jump to example.com

Holiday farmers markets are ready for business

If you’re looking for a unique gift to please someone’s palate this holiday season, head straight to your local farmers market. More and more markets are staying open through the Christmas shopping season.

va-farm-bureau“Oh, my goodness, there are just all kinds of possibilities for gifts here, depending on what their list looks like, but we have all kinds of food products, prepared foods, wonderful Christmas holiday items,” said Josie Showalter, manager of the Harrisonburg Farmers Market. “Our vendors are very creative and come out with all sorts of holiday things in addition to the regular artisan brands and fabulous foods of every description. There’s obviously a lot of winter products, so people can shop for Christmas meal fixings as well as their gift list.”

There are more than 200 farmers’ markets in Virginia, and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has a list of 28 that will be open through the winter holidays at vdacs.virginia.gov/news/pdf/wintermkts.pdf. Potential gift items available at farmers’ markets include Virginia seafood, wines and ciders, homemade jams and jellies, maple syrup and apple butter. Many markets also feature the works of local craftsmen.

“Everything we sell is hand-carved or hand-turned by my husband, Steve,” said Harrisonburg market vendor Debbie Fischer, co-owner of The WoodArt Studio in Mount Solon

“We try to use as much Virginia wood as possible. Different bowls and cooking utensils are very popular in the area. A lot of people in fact buy them and then add a nice little recipe that they may have been handed down.”

Showalter said there’s “a lot of beauty” in shopping locally. “It’s supporting the local economy, obviously. I think there’s some reason to think it could help the carbon footprint a little bit. Certainly it gives people an incredible connection to what they’re buying.”

Discussion
 
Top News
 
a

Study: UVA slashes opioid use while improving pain scores

A study of more than 100,000 surgical cases at UVA Health System found patients’ pain scores improved even as doctors gave fewer opioids.

Street Knowledge with Chris Graham: Wrapping #16 UVA road win

Chris Graham breaks down the 71-54 road win for #16 UVA at Boston College on this installment of Street Knowledge.

Fishburne Military School preps for the Inaugural Parade

Fishburne Military School preps for its appearance the 58th Inaugural Parade with a march through the streets of Waynesboro.

Virginia hospitals to lawmakers: 'Do no harm' on healthcare

The Virginia hospital community is advocating a do no harm approach to state legislation on healthcare policy.

Poll: Virginians want restraint on healthcare policy changes

New polling from Mason-Dixon Polling & Research shows strong majorities of Virginians are concerned about the future of healthcare.

Suicide intervention training offered in February

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will host the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training program Feb. 23-24.

Street Knowledge with Chris Graham: UVA hoops going all-in with four-guard lineup?

Street Knowledge with Chris Graham talks more UVA basketball, and examines the Cavs' upcoming week in the ACC.

Tom Perriello on Affordable Care Act: Where does Ed Gillespie stand?

Tom Perriello, famously, voted for the Affordable Care Act in his one term as Fifth District Congressman.

New Myers Corner website online: Produced by Augusta Free Press

The Myers Corner development in Augusta County has a new website designed by Augusta Free Press.

Anatomy of failed government: Another look at the DuPont settlement debacle

So much wailing and gnashing of teeth in Waynesboro over being shut out of the $50 million settlement with DuPont, and for what?

 
Recent News


Viewpoints


Hosts Chris Graham and Crystal Graham of Augusta Free Press highlight local news and newsmakers with an emphasis on the Shenandoah Valley on Viewpoints on WVPT.

Show airs Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m.

Your One-Stop Media Shop

Augusta Free Press LLC provides clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia and beyond with marketing and PR solutions including web design, magazine/brochure, TV/radio, social media and overall marketing campaign design and implementation.
  • Web Design

    You want a new website, but don’t have the first clue as to how to build one. That’s our job. We take care of all facets of web design – visual design, layout design and content development. Get your business online for as little as $1,299.
    Learn more about AFP Web Design services.
  • Graphic Design

    The staff at Augusta Free Press Publishing has been recognized by the Virginia Press Association for excellence in layout and design. Whether you need a fresh business card design, rack card, ad, flyer or full magazine design, we can help with all your graphic-design needs.
    Learn more about AFP Graphic Design services.
  • Marketing

    Augusta Free Press manages advertising campaigns for small- and medium-sized businesses across Virginia. You don’t need to hire a full-time marketing coordinator. Bring the experience of the Augusta Free Press team to work for you – for a fraction of the cost.
    Learn more about AFP Marketing services.