Friday, September 24, 2021

Sign up here for our free newsletter that tells you about the newest stories, twice each week.

Toano Open Air Market Returns for New Season on March 6

JAMES CITY-When the Williamsburg Farmers Market shutdown last spring due to the covid-19 pandemic, frequent market vendors Maureen Anderson, owner of Tasha’s Own homemade soaps and her daughter, Ainslie O’Rourke, owner of Virginia Bread Company, began selling their products out of Anderson’s yard in Toano.

“We couldn’t afford not to have our income,” Anderson said.

Through word-of-mouth and social media, momentum grew and the Toano Open Air Market was soon born.

Toano Open Air Market returns for a second season on March 6 with Anderson as manager. Fully 16 vendors including Tasha’s Own and Virginia Bread Company will be available outside in a greenspace at the corner of Church Lane and Richmond Road each Saturday from 9 am to 1pm.

The producer only market consists of local small business owners who sell products including raw honey, fresh eggs, breads, coffee, kombucha, cheese, oysters, clams, and other seafood, and fruits and vegetables.

In addition, Toano Open Air Market will feature food trucks and musical entertainment. Anderson hopes to add more vendors later in the season.

“We are looking to build a sense of community here,” Anderson said. “We want people to come out and enjoy themselves. It’s a good way to support the local economy.”

You must purchase this article or be a subscriber to comment on it.

More Retail News

Bikes Unlimited Closing in Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG-A variety of factors has led the owners of Bikes Unlimited to close its doors. The bicycle shop, located on Monticello Avenue, will cease...

W&M Bookstore Won’t Reopen Until Late Fall

WILLIAMSBURG-Classes may be back in session for students at College of William & Mary, but the student bookstore has not yet reopened in its...

Grand Opening Scheduled For New Yorktown Mercantile

YORK–Stacye Moser, better known as “Duchess of York,” used to run a vendor booth at the former Cozy Cottage on George Washington Memorial Highway...