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November 18, 2006

Holiday Farmers' Markets arrive in Merchants Square

What better way to spend the season than perusing the streets of Williamsburg looking for holiday treats? The Holiday Farmers’ Markets in Merchants Square are scheduled for November 18, November 25 and December 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

On November 18, shoppers can find the perfect trimmings for Thanksgiving dinner. The market will include an oyster-shucking demonstration with samples in the Chef’s Tent by Miss Sarah of Buster’s Seafood. As customers move from stall to stall, they will enjoy acoustic country music courtesy of Brian and Mary Lewis and Andrew Petkofsky.

The November 25 and December 9 farmers’ markets will put customers in the holiday spirit by displaying hundreds of wreathes made from berries and fresh greens. Growers specializing in holiday trees and cut branches of holly berries, including J&J Treeland and Lilley Farms, have stalls at the Holiday Farmers’ Markets as well as vendors specializing in delicious foods and holiday decorations and gifts.

The Holiday Farmers’ Markets feature a variety of fine foods from fresh produce to baked goods. B&B Vegetable Growers sells fresh collards, kale and turnips, and the Double “A” Farm features eggs and meat products. The finest chevre can be found at Goats R Us while peanuts and pasta products are available for purchase at Vick Farm Peanuts and Cavanna Pasta. Even honey, herbs and vegetarian options are available from Bees ‘N’ Blossoms, A Thyme to Plant Herb Farm and Annie Thompson Fine Vegetarian Foods. Delicious baked goods from vendors such as the Jamestown Pie Company, Valerie Bakes and Betsy’s Baked Goods are a specialty of the farmers’ market.

Shoppers interested in more than food can find what they are looking for at the Holiday Farmers’ Market as well. Duchess of Gloucester Flowers sells seasonal evergreen decorations as does The Christmas Peddler and Nature’s Gifts. Dried flowers, pumpkins and pinecones are some of the creative components of holiday table and door decorations available at the market. The College Run Farm sells cotton angels, perfect Christmas gifts! These and the many other vendors at the Holiday Farmers’ Market make it a seasonal event that cannot be missed.

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 2006 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.

For more information, contact Oliver at (757) 259-3768 or visit the Web site at

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