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.

WFM Winter Market Featured in Washington Post

The Westover Farmers Market is in full swing this winter, with many fresh and prepared foods to take home each Sunday.  Winter blues?  Some red velvet doughnuts might be just the thing.  Tired of soggy greens from the grocery?  Our vendors have plenty of fresh, locally-grown fruits and veggies.  Can’t BBQ in 10 below?  Well, you might try some charcuterie or go for a nice roast instead.  Even the Washington Post took notice of the goods this week – you can check out their feature on the market here.

Winter Market Starts Tomorrow 9 AM

The market’s winter hours through April will be 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Twenty vendors are participating in the winter market, offering seasonal local vegetables and fruits, a wide variety of baked goods, meats (including both grass-fed and grain-finished beef, chicken, and pork and sausages and salami), pickles, and some ready-to-eat meal items and snacks. It’s the place to buy fresh, locally grown or produced foods free of preservatives, antibiotics and other chemicals.

Four new vendors have joined this winter farmers market in Westover – Meatcrafters Market (sausage and finely cured salamis), DC Dills (pickles), Balsamo’s Family Kitchen (salad dressing) and Shamali (hummus). All four will be located on the plaza. Indeed, all market vendors other than Mama’s Donut Bites and farm vendors will be up on the plaza during the winter. So be sure to check out the full market when you visit so you don’t miss items you love! Check out the new winter market map to find where vendors are located.

Last “summer” market! Time to buy your holiday wreath.

Ok, so we’ve already had the first snow of the season, but technically it is still “summer” for one more day, at least at the Westover Farmers Market.  This Sunday marks the last of the summer markets before we transition to the winter set-up (note, starting December 7, WFM hours will be 9 am to 1 pm).  Come celebrate the end of summer with some post-Turkey tidings.

While you’re there, have a look out for the special holiday wreaths available from Good Gardener. These decorative, natural hand-made wreaths will add some color and sparkle to your home.  Made with evergreens, cones and berries, the wreaths will look great and bring a lovely holiday aroma to your home.

Green Spoon Chef Demo This Sunday

On Sunday we will havChef Christopher from The Green Spoon do a cooking demo at the Westover Farmers Market at 10:30 a.m.  The Green Spoon is a local commercial kitchen that delivers twice weekly to your door freshly prepared entrees or full meals.  The Green Spoon specializes in using locally sourced ingredients for preparing its healthy meals for people on the go. It’s a great alternative for folks who want to eat healthy cuisine without having to visit fine restaurants around town or cook daily for one or two. The Green Spoon’s current delivery areas in the Washington metro area are mapped on its web site.  A convenient urban healthy eating option in the 21st century!  

The Green Spoon also specializes in catering services to make it more convenient for offices and event organizers to provide healthy, delicious, gourmet food at their events. Be sure to stop by the demo this weekend to try out The Green Spoon and learn more!

Farmers Market ABCs

Apples, Broccoli and Chard, of course,: the ABCs of the fall Westover Farmers Market. The peaches, corn and cantaloupes of summer are now a fading memory.  But autumn brings new market delights.  Fruit farmers are offering a wide array of apples picked from their farms.  The flavors vary from tart to sweet and there are varying levels of crunchiness, too.  Sample them all to find your favorites.  Garden greens like broccoli, chard and kale are now fully in season, and spinach will appear in the market in the coming weeks as nighttime temperatures fall.  So visit the market and enjoy the changing season!

Reed School and the Westover Farmers Market

Dear WFM Patrons –

As you may have heard, Arlington Public Schools is considering the Reed School site as potential future home of a school to help meet expected demand for middle school seats. These plans would entail significant construction on the Reed School site.  Any modifications to the plaza and frontage along N. McKinley Street could adversely impact the future operation of the Westover Farmers Market. Please make your voice heard in the public debate on whether and how to modify the Reed School site. If you are concerned about the future of the market, as we are, please take the opportunity to participate in this on-line survey of the greater Westover community sponsored by the surrounding neighborhood civic associations.  Survey input must be received by Oct. 4th!  The survey results will be relayed to Arlington Public Schools.
Thanks, and see you at the market!

 

Thanks, and see you at the market.