Staring this Sunday, Spring Gap Mountain Creamery will supply WFM patrons with some delectable cheeses. Makers of aged, raw cow’s milk cheeses, Spring Gap was founded in early 2009 in Paw Paw, WV. You’ll find five cheeses at their stall: West Virginia Blue, Jersey Gold (gouda), Shenandoah Sunrise (tomme), Sophie’s Select (cheddar) and Farmhouse Feta from milk from pasture-raised Jersey cows. Enjoy.
Asparagus! Strawberries! The annual cycle of seasonal fruits and vegetables is underway at the Westover Farmers Market! Several returning farmers at last week’s market brought these locally grown delectable to sell, and there should be even more produce this coming Sunday.
Vegetable producers have returned. They include Lois’s Produce, Penn Farm, Twin Springs Fruit Farm and Over the Mountain Farm. Also back is Ole Pioneer’s Kitchen with its many types of sausage and Chef Eloy’s Kickin Salsa. The new vendors at the market last week included Nourish Market and Fresh Joseph’s. The latter sells not just fresh orange juice squeezed on site at the market but also fresh mozzarella cheese and home-baked scones. This coming week should see the arrival of Delicias del Sur offering Peruvian-style empanadas and several types of Peruvian desserts. Also due is Chase Your Tail Bakery, which sells a line of locally produced dog treats for our four-legged friends. Most new vendors are located up on the plaza in front of the Westover Library and Reed School.
Finally, since Sunday is Mother’s Day, check out the chocolates for sale at Allie & Trish Sweets up on the plaza! See you Sunday bright and early.
Field to Table, Inc. is pleased to announce the start of the second year of operations with the opening of the summer Westover Farmers Market on Sunday, May 5th. The market hours of operation will change to 8:00 – 12:00 for the summer and fall seasons, an hour earlier than the winter market. As always, the market will take place on N. McKinley Rd at Washington Blvd. in Arlington.
An exciting lineup of vendors is set to tempt you with a multitude of scrumptious delights. You’ll find a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, baked goods, meats, dairy items, prepared food and drink, and sweets. If you can’t find it at the Westover Farmers Market, you probably don’t need it!
We are very thankful to this season’s Westover Farmers Market sponsors:
- Cardinal Bank
- Commonwealth Restorations
- Forest Inn Bar and Grill
- Jane Jensen, Realtor, Century 21
- Michael Garcia, State Farm
- Molly Maid
- Serendipity Creative LLC
- Toby’s Ice Cream
In addition, Field to Table is pleased to work with several partners to help improve community health and ensure that all local residents have access to fresh produce:
See you this Sunday!
Westover Farmers Market relies heavily on volunteers to make its weekly operations smooth and successful. If you can spare a few hours on Sunday mornings, please lend a hand. A volunteer orientation meeting will take place tomorrow (Wednesday, May 1), at 7 p.m. in the Westover Library meeting room. Details here.
Yes, spring has sprung and greens are starting to show up at the market. Tomorrow is the last “winter” market, from 9 a.m. to 1 pm. Beginning next Sunday, May 5, we’ll transition to the summer market. What does that mean? More vendors. New hours (8-12). And a new configuration. As with last summer, N. McKinley Street will close except for traffic filtering into the Westover parking lot (for shoppers at local stores). The market will occupy part of the street, as well as the plaza in front of the library. More announcements about the summer market to follow next week. In the meantime, come celebrate the end of winter tomorrow from 9 – 1 pm.
Bison and free-range hogs in Arlington! This Sunday Cibola Farms of Culpeper, Virginia will begin selling its bison meat and free-range pork at the Westover Farmers Market. A large variety of all cuts of buffalo and pork will be available, including gourmet sausages such as Bourbon Fennel and its very popular Cranberry Wine buffalo sausages. A selection of jerky, trail sticks and summer sausage is also available. Customers will often find eggs and seasonal specialty items such as grass-range chicken and turkey available. Please come give Cibola Farms a warm Westover welcome this Sunday morning!
Spring may not be sprung, but Spring Valley is stirring. We welcome this weekend Spring Valley Farm and Orchard from Augusta WV. Their produce is lovingly fed from cool mountain springs and farmed by sustainable practices. They have 9 greenhouses on site and produce crops year round – come check out the selection this Sunday!
Intrepid visitors to the market last Sunday will have noticed a new vendor on the plaza: Shells Yes! Crab Cake Company. Based in Chester, MD, Shells Yes! offers a range of fresh, local Chesapeake cuisine, their speciality being Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes. You’ll also find Maryland Crab Dip, Maryland Crab Soup, Crab Chowder, and Crab & Corn Hummus. With
Snowpocalypse III the Snowquester come and gone, and good weather on the way (partly sunny, 59F), come down to WFM this Sunday to say “hi” to the crab folks and all your other favorite vendors.
The days are getting longer. Though some wintery weather is still hanging around, activity is increasing at the market. Several vendors have been added since our winter market began in December. Gotta Have Chocolate became our new chocolatier just in time for the holidays. Grace’s Pastries joined the market a week or two later, bringing a new assortment of sweet and savory breads, tarts and pastries. GrohNola, LLC began selling at the Westover Farmers Market in late January. Sam Groh sells four different types of granola: Original, Blueberry, Sour Cherry & Chocolate, along with specialty GrohNola flavors. He uses all natural ingredients, a tiny bit of sugar and no preservatives or additives. The next two Sundays we will be hosting a guest doughnut vendor offering a new assortment of freshly prepared doughnut bites. Mac’s Doughnuts is scheduled to return to the market the beginning of March. And several of last year’s summer vendors providing fresh vegetables and other products tell us they should be back at the market soon with new produce. So come check out the market again, and look for signs of the coming spring!
Bundle yourself into flip flops and a t-shirt and come on down this Sunday, January 13, to the first market of 2013. Hang out in Westover for the morning, visit with our vendors, trade recipes, grab a coffee at Toby’s, eat al fresco at Lebanese Taverna, whatever. BBQing this weekend? Even better. Who knows how much longer this kind of “winter” will last, so enjoy it while it does.