Atwater’s – a Catonsville-based baker and purveyor of naturally-leavened breads and other traditional foods. All are crafted by hand with fresh, often organic and seasonally local ingredients. Our friendships with farmers inspire the foods we make and give us an understanding of our ingredients. [Catonsville, MD]
Baguette Republic – a traditional wholesale artisan bakery producing a large variety of breads, pastries, and cookies using the best European techniques and tradition. Our namesake “baguette” and other breads look beautiful, smell extraordinary and taste exceptional. Our breads are baked daily and delivered fresh, seven days a week for the enjoyment of our customers. [Sterling, VA]
Dan Kaufman is BakerMan Dan, a local entrepreneur pursuing his lifelong passion of making food for others. He got his start in an Israeli kibbutz kitchen in the 1980s, and most recently worked as a part-time baker at DC-based Food & Friends, which provides nutritious meals to home-bound people with life-challenging illnesses. Dan has honed his recipes from a wide range of sources, and perfected them with care and love. He’s thrilled to be a member of the Mess Hall incubator kitchen community, where he transforms simple ingredients into irresistible, hand-crafted treats
Balsamo’s Family Kitchen – Since its inception, Balsamo’s Family Kitchen has always been committed to producing the highest quality, gourmet salad dressings. We make everything in small batches using only the highest quality, freshest, and best tasting ingredients with nothing artificial, no preservatives and zero trans-fat. Every person at Balsamo’s Family Kitchen has the same passion and commitment to bring your family the very best products available. We strive to exceed our customer’s expectations with our dressing’s quality taste and use of fresh ingredients. So the next time you open a bottle of Balsamo’s Family Kitchen salad dressing we hope you experience our Homemade Taste & Hometown Goodness! [Dale City, VA]
Bigg Riggs Farm – a five generation family owned and operated farm in Hampshire County, West Virginia. Many of the fruit trees were planted by the great grandfather of owner Calvin Riggelman in the 1930. Bigg Riggs sells fruits and vegetables and a variety of fresh products made from the farm, from apple butter to hot pepper jelly. [Hampshire County, WV]
Black Rock Orchard
Black Rock Orchard is located in Carroll County, Maryland, on the Pennsylvania line. Our claim to local fame is an original Mason Dixon mile marker located in the plums. We work hard to offer a wide variety of tree fruit and berries, including raspberries, sour cherries, gooseberries, blueberries, pluots, apricots, peaches, plums, pears and an insane number of apples varieties, including both traditional and modern cultivars. A customer looking for Stayman Winesap or Ida Red and a customer looking for Pink Lady or Gold Rush apples would be equally satisfied. Specialty greenhouse tomatoes, heirloom peppers and purple pole beans help us extend our season. The owners, David Hochheimer and Emily Zaas, support one family and employ 3 additional full time workers all year. Lindsay Krone is our farm and market manager. You can find Black Rock Orchard at farmers markets in the N. Virginia, DC, Baltimore area, and a few area restaurants.
Cold Country Salmon
Zion Crossroads, VA
Cold Country Salmon is a small scale set net operation fishing the crystal clear blue waters of Bristol Bay Alaska. Local owner/fisherman Zac Culbertson lives just outside of Charlottesville where, when not fishing, he runs a small acreage family farm. Every June hes head to Bristol Bay to fish on the Ugashik river. Our season lasts from mid June til the end of July with the peak occurring in Mid July. While we fish we are constantly selecting the very best of our catch to bring home to sell to our customers throughout Virginia and D.C. The fish that we select are immediately bled on board our skiff, filleted and packed in ice. On shore we immediately package and freeze our salmon. This very special handling process is what sets our fish apart from any other wild caught salmon available on the market. Literally nobody in the industry has such exacting standards. This is why we designate our fish as “Beyond Sushi Grade”.
