The donuts. If I didn’t provide you with any other reason, go for the donuts. If you’re any where near central Virginia, you must make a Saturday morning trip to the South of the James Farmers Market. Andrew and I have been visiting for years and I would say it has really boomed over this time. There are dozens of vendors, so you can get lost for at least a couple of hours. In typical Richmond fashion, you will also find artisans, potters, candlemakers, kombucha brewers, bakers, and food trucks, just to name a few.
Now back to the donuts, I mean that’s why we’re all still reading right? When you arrive, head straight to the back of the market. Honestly, just follow the smell of sweet, greasy dough being fried. You will find a line, at least 30 people long or so. These people are all tastebud geniuses waiting for the same melt-in-your-mouth treat. Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen churns out absolutely to-die-for sourdough donuts.
Okay, so I guess I should admit that any weekend adventures we go on as a family must include good food, because if not, I’m stayin’ home. That’s why I’m always up for this farmers market. Enter: Southern Charm BBQ. Have you ever tried a barbecue breakfast bowl? Start with creamy grits, a hearty helping of cheesy scrambled eggs and sausage, topped with tender pulled pork barbecue. The cherry on top is a sweet and tart Carolina Gold barbecue sauce. Finger lickin’.
Here in Richmond, artists are our neighbors, teachers, they’re everywhere. We have VCUarts, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, galleries upon galleries, artisan and craft shows, giant murals all over the city – it’s really a way of life. Sometimes I feel that it’s hard to sift through it all. I believe when you see a style you love and connect with, you go with it. My ceramics obsessed heart was immediately drawn into the Butternut Press tent. Whimsy, charm, happy.
The market is super baby, dog, and stroller friendly! Parking is generally easy to make happen, as they provide a lot with attendants and there are many side streets. I hope you’ll check it out if you’re in the area!
Open 8:00am-Noon, Saturdays Only
(Winter hours 9:00am-Noon)
Located on Richmond’s southside at Forest Hill Park