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January 13, 2009

Williamsburg Farmers Market kicks off its winter schedule on Valentine's Day in Merchants Square

The Williamsburg Farmers Market has announced its slate of winter markets – Feb. 14, March 14 and 28 and April 11 -- from 8:30 a.m.-noon in Colonial Williamsburg’s Merchants Square.

Chocolate will be featured by many of the vendors at this Valentine's Day market. Flowers, forced flowering branches and potted bulbs appropriate for gift giving will be available for sale by local growers. Customers can visit with their favorite farmers and watermen while shopping for eggs, root vegetables, hydroponic greens, cheese, mushrooms, soap, pasta, honey and chicken.

The farmers market will be held in rain or shine. Music will be sponsored by Ukrop’s.

The Williamsburg Farmers Market was established for growers and producers of Eastern Virginia to sell fresh seasonal food and farm products directly to the residents and guests in the Greater Williamsburg area.

Parking is available at the Prince George Street garage for $1 an hour. The Francis Street parking lot will continue to be free on Saturdays until noon. All other lots are posted as one-hour or two-hour parking.

The founding sponsors of the Williamsburg Farmers Market are The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Merchants Square Association and the City of Williamsburg. Additional sponsors for 2009 are: the Riverside Hospital System with marketing support; Towne Bank, sponsors of the Chef’s Tent; and Ukrop’s Super Markets, which supports musical entertainment.

For a complete list of vendors and events, visit www.williamsburgfarmersmarket.com or contact Libbey Oliver at loliver@williamsburgva.gov.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution guests interact with history through “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at www.history.org.

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121



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