholder said. “It’s going to take work on somebody else’s part.”

Burkholder, 78, who was one of the original farmers who formed the farmers market, said most of the other farmers have died.

“We have the buyers but we don’t have the vendor base anymore,” he said, noting that sometimes last year there were just two vendors at the market at the Greene County Technical Education Center.

Burkholder said he used to plow between 30 to 50 garden plots for people in the county every spring, but that’s dwindled over time.

“The last few years it’s been down to four or six,” Burkholder said. “Without having gardens, we don’t have vendors. Our farmer’s market was originally for local people, not necessarily farmers, to come and have a place to sell what they have extra.”

The Greene County Ruritan Club managed the space, and did not charge the farmers to use the space.

To read the rest of the story, please visit the Green County Record’s website at this link: Greene County Ruritan Farmer’s Market


Greene County Ruritan Club Officers for 2016 Installed; Military Veterans Honored

L-R Back Row Roy Dye, Andrea Wilkinson, Dick Early. Front Row Paul Harrington, Joanne Burkholder, Linda Bradshaw (photo credit Michael Urbanek)

L-R Back Row Roy Dye, Andrea Wilkinson, Dick Early. Front Row Paul Harrington, Joanne Burkholder, Linda Bradshaw (photo credit Michael Urbanek)

The Greene County Ruritan Club’s Officers for 2016 were installed on December 17, 2015, at the Rosebrook Inn in Stanardsville, VA, during their Annual Christmas Dinner. The 2015 Rapidan District Governor, Linda Bradshaw, installed the new officers. The club officers will serve as the leaders of the Greene County Ruritan Club from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016.

The officers installed were Roy Dye, President, Andrea Wilkinson, Vice President, Paul Harrington, Secretary, Dick Early, Treasurer, and Joanne Burkholder, First Year Director.

After the installation, Bradshaw explained to the Greene County Ruritan Club the awards that the club had won for Community Service at the Rapidan District, and handed them to the club President, Andrea Wilkinson. The club won a “Silver” award for Public Service, and a “Gold” award for Social Development.

L-R Frank Wilczek, Steve Smith, Floyd Wilkinson, Norm Slezak, Carl Schmitt, Linda Bradshaw, Bob Burkholder, Dick Early, Bob Doerr, Tom Dean, Jerry Gore (photo Michael Urbanek)

L-R Frank Wilczek, Steve Smith, Floyd Wilkinson, Norm Slezak, Carl Schmitt, Linda Bradshaw, Bob Burkholder, Dick Early, Bob Doerr, Tom Dean, Jerry Gore (photo Michael Urbanek)

After the Community Service awards were given, Bradshaw honored the military veterans of the Greene County Ruritan Club with certificates of appreciation from the Rapidan District Cabinet. The presentation of the certificates was part of the Rapidan District’s efforts to and honor all of their local club’s veterans in 2015.

The veterans honored were: Robert Burkholder, Billy Caldwell, Tom Dean, Robert C. Doerr, Richard Early, Jerry Gore, Robert H. Grassi, James Ron Michael, Carl A. Schmitt, Norm Slezak, Steven S. Smith, Floyd Wilkinson, and Frank Wilzcek.

Greene County Ruritan Display Board (photo credit Linda Bradshaw)

Greene County Ruritan Display Board (photo credit Linda Bradshaw)

The Greene County Ruritan Club Display board that was used during the Rapidan District’s Convention in November 2015 was set up during the meeting for the members to enjoy. Plans are for the club to continue using the board at meetings and events to showcase their club’s events.