FORT LEE, Va. (May 28, 2015) -- Farmers market season is in full swing across Virginia. An abundance of products from the commonwealth’s farms, seashore, artisans, bakers and growers is available most Saturday mornings through October somewhere near Fort Lee.
There also are more distant markets that are well worth the drive, including the Williamsburg Farmers Market, considered by many to be the premier farm market in this part of Virginia.
For those who don’t mind rising with the sun, treasures await. The bounty includes berries and baked goods, asparagus and other vegetables, fruits, plants, cut or dried flowers, cheeses, handmade soaps, and a variety of meats and seafood. And that’s just a scant sampling.
Markets are good places to learn about healthy foods grown close to home and gather tips about cooking them or growing your own tasty treats.
The Williamsburg market includes demonstrations by local chefs and educational exhibits many Saturdays. Its website, www.williamsburgfarmersmarket.com, offers a schedule of events and a listing of vendors each week.
Farmers markets also are a good place to find folks whose hobbies have outgrown their yards and homes.
Farm markets are not necessarily Saturday-only events. Some of the markets in the Richmond area are open on weekdays. Many others are open year round.
In addition to the nearby farmers markets listed on this page, there are several local farms where people can pick their own strawberries, pumpkins or vegetables. Visit www.buylocalvirginia.org for locations and hours of operation.
No time to shop in person? There are several alternatives for people who live in the Greater Richmond area. The Farm Table will deliver a box of salad making basics or a mix of classic side vegetables for $28.95 plus tax per week. One box supplies a family of four. Check it out at www.thefarmtable.org. There also is a $50 membership fee.
Another option for products from local farmers is Relay Foods. It is an online resource that connects local producers to shoppers. It offers several drop off locations in the Greater Richmond area or can provide home deliveries for a monthly cost. Visit www.relayfoods.com for more information.
Brandermill Green Market: Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon (May - October); 4900 Market Square Lane, Midlothian; http://on.fb.me/1JOB43C
Chesterfield County Farmers Market: Wednesdays, 3-6 p.m. (May 20 - Sept. 16); Chesterfield County Government Complex near 6607 Mimms Loop; Chesterfield; https://www.facebook.com/CFitFarmersMarket
Farm Market at Boulevard Flower Gardens: Thursdays, 3- 6 p.m. (April - October); 2100 Ruffin Mill Road, South Chesterfield; www.boulevardflowergardens.com
Huguenot-Robious Farmers Market: Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (April - November); Great Big Greenhouse 2, 2051 Huguenot Road, Richmond; http://on.fb.me/1baqwjr
Wood’s Farmers Market: Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. - noon (June - September); Woods United Methodist Church, 7200 Hickory Road, South Chesterfield
Hopewell Farmers Market: Saturdays, 2-5 p.m. (May- August and Sept. 5 and 19; Oct. 10 and 24; Nov. 21); E Broadway Street and VA State Route 10, Hopewell; http://hopewelldowntown.com/market/
Petersburg Farmers Market: Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. - noon (May - October); located under Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge, Joseph Jenkins Roberts Street, Petersburg
Byrd House Market: Tuesdays, 3:30-7 p.m. (May - October); Behind William Byrd Community House, South Linden Street and Idlewood Avenue, Richmond; http://byrdhousemarket.blogspot.com/
Carytown Farmers Market: Sundays, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (May - October); 3201 W. Cary Street, Richmond (Wells Fargo parking lot); http://www.carytownmarket.com/
CVC Market: Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (May 20 - Oct. 5); Plaza at 600 East Main Street, Richmond
Farmers Market at St. Stephen’s: Saturdays, 8 a.m. - noon; St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 6000 Grove Avenue, Richmond; www.saintstephensrichmond.net/farmersmarket
La Plaza Farmers Market:Tuesdays, 4-7 p.m. (May - October); La Milpa, 6925 Hull Street Road, Richmond; https://www.facebook.com/laplazamarketrva
South of the James Market: Saturdays, 8 a.m. - noon (May - October); Forest Hill Park, New Kent Ave & 42nd Street, Richmond; www.growrva.com
Tricycle Gardens Four Season Farmers Market: 31st Street Baptist Church; Thursdays, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 823 North 31 Street, Richmond; www.tricyclegardens.org
There are more farmers markets offered in the surrounding areas. For a complete listing – including those in Goochland, Hanover, Henrico and Powhatan counties – visit www.backtothemarket.com.