Sunday, December 3, 2023

Yorktown Market Days return to the waterfront

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 file/Courtesy Yorktown Market Days)

Yorktown Market Days will return to its regular time and waterfront location at Riverwalk Landing beginning Saturday.

That’s going to be from 8 a.m. to noon. Market Days have been operating through a temporary drive-thru model since April.

“I feel people and their pets are ready for some fresh air, fresh produce and foods, and that one-on-one interaction with the farmers and small business owners, said Mark Medford, market manager, in a news release.

There will be some changes, including required spacing between vendors and a setup to avoid congestion in typically high-traffic areas.

Vendors and staff will be required to wear face coverings. There will also be no open sampling of any foods and live entertainment has been put on hold, according to a news release from York County.

Hand sanitizer stations will be set up as customers enter as well as signs stating that no one with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19, or known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days, is allowed to shop the market.

Many vendors say they plan to continue to offer pre-order, pre-payment, and pick-up options, although it will be up to those individual businesses to communicate plans and to make arrangements with customers, according to the news release.

Yorktown Market Days is a participant in the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program as well as Virginia’s Fresh Match Program which gives qualifying customers one dollar for every dollar they spend on fruits and vegetables.

The cap has been temporarily waived so families can put as much of their money as they’d like toward produce under the Fresh Match, using their EBT/Food Stamp/SNAP card. This includes the one-time benefit called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT.

Go here for more information about 2020 themed markets.

Yorktown Market Days runs Saturdays through the end of October, rain or shine, with the exceptions of July 4 and Oct. 3. Once the weekly season ends, there are three special holiday markets.

Free parking is available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, York-Poquoson Courthouse, County Administration Building, and other designated public parking lots.

The complimentary, wheelchair accessible Yorktown Trolley will be available beginning June 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with several convenient stops throughout town.


John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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