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August is a Peak Time to Visit a Farmer's Market

Published: August 10, 2010 | Updated: August 10, 2010

Late summer is an excellent time to visit local Virginia farmers' markets and stock up on fresh fruits, vegetables, produce, herbs, flowers, garden plants, seafood, meats, cheeses, poultry, eggs, breads, jellies, jams, arts and crafts and more.

Virginia farmers grow top quality turnip greens, cabbage, strawberries, asparagus, blueberries, peaches, corn, tomatoes, peppers, string beans, lima beans, watermelons, cantaloupes, honeydew melons, squash, pumpkins and other fruits and vegetables.

Visiting a farmers' market is also a great way to find garden plants for the rest of the growing season. Independent growers offer high quality plants including tomatoes, peppers, squash, onions, cabbage and other vegetables.

Herbs for planting include chives, parsley, cilantro, sage, thyme, oregano and more. Farmers' market vendors also sell house plants, annual and perennial flowers, shrubs and vines to beautify homes and yards.

In addition to fruits and vegetables, local farmer's markets sometimes offer meat, seafood, dairy products and other items. Depending on the location, you may find grass fed beef, local pork, live chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits, goats, sheep, lamb, fresh eggs, cheeses, honey, fish, Chesapeake Bay oysters, blue crabs, quahog clams, shrimp and more.

To find a farmers' market near you, see these listings of Virginia Beach Farmers' Markets and Tidewater Farmers' Markets.