Return of the Raffle

The Westover Farmers Market will be holding one of its by-now-legendary raffles again this Sunday, July  26.  The low-down: vendors kindly donate items that are binned into several prize baskets. Purchase at least $5 from any vendor and you’ll receive a ticket, which you fill out and put in the bowl at the WFM table up on the plaza. We will then raffle off the prize baskets every half hour between 9 and 11:30 a.m. We’ll announce the winners with a ring of the cowbell, and in real time on Facebook and Twitter. Confused or want to see it in action? Check out video of last month’s raffle!

Salmon – yes, salmon – at the farmers market this Sunday

Cold Country Salmon is a small scale set net operation fishing the crystal clear blue waters of Bristol Bay Alaska. When not fishing, local owner Zac Culbertson runs a small acreage family farm in Louisa County between Charlottesville and Richmond.  The entire Bristol Bay fishery is a sustainable, biologist managed fishery to ensure its future viability.  Farmed fish is categorically banned throughout Alaska to prevent the pollution of not only the coastal watershed but the wild salmon genome.   
Every June Zac heads to Bristol Bay to fish on the Ugashik river.   His fishing season lasts from mid June til the end of July with the peak occurring in mid July.  During the peak they often fish for 2-3 days straight.   While fishing, they are constantly selecting the very best of the catch to bring home to sell to customers throughout Virginia and D.C.  The fish selected are bled on board the skiff, filleted and pack in ice.   On shore they immediately package and freeze the salmon.  This very special handling process is what sets Cold Country Salmon’s fish apart from any other wild caught salmon available on the market.  Nobody in the industry has such exacting standards.  This is why Zac and his crew designate their fish as “Beyond Sushi Grade”.
In addition to its superior King, Sockeye, and Coho salmon, Cold Country Salmon is able  to supply its customers with several line caught species of fish including sablefish, halibut, pacific cod, and pacific rockfish. In addition to its raw seafood, the vendor offers smoked salmon, salmon spread, salmon cakes, spices, and glazes prepared in Northern Virginia.   
Zac notes:  You can view real time what’s going on in Alaska at our fish camp by visiting our Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/coldcountrysalmon

You will find Cold Country Salmon up on the plaza at the Westover market.

Get a Free LED Light Bulb at the Market this Sunday!

Arlington County will be exchanging LED residential light bulbs for old incandescent bulbs at the farmers market this Sunday.  The limit is one bulb per household.  Bring one of your old incandescent bulbs from home to exchange for one LED.  LED light bulbs are the wave of the future.  They are the most efficient, durable, versatile light bulbs available today!  This is a $7 value.  It’s a great opportunity to try the latest lighting technology — for free.  As this nifty chart shows, an LED bulb can last as long as four CFL bulbs or 25 incandescent lights.  An LED bulb uses no more than a sixth the energy of an equivalently bright incandescent light.

Look for the light bulb exchange table at the market this Sunday!  Brought to you by the County’s AIRE program:  Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy.  See http://freshaireva.us/

Peaches, green beans and corn…oh my!

We are into the high season of the year’s fruit and vegetable harvests.  An abundance of fresh produce of broad variety is being offered by our market vendors each week.  Don’t miss the peaches, berries, cantaloupes, squash, and so many other farm-fresh delights that tell you through their fragrances and delectable taste:  this is the best of summer.  Revel in the season and enjoy its bounty!

Two new vendors at WFM this Sunday!

Two new vendors will be at the Westover Farmers Market on Sunday morning.

Shenandoah Valley Produce, LLC will be offering fruits and vegetables grown following the best agricultural practices.  This organic producer (Mike Smith) is farming beautiful acreage east of Winchester in an area that saw action during the Civic War.

Midsommar Farm, LLC up near Lovettsville, Virginia raises flowers that are hand cut the evening before they are brought to market.  The farm’s flowers are certified naturally grown without the use of chemicals or synthetic fertilizers.

Shenandoah Valley Produce can be found in the market in spot # 24, next to Mama’s Donut Bites near Washington Blvd.  Midsommar Farm will be selling at the north end of the market in spot # 38 between Number One Sons and Penn Farms.  You can find them on our virtual market map.

Please give these new vendors a warm Westover welcome to our market!

Summer Market Starts May 3

Don’t forget that the Westover Farmers Market begins its summer hours tomorrow.  The market will open at 8 and close at noon. McKinley street will also close as a through street, with vendors setting up in the street. This also means the return of many of our usual summer vendors, in addition to the favorites you visited throughout the winter. See you at the market!

Reminder: No Easter Market on April 5

Westover Farmers Market will be closed in celebration of Easter on Sunday, April 5. We humbly suggest that you factor this into your shopping plans tomorrow. Especially the eggs.

If you’re in the neighborhood over Easter weekend, check out the annual Westover Easter Egg Hunt, which will take place behind the Library on Saturday April 4 from 10:30 am to noon. More information available here. Guaranteed fun for kids and kids at heart.

Forward, Spring

Granted, “spring” remains a relative concept in the context of this week’s weather, but in any case, don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour this evening as we move into daylight savings time.  Then spring out of bed in the morning and visit the farmers market in the warming temperatures – who knows, the snow might even be fully melted. Your favorite vendors will be back in force with seasonal fruits and vegetables. The wide range of breads, meats, and specialty items offered will allow you to replenish your depleted store of locally sourced foods.  And that should put a smile on your face and an extra spring in your step as we edge into the spring season. Market hours remain 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.