RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Farmer's markets are one of the best places to buy fresh local produce.
Farmer's markets are a place where you can not only buy good food, but get feel the pulse of the city. You can talk with vendors about the season's crops, bargain hunt, and learn more about the city.
Here's how you can save at a farmer's market:
Know What's In Season: You'll know what to expect on your visit and make smarter purchases.
Plan Your Meals: For example, if you know kale is in season you can stock up on recipes including kale. This will also help you to not over spend.
Go Early or Go Late: Farmers often have their best freshest products earlier in the day. And you'll likely get a better deal on remaining items since farmers want to sell out of what's in stock.
The Richmond area has many farmer's markets that run throughout the spring and summer and into the fall. For more farmer's markets around the Commonwealth, please see the Virginia Grown website, linked at right.
17th Street Farmers Market
100 North 17th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Days & Hours: 3-7 p.m., Wednesdays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursdays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturdays, April 22-December 5; 4-8 p.m., Fridays, May 29-September 4.
Ashland Farmers Market
101 Thompson Street
Ashland, VA 23005
Days & Hours: 9 a.m.- 12 Noon, Saturdays, May 7th-October 29; November 19; December 3
Bowling Green Community Farmers Market
Bowling Green VA 22427
Days & Hours: OPEN-AIR/SEASONAL (Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12 noon, April 19 - October, 2008)
Byrd House Market
224 S. Cherry Street
Richmond VA 23220
Days & Hours: May-October, Tuesdays 3:30-7:00pm, Nov-April, Tuesdays 3:00-5:30pm.
Chester Farmers Market
Village Green, Centre St.
Chester, VA 23831
Days & Hours: OPEN-AIR/SEASONAL (Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12 Noon, May -October)
Chesterfield Farmers Market
11500 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond VA 23235
Days & Hours: Open April 1 - December 2, 2011, Fridays 9 am - 1 pm. Located in the Chesterfield Towne Center parking area, at the Huguenot Road entrance, to the left of the entrance of Macy's.
Huguenot-Robious Farmers' Market at the Great Big Greenhouse
2051 Huguenot Road
Richmond, VA 23235
Days & Hours: April through October, Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Lakeside Farmers Market
6110 Lakeside Avenue
Richmond, VA 23228
Days & Hours: Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12 noon and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. until Dusk.
Louisa Farmers Market
213 E Main St
Louisa VA 23093
Days & Hours: Fridays, 4pm to 8pm, May through October
Maidstone Farmer's Market
11833 Aspengraf Lane
New Kent VA 23124
Days & Hours: April-October, Thursdays from 4pm to 7pm.
Mineral Farmers Market
81 Louisa Avenue
Mineral VA 23117
Days & Hours: OPEN-AIR/SEASONAL (Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., May - October)
2581 Monument Avenue
Richmond VA 23220
Days & Hours: Saturdays 8am to 12pm
My Manakin Market
68 Broad Street Road
Manakin-Sabot VA 23103
Days & Hours: Saturdays, May - October, 8am to Noon.
Powhatan Farmers' Market
3839 Old Buckingham Road
Powhatan VA 23139
Days & Hours: April - November on Thursdays from 4pm to 7pm.
South of the James Farmers Market
Forest Hill Avenue & 42nd Street
Richmond, VA 23150
Days & Hours: OPEN-AIR/SEASONAL (Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12 noon, May - December)
South-er of the James Farmers Market
4910 Forest Hill Avenue
Richmond VA 23225
Days & Hours: We are open April - October, Wednesdays from 3pm - 8pm
Southside Vendors Market
12800 Genito Rd.
Midlothian VA 23113
Days & Hours: June - November on Saturday and Sundays, 6am - 3pm.
The Brandermill Green Market
4948 Millridge Parkway E.
Midlothian VA 23112
Days & Hours: Saturdays, April - Memorial Day 10 am - 2pm; June - October, 9 am - Noon
The Farmers Market at St. Stephen's
6000 Grove Avenue
Richmond, VA 23226
Days & Hours: Saturday, 8:00am to Noon, May through October
West End Farmers Market
12456 Gayton Road
Richmond, VA 23238
Days & Hours: 8 a.m.-12 Noon, Wednesday and Saturday, April 25-December 12.
Copyright 2010 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.