Since then, I (Gerald) have contacted the owner of a wonderful old home that I had heard was going to be burned down, just to get rid of it. Every last bit of the house is re-usable, and the owner has agreed to allow me to dismantle it - the WHOLE thing! So far, every day this week has been taken up with removing old doors, windows, trim, and stuff - lot's of stuff. Today's load included beautiful old window and door casing, and 164 linear feet of oak bead board. This is going to be used in the bathrooms at the Market.
We will be using every last inch of the old homestead. Framing will be used to furr out the concrete block walls, which will give us the wall cavity for some much needed insulation. The old weatherboards (wood siding) will be our finish wall, and will lend a nice rustic feel to the inside of the Market. Flooring is needed to beef up the upstairs floor. In other words, we may not have reached our funding goal, but somehow the materials are being provided!
What is really interesting about the supporters we had through KickStarter is that, in addition to all the wonderful local support, we also received a pledge from a chef from California! Now, why would a chef in California, whom we have NEVER met, back a Farmers Market in the Shenandoah Valley?! A look at his "backer profile" tells us exactly why: "A California native and graduate of the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, Chef Bill has more than twenty years of professional 4 star experience at top-end restaurants in California, Arizona, North Carolina, Hawaii, and Oregon. He believes farmers are community treasures and works with them to rebuild our local food system. He continues his tradition of bringing the farmer's bounty to your table." This is one of the reasons what we are doing is so important.
Remember, the Market will open April 14th, with many of last years' vendors and many new vendors too!