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Winter farmers’ markets offer fresh, local options year-round

While summer farmers’ markets boast peak-season produce, many Virginia markets offer local foods and artisan products year-round.

Of the 300-plus farmers’ markets in Virginia, more than 50 stay open throughout the winter, with some markets adjusting their schedules from summer, moving indoors or adding online sales, according to the Virginia Farmers’ Market Association.

“Of course you have a little less variety of produce, but we still have a great offering during these colder months,” remarked Darrius Slaughter, VAFMA vice president and manager of the Lynchburg Community Market—one of the nation’s oldest, continuously running farmers’ markets.

Founded in 1783, the market serves as a gathering place for the community, with indoor shops, restaurants and a crafters’ gallery open to shoppers throughout the week. During the winter, the Saturday farmers’ market attracts up to 1,900 visitors a day with over 60 indoor and outdoor vendor spots.

Many winter markets offer artisan me...

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