Come Show Your Support to Yorktown Market Days During this National Celebration

National Farmers Market Week sunflowers, eggs, and boy in overalls

Yorktown Market Days will join 274 other markets across Virginia on Saturday, August 10 to celebrate National Farmers Market Week, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. We aren't the only ones getting excited! In a campaign to promote sustainability and fresh eating, the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) and the Virginia Farmers Market Association have teamed up to transform the iconic motto Virginia is for Lovers into Virginia is for Farmers Market Lovers as part of the LOVE line to show their appreciation to farmers all across the Commonwealth—including here in Hampton Roads.

Virginia is for Farmers Market Lovers

With three active farms set up at the Yorktown Waterfront each week—you're bound to find your go-to favorites like cucumbers and tomatoes—but you'll also get the opportunity to try new "exotic" varieties of fruits and vegetables like purple cauliflower from Allen’s Farm; Candy Cane Beets from Penn Farm; or Sugar Baby Watermelons from Wilson’s Farm.

Market Days Farms

All three farms are family-owned and operated, and customers will feel like family too when they come back week after week. (If you missed our recent behind-the-scenes feature at Allen's Farm - check it out here!)

Cayenne Peppers Allen's Farm

Gov. Northam has also pledged his support by officially declaring the same week as Virginia Farmers Market Week. His recent proclamation recognizes that farmers markets are vital avenues for farmers like Clint Allen, Polo Sr., and TJ Wilson to sell directly to the public and provide locally grown produce that encourages healthy eating habits. He also references markets’ participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) which Yorktown began last year and expanded this year to include the Fresh Match Program which gives a dollar-to-dollar match for any EBT card funds spent at Yorktown Market Days on fresh fruits and vegetables.

Fresh Match

The governor also highlighted the economic impact farmers markets have on the overall communities in which they reside—by preserving farmland through economic viability, but also by encouraging engagement between neighbors.

Dianne Stringer with Bunches of Blooms wholeheartedly agrees with the governor’s sentiment, sharing “Shopping and supporting local businesses enriches the local community, not only financially but also strengthens the community ties and encourages entrepreneurship.” Dianne was an Early Childhood Educator for 32 years and has lived in Gloucester for that long. She has always loved nature and gardening and when she retired, they stopped their “Cut-your-own” Christmas Tree Farm, but wanted a way to stay connected to her passion and ties to the Earth. “It’s exciting to once again use land for a new venture that provides so much pleasure for us and I hope to our wonderful customers at the market,” she says.

Bunches of Blooms

Yorktown Market Days has been serving the Peninsula for 13 years and has grown to include 30 Saturday markets in 2019, including several longer themed ones centered around family fun like the Pirate Invasion Market, Fall Festival, Harvest Festival, and Paws at the River Pet Day. Winner of GOLD Best Farmers Market in Hampton Roads by Coastal Virginia Magazine—it is the area’s one-stop shop for seasonal produce; fresh poultry and eggs; artisan breads and scratch-made desserts; honey, jams, and sauces; flowers, plants, and herbs; coffee, tea, fresh-pressed juices, and wine; high-quality art; and even gourmet dog treats!

Market Days Riverwalk Landing View

Saturday, Aug. 10 is the perfect opportunity for loyal customers and new shoppers alike to come support the almost 40 local vendors, food trucks, artists, and other local businesses who make up Yorktown Market Days. There will be live acoustical harmony provided by Audio Portrait and a special chef cooking demonstration at 10:30 a.m. by Chef Tina with Coastal Thirst. Get a true farm-to-fork culinary experience, including samples and a recipe to make the same dish at home with your family. She'll be making Eggplant Ragu topped with smoked chicken from Parker Family Farm. 

Chef Tina Coastal Thirst

This year, there will also be several free children’s activities sponsored by Parks Orthodontics including farm-themed face painting designs for the kids from Mandy's Fancy Custom Artwork, free I Love Farmers Markets stickers and temporary tattoos handed out at the Parks booth, painted rocks hidden around the market for younger visitors to discover, and a fun coloring activity.

“Choosing healthy, nutritious food is a huge part of good dental health,” said Dr. Meredith Parks. “Parks Orthodontics supports our local farmers market and our community by teaching our patients to choose foods that are good for their teeth and gums, and their overall health. We believe that getting kids excited about the food they eat will get them excited about making healthy choices for their entire lives.”

Face Painting Farm Theme Designs
Parks Orthodontics Temp Tattoos

August 10 Vendors & Artists

  • Allen’s Farm
  • A Sharper Edge
  • Blind Babe Bakery
  • Bloody’s by Buz
  • Bob’s Sausage
  • Bunches of Blooms
  • Coastal Thirst
  • Column 15 Coffee
  • East Coast Herbal Solutions
  • FiDough Homemade Dog Treats
  • Glow Holistic
  • Gourmet & Easy Go Lebaneasy
  • Hampton Roads Winery
  • Joe’s Grows
  • Kathi’s Clam Chowder
  • Kona Ice
  • LMNz Twizted Pretzel
  • Momma Holland’s Morsels
  • Moonstruck Creations
  • National Guard
  • NY Baker
  • Oberweis Dairy
  • Parker Family Farm
  • Penn Farm
  • Rhythms in the Kitchen
  • Riverview Plantation
  • Rockahock Farm
  • Some Thins Potato Chips
  • Sweet Temptations by Teresa
  • Sweet Treats
  • Terra Aqua Dynamics Farm
  • The Neighborhood Harvest
  • Uncle B’s 
  • Virginia Bread Company
  • Wilson Farm
  • York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention
  • Al Selby (Leather)
  • Chanée Hall (Jewelry)
  • Candace Neveux (Paintings)
  • Barbara Meier (Glass)
  • Jerry Dance (Paintings)
  • Billy Ruby (Wood)
  • Ray Sabourin (Wood)
  • Cindy Plessinger (Glass)
Market Peppers from Terra Aqua Dynamics

There is no charge for the market and it is held rain or shine. Free parking is available in several designated areas throughout Historic Yorktown. The Trolley, also complimentary for guests, runs daily in the summer from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. While most vendors accept credit cards, some only take cash. ATMs are conveniently located at Ben & Jerry’s and Yorktown Pub. 

Yorktown Market Days is held every Saturday through the end of October (excluding October 5), and is presented by York County and the Riverwalk Landing Business Association.

Special thanks to the 2019 Revolutionary Sponsors Farm Bureau Insurance and Langley Federal Credit Union. Additional recognition goes to State Farm Agent Mark Irwin for sponsoring the Market’s Chef Demos, Amory Funeral Home for sponsoring the market’s live entertainment each week, and Parks Orthodontics for all the kid-friendly activities.