Monday, April 19, 2010

2010 Farmers Market Startup-

West End Market: At Gayton Rd. and Ridgefield Pkwy. Starts This Saturday, April 24th!
NEW hours are Wednesday 3-7 pm and Saturday 8am -noon Click here for their website. This Market has only grown since it's opening last year. This year their vendor list shows 31 food and plant vendors and another dozen or so soap and craft vendors.

South of the James Market:Forest Hill Ave & 42nd Street. Saturday's from 8 am - 12 pm, May 1, 2010 - December 4, 2010. Music, prepared foods, pottery, crafts and food. The huge vendor list is meant for both this market and the Bryan Park Market. In the past the South of the James Market has actually had the majority of the vendors listed at this market every week. A much smaller number have attended the Bryan Park Market. We'll see what this year brings.

Bryan Park Market: The Market Manager, who also runs the South of the James Market under The Market Umbrella is now referring to this market as The North of the James Market. Held in Bryan park across from the soccer field. Lakeside Ave and I-95, exit 80. Tuesdays from 3 - 7 pm. May 4, 2010 - October 26, 2010

The Farmers' Market at Saint Stephen's: This market has doubled in size in only its second year. Along with its focus on local producers, this market creates a neighborhood destination where local bands perform every week, and folks can linger over coffee and breakfast, while supporting local food. Click here for the market webpage, which has a link to the vendor list. 6000 Grove Avenue, Saturdays from 8-12, May through October

Lakeside Market: 6110 Lakeside Ave.Richmond, VA 23228 Every Wednesday this site has two Markets! One from 8AM til Noon and a second market 3PM til 7PM. The Vendors are different from the morning to the afternoon time slot. There is also a Saturday market, 8AM til Noon. Although I could always find plenty of great produced here, this market has stayed small since it's opening two years ago. That may change now that new market pavilion has been completed. The open air pavilion provides shade, light if needed for evening markets, and ceiling fans. The market will run May-November.

17th St Farmers Market: Richmonds oldest and recently revitalized farmer market has four different event days a week. The growers market starts this Saturday April 24 at 9:00am and runs unil 4:00pm. Victory Farm will be there This Saturday Only. A second grower market is held on Thursdays and runs from 8:30 am until 4:00pm. The first Thursday Market of the 2010 season will be on April 29. If you haven't been to this market in a while this Saturday might be a good time to give it a try. Check out all the Markets events and times here.

Market at Huguenot and Robious: Now Open! This Market Is every Thursday from 10:00am-3:00pm. Held At the Great Big Greenhouse on Southside, this market has been carrying on indoors throughout the winter. It looks like the outdoor market started back up on April 1st. They are advertising beets among other items for this week. Last year I heard from some vendors and some shoppers that this was their favorite market. The work day hours of this market have meant that I have yet to check it out.

Monument Market: (NEW) Saturdays, 8 am-noon, May 1-October 2
Corner of Monument Avenue & North Robinson Street at the First Baptist Church. Free Parking.

The Goochland Farmers Market:Sats. 8am-Noon May-Oct. 2955 River Road West Goochland . Starts May 1st. Goochland Farmer's Market offers a mix of Crafters and Food Producers. in a lovely setting. Click here to check out their vendor list.

The Ashland Farmers Market: Duncan Street behind the Town Hall. This is a Saturday Market running May 1 through October 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Try and check out their web page here for updates. They have a nice setup of links by date to list what vendors/products will be available, however currently all links are to blank pages. Perhaps has market season picks up these will fill in.

The Chester Farmers Market: This is also a Saturday Market starting May 1st and running through October. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chester Village Green opposite the Chester Library on Centre St. in Chester. The Market will be closed on Saturday Sept. 26 for ChesterFest. This was a new market last year and I have yet to check it out. Their website states their products as typically..."Produce locally grown and trucked Vegetable plants and flowers in season Honey, bread, preserves, herbs, eggs Handmade soaps, craft items." Their website also carries this message...."You don't have to be a truck farmer to sell at the Chester market. If you have an abundance of vegetables or fruit from your garden or even eggs, honey or other home raised food stuff sign up and bring it to the market. Don't let it go to waste." A practice that varies with other markets around town.

Market at Whole Foods in Glen Allen: Thursdays 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. from April 22 through October 21st . This market is held in front of the store. Locally grown produce, baked goods and jewelry is sold here.

News on other Richmond area markets is in the works...


  1. The Ashland Market starts May 1 and runs from 9-12 on Saturdays. This is a locally produced growers market in its 12th season. There is live music, informational booths and cooking demonstrations.

  2. Plus Chester, Petersburg and Ashland.

    It makes me wonder, how many markets can one area sustain?

  3. Thank you guys for commenting!!!Just for those at the Ashland Market and others...I didn't forget about you! I just really wanted to get this post out yesterday a.m. before work for the benefit of today's markets. Thanks again, and I will include the info in the body of the post. As to how many markets one area can sustain... I guess time will tell, but so far they all just keep on growing.

  4. Hi - I am collecting local farmers market photos on flickr. Anyone who has photos can add them here: