New faces and old favorites return to the Williamsburg Farmers Market this weekend

aheymann@vagazette.com

Along with the warmer weather, the return of the Williamsburg Farmers Market is another reason to venture outside Saturday.

This is the first weekly market of the season, according to Tracy Frey, executive director of the Williamsburg Farmers Market.

All of the market’s vendors based in Virginia, according to Frey, and some of the items shoppers can find at stalls include meat, early spring vegetables such as kale, baked goods and jam.

While old favorites such as Bombolini Pasta and Amy’s Garden still come around, a few new faces will join them.

“Some of those (new vendors) include Column 15, which is nitro coffee,” Frey said.

James Kroll, a co-founder of Column 15, said nitro coffee is brewed in cold water, kegged and then served pressurized with nitrogen.

“When (the coffee) is served pressurized under nitro-tap, it smooths out the texture and the flavor,” Kroll said. “It thickens the beverage, but it makes it light and creamy flavor without adding any cream or sugar.”

Victoria Goldsby, co-founder of Column 15, said she and Kroll decided to sell at the farmers market because as a local business, most of their clientele live in the area.

“It really made sense to put long-term effort into getting involved with community events — and the farmers market seemed like a really good fit,” Kroll said.

Other new vendors include Chef Joseph’s Kick Sauce -- they’ll sell hot sauce and a ginger beverage- - and Haley’s Honey Meadery, which will sell mead and honey.

In addition to the vendors, Frey said the market will continue hosting weekly music acts. This weekend’s featured performer is singer and songwriter Jack Enea.

“I’m sure on a day that is kind of chilly like today if you were to walk in Merchants Square it’s still a great place to walk — but something magical happens on Saturdays when all the tents get set up,” Frey said. “It’s like a community within a community.’

Want to go?

The market runs 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in Merchants Square, 402 W. Duke of Gloucester St. Learn more at williamsburgfarmersmarket.com.

Heymann can be reached by phone at 757-298-5828 or on Twitter at @HeymannAmelia.

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