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Capstone Produce Market

New Henry County market
has Louisville’s attention

Locally produced foods
to be sold in regional economy

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

CAMPBELLSBURG, Ky. (August 2011) – Farmer David Neville has patiently waited a long time to see his vision become a reality. With the recent Grand Opening of Capstone Produce Market, Neville has tapped into the next big agricultural revolution to hit the area.
Neville has created more than your local farmer’s market venue – it is a public market where consumers buy and sell fresh local produce through auction, enjoy the Capstone Grille, taste homemade ice cream from Chaney’s Dairy Barn and remember what eating healthy is all about.

Capstone Market

Photo by Helen McKinney

Taking part in the ribbon-cutting on
July 29 are (from left) Roger Thomas,
executive director of the Governor’s
Office of Ag Policy; David Neville,
Tamara Sandberg, executive director
 of the Kentucky Association of Food
Banks; Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer,
Henry County Judge-Executive John
Logan Brent, and Derrick Robinson,
store manager for ValuMarket.

“It’s not every day you get this opportunity,” said Neville, who lives in Cropper, in Shelby County, Ky. Capstone Produce Market is conveniently located close to I-71 at the intersection of Hwy. 421 and Hwy. 55 in the former Southern States co-op building in Campbellsburg, in Henry County. Its proximity to the interstate gives people from surrounding counties a chance to buy local.
Neville says he can reach out to residents in Louisville who are unable to grow their own produce but are willing to purchase fresh products through farmer’s markets. Restaurants, schools and hospitals in Jefferson County have expressed interest in the endeavor as well.
Neville saw the market and a huge demand for these services, said Metro Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. Fischer attended the Grand Opening on July 29, along with Sarah Fritchner, who is involved in efforts to promote the growth of the local food economy, and Henry County author and resident Wendell Berry.
“We need more entrepreneurs like Neville,” said Fischer, who owns 17 acres in Henry County. When Neville approached Fischer two years ago wanting to share his vision for the produce market, Fischer said his initial response was, “What can I do for you?’
Developing a regional food economy has been on a lot of people’s minds lately. “Three-billion in food is consumed in Louisville each year,” Fischer said. “The local food economy has gained “huge momentum when it comes to the consumption of local food in Louisville.”
Any products that can claim the Kentucky Proud logo, such as items sold at Neville’s market, are a “must have” now, said Fischer. “At some restaurants in Louisville, all they serve is local food. The food is better than frozen or trucked in food.”
In conjunction, Fischer mentioned Life ZONES (Local Food Enterprise Zone), an initiative to create a localized hub of businesses devoted exclusively to growing and sustaining the local food economy.
Henry County Judge-Executive John Logan Brent said that for the last decade the agricultural statement has been that “they ought to do something. The burley co-op took care of us for years; now the they is David Neville. I’m very grateful for him. This place is something tangible that we can see and touch.”
In its first year, 2010, Capstone Produce Market worked with 283 farmers. The new facility is “a great thing for Henry County.”
The farmers market has been in Henry County for 17 years, said Steve Moore, Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources. “This is a venture to expand these horizons and partner with local folks.” Eight different counties in the region invested their Phase I Tobacco Settlement money, which allowed them to come to Capstone Produce Market.
“The demand is there,” said Fischer of the produce market concept. He cited many benefits to the project, including people wanting to celebrate nutrition; global and local environmental factors; neighbors helping neighbors and boosting the economical.
Tamara Sandberg, executive director of the Kentucky Association of Food Banks, called the project a win-win situation. “One in seven Kentuckians don’t know where their next meal will come from.”
Neville credits the Amish community, which helps out at the market; his staff and family for helping him get this project off of the ground.

• Capstone Produce Market is open year-round. Food auctions will be held at 11 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday throughout August. For more information, visit: www.CapstoneProduceMarket.com.

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