There’s nothing like fresh produce, summer air, locally made goods, and the close community feel of a farmer’s market. Through the spring, summer and fall, no matter when you are in Charlottesville, you can almost always find a good one. We recommend checking a few out, because each one has something unique to offer. Here’s a list of farmer’s markets you can find on the days of the week in which they take place. We hope you enjoy checking them out and finding something local and delicious!
Saturday- Farmer’s markets take place throughout the week in C’Ville, but Saturday is the most popular day…here’s what you can find!
The City Market – We recommend this one most of all on Saturday. It takes place downtown, right near the mall, and is the largest market in C’Ville and the surrounding areas. You’ll find everything from fresh produce, great food for lunch, locally made sweets, grass fed meats, and artisan booths just to name a few. It gets crowded, but it’s definitely worth braving the crowd to enjoy a morning walking through the market, enjoying samples, and getting a bite to eat.
Crozet – This market is much smaller, but still close to the inn and nice if you enjoy a smaller market. You can find local eggs, chocolate, produce, and other great locally made goods. You might even find some high school students fundraising for a trip through selling some great little baked goods! It’s definitely a small community feel, and a sweet little market to enjoy on a Saturday morning!
Nelson – Another larger farmer’s market you can find off of Nelson 151. Though it is a little farther out from the Inn, it is a fun market with live acoustic music, great handmade goods, locally grown produce and meat, hand crafted teas, and more! We recommend checking it out, and you can stop by a great brewery while you are out that way- it’s close to both Blue Mountain Brewery and Devil’s Backbone!
Forest Lakes – This market is located in a neighborhood north of Charlottesville in Hollymead. It is a smaller market, just one row of vendors, but great selections of locally made foods and goods. There is some fresh produce, but other selections include arts and crafts, delicious sorbet, and locally raised meat and eggs. Live acoustic music will be playing as you walk through this small market and enjoy the neighborhood feel!
Farmer’s In the Park – Farmer’s In the Park is an extension of the City Market that takes place in Meade Park. It is much smaller than the City Market, but bigger than most of the smaller markets that take place during the week. We like this one because it’s easy to talk with the farmer’s who raise the produce or make the goods. It’s a great spot to go and grab ingredients for dinner on a Wednesday evening, and try some fresh produce as well!
With so many options near the Inn, you’ll most likely be able to enjoy a local experience at a Farmer’s Market this summer when you visit. It’s a great way to experience the culture of the area and try some delicious, home grown food while you do!