Farmer's Market Yorktown VA

Local resource for farmer’s market in Yorktown. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to local produce and organic food, as well as advice and content on healthy eating.

Yorktown Farmers' Market
(757) 877-2933
Riverwalk Landing
Yorktown, VA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
County
York

Surry Farmers Market
(757) 294-5212
Courthouse Square
Surry, VA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
County
Surry

Olde Town Curb Market
(757) 357-3502
Historic Smithfield
Smithfield, VA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
May-August Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon
County
Isle of Wight

17th Street Farmers Market
(804) 646-0477
17th & Main Streets
Richmond, VA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
April-December Thursday, Saturday, & Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
County
Henrico

Windsor Farmers Market
(757) 357-6126
Route 460 in Windsor; 11267 Windsor Blvd.
Windsor, VA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-August Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - sold out
County
Isle of Wight

Williamsburg Farmers Market
(757) 259-3768
Merchants Square, Duke of Glocester St.
Williamsburg, VA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
July-August Tuesday,3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
County
James City

Newport News Farmers Market
(757) 247-2351
2801 Jefferson Ave.
Newport News, VA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : Yes
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
January- Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Winter) Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Winter)
County
Newport News

Mathews Farmers Market
(804) 725-7196
Old Courthouse Green, Court Street
Mathews, VA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Saturday
County
Mathews

Roanoke Historic City Farmers Market
(540) 342-2028
Campbell St. Market Square
Roanoke, VA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : Yes
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Monday- Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
County
Roanoke

Abingdon Farmers Market
(276) 623-1121
Latture Field Parking Lot
Abingdon, VA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Saturday
County
Washington

Agriculture Shock

The simple act of planting a seed and watching it grow has degraded
into bizarre synthetic agriculture based on chemical pesticides and fertilizers.
More disturbing still are the so-called genetically modified “Frankenfoods” that
further distance fruits and vegetables from nature. But most distressing of all,
chemical agriculture’s crops may contain significantly less nutrition than you think.

By Eric Schneider

November 2007

 When thinking of agriculture, it’s easy to imagine the scene of a farmer in a sunlit field or Johnny Appleseed planting a future orchard. However romantic, these notions touch on the inherent simplicity of farming, which—at its most basic—involves people working with nature to produce food beyond their immediate needs. What doesn’t come to mind are planes dropping clouds of chemicals on an expanse of crops or scientists working to modify plant genes. But, increasingly, these are common aspects of modern agriculture.

 Natural farming methods served the world well for thousands of years. But while the Industrial Revolution brought about exponential innovation and vastly greater yields, in the last half of the 20th century even these strides seemed insufficient in the face of surging population and an insatiable desire for productivity above all else. This quest for ever-higher yields initially focused on deterring crop-eating animals and insects, ultimately leading to many decidedly non-organic tactics.

The elder statesmen of unnatural agricultural practices, chemical pesticides came into prominence during the 1940s. Though pesticides were generally quite effective in exterminating harmful insects, it was discovered that they also left behind compounds that poisoned the environment. This issue was publicly exposed in writer/biologist Rachel Carson’s renowned 1962 book, Silent Spring, which led to the widespread banning of the synthetic DDT and essentially jump-started the environmental movement. But pesticide use has continued (and even increased) since that time, resulting in depletion of nutrients in the soil—which, in turn, means less nutrients in crops—as well as chemical residues that remain in produce. While the Environ­mental Protection Agency (EPA) sets limits on pesticides, the trace amounts allowed in many foods can still be linked directly to illnesses such as cancer and Parkinson’s disease. In a 2005 report published by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), a disturbing 73% of fresh fruit and vegetables tested showed detectable pesticide residues.

Frankenfood Future?
    Concern about pesticides not only brought about increased environmental awareness, it prompted a shift towards organic food, particularly in recent years. Generally overlapping with this period, however, has been the rise of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the result of scientists altering the structure of plants to obtain a specific immunity or trait rather than ach...

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