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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.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday May 17, 18 and 19th: The Piedmont Regional Art Show &S Sale. Includes the opening for $15 and all other times free with donations welcome. At Grace Episcopal Church, 6507 Main Street in The Plains, 540-253-5177.

Wednesday, May 22: dedication of The Hill School Solar Field.

Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26: The 60th Annual Hunt Country Stable Tour in and around Upperville and Middleburg. An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the grandeur of some of the finest equestrian facilities known to the world. The tour is widely known and hailed as a weekend not to be missed by all those who experience it. Spend your weekend traveling down winding country roads in a self-driven tour, with exclusive access to view the properties, horses, and stables of Virginia's Hunt Country.

Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26th from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Rain or shine, the 26th annual Delaplane Strawberry Festival Weekend highlights new bands, entertainment and a 5K run. Bring the family for delicious, gourmet-sized strawberries for sale, children’s games, hayrides, pony rides, a 4-H petting zoo, crafts, strolling entertainers, a 5k trail run and much more at Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane.

Tickets: $25 per vehicle parking, or save $5 with advance purchase. Tickets will be available for purchase online or at Gentle Harvest (8372 W Main St Marshall, VA 20115). More information at Entrance to the festival also gives visitors access to all of Sky Meadows State Park ( Proceeds from the festival are used to support the ministries and outreach programs of Delaplane’s Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Call 540-364-2772.

Saturday June 1: The Enchanted World of Joan Danzigger reception and artist conversation at 5 p.m.-Exhibition and sale continues through September at Youngblood Art Studio, 6480 Main Street, The Plains. Details at 540-270-0403 and

What’s been happening at the FAUQUIER EDUCATION FARM:
There are a lot of exciting things going on at the Education Farm. This morning we finished getting the soil in our new raised bed that will hold our Culinary Herb demonstration. Then we also received a shipment of the plugs for our Cut Flower demonstration. We've gotten so much planting done already, but we've got a lot more to do. You can help make a big difference!

On Thursday, we had a fantastic crew this morning and were able to plant about 1400 cut flower plugs in about 2 hours. We can get amazing things done with our volunteers!

This week: Our first patch of sunflowers has sprouted. They won't be blooming until July but they are well on their way!

New this year: We are asking our volunteers to sign a liability waiver and to sign in each day so we can track how many hours go into producing 30 tons of produce for the area food banks. It will only take a minute and we will have the paperwork at the farm when you show up.

As always: While at the Farm, all minors must be accompanied by an adult.

We do not work if there is a steady downpour. If we have specifically mentioned that we will be working in the high tunnel or barn (inside) work sessions will not cancelled due to rain. Use your best judgment.

2019 Education Farm Workday Schedule
Announcements & Special Events:

Tuesday, May 14th, 6p-8p – Soil, It’s Alive! Our first on farm workshop is on enhancing your crop productivity by treating your soil as a complex living network of organisms. We will talk about what organisms are in your garden soil and how you can increase your soil biodiversity and long term soil health. As always free and open to everyone with no registration required. Flyer
From the Ground Up - Fighting Weeds With Fire and Cloth

Please reach out to us if you have a group that would like to support our efforts. Contact Jim Hankins at

Don't forget to visit our website:

Visit the Fauquier Education Farm on Facebook and see the fabulous photos and updates.
No FB Account needed.

Farm Location: 8482 Meetze Rd, Warrenton. The Ed Farm is the second drive on the right after AmeriGas and across Meetze Rd from the Black Horse Inn. You will see our High Tunnel Green House and Pole Barn. The entrance is almost past the farm on the right. Bring water, sunscreen, mud shoes or boots, gloves and a hat. See you out at the Ed Farm!

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