You might not know it to look at me, but I’m actually picky about my food. I prefer my fruits and veggies locally grown from biodynamic farms that don’t use pesticides. Failing that, I prefer them from the US with an organic designation. Part of that is because I want food with a higher nutrient content, and part of is that I want to support folks who aren’t throwing pesticides around. I’ve decided to put a Fresh/Local guide for folks in the area to use. This is by no means complete, and if you aren’t on this list and want to be feel free to post your info in the comments section. This first post is dedicated to local farmers markets.
Fredericksburg Farmers Market:
This is the largest local market, with dozens of farms represented. I’m a fan, although it gets a bit crowded due to limited space. This year there is a new manager at the Fredericksburg Farmers Market, so maybe that will change the layout somewhat. Parking is tough to find, so expect to walk unless you get lucky. It runs year round, 6 am to dusk monday through saturday, although the greatest concentration of farms is on fridays and saturdays. The Fredericksburg market is at Hurkamp Park:
Spotsylvania Farmers Market:
This is my preferred market, mainly because its about 5 minutes from my house. This one only runs May through October and is only open 8-1 saturday mornings. However, parking is simple, there is plenty of room to stroll and its not too crowded even with a ton of people there. Its at the commuter lot off of Gordon Road in Spotsy:
Stafford Farmers Market:
I have not visited this one, but have heard good things. It is open May to November, but only on Saturdays 7 am to 3 pm and Sundays 10-3. It is located at the commuter parking lot on Staffordsborough Blvd.
If you want more info on other farmers markets in the region, check out the Fredericksburg.com farmers market page.
Posted on March 4, 2011 at 8:57 am by Ray Nelson