The Industrial Development Authority of Lee County (IDA) announced a lease agreement with Stone Mountain Naturals, LLC, for the former Dryden Furniture Building at 215 Charles Calton Road in Dryden.
Stone Mountain Naturals will purchase fresh, legally-harvested, unwashed seasonal herbs. The grand opening date of Sept. 1 coincides with the first day of legal ginseng harvesting in Virginia.
“We will pay $10 per ounce for fresh, unwashed ginseng. We will also be having a contest running until December 1, which will pay a $200 prize to the largest fresh root we receive,” said Chris Rowles, one of the principals of Stone Mountain Naturals, LLC.
“The root must be intact with no broken or damaged parts. Our scales were certified on Aug. 13 by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Office of Weights and Measures.”
Rowles said Stone Mountain Naturals would like to remind harvesters/diggers that all plants must be at least five years of age and contain no less than three prongs to be legal for harvesting, and that all berries must be placed at the site of harvest to ensure future growth.
According to Rowles, overharvesting of any crop has harmful side effects both to the future of the crop’s production as well as the entire ecosystem.”
“We are pleased to have a new business opening in Dryden. The building has been vacant for several years and we are happy it can be productive again,” said IDA Director Michael James
Stone Mountain Naturals, LLC, can be contacted at 423-963-6894.