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Ready - Set - Grow!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 • Posted May 27, 2009

For those of you that enjoyed the weekly event at Marktplatz last summer, you are in for a treat when the market officially opens on May 28th. For those that may have missed the Fredericksburg Farmer’s market last year, you won’t want to miss this year’s line-up of vendors, chef demonstrations, a great array of locally grown, fresh produce, meats, eggs, cheese, flowers and music!

On the grow best describes what the Fredericksburg Farmers’ Market has been up to the last several months. Growth that will include the addition of 6 new vendors and weekly attractions to an already impressive line-up of local farmers and gardeners. “One of the most exciting parts of the 2009 market will be the increased community involvement”, says David Clements, co-president of the market. “We have enlarged the information area of the market to better serve the Fredericksburg community with information on locally grown foods and how to support our local growers”, he says. “Chefs from local restaurants will come together with local farmers to show market goers just how simple farm to table cooking can be”.

“The number of area restaurants that are committed to buying locally grown foods might surprise you”, says Nancy Tiemann, market co-president. “And this year they are coming to the Fredericksburg Farmer’s Market not just to buy produce, fresh meats and cheeses, but to work alongside area farmers to help increase awareness on the superior taste and importance of eating fresh and local”.

The addition of chef demonstrations and impressive, new information area are not all that’s been growing at this market! Additional community activities are being planned including vegetables grown by the local Boys and Girls Club of Fredericksburg. There will be great popsicles for the kids made from locally grown strawberries, blackberries and peaches as well as other prepared foods to enjoy while shopping.

“We are so excited about our second season at Marktplatz”, says Finn Alban, market volunteer. The Fredericksburg community is so fortunate to have access to so many wonderful local food producers under one roof every week. And bringing the local community together with its farmers and gardeners is what this market is all about.”

For more information on The Fredericksburg Farmer’s Market email: David Clements at: danote47@yahoo.com or Nancy Tiemann @nancytiemann@gmail.com

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