Spring Season Kicks Off
City’s Farmers Market Now Open Tuesdays
HARRISONBURG — If the warm weather and sprouting daffodils weren’t a sure sign of spring, then the activity around Turner Pavilion on Tuesday most certainly was.
The Harrisonburg Farmers Market kicked off its warm-weather hours Tuesday and will remain open that day of the week, as well as Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., through Thanksgiving. It stays open on Saturdays year-round.
The market is held in the open-air Turner Pavilion on South Liberty Street, directly across the street from the Daily News-Record.
About 30 vendors were at the pavilion for the first day of the new season, said Josie Showalter, the market’s general manager. She anticipates the number to peak to as many as 40 vendors later this year.
“Because we had such a cold and late spring, we don’t have as many vendors today as we would have on an opening Tuesday because the produce vendors have not been able to do much,” she said. “Some of them are coming on Saturday but are not ready to do two days a week quite yet.”
About 45 vendors are expected at the market this Saturday, although Saturdays can have as many as 55, Showalter added. Some people are unable to go to the market on Saturdays, so opening it on Tuesdays creates an opportunity for both customers and vendors.
“The Tuesday market is a little more relaxed and less crowded,” she said, adding that it offers a good representation of products, including food, nonfood, prepared food, and farm products.
Some vendors usually working on Saturdays have moved to Tuesdays only, including Jim Randall of Elk Run Farm, the Pettijohn Chestnut Orchard, John Oakes of Oakhill Greenhouses, and Gloria’s Pupuseria.
Meanwhile, the Showalters of Heartland Harvest have returned to working Tuesdays, after a winter break. And vendors Cross Keys Vineyard and Lonesome Farms are new for both Tuesdays and Saturdays.
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