Just to be sure you are all up on some of the local markets that are still out there waiting to serve you with great local meats, cheeses, eggs, honey, preserves, pies, breads, and veggies, and as of late... chocolaty treats... here is a quick run through.
Byrd House Market ( warmer inside space is often used)
Here's a snip from their e-mail...
"Truly diehard BHM shoppers know that many of our vendors continue to setup up on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the BHM location at Linden St. and Idlewood Ave until their crops or their endurance for the cold gives out. This is known as the Renegade Market
Venders participating are: CCL Farm, Faith Farm, Victory Farm, Koralee Coffee, Rural VA, Perennial Flowers, Nancy Louise, Chocolate Cravings, Bread for the People, Flynn's Foods, Wildwood Carver.
Some vendors take advance orders and will update you on their weekly products. Go to http://www.byrdhousemarket.blogspot.com/ "
Goochland Farmers Market will be holding at least one more indoor Holiday Shoppers market on . Saturday, December 13 at the J. Sarge Goochland Campus from 10:00am to 2:00pm. For more info about this special market, go to: http://www.centerforruralculture.org/rural_market.php This market will include food vendors as well as local artisans and crafters.
South of the James
The South of the James Market at Forest Hill Park will be there this Saturday Nov29th from 8:00-12:00, and again for a special Holiday shoppers market on Saturday December 6th.
Bryant Park Holiday Market
The operator of the South of the James Market has put together an additional market in Northsides' Bryant Park. There was one this past Tuesday Nov 25th, and a second one is scheduled for this Tuesday Dec 2nd from 2:00-6:00pm.
17th Street Holiday Market
I must admit I am a bit out of touch with what is going on at 17th street these days... However someone there seems to be taking steps to coordinate and advertise a healthy and helpful market environment. Their website indicates that the Thursday market was moved to the Wednesday before thanksgiving to aid holiday shoppers, the market will be open for the last weekend in Nov. and there is a Holiday shoppers market scheduled for the evening of Friday Dec 5. 5-9pm Here's a little quote from their website...
"FREE ADMISSION FREE PARKING Get into the holiday spirit as the 17th Street Farmers' Market presents our annual Celebrate Illuminate festivities! In its 10th year, the Holiday Market rings in the Spirit of the Season, featuring free LIVE holiday music, free horse-drawn carriage rides and plenty of holiday shopping opportunities! This year's musical line-up:6:15 - 7:15pm Henrico Pops Chorus7:45 - 8:30pm Tuba Christmas "
Okay, so there should be one Saturday Market left for Lakeside market which is scheduled to run through November. This market has fewer vendors than some markets, but the vendors it usually has are great. Chocolate Cravings, Agriberry, and vendors selling chickens, eggs, bread, homemade jams and jellies, goat cheese and more. This market has been tricky to "find" lately as the vendors have been moving inside the adjacent "Lakeside Towne Center" building. So don't give up if you drive past and don't see tents out. This past Wednesday a friend told me she saw a couple of vendors standing near the road holding signs that read "Market is Here" or "Market inside" and waving people in. Lakeside has already held on Friday evening Holiday Market, I haven't heard if another is planned for December.