Busy, Beautiful Day in Floyd This Saturday!

Come for breakfast, stay all day!

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SustainFloyd and the Floyd Farmers Market will host the first annual “Breakfast at the Market” Saturday September 11th to help kick-off the Harvest Festival and County Fair held that same day.

The event, held under the Floyd Community Market Pavilion in downtown Floyd, will feature local ingredients from area farms and will be catered by Floyd favorite Natasha’s Market Café. Floyd singer/songwriter Ben Kirkland will entertain diners with acoustic music during the breakfast.

This year’s entrance fee of $8 ($4.50 for children 11 and under) will buy a breakfast with choices of blueberry pancakes, local eggs, meats, vegetables, breads and fruits and any profits will support the Community Market. Red Rooster Coffee Roasting Company and Blackwater Loft will supply their gourmet brew. There will be two seatings for breakfast: 8:30-9:45, and 9:45-11:00.

The Harvest Festival and County Fair will be underway across the width and breadth of town (but hey–in Floyd, that’s easy walking distance) from 10 to 4 and you’ll find something to listen to, eat, watch and enjoy.

You can also patronize the literary arts and those who create them. Two of my writing friends will be in town on Saturday to sign books and/or read and discuss them.

Jim Minick will be on hand with his new release, The Blueberry Years: A Memoir of Farm and Family. This personal story comes from Jim’s years in Floyd County before moving to Wythe about the time we moved here. He will be at the Floyd Country Store from 10 to noon and Harvest Moon from 1 to 3.

Mike Abraham will be speaking from and about his books, Union WV–a novel, and The Spine of the Virginias: Journeys along the border between Virginia and West Virginia as well as his book in progress, Harmonic Highways: Motorcycling Virginia’s Crooked Road. He’ll be speaking at the Jessie Peterman Library in Floyd at 1:00.

Come out and support local artists, farmers, 4H-ers, merchants and the Greater Floyd community on Saturday! Start with breakfast of local foods under the Community Market. See you there!

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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