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May 1, 2007

Williamsburg Farmers' Market returns to Merchants Square

The fifth annual Williamsburg Farmers’ Market, offering some of the best homegrown products of Eastern Virginia, returns to Merchants Square on Saturday, May 5 for a new season.

When friends and family purchase fresh meat and seafood, delicious baked goods, homemade salsas, vegetarian and organic products, cut flowers and nursery plants, they support the Eastern Virginia agricultural community and help revive the tradition of the Williamsburg town center as a historic place for markets since 1722.

The festive atmosphere of the outdoor market is enhanced by a series of special events, including live musical performances and cooking demonstrations. On Saturdays during the spring and summer season, the farmers’ market will showcase talented regional artists performing a variety of musical styles, including klezmer, bluegrass, folk, Celtic, oldies and swing. Also on Saturdays, there will be live cooking demonstrations by local chefs who will use products available at the market to prepare original recipes and offer guests free samples.

Cooking demonstrations will be held at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m as follows:

  • May 5: The Mise en Place, Hugh and Nadia Burns;
  • May 12: Colonial Williamsburg Historic Foodways, Jim Gay;
  • May 19: Colonial Heritage Club, Bill Berning;
  • May 26: The Catering Company of Williamsburg, Laura and Craig Reeves;
  • June 2: Williamsburg-James City County, SHIP-School Heath Initiative Program; and
  • July 7: Virginia Chef’s Association, Renny Parziale and Associates.

    For a complete list of vendors and events, visit

    The farmers’ market comes to life in Merchants Square every Saturday morning from 8 a.m.-noon from May through October. The Tuesday farmers’ markets will begin on June 5 and continue until Aug. 28 from 3–6:30 p.m. Special markets include Children’s Days on June 2 and Oct. 20, and Anniversary Day on July 7.

    Parking is available at 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.

    For farmer’s market visitors needing Internet, Williamsburg Wifi Internet can be accessed for free by visiting

    For more information, contact Libbey Oliver at

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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