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Richmond Magazine.com takes a look out our Farmers’ Markets

17th Street Farmers Market by PJ Pink

Yeah the article focuses on all RVA’s farmers’ markets but let’s take a look at our two truly local markets.

17th Street Farmers’ Market
The market opened for 2012 on April 14 and will continue to operate through Nov. 4, with a growers market on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and a vintage and growers market on Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors vary from week to week and usually include farmers, crafters and sellers of vintage clothing and antiques. Market manager George Bolos says that there are typically 15 to 20 vendors, but the number can be as high as 80 for special events. Scheduled events include a few new festivals, such as Cinco de Mayo on May 5 from 5 p.m. until closing, a Food Cart Derby and Art Show on May 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the 17 @ 17 RVA Art, Beer and BBQ Summer Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 17, a Virginia Cask Festival and Art Show on Sept. 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Italian People’s Street Festival on Sept. 29 and 30, and a Night of the Dead Festival on the evening of Nov. 1. 100 N. 17th St. 646-0477 or richmondgov.com/farmersmarket.

Virginia Street Farmers MarketNew in 2012, this market, also part of Grow RVA, opens May 10 and will run Thursdays, 3 to 7 p.m., until Oct. 25. Karen Atkinson, owner/operator of Grow RVA, says she wants to bring traditional farmers markets back to the downtown area. The market will offer SNAP benefits to its customers. It’s located in the Virginia Street Gallery area, near the Canal Walk and Turning Basin. growrva.com

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