Thursday, June 17, 2010

New Market in Southside

A new market started up three weeks ago in the McGuire VA Medical Center. This market was the result of efforts by Cooperative extension and McGuire. A smaller eight vendor market, the McGuire VA Farmers Market was created for the benefit of hospital staff and residents. It has meat, cut flower, and produce vendors to name a few. They have not been publicizing this new market due to issues like traffic flow and very limited parking.
A vendor I spoke with said that during the lunch hour from 12:00-1:00 they are slammed with staff doing their shopping creating lines at each vendor. After 1:00 it's a different story, and they have fairly few shoppers. It is great that Richmond is at a place and time where Extension and McGuire would create such a market for this facility, and that it's been worth it to vendors who usually would be using their Fridays to harvest and prepare for their Saturday Markets.
McGuire VA Farmers Market
Fridays 12:00-3:00
1201 Broad Rock Blvd.

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