Shopping at Roanoke Farmers Markets

Vegetables on table at farmers market

The month of March brings a transformation that resonates through nearly every facet of the world around us. The air begins getting warmer, flowers begin to bloom and tender young crops begin to grow. To witness and enjoy the earth’s bounty, look no further than your local farmers market.

The benefits of doing your weekly shopping at a local market are numerous. You’ll find a plethora of fresh produce and handmade goods to please your palate, one that changes almost magically from week to week as tart stalks of magenta hued rhubarb makes way to crispy sweet corn. Family farmers are not only able to bring you the freshest and best produce, they are able to do it without costly, timely shipping logistics. The path from farm to table is short and oh so sweet boasting minimally processed fruits and veggies chock full of nutrition.

There are several farmers markets to be found in the Roanoke area and they’re all worthy of a little exploration.

Roanoke City Farmers Market

It’s a real gem of a market and it has been since 1882. Open 7 days a week from 8-5 the market is ever evolving as vendors flock with their latest goods. You can choose from the standard fruits and veggies as well as incredible meat offerings, baked goods and even a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers to brighten your day. From May-September there are even fun family activities each Saturday.  So grab a cup of java and your grocery list and get ready to enjoy!

Grandin Village Market

Part of LEAP (Local Environmental Agriculture Project) the Grandin Market has winter hours on every Third Saturday from 10-1. Their regular season begins April 17th and it will then be open every Saturday from 8-12. For your convenience, online pre-order and curbside pick up is available as well as limited on-site shopping.

West End Farmers Market

Held every Tuesday from 3-6 this market is hosted by LEAP as well. The same arrangements for online and curbside pickup is available as in Grandin. It offers a great mid week alternative for stocking up on freshness.

Salem Farmers Market

Located in the heart of the downtown district, this market has been connecting farmers with consumers since 1992.  Shop for local honey, cheeses, meats and more from their variety of vendors. Right now the market is open only on Saturdays from 9-12 due to Covid restrictions but be sure to check their website for updates.

Each market offers their own special flair and discovering your favorites is a great way to welcome spring. You may just find that it becomes your favorite weekend routine, shopping for the latest culinary delights in the morning and creating delicious healthy meals all week long.