Spring harvests are in full bloom, making Monday the perfect day to kick off Virginia Farmers' Market Week. In an effort to support farmers' markets across the Commonwealth, Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) encourage Virginians to fill their pantries with fresh, locally-grown produce, meats, and other goods during the week of April 27 - May 3.
The communities in Virginia's Blue Ridge would not be the same without our local farmers, and thankfully there are plenty of ways to continue supporting them with options like curbside pick-up and contactless delivery.
When making your grocery list for the week, switch things up and pre-order from one (or a couple) of the many farmers markets in Virginia's Blue Ridge.
Botetourt Farmers Market - Botetourt County
Opens on May 2 at the Daleville Town Center. Market hours will be reduced from 10 AM to 12 PM, customers will be limited to 10 at time, so pre-ordering is strongly encouraged.
A special online ordering system (select BOCOLOCAL for your free membership level) has been created to make shopping even easier, and you can also find additional updates on the Botetourt Farmers Market Facebook Page >
Catawba Valley Farmers' Market - Roanoke County
Will be closed until at least June 10. However, many vendors remain open for pick-up at their own locations. Find the most current list of participating vendors on the Catawba Valley Farmers' Market Facebook Page and get additional details on the Catawba Valley Farmers' Market website >
Historic Roanoke City Market - Downtown Roanoke
The Market is closed but many vendors are still producing. Find a list of vendors on the Historic City Market Facebook Page >
Customers will find designated curbside pick-up parking spots at the City Market's usual location on Market Street in downtown Roanoke.
UPDATE (5/13): The Historic City Market will reopen to the public on Friday, May 15. Learn more on the Historic City Market Facebook Page >
West End and Grandin Village Farmers Markets share an online store at leapforlocalfood.luluslocalfood.com. Use promo code 'LEAP4Local' when signing up for 3 months free.
Pick-up at their West End location on Tuesdays from 3 - 6 PM or at their Grandin Village drive-thru location on Saturdays from 8 AM - 12 PM.
SNAP, WIC, and Medicaid recipients can contact LEAP Farmers Markets at West End & Grandin Village via email (LOM@leapforlocalfood.org) to receive additional savings on their order.
Rocky Mount Farmers Market - Town of Rocky Mount
Will remain open for pre-order pick-up on Fridays from 4 - 6 PM. Information for all current vendors can be found on the Rocky Mount Farmers Market Facebook page >
Salem Farmers Market - Downtown Salem
Will only remain open for pre-order pick-up until further notice. A current list of vendors who remain open for pick-up can be found on the Salem Farmers Market Facebook Page >
Thornfield Farm - Botetourt County
Members of the public can now order produce, flowers, and fresh meat at Thornfield Farm's online store. Pick up from one of three locations:
- From the Farm (TUE 3 - 6 PM)
- River and Rail Restaurant (Roanoke, THU 3 - 6 PM)
- Grandin Village Market (SAT 8 AM - noon).
Vinton Farmers Market - Town of Vinton
Beginning May 1, the Vinton Farmers Market will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. A produce vendor will walk the customer through the market as the customer picks out their produce and the vendor will bag it. The market is also offering pre-order and no-contact pick-up options. More information will be shared on the Vinton Farmers Market Facebook page >
SNAP benefits will be available Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Customers are encouraged to avoid traveling if sick, maintain at least six feet distance from others, and to wash hands often.
The Virginia Tourism Corporation has also created a blog post with additional information about local farmers markets currently offering service - Virginia's Farmers Markets: How to Get Fresh Produce, Meats, & More While Social Distancing