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May 1, 2009

Williamsburg Farmers Market kicks off seventh season

Merchants Square welcomes the seventh season of the Williamsburg Farmers Market on Saturday, May 2. From 8 a.m. to noon, vendors, chefs, gardeners and musicians will cater to Williamsburg locals and visitors. The Blue Talon Bistro offers a chef demonstration. Williamsburg’s own Runaway String Band will entertain shoppers as they sample fresh seasonal food from veterans and newcomers to the market. Throughout the season, visitors can learn from Williamsburg’s master gardeners and educational groups, enjoy music provided by local performers and support the region’s farm economy.

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 include The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Merchants Square Association and the City of Williamsburg. Additional sponsors for 2009 are: the Riverside Hospital System, Prudential Towne Realty and Howell Creative Group with marketing support; Towne Bank, sponsors of the Chef’s Tent; and Ukrop’s Super Markets, which supports musical entertainment.

The regular season of farmers markets runs through Oct. 31. 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 guests interact with history through “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation.

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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