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.
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.
With a balmy forecast for Sunday (snow, what snow?), we’ll be reconvening as usual at 9 am to restock the fridge and share tips for thawing frozen pipes. Come on down and join us!
We’re hearty folk, but we’re not stupid. And the forecast for Sunday is for stupid cold (or wicked cold, as our friends in beantown might say). We’ll hope to reconvene on Sunday 22 February instead. Stay warm!
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.
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.
On Sunday we will have Chef 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!