Sunny skies create perfect backdrop for Prince George Farmers’ Market opening

By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Email: Click Here
Posted: May 11, 2018 | 1:30 p.m.

PRINCE GEORGE – Last Saturday’s weather could not have been more perfect for the hotly anticipated opening day of the Prince George County Farmers’ Market. 

County residents, along with others from surrounding communities strolled in Scott Park throughout the early morning through noon Saturday,  checking out the fresh produce, vegetables, homemade jams and jellies, homemade baked goods, crafts, jewelry, and so much more! There was a discernible excitement in the crowd of market goers, at this first market of the year, as they strolled along discovering countless treasures.

There was music, competitions, dogs strolling the grassy areas with their masters, and tempting homemade delicacies everywhere you turned. Hometown Heroes of Prince George sponsored an exciting 5K competition. Overall winners of the race were First Place, Cody Daulton, age 15, McKenney; Second Place, Randy Shelton, age 43, Mechanicsville; Third Place, Colt Daulton, age 15, McKenney; and First Place Female, Glenia Williams, age 39, formerly of Boston, and now resides in North Prince George County.

Winners of the Hometown Heroes 5K, (l to r) First Place, Cody Daulton, age 15, McKenney; Second Place, Randy Shelton, age 43, Mechanicsville; Third Place, Colt Daulton, age 15, McKenney; and First Place Female, Glenia Williams, age 39, formerly of Boston, and now resides in North Prince George County. (Rodger Allen Kidd)

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 are available on the Scott Park Memorial Drive side of the building. The market will be held each Saturday of this year’s season from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., through Saturday, October 27, with the exception of Saturday, September 1.

Just a few of the vendors that can be found offering their wares at the market this year 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.

“Prince George operates a producer-grower farmers’ market. We are dedicated to building a sustainable, regional foodshed and educating people about the benefits of sustainable agriculture,” said Kirsten Cherry, Market Manager. “Our Farmers’ Market emphasizes the direct connection between local food choices and the quality and health of our environment and daily lives.”

Saturday’s market boasted some of the reddest, biggest, and juiciest strawberries most ever seen! There were delicious homemade baked goods creating the most wonderful smells that wafted through the air, making your mouth water! Some folks were obviously having difficulty in narrowing down the items for purchase, and others just appeared to be getting one of everything!

“We support farmers and growers who cultivate the land using sustainable agricultural practices. We also support farmers that raise livestock using humane and sustainable practices. By providing these farmers and growers with direct markets for their products, Prince George helps sustain the regional farm economy, and helps ensure the future of farming in our area,” said Cherry.

Sarah Marsteller and Connie Leonard, Prince George Woman’s Club, conduct numerous raffles for great prizes! Proceeds will be used for student scholarships. (Rodger Allen Kidd)

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

Lisa Saunders, Crumbs Gourmet Cheesecakes and Sweets, Prince George County, was a uniquely different-vendor in that she was offering only several particular products — homemade cheesecakes of every kind imaginable, and several other delicacies such as fresh strawberry shortcake and banana cake. It must be pointed out; however, that these cheesecakes and specialty cakes and cupcakes are out-of-this-world!  

Lisa will even take pre-orders for her wares and you can pick your order up from the McKenney Farmer’s Market or the Prince George Farmers Market. 

“I have begun taking pre-orders because so many people want my specialty items for parties or special events in quantity or have customized orders,” said Saunders. She can be reached by telephone at (804) 586-6733. By the way, her items are fabulous, and you will no doubt want to come back again and again!

When asked why she had come out for the Prince George Farmers Market, Sandy Schaeffer, Prince George, said, “There is just so much, and it is all wonderful.”

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