The Heathsville Farmers Market had more vendors Saturday than it has ever had. More than 45 attended.
Although threatening clouds and competition from Tappahannock’s Riverfest may have cut down on the crowds at the market, numerous people wandered around the market looking at the vendors’ wares and visiting Rice Hotel/Hughlett Tavern’s four guilds ‑ blacksmiths, woodworkers, quilters and spinners and weavers. They also watched several artists who were set up on the grounds painting the market as it happened.
Those looking for different meats could buy heritage pork and sausage as well as bison meat to go with fresh vegetables from local growers. Local honey, fresh-baked bread and scones and flavored olive oils were also on sale.
More “gifty” items on sale included fragrant soy-based candles, pottery, colorful sundresses and aprons, hand-sewn totes and bags, fine jewelry, funky macrame jewelry, Windsor chairs, kitchen items, antiques, essential oils, custom woodworking and hand-made lotions.
Visitors could buy oyster floats and spat to go in them, too.
Regular exhibitors Kemper’s Nursery, Bette’s Greenhouse for flowers and plants, the King William Alpacas, Master Gardeners, Bayside Framing, Friends of the Library, Northumberland Lions and Commonwealth Pest were on hand.
The market is open every third Saturday through October.