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!
You will find Cold Country Salmon up on the plaza at the Westover market.
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/
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!
The Westover Farmers Market will be conducting one of its popular raffle markets tomorrow. When you visit the market on Sunday morning and shop and purchase food items worth $5 or more from a vendor, he will give you a raffle ticket. Fill it out at the tent at the center of the market and put it in the ticket basket. Drawings will be every 1/2 hour to select an instant winner! The prizes are a collection of food gift items donated by vendors at the market, plus gift certificates from The Lebanese Taverna, one of the market’s business sponsors.
Come and enjoy the fun while you shop!
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!
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!
We’ve reached 1,000 likes on the Westover Farmers Market Facebook page! Please like our page if you haven’t done so already: https://www.facebook.com/westoverfarmersmarket.
Speaking of “likes,” do you like pie? Livin’ the Pie Life will be returning to the market this summer! Because of their growing popularity, they won’t be able to make every market Sunday, so you should check for the “Eat More Pie” banner in the plaza. While you wait for the summer market to begin, you can read about Livin’ the Pie Life in a recent Washington Post article.
Spring Gap Mountain Creamery will rejoin the Westover Farmers Market this Sunday. Spring Gap offers several aged cheeses made near PawPaw, West Virginia from raw milk coming from the Shenandoah Valley. The Creamery’s cheeses include Jersey Gold, Shenandoah Sunrise (a southern French farmstead cheese), Sophie’s Select (a medium sharp cheddar), West Virginia Blue, Bloomery (similar to a Camembert or Brie), and Farmhouse Feta (our favorite!). Spring Gap will be selling up on the plaza area of the market.
An open secret of farmers markets is the availability of fruits and vegetables from our local vendors that are sold at a sharply reduced price as seconds. If you are making an apple pie, who cares if the apples you use are a bit misshapen or have a bruise? Also if you need a large amount of a fruit or vegetable for a recipe, ask the several farm vendors at the market whether they have seconds of what you need. You could get some or all of what you want from the seconds bin and pay notably less than you would at any regular grocery store. Be a sharp farmers market shopper!
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.