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Sunnyside’s Asparagus, strawberry plants already bearing fruit , Jutta’s hanging baskets. Photos by Lisa HenryThe third week of the Fluvanna Farmers’ Market marked the arrival of fresh, green asparagus and was attended by more than a few shoppers who hadn’t known of our existence – a benefit of being closer to Rt. 53. Vendors and shoppers are getting used to the breezes in our new spot and we’ll all be grateful for them in the hot summer days to come.
Currently, there are 14 paying vendors with local produce, plants, baked-goods, numerous hand-crafted items, farm-fresh eggs, grass-fed beef, home-made soaps, and dog treats. Kettle Corn is available fresh out of the kettle and we also have Red Rocker Candy. The Master Gardeners are volunteers who are educated about native plants and turf, what to plant and where; disease-and deer-resistant plants, etc. They are there to answer questions and advise those who may be having problems in beautifying their out-door space, or getting veggies to grow.
In the next week, Sunnyside Produce will have strawberries, and Jutta will have cut flowers (they last for weeks if you change the water). Currently, she has hanging baskets, a variety of annuals, and fresh eggs. She is happy to customize the hanging baskets to suit your preference. Muffin Ma’am will have carrot cake muffins and is bringing back pumpkin bread. Every week vendors will bring new things, so come every week so you don’t miss anything. Be sure to enter the free raffle – different items are donated by the vendors each time.
The market is a great place to buy local, buy fresh. It’s also a great place to see your friends and neighbors and meet new people! Though most of us are animal-lovers, pets are not permitted on the grounds during the market due to local restrictions. Hope to see you Tuesdays at Pleasant Grove 2-6 p.m.