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Acclaimed market returns to Tappahannock

Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 11:45 am

The Tappahannock Farmers’ market is about to begin it’s fourth year starting Saturday, April 20.

Saturday, April 20, will begin the fourth year of the Tappahannock Farmer’s Market, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.  Ever improving and expanding with age, more than a dozen new vendors will join the old favorites, further rounding out the always popular regulars.  The Market will be held on the third Saturday of every month from now through November, except June which is the annual Tappahannock RivahFest Festival.

Where else can you get fresh vegetables, fruits, cheeses, seafood, and breads all at one place and fresh flowers as well?  Amongst the two dozen produce vendors in the market this month we will have the ever popular Faunce seafood, Edmunds bison, Nathan France, Essex County market producer Javier Godines,  Medina Santa Cruz produce, Garner’s and Sisson’s produce, Caroll Curtis vegetables, Jenny Maloney flowers, and Dorothy Miller Greenhouses . Two favorites will be providing the vital components to make lunch: Bobby Wilson’s Lover Retreat cheeses and Alexander Strugatsky’s freshly baked Artisan Bread. New this year Aubrey Hutt vegetables and Swinson Fieldcrest Farm are joining the market. In the landscaping department, Jeff Willett returns with a vast array of bushes, trees, plants and garden ornaments on Fountain Green at the corner of Cross and Queen Street.

Even the four legged family members will not be forgotten – the Rivah Barkery (not a typo!) will provide gourmet dog treats.  Some three dozen crafters, artists, jewelry makers have been putting together diverse and eclectic collections over the winter months to show in the first open-air market of the year. Beautiful plants and planters will be available as well as all kinds art for walls and tables,  wearable art and gifts, all handmade by the many crafters.

Guest artist for April will be Miz Trixie Piggle’s Opulent Jewels.  The mother and daughter team of Gerri Palmer and Lily Swann will have an array of one of a kind art jewelry and sculpture; each piece handcrafted in Reedville with art glass, semi-precious stones, pearls, sterling silver, bits and baubles- even a fabulous vintage find on occasion.  Using a bit of whimsy, and unique creativity in their work, Lily Swann is a regular visitor to Tappahannock Market.

Our other  guest artist for April is locally well established Dawn Howeth.   Picture This by Dawn is a photography service that combines the beautiful artistry of her outdoor photography with the unique personality of a family’s story.  A self-taught photographer for many years, Dawn moved to digital photography in 2007 and started her own business in 2009, Dawn also holds fun and informative workshops that teach how to edit images and achieve clean, crisp, colorful images.

Another attraction for young and old will be the Alpacas located on Courthouse Green near the Commonwealth Attorney’s office. Upright Alpacas will not only feature the menagerie but also a full array of alpaca based products.

Pick up a program from the Market Welcome booth and use the booth map to locate your favorite vendors

On the Prince Street side of Courthouse Green will be located two new market vendors  – Arnest Seafood will be appearing at the market for the first time and will be offering hot breakfast starting at 7:30 in time to resuscitate vendors after their efforts setting up their booths and products, continuing through lunch time.  Alongside the Green, DMV will be parking a mobile office which offers a full service for DMV transactions including ID and Veteran ID cards, driver’s license renewal, vehicle titles, license plates, hunting and fishing licenses, voter and organ donor info updates, and a full complement of regular DMV office services.

Kicking Thomas band Peter Gattuso and Andrew Barclay will be the featured musicians for April.  With influences of Dada, The Who and The Beatles they blend their own style of rock. This local band received National radio play with their song, “It’s Alright.”  Not only will they play their own music, they will perform some favorites of the visitors. Peter is a resident of West Point and Andrew is a local resident of Tappahannock.

As always, two guest vineyards Vault Fields Winery of Kinsale hosted by Keith and Dan Meenan, along with Hague Winery will both be offering samples (to those of age!) of their latest 2012 growth from their vineyards in the Northern Neck.

The Tappahannock Main Street Project sponsors the Farmers’ Markets with generous support of local businesses and continues throughout the year exploring ways to make Tappahannock a more vibrant community.  TMSP also encourages everyone to attend the Tappahannock Concert series this summer.  The first one will be on Friday, June 14th,  6 to 9 pm, starring The Slack Family Bluegrass Band at Atkins Petroleum Park. For more information about the farmers’ market and an updated full vendor list visit

Please remember the market continues to be a successful event because of your local community support. Please let your market vendors that you do business with know how much you appreciate their presence in Tappahannock every month! As in all free economy business ventures they will continue to come back if their business makes it worth their while. Thank you for your support!