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The Town of Middleburg has announced that the Middleburg Community Farmers Market will open for the season on Saturday, May 4th from 8 a.m. to noon at 105 Federal Street, behind the Middleburg Bank.

Details for prospective vendors: is a $25 application fee and a one-time vendor fee of $100 for the season. Contact Tina Staples at 540-687-5152 or for additional information. The market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon, every Saturday from May 4th through October 26th. Archwood Green Barns Farmers' Market in The Plains, opens May 5th. Sundays, 10- a.m. to 3 p.m, through November 24th.

This market, with a rich history, will be celebrating its 21st season in 2019. A producer-only market, you’re sure to find the freshest locally or regionally produced vegetables, fruits, eggs, meat, mushrooms, flowers, herbs, preserves, coffee, teas, olive oil and vinegar, honey, baked goods, and so much more.

Interested vendors may download the application packet on the Become a Vendor tab of the website archwoodgreenbarns.comEmail the completed packet to or mail to the address listed on the application.

Wednesday June 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. Free and open to everyone at the Fauquier Education Farm, 8428 Meetze Road in Warrenton: Organic No-till Gardening. No-Till cultivation techniques can greatly improve soil health and crop yield but most mainstream no-till systems are heavily dependent on using Roundup. The event will showcase no-till demonstrations that are completely free of herbicides. This has become an important cultivation system at the Education Farm because it works. Protect downstream water resources, increase crop yields, build long-term soil health and save labor, what’s not to like about that! Plus, you can even support pollinators and other beneficial insects. The system will be explained in detail. Contact Jim Hankins

Thursday, June 13, Noon to 5 p.m. at Davis Mansion at Morven Park, 17269 Southern Planter Lane, Leesburg, VA 20176. Museum and tour details available at

Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 16 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Morven Park Carriage Show, Arena Driving Trial & Pleasure Drive at Morven Park International Equestrian Center, 41580 Sunday Morning Lane, Leesburg. Carriage driving brings an undeniable spirit and elegance to the equestrian community as they recapture the essence of days gone by. Enjoy the variety of turnouts from miniatures to draft horses, put to elegant antique carriages as well as sleek modern-day vehicles as they compete in ring and cones classes. You don’t want to miss the Carriage Dog class!

FREE to spectators. Café will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Guests are also encouraged to tour the Davis Mansion and visit the Winmill Carriage Museum to learn more about this wonderful sport and historic site.

Visit for prize list and event details.

Horse Park & Country Life Center in Loudoun

When: Either Sunday June 2 from 4-7 p.m. or Monday June 3 from 4-7 p.m. Open house.

How: Drop in and tour around mounted, on a bike or in hardy shoes

Where: 16385 Short Hill Road Purcellville (just off Adler School Road)

Why: the Town of Purcellville is looking to create an equine advisory ad hoc committee for their 190-acre property in Loudoun. The group would provide vision, equestrian development insight and future management design.

On site hosting: PRAB and EDAC (Economic Development Advisory Board) are both leading the drive to make this property a self-sustaining Loudoun asset that will help drive land values and tourism. Elizabeth Beer, equestrian connector of PRAB (Purcellville Town Parks and Recreation Advisory Board) is encouraging this obvious and logical land use for a property that is owned by the town of Purcellville to provide water in the future.

Liability: All must sign a liability form at the site.

All Horse Sports Enthusiasts: If you have a suggestion for a person or group, they are interested. After visiting the property, they will have a review agenda seeking input. Please review chart of use attached.

Groups Already Invested: LCEA-Loudoun County Equine Alliance & Virginia Horse Industry Board

Need: The Pony Clubs local and regional, hound foot packs, Eventers, Loudoun Park & Planning and local horse people

Results: The success of the property will support the huge equine interest in this area, drive real estate prices on western Loudoun properties, bring more events back to Loudoun, enable horse people to have small properties with this access and provide a public property that can be leased for events.

We are looking for sectional leaders: Fly & Pleasure Fishing, Pony Club, Archery, Eventing, Driving horses, Beagle/Bassett Foot Pack Hunting, Dogs.

For more information: Call Elizabeth Beer at 571-835-0840 or 610-656-2927.

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