Renegade Market: The Winter/Spring Replacement for the Byrd House Market

by | Jan 19, 2015 | POLITICS

The Byrd House Market, located in Oregon Hill on a grassy lot behind the William Byrd Community House, is getting a seasonal makeover.


The Byrd House Market, located in Oregon Hill on a grassy lot behind the William Byrd Community House, is getting a seasonal makeover.

Open Tuesdays from 3-6pm, November thru April, The Renegade Market is the cold-weather answer to the normal local farmers’ market.

VCU students can buy huge bundles of fresh vegetables for $10 when they show their VCU Student ID. But during these months you can expect to see all kinds of folks beyond VCU students, such as vegan and health conscious Richmonders, toting their recyclable bags to the farmers’ market for fresh produce, fruit, jellies, and bread.

This market is convenient to the many people in Richmond that do not have cars that can walk or ride their bikes to this local farmers’ market.

There are not as many vendors as the Byrd House Market, but each week you can find fresh vegetables, fruit, organically raised eggs and meat, and more.

Agriberry Farms, a veteran vendor at the Byrd House Market, was set up there earlier this month with an array of delicious apples – Pink Ladies with a sweet-tart taste, and Honey Crisp. A half a pound of apples is $6 and a pound is $12. In addition, they offer several types of homemade jams, jellies, and apple sauce.

“We are usually here every week, but we will be out the next few weeks. These apples come from our farm in Hanover. All of our jams and apple sauce are homemade,” said Anne Geyer, one of the founders of Agriberry Farms.

Some of the same vendors are there most weeks, but many rotate and you can find different stuff from week to week.

“Each week is different; last week, we had a lot of vegetables and fresh produce,” said the owner of Dogtown Lounge, a homemade dog & cat treat business. Her natural and unique pet treats on display were dried chicken fingers and duck feet. You can find them at the Renegade Market almost every week.

Along with Dogtown Lounge, you can find Faith Farms, who offers grass-fed beef, pastured pork, and pastured chicken.

Faith Farms’ most popular product is their fresh raw milk. Sadly, it is illegal to sell raw milk in Virginia, so you have to buy a share of a cow in order to buy raw milk. Shares are available to those interested in buying raw milk. Supply is limited because of high-demand, so they do not offer samples.

“We have 30 regulars that come to us every week for raw milk,” said Brenda of Faith Farms.

Unkol Chuck’s Brunswick Stew out of Alberta, VA, a new vendor offered their low-sodium Brunswick Stew perfect for the wintertime, made the old-fashioned way in a huge cast-iron pot.

There is no VCU student discount, but it is a great place for people in Richmond to walk or bike to. You can’t help but love a farmer’s market that’s close by.

Each week is different, vendors have different schedules but you can always find something fresh or organic.

The Byrd House Market facebook page shows which vendors will be there each week. Past vendors of the past two months, Epic Gardens, Tomten Farm, and Della Carpini Farm.

Check them out on Facebook here

Renegade Market

Every Tuesday 3-6pm,

November thru April

Located at The Byrd House Market lot behind the William Byrd Community House

Brad Kutner

Brad Kutner

Brad Kutner is the former editor of GayRVA and RVAMag from 2013 - 2017. He’s now the Richmond Bureau Chief for Radio IQ, a state-wide NPR outlet based in Roanoke. You can reach him at BradKutnerNPR@gmail.com




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