What You Need to Know About the Harrisonburg Farmers Market

December 12, 2017

For an area with such rich agricultural history, it is only natural that the Harrisonburg Farmers Market would be such a well-loved and important organization in this beautiful Shenandoah Valley community. Open year-round, the farmers market sells only the best locally produced goods and crafts. Purchasing from these small business owners is a great way to support farmers and artisans in the area.

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Take Full Advantage of the Harrisonburg Farmers Market

History of the Harrisonburg Farmers Market

In the 1950s, a local farmer named Clarence Dellinger decided to sell his organic products in the parking lot of the Harrisonburg Police Station. This was the humble beginning of the modern-day Harrisonburg Farmers Market. An official market was formed in 1979 by another farmer Samuel Johnson, and Dellinger later joined the organization. Town leaders and merchants worked together to make this possible. Though the market had many homes through the last 30-plus years, a permanent residence, known as the Turner Pavilion, was created in 2008.

Now, the Harrisonburg Farmers Market is a leading source for local, sustainably grown produce and other products. Stroll through the market during the summer on Tuesdays and Saturdays in downtown Harrisonburg from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. During the winter, the market is only open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Spend a Saturday morning browsing and enjoy a delicious brunch while hanging out and experiencing the local culture!

Products and Vendors

The Harrisonburg Farmers Market Association is committed to educating the public on the importance of sustainable agriculture and eating whole foods. Check their website for a completely up-to-date list of which products are in season. Here is a round-up of the year-round products and popular suggestions for visitors.

Year-Round Products:

  • Eggs and Meats
  • Mushrooms
  • Granola
  • Dairy cheeses, butter, “Meow Milk,” and more
  • Honey and honey products
  • Jams and jellies
  • Artisan breads
  • Baked goods and pastries of many varieties (including limited amounts of gluten-free options)
  • Hot sauces
  • A variety of prepared foods
  • Teas
  • Locally roasted coffee
  • Dried herbs and herbal products
  • Handmade soaps and body products
  • Select local handcrafts

Aside from a full list of seasonal products and produce available in limited quantities, you’ll also find an alphabetized list of all vendors. View their stories to learn more about the farmers you’re supporting. You’ll quickly realize why a visit to the Harrisonburg Farmers Market is one of our favorite things to do in Harrisonburg!

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