There’s just something about local produce that makes it look and taste better. And when you buy it straight from the person who grew it, you know it’s as fresh as possible and that it was grown responsibly. You’ll find that many local markets carry organic produce and meats.
What’s more, by buying straight from the grower/producer of food products, you cut out the middle man and that can mean savings for you. The Richmond area offers many weekly outdoor farmers markets where these individual vendors sell their produce, meats, and many other products.
Be sure and visit the Virginia Grown website for the most current list of farmer’s markets and confirm dates, locations, and times since they may change from season to season.
17TH STREET MARKET Located in proximity to the Main Street Train station, the market has been a public gathering place since 1737. This venue recently changed from farmers market to special event space. Not only does the market often feature locally-grown produce and products, it also holds several signature festivals and events.
ASHLAND FARMERS MARKET The bounty of Hanover county – honey, artisan baked goods, fresh-cut flowers, grass-fed beef, pastured pork, preserves and more. Special holiday markets in November and December. 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays, May- Oct. 101 Thompson St.
BRANDERMILL GREEN MARKET Season fruits & vegetables, baked goods, plants, flowers and more.. 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays, May-October. 4900 Market Square Lane. 804-744-1035 or Brandermill Green Market on Facebook.com.
BIRDHOUSE FARMERS MARKET Delectable pastries, bagels, micro greens, berries and more.. 3-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May-November. 1507 Grayland Avenue.
CARYTOWN FARMERS MARKET Locally grown produce, freshly baked foods, crafts, popsicles, coffee and flowers.. 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Sundays, late April-November. City Stadium, 3201 Maplewood Ave.
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY FARMERS MARKET Local fruits, vegetables, plants, desserts and crafts on the grounds of the Chesterfield County Government Complex. 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Wednesdays, May 2-August 29. 6701 Mimms Loop.
FARMERS MARKET AT ST. STEPHEN’S Market hosted by St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church featuring produce, plants, flowers, berries, eggs, meat, seafood, baked goods, jams, baked goods and handicrafts. 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, April-October. Indoor: Saturdays 9 a.m.-noon, November-March. 6000 Grove Ave.
GOOCHLAND FARMERS MARKET Goochland Farmers Market is a seasonal farmers market, open on Tuesdays from 3:30pm-7:00pm. One block south of Fairgrounds Road on Route 522, across from the County’s athletic field & parking lot. Seasonal fruits and vegetables,sausage, pastured beef and chicken, plants, goats milk soaps, baked goods, food trucks, live music, and more.
HUGUENOT- ROBIOUS FARMERS MARKET at the great big greenhouse Virginia Grown market featuring locally grown produce, flowers, cheese, bread, meat and crafts. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays year-round. 2051 Huguenot Road.
LAKESIDE FARMERS’ MARKET A year-round market with an indoor pavilion featuring local produce, meat, cheese and handmade items. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays; 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Pavilion open year-round. 6110 Lakeside Ave.
MANAKIN MARKET Manakin Market is one of Central Virginia’s premiere farmers’ markets. With over 50 vendors featuring seasonal vegetables, fruits and berries, honey, baked goods, plants, pastured beef, pork, poultry and lamb, seafood, jams & jellies, micro-greens, pet treats, cut flowers, fresh juices, value added agricultural products, fine artisan crafts, and more. Enjoy live music, chef’s demos, children’s activities and lots of shade under a grove of trees. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, May-October. 68 Broad Street Road, Manakin-Sabot (west of Short Pump).
THE MARKET AT MAGNOLIA GREEN Over 35 vendors offering fresh, local produce and meats, donuts, coffee, prepared foods and unique artisans. every Saturday, May-October. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 17320 Hull Street Road, Moseley.
SOUTH OF THE JAMES MARKET More than 100 vendors, featuring local homegrown and craft products. Must-try donuts.. 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, May-October. Winter market: 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays, November-April. Forest Hill Park, 42nd Street parking lot.
WEST END FARMERS MARKET Fruits and vegetables, herbs, meat, fish, picked items, spices, soap, poultry, sausage and baked goods. Open 8 a.m.-noon on Saturdays, and 4-7 p.m. on Tuesdays from May-Oct. 12450 Gayton Road, (at Ridgefield Pwy) Henrico. 804-564-9989 or westendfarmersmarket.com.
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