Visit the Lynchburg Community Market, the third oldest continuously running farmers market in the country. Shop for fresh fruits and vegetable and beautiful works of art, or grab some lunch at one of the restaurant vendors. Farmers come year-round on Wednesdays and Saturdays offering locally produces fruit, vegetables, cheese, meat, baked goods and other specialty items. Located inside the Market, the Gallery and Alley offer artist’s handmade works.
History of the Lynchburg Community Market
Since 1783 the Lynchburg Community Market has played a key role in the development and growth of downtown Lynchburg. The first Lynchburg Community Market was located on Water Street (now known as Ninth Street) and was an important economic driver for the city. The 1783 Market was an open-air market, and served as the central social gathering place for the city. As Lynchburg grew, the Market was rebuilt in 1814 in the center of Water Street and served as a town square, with city-wide notices and speakers throughout the day and evening.
In 1872, the Market was enlarged and rebuilt on Main Street, between 11th and 12th Streets to serve the growing population. Completed fall of 1873, the new Market had enclosed spaces and an auditorium. Today, the Community Market stands on the corner of Main and 12th Streets, opening its doors on July 2, 1932. The market continued to play an important role in the community until the 1950’s when community markets across the United States declined due to the growth of supermarkets and suburban development. In 1987, the Market went through its final architectural renovation to date, with landscaping, new parking outside Farmer’s stalls.
Lynchburg Community Market COVID-19 Guidelines: As of June 6, 2020
- Indoor market area is now open to the public.
- The Gallery will remain closed until social distancing restrictions are further lifted.
- In accordance with the Governor’s Order – please wear a face mask or covering.
- Follow all directional signage posted within the Market. We will be adopting a “one way” path to help you navigate the Market as safely and efficiently as possible. All access to the inside of the Market will be through the large doors near Barb’s Dream Hut and all customers will need to exit out of the doors near Philippine Delight.
- Wash your hands often, we have staff working diligently to sanitize all high contact surfaces thoroughly and frequently for your safety.
- Please do not move or re-arrange any tables within the Market. We have reopened our seating areas to 50% capacity. It is important that all chairs and tables remain in their current position to ensure proper social distancing guidelines are being satisfied.
- Shop quickly. If visiting any of our permanent shops, we ask that you “grab and go” to reduce any waiting times for others. Consider using our outdoor seating areas for any prolonged social activity.
- Permanent shops and restaurants are working with limited space and can only accommodate a few guests at a time so please be patient and wait for any lines to clear out before proceeding into the spaces.
Vendor Contact Info & Pre-Order Form
Keeping safety in mind, they are asking customers to have a ‘grab & go’ mindset for the time being. A lot of our vendors are taking preorders/call ins.
Below is a list of vendors that are selling online/taking orders:
Father’s Cafe & Bakery – 434.333.8038
Barb’s Dream Hut – 434.845.6700
Country Cooking by Irene – 434.847.0660
Grains of Sense, LLC – 540.433.6853
Restoration Acres Farm – https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSfLcYNMOimWa1deJ3…/viewform
Crooked Creek Meats & More – 434.470.1932
Goldman FARM – firstname.lastname@example.org, 434.534.2504
“Unkol” Chuk’s Brunswick Stew – 434.532.6658
Scratch Pasta Co. – https://www.scratchpastaco.com/
Indian Summer Farm – 540.529.4144
Kelly’s Persian Food
Easy Does It Farm – 434.724.4202
Great Day Gardens – https://forms.gle/FpiYr63gKUEJtJfU9