Republished from Downtown Short Pump:
The wait for a local Farmer’s Market in Short Pump is over. This Saturday, April 25, marks the opening of the West End Farmer’s Market at Gayton Road and Ridgefield Parkway. During market season, farmers will deliver “truckloads of locally grown fruits and vegetables, flower bunches, bedding plants, hanging baskets, herbs, organic meat, cheese, and eggs,” according to owner Kris Riley.
“My family and I have lived on the West End for ten years,” Riley said, “and it’s hard to be on board with buying locally.” The market gives buyers a chance to do that, and the list of vendors will help shoppers fulfill their entire grocery list with local goods. Local artisans will also showcase their crafts, along with baked goods, seafood, and a selection of certified organic food. The 13,000 square foot market has space for 40 vendors, and will be open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until noon through December 12. On Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m., the market will host kids’ programs, teaching kids about farming, eating healthy and living “green.” Romp & Roll will be on hand during opening weekend to welcome the kids. Interested vendors can contact Riley through the market’s website.