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November 16, 2007

Holiday Farmers Markets feature seasonal greens, decorations and foods in November and December

It will begin to look a lot like the holidays at the Williamsburg Farmers Market in November and December. Holiday Farmers Markets are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 17, Nov. 24 and Dec. 8.

The Williamsburg Farmers Market will overflow with seasonal produce for Thanksgiving dinners on Nov. 17. Deborah Pratt, four-time world champion oyster shucker, will be in the Chefs Tent demonstrating oyster shucking with oysters from Buster's Seafood and providing samples. Brian and Mary Lewis will play acoustic country music during the morning.

When it’s time to deck the halls with boughs of holly and other greens, the Holiday Farmers Markets on Nov. 24 and Dec. 8 can help. Market vendors will display their wreaths and decorations made from fresh greens, berries and dried material from their farms. Vendors who specialize in seasonal foods, such as holiday cakes, chocolates and salsas, also will be there.

Reveille, a women's a capella group at the College of William and Mary, will entertain customers on Dec. 8.

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 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 and are patrolled from 8 a.m.

For Farmers Market visitors needing Internet, Williamsburg Wifi Internet can be accessed for free by visiting www.williamsburgwifi.com.

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 2007 are: the Riverside Hospital System with marketing support; Towne Bank, sponsors of the Chefs Tent; and Ukrop’s Super Markets, which supports musical entertainment.

For a complete list of vendors and events, visit www.williamsburgfarmersmarket.com or contact Libbey Oliver at 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. 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 tradespeople research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at www.history.org.

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