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March 30, 2010

Go green at the Williamsburg Farmers Market April 3

Located in Merchants Square, the Williamsburg Farmers Market is a delightful stop on your way to tour Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. Pick up coffee and a scone from the sidewalk vendors as you peruse the fresh grown flowers, baked goods and scented homemade soaps, along with many more fresh products.

The market is open on Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon, starting April 3. A Tuesday market also will be added from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning June 1. The regular season ends Oct. 31.

Be sure to check online at www.williamsburgfarmersmarket.com for a detailed schedule of activities which encompass live music, cooking demonstrations and educational programs. Other special events include the celebration of National Herb Day, Children’s Day and the market’s eighth anniversary on Independence Day Weekend.

In the spirit of going green, vendors ask that their customers bring along cloth bags or boxes in order to reduce the need for unrecyclable plastic containers or for just $25 customers can become a “Friend of the Market” and receive a reusable farmers market shopping bag.

Established for growers and producers of Eastern Virginia, vendors at the market offer fresh seasonal food and farm products directly to the residents of the Greater Williamsburg area, along with friendly advice regarding products and growing techniques. Goods for sale include seafood, meat, cut flowers, fresh produce, ethnic foods, cheeses, baked goods and flower bulbs.

In 2009, the Williamsburg Farmers Market ranked number one nationwide in the mid-size category of “America’s Favorite Farmers Market Contest” sponsored by the American Farmland Trust.

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.

For a complete list of vendors and events, visit www.williamsburgfarmersmarket.com or contact (757) 259-3768 or loliver@williamsburgva.gov.

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. 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 www.history.org.

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