By Aila Boyd
The Botetourt Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting earlier today to celebrate the recent opening of Bryant Orchards Farm Market in Daleville.
Bryant Orchards was founded in 1978 by Jimmy Bryant with just three leased acres. Now, the business, which includes 250 acres and the market, is run by his son, Preston, and daughter-in-law, Kelsey.
Kelsey, who joined the family business eight years ago, noted that the location of the new market, in Cedar Plateau Way, is slightly ironic considering that her mother-in-law sold peaches at that exact same location roughly 13 years ago. She said that although products from Bryant Orchards have been available at other venues throughout the years, the new location marks a change in the businesses’ vision. Instead of just being seasonal in the way that the Botetourt Farmers Market is, the new facility will be open year-round except for January and Feburary when the ability to offer quality local products is limited.
Preston’s daughters are following in his footsteps by helping out with the business by regularly bagging products, helping the elderly to their vehicles, and performing routine stocking. Kelsey explained that she and her husband felt that it was important to raise their children the way that he was raised by having them take an active role in the operation of the business.
Preston’s mother has also maintained an active role in the business. She currently serves as the resident baker, making everything from scratch.
As for what can be purchased at the new market, Kelsey said that the products will change with the seasons. Some of the items available for purchase include soy candles, butter, milk, ice cream, meat, and eggs. Later on in the year, she said that they plan to sell pumpkins and Christmas trees. Products from other local providers can also be purchased at the market.