Spring has sprung, and that means local seasonal foods and produce will soon be available at area outdoor markets. There’s no better place to go this time of year than to local farmers’ markets – places where you can meet local business owners and farmers like Kyle Anderberg, owner of Lakeside’s Tiny Acre. His tiny farm is located directly behind Lakeside Farmers’ Market, putting his produce literally steps away from his customers.
Anderberg is a Loudoun County native who chose to start his small business in Henrico after attending VCU. His interest in farming grew during school and as he studied at Richmond-area farms. “I focused on environmental studies at VCU and want to make a difference in the Richmond food market,” he explains. “I plan to grow the most nutritious food I can and share it with the local community." He plans to have a large variety of vegetables and flowers for sale at the Lakeside market in May.
Henrico County is home to three outdoor farmers’ markets that traditionally enter their busy season in May and thrive throughout the summer. Here’s where to find them.
HENRICO COUNTY OUTDOOR FARMERS’ MARKETS
6110 Lakeside Avenue
Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon (year round)
This indoor and outdoor market is located in Lakeside Towne Center. The market is in its 10th year of operation, and during the busy season, visitors will find locally grown and produced meats, eggs, honey and produce and hand-made items.
The market features an array of Henrico-based vendors like Dayum this is My Jam and Slice of Joy Pie Company. Other Lakeside vendors include Greenhouse Gardens and Bad Goat Soap. See a list of typical Lakeside Farmers' Market vendors.
12496 Gayton Road
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon (April 22 - October)
The West End Farmers Market will begin its ninth season on April 22 and promises the “the best farm products Virginia has to offer.” If you stop by on Opening Day, bring your knives to be sharpened by Sharp Again and get one sharpened for free. Learn more.
Vendors from Henrico County include C&C's Cinnamon Rolls, Capsaicin Solutions and MaloKin, which offers treats made with the superfood amaranth. Other vendors include Arnest Seafood from Hague, Virginia, and Riparian Farm from Fork Union. See a list of popular vendors here.
8903 Three Chopt Road
Mondays, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (April 17 - October)
In only its second season, this is Henrico’s newest farmers’ market! The market is open on Mondays from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., with vendors arriving on April 17 this year. Henrico vendors include Kipps Grapes, Alfredo's Beehive and H2oCollect, which sells rainwater harvesting equipment.
“Shopping local keeps monies available in our neighborhoods, communities, schools and businesses and on our farms,” says Westbury Farmers Market Manager and Capital Area Farmers Market Association Regional Lead Kim Usry. “It’s a flow: The more you shop local, the more money stays local.”
Interested in selling your wares? Westbury Farmers Market may have room for you! Complete an application here.