WFM Closed for Easter

The Westover Farmers Market will not take place on Sunday, March 27. We wish all a very happy Easter. And for those looking for some entertainment, on Saturday March 26 the annual Westover Easter Egg Hunt and associated festivities will take place behind the Reed School at 10:30 am. Guaranteed fun for the whole family. See you back at the market next on April 3.

New Pickles and Sweet Baked Goods Vendors at the Market

This Sunday two new vendors will be selling at the Westover Farmers Market up on the plaza.

Silver Box Baking offers attractively packaged baked dessert items in stall spot # 9 in the market.  (See the market’s virtual map.)  Trisha Downes of Silver Box Baking notes