April 25, 2008
Williamsburg Farmers Market opens sixth season in May
The Williamsburg Farmers Market opens its sixth season 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 3 in Colonial Williamsburg’s Merchants Square. The first farmers market of the season will feature Chef Charlie Little of Berret’s Seafood Restaurant. Musician Tim Seaman will provide the entertainment. Master gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions.
Farmers, watermen, growers and bakers from 26 counties attend the farmers market. The wide varieties of products they supply attract more than 1,300 customers weekly from Greater Williamsburg, Northern Virginia and Virginia Beach.
“Customers attend with their coolers and ice packs to carry home seafood, bison, cheese and cut flowers,” said market manager Libbey Oliver. “Owners of timeshares return regularly on their visits to town. Guests from other states pick up products on their way out of town or contact vendors to ship to them after returning home. Customers often order ahead to procure quick-to-sell-out produce such as hydroponic vegetables, special cuts of meat and large quantities of cucumbers for pickling.”
The 2008 season features:
The Williamsburg Farmers Market Web site lists all of the chef demonstrations, music and exhibits. Chef demonstrations include: Jean Monaco, Ukrop’s Super Markets, Sept. 6; Corner Pocket, Sept. 13; Dudley’s Farmhouse Grille, Sept. 20; Custom Culinary Connection, Sept. 27; and Brook Fitchett, Williamsburg Inn, Oct. 11.
Musical entertainment includes: Ardie Boggs, June 28; Runaway String Band, July 12; Stephen Christoff, Aug. 9; Narissa Bond, Aug. 16; and Poisoned Dwarf, Aug. 23.
The regular season of farmers markets continues through Oct. 25.
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 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 include The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Merchants Square Association and the City of Williamsburg. Additional sponsors for 2008 are: the Riverside Hospital System with marketing support; Towne Bank, sponsors of the Chef’s 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.