By Tia Lynn Ivey managin editor
To celebrate the successful opening of Farmview Market in Madison last month, the Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC), their spouses, and county staff attended a very special dinner hosted by Farmview Market owner Keith Kelly last Monday evening out at the new complex. “We are very appreciative of Morgan County and being able to locate our business here. Our partnership with the county and Board of Commissioners is something we value and we just wanted to give them a dinner at the new facility in appreciation for their support. Their leadership has been invaluable in helping us launch Farmview Market,” said Kelly. “We’ve been supporting this project for a few years now so it’s really something special to see it all finally come to life,” said Commissioner Andy Ainslie. “We were able to tour the facility, learn about the history, and hear some of the plans for the future. It was a great time.” Ainslie noted Farmview Market will begin constructing the barn and outdoor area for the farmer’s market section of the complex in coming weeks. “There’s still work to be done and even more this site will offer to the community,” said Ainslie. The commissioners and guests laughed and chatted over local delicacies such as herb-roasted chicken with gravy, Anson Mills rice, squash casserole, pork belly mac and cheese, salad and fresh biscuits. “It’s incredible to know that most of the food at Farmview Market is coming from within a 50-mile radius,” said Ainslie of Farmview Market’s impressive local emphasis.
The founders of Farmview Market were eager to host the county commissioners and county staff as a small token of gratitude for their support. “We wanted to provide dinner for the Morgan County Board of Commissioners in thanks for all they have done,” said Laura Rotroff, marketing Director. Keith Kelly shared his excitement for the opening of the farmer’s market and his appreciation for other local agencies supporting his vision. “Farmview Market supports local farmers and we hope to continue to expand services and value we are able to offer to farmers. We value Farm Bureau, and all the organization does for farming in our state,” said Kelly. “They have been an advocate of ours reaching farmers to participate in the farmers market, and promoting what is happening at Farmview Market. We were proud to be featured on the Georgia Farm Monitor.”
County Manager Michael Lamar believes Farmview Market and its variety of services will be a long-lasting endeavor in the county that will reap a host of benefits for all involved. “The county appreciates the Kelly family inviting us to celebrate their successful endeavor,” said Lamar, “I think it’s been highly successful. All the feedback I’ve received thus far has been positive. It’s already proved to be a tremendous asset to our community,” said Lamar.