Fluvanna Farmers’ Market at Pleasant Grove

Tuesday was one of those days when you just love the excuse to be outdoors for a beautiful spring day after so many hot and humid ones.
People ask about tomatoes and corn. The Fluvanna Market is a “producer market”. So you may see tomatoes at other stands or markets but it is most likely they were grown elsewhere in the state or further south and bought for resale. The benefit to you at this market, is the assurance that if we have it - we grew it or made it. Many of us sell eggs direct from our chickens to you and that is available year round.
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The Master Gardeners have been coming to the market every year. Their member volunteers staff a table with a tremendous amount of information and enthusiasm. Come see them each week between 2 and 5 p.m. The following article was submitted by Marie Hussey. Tuesday, when a cicada was found, while holding it in her hand we decided that she should share the information which she discovered about it with the community.
– Phyllis Montelese

What do Fluvanna Master Gardeners and cicadas have in common? They were both at Fluvanna’s Farmers Market at Pleasant Grove Tuesday. A red-eyed, clear-winged adult periodical cicada was discovered inside the Master Gardeners’ tent where they were set up to answer gardening questions. A small crowd gathered to see the docile stingerless cicada being gently handled by a Master Gardener. It was the first live adult cicada most had seen this year although some spoke of seeing several cicada “shells” (exoskeletons) around. Central Virginia is expecting an onslaught of these 13- and 17-year periodical cicadas this month with their numbers peaking in early June and gone by July.
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Larry of Lar-Lyn FarmsThe market in May is special. As each new vegetable grows and is ready to sell, it is a time of wonderful anticipation of the fresh flavors we have not enjoyed since last year.

With the warm winter, all the good veggies are coming in early this year. Sam is selling beef and vegetables are provided by Larry and Lyn. Walk through the market and see all the crafts and baked goods offered. You can find almost anything for any flavor you choose, whether it be plants or jewelry. Each week some good gifts are raffled, so when at the market don’t forget to enter. The  most recent winners are Cindy Brown and Peggy Utterback.

 

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One of the vendors is Jutta’s Flowers.The Farmers Market has been blessed this year with some wonderful weather and the mild winter has meant that we already have some strawberries as well as asparagus.

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It was opening day at the Fluvanna Farmers Market on April 3. Once again the people of Fluvanna can buy truly locally grown fresh produce where the person they meet is the person who grew it. 
We are pretty strict about that. Co- manager Jutta Glasscock visits farms to be sure, if they say they grew it, they did!  We are unique among markets and CSA’s – where sometimes produce is purchased regionally for resale.

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