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Ashland Farmers Market Review

Ashland Farmers Market Review

Ashland Farmers Market

This market gets the award for most improved.  It had been a small market with limited variety and annoying parking.  In 2011 they improved its layout, parking and vendor selection.  It’s still on the small side with about 15 or so vendors, but the selection is good, the atmosphere is friendly and I expect it will continue to grow and improve.  It’s located in Ashland, about 15 miles north of Richmond.  The market sets up in a small field across from town hall, just block west of the railroad tracks and downtown Ashland.  You can park in the adjacent lot or on the street if that’s full. Their vendors include multiple pastured meat vendors, plenty of produce, eggs, some bread and sweets, flowers, plants, etc.  They’ve also started giving a couple stalls to kids to sell handmade craft items.  They need to develop this area a little more but I like to see children getting involved.

The market is a short walk from Ashland’s downtown which is small (only a couple blocks long) but super cute. It runs along the railroad tracks from England Street south.  Beyond the shops, the tracks are lined with beautiful old victorian homes.  My son LOVES trains and I love old homes so when we go to this market we often take a walk along the tracks afterwards.  It’s also within easy walking distance of Randolph Macon College – just walk north along the tracks (toward the train station) and it will be on the east side of the street.

Overall this is a basic but solid market.  It’s not big but it hits all of the main items.  For some reason there aren’t many markets on the north side of Richmond and it fills a gap for people who don’t feel like driving into the city.  If you live north of the city, Ashland is certainly worth checking out.

For an overview of other markets in the Richmond area, see: http://youngmotherhubbard.com/http:/2198/richmond-area-farmers-markets-2012/

Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mayasgarden/3895152948/

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