With the recent arrival of Spring, a person’s fancy turns from roasted roots, hearty grains, long-simmered soups, and braised meat to thoughts of something fresher, something green. Frankly, I’m eating anything green I can get my hands on.
Lucky for us, Richmond is rich (ahem) in farmer’s markets, most of which start up again for the year right about now. From the bourbon-barrel-booziness of Hardywood Park, to the West-End-mellow vibe at St. Stephens, to the full-on urban street festival that is South of the James, there’s a market in the RVA near everyone, for everyone. Here’s a list from the Times Dispatch to help you find a market near you. It’s not just a weekend thing, either. Tricycle Gardens, just up the hill from CMS, has a four-season farm stand, open every Thursday. In addition, Broadfork Farm is doing a CSA dropoff at CMS every Wednesday, with extra produce to sell.
With the local food scene growing bigger and better every day in Richmond, I’m sure I’ve missed some great farm stands and markets. Feel free to share in the comments.