I returned from the Yorktown Farmers Market Saturday morning with what I had been looking for ... locally grown tomatoes and peaches. Yum-yum. Shopping at local grocery stores Friday, I was sad to see tomatoes from Peru and other faraway places. What's wrong with offering locally-grown tomatoes in grocery stores during the prime season? Somehow, grocery stores need to get it right.
Anyway, the Yorktown Farmers Market (officially called Yorktown Market Days), open 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays at the Yorktown waterfront, offers some of the best produce I've seen, highly competitive with the Williamsburg Farmers Market, of course.
The Pearl's Produce stand, which harvests from several acres of fields in Poquoson, is where I bought my tomatoes, peaches and cukes. In addition to the farmers market, Pearl's Produce operates a stand on Victory Boulevard, just as you enter Poquoson. It's at the corner of Carys Chapel Road.
Better Blades by Bill, a blade sharpening service, was also at the market. He won't be there July 14 but will return July 21; he sharpens anything and everything ... scissors, shears, clippers, kitchen knives, grooming tools, food processor blades, axes, garden implements, hunting knives and fishing knives. Some tools he can sharpen there, some he needs to take home and bring back. I plan to take about half a dozen clippers for him to sharpen; he charges $1 per inch. Better Blades is based on Williamsburg; contact him at 757-345-1991 or email@example.com
Also, Forest Lane Botanicals was there with perennials, hostas, daylilies and native plants. All the plants looked healthy and fresh, nothing wilted or stressed by the heat. Forest Lane Botanicals is located in Williamsburg (I've done a story on them in past years) at 104 Forest Lane. Visit www.ForestLaneBotanicals.com or call 757-291-4899 to visit and shop at the nursery.
The Gardener's Workshop, with Lisa Ziegler, was there selling fresh-cut bouquets and stems of flowers, especially sunflowers. Entertainment was featured, as were artists.
Even thought it was 84 degrees at 9 a.m. on the waterfront, it was a pleasant time to be out and about.
Learn more about the Yorktown Market Days, its vendors and entertainment/demo schedule at http://www.yorkcounty.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=7477
Posted by Kathy Van Mullekom; firstname.lastname@example.org