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Farmers markets’ welcome spring shoppers

The weather is warm, farmers’ markets are open, and customers are flocking to find fresh, seasonal produce, meats, artisan goods and a sense of community.

From small neighborhood markets to large marketplaces in town squares, farmers’ markets serve as places for people to gather and connect with local growers and artisans. Market guests can find an assortment of produce—like asparagus, berries, green beans and leafy greens—as well as meats, cheeses, honey, baked goods and homemade wares among the commonwealth’s 267 farmers’ markets.

“That number is similar to last summer,” said Mary Delicate, Virginia Farmers’ Market Association marketing director. “More markets will pop up in the next month or so. However, we anticipate the number to hold fairly steady.”

Locally, the Gloucester Farmers’ Market is held at Ware Episcopal Church from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month through September and the Mathews Farmers’ Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturd...

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