Felicity’s Handcrafted Soaps – my soap-making effort started in Los Angeles and is named after my daughter, who has always been my best cheerleader. I was looking to create a gentle soap which would counteract the effects of the hot, dry climate there. We moved to Virginia several years ago, and I continue my quest to make wonderful, unique, skin-loving soaps. Our soaps are made in small batches with all natural ingredients, food quality oils such as olive, coconut and sweet almond oil, organic clays. They are scented with pure essentials oils. We have soaps for all skin-types and skin problems. Our Clay Bars draw out toxins and impurities, remove dead skin, and improve skin texture. Our Salt Bars are soothing and refreshing, leaving skin smooth and polished. Felicity’s Specialty Bars for babies, gardeners, and that special doggie in your life are made with the same care and love that go into making the rest of our beautiful soaps! [Alexandria, VA]
Fresh Joseph’s – Fresh Joseph’s has been selling fresh squeezed orange juice in local farmers markets since the mid-’80s. We sell the OJ in containers for take home and also squeeze and sell cups on site. Other products include hummus, fresh mozzarella cheese, scones, fresh macaroons and other delights. [Alexandria, VA]
Gina’s Pacific Jam and Jellies – Gina is a natural at preparing exceptional jams and jellies since she comes from a family rich in culinary skills. Affectionately known as The Kitchen Goddess, Gina has enjoyed making preserves and other culinary delights for over 30 years. She perfected the art of cooking while a young girl in the Philippines. She applied the techniques she learned in her Home Economics courses to making jam from the bounty of tomatoes gathered on the family farm. Her motto is, “Let the fruit speak for itself.” She selects only the finest ingredients, using organic fruits gathered from local farms whenever possible. She produces a variety of flavors: Mango, Pineapple, Strawberry, Plum, Peach, Apple, Watermelon, and Apricot. Gina also creates a Hot Pepper Jelly second to none. She is happy to custom make her jams to meet the specifications and the palate of her public. All of her jams are prepared according to USDA and Virginia Department of Agriculture guidelines. So come have a taste and experience the bliss of Gina’s Pacific Jam and Jellies. [Woodbridge, VA]
Grace’s Pastries – Grace Banahene has been baking sweet and savory breads, tarts and pastries for the public since 1987 in Northern Virginia. She sells them at almost a dozen farmers markets around the region. This bakery enjoys a loyal following among market customers. [Herndon, VA]
Gypsy Hill Foods – Purveyors of a variety of hand-produced, limited quantity spice packs, dips and rubs. Make flavored butters, sweat and savory dips, and cheese spreads with our fresh and intense flavors are intense. [Vienna, VA]
Kiwi Kuisine – an Alexandria bakery specializing in hand held pies and savory rolls. Our New Zealand founder was missing the traditional meat pies he was able to find on every corner back home, so he started making them for friends and family here in Virginia. He has come up with what we hope you will agree is one of the finest and most delicious, flakiest, moist-in-the-center and heartiest meat pies around. All pies are hand-made with only the finest all-natural ingredients from local grocers and are free from any artificial flavors and preservatives, trans fats, antibiotics, and steroids. Wholesome comfort food at its best! [Alexandria, VA]
Livin’ the Pie Life – Pie comes from a long tradition of women cooking for their families using what they had on hand. Founded in 2011 by two Arlington Moms, Livin’ The Pie Life continues that tradition today, making everything by hand from scratch using our own secret recipes. Renowned for their pies’ flaky crusts and mouthwatering fillings, we source from local farms whenever possible and craft everything with our #1 goal in mind, make the best pie on earth. Pie flavors change seasonally and are available in a variety of sizes. [Arlington, VA]
Lois’s Produce – a family owned and operated farm on 110 acres in Leedstown Virginia, on the Historic Northern Neck Peninsula. Run by Gary and Lois Allensworth, Lois’s Produce sells top quality fruits and vegetables at farmers markets, grocery stores, and to numerous restaurants in the Washington DC metro area. [Leedstown, VA]
LoKL (“local”) Gourmet is your neighborhood team of food enthusiasts who want to make it incredibly easy for you to find healthy, sustainably-sourced, and tasty food. All of our food is made by hand, in small batches, and we partner with a wide array of local farms and producers to source the freshest seasonal ingredients, providing you with a unique farm-to-counter dining experience!
Mama’s Donut Bites – Specializes in delicious, hot mini-donuts made fresh right before your eyes! You get to watch the entire process from scratch: the donut batter is made on-site; then our Donut Robot drops, flips and dispenses these mini bites of heaven. We feature various flavors such as: Cinnamon Apple Cider (made with local Apple Cider from Tiogo Farms), Chunky Apple, Red Velvet, Blueberry and Dutch Dark Chocolate. At the toppings bar, customers get to dress their Donut Bites with a wide variety of toppings such as HomeMade Raspberry Preserves, HomeMade Caramel, Dark Chocolate Syrup, White Chocolate Syrup, Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting, Rainbow Sprinkles, Oreo Pieces, Nuts and more!!! [Gainsville, VA]
Specialty cured meats and sausage producer.
Midsommar Farm, LLC
Midsommar Farm is a family-owned flower farm at the base of Short Hill Mountain in Lovettsville, Virginia. We are Certified Naturally Grown which means that we use organic methods and do not use harsh chemicals or synthetic fertilizers. We grow using sustainable methods that nurture the soil (we are very fond of worms) and we hand cut fresh blooms right before they are brought to the local market. We also sell our handmade all-natural soap and potpourri.
Number One Sons – A brother and sister team based in Alexandria who hand make wild fermented foods using traditional methods. They work to combine regional ingredients with traditional preservation methods and recipes from diverse cultures. Look for the giant pickle at our stand and come crunch on some pickles and other fermented foods with us! [Alexandria, VA]
Ole Pioneer’s Kitchen – a small family business dedicated to producing a variety of processed meat products for the delight of the discriminating consumer. Ole Pioneer’s Kitchen has been in business since July 2005, inspired by old recipes from our grandparents. We follow our recipes with precision using fresh spices and prime cuts of meat from local Virginia farmers to ensure consistent flavor and high quality from our kitchen to yours. [Vienna, VA]
Penn Farm – [Colonial Beach, VA]
Falls Church, VA
Shamali’s offers fresh homemade made to order hummus.
Shenandoah Valley Produce LLC
An organic produce operation on a seven hundred acre farm in Stephenson, Virginia. All produce is grown chemical-free using organic certified, non-GMO seed. Our produce is grown using sustainable agriculture techniques to ensure the highest quality food for our customers while giving back to the environment at the same time. Our produce is picked fresh to ensure the highest nutritional quality possible.
Smith Family Farm – raises “All Natural Free-Range Meat(s),” Angus and Highland Beef, lamb, pork, pastured poultry (seasonally), free-range eggs, and turkeys (Broad-Breasted White – Thanksgiving only). We don’t take shortcuts, we don’t rush the process. Our animals are treated humanely, not raised in feed-lots, not housed in crowded buildings, not given harmful drugs of any kind. We love raising our animals in an environmentally-friendly way and promoting sustainable agriculture. Smith Family Farm has operated for 100+ years – Prince William County’s only “Century Farm,” and certified as Virginia Quality-Assured Beef. [Gainesville, VA]
Spring Gap Mountain Creamery – Makes aged, raw cow’s milk cheeses. Founded in early 2009, Spring Gap Mountain Creamery currently makes five cheeses: West Virginia Blue, Jersey Gold (gouda), Shenandoah Sunrise (tomme), Sophie’s Select (cheddar) and Farmhouse Feta from milk from pasture-raised Jersey cows. [Paw Paw, WV]
Spring Valley Farm and Orchard – owned and operated by Eli and Misty Cook, our farm is 255 acres of diversified fruits and vegetables located in the rolling hills of Augusta, WV. All of our produce is irrigated by the cool mountain springs that make up Spring Valley for supreme flavor and quality. We are dedicated to sustainable farming practices and integrated pest/disease management. In addition we have 9 greenhouses that cover over an acre of ground so we can produce crops year round. We have a sound commitment to our customers to bring the highest quality fruits and vegetables found anywhere in the region. SpringValley produce is all pre-washed, graded and ready for your enjoyment. [Augusta, WV]
Stoneybrook Farm is a Certified Organic Vegetable and Fruit Farm in Loudoun County, Virginia. We grow on about 60 acres.
The Compost Crew
Silver Spring, MD
The Compost Crew is an at-home pick-up service for your food scraps. Rather than incinerating all of your organic waste and thereby releasing methane gas into the atmosphere, our crewmembers may have their food scraps collected weekly, and composted at a local farm. Most of the finished compost is used by our partner farm, but customers may request a portion of the their contribution back to use as they please. We provide an odor and rodent sealed bin and compostable bags to minimize the mess. All you have to do is separate!
Three Puppies Treats
Falls Church, VA
Three puppies treats are homemade natural dog biscuits and frozen dog treats. Each biscuit and treat is made with love for your special dog.
Twin Springs Fruit Farm – set on the southwestern edge of Adams County, PA, where we own some of the best fruit ground in the world. The soil, Highfield silt loam, is the product of glaciers grinding down the mountains thousands of years ago, releasing trace minerals which give our fruits and vegetables extraordinary high quality and flavor. We grow a huge variety of fruits and vegetables year round. [Ortanna, PA]