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Friday, May 24, 2024

Yorktown farmers market back with themed markets, longer hours

Market Days are held on most Saturdays through October on the Yorktown waterfront. (WYDaily/Courtesy Yorktown Market Days)
Market Days are held on most Saturdays through October on the Yorktown waterfront. (WYDaily/Courtesy Yorktown Market Days)

Yorktown Market Days are back this year — and longer than before.

York County’s annual waterfront farmers market starts Saturday. It will run from 8 a.m. to noon at Riverwalk landing, county officials wrote in a news release.

The market will open with the Town Crier, then a performance by the Fifes and Drums of York Town at 9 a.m.

Like past years, shoppers can find meats and seafood; fresh-baked breads and pastries; honey, artisan chocolate, and desserts; gourmet dog treats; cut and dried flowers; various ethnic foods; and high-quality artwork, according to the news release.

There will also be some family-friendly educational activities from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, including:

  • Yorktown Feed Seed ‘N Moore & TSP Lawns & Landscapes will sponsor a seed-planting activity for children 13 years old or younger. The first 500 children will take home a planted seed with care instructions.
  • The Virginia Cooperative Extension will be on-site to teach about the role pollinators play in plant fertilization with a hands-on “bumble bee craft.”
  • Community partners the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and Watermen’s Museum will do living history demonstrations about farming in the 18th century in Virginia. The demonstrations will also describe the impact the Civil War has on farmers.

This year, there will also be several themed markets with longer hours than previous years, running until 3 p.m.

Those themed markets include:

  • April 20: Sister Cities French Market (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
  • April 27: Pirate Invasion Market (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
  • May 11: Wellness Market (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
  • October 12: Fall Festival (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
  • October 19: Yorktown Day (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
  • October 26: Paws at the River (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
  • November 9: Maritime Market (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
  • November 16: Harvest Festival (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
  • December 14: Toyland Market & Parade (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Those interested in going to Yorktown Market Days can find parking at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, York-Poquoson Courthouse, County Administration Building, and other designated public parking lots.

The wheelchair-accessible Yorktown Trolley runs for the market from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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