I had wondered why the Farm to Family bus was not at the South of the James Farmers Market and Style Weekly has the answer. The answer appears to be two-fold. One they were asked not to come back and two (probably the bigger factor) they have opened up a farmers market of the non-moving variety out in Henrico.
Lilly’s also been frustrated by what he views as unnecessary politics among local farmers’ markets — he was asked to leave the South of the James market because vendors complained that the veggie bus took away their business.
“Some of my farmers sold to him, but like on his bus he would have their same products for sale that they were inside the market selling,” says Karen Atkinson, owner of the Market Umbrella, which operates the South of the James Market in Forest Hill Park.
For the next month or so the bus will still roll out for special events such as the Richmond Vegetarian Festival and hopefully eventually return to their spot on Forest Hill & Westover Hills Blvd.