As Fall arrives in Virginia, DW&S Fans embrace apples, pumpkins, and ciders. Many visit orchards and farm markets into the Fall season. Did you know that the Lynchburg Community Market is one of the nation’s oldest running farm markets?
DW&S readers enjoy a story that weaves history with their love of local food and craft beverages. Well, we found a market that is not only steeped with Virginia history but is a bounty of local food and wares.
Go with us as we visit the Lynchburg Community Market…
During the Summer months, visitors to the market can stock up on a wide variety of local produce, including heirloom variety tomatoes and cucumbers. My family visits the market each year to purchase a bushel of cucumbers to make our secret family recipe of pickles. But this iconic market does not slow down with the close of Summer. The market is a year-round bustling site. Market Manager, Ricky Kowalewski let me know that some farmers have been known to set up as snow falls in the city.
This market is the cornerstone of the downtown Lynchburg community.
The current market, located at 1219 Main Street, opened its doors in 1932, but the Lynchburg Community Market dates back to 1783. In the early years of Lynchburg, the market acted as the center of the city. It was not only a place to sell produce and wares, but it was also the social center of town. Visiting today’s market provides a glimpse into the history of central Virginia.
While researching this historic market, I came across their mission statement. I think that it just fits the mission of our magazine too. Here is the Mission Statement of the Lynchburg Community Market:
- To perpetuate Lynchburg’s historic public market activity
- To celebrate regional food traditions
- To provide access to fresh, farm-grown food while supporting local area agriculture
- To provide a public downtown “town square” gathering place
- To help revitalize downtown Lynchburg
During a Fall visit, you will find local farmers with seasonal produce, including apples from local orchards. If you are doing a lot of Fall baking, you can even arrange to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables by the bushel. (Virginia apple pies make great Thanksgiving gifts, and you can find a recipe on our website)
We also found locally made food products such as bread, jams and jelly, honey, and flavored oils. You can visit this market and put together a beautiful Fall gift basket. (I should also mention that you can find holiday wreaths, swags and decorating ideas in late Fall)
As a hat tip to the history of the market, you will also find artisan and craft vendors. The market showcases heritage crafters and artisans. Within the cooperative artist space, you can often find demonstrations with the artists themselves. If you would like to meet some of the artisans, be sure to check out the market’s website: www.LynchburgCommunityMarket.com for a complete listing of events.
If you are making a day trip to Lynchburg, the market will continue to fit your needs. This historic market also includes restaurants. You can find everything from sandwiches made on freshly baked bread to a full Southern meal. Browse the market in the morning and then enjoy lunch before continuing to explore Lynchburg. The Hill City is also only a short drive to the Blue Ridge Mountains and many popular Fall foliage back roads. Of course, you will have a picnic basket full of goodies found at the Lynchburg Community Market.
DW&S Magazine is a gathering place for Virginians that love food and beverage. The Lynchburg Community Market has the same mission. Plan your visit by visiting their website or following them on Facebook: www.LynchburgCommunityMarket or @lynchburgcommunitymarket. Check their robust website for current hours, vendor lists and special events. It is a great guide for all that this Virginia market has to offer.