Summer is fully underway, which means it’s time for fresh blueberries, juicy plums and crisp cucumbers. Of course, the best place to find these tasty summer treats is your local farmer’s market! Farmers and vendors from all over central and western Virginia gather weekly to sell fresh produce, homemade jellies, pickled treats and so much more! If you’re looking to purchase healthy food grown by local farmers, the Lynchburg area has a few convenient options for you!
Lynchburg Community Market: Located on Main Street downtown, this farmer’s market is open Tuesday-Saturday from 7am until 2pm. On Saturday, a myriad of farmers from the surrounding area, along with craft vendors, make their way to Lynchburg to bring you their best produce and products. Located towards the back of the Community Market are additional vendors selling fresh baked goods, nuts, crafts, cheeses coffee and Irvington Spring Farm, providing the largest variety of flowers in Central Virginia! There’s nothing quite like being able to shake hands with the men and women who provide those delicious fresh fruits and vegetables and to experience Lynchburg’s downtown culture.
Doc's Market Square Farmer's Market: This fresh market experience is located on Liberty University’s campus and takes place every Thursday afternoon until late fall. Here you’ll find fresh eggs, hearty greens, fish, coffees, teas, handmade jewelry, woodwork and a myriad of other specialty crafts. Many local vendors arrive early with their food trucks and trailers to provide ice cream, hot doughnuts, delicious burgers and tasty empanadas. Whether you’re looking for that perfect gift, fresh food you can trust, or just want to browse, this is a great place to spend your Thursday afternoon!
Bedford Farmer’s Market: Main Street: Just a few miles down the road, a multi-partner group comes together every Tuesday from 3-6 PM, Friday from 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM and first Saturday of each month from 9 AM until 1 PM. You can count on these dates from May – October 1, 2016 for locals to bring fresh produce, often time picked as recently as that morning. Additionally, you’ll find an assortment of handmade arts and crafts, local meat, baked goods and homemade jams and jellies.
Forest Farmers Market: Last, but certainly not least, this farmer’s market offers programing as well as fresh fruit and vegetables. Located at 15583 Forest Road, this market will be functioning until October 29th! With more than 30 vendors, you are sure to find just what you are looking for, from homemade barbecue sauces, fresh fish, grass fed beef, coffee, kettle corn, not to mention the artisans and crafts, there is sure to be something for you! Open Saturdays from 8 AM until noon, be sure to check out the link for a list of events and programs, including food demonstrations and children’s activities.
You don’t have to worry about finding fresh food and handcrafted treasures, they are closer than you think! Be sure to check out Lynchburg’s most popular fresh markets this week, there’s a little something for everyone.
For more information on what’s going on in Lynchburg, keep your eye on the Lynchburg’s Finest blog!