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Market to Market: A Field Guide to Central Virginia’s Farmers Markets

For those preparing for a summer filled with barbecues, garden parties and Sunday brunches, our community is packed with local vendors of the freshest ingredients for your delectable meals. What better way to gather the best fixings our region has to offer than to visit new and old farmers and artisan-run markets?

Here, you’ll find all the information you need to visit five local markets, each boasting a little something unique—from Hungarian specialties and handmade jewelry, to quail eggs and local produce and meats. There’s no better way to support and enjoy the best of “home” than at market.

WHAT: Lynchburg Community Market
1219 Main Street, Lynchburg
Year-round; Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; Saturdays: 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Locally-sourced fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, bakery treats and breads, flowers, dairy products, as well as arts and crafts
MORE INFORMATION: or (434) 455-4485

WHAT: Forest Farmers Market
1088 Rustic Village Road, Forest
WHEN: Opened for the season on April 26th with holiday markets in November and December; Saturdays: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fruits, vegetables, herbs, fish, cider, wine, bedding plants, starter plants, pastries, breads, jams, jellies, honey, beef (grass-fed/grass-finished, grass-fed/grain-finished, heritage breeds), chicken, pork, lamb, duck, quail, bison, turkey, eggs and artisan crafts
MORE INFORMATION: or find Forest Farmers Market on Facebook

WHAT: Westlake Farmers Market
WHERE: Intersection Booker T. Washington Hwy. &
Enterprise Lane, Moneta
WHEN: Season runs from May to October; Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
OFFERINGS: Fruit, local specialties and vegetables, eggs, jams and jellies, dried herbs, jewelry, pre-prepared foods (including Hungarian specialties), Sweetie’s Sweets, Inc. (variety of cookies, muffins, cakes, pies, single-serving pizzas,
stuffed turnovers)
MORE INFORMATION: Janice Walke at or (540) 482-0577

Bedford Farmers Market
WHERE: Washington & Center Street, Bedford
WHEN: Season runs from April to October; Fridays: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
OFFERINGS: Produce, honey, eggs, meats; organic-practicing farmers and woodworking artisans on-site
MORE INFORMATION: or (540) 586-2148

Nelson Farmers Market
WHERE: 3079 Rockfish Valley Hwy (Route 151), Nellysford
WHEN: Season runs from April to October; Saturdays: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (rain or shine)
OFFERINGS: Bedding plants, jams and jellies, arts and crafts, culinary treats, herbs, honey, local meat, baked goods, flowers, vinegars and more
MORE INFORMATION: Bo Holland at or (434) 244-2399

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