A wonderfully warm and sunny autumn day with crisp, clear blue skies welcomed crowds of visitors to Historic Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern for Heathsville Farmer’s Market. The buildings were wide open, and the sound of the smithy at the forge echoed from the Heathsville Forge Blacksmith’s Guild. People gathered to look at the beautiful wood items that had been made by the Woodworker’s Guild, and ladies sat outside on the grass with spinning wheels making thread and other weaving projects.
Dozens of vendors lined the edge of the green or set up inside the pavilion. Hand-crafted items of almost every variety could be easily found. Vibrant shirts, kitchen goods, beautifully crafted wooden cutting boards and utensils, autumn and holiday themed wreaths, wooden snowmen, colorful and crisp fresh produce from Garner’s Produce (who also graciously donated the pumpkins for the pumpkin decorating contest), scented soaps whose aroma hung in the air, wispy scarves, purses, jewelry, solid stone oil candles, crafty quilting, basket weaving on the spot sported containers, home décor, plant nursery, King William Alpacas delighted with hats, gloves, and other products made from alpaca wool, Rivah Southern tempted with soaps, bird seed wreaths, ties), baked goods drew folks with delectable breads, deserts, and more.
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