County farmers market winds down strong season

By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Email: Click Here
Posted: September 23, 2018 | 12:30 p.m.

PRINCE GEORGE – One of the county’s newest ventures continues to bear fruits … and vegetables as officials with the Prince George County Farmers Market note another successful season was had by vendors and organizers.

 Farmers and local growers offered the most beautiful array of fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables. Visitors to the market were also impressed with the home-made wares of local artisans, with exceptionally beautiful leather goods, jewelry, home products, flags, crafts, and so much more. Home-baked goods such as bread, cakes, pies, jams, jellies, and more would make your mouth water. 

If you have not yet visited Prince George Farmers Market, or if you are a frequent visitor, and are just not ready for the end of the season; do not despair! The last market of the 2018 season will not be held until Saturday, October 27. There is still plenty of time for those late-season fruits, vegetables, crafts, delectable home-baked desserts, and so much more!

This year, Prince George Farmers Market tried something new—an additional mid-week Wednesday market. 

According to Farmers Market Manager, Kirsten F. Cherry, the mid-week market was not as successful as had been hoped, and will probably not return for the 2019 season.

Larue Archer, Archer’s Farms, greets a market customer.

“The Saturday Markets continue to go strong,” said Cherry. “The mid-week markets did not work out, as we had issues with retaining vendors who could work on Wednesday evenings. Many of our vendors are not full-time farmers or artisans and have other responsibilities during the work week.” 

Prince George Farmers Market is located in Scott’s Park Pavilion, 6380 Scott Park Memorial Drive, and is adjacent to the Prince George Library. Disability parking and accessibility is always available on the Scott Park Memorial Drive side of the building. 

The market will continue to be held each Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., through Saturday, October 27. 

A few of the vendors that can be found offering their wares at the market are: Archer’s Farm Produce, Bohemian Coffee, Crumbs Cheesecakes and Sweets, Della’s Hens & Chicks, Driftwood & Jewelry, Green Acres, Integrity Harvest, Mount Sinai Gardens, R.A. Watson, Rose Bendall, Rosie & Jerry Collins, Stacey Allen, The Dabbler’s Creations, and The Polish Bread Lady.

“We generally receive positive feedback from the market visitors and the vendors,” said Cherry. “People appreciate being given the opportunity to shop for fresh local produce, and also support the farmers in the area. Many people do not have time to devote to a garden and appreciate the fact that they can still get fresh-picked produce. The idea of supporting the small businesses and vendors like those who sell at the market is one that is pleasing to the customers. The regular customers also like to come to the market as part of a social event as well. Many residents meet weekly at the market to catch up with one another. A particular benefit to the market has been the new hot food vendor that sells delicious breakfast and lunch items!”

For additional information on Prince George Farmers Market, please contact Kirsten Cherry, Market Manager, at (804) 722-8777, or email at farmersmarket@princegeorgecountyva.gov.

What a wonderful way to spend an early-autumn Saturday morning. Catching up on the latest goings-on with neighbors, and choosing from an incredible selection of fresh produce, home-baked goods, and crafts at the Prince George Farmers Market!

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