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May 9, 2003

Williamsburg Farmer's Market Returns to Merchants Square

Customers don’t have to squeeze the tomatoes or thump the melons to judge ripeness of produce offered at the Williamsburg Farmers Market in Merchants Square. Thirty-one vendors from Eastern Virginia sell their own fresh, seasonal food and farm products directly to the consumer 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays beginning May 3 and continuing through Oct. 25.

The Farmers Market will be administered jointly by the City of Williamsburg, Colonial Williamsburg, Merchants Square Association, Williamsburg Community Trust and the Williamsburg Land Conservancy. “Fifteen new vendors have joined the Farmers Market this year,” said market manager Libbey Oliver. “We hope the variety of new vendors will attract some new customers.”

Vendors include: Amy’s Garden (organic vegetables and cut flowers); Aromas (coffee, tea, water and baked goods); B&B Vegetable Growers (vegetables); Betsy’s Baked Goods (baked goods); Belmont Berry Farm (Berries, pumpkin pies and herbs); Blenheim Organic Gardens (organic vegetables and pears); Blue Barn Farm Inc. (free-range chickens and sausage); Busters Seafood (Soft-shell crabs and fish); Chessie Seafood and Aquafarms (clams and oysters); College Run Farm (Strawberries and pumpkins); Epps Dairy Farm (Milk, butter, yogurt and cottage cheese); W. Haywood Forrest Farm (Shucked oysters, scallops and crabs); Good Eats (tomato tarts, cookies and sweet breads); Hill Pleasant Farm (cider and vegetables); Lavender Flats (Lavender and peonies); MSM Enterprises (Berries); Marshall Farms (cow’s milk cheese); Merryvale Farms (vegetables); Mica Hill (Berries and jams); Nature’s Gifts (Bonsai and lilies); Peanut Shop of Williamsburg (Peanut butter and peanut brittle); Phillips Farm (organic vegetables and fruits); Raleigh Tavern Bakery (baked goods); Red Rake Farm (organic vegetables and peaches); Sassy Springs Apiary (honey, soap and candles); Sassy Springs Farm (goat’s milk lotions and soap); Smithfield Orchid & Nature Co. (orchid plants); Sullivan’s Pond Farm (goat’s milk cheese); Sugar Hill (Dried flowers and vegetables); Zamora Produce (vegetables); and Ziegler Gardens (cut and potted flowers and pecans).

In addition to vendors, Oliver said the Farmers Market also will feature demonstrations by area chefs, music and exhibitors. Events to be held throughout May include:

  • May 3, Maypole Dance. Students from the Williamsburg School will demonstrate the custom of the Maypole Dance.
  • May 10, Mother’s Day. Attendees to this Farmers Market can create a custom gift basket for someone special. They can purchase a basket to fill with items from vendor booths. The basket then will be arranged and wrapped onsite and ready to take home.
  • May 24, Strawberry Jammin’. Part of Festival Williamsburg, this event will be highlighted through strawberries and other fresh produce at the Farmers Market. Local bands that will perform during the day include: Bluegrass band Whoever Shows Up, 11 a.m.-noon; the Cavalier Swing Band, 12:30-1:30 p.m.; and the Bagels and Fraylox Klezmer Band, 2-3 p.m.

    For a current calendar of events and more information on the Farmers Market, visit their web site at Oliver can be contacted at (757) 259-3768 or at

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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