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February 5, 2010

Williamsburg Farmers Market begins the winter season on Valetine's Day weekend in Merchants Square

Williamsburg Farmers Market will offer two winter markets, February 13 and March 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Colonial Williamsburg’s Merchants Square.

The first market of the season will feature sweets from four bakers with heart-shaped cookies and cakes, a chocolatier, special flavored coffees and goat cheese chocolate raspberry truffles that are ideal for Valentine’s Day. Local growers also will be selling fresh flowers, Valentine gourd decorations, pussy willow branches and potted bulbs. The Virginia Chefs Association Apprentices will exhibit fruit carving.

Customers can meet their local farmers and watermen while exploring a wide selection of food including artisanal goat cheese, Virginia honey, pork, beef, poultry, fresh pasta and local seafood.

Parking is $1 per hour at the Prince George Street Garage, and the Francis Street parking lot will offer free parking until noon.

The Williamsburg Farmers Market was founded to provide fresh seasonal food and farm products from Eastern Virginia farmers and producers to the residents of the greater Williamsburg area.

The founding sponsors of the Williamsburg Farmers Market are The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Merchants Square Association and the City of Williamsburg.

The regular market season will open on April 3, the Saturday of Easter Weekend.

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. 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

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