Shoppers, farmers, cooks, bakers and vendors got the growing season off to a healthy start Saturday as the Culpeper Downtown Farmers Market opened for 2019.

Sponsored by Culpeper Renaissance Inc., the market drew hundreds of people to the corner of Commerce and East Davis streets, opposite the town’s historic train depot.

All morning from 7:30 to noon, people strolled by to see what goodies the market’s nearly 30 participants had for sale: farm-grown eggs, lettuce, vegetables, heirloom tomatoes, fresh-cut flowers, herbal soaps, honey, potted plants, locally roasted coffee, delicious baked goods, and locally raised beef, pork, lamb and poultry.

Open every Saturday through Nov. 17, the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the market is in the town parking lot beside Moving Meadows Farm & Bakery and St. Stephens Episcopal Church. Decades old, it is the longest running and most successful market in the Culpeper area.

The market accepts SNAP benefits, and enables Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program shoppers to double their money when they buy tokens, up to 25 tokens per visit. So if a shopper swipes her EBT card for $12 of tokens, she gets $24 worth of tokens to use at the market.

For details, call Culpeper Renaissance at 540/825-4416 visit culpeperdowntown.com or the market on Facebook.

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