Locavores in Clarke County will be celebrating the opening of the farmer’s market in Berryville Saturday May 5th. The cool, wet spring has set the stage for a bountiful beginning to the traditional open-air market that offers fresh air, fresh produce, and fresh faces. In this first iteration of the weekly event there will be a rich selection of local items including spring vegetables. Market organizer Anita VanSice said, “Consumers can expect, early veggies such as a variety of greens including lettuce, spinach etc., tomato plants, plenty of baked goods, fresh made breads, salsa, soaps, herbal teas, honey, herbs & of course barbecue!”
The smoky aroma of fresh barbecue has become a hallmark of the market in Berryville. Arthur Crow’s specialty (AKA Art’s Barbecue) provides a tasty treat for attendees and beckons pedestrians in the town to follow their nose to the market.
Vendors will once again set up in the municipal parking lot near the intersection of South Church and Crow Street and this year’s market will include many familiar faces. Organizers said that the majority of this years vendors are sellers from previous years, however there will be several new offerings. Two new vendors were added for this year: “Life More Abundant Ranch”(chicken, eggs, turkey, quail & rabbit) and “Shenandoah Seasonal” (veggies & herbs).
The market also attracts seasonal vendors who appear during the weeks that their products are harvested. These bonus vendors provide fresh new products throughout the season and drive fresh produce fans to visit weekly.
Like the products sold there, the market is an organic thing and is constantly changing. Last year, the market implemented live cooking demonstrations to show patrons creative ways to incorporate local products into delicious meals. The experiment was well received and plans are in the works to continue and expand these types of offerings. “We do plan on having more cooking demonstrations featuring products from our vendors prepared by local chefs. We are also planing on a variety of musicians performing on market days as well,” Ms. VanSice added.
The Clarke County Farmer’s Market will open at 8:00 a.m. and run through noon.