Check out the Waynesboro Farmers Market

August 30, 2022
Stories, Outdoors, Food

It’s worth waking up early on Saturday morning to shop the downtown Waynesboro Farmers Market in Constitution Park Pavilion. This open-air experience not only nets you the freshest fruit and produce, it also supports local growers and producers. And it’s not just peaches and tomatoes you’ll find at the market: you’ll also enjoy a selection of fresh meat, eggs, cheeses, honey, baked goods, cut flowers, and more. Better yet, everything comes from within 60 miles of the market, so you’ll have a chance to get to know the vendors who can tell you about their farming practices and how to prepare your food. The market is managed by Project GROWS, an organization dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of local youth through food education and increased access to locally grown, nutritious food.

The Waynesboro Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 9 am-1 pm, May through October.

 

 

Vendors You Might See at the Market

Poplar Ridge Farm uses sustainable farming practices and is devoted to protecting the wildlife, bird, and pollinator habitats while producing tasty and nutritious food. Each season, they grow many types of produce, including heirloom tomatoes and delicious greens. They also sell lamb, pork products, and eggs, produced from animals fed with non-GMO grains and raised in the open air.

HEB Farm sells meat and eggs from animals raised on “grass, bugs, and sunshine.” They emphasize chemical-free practices and letting animals live like animals. They sell eggs, pork products, chicken, and turkey cuts starting in September. Order your Thanksgiving turkey from them!

Family-owned Grazelen Farm raises feeder calves, market hogs, grains, and hay. They produce sausage, beef, and eggs. When it’s not farmer’s market season, they deliver to Staunton and Waynesboro.

Singing Earth Produce uses its 30 acres outside of Waynesboro to produce tons of squash, potatoes, onions, spinach, and more. The Calixto family has been in business for 20 years and continues to add new crops to their farm.

There’s always something delicious at the Hearthstone Farm booth. You’ll find seasonal fruits and veggies, like peaches, heirloom tomatoes, varieties of green beans and potatoes, and more. You’ll also find flavored or creamed honey, jams, and mouthwatering baked goods like pane bianco, a twisted bread with sun-dried tomatoes, basil, and cheese, and veggie quiche made with squash, leeks, mushrooms, peppers, and cheese. Don’t forget a sweet peach bread.

Valley Scents produces 100% natural soy candles as well as all-natural bug spray and poison ivy remedies.

Snag some new tie-dye gear at Nana’s Dyes where you can pick from a colorful selection of shirts, bandanas, and more. 

Eco-Librium Farm is a no-till operation dedicated to land stewardship in all of their growing practices.  They grow lots of delicious vegetables including beets, kale, scallions, and they post veggie-forward recipes on their Facebook page.

Ren Field Flower Farm is a cut-flower farm that brings lovely and unusual bouquets to the market. You can also pick your own at the farm or attend a workshop.

Quince & Burdock sells bouquets and fresh cut flowers that are grown using sustainable methods like natural fertilizers and no pesticides.

Elizabeth’s No Wheat Sweet Treats is a gluten-free bakery that sells breads, cakes, and other allergy-friendly eats like donuts, muffins, and oatmeal cream pies. You can order custom items ahead of time for pickup at the market. 

Follow the Waynesboro Farmer’s Market Facebook page to stay up-to-date on market happenings, such as live music at the market, special book sales, activities, and more!

 

 

Other Markets and Gardens

While not a farmer’s market vender, Embrace Community Garden is committed to providing fresh food for the community. The large, you-pick garden is full of vegetables and free for the community to harvest. There’s even a produce fridge to help out those unable to pick their own.

Troyer’s Fruit and Produce Farm specializes in summer strawberries, peaches, berries, tomatoes, sweetcorn, and more. When fall arrives, they’ll have a pumpkin patch to pick and a huge corn maze to get lost in. 

The weekly North Augusta Farmer’s Market is also managed by Project GROWS, and sells a large selection of fruits and vegetables, eggs, meat, baked goods, honey, and artisan crafts on Wednesday afternoons.

 

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