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Shop freshest foods at farmers' markets

There's nothing fresher and more flavorful than berries plucked from the vine, corn snapped off the stalk or fish pulled from the bay.

Especially when those good eats are purchased from producers at local farmers' markets.

If you crave the good taste and nutrition of fruits, veggies and meats straight from southeastern Virginia, you'll find an abundant selection at Saturday morning farmers' markets in Williamsburg, Smithfield, Suffolk, Yorktown, Mathews, Newport News and now downtown Hampton.

In addition, most of the markets feature other sought-after products such as baked goods, garden plants, herbs and supplies, pastas, chocolates, pork, home-grown mushrooms, cheeses, peanuts, crafts and seasonal gifts.

LOCAL FARMERS' MARKETS

Hampton

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays May 10, 17; every Saturday in June; July 12, 19 and 26; Aug. 2, 9, 16 and 23; Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27 at Carousel Park, downtown Hampton.www.downtownhampton.com/farmersmarket or 757-727-1271

James City County

Dawn-dusk daily starting mid-May across from James City-Bruton Volunteer Fire Department on Forge Road, James City County. Operated by volunteer firefighters. 757-879-4666 or 757-566-1905.

Mathews

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays May-October on the courthouse green, Church Street, downtown Mathews804-725-3053

Newport News

Open year-round. Summer 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays and 9 a. m.-6 p.m. Saturdays; winter 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. 28th Street and Jefferson Avenue.www.nnparks.com/parks_farmersmarket.php or 757-247-2351

New Town

3-7 p.m. Thursdays in June. Gazebo Square in New Town, Monticello Avenue, Williamsburg.www.newtownwilliamsburg.com

Smithfield

9 a.m.-noon Saturday mornings May 24-Aug. 30, 115 Main St., downtown Smithfieldwww.oldetownecurbmarket.com or 757-357-5182

Suffolk

Open year-round. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, under roof at 162 S. Main St., Suffolk.www.suffolk-fun.com or 757-630-5091

Yorktown

8 a.m.-noon May 17; June 14, 21 and 28; July 12, 19 and 26; Aug. 2, 9, 16 and 23; Sept. 13, 13 and 27; Oct. 11 and 8:30 a.m.-noon Nov. 15 and Dec. 13 at Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown waterfront.www.riverwalklanding.com/market.htm or 757-890-3300

Williamsburg

8 a.m.-noon Saturdays May-October and 8:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. Nov. 15, Nov. 22 and Dec. 13, Merchants Square on Duke of Gloucester St..www.williamsburgfarmersmarket.com or 757-259-3768

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