Local crops are starting to come in and if you don’t arrive early at the Wood’s Methodist Church Farmer’s Market you may miss out on the first harvests of fresh vegetables, especially tomatoes and corn. This past Saturday, they were gone in the first half hour. But there were still a good selection of zuchinni, peppers, cucumbers and beans. The low-key, laid-back market, located under the picnic shelter on the church grounds, also was loaded with home-baked goods, specialty jams and jellies and farm fresh eggs. The vendors are local residents and farmers and find the market a great way to keep spoilage down from their gardens.
“We are doing really well,” said retuning vendor Shirley Cimburk. The market is in its second year. “It helps us get rid of some of our own stuff that you don’t want to throw away.”
Marian and John Thurston had a nice spread of vegetables and homemade jams. They are the market managers for this year. Other vendors included, George Elko, who had pound cakes and pies baked by his wife Dorothy, as well as his bird houses for sale; Susie Andrischok brought in fresh eggs from her Linden Hill farm. She also sells at the Chesterfield County Farmer’s market each Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Joey Burdine sold out of his cabbage and green peppers, and his wife’s zuchinni cupcakes were going fast; and if you are looking for a jam flavor like Blackberry Peach or Green Pepper jelly and even Blackberry Habanero, then a stop by Sue-Be-Do’s and a visit with the makers, Sue Bennett and Gary Alderman is worth the trip.
Along with the Hickory Road market and the five-year- old Chester Village Market each Saturday, another new farmer’s market is now on the radar. Chesterfield County Farm Bureau has erected a tent on Mimms Loop at the county courthouse and invites farmer’s to sell their goods each Wednesday from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. As with the Wood’s Methodist farmer’s market, it pays to shop early.