Thursday, August 9, was an extraordinarily busy day at the Catawba Valley Farmers Market (CVFM) as Farmers Market Week was celebrated. Special guest Bettina K. Ring, Virginia’s Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, was present. She was introduced by Adam Taylor, Manager of the Virginia Tech Catawba Sustainability Center which sponsors the CVFM and provides technical support to the Market.

Ring grew up in Craig County and is the daughter of Betty H. Ring and the late Keith Ring. In her remarks to those present, Ring referred to the Craig County and Catawba areas as her “favorite place in the world.” Her mother, several friends and schoolmates were on hand to talk with her.

Secretary Ring presented a framed copy of Governor Ralph S. Northam’s Certificate of Recognition of the week of August 5-11 as Virginia’s Farmers Market Week. Also present were Martha Hooker, Roanoke County Board of Supervisors Chair, and Jessica Fintel, Economic Development Specialist with the Roanoke County Economic Development Department. During a short talk, Secretary Ring thanked Hooker and Fintel for their leadership and…

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