Linda Rowland owned and operated South River Restaurant in Waynesboro's west end for years. She sold the building two years ago to Plaza Aztec and retired. But retiring is not in her DNA. In what she calls her newest adventure, she opened Market On Main in downtown Waynesboro, and says she has "expanded 'the biggest little specialty shop in Waynesboro' to include fresh local foods, bistro sandwiches, artisanal cheeses plus an array of wine and beer accessories, candles, and specialty gifts." As Linda says, "Virginia is for wine Lovers," and "Virginia is for craft beer Lovers."
My friend Barb and I met up at the Market Monday afternoon and ordered lunch to go. If you call ahead, they will have it ready when you arrive. We had originally planned to eat in the small dining area that boasts three tables and a bar in the window overlooking Main Street but, since it was such a beautiful day, opted instead to get it to go and eat in the nearby Constitution Park on the South River. We had a minimal wait for our food.
Market On Main features daily lunch specials that are often advertised on their Facebook page, and they also offer over 200 wines from around the world and 35 wineries represented from right here in Virginia. While you're at Market On Main, be sure to explore the Beer Cave where you will find 70 plus micro and craft beers and ciders.
Downtown Waynesboro's Main Street looking east toward Blue Ridge Mountains.
Two blocks from Market On Main, we found a table under a shady crab apple tree along the banks of the South River in Constitution Park.
My turkey BLT on rye was good with a side of roasted vegetables -- zuccini, yellow squash, carrots, broccoli that were really tasty -- and unsweetened iced tea. Barb got the turkey BLT on toasted white with a side of sweet potato fries that she said were yummy, and sweet tea. Truly a feast at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the sweet Virginia breeze.
Constitution Park has picnic tables both under the trees and under the shelter. It's a popular lunch spot for workers in the area who stop by with their bagged lunches to enjoy a few minutes away from the office or stretch their legs along the South River Greenway Trail that follows the river for .08 of a mile one way. We walked it to the end and back, passing joggers, walkers, bike riders, and a mom with two young children along the way. It truly attracts all ages.
Market On Main can also prepare personal picnic baskets for a trip to a local winery, or maybe a drive along the Skyline or Blue Ridge Parkway. They can also cater for meetings, rehearsal dinners, and other needs.
Market On Main
407 W. Main Street, Waynesboro, VA 22980
Free Wine Tastings - 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Every 1st & 3rd Friday of the month
Free Beer Tasting - 6:00-7:30 p.m.
2nd Thursday of every month
Open Mon-Wed - 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Thurs-Sat - 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
August 26, 2013