It pains me to remind you that the season for some of the outdoor markets is coming to a close. Thursday is the last day of this season for the Ballston Farmers Market. Open from 3-7 Thursday at Welburn Square. See year round markets below.
My family has enjoyed each surprise the Farmers Market has gifted us. Whether we’re in Ballston, Clarendon, Rosslyn, Crystal City, Courthouse on a slow Saturday morning or Columbia Pike, when we just didn’t quite make it to Courthouse on Saturday.
Never knowing more than that for sure, you would be delighted by something spectacular that nature has created.
The vibrant colored fresh flowers, the tasting of a crisp, sweet, pear, or this years favorite, the mini yellow heirloom tomatoes and their just right juice and meaty flavor, the incredible selection of fungi, more mushrooms than I ever knew were grown, the fresh breads, the out of this world cheeses, Goat, Cow, Sheep, Truffle, Bleu, Herbed. I will miss the creameries and their creamy fresh yogurts, the only additives being real honey and fresh fruit.
Tomorrow, (the day I begin counting down the days until spring when all the markets are open again), the Virginia Cooperative Extension program, Local Food Local Chefs, joins the Market this Thursday with chef Andy Bennett from Lyon Hall. Bennet will lead a group of patrons around the market from 6 – 6:30 PM to demonstrate how he uses fresh foods in his recipes.
I have to give both Liberty Tavern and Lyon Hall a big big HOORAY for using fresh and local ingredients. My family has been privileged to not just eat but “experience” the local items they’ve used this season and I have to say it has been the highlight of our Arlington Dining this Spring/Summer. I’m still thinking about those perfectly plump blueberries so simply prepared yet so memorable.
Thank you to the growers, the chefs, the vendors and the organizers. What a great season!
FARMERS MARKETS AROUND ARLINGTON (yes, some are year-round)
Arlington Farmers Market – Courthouse (Year Round) – Saturday 8 a.m. – noon
Clarendon Farmers Market (Year Round) – Wednesday 2 p.m. – 7p.m.
Columbia Pike Farmers Market (Year Round)– Sunday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Winter Hours – 10-1
Crystal City Farmers Market – Tuesday 3 – 7 p.m.
Rosslyn Farmers Market – Thursday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Closes for the season on October 21
Ballston Farmers Market – Thursday 3 – 7 p.m. Closes for the season on October 14