WINCHESTER, VA – The Old Town Farmers Market at the Taylor Pavilion will open on May 16 offering 14 different farm and food vendors to shop from each week. There will be 13 regular vendors on a weekly basis and three vendors who will attend on a rotating basis. The vendors will offer a wide variety of items for sale including in-season fruits, vegetables, artisan breads, cookies, cheese, grass fed beef, gluten free bread, cured meats, jam, eggs, honey and many other items (produce and items for sale may vary each week). All items were grown or produced within a 60-mile radius of Winchester.
Four of the vendors are downtown businesses: Winchester Art Market (WAM), Steamy’s Café, Leroy French Bakery and Nourish.
The Old Town Farmers Market will be held Saturdays, May 16-October 31, 9:00 am-1:00 pm at the Taylor Pavilion. Restrooms will be available in the Braddock Autopark during market hours. “The idea for a vibrant downtown market came from City Council and with the support of the City Manager, our planning efforts have moved forward rapidly,” states Jennifer Bell, Downtown Manager. “The Taylor Pavilion area was designed by the Economic Development Authority with a community marketplace in mind and we are thrilled with the community support we have seen for the market so far.”
Opening day at the market, May 16th, coincides with the 2nd annual KidzFest, a popular downtown event that drew approximately 4,000 event goers its inaugural year. KidzFest will be held from 11:00 am through 5:00 pm. Visit http://oldtownwinchesterva.com/events/major-events/kidz-fest/ for more information.
The market is still looking for volunteers and musicians to perform during market hours:
- Musicians – Seeking local musicians to provide acoustical music on the Taylor Pavilion Stage from 11:00 am-1:00 pm on market days.
- Volunteers – To assist on market days with set-up, clean-up and market operations under the direction of the Market Manager. Volunteers must be friendly and welcoming to the public, able to answer general questions, and able to assist with moving tables and tents.
Contact the Downtown Manager if you are interested in volunteering or learning more about the market (540) 535-3660 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parking for patrons at meters in Old Town Winchester is free on Saturdays. Parking in the adjacent Braddock Street Autopark is only $.50 per hour. The Braddock Autopark allows patrons easy access to the market and is only a short distance away, convenient for carrying goods.
Over 20 vendors applied to the market so a wait list has been created with the hopes of adding more vendors as it becomes feasible to do so.
Old Town Farmers Market Vendors
|Pasture-raised chicken, turkey, eggs ★ Grass-fed and finished beef ★ Organic whole grain brick-oven breads ★ Cookies. Sweet breads||Bethlehem Farm||Winchester|
|Fresh-baked rolls, bagels, cookies, brownies ★ Fruit/nut bars ★ Oatmeal bars||Steamy’s Café||Winchester|
|Baked goods ★ Spreads ★ Vinaigrettes||Leroy French Bakery||Winchester|
|Fruits ★ Vegetables ★ Canned preserves ★ Canned vegetables ★ Flowers ★ Cider ★ Baked goods||Mackintosh Fruit Farm||Berryville|
|Fruit ★ Vegetables ★ Garlic ★ Herbs||Shenandoah Valley Produce||Stephenson|
|Vegetables ★ GMO-free pasture raised pork and lamb ★ Sunflowers||Chilly Hollow Farm||Berryville|
|Locally-made art and artisan items||WAM! Winchester Art Market||Winchester|
|Local wine ★ Sausage ★ Ground beef ★ Eggs ★ Honey||Wicked Oak Farms and Vineyard||Star Tannery, VA|
|Fresh organic smoothies in mason jars ★ Homemade gluten-free breads, snack and treats ★ Homemade Irish breads||Nourish||Winchester|
|Fruit ★ Vegetables ★ Homegrown pork, honey and eggs ★ Jams and jellies ★ BBQs ★ Drink mixes||Bigg Riggs Farm||Augusta, WV|
|Baked goods||Happily Ever After Bakery||Front Royal|
|Cajun cooking sauces ★ BBQ sauce ★ Spices ★ Vegetables ★ Birdhouses||Cajun Heat||Berryville|
|Baked goods||Great Harvest Bread Co.||Warrenton|
|Fruits ★ Vegetables||TEENS, INC.||Winchester area|
|Handmade goat milk soap ★ Body butter ★ Lip balm||Oliver Acres Family Farm||Stephens City|
|Cured meats ★ Bacon ★ Bratwurst ★ Salami||Lothar’s Gourmet Sausages||Purcellville|
*Products offered may vary each week