Renegade wintertime farmer's market at Byrd House

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Your garden is likely hibernating through winter, but some growers keep it going straight through the cold weather.

And you can get a taste of their locally-grown food. One farmer's market is still open, even in the middle of last week's cold snap.

"Little kids don't care what the temperatures are, they are out playing all winter," said Robert Bolling of the William Byrd Community House in the Oregon Hill neighborhood. "These kids are enjoying the after school program at the William Byrd House, but we don't typically see a farmer's market in full swing when it's this cold. These folks back here are the renegade farmer's market.

"This group of vendors decided that they wanted to stay around and instead of ending in October, they decided they wanted to be renegades and stay on a little longer," he said.

Most farmer's markets don't need a fire pit to keep warm, but the winter version of the William Byrd Community House farmer's market needs fire and more!

"They are the hardy folk," Bolling said.

Market manager Anna Edwards says the market is a gathering place for the neighborhood and an important off-season income source for the vendors.

"They are the folks whose living depends on being available to the customer," Edwards said. "And they stay and stick it out, no matter what the temperature."

Even during December's big snow, the market stayed vibrant, teaching the children served by the community house that the growing process happens all year round.

"It's a little bit of the evergreen that stays around for us as a reminder that spring is going to come back," Edwards said. "These farmers and others will be back with things that flourish in warmer weather."

Like fresh fruits and veggies... and the hot cocoa will probably be replaced with lemonade.

If you want to visit the renegade market, it's open every tuesday from 3:30 to 7 p.m. You can find it behind the william byrd community house on cherry street.

Every Tuesday
3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
William Byrd Community House on Cherry Street

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