CNU Farmers' Market hosted through April 21, others opening

CNU Famers Market hosted through April 21, other farmers markets underway

The Farmers' Market at Christopher Newport University started last week and continues Thursdays through April 21.

The market, open 3-6 p.m. Thursdays, is on the street between the David Student Union and York River Residence Hall.

Vendors at the market include Broken Arrows Farm, The Bunny Hutch, Creekside Catering, Glass Gardens by John, Grumpy's, Irihana Arts and Yarnykins, Kettle King, Leaf Love Soaps, NYR Skin Care, Oberweis Dairy, Of the Earth Body Care, Riverview Plantation Trading Co., Shabby Pink Palm, Smithfield Orchids, STUFT, TJ's Homemade Treats, Sinful Treats, Southeastern Farms and Zaypona Pure Skin Care.

For more, visit the market's Facebook page at facebook.com/FarmersMarketCNU.

Besides CNU's markets, several other farmers' markets are open:

•Dean and Don's Market. Opens for the season Wednesday at two locations: 12601 Warwick Blvd. in Newport News and 600 LaSalle Ave. in Hampton. Both locations are closed Sundays. Newport News store open 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and the Hampton location is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. For more, visit deananddons.com.

•Smithfield Farmers Market. 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Oct. 29. 115 Main St., downtown Smithfield. Specialty markets are open until 1 p.m. For more, contact market manager Cheryl Ketcham at cketcham@isleofwightus.net.

•Williamsburg Farmers Market. 8 a.m.-noon through October. Merchants Square, 402 W. Duke of Gloucester St., Williamsburg. Info: 757-259-3768 or therner@williamsburgva.gov.

•Mathews Farmers Market. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 29. Market not open on Sept. 10 during Mathews Market Days. Historic Courthouse Green on Court Street. Info: mathewsmainstreet.org.

Coming soon:

•City Center Farmers Market. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays starting May 12 through Sept. 29. Mariners Row Market Stage, Newport News. Info: citycenteratoysterpoint.com/events.

•Yorktown Market Days. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays starting May 14 through Oct. 29, with extended hours to 3 p.m. Oct. 8, Nov. 12, 19 and Dec. 10. Excludes Oct. 1. Takes place on the Yorktown waterfront between Buckner and Ballard streets. Info: yorktownmarketdays.com.

Kilwins opening in Williamsburg

A new chocolate and ice cream shop in Williamsburg is giving away a year's worth of fudge or ice cream every hour as it celebrates its grand opening Friday.

The event takes place at Kilwins at 421 Prince George St. from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and includes a ribbon-cutting, free samples, giveaways and more, said co-owner Nick Pastermack.

The shop sells ice cream, as well as caramel, fudge, peanut brittle and chocolate truffles.

"We make the product right in front of everyone," he said.

Pastermack said the staff at the shop takes customer satisfaction seriously.

"If you didn't leave smiling, we didn't do our job," said Pastermack.

The shop opened under new ownership in October after a Kilwins on High Street closed several years ago.

To contact Kilwins, call 757-378-2727.

Kroger offering "Taste of Spain"

Starting this week, Kroger is offering customers a "Taste of Spain."

Items like seasoned chorizo, smoked paprika garlicky shrimp, freshly harvested extra virgin olive oil, saffron-flavored paella and chardonnay from Navarro will be available for sampling at Kroger stores in York County and Southside Hampton Roads starting Wednesday, according to Kroger spokeswoman Noelle Motley.

Wednesday kicks off a two-week event that also features events and recipe ideas "that are affordable and easy to duplicate," said Motley.

The store will sell a selection of Spanish foods such dry-cured jamón, Ibérico de Bellota, rich and creamy spicy paprika aioli, and olive oil from the La Mancha region of Spain under Kroger's internationally inspired HemisFares line.

The store introduced the line with Italian food last fall. In addition to hosting Taste of Italy, Kroger hosted Taste of Mexico in 2014.

Food bank hosts fundraiser

At "Tastefully Yours," the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank's largest fundraiser of the year, sample items from more than 35 local restaurants and enjoy live music, photo boots and funny money gambling tables.

The event is open to guests 18 and older, who are asked to dress in after-hours business attire or dress. No jeans or shorts. Tastefully Yours takes place 6-9:30 p.m. April 14 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. Tickets are $45 and available online.

For more information, call 757-596-7188 or visit hrfoodbank.org.

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