Although plenty of dedicated customers have braved frigid weather and eaten more than their share of root vegetables this winter, the most bountiful and enjoyable season for farmers market shoppers is just beginning.
The return of warm temperatures causes markets to bloom like roses, revealing showy displays and drawing a lot of buzz.
The last time I checked, which was in 2009, there were 184 farmers markets in Virginia. As of this week, according to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the state was home to 223 markets.
I’ve put together a list of some Southwest Virginia farmers markets, along with their opening dates, hours and special activities happening throughout the summer. Most seasonal markets will be open through October. Some of these markets accept SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, and some are matching SNAP dollars with grants and other funding.
Some events have yet to be planned, so be sure to keep an eye on websites, Facebook pages and marketing materials at your farmers market so you won’t miss any excitement.
To check out the list of markets and happenings, click here. What are you looking forward to at the markets this year?