Yorktown Offers Fresh New Ways to Celebrate National Farmers Market Week
Do you know where your groceries come from—where your fish was caught or how your tomatoes were grown? Head to the Historic Yorktown Waterfront on Saturday, August 11 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for National Farmers Market Week. Shoppers will have the chance to talk to farmers, ranchers, watermen, and other local business owners about their techniques for growing, catching, and maintaining the highest quality products to offer the community.
Visitors will find a little of everything: seasonal produce; meats and seafood; ethnic foods; jams, jellies, and sauces; popcorn; honey; fresh-cut flowers and hanging plants; a variety of baked goods; and gourmet dog treats. Several food trucks and food vendors, such as B-52 Smokehouse, Kathi’s Clam Chowder, Kona Ice, and Mama Barbara’s Kitchen, will be on-site with breakfast and lunch options. Carrot Tree is giving a chef cooking demonstration for the crowd at 10:30 a.m. and will pass out samples as well as printed recipe cards.
New to the market this season are several young vendors who have successfully launched niche businesses featuring handmade lavender products, gourmet lemonade, nitro brew coffee, homemade potato chips, and artisan breads and pastries.
One such entrepreneur is 17-year-old Morgan Wilson, owner of Colonial Lavender. Morgan graduated high school at age 13 and is on track to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Old Dominion University in the spring. Morgan harvests the herb from a farm in Williamsburg and then hand makes every product in her line, which includes soaps, candles, loose-leaf teas, lotions, lip balms, and lavender simple syrup. Both she and her younger brother (12-year-old owner of The Dizzy Lemon, a gourmet lemonade bar) credit their parents for supporting their ambitions.
“They have taught me and supported me in defying my age and achieving whatever I thought possible, regardless of the number of candles on my cake. People are usually a little surprised to see a 17-year-old with a business license and paperwork and business cards, but I hope that by putting all of my dedication into what I do, they will judge me by my accomplishments rather than my age,” she says.
In addition to Morgan, you will find more than 30 other vendors selling locally and regionally made goods. Visitors will also find an impressive artist line-up this year featuring Al Selby (leather), Candace Neveux (Painting), Chanee Hall (Jewelry), Billy Ruby (Wood), Sheila Moore (Painted Glass), Karin Andrews (Paintings), and Barbara Meier (Stained Glass). Tim Seaman will provide a live performance to further enhance an already festive ambiance.
The Tourism Development Office is encouraging shoppers to represent Yorktown in the nationwide #ilovemymarket Instagram challenge. To enter, simply post a creative image showcasing “I Love My Market” temporary tattoos or stickers handed out at the market on August 11. Then upload to Instagram, mention Yorktown Market Days, and use the contest hashtag. As added family fun, dozens of painted rocks with the same logo will be hidden throughout Riverwalk Landing that morning for kids to seek out and share.
There is no charge for the market and it is held rain or shine. Free parking is available in several designated areas throughout Historic Yorktown. The Trolley, also free, runs daily in the summer from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. While most vendors accept credit cards, some only take cash. ATMs are conveniently located at Ben & Jerry’s and Yorktown Pub.
Additional Event Info:
- York County Tourism Development: 757-890-3500
- Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: Visit Yorktown
- #visityorktown #york757 #ilovemymarket
Yorktown Market Days is held every Saturday through the end of October (excluding October 6), and is presented by York County and the Riverwalk Landing Business Association.
Special thanks to the 2018 Revolutionary Sponsors Farm Bureau Insurance and Langley Federal Credit Union. Additional recognition goes to State Farm Agent Mark Irwin for sponsoring the Market’s Chef Demos and to Amory Funeral Home for sponsoring the market’s live entertainment each week.