Do you long for the scent of fresh flowers, a gentle summer breeze, and a community of friendly locals with whom you can spend your Saturday mornings? If so, visiting the Farmers’ Market @ St. Stephen’s should be high on your to-do list.
I frequent the market, which is across the street from St. Catherine’s School, just about every other Saturday during its outdoor season, which begins in the spring when RVA’s temperatures (usually) warm up. From 9 a.m. to noon, the parking lot outside the church is lined with colorful tents offering local fruits, veggies, and handmade artisanal goods. My favorites include Agriberry, where overflowing cartons of peaches, blackberries, and blueberries abound, and Dogtown Lounge, which is full of canine delicacies for even the pickiest pups. One of Freeman’s very own, Mrs. Trexlor, operates a booth that sells handmade clothes for babies and toddlers with her mother.
Speaking of doggos, yours is welcome. Tons of friendly pups wander the crowded aisles, eagerly looking for pets from everyone around them. There are often water bowls out at popular vendors and plenty of exciting adventures for your four-legged friends.
In addition, local amateur artists (including high school students) often sing or play guitar while kids gather around to adorn the pavement with colorful chalk drawings and blow bubbles. Food trucks, including the mouthwatering Goatocado, are stationed to satiate the appetite you’ll work up as you enjoy shopping, and blooming flowers are positioned at every corner.
Offering the perfect combination of local produce and a stress-free spring oasis, the St. Stephen’s Farmers’ Market is a top destination for every adventuring Richmonder.