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Farmers’ market is bursting with ideas

The King George Farmers’ Market is on the verge of its third season and “simply bursting with new ideas,” said manager DeLaura Padovan.

Opening day is Saturday, April 30, at King George Elementary School, 8 am to noon. Folks from the market also will make appearances at these public events:

  • Saturday, April 2: Healthy Kids Day at the King George YMCA. Includes free lunch with gluten-free option, games and activities for kids,  health screenings for all, ribbon-cutting for a new playground and free swimming in the pool. Everyone is invited to the free event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 16:  Earth Day Festival at Old Mill Park, Fredericksburg. River clean-up lasts from  8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with the festival taking place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. King George will have a shared tent with Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania Farmers Markets. Also, check our our newly-hatched website  for information on all three markets.

The spring film series at Smoot Memorial Library includes three films:

  • April 21:  “Dirt! The Movie—A (Love) Story with Heart and Soil.” Laugh, cry and learn about the miraculous skin of the Earth that feeds us all.
  • May 12:  “The Vanishing Bees.” Take a look at what is happening to honey bees and the risk that poses for everyone.
  • May 26: “Ladies of the Land.”  No longer just the farmers’ wives, women farmers now compose 14 percent of all growers in our country. See how they are changing the face of American agriculture. Doors open at 6:30 with a show time of 6:45 p.m. Admission is free, but donations to cover screening costs are appreciated. Discussions will following each screening.

The market also announces “Monthly Community Days” on  May 21, June 18, July 16, Aug. 27 and Sept. 17. These days will highlight skills and talents of people in the community. Any musical groups or choirs interested in performing should contact Padovan.

Finally, the market is looking for sponsors to help with promotions, operating and outreach costs, including a monthly newsletter called “What’s Up at the Market?” Individuals, families and businesses are invited to financially sponsor these newsletters.

For more information, contact Padovan at 540/775-2963 or at