Ruth Saunders purchases fresh tomatoes from vendor Dave Meadows at Saturday’s grand opening of the Halifax Farmer’s Market.

Hot weather did little to dampen the enthusiasm of shoppers looking for fresh vegetables and other bargains during the grand opening of the Halifax Farmers Market on Saturday.

Crowds came early and often to sample offerings such as corn salad from the Virginia Cooperative Extension and fresh vegetables from a number of vendors.

Inside, browsers sought out salves and lotions in addition to baked goods and collectibles.

The weather on Saturday was beautiful despite the very warm temperatures, and that resulted in a great turnout of both vendors and shoppers, according to Denise Barksdale, assistant town manager for the town of Halifax.

Barksdale said that approximately 35 vendors made their way to the Halifax Farmers Market, with 15 of them setting up shop outside.

A number of new vendors displayed their wares for the first time, Barksdale added.

Vendors sold sausage, pasture-raised cuts of pork and beef, farm fresh eggs, homemade goats milk soap, jams and jellies, and up-cycled furniture, among other things.

The first 50 customers who visited the market store located inside the farmers market building received a goody bag filed with vendor discounts/coupons along with some market “swag,” according to Barksdale.

Freshly cooked fish sandwiches prepared by D&D Skins were sold for lunch, and a local ice cream truck was expected shortly before noon.

“We had great support from the community, and we couldn’t do this without their support and our vendors,” said Barkdsdale.

The farmers market is located in historic downtown Halifax at 209 South Main Street and is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday.