A pleasant morning brought out lots of people to Saturday’s farmers market at Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern in Heathsville.
“A big crowd showed up,” executive director Corinne Becker summed up about the market.
The crowd was able to patronize 42 vendors and look at 33 antique cars and trucks displayed by Northern Neck Corvette Club and the Northern Neck Chapter of the Antique Auto Club of America. Not only were there Corvettes but also classic Mustangs. One was a 1965, Mustang’s initial year; a huge boat of 1975 Cadillac Eldorado and fiery red tail-finned 1958 DeSoto along with other vehicles.
Becker gave each auto exhibitor a couple of chocolate chip cookies she had baked and gave the owner of the vehicle voted most popular an entire bag of the cookies.
C.P. Hilliard of Kilmarnock with his custom 1941 Ford pick up truck won the contest by a wide margin. Becker said, “The people voted overwhelmingly for the pickup. I thought maybe somebody was stuffing the ballot box and really wanted that sack of cookies,” she joked.
While vendors ranging from Garner’s Produce to the Lions Club did brisk business, the tavern’s cafe and gift shop did, too. “The cafe sold out of everything except two salads,” Becker said. The cafe’s made-on-location donuts made by “the donut boys,” George Hollows and Ran Marshall, “flew out the door,” Becker noted. “Krispy Kreme has nothing on them.”
The Tavern’s quilt guild ran a “quilt bingo” in which quilts were the prizes. 75 people played for the quilts of which 18 of varying sizes were awarded.
The farmers’ market is open on the third Saturday of each month through October.