Local farmers markets ready to ring in their 2019 seasons

Staff writer

As seasons change and warmer weather brings outdoor fun, you can expect to find fresh produce, live music and more at farmers markets across the Historic Triangle.

The Williamsburg Farmers Market’s 2019 season kicked off in early March, but as executive director and market manager Tracy Frey explained, visitors can expect plenty of surprises at the farmers market each Saturday in April.

About 60 vendors from across the state are expected to be at the city’s farmers market this season, and they will sell much more than fresh fruits and vegetables. Frey said highlights from this year include area cideries and Column 15, a new James City County-based coffee roaster specializing in nitrogen-infused cold brew.

Yorktown’s Market Days kick off April 13, and will bring traditional produce vendors together with local artisans and live entertainment. April’s themed Market Days include a Sister Cities French Market on April 20, and a Pirate Invasion Market on April 27.

Both farmers markets will present music and live cooking demonstrations from local chefs each week.

“This year, one of the things that we’re going to be focusing on with the chef’s tent is really bringing it back to basics, showing people all the things that you would take for granted if you cook a lot, but there’s a lot of people that don’t have that connection with food,” Frey said.

Want to go?

The Williamsburg Farmers Market is open 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday rain or shine at 402 W. Duke of Gloucester St. For more information, visit: williamsburgfarmersmarket.com.

Yorktown’s Market Days begin April 13, and will run most Saturdays until Dec. 14. The April 20 French market-themed farmers market runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, while the April 27 Pirate Invasion farmers market will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit: visityorktown.org/225/Market-Days.

Arriaza can be reached at 757-790-9313 or on Twitter @rodrigoarriaza0.

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