by Brandon Fox
With the closure of Oregon Hill’s William Byrd Community House, regulars of the weekly farmers’ market that the organization had hosted since 2007, the Byrd House Market, worried that its fresh produce, meats and artisan products would disappear on Tuesdays from this side of the river.
Fortunately, that’s not going to happen.
The market’s farmers and vendors are made of stronger stuff, and along with community advocates, figured out a way to keep things going. On May 3, the newly christened Birdhouse Farmers Market will set up its tents just a few blocks down the road behind the Randolph Community Center swimming pool at 1507 Grayland Ave.
The market will operate every Tuesday from 3-6:30 p.m. The new location has plenty of parking, the GRTC bus line is easily accessible and the nearby Petronius Jones Park offers a playground and walking path.
You’ll still find Amy’s Organic Garden, Faith Farms, Sub Rosa Bakery and other market stalwarts, plus face-painting, kids’ activities and food demos each week, just as you did before. In addition, the Richmond Public Library will also host a pop-up at the new market.
“The Birdhouse Farmers Market [will be] special and unique,” says Amy Hicks of Amy’s Organic Garden, “because it is now a farmer-led market -- and all female farmers to boot!”
CORRECTION: This article misstated the market's hours when it first published. The market is open from 3-6:30 p.m.