What signifies Summertime more than a delicious bowl of fresh cherries? How about some fantastic ripe peaches, crisp asparagus, or big red juicy tomatoes? If you're like me and looking for the best produce and some Summer fun, why not visit one of the many local Farmers Markets held in throughout Northern Virginia?
The FDA recently re-emphasized the importnace of eating your fruits and veggies! Go get 'em at a Northern Virginia Farmers Market!
Farmers Markets are not only on Saturday mornings any more (though some still are). Many Northern Virginia farmers markets have have extended morning hours, afternoon hours and some are held throughout the week. Almost every day of the week, you can find a Farmers Market open somewhere in Northern Virginia. You can usually get some of the best fruits and vegetables (and sometimes organic meats) as well as some crafts at the Farmers Markets and get to spend some time outdoors soaking up some sunshine. Many of the farmers drive several hours to participate in the market, and it is important to support our local farmers.
Here is information on the locations and times for some Farmers Markets throughout Northern Virginia:
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA FARMERS MARKETS:
Old Town Alexandria Farmers Market: Saturdays from 5:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (for those early risers). Located at Market Square, 301 King Street in Old Town Alexandria. Includes meat, dairy products, fish, fruit and vegetables. This market is held year-round.
Upper King Street Fresh Farmers Market: Wednesdays from 3-7 p.m. Located at King Street Gardnes Park, 1806 King Street from May through October. More information available at www.farmersmarketonline.com/fm/UpperKingStreetFreshFarmersMarket
West End Farmers' Market: Sundays from May through October from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located in the parking lot of Ben Brenman Park (at the end of Somerville Dr. near the railroad tracks) adjacent to Cameron Station. More information at www.alexandriava.gov/FarmersMarket
Del Ray Farmers market: Year-round on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon and located at the Corner of East Oxford and Mount Vernon Avenues.
Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market: Held on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. from June 20th through Octover 31st. Located at 4109 Mount Vernon Avenue. More info online at www.4mrmarket.org
ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA FARMERS MARKETS:
Arlington County Farmers Market: Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, year-round. Located at N. 14th Street and N. Courthouse Road. Check out www.arlingtonfarmersmarket.com
Ballston Farmers Market: Fridays from June through October from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and located at N. Stuart and 9th Streets. On the web at www.ballstonvasquare.org/farmersmarket
Clarendon Metro Park: This Wednesday afternoon Farmers Market runs from 3-7 p.m. from May through October at 1890 N. Lynn Street. Online at www.clarendon.org/events/clarendonfarmersmarket
Columbia Pike Home Grown Market: A Sunday Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., May through November at Columbia Pike and S. Walter Reed Drive (www.farmersmarketonline.com/fm/columbiapikefarmersmarket)
Crystal City Farmers Market: This one's on Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. May through October on Crystal Drive between 18th and 20th Streets. Look at www.crystalcity.org/green/farmersmarket for more details.
Rosslyn Farmers Market: Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 12 through October 20th at Wilson Blvd. and N. Oak Street. www.rosslynva.org/play/markets
FAIRFAX COUNTY, VIRGINIA FARMERS MARKETS:
Annandale Farmers Market: Thursday mornings 8 a.m. to Noon from May 5th through November 3rd at mason District Park, 6621 Columbia Pike in Annandale.
Burke Centre Farmers Market: Saturday mornings 8 a.m. to Noon in the VRE parking lot, 5671 Roberts Parkway.
Great Falls Farmers Market: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 25th through November 21st in the parking lot of Village Centre, 776 Walker Road.
Kingstowne Farmers Market: Friday afternoons from 4-7 p.m. May 6th through October 28th at 5955 Kingstowne Center. Catch a movie afterwards!
McLean Farmers Market: Friday mornings 8 a.m. to Noon from May 6th through November 18th at Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Road
Mount Vernon Farmers Market: Tuesday mornings from 8 a.m to Noon from May 4th through November 23rd located at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, www.mountvernonfarmersmarket.org
Vienna Farmers Market: Saturdays from 8 a.m. to Noon from May through October at 131 Church Street NE, www.viennafarmersmarket.com
Did I miss a Northern Virginia Farmers Market that you know about? Post a comment or send me an e-mail and I'll add it to the list.
Enjoy some healthy eating this Summer!
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