There are no less than five separate farmers markets within a short drive of Charlottesville. Each market has their own character and specialty products. All of the local markets provide the community with locally sourced fruits, plants and vegetables. There are plenty of weekends in the farmers market season, so why not try out each of the following five markets for yourself?
Charlottesville City Market is open every Saturday from 7:00 a.m.-12:00 noon in April through October, and from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. every Saturday in November and December. The Charlottesvlile City Market is robust and a crowd drawer; live music and freshly prepared food make the Charlottesville City Market the place to be on Saturday mornings. In addition to the regular offerings of fresh fruit and vegetables, this market offers potted plants, cut flowers, jewelry, cheese, meats, fresh roasted coffee, handmade gifts and baked goods.
The Nelson County Farmers Market is located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Nellysford, and is a great way to take an early morning Saturday drive to and through the mountains, while also taking care or the weekly grocery chores. The market is open from 8:00 a.m.- Noon, rain or shine, most Saturdays from April through October (confirm actual dates each market season). You can’t miss the Nelson County Farmers Market on Route 151 across from Wintergreen Real Estate, and before you get to the turn off for Wintergreen Resort. Standard vegetable and fruit fare at the Nelson County Farmers Market with less of an emphasis on ready-to-purchase-and-eat-now foods. Wood carvings, clothes, paintings, photos and baked goods complete the goods at Nelson County Farmers Market. Don’t forget to check in with Nelly the cow! Call 434.244.2399 for more information.
Scottsville Farmers Market is somewhat smaller than the other markets in the area, but offers a good selection of fresh produce, some handcrafts and baked goods. The 125 Fleet Street location at the Scottsville Pavilion, just outside of Charlottesville, near the James River and historic Scottsville would make an interesting weekend day trip, perhaps complete with a historic Hatton Ferry ride?
Staunton/Augusta Farmers Market operates from 7:00 a.m.- Noon starting the first Saturday of April and runing through the Saturday before Thanksgiving each year. The Staunton/Augusta Farmer’s Market takes over part of the Wharf Parking Lot at the corners of Byers and Johnson Streets in the historic downtown Staunton, and fills it with fresh produce, music, flowers and some crafts. Gloria’s Pupuseria offers Peruvian meals each Saturday morning. After walking the Staunton/Augusta Farmers Market, take a stroll through quaint and historic downtown Staunton.
Waynesboro Farmers Market is the newcomer on the scene, and still the baby of the group. The Waynesboro Farmers Market is open 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and is held at the Waynesboro Pavilion directly off Route 340 near Arch Avenue on Saturdays from April through October. In addition to seasonal local produce, baked goods, meats, cheese and eggs, the Waynesboro Farmers Market offers live music each Saturday and Carpe Donut and Delicious Dish-Cajun with a Twist food trucks each week. Get the shopping done and then enjoy a late breakfast or an early lunch.
Other agriculturally related articles to help plan your next Charlottesville road trip are listed below:
- The Shenandoah Valley and Charlottesville teems with local orchards and fruit stands
- Charlottesville area farms offer destination travel, scenic beauty and fresh local produce
- Get out on the farm today in Charlottesville
- Plan a farming adventure: pick-your-own fruit on the farms and orchards of Charlottesville
- Charlottesville area farm tours, lectures and events keep agriculture in the public eye
- Overnight farm stays in Charlottesville
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