Farmers marketsSweet yellow corn kernels peeking out from beneath green husks and strings of silk.
Thin, dusty-green beans with their distinct snap and crunch.
Neon yellow peppers whose smells give away their taste.
Shiny red tomatoes, slick green cucumbers, soft golden-rind cantaloupes ?
It's summer in Virginia, which means it's time to enjoy the fruits of the earth at your favorite farmers markets.
It's a shopping tradition for many, so the Free Lance-Star is taking a look at farmers markets in the area.
Today, read about what's going on in Spotsylvania
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Take a look at the "social life" of a farmers market on Aug. 8.
Culpeper Farmers Market, Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the old State Theater on the corner of Main and Stevens streets. Market runs through the last weekend in April through October.
Archwood Green Barns Farmers Market, private #:703/754-0602. Sundays only, 10 p.m. until 3 p.m. on State Route 245 just off The Plains exit of Interstate 66. Market runs May through October.
Warrenton Farmers Market, Saturday and Wednesday mornings, 7 a.m. until noon. Saturday in the parking lot at Fifth and Main streets, Wednesday at the intersection of Court and Hotel streets. Market runs from early April through the second week in December.
Fredericksburg Farmers Market, 6 a.m. until dusk Monday through Saturday. (Customers will find the greatest number of vendors and the best selection on Friday and Saturday.) Located on the perimeter of Hurkamp Park on William, Prince Edward and George streets in downtown Freder icksburg. Market runs all year.
Orange County Farmers Market, Saturdays 8 a.m. until noon at the Orange Firemen’s Fairground at the intersection of U.S. 15 and State Route 20. Market runs May 11 through Sept. 14.
Spotsylvania Farmers Market Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the commuter parking lot at the intersection of State Route 3 and Gordon Road. Market runs May through October.
North Stafford Farmers Market, Saturday from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the commuter parking lot behind McDonald’s and Hardee’s on Staffordsborough Boulevard. Market runs from May through November.
Photos by Davis Turner / The Free Lance-Star