Come spring, Coastal Virginia is flush with pop-up farmers markets boasting fresh, locally grown produce and handcrafted goods. We’ve rounded up markets throughout the region that pair shopping with family fun and special seasonal events.
What: A city market dedicated to promoting local agriculture and community.
When: Open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays, June to November.
Where: 900 City Park Drive, Chesapeake
Offerings: Fresh fruits and vegetables, plants, herbs, eggs, honey, meats
What: In addition to its host of locally grown offerings, the Hampton-based marketplace entertains themed markets celebrating everything from fitness to pets.
When: Select Saturdays through Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: 100 S. 1st St., Hampton
Offerings: Fresh fruits, vegetables, local goods, art, seafood
What: A downtown market accompanied by local shopping and delicious eats from Big Daddy’s BBQ.
When: Every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 16 through Sept. 19
Where: 703 Mariners Row, Newport News
Offerings: Seasonal produce, local fruit, baked goods, poultry, meat and bison products, seafood, cheese, eggs, jams, jellies, spices, flowers, plants, candles, dog treats, soaps, lotions
What: The former 1967 roadside stand has since expanded into a full-scale farmers market in Downtown Newport News vending goods from all over the East Coast.
When: Open Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., April through October
Where: 12601 Warwick Blvd., Newport News
Offerings: Seasonal produce, local eggs, local honey, North Carolina barbecue, homemade breads, jams, jellies, juices, salad dressings, garden center goods
What: Open 364 days a year, this local market-meets-grocery store is flush with high quality goods.
When: Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: 503 Harpersville Rd., Newport News
Offerings: Meat, produce, grocery, bulk Amish-style products, nursery items
NFK Farm Market
When: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 759 Granby St., Norfolk
Offerings: Produce from New Earth Farm; meats from Cartwright Family Farms, Pungo-Tuck Local Beef Co. and Edwards Virginia Smokehouse; cheese from Mountain View Farm Products; and a handful of pasture-raised eggs, local honey, grains, flour and more from local pastures
What: A seasonal marketplace vending the best crops and from-scratch goods crafted by local vendors.
When: Every Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m., April through October
Where: 7400 Hampton Blvd., Norfolk
Offerings: Bread, baked goods, dog treats, sauces, cured meats, herbs, pork, sausage, grass-fed beef, poultry, pasture-raised eggs, wine, popsicles, oysters, produce, honey, dips, kombucha, flowers, house products, coffee
What: A seasonal marketplace serving the East Beach community and creating business opportunities for farmers, growers and producers throughout Virginia and beyond.
When: Every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., April through October
Where: 22nd Bay St. and Shore Drive, Norfolk
Food Vendors: Uncle Russ' Dockside Seafood Market, Udder Chaos Farms, Butter Brothers, Flour Child Bakery, Riffle Farms, The Coop, Pennacook Peppers, Soul Stir Teas & Wellness, Vessel Craft Coffee, Gateaux Bakery, Cowboy Syd’s Sauces, Sorva Syrups, Mallowdoo and Eastern Shore Meats.
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What: A family-owned market that sources products from local farms and food and beverage producers while maintaining a garden onsite through a partnership with Old Dominion University's Classroom to Table Program to offer herbs and cut flowers.
When: Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
Where: 5015 Colley Ave., Norfolk
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What: High Street and Court Street come to life on Saturday mornings for an urban market in historic Portsmouth.
When: Every Saturday through Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: High Street and Court Street junction
Offerings: Potted herbs, seasonal produce, artisan breads, baked foods, savory biscuits, jams and jellies, salsas, sauces, flowers, seafood, heirloom produce, free-range eggs and poultry, heritage pork, grass-fed beef and handcrafted soaps
What: All Smithfield Farmers Market vendors are located within 100 miles of the town ensuring 100 percent local and homegrown goods.
When: Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, April through December
Where: 115 Main St., Smithfield
Offerings: Seasonal produce, baked goods, eggs, beef, pork, bison, chicken, seafood, barbecue, international cuisine, coffee, honey, herbs, dairy products, home décor, garden décor, apparel, jewelry, crafts, beauty products
What: A true community experience since 2005, Suffolk Farmers’ Market pairs local fare with family fun including special guests, pop-up petting zoos, book signings, children’s workshops and more.
When: Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 4 through Nov. 23
Where: 524 North Main St., Suffolk
Offerings: Produce, handmade gifts, baked goods, meat and poultry, concessions, fresh eggs, milk, honey, artisan-crafted goods
What: An al fresco marketplace and certified Virginia Green market in the ViBe Creative District.
When: 9 a.m. to noon on select Saturdays through December.
Where: Croc’s 19th Street Bistro parking lot
Offerings: Fruits, vegetables, pork, bison, beef, chicken, turkey, sausage, charcuterie, eggs, seafood, cheeses, biscuits, pies, cakes, brownies, cookies, artisanal breads, locally made pasta, sauces, salsas, salads and tamales, soap and flowers
What: A year-round neighborhood market comprised of local vendors, bakers, farmers, artisans and more.
When: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon
Where: 2947 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach
Offerings: Fruits, vegetables, herbs, cheeses, crepes, jewelry, dips, spreads, baked goods and rotating chef-made eats
What: Family-owned stand with a handful of produce and flowers grown onsite.
When: Seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: 1065 First Colonial Road, Virginia Beach
Offerings: Flowers, herbs, plants, seafood, fruits, vegetables, pies
What: This evening community market is dedicated to promoting a sustainable lifestyle through support of local farmers and craftsmen.
When: Every other Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m., May 9 through Sept. 19
Where: 873 Little Neck Road, Virginia Beach
Offerings: Produce, kitchen products, food trucks, honey, nut butters, art, dairy, baked goods, flowers, seafood
What: Open year-round, Virginia Beach Farmers Market is host to a plethora of regional growers and crafters. Guests are also invited to explore a handful of agriculturally inspired shops onsite.
When: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 3640 Dam Neck Road, Suite 510, Virginia Beach
Offerings: Butcher shop, seafood market, dairy, ice cream, flowers, candy, baked foods, full-menu restaurant, specialty stores, fruits, vegetables
What: Veg Out Gardens is a certified USDA organic market vending solely Virginia-grown and Virginia-made goods.
When: Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 501 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach
*Vendors: Dee’s Nuts Peanut Butter, It Started with a Fig Jams, Hudson Henry Granola, Jody’s Popcorn, Snowing in Space, Red Mushrooms Brewing, Butter Brothers, Bodacious Bakehouse, Lolly’s Creamery & Soup Co., Kahiau’s Bakery & Café, Esoteric, Mount Pleasant Farms
*Vendors are subject to change
What: A bustling bazaar of makers and purveyors located in Colonial Williamsburg’s Merchants Square.
When: Every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, March through December
Where: 402 West Duke of Gloucester St., Williamsburg
Offerings: Produce, seafood, cut flowers, organic vegetables, herbs, baked goods, pasture-raised meats, cheeses, beauty products, artisan bread, honey, eggs
What: One of the only farmers markets in Coastal Virginia with a sparkling waterfront view. Enjoy themed market days, food trucks and cooking demonstrations.
When: Every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, April through October
Where: 401 Water St., Yorktown
Offerings: Produce, seafood, meats, breads, handcrafted soaps, candies, honey, gourmet dog treats