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July 2, 2010

Williamsburg Farmers Market Open on Tuesdays This Summer

Enjoy the Williamsburg Farmers Market in Colonial Williamsburg’s Merchants Square also on Tuesdays this summer and vote during the “America’s Favorite Farmers Market Contest.”

The farmers market features a local artist each Tuesday, along with vendors of meat, seafood, produce and cut flowers, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The artists exhibit and sell their pottery, paintings or photographs.

Artists include:

July


  • July 6, Dorothy Fagan, painter.
  • July 13, Matt Cross, garden sculptor.
  • July 20, Elaine Abbot, painter, and Hank Mook, paper mache artist.

August


  • Aug. 3, Betty Babb, watercolorist.
  • Aug. 10, Bill Pinkham, potter.
  • Aug. 17, Maggie Stultz, potter.
  • Aug. 24, Karen Schwartz, painter.

Saturday markets continue through Oct. 30 from 8 a.m. to noon with presentations by local chefs and master gardeners and performances from local musicians.

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.

Cast Your Vote During the “America’s Favorite Farmers Market Contest”


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. Vote for the Williamsburg Farmers Market again at www.farmland.org/vote. The polls are open until Aug. 31.

The recognition of this award has brought sales to the vendors, encouraged new vendors to join the Williamsburg Farmers Market and made it a vital part of the community. The market averages 35 vendors on Saturdays and 15 on Tuesdays. Markets have increased nationwide in the past year, in Virginia there are more than 180.

The 2010 winner of this prestigious award will face stiff competition. Shoppers can vote—only once—through Aug. 31 for as many participating markets as they choose. Social networking is a valuable tool for soliciting votes. Details about voting, the Williamsburg Farmers Market and its vendors can be found at www.williamsburgfarmersmarket.com.

For other scheduled events, contact (757) 259-3768 or loliver@williamsburgva.gov.

The founding sponsors of the Williamsburg Farmers Market are The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Merchants Square Association and the City of Williamsburg.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia.

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. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at www.history.org.

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121



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