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Saturday market openings: downtown Orange, Mineral

Continuing our rolling list of farmers market openings for the season, you can look for the market season to begin this weekend in downtown Orange and in Mineral.

This year’s downtown Orange market has been renamed the Orange County Farmers and Artisans Market, because it will also include arts and crafts this year. Here are the details:

Where: Off Madison Road, at the shopping center across the street from Hardee’s, in front of Faulkner Hardware

Open: Saturdays, May 5 through Oct. 27, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

What: Goods must be grown or made in Virginia. Market will offer crafts as well as food this year.

Orange is also planning a larger food festival  Aug. 11 that will feature local-foods celebrity Joel Salatin.

Mineral‘s market will also open for the season this weekend. Here’s what you need to know:

Where: 81 Louisa Ave. in Mineral, across from the Little League field

Open: Saturdays, May 5 through Oct. 17, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

What: Fresh fruit, veggies, jams, flowers, plants, wine, honey, baked goods and local crafts on display.

For a full listing of farmers’ markets, click here.

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