Henry County market
has Louisvilles attention
to be sold in regional economy
Helen E. McKinney
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 farmers 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 Chaneys Dairy Barn and remember what eating healthy
is all about.
by Helen McKinney
part in the ribbon-cutting on
July 29 are (from left) Roger Thomas,
executive director of the Governors
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.
Its 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 farmers 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
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 peoples
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
Any products that can claim the Kentucky Proud logo, such as items sold
at Nevilles 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. Im 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
dont 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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