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November 7, 2008

Williamsburg Farmers Markets feature vendors with specialty foods and decorations for the holiday season

The Williamsburg Holiday Farmers Markets are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 22, Nov. 29 and Dec. 13. At these lively markets customers can shop with both regular and guest vendors.

Pies, cheese, mushrooms, beef, seafood and seasonal produce will be in abundance for Thanksgiving dinners at the Nov. 22 market. Shoppers can enjoy Klezmer music performed by Bagels & Fraylox from 9 – 11 a.m.

Also on this Saturday, Colonial Williamsburg curator of plants Lawrence Griffith and Colonial Williamsburg photographer Barbara Lombardi will sign their newest book, “Flowers and Herbs of Early America.”

The Farmers Markets on Nov. 29 and Dec. 13 overflow into two blocks full of wreaths, cut greens, berries and trees for decorating for the holidays. Vendors will display a wide variety of decorations both fresh and dried from their farms. Bakers who specialize in seasonal foods, such as holiday cakes, chocolates, jams and salsas, also will be there. Items such as handmade soap and candles and forced bulbs will ready for gift giving.

On Nov. 29 Prentiss Creek Partners will perform and on Dec. 13 Reveille, a women's a capella group at the College of William and Mary, will entertain customers.

The Williamsburg Farmers Market was established for growers and producers of Eastern Virginia to sell fresh seasonal food and farm products directly to the residents and guests in the Greater Williamsburg area.

Parking is available at the Prince George Street garage for $1 an hour. The Francis Street parking lot will continue to be free on Saturdays until noon. All other lots are posted as one-hour or two-hour parking.

The Founding Sponsors of the Williamsburg Farmers Market are The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Merchants Square Association and the City of Williamsburg. Additional sponsors for 2008 are: the Riverside Hospital System with marketing support; Towne Bank who sponsors the Chef’s Tent; and Ukrop’s Super Markets who supports musical entertainment. Prudential McCardle Realty and the Virginia Farm Bureau also have contributed to the market’s success.

For a complete list of vendors and events, visit or contact Libbey Oliver at

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation, is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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