Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Yorktown’s Farmers Market is one of the most unique in Hampton Roads! [Free read]

It only takes one visit to Yorktown Market Days to see why year after year, this farmers market wins awards for its selection, hospitality, and breathtaking views.

Each Saturday you’ll discover something new as you shop for seasonal produce; fresh mushrooms; seafood, beef, and pork; breads and pastries; handmade soaps and candles; honey, jams, and sauces; gourmet dog treats; chocolates, cookies, pies, and… the list goes on!

Yorktown Market Days also proudly includes a talented lineup of local and regional artists who bring everything from gorgeous wooden serveware to hand-blown glass to jewelry featuring sea glass and precious gem stones.

In addition to the more than 30 vendors, artists, and food trucks who fill Riverwalk Landing every Saturday through the end of October—you may also get a rousing performance from the Fifes and Drums of Yorktown or free kids activities, depending on the date you visit!

The market runs 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. each week, with two exceptions. There is no market on July 1 or October 2 due to bigger events taking place in town. There are also several themed markets throughout the season, many with extended hours. Below is what’s still to come including a market for dog lovers, complete with a Halloween Pet Parade and the annual Fall Market with a hay maze and professional pumpkin carving demonstration.

  • August 7: National Farmers Market Week
  • October 9: Fall Market
  • October 16: First Responders Market
  • October 30: Paws at the River
  • November 13: Maritime Market
  • November 20: Harvest Market
  • December 11: Mistletoe Market

Free parking is available at the Water Street Parking Terrace, York Hall, York-Poquoson Courthouse, County Administration Building, and other designated public parking lots. The complimentary, wheelchair accessible Yorktown Trolley also runs daily with several convenient stops.

Special Insider Tips

B.Y.O.B

That’s right. Bring your own bag. While the vendors will have options to offer, we highly recommend bringing a reusable bag (or even a cute little basket) to hold all your goods. If you plan to buy meats and seafood, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to keep a cooler in your car. You’ll find complimentary reusable bags, while supplies last, at the information tent.

Carry Cash

While most vendors do accept credit and debit cards (with receipts immediately sent to your cell phone)—there are a limited number of booths that only take cash. If you get in a bind, there are ATMs located at Ben & Jerry’s directly beside the market and just down the street at the Yorktown Pub. Keep in mind though, one doesn’t open until 10 and the other until 11.

Wear Sunscreen!

You may plan to “pop in and out” but once you are immersed in the open-market experience—surrounded by tables of amazing foods to sample and unique vegetables to mull over—time will fly. There are no trees on the main field to block the sun so it can get hot quickly, especially if you’re standing in line at one of the more popular booths.

Stay Hydrated

This tip goes hand-in-hand with our advice to wear sunscreen. You’d be surprised how quickly that Virginia humidity can sneak up on you. And please, don’t forget to bring water for your pups too. You may see a dog bowl filled with water here and there (thank you FiDough Homemade Dog Treats), but you’d do best to pack an extra bottle and bowl for your pooch. Though when the temps get really hot, please consider leaving your dog at home.

We’ll Meet You… at the Market!


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