Spring Farmers Markets

Spring is in the air and that means fresh produce, local cheese, eggs, and meat. Bring the whole family along to these Farmers Markets in COVA!

Here are 5 Farmers Markets you have to check out this Spring:


Enjoy the heart of Williamsburg in Merchants Square while shopping in the Farmer’s Markets for spring produce, prepared food, fish, artisan cheeses, meats, pasta, cut flowers, and handmade soaps! The market includes live music and exhibits on Saturdays along with local shops and restaurants. There are a variety of programs and ways to get involved, so check out their website to LEARN MORE!


Ready to shop for some fresh veggies and pastured poultry, eggs, and beef? Head to the Portsmouth Farmer’s Market in Historic Olde Towne. Here you’ll also find seasonal fresh produce, artisan breads, pies, cakes, beef, poultry, eggs, seafood, jams, plants, flowers; hand-crafted soaps and more. Several farmers specialize in heirloom produce and free-range poultry and eggs, and most products are locally grown or raised without the use of chemicals or hormones. Portsmouth’s Master Gardeners sell potted herbs and are available for free consultation about gardening in the region and special programs and workshops. Open every Saturday from May 6 through October 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the corner of High Street and Court Street in Historic Olde Towne Portsmouth. LEARN MORE


Named one of the “Top 101 Farmers Markets in America” by TheDailyMeal.com, the Smithfield Farmers Market offers tasty foods, baked goods, lovely gift items, LIVE MUSIC every week and of course, plenty of fresh produce. The regular season began in April and continues through the end of October. The market is held in the parking lot of Bank of Southside Virginia at 115 Main Street in downtown Smithfield from 9:00 a.m. until 12 noon every Saturday. Mark your calendars for their Specialty Markets later in the year which run until 1:00 p.m.:  “Fall Festival Market” on October 28, “Thanksgiving Craft & Food Market” on November 18, “Small Business Saturday Market” on November 25, and in December, the “Christmas Craft & Food Market” on December 2 and 16, and “Christmas Evening Market” on Friday, December 8. 757.375.3031.  LEARN MORE

Franklin Southampton

Check Out The Market On Main! Stroll the streets of Downtown Franklin and pick up fresh produce and local treats at the Market on Main. Located in Historic Downtown Franklin, the Market on Main is open on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. From produce to homemade goat milk lotion and delicious gourmet popcorn – you will find something for everyone at this local farmers market. LEARN MORE

Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach’s Old Beach Farmers Market, operating out of the eclectic ViBe Creative District every Saturday morning during the summer months, is a homegrown, year-round outdoor marketplace, set up just down the street from the boardwalk. From seasonal fruits and vegetables pulled straight from the Virginia Beach soil, to freshly caught seafood, eggs, coffee, handmade leather goods, soaps, jams and everything in between, the farmers market is connecting locavores with the area’s family farms, watermen, chefs and businesses for a celebration of all things VB. LEARN MORE

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