COVID-19 may run local farmers out of business if we don’t come together to sustain their operations during times of quarantine and social distancing.
Farmers already work on slim margins, and without above-and-beyond support from the public, many may lose their business or their land, threatening our region with economic divestment and food insecurity.
The good news is that many farmers and market operators are adapting to overcome challenges presented by COVID-19. We hope you will join us during this crisis to support farmers as they drive the local food economy while caring for our natural resources.
Below we’ve compiled a local food toolkit where you can buy local food, find farmers markets, and learn more about how land, food, and COVID-19 are all related.
To submit your offering to this directory, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|VENDOR||OFFERINGS||HOW TO BUY||MARKET(S)|
|Agriberry||fruits, jams, & oat bars||Online Store||
|Lakside's Tiny Acre||greens & vegetables||Lakeside|
|Deer Run Farm||produce & plants||Online Store||Lakeside; Birdhouse|
|Bring Forth Urban Farm||greens & microgreens||Delivery Form||Lakeside|
|Dayum Jam||jams & pickles||Lakeside|
|Great Harvest Bread Co.||breads & pastries||Online Store||Lakeside; St. Stephen's|
|BroadFork Farm||breads, plants, & salad mix||Online Store||St. Stephen's|
|Creighton Farm||produce & seedlings||Online Store||St. Stephen's|
|Snyder Family Farm||organic meats & eggs||Online Store||St. Stephen's|
|Hazel Witch Farms||garlic, herbs, & teas||Online Store||Birdhouse|
|Meadow Acre Farms||vegetables & greens||Lulu's Food||Birdhouse; Dorey Park|
|produce & cut flowers||Online Store||Birdhouse; South of the James|
|Black Creek Farm||produce||Online Store||South of the James|
|Fall Line Farms||non-profit CSA; variety of products||Online Store||N/A|
|Field of Dreams Farm||local co-op & pop-up; variety of products||Online Store||N/A|
NOTE: Because the situation surrounding COVID-19 is extremely fluid, all markets and vendors are taking precautionary measures that may shift from week to week. Make sure you check with each market and vendor beforehand to get the latest on how they are taking orders or accepting visitors. Click here for a state-wide farmers market directory.
Lakeside Farmer's Market is open Saturdays 9AM-Noon, and Wednesdays 9am-2pm. The market is outside and allows for plenty of space between vendors.
While attending the market, please approach vendors one person at a time to pick up your preorder. Stay six feet from the products and others visiting the market.
Please call ahead to arrange SNAP purchases at 804-437-2475 or ask the vendor for assistance.
St. Stephen's Farmer's Market is open Saturdays 9am-12pm. Customers should limit themselves to one person per booth while those in line wait six feet away.
The market is still not a place to linger. Please get what you need and go home, so all may shop safely. If possible, send one person per household for pickup.
NO pets at the market until further notice.
South of the James Farmer's Market is open Saturdays in Bryan Park. Drive-thru hours will be 8am to 9:45 a.m., followed by a walk-in service from 10 a.m. to noon. Market hours may change going forward.
For drive-thru service, visitors need to preorder by contacting vendors directly. A list of vendors is on the market's Facebook page, below. Visitors are required to wear face masksand should shop individually. Children and dogs not allowed.
Birdhouse Farmers Market runs May - November / Tuesdays, 3:00 - 6:30 pm.
Walk-up style market with rigorous social distancing protocols in place. Please do not linger during your shopping trip and please you leave your pets at home. Shoppers are strongly encouraged to
SNAP customers are welcome, and SNAP discounts (50%) are available for fruits and vegetables.
Huguenot-Robious Farmers Market is open year-round every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is located at The Great Big Greenhouse and Nursery.
The market offers Virginia-grown produce, Virginia-made products from local artisans, pasture-raised beef, pork, seafood, and eggs.
Dorey Park Farmers Market invites online shopping starting Sundays at noon through Wednesdays at midnight. Customers can pick up their orders at Dorey Park 9am-11am or Patriots Landing 10am-11am on Saturday mornings.
"Pickups are drive through, no fuss, no touch."
West End Farmers Market is open Saturdays 9am - Noon. According to their website, they are the only farmer-owned market in Virginia. You can find their vendor list on their newsletter, which is posted on their website and Facebook.
Located at The Lawn at Gayton Centre on the corner of Ridgefield & Gayton Roads by Ollie's Discount Market.
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from Virginia Farmer's Market Association
from Fall Line Farms
from VA Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services
from Inside Climate News
from Richmond-Times Dispatch
Note: This directory and toolkit is intended to help spread the word about local food offerings during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is not an advertisement, nor is it an exhaustive collection of local producers or vendors. We encourage you to add your offering or provide feedback to this page by emailing email@example.com.
The Richmond Times Dispatch, August 7, 2019
Virginia Mercury, June 5, 2019
Saving Land, Spring 2019
The Richmond Times Dispatch, January 29, 2019