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Lakeside Farmers Market Review

Lakeside Farmers Market Review

Lakeside Farmers Market

  • Address: 6110 Lakeside Ave, Henrico, VA
  • Hours: Wed dawn-dusk, Sat 9-12 (May-Nov plus limited vendors available indoors year round on Saturdays)
  • Website: http://www.lakesidefarmersmarket.net/

This market’s website boasts itself as the #1 market in Virginia and #3 in America so I was pretty stoked to check it out!  In retrospect, I think this claim actually hurts more than it helps.  It really upped my expectations and although Lakeside is an above average market, it’s not even the best in Richmond, let alone Virginia.

The market is located under a permanent pavilion on Lakeside Ave, about a block south of Hilliard Street and the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.   There’s a parking lot in front of the pavilion (next to CVS) with plenty of space.  They did a great job with the pavilion, it’s really attractive and old school looking.  Plus it’s nice to be under cover on days when the weather is wet and most of the vendors seem to come rain or shine.  Lakeside is a mid-size market with about two dozen vendors and a good variety of items.  There’s lots of produce, pastured meats, eggs, honey, baked goods, jams/jellies/preserves, plants and various handmade items such as soaps, knitted alpaca products and a few home and garden items. From April through October most of the vendors set up outside under the pavilion and another half dozen or so use the indoor market space.  This indoor space makes the market unique and allows them to operate year round.  During the cold months a limited group of vendors set up inside.  Not much grows in the winter so don’t expect much produce in January.  However, it’s pretty awesome to have year round access to local items such as meat and eggs.

Overall this is a very good market.  The pavilion is great, the atmosphere is friendly, parking is convenient and the selection is quite good. I only have two complaints – they only have a couple organic stalls and they have little to no cheese/dairy (to be fair, this is the case with most of Richmond’s markets).  I consider Lakeside to be one of Richmond’s better markets.  It’s definitely a worthwhile trip, especially if you live on the northern edge of the city.

 

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/kthread/4818150645/

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