The Farmers Market on Second Street opens for 2016 season.

Second Street Farmer’s Market is set to kick off its 7th season in Amherst with a new manager Thursday, May 23.

Crystal Ungar, a local artisan, owns and manages Once Upon a Peacock where she and her husband restore antique furniture from their home at Sweet Water Farm in Amherst. She will oversee the market at Second Stage in Amherst.

The market features locally grown and produced meats and produce as well as baked goods, fresh flowers and items from local artisans. New this year, Ungar has removed the booth fee and instead a flat 10% will be charged so local vendors with fewer items for sale will be better positioned to realize a profit at the end of the day, according to a news release from Second Stage.

Another innovation this year is a shared table where locally grown and produced items can be dropped off to be sold by a market staff member or a volunteer, a feature in response to people who aren’t able to attend the market as well as those who only have a small amount to sell and don’t have an entire booth. For more information, visit

The market is launching for the season in the middle of Virginia Agriculture Week, which is May 19 through May 25.

“Agriculture has been a central pillar of Virginia’s economy for centuries and continues to pave the way for smart growth and prosperity in rural and urban communities across the Commonwealth, contributing $70 billion annually to our economy and employing over 334,000 Virginians,” Gov. Ralph Northam said in a news release announcing Virginia Agriculture Week. “With over 44,000 farms, Virginia has one of the most diverse agricultural sectors in the nation.”

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