Parks and Recreation
July 28, 2020
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — The Chesterfield County Farmers Market joins markets across the country in celebrating National Farmers Market Week from August 2-8, 2020. The market is open on Wednesdays, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Mimms Loop in the Chesterfield County government complex.
In the midst of a global pandemic, farmers markets — like all other small businesses — have been scrambling to continue operations for the farmers and communities that depend on them. Market managers have been at the forefront of adapting rapid solutions and innovation to protect staff, customers, and community. When conventional food supply chains failed at the start of the pandemic, farmers markets and local food systems clearly displayed the resiliency of short supply chains and interest in local foods spiked nationwide.
National Farmers Market Week is an annual celebration of farmers markets coordinated by the Farmers Market Coalition, a membership-based 503(c)3 nonprofit organization that supports farmers markets nationwide through training, technical assistance, and network-building. This year, the campaign is centered around the essential role that farmers markets play in the food system as demonstrated by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Chesterfield County Farmers’ Market began in 2012 and currently hosts approximately 14 vendors selling a wide variety of products, including fruits, vegetables, coffee, sweets, freeze dried products, bread, honey, Brunswick stew, seafood and crafts. For more information about the market, including COVID 19 safety rules and options to preorder, please check the website at www.chesterfield.gov/farmersmarket.
“Farmers markets are essential to the life and livelihood of millions of shoppers and tens of thousands of farmers,” said Ben Feldman, executive director of the Farmers Market Coalition. “But farmers markets don’t happen by accident. It takes the planning, organization, and execution of dedicated individuals and community organizations. That work is harder than ever and farmers markets and the vendors who sell at them need all the help they can get."