May 7, 2022 - Oct. 29, 2022
Manakin Market – Outdoor seasonal farmers market runs every Saturday for 26 weeks from May-Oct, with an Annual Holiday Farm & Craft Market the first Saturday in December. Programs at the market include:• Free weekly children’s activities with a food or agricultural theme• Free live music each week• Chef at the Market chef’s demo’s• Food Preservation programs.• Other programs centered around the market’s weekly them, such as pet adoptions, square dancing, yoga, fire safety, etc.• Marketeers Club program allows children aged 6-16 to participate as vendors on the last Saturday of each month to sell what they have grown or made themselves • SNAP IT UP! Double Value SNAP (food stamp) program
Our farmers markets are operated by RVAg, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization run by paid staff and governed by an all-volunteer board. Our markets operate without any county or federal funding. We rely solely on vendors fees, sponsorships and fundraising efforts to run our seasonal and pop-up markets and low cost/no-cost educational programs.
We are located 5 minutes west of Richmond's Short Pump, just 1.8 miles west of Route 288 in Goochland County.
Lisa Dearden had over 20+ yrs experience in sales, marketing, finance and training when she switched gears and pursued a degree in Horticulture with a focus on sustainable agriculture. She now lives on a homestead farm in Goochland County, Virginia where she grows fruits and berries and raises chickens and labradors. Her company, Chiknegg Productions, operates an incubator kitchen, which is available for rent by-the-hour, and she offers food safety training and consulting services to food entrepreneurs and organizations looking for help navigating their entry into the local food system. She founded and serves as Executive Director of a non-profit called RVAg that operates multiple farmers markets and pop-up events and provides low-cost/no-cost ag and food-centric educational programs. Lisa currently serves on the board of the Goochland County Economic Development Authority and a founding member and Ex-Officio Board member of the Virginia Farmers Market Association.