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It’s Farmers’ Market Season

Shopping at a farmers’ market should be an easy decision. You’ll have the chance to eat beautiful and seasonal produce, which is packed with nutrients and provides the best taste. You might get to taste something you’ve never seen before. You’ll be able to chat with the vendors to learn about the growing/production process. Best of all, you’ll be supporting the economic and agricultural sustainability of our community (and cutting down on fuel costs and wasteful packaging in the process). You have several options for choosing fresh this season:

The Staunton Farmers’ Market

Is there a more idyllic way to spend a Saturday morning than strolling through a lively farmers’ market, chatting with neighbors and locals, and selecting something delicious to enjoy later? For 27 years, Stauntonians and visitors have enjoyed the convenience, community spirit, and nutritional benefits of shopping at our open-air downtown Staunton Farmers’ Market

Since it opened in 1993 with just six vendors, the Staunton Farmers’ Market has been a producer-only market. This means that vendors must produce and sell their own products rather than buying them somewhere else and selling them at the market for a profit. Additionally, everything must come from within a 75-mile radius of Staunton. Vendors pick fruits and veggies shortly before the market, and they arrive much fresher than many supermarket items.

What Can You Buy?

Vendors provide seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs as well as meat (beef, pork, chicken, lamb, sausage), and eggs. Vendors will also be selling baked goods, honey, jams, jellies, pickles, relish, and vegetable leathers. If you’re looking for plants, you’ll find perennials, bedding and garden plants, hanging baskets, and cut flowers.

When:  Saturday mornings from April until the Saturday before Thanksgiving. 7-12

Where:  At the Wharf Parking Lot on Johnson Street

The Staunton West End Farmers’ Market

Thursday afternoons give those a chance who may not be able to make it to Staunton’s Saturday morning market to shop for fresh, local goodies. Pick up a favorite or  try something new at the Staunton West End Market.

What Can You Buy?

Vendors provide seasonal fruits, vegetables, baked goods, flowers, plants, art and more.

When: Thursday afternoons from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm in season

Where:  At the old Big Lots Parking lot, located near 2040 W. Beverley Street

North Augusta Farmers’ Market

The North Augusta Farmers’ Market  has been held at the Augusta County Government Center for the last ten years. Learn more about the organization that oversees this market, Project Grows.

What Can You Buy?

Vendors there will have a selection of craft and artisan items in addition to the eggs, fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and meats that their patrons have learned to love over the years!

When: Wednesdays 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, in season 

Where:  Augusta County Government Center, 18 Government Center Lane, Verona