The Abingdon Farmers Market will hold its third annual Berry Festival Saturday, June 24th.
With free berry tastings, a best dessert competition, live music and a food demonstration, the festival is a time to celebrate the start of berry season in Southwest Virginia and the true beginning of summer. The Abingdon Farmer’s market opens at 8:00am Saturday, with Berry Festival events kicking off at 9:00am.
Between 9:00am and 1:00pm, vendors will be offering free samples of many different types of berries, including blueberries, raspberries, gooseberries and more, all locally grown.
There will also be a “Berry Best Dessert” contest held on the lawn underneath the white tent. After having a taste, customers may cast their vote for the “Berry Best Dessert.” There will be approximately five growers entered into the contest, and desserts will be available for sampling. This event will begin at 9am and prizes will be awarded at 12:30.
The Berry Festival also includes a food demonstration by Andrea Wann with the Virginia Cooperative extension. She will be handing out free tastings and recipes from 8am-1pm. Andrea will also be educating individuals on food prep and storage.
The Abingdon Farmers Market will be having its regular market during this event. Over 45 vendors will be selling all local produce, meats and crafts from 8am to 1pm. The Music at the Market program will also be hosting local musician “Jamie Collins” from 9am-12pm.
The Abingdon Farmers Market is sponsored by Berry Home Centers, The Harvest Table Restaurant, The Town of Abingdon and Iron Mountain Crossfit.