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Farmers Markets in the metro area

Hi All…I have just fallen in love with farmers markets and there are a ton of them around the area.  Here is a list:

ALEXANDRIA MARKETS:

Old Town Farmers’ Market on Market Square, 301 King Street.  It opperates on Saturdays from 5 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. year round.  There is even FREE parking in the Market Square garage during the hours of the Farmers’ Market.  This market is in the heart of Old Town and is thought to be one of the nation’s oldest continually operating farmer’s markets.  This is what the alexandria website has to say about it:

George Washington sent his produce from Mount Vernon to be sold at the Farmer’s Market. Today, the market offers Alexandrians a way to reconnect to the past, while participating in an ongoing local and national tradition. According to an 1876 edition of the Alexandria Gazette, some things have not change because “to sell it here you’ve got to grow it or make it at home.”

Del Ray Farmers’ Market on the Corner of East Oxford & Mount Vernon Avenues.  This market opperates on Saturdays from 8 a.m. – Noon and is open year round.  Also a great place to spend a day because of all the local boutiques, restarants and shops.  Stop in St. Elmos for a coffee, in ACKC Cocoa Bar for a delectible treat or in Kiskadee to feed your fashion bug.

Four Mile Run Farmers’ & Artisans Market at 4109 Mt Vernon Ave, open Sundays, June 20 through October 31, from 8 a.m to 1 p.m.  Here is the Alexandria.gov’s synopsis:

The Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market brings fresh, nutritious food to people of all income levels, provide an opportunity for local artisans and producers of goods to bring their wares to market, strive to reflect the diversity of the community, and improve the quality of life for Arlandria residents and visitors.  It is part of an overall vision to expand and improve Four Mile Run Park and the surrounding neighborhood.  The market will be located at the entrance to Four Mile Run Park,where every day, walkers stroll up the park and bikers whiz down the Four Mile Run Trail that connects to Crystal City, DC, Shirlington and the Mount Vernon Trail. The market is managed by the Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market Management Team, in cooperation with the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities

Upper King Street Fresh Farmers’ Market in King Street Gardens Park, 1806 King Street.  Open Wednesdays, May through October, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dates and times subject to change.

West End Farmers’ Market in Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Brenman Park Drive.  This one is actually in my “hood”.  I can walk to it from my home in Cameron Station.  It is open Sundays, May through November from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Dates and times subject to change.

ARLINGTON MARKETS (information taken directly from arlingtonvirginiausa.com):

Arlington Farmers Market
Since 1979, with over 30 local vendors. Master Gardeners on site each week until 11 a.m. to diagnose and cure whatever ails your section of the great outdoors.
Day: Saturdays, year-round
Time: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: 2100 Clarendon Boulevard |  Court House

Antiques and Collectibles Market at Courthouse
Features furniture, art, china, silver, jewelry, books, photographs, vintage clothing, linens, lamps, chandeliers, bronzes, decorative arts, antique tools, and other treasures.
Day: Saturdays, year-round
Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Located on North 15th Street, next to Courthouse parking lot. | Court House

Ballston Farmer’s Market
Featuring produce, cheese, breads, gourmet sauces, maple syrup, and much more! Plus free lunchtime concerts and chefs’ demonstrations. For more information, call (703) 528-3527
Day: Every Thursday, starting May 2010
Time: 3 – 7 p.m.
Location: Welburn Square at 9th Street North and North Stuart Street | Ballston

Ballston Arts and Crafts Market
Features original arts and crafts presented by the artists themselves. Live music and coinciding events at local restaurants and businesses round out the event. For more information, call (703) 528-3527.
Day: Second Saturday of every month, starting May 8, 2010.
Time: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Location: Welburn Square at 9th Street North and North Stuart Street | Ballston

Clarendon Farmers’ Market
Locally-produced breads and pastries, organic vegetables, flowers, soap, sorbet, and more! For more information, call (703) 812-8881
Day: Wednesdays, year-round
Time: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Location: Clarendon Metro Park |  Clarendon

Columbia Pike Farmers’ Market
In its 15th season, the Columbia Pike Farmers Market brings the best fresh products straight from the field to your table. Terrific selection of local produce, organic meats, flowers, pastries, jams, and coffee. For more information, call (703) 892-2776
Day: Sundays, year-round
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Pike Park at the corner of South Walter Reed Drive and Columbia Pike, in front of the Rite Aid Pharmacy

Crystal City Farmers Market
Need to pick up a few items before the weekend? Head to the Crystal City Farmers Market.
Day: Tuesdays, May 18 – October 26
Time: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Location: Crystal Drive between 18th and 20th Streets |  Crystal City

Rosslyn Farmers’ Market
Pastries, organic fruits, herbs, and locally-grown vegetables. For more information, call (703) 522-6628
Day: Thursdays, May 13th – October 22th
Time: 11:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: North Lynn Street at Metro Park |  Rosslyn

THERE ARE TOO MANY TO TYPE IN THE REST, SO CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OTHER FARMERS MARKETS IN THE AREA.

Enjoy and happy Wednesday!

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