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The Happy Retreat Wine and Jazz Festival receives sponsorship from Kilmer’s Farm Market

May 31, 2018 | Concerts & Live Music, News & Announcements, Wine & Jazz Festival

A HUGE shoutout to Kilmer’s Farm Market for sponsoring the Wine and Jazz Fest with their generous donation of a refrigerated truck that we will use to chill the white wines, as well as the sparkling wines!

For those of you unfamiliar with Kilmer’s Farm Market, Derek Kilmer owns and operates about 500 acres in Berkeley County and comes from a long line of farmers. His great-grandfather was a farmer, dairy man and small fruit grower, his grandfather was a fruit grower, his parents were owners and active in the operation and now it belongs to Derek. Derek returned from college to the family farm in 2003, and began finding his niche by opening the “little red barn farmers market.” He expanded by opening a second location in a neighboring county, and by participating in the Washington DC metro area farmers market. In 2007, he began delivering apples to schools in Jefferson County WV.

During the next 8 years, Derek would see dramatic growth in sales, and he would expand the family farm by growing fruits and vegetables other than the traditional peaches and apples of the past. Derek’s parents retired in 2012, leaving him the opportunity for the transition into a broader scope of the industry. Today, Kilmer’s services schools in 10 different counties in WV, 2 counties in VA, numerous charter schools in the DC Metro area, both non-profit and for profit organizations in the DC Metro, and the Martinsburg Veterans Administration Hospital. Kilmer’s maintains a community outreach by donations of produce to children’s programs in school, and the classroom, local food banks, and various other charities.

This is a HUGE improvement over our chilling system last year and we hope they stay cool and refreshing on what is looking to be a very nice day (fingers crossed!).


Visit https://www.kilmersfarmmarket.com/ for more information