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The Old Town Winchester Farmers Market at the Taylor Pavilion will open for its fourth season on Saturday, May 12 offering delicious local produce each Saturday from 9:00 am-1:00 pm through September 29. A dozen farms and vendors, many new and some favorites returning, will offer a wide variety of items for sale including in-season 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 vary each week with what is in season). All items were grown or produced within a 60-mile radius of Winchester with the exception of maple products from Pennsylvania which is within a 100-mile radius. New items this year include fresh kettle corn and lemonade shakers, as well as handmade chocolates.
This year opening day will offer entertainment, giveaways, and more. There will be free large Old Town Winchester tote bags for the first 50 customers. Megan Triplett, this year’s Virginia Horticulture princess will be attending the kick off for the Old Town Farmers Market May 12, 2018. Megan grew up on Hedgebrook Farm, a Century Farm located in Frederick County, Virginia and an original farm to the Old Town Farmers Market. Megan is a freshman at James Madison University.
MOMENTS, a small ensemble composed of 7 Clarke County High School students, will be performing jazz music. They will play arrangements of songs by a popular NYC brass band known as Lucky Chops starting around 11:30. Their style is a combination of Jazz and Pop, with melodies and featured solos being passed around throughout each song. The members include: Madison (senior) — tuba, Olivia (freshman) — bari saxophone, Miguel (senior) — trumpet, Emily (junior) — drum set, Evan (senior) — alto saxophone, Thomas (freshman) — trombone and Sean (senior) — trombone.
Parking in the adjacent Braddock Autopark allows patrons easy access to the market and is only a short distance away, convenient for carrying goods. Restrooms are available during market hours in the Braddock Autopark. Parking for patrons at meters in Old Town is free on Saturdays.
Volunteers are needed to help with greeting guests, setup and take down. For more information about volunteering, please contact Sarah Acuff Chapman, Old Town Winchester Coordinator and Farmers Market Coordinator, at (540) 535-3660 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 Old Town Farmers Market Vendors:
Bethlehem Farm (Winchester, VA) – Pasture poultry including chicken and turkey, grass fed beef, pastured pork products, eggs, raw milk cheese, produce, honey, organic fresh milled breads, cookies, sweet breads, brick oven pizza, prepared chicken stock and soups, prepared foods like quiche and pot pies, handcrafted jewelry and art.
Boward Family Farm (Augusta, WV) – Produce, eggs, jams/jellies, pickled vegetables, baked goods, cut flowers, essential oil based items such as insect repellent and air refresher, dried herbs, finishing salts, herbal tea, lotion bars, lip balm, sugar scrubs, salt scrubs, herbal salves, all natural cream and spray deodorants, tooth powder.
Creative Concessions (Cross Junction, VA) – Fresh kettle corn and lemon shakers.
Ebys Baked Goods (Stephens City, VA) – Baked goods including breads, sticky buns, fruit pies, cookies, whoopies, quick breads (pumpkin, banana, zucchini), rolls, pecan pie, shoofly pie.
Hedgebrook Farm (Winchester, VA) – Raw milk cheese including Cheddar, Tomme, Gouda, Feta, Blue Cheese, and Camembert.
Livengood Brothers Maple (Rockwood, PA) – Maple products including syrup, sugar, granola, cream, candy, cereal mix, jam, apple butter, cotton candy, and beef jerky.
Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association (Frederick County, VA) – Educational gardening display and information provided by Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteers.
Peace in the Valley Herb Farm (Berkeley Springs, WV) – Plants including culinary and medicinal herbs, vegetables, flowers, perennials. Produce, fresh herbs, calendula salve, dried flowers and herbs, cut fresh flowers, honey.
R&E Chocolates (Strasburg, VA) – Artisanal chocolates, truffles, Oreo covered chocolates, lollipop chocolates.
Shady Knoll Mushroom Farm (Winchester, VA) – Gourmet edible mushrooms, homemade soaps.
Sycamore Creek Farm (Stephenson, VA) – Produce, eggs, potted plants (annuals, perennials, herbs), fresh cut herbs, fresh cut flower bouquets, arrangements, wreaths, poplar baskets, birdhouse gourds, crochet shawls, crochet tablecloths, hand drawn cards, sausage by the pound.
Three Melons Bake Shop (Woodstock, VA) – Custom decorated sugar cookies, cupcakes, and cookies.