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Hopewell Farmers Market

Weekly Open-Air Market

2022 Season (May 22nd – October 30th)

When: Sundays from 12-3pm
Where: 220 Appomattox St – parking lot next to the Appomattox Regional Library (209 E Cawson)
FYI: SNAP/EBT accepted at our Info Booth and Virginia Fresh Match incentives offered

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Visitors and community members alike can mingle at our ‘open-air market’ while shopping for fresh produce, crafts, and baked goods made or grown with care by local and regional farmers and artisans. The Hopewell Farmers Market features an average of 15 rotating vendors from Hopewell, Prince George, Dinwiddie, Petersburg, Chester, Chesterfield County, and Richmond. Taste, learn, and socialize in this safe, family-friendly, environment! Special holiday-themed markets in July, October, and December.

Our market accepts SNAP/EBT and offers Virginia Fresh Match incentives which enables customers to double their SNAP/EBT dollars when buying fruits and vegetables.

We are committed to connecting our community to fresh produce, to celebrating local farmers and makers, and to making Downtown Hopewell a more vibrant, prosperous, and healthy place for all to enjoy. We hope that you will join us at a weekly market!

Our goals are to create:

  • More economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses
  • Better access to healthy, local food, especially among disadvantaged groups
  • Revitalized and bustling Downtown district and neighborhoods

Hopewell Farmers Market

DOWNTOWN HOPEWELL

Our Rotating Vendors

FRESH PRODUCE and ARTISAN PRODUCTS

  • Big Pinetree Farms (eggs, baked goods, candy)
  • Field of Dreams Farm (fresh veggies, fruits, goat milk soaps)
  • Fur-A-licious (wholesome, treats for your pup)
  • Hillcrest Farms (produce,
  • Jazzed Up Jams (tasty organic jams, herbs)
  • Mally’s T’ings (spicy salsas & sauces)
  • Savory Blends Tea Company (wellness & custom-blended teas)
  • Two Veterans Farm (locally-grown produce)
  • Willows Bend Farm (medicinal herbs, teas, oils)

*Guncotton Coffee, Legacy Roasting, Haley’s Honey Meadery, Wonder City Bakery, Downtown Pups, and Paddy’s Irish Pub, stay open late for the market and/or vend from their “brick and mortar” locations on E Broadway*

EATS & FOOD TRUCKS

  • City Point Seafood (Chesapeake croakers and crabs)
  • Crows Nest Cookies (family-baked cookies from scratch)
  • Kristen’s Kitchen (family recipes and southern comfort)
  • The Happy Coop (homemade baked goods)
  • Mobile Yum Yum (Caribbean food for the soul)
  • Pop’s Kettle Treats (kettle corn, pork skins, cracklins, donuts)
  • Red Barn Berkshire (grilled sausages & bratwursts from free-range hogs, hamburgers)
  • Youth Care, Inc. (hotdogs, roasted peanuts)

FLOWERS & AG

  • Happy Trees Agricultural Supply
  • Going for Green Farm (fresh cut flowers)

CLOTHING, GIFTS, HOMEWARE

  • Candle Core (100% soy wax, handmade candles)
  • The Crafty Mermaid (handmade candles, soaps, & gifts)
  • Creative Friends Art Center (one-stop art shop)
  • Glaze Leather (handmade wallets, drink slings, and more)
  • Knottical Gypsy (macrame plant hangers & more)
  • Lucy Lu’s Mobile Boutique (clothing, accessories, gifts)
  • Woodpeckers Plaques & Crafts (custom apparel embroidery)

SELF-CARE AND BEAUTY

  • Ace Bath Bombs (handmade bath bombs, bubble bars, shower steamers, carpet drizzle & more)
  • Carol’s Handmade Designs (vegan cosmetics & accessories )
  • Color Street (strip nail polish)
  • Damsel in Defense
  • EB Whipz (all-natural shea butter products for hair and skin from a licensed cosmetologist)
  • Moonchant Apothecary (artisan soaps, scrubs)
  • Pink Zebra
  • Queen Prosperous (natural hair & skin products)

Nonprofit and Human Services Highlights:

  • Appomattox Regional Library System
  • Hopewell Food Pantry
  • Hopewell-Prince George Healthy Families
  • John Randolph Medical Center (HCA)
  • Lamb Center for Arts and Healing
  • Moving Forward Agency

What should you expect at our 2022 markets?

All farmers and business owners can protect employees and customers by encouraging them to sanitize and wash their hands frequently, be conscious of physical distancing, and following state COVID-19 safety measures and mandates. Expanding current safety practices can help slow the disease spread in the community and reduce working days lost due to illness.

Low Touch

Please point at what you wish to purchase and let the vendor bag your items for you, when possible.

Social Distancing

Remember to be considerate of maintaining six-feet of distance between yourself and others attending the market. We encourage you to wear a mask if you are not vaccinated, even for this open-air market.

Hand Sanitizer

We provide hand sanitizer at our check-in desk, compliments of Bon Secours Southside Medical Center.

The Hopewell Farmers Market has taken many forms over the years and is still evolving. Our story began when the Hopewell Downtown Partnership (HDP) coordinated a Fall Harvest Festival in 2014. This event tested the Hopewell community’s interest in outdoor market events and the response was overwhelming. HDP launched an outdoor farmers market in downtown Hopewell that following spring. With the help of numerous volunteers from the community and the HDP Board, the Hopewell Farmers Market ran every Saturday from May until September in 2015 on East Broadway, one of Hopewell’s historic main streets.

In 2016, the Hopewell Farmers Market relocated for a time to the former Copeland School site near City Park and the waterfront. Eventually, the market migrated back to E Broadway with the birth of the popular “Third Thursdays” events which featured vendors of all sorts, drinks, food, and live music.

In 2017, HDP requested assistance from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the Local Foods, Local Places program to develop an action plan for promoting local food systems and healthy, walkable, economically vibrant communities. The Local Foods, Local Places program is supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Delta Regional Authority. Hopewell was one of 16 communities across the United States selected to participate in the program in 2018. This team published the official Community Report with the Hopewell Downtown Partnership in November of 2018. The goals of the Local Foods, Local Places program are to create:

  • More economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses.
  • Better access to healthy, local food, especially among disadvantaged groups.
  • Revitalized downtowns, main streets, and neighborhoods.

Guncotton Coffee and Art Gallery became the face of the Hopewell Farmers Market and hosted a monthly, indoor, market with select vendors. The Hopewell Downtown Partnership relaunched the market in 2020 in the ever-changing conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic. HDP hosted a socially distanced “Mini Market” Pop-Up on August 27th offering pre-packaged bundles at a set-price for pick-up. We have also been working behind the scenes to build this e-commerce page for the market which will enable vendors to showcase their wares online and customers to purchase items from their favorite vendors in advance of the market.

If the story of the Hopewell Farmers Market has taught us anything, it is that we are not afraid to re-make ourselves in an effort to fit the needs of our community and the ever-changing world around us. We are committed to connecting our community to fresh produce, to celebrating local farmers and makers, and to making downtown Hopewell a more vibrant, prosperous and healthy place for all to enjoy. We hope that you will join us at future markets and become a part of the Hopewell Farmers Market family!

– Heather Lyne

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