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On summer Saturday mornings, our hardworking local farmers and artisans bring their seasonal bounties and craft to showcase. Enjoy the slowing down of a meandering stroll through the various booths of vendors. Let it take you to visions of simpler times before big box stores and bulk shopping. Listen to live musicians share their passions as you soak up the sights and sounds of the bustling markets. Talk to the farmers and artisans to hear their stories, encourage their labors of love and share in supporting their livelihood while receiving the gifts of local fare. Experience the nourishment of local produce picked fresh that week and pasture raised meats and eggs, carried just minimal miles to your home.
Our areas Farmer’s Markets offer local produce in season from asparagus to zucchini, artisan breads and a wide variety of delicious baked goods, free range meats and eggs, cheeses and prepared foods. Seasonal fresh cut flowers, bedding and nursery plants, select local crafts and much more. Add visiting a local Farmer’s Market to your Summer bucket list. Better yet, make it a Saturday morning weekly summer tradition.
The Waynesboro Farmers Market is located under the Pavilion at Constitution Park. Open on Saturdays from May to October from 9am to 1pm, rain or shine!
The market is managed by Project GROWS and strives to sustain a vibrant and innovative market that supports local farmers while extending the benefits of local food to the greater community. Their Food Access Programming this market accepts and DOUBLES SNAP-EBT and P-EBT benefits and accepts WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Vouchers (FMNP).
Stay up to date by following them on Facebook.
The Staunton Farmers’ Market is currently open for the summer on Saturdays from 7am to noon, located at the Wharf Parking Lot on Johnson Street in historic downtown Staunton.
The market serves as a center of activity in downtown Staunton by providing a variety of high-quality local produce and handmade goods from Shenandoah Valley farms. They have farm produce, meats and cheeses, as well as pre-made food and artisan products from local vendors. They have live music as often as possible and community engagement activities.
The Harrisonburg Farmers Market is open year round! The regular market is open April through Thanksgiving on Tuesdays & Saturdays from 8am to 1pm, rain or shine. They host a Holiday Market in December and a Winter Market from January to March.
The markets mission is to provide the public with easy access to fresh, nutritious, locally produced agricultural goods and crafts of the highest quality.
The Charlottesville City Market is open on Saturdays from 8am to noon during the months of April to November, located at 100 Water Street.
It is Charlottesville’s oldest open-air market. It has much to offer from fresh seasonal produce to handmade crafts, baked goods and coffee, prepared foods made on site and much more. It was voted the #1 Farmers Market in Virginia by the American Farmland Trust’s Farmers Market Celebration & Virginia Living. The market is truly a taste of Charlottesville.
Charlottesville Parks & Rec hosts Farmers in the Park at Meade Park every Wednesday during the months of May to September from 3pm to 7pm (and October from 3-6pm). Farmers in the Park features local farmers with seasonal produce & meats, cut and potted flowers, baked goods, prepared food, and crafts.
Meade Park is located at 300 Meade Avenue in Charlottesville. Parking is available at Onesty Pool or street side.
The Pick You Own berries or fruit experience invites you to join in the joy of hunting for the juiciest and ripest selections to bring home for canning, jams, homemade treats or just as they are, simple sweet delights. They are packed with nutrients for the body and soul. Farm Stores make nourishing local produce available throughout the week, plan a trip into your weekly shopping routine.
Summer is a little early for seasonal Concord and Niagara grapes at Wenger Grapes, but since they are one of our favorite local pick your own spots, we could resist adding them to this list.
The season typically begins around Labor Day in early September and lasts three to four weeks. The farm stand at Wenger Grapes is open Monday-Saturday, 8am until dark, in season and closed Sundays. Located at 4094 Stuarts Draft Hwy in Waynesboro. Concords and Niagaras are “slip skin” grapes, and offer a unique eating experience with high nutritional content. They are excellent to use for homemade grape juice, jelly and more!
The Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative is a privately owned market. Open every Saturday, rain or shine, from 8am to noon during the months of May to October. Located at 3079 Rockfish Valley Highway at the entrance of the Stoney Creek golf course community.
They provide locally grown food and local handmade goods from our community. They boast over 35 vendors offering art, produce, baked goods, coffee and more.
Troyer’s Farm is open starting in early spring through September for their produce, veggies and pick your own berries. They have strawberries, blackberries and blueberries for pick your own or purchase, in their respective seasons. The Farm Store, which is open Monday through Friday 8am-5pm and Saturday 8am-4:30pm has a variety of fresh picked seasonal fruits and veggies, along with some fresh baked goods. Located at 66 Conner Rd. in Waynesboro. Visit them for some of the sweetest berries you can find!
Visit them in the Fall for pick your own pumpkins and their corn maze!
Many of the markets accept National food access programs, even doubling the benefits, to make fresh local food accessible to all, while supporting local farmers. Visit a specific market’s website for more details.