Six Area Farmers Markets Open All Winter

Farmers Markets in the winter? You bet! Richmond has six that are open year round. What will you likely find? Locally raised meat and eggs, kale, collards, winter squash, onions and root vegetables such as carrots, turnips and sweet potatoes. All local, which means your food probably traveled less than 75 miles to get to you, rather than 1,075.

And there’s more! Most of the markets also have baked goods – breads, sticky buns, pies – jarred sauces, jams, jellies and pickles as well as prepared-food vendors providing ready-to-eat meals. Many markets also feature artisans selling their handmade soap, jewelry, pottery, apparel and more. Plus you experience the ambience of an outdoor market … even if it’s inside!

This winter, adults and families who are enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) can use their SNAP benefits at the Lakeside Farmers Market and South of the James Market to purchase fruits and vegetables, plant starts, meat, dairy, bread and other eligible foods.

Where will you find these six year-round area markets? Two in the city, two in Chesterfield County and one each in Hanover and Henrico counties. Here are the details from the Capital Area Farmers Market Association, which maintains an updated list of markets at www.backtothemarket.com.

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY

Farm Market at Boulevard Flower Gardens

November – March: Saturdays, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

May – October: Thursdays, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

2100 Ruffin Mill Road, South Chesterfield, VA 23834

www.boulevardflowergardens.com

Huguenot-Robious Farmers Market

Year Round: Thursdays, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

January 7, 2016 to April 7, 2016: Inside Great Big Greenhouse

April 7, 2016 move back outside

Great Big Greenhouse

2051 Huguenot Road, Richmond, VA 23235

www.greatbiggreenhouse.com

HANOVER COUNTY

Ashland Farmers Market

May – October: Saturdays, 9:00 am – Noon

January – April: *Renegade Market: Every other Saturday, 9:00 am – 11:00 am (started January 9, 2016)

121 Thompson Street, Ashland, VA 23005

http://www.town.ashland.va.us/index.aspx?NID=287

HENRICO COUNTY

Lakeside Farmers Market

Saturdays, Mornings

Wednesdays, All Day

6110 Lakeside Avenue, Henrico, VA 23228

www.lakesidefarmersmarket.net

Year Round

EBT/SNAP

RICHMOND

Farmers Market at St. Stephen’s

Indoor Market December-March: Saturdays, 9:00 am – Noon

Outdoor Market: April – October: Saturdays, 8:00 am – Noon; October-November: 9am – noon

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

6000 Grove Avenue, Richmond, VA 23226

www.saintstephensrichmond.net/farmersmarket

South of the James Market

May – October: Saturdays, 8:00 am – Noon

November – April: Saturdays, 9:00 am – Noon

Forest Hill Park

New Kent Ave & 42nd Street, Richmond, VA 23225

www.growrva.com

EBT/SNAP

About the Capital Area Farmers Market Association

The Capital Area Farmers Market Association (CAFMA) is an all-volunteer organization of area farmers markets working together to increase access to local food, expand opportunities for our local farmers and support the development of local small businesses. CAFMA believes everyone wins with a healthy thriving farmers market operating in their community.

CAFMA meetings are open to anyone operating a farmers market in the Richmond area, anyone interested in knowing more about area farmers markets, or anyone passionate about our markets looking to become more involved. We meet on the second Monday of each month from 10:00 am-11:30 am at Feedmore, 1415 Rhoadmiller Street, Richmond, VA 23220.

Contact:

Kate Ruby, Coordinator

Capital Area Farmers Market Association

804-261-0841

KRuby@saintstephensrichmond.net

www.backtothemarket.com

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