Not To Be Missed Around Lake Anna
By Kelsey Thomas
Lake Anna’s beautiful atmosphere and welcoming community make it easy to stay outdoors, especially when there are local farmers markets in the open air that are close by, open year-round and offer fresh finds and handmade products.
Shop local at these special outdoor markets:
Mineral Farmer’s Market
81 Louisa Ave, Mineral, VA 23117
One of the most popular in the area, Mineral Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the months of May through October. They typically have 30 vendors every weekend who offer a variety of goods. Whether you’re looking to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables or handcrafted artisan products, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for and more here. In the summer season, you can also experience their curbside mini market that is open every Tuesday and features a handful of the vendors that are there on the weekends. They even have a Winter Market that runs from January to April on every first and third Saturday, so don’t think you have to be here during peak season to shop local.
Miller Farms Market
12101 Orange Plank Rd, Locust Grove, VA 22508
Miller Farms Market is the epitome of shopping local, as they take pride in providing products that start in their fields and end on your table. They offer things like fresh pastured eggs, farm-raised beef and pork, milk from South Mountain Creamery, syrup, fruits, vegetables, turkeys, firewood, Christmas Trees and so much more. U-Pick activities are available during select seasons, which make it a great place to bring the whole family. The market is also part of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), which is an agreement between farmers and consumers to provide local produce at a set price.
Spotsylvania Farmers Market
12150 Gordon Rd, Fredericksburg, VA 22407
4600 Spotsylvania Pkwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22408
One of the largest in the region, the Spotsylvania Farmers Market has two locations with over 40 vendors. Their Saturday Market – on Route 3 in the Gordon Rd Commuter Lot – runs from April to December between the hours of 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Their Wednesday Market – at the Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center – takes place in May through September from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. They also have a Winter Market that runs every second Saturday in January, February and March from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Their vendors are comprised of a variety of sellers from local farmers to small business owners.