I took this photo at the Country Butcher Shop—located in the year-round open air Virginia Beach Farmers Market and yes, I brought home some tasty souvenirs for the pack!

I love a good farmers market and this one is wonderful. It has everything from fresh produce and beautiful plants and flowers to the butcher shop, a bakery, a seafood store, a dairy store and some shops with wonderful local gifts. Bring a cooler and make some room in the car for lots of fresh treats!

Roanoke also has a great year-round city market  that’s been going since 1882 and fall is a great time of year to visit. Located on Market Square, the market is open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. but weekends offer the most vendors.

Old Town Alexandria’s Market Square—located at City Hall—is probably one of the oldest farmers markets in the country, dating back to 1753. Even George Washington sent his produce from Mount Vernon to be sold here! The summer is peak season in terms of number of vendors, but the market operates every Saturday throughout the year.

Just outside of Charlottesville, the Nelson Farmers’ Market Cooperative runs May to October on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon and often features live music to shop by!

In the state capital, Richmond, the South of the James Market  is for producers only, so you’ll find a mix of local farmers and local artisans offering everything from fresh eggs, produce and local honey to homemade pies, jewelry and pottery. It’s open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon from May through December.

Photo credit: [Country Butcher Dog Bones Photo by Ginger Warder scaled]