Main Street Market
On West Main St. between 4th and 5th streets there is a large purple building on the south side of the street. This is where you will find the “Main Street Market.” We first heard about this place when it was featured in a Washington Post article about food in Charlottesville ( see http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2008/05/06/ST2008050601974.html). There are some great vendors in the market.
The Albemarle Baking Company has some truly delicious bread. We have had a few of their loafs, and plan to have many more. They make different bread everyday, so check out the menu on their website to see all of the good stuff that is available each day. I also intend on going there in the morning for a cup of coffee and a pastry. The bread we have had so far is pain de campagne, pear buckwheat, and olive thyme. All delicious!
There is a fishmonger and a butcher in the building. We have had the fish and meat on multiple occasions, and it is good stuff. There is an excellent display of wild caught fish everyday, along with other goodies like sushi. I am not sure where the butcher gets his meat, but I would assume its from somewhere close by. I will find this out and update the post. We like to cook at home, so the butcher and fishmonger will be frequent stops for us after work.
The grocer there, FEAST, is a little on the expensive side, but they have local food and a lot of gourmet cheeses and meats. There is also a sandwich shop in FEAST that looks delicious, although also a little pricey. We will try it out soon though, for sure.
There are a few other vendors in the market that we have not checked out yet, so we will update once we know more.
The website for the Main Street Market is: