Sunday, May 27, 2007

'TisThe Season for Local Produce !

It's almost summer & it's time for local produce!
Buying local produce is good for the local economy, usually good for your pocketbook & is a greener option than buying stuff shipped from another area. Fresh produce is yummy & a great addition to your healthy diet. Frugal, green, tasty & healthy; what's not to like?
During the colder seasons, most of these places close down except to sell Halloween & Thanksgiving pumpkins & Christmas trees.
I'm listing many, but not all local options for local produce.
I've shopped at all these markets & wouldn't hesitate to recommend them!

17th Street Farmers Market in Shockoe Bottom:
100 N. 17th St.
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Thursday, May 3, 2007 through Sunday, October 28, 2007

Thursday Growers’ & Bakers’ Market: 8:30am–2pm

Saturday Growers’ & Bakers’ Market: 8:30am–2pm
Sunday Open Heirloom Market: 8:30am–2pm
Antiques, vintage & collectibles

Ashland Farmers Market:
On Duncan Street behind Town Hall (off Rt.54)
Saturdays May 5 - November 24
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

William Byrd House Community Market:
S. Linden St & Idlewood Ave ·
Downtown Expressway, I-195 South · Exit 186 (Belvidere St) ·
Next to Grace Arents Community Garden
Free Parking - Rain or Shine.

Tuesday,3:30 to 7 pm, May through October.

Goochland Rural Market:
Grace Episcopal Church -
2955 River Rd W, Goochland, VA
(Rt.6 or Patterson Ave./River Rd. extended)

Saturday May 5th through Sept. 1st - 8 a.m. to12 p.m.
Labor Day through October 27th - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Pole Green Produce Stand
Local produce & plants at very reasonable prices!
6547 Pole Green Road (Meadowbrook Road extended), Mechanicsville, VA 23111
Open April through Thanksgiving
(Weekends only April, October & November - Daily May-September)

Hanover Plant & Vegetable Farm
Local produce & plants at very reasonable prices!
Has a large greenhouse.
13580 Ashland Rd
Ashland, VA 23005

Jim & Robins Produce
Local produce & plants for decent prices in Henrico County
11120 Patterson Ave. Richmond, VA 23233

Cheryl's Produce
Local produce & plants for decent prices
Rt 660 & Route 33(Staples Mill Rd.extended), Ashland,VA
804- 752-5846

Produce cart on Libbie Avenue just off Patterson Avenue:
During season a vendor sells fruit & vegetables at this location.
Hours: ?

Some links to listings of Virginia produce markets, wineries, pick-your-own-produce farms & food festivals:


Colleen Wms said...

I just came across your blog when searching for what is going on with Jim & Robins West End Plants & Produce on Patterson in the West End. Do you know?
I'll check out more of your blog. Looks interesting!

MaryEL said...

I wish I knew what happened to J&R myself. We drove by there recently, and where there was the stand, there was only a clear lot. If I hear anything, I'll post it here.

Save Our Food said...

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Anonymous said...

In answer to where J&R are....Just keep driving west on Patterson...about 3/4 of a mile, and they are on your left. Awesome location....very nice set-up. I asked him what had happened and CVS bought the old lot and was going to "build right away." They scrambled to get off that lot and move...and then CVS did nothing.

I was just at J&R last week ang got THE BEST sweet pepper relish!

Found this blog by Googling "local produce." Thanks for the great list!!

James Walton said...

I wanted to introduce you to Windows Hill Catering. I see you are in to local food and I love meeting people who are. We are a small caterer and personal chef service trying to make some head water in Richmond. We use exclusively locally grown and reared products for our events. We keep things small and simple as it is what our product allows. Check us out. Great blog. Thanks

James Walton

Anonymous said...

Produce cart on Libbie Avenue just off Patterson Avenue:
The wonderful cart there is Shep's. They may be closed on Mondays, if I'm remembering right. I think they stay open until ~Halloween or Thanksgiving? Very tasty goods always, and incidentally, very kind.