Old Town Farmers Market changes name and seeks vendors for 2020 season

Mon, 03/02/2020 - 16:45

The City of Winchester’s farmers market, located at the Taylor Pavilion off the Loudoun Street Mall, will soon return to Old Town Winchester and is currently seeking vendors, musicians and volunteers. The 2020 season will bring a renewed energy to the market and in recognition of the artisan vendors who contribute to its vibrancy, the market will now be known as the Old Town Farmers and Makers Market. The Farmers and Makers Market will be held on Saturdays from 9 am-1 pm, May 9-September 26, 2020.

This community market draws 800-1,000 people each week and is comprised of local farmers and artisans that offer items such as vegetables, fruit, meat, cheese, soaps, handcrafted chocolates, baked goods, and more. In 2020, the Old Town Farmers and Makers Market will debut a new children’s activity area called “The Veggie Patch” which will offer themed programming by local community partners. Musical or performance entertainment will be offered weekly as well.

The market is currently accepting vendor applications and is seeking musicians and volunteers for the entire 2020 season. See below for more information.

  • Vendors – To sell locally grown, produced, or hand-crafted items. Cost to participate in the market is $20 per week. Parking will be provided for most vendors in the Braddock Street metered lot. Vendor applications are available online at www.EnjoyOTW.com under the Farmers Market tab (submission deadline: March 20, 2020).
  • Musicians – To provide acoustic music on the Taylor Pavilion stage on market days.
  • Volunteers – To assist on market days with set-up, clean-up and market operations including promotions. Volunteers must be friendly and welcoming to the public and able to answer general questions.

“We are always looking for new vendors to expand the market as we want offer a wide variety of locally grown and locally made items each week,” stated Market Coordinator Sarah Acuff Chapman. “We are also seeking local musicians and volunteers which are essential contributors to the special atmosphere of the Old Town market.”

For more information about becoming a vendor or volunteering, contact Market Coordinator Sarah Acuff Chapman at (540) 535-3660 or otw@winchesterva.gov.