Looking for locally grown seasonal produce, fresh poultry and seafood, artisan breads and scratch-made desserts, flowers, wine, high-quality art, and even gourmet dog treats? Then head to Yorktown Market Days beginning April 10.
The market runs from 8 a.m. until noon every Saturday through the end of October, at the Riverwalk area along the York River, making the location unique and memorable. It is held rain or shine, except May 1, July 3, and October 2. Also available at the market are eggs, milk, beef, pork, honey, jams, sauces, live plants, and herbs; coffee, tea, and fresh-pressed juices.
In collaboration with York County’s Department of Public Works and the York County Beautification Committee, the season’s first Yorktown Market Day will promote environmental awareness to encourage shoppers to reduce, reuse, and recycle. There will be free information to promote environmental sustainability as well as complimentary reusable market bags for the first 400 customers. Shoppers will have an opportunity to discuss eco-friendly methods and products with artists and vendors alike. Some businesses will be offering recycling incentives at their booths.
Yorktown’s farmers market has been serving the Peninsula for more than 15 years. The market is a way for families of all economic backgrounds to access fresh, nutritious food from the region’s farmers, chefs and food artisans. Yorktown Market Days is also a proud participant in the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
This year will include 32 weekly markets. Several themed Saturdays include extended hours with additional and safe fun such as live trade demonstrations, educational programming, performances by the Fifes and Drums of York Town, and family photo opportunities. Highlights include the Pirate Invasion Market, Fall Market, Harvest Market, and Paws at the River.
Safety regulations and guidelines are in place to start the season, including required spacing between vendors and a setup to avoid congestion in high-traffic areas. Vendors and staff who are engaging with customers will be required to wear face coverings. Hand sanitizer stations will be set up as you enter the site, as well as signs stating that no one with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19, or known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days, is permitted to shop the market.
Free parking is available at the Riverwalk Landing parking terrace, York Hall, York-Poquoson Courthouse, County Administration Building, and other designated public parking lots. The complimentary, wheelchair accessible Yorktown Trolley is now available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with a later starting and ending time beginning Memorial Day Weekend). The Trolley makes several convenient stops throughout town.
2021 Themed Markets
April 10: Go Green Market
April 17: Sister Cities French Market
April 24: Pirate Invasion Market
May 8: Wellness Market
Aug.7: National Farmers Market Week
Oct. 9: Fall Market
Oct. 16: First Responders Market
Oct. 30: Paws at the River
Nov. 13: Maritime Market
Nov. 20: Harvest Market
Dec. 11: Mistletoe Market