West Point's First Autumn Market Brings out Hundreds for Fall Fun
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WEST POINT — The Town of West Point declared its first-ever Autumn Market a success and plans to hold more similar events next year.
The market, held at The Pavilion at Riverwalk Park, showcased local produce with a fall flavor.
Just over 225 guests attended the Oct. 21 event, including Timber Hollow Farm, Homeplace Farm, Black Dog Acre Farm, Thistle & Thyme Apothecary, Anonymous Coffee, Just Us Bees, Milby Farm and the Greater West Point Family YMCA.
Thistle & Thyme, as a first-time vendor in West Point, specializes in plant medicine, herbal healing alternatives, skincare and other organic products that are homegrown in King William County. Located just outside West Point, the business sells organically grown produce, canned and baked goods, ornamental corn, pumpkins and honey.
“Our vendors featured a large variety of fall produce, baked goods, jams and jellies, flowers, freshly brewed Italian coffee, pumpkins and gourds, honey, pickles, all natural health products and much more,” said town spokeswoman Melissa Anderson.
The town gave away free canvas trick-or-treat bags for kids to color, as well as goody bags with treats, snacks and water. The Greater West Point Family YMCA provided free face painting to kids.
“It was wonderful to see our community out shopping and enjoying the day — the weather was gorgeous, too,” Anderson said. The town “received great feedback from our vendors regarding the event organization and attendance.”
The area has seen an expansion of farmers markets in recent years. A farmers’ market has started operating in the summer in upper King William County to complement the market in West Point.
Anderson said the town is looking for ways to expand and enhance the West Point Farmers Market, which saw some Saturdays with record attendance this season, and hopes to schedule more than one Autumn Market next year. The recent Autumn Market featured several of the town’s core vendors, along with a few new faces.