New farmers market coming to Richmond

Richmond farmers market relocates to the front of Main Library
Richmond Farmers Market. (Photo by Mike Kinney)

A new farmers market is coming to Marina Bay, and there are plans to relocate the existing farmers market at 24th Street and Barrett Avenue back to the front of the historic Main Library, according to Richmond Councilmember Doria Robinson and Vice Mayor Gayle McLaughlin.

The elected officials provided the updates at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

Vice Mayor McLaughlin says a new market near Marina Bay Park is expected to open in February and to operate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

Councilmember Robinson is supporting McLaughlin on the new market, which has already lined up small farmers.

Robinson is also working with city staff on relocating the existing Civic Center market to the front of the Main Library, which will soon undergo a significant renovation. The relocation would offer a more festive atmosphere and increase use of the library, said Robinson, who added there are other ideas being considered to improve that market.

Both markets will be operated by the Richmond Certified Farmers Market Association, which currently operates the market at 24th and Barrett. Read our recent profile on the market association’s president Tom Cloman.