Waynesboro is the city where good nature comes naturally, and so does the friendliness of our local farmers! This summer, celebrate the season’s abundance with a number of ways to meet your food producers. From a traditional riverside farmer’s market, to taprooms serving up local flavor, to pedal-powered market tours, we’re raising a toast to local food in the Shenandoah Valley.
Waynesboro Farmer’s Market
Stroll through the pavilion at Constitution Park in downtown Waynesboro for live music, greenway access to the South River, and produce stalls bursting with summer color. Begin every Saturday morning among good-natured farmers with local fruits and vegetables, baked goods, honey, eggs, and meat. The market is open 9am to 1pm.
Chat with vendors like Jacqueline’s Fresh Cut Flowers for a bouquet of blooms, or stop by 7th Sunrise Gifts and Coffee for your morning pick-me-up. With triple the number of vendors from prior years, this summer’s selection includes crafters for Father’s Day gifts, Philosopher’s Tea for specialty drink selections, mushrooms from White’s Spring Valley Farm, and the sweet honey of Spieker’s Apiary.
Overwhelmed by local food possibilities? Don’t be — this June, Virginia Cooperative Extension will be hosting live food demos at the Waynesboro Farmer’s Market every Saturday. Demonstrations will include easy to follow take home recipes and fresh produce from vendors like Poplar Ridge Produce, Marshall Southwick, and Kegley’s Farm. Stop by the market every Saturday to see what’s growing and learn more about how to incorporate fresh produce into everyday meals.
Blue Ridge Bucha
Blue Ridge Bucha’s taproom is the first full-service kombucha taproom in the state of Virginia and one of just a handful on the East Coast. In addition to their flavor flights of ginger, elderflower sunrise, and juniper berry kombucha, their outdoor patio is hopping on weekends with a kid’s play area and food offerings from a variety of local producers.
Check Blue Ridge Bucha’s calendar for regular weekend appearances by the Bageladies Bagelini Bus, featuring freshly cooked bagel sandwiches including roasted eggplant with peppers and sweet potato hummus, or egg and cheese with asparagus and horseradish cream, all piping hot out of a reimagined rainbow school bus. The taproom also serves up samplings from local artisan producers like Bellarino Creamery and Little Hat Creek’s woodfired baked goods and ecologically produced vegetables.
Celebrating summer days with man’s best friend? Well behaved dogs, on leash, are welcome in the courtyard area and under the covered front porch. Says Blue Ridge Bucha, “Let us know if they’re thirsty, too; we are happy to get a bowl of water!”
City Cow Market + Bike Rental
Fill your bike basket with farm fresh goodness with the City Cow’s market and bike rental program. A tiny downtown destination with a big visual presence, this small shop is bursting with color and energy. Antique cars and decorations attract interest, while local fruits and vegetables are offered along with artisan crafts from Nourishing Valley, Shabby Gone Chic, Gone Loopsy Jewelry, Motions and Notions, and more.
The on-site bike rental program features vintage cruisers, tricycles, and a two-person tandem for citywide cycling. Located near the Waynesboro Farmer’s Market, Basic City Beer Co, Blue Ridge Bucha, and Rockfish Gap Outfitters, the City Cow sees itself as a connector, bringing together many local food and outdoor recreation destinations.
Building on Waynesboro’s unique character as an Appalachian Trail Community, the City Cow will be offering discounted bike rentals to Appalachian Trail thru-hikers, as well as free ice cream for summertime riders, opening up a whole new way to explore the city’s sights and local cuisine.