These Are The 10 Best Farmers Markets In Virginia For 2018

These are the best farmers markets the state of Virginia offers.

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Who doesn’t love a great Farmers Market?

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the popularity of Farmers Markets is growing. What was once a niche shopping experience for the wealthy and ultra health conscious has become mainstream. And to appease the diverse populations that have shown interest in farmers markets, vendors have expanded their offerings. You can now get ice cream, homemade soap and even beer to go along with your organic beets and mushrooms.

And they aren’t just popular in liberal enclaves and on the west coast.

Farmers markets are booming in areas that had trouble making inroads in the past. 20 years ago, you’d never think you’d find farmers’ markets in Kansas City, Detroit or St. Louis.

Simply put, farmers markets aren’t just for farmers any more.

So, where are the best farmers’ markets in Virginia? We’ve got the answers here. (We’ll explain our methodology below.)

These are the best Virginia farmers markets:

  1. The Virginia Beach Farmers Market, Virginia Beach, VA
  2. Lynchburg Community Market, Lynchburg, VA
  3. The South Of The James Farmers Market, Richmond, VA
  4. Harrisonburg Farmers Market, Harrisonburg, VA
  5. Sunday Brunch Market, Glen Allen, VA
  6. Charlottesville City Market, Charlottesville, VA
  7. Danville Farmers’ Market, Danville, VA
  8. Grandin Village Farmers Market, Roanoke, VA
  9. Blacksburg Farmers Market, Blacksburg, VA
  10. Williamsburg Farmers Market, Williamsburg, VA

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each market ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably live in one of these cities where things are oh-so farmers market friendly.

And after you find a great farmers market, check out the best places to live in Virginia or the cheapest place to live in Virginia.

How do you decide if a farmers market is awesome or not in Virginia?

In order to rank the best farmers markets in Virginia, we had to determine what criteria makes for a good market experience. It isn’t a stretch to assume that great farmers’ markets have a variety of options, are up to date with the latest technology, and are in areas with decent populations. Because everyone should be able to take home some homemade jam, right?

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the numbers for the Old Dominion

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Department of Agriculture data produced for the state of Virginia, along with the government census numbers, we looked at every single farmers market in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Number of amenities
  • Each market’s technology improvements
  • Variety of items to buy
  • Nearby population
  • Number of organic vendors

We then gave each market a HomeSnacks Score. The higher the score, the better the farmer’s market ranked. What we found is there seems to be a balanced number of large farmers markets near major city centers as well as awesome farmers markets in smaller communities. That’s the way it should be!

1. The Virginia Beach Farmers Market

The Virginia Beach Farmers Market -- Virginia Beach, VA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 88.6
City: Virginia Beach, VA
Address: 3640 Dam Neck Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23453
Times: Mon: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM Tue: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM Wed: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM Thu: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM Fri: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM Sat: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM Sun: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

2. Lynchburg Community Market

Lynchburg Community Market -- Lynchburg, VA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 80.0
City: Lynchburg, VA
Address: 1219 Main Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504
Times: Tue: 7:00 AM-2:00 PM Wed: 7:00 AM-2:00 PM Thu: 7:00 AM-2:00 PM Fri: 7:00 AM-2:00 PM Sat: 7:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

3. The South Of The James Farmers Market

The South Of The James Farmers Market -- Richmond, VA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 77.1
City: Richmond, VA
Address: New Kent Avenue & 42nd Street, Richmond, VA 23225
Times: Sat: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

4. Harrisonburg Farmers Market

Harrisonburg Farmers Market -- Harrisonburg, VA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 77.1
City: Harrisonburg, VA
Address: 228 South Liberty St., Harrisonburg, VA None
Times: Tue: 8:00 AM-1:00 PM Sat: 8:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

5. Sunday Brunch Market

Sunday Brunch Market -- Glen Allen, VA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 77.1
City: Glen Allen, VA
Address: 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060
Times: Sun: 11:00 AM-3:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

6. Charlottesville City Market

Charlottesville City Market -- Charlottesville, VA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 74.3
City: Charlottesville, VA
Address: 100 Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Times: Sun: 7:00 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

7. Danville Farmers’ Market

Danville Farmers' Market -- Danville, VA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 74.3
City: Danville, VA
Address: 629 Craghead Street, Danville, VA 24541
Times: Sat: 7:30 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

8. Grandin Village Farmers Market

Grandin Village Farmers Market -- Roanoke, VA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 71.4
City: Roanoke, VA
Address: 2080 Westover Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24015
Times: Sat: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

9. Blacksburg Farmers Market

Blacksburg Farmers Market -- Blacksburg, VA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 71.4
City: Blacksburg, VA
Address: 108 W Roanoke St, Suite 101, Blacksburg, VA 24060
Times: Wed: 2:00 PM-7:00 PM Sat: 8:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

10. Williamsburg Farmers Market

Williamsburg Farmers Market -- Williamsburg, VA

Source: Public Domain

Score: 71.4
City: Williamsburg, VA
Address: 402 W Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Times: Sat: 8:30 AM-12:30 PM

Credit Cards: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: N
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

There You Have It – The Best Farmers Markets In Virginia

If you’re looking for a breakdown of farmers’ markets in the Old Dominion ranked by criteria that vendors and customers agree on, this is an accurate list.

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Detailed List Of The Best Farmers Markets In Virginia

Name City Rank Score
The Virginia Beach Farmers Market Virginia Beach 1 88.6
Lynchburg Community Market Lynchburg 2 80.0
The South Of The James Farmers Market Richmond 3 77.1
Harrisonburg Farmers Market Harrisonburg 4 77.1
Sunday Brunch Market Glen Allen 5 77.1
Charlottesville City Market Charlottesville 6 74.3
Danville Farmers’ Market Danville 7 74.3
Grandin Village Farmers Market Roanoke 8 71.4
Blacksburg Farmers Market Blacksburg 9 71.4
Williamsburg Farmers Market Williamsburg 10 71.4
Farmers Market@st. Stephen’s Richmond 11 68.6
Old Town Alexandria Farmers’ Market Alexandria 12 68.6
River Street Market Petersburg 13 68.6
Fredericksburg City Farmers Market Fredericksburg 14 68.6
Leesburg Farmers’ Market Leesburg 15 65.7
Forest Farmers Market Forest 16 65.7
Arlington Farmers Market Arlington 17 62.9
Community Market Of Blacksburg Blacksburg 18 62.9
Christiansburg Farmers Market Christiansburg 19 62.9
Vienna Saturday Farmers Market Vienna 20 62.9
Falls Church Farmers Market Falls Church 21 62.9
Five Points Community Farm Market Norfolk 22 60.0
Columbia Pike Farmers Market Arlington 23 60.0
Dale City Farmers Market Dale City 24 60.0
Spotsylvania Farmers Market – Vdot Commuter Parking Lot Fredericksburg 25 60.0
Winchester Freight Station Farmers Market Winchester 26 60.0
Staunton/augusta Farmers’ Market Staunton 27 60.0
Mosaic Central Farm Market Fairfax 28 60.0
Great Falls Community Farmers Market Great Falls 29 60.0
Colonial Heights Farmer’s Market Colonial Heights 30 57.1
Front Royal Farmers Market Front Royal 31 57.1
Virginia Street Farmers Market Richmond 32 54.3
Port Warwick Mid Week Farmers Market Newport News 33 54.3
Freshfarm Ballston Market Arlington 34 51.4
Byrd House Market Richmond 35 51.4
Four Mile Run Farmers & Artisans Market Alexandria 36 51.4
Suffolk Farmers’ Market Suffolk 37 51.4
Reston Farmers Market Reston 38 51.4
Smart Markets Reston Reston 39 51.4
One Loudoun Farmers’ Market Ashburn 40 51.4
City Of Manassas Farmer’s Market- Saturday Manassas 41 51.4
Cascades Farmers’ Market Sterling 42 51.4
Long Farmers Market Fredericksburg 43 51.4
Salem Farmers Market Salem 44 51.4
The Carytown Farmers Market Richmond 45 48.6
Portsmouth Olde Towne Farmers’ Market Portsmouth 46 48.6
Farmers In The Park Charlottesville 47 48.6
Forest Lakes Farmers Market Charlottesville 48 48.6
17th Street Farmers Market Richmond 49 45.7
Farmers Market At Christopher Newport University Newport News 50 45.7
Peninsula Town Center Farmers Market Hampton 51 45.7
New Highland Baptist Church Farmers Market Mechanicsville 52 45.7
Uptown Martinsville Farmers’ Market Martinsville 53 45.7
Freshfarm Rosslyn Farmers Market Arlington 54 42.9
Westover Farmers Market Arlington 55 42.9
La Plaza Latino Farmer’s Market Richmond 56 42.9
West End Farmers Market Alexandria 57 42.9
Wakefield Farmers Market Annandale 58 42.9
Burke Farmers Market Burke 59 42.9
City Of Manassas Farmer’s Market- Thursday Manassas 60 42.9
Oak Marr Farmers Market Oakton 61 42.9
Brambleton Farmers Market Brambleton 62 42.9
Clarendon Farmers Market Arlington 63 40.0
Freshfarm Crystal City Market Arlington 64 40.0
Huguenot-Robious Farmers Market Richmond 65 40.0
West End Farmers Market Roanoke 66 40.0
Village At Leesburg Farmers’ Market Leesburg 67 40.0
Oak Marr Oakton 68 40.0
Smart Markets Oakton Oakton 69 40.0
Lorton Farmers Market Lorton 70 40.0
Y Not Wednesday Farmers Market At Town Center Virginia Beach 71 37.1
Fairlington Farmers Market Arlington 72 37.1
Chesterfield Farmers Market Richmond 73 37.1
Del Ray Farmers’ Market Alexandria 74 37.1
Kingstowne Farmers Market Alexandria 75 37.1
Mclean Farmers Market Mclean 76 37.1
Smart Markets Tysons Mclean 77 37.1
Spotsylvania Farmers Market-Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center Fredericksburg 78 37.1
Marymount Farmers Market Arlington 79 34.3
Mccutcheon/mount Vernon Farmers Market Alexandria 80 34.3
Herndon Farmers Market Herndon 81 34.3
Red Mill Green Market Virginia Beach 82 31.4
The Farmers Market @ St. Stephen’s Richmond 83 31.4
Tricycle Gardens Four Season Farmers’ Market Richmond 84 31.4
King Street Station Farmers’ Market Alexandria 85 31.4
Annandale Farmers Market Annandale 86 31.4
Smart Markets Chantilly Chantilly 87 31.4
Sunday Farmers’ Market Fairfax 88 31.4
Radford Farmers’ Market Radford 89 31.4
Arlington Mill Farmers Market Arlington 90 28.6
Smart Markets Springfield Springfield 91 28.6
Chester Farmers Market Chester 92 28.6
Government Center Farmers Market Fairfax 93 25.7
Smart Markets Huntington Alexandria 94 22.9
Ynot Wednesday At Town Center Virginia Beach 95 17.1
Chesapeake Farmers Market Chesapeake 96 11.4
Old Beach Farmers Market Virginia Beach 97 0.0
Edinburgh Commons Green Market Chesapeake 98 0.0
Ballston Farmers Market Arlington 99 0.0
Rosslyn Farmers And Artists Market Arlington 100 0.0
About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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