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Farmers market plans special events Saturday

Chef Caitlin Davis, graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, will be among the featured guests at King George Farmers Market on Saturday, Aug. 4.

Davis will demonstrate vegetable-grilling techniques and distribute free samples to commemorate King George Garden Club’s 20 years of service to the county. A local and seasonal foods enthusiast, Davis owns and operates the Tides Inn Market and Bed and Breakfast in Colonial Beach.

King George Garden Club has been in operation since 1992 and is for gardeners of all ages and backgrounds.

“Veg-ucation Station,” a fresh food education program operated by Virginia Cooperative Extension and Fredericksburg’s local farmers market coalition, will offer recipe ideas and free samples.

“It’s a try-before-you-buy approach to encourage shoppers to taste new or unusual vegetables,” explained Pegi Wright, director. “The program has been very successful so far.”

Market artist of the month will be potter Daniel Christie, whose work includes one-of-a-kind hand-mixed glazes that are safe for the dishwasher and microwave. Christie also plans to bring a pottery wheel to offer visitors hands-on experience.

“Contagious positivity” is the motto of Marenje Marimba Ensemble of Fredericksburg, which will perform at 9:30 and 11 a.m. The young musicians, ages 8 to 16, play traditional tunes of the country of Zimbabwe on seven handmade marimbas, which are like wooden xylophones.

The group appeared recently at Market Square for Fredericksburg All Ages’ Thursday night concert series.

Those who come to the market are encouraged to bring a friend. First-time visitors will receive a gift of appreciation at the Hospitality Table.

Items available at the market from vendors in King George and Westmoreland counties include sweet corn, peppers, tomatoes, fresh herbs, cantaloupes, onions, garlic, watermelons, fresh fish, honey, jams and jellies, fresh baked bread and local beef.

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