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!
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!
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!
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.
Yes, the raffle is back. Show up on Sunday, purchase good stuff, get tickets, win more good stuff. It’s that simple.
You might win some of these:
Or even these:
See you at the market.
(Our thanks to Nadya Lutz for the excellent photos.)
Missing balloon art in your life? We’ve got a curative.
Our friends at Air O’ Dynamic Art will be at Westover Farmers Market this Sunday, creating all manner of fun balloon objects. Bring the kiddos, enjoy the good weather (forecast) and spectacular fresh fruits and vegetables, and leave with a balloon hat (or animal, or bouquet, or…you get the idea). See you on Sunday.
Folks, you may be mourning the all-too-quick passing of the local strawberry season, but have no fear: this weekend marks the beginning of peach season at the market. Keep an eye out, and maybe stop by early just in case you’re worried about missing out on this first-market limited stock.
Separately, we’d love to hear from you about your experience with the Westover Farmers Market. We’re always eager for suggestions and ideas, so we’ve set up an online survey and welcome your participation. You can find it here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/68PPLLX Thanks in advance for helping us make the market experience better.
Big day coming up this Sunday, June 22—the WFM Raffle is Back! We’ll be up on the plaza during the entire market, raffling off bags and baskets of donated produce, goods and other treats. Every customer gets a raffle ticket from every vendor that they buy from. Just write in your name and cell phone on each ticket and we will call you if you win. Or hang out and enjoy the drama to see which lucky customer goes home with the goods. We will also be raffling off 4 gift cards to Lebanese Taverna. (Here’s a tip: Print out small labels with your name and number so you don’t have to write them on all the tickets.)
Got your Father’s Day shopping done? Well, if not, come on down to Westover Farmers Market tomorrow morning. Some suggestions any dad might dig: Peruvian-style chicken from Rub ‘n Roost. Or a nice piece of meat to grill from Smith Family Farm. Or some great breakfast sausage from Smith Family Farm or Ole Pioneer’s Kitchen. There are some great cheeses available up on the plaza area and some ready-to-eat foods. And if you are planning a big dinner to celebrate Father’s Day, there is a wide assortment of seasonal fruits and vegetables available from our farm vendors down on the street.