By Michelle Horst
BARDANE -- When Shepherd Ogden was a child, a farmer would load his truck with fresh vegetables and drive down South Samuel Street in Charles Town selling his produce to locals.
"He would come down and beep and people would come out and buy vegetables from him," Ogden said. "But all that went away 20 or 30 years ago when we got the big-box stores and supermarkets."
Ogden, the agricultural officer for the Jefferson County Development Authority, has taken this concept and merged it with the idea of farmers markets.
He is doing by taking away the festival-like atmosphere, the music and stripping the farmers market down to its core -- the vegetables.
The county is now in a situation where more than half of its working population leaves each day and goes elsewhere to work, Ogden said. This causes a problem in the local food systems, because many commuters choose to stop at supermarkets, Walmart or fast food places for dinner.
Ogden, who is on the board for the Charles Town Farmers Market, took that original idea and springboarded it into the concept of a fast-stop farmers market that will open at The Black Dog Coffee Company in Bardane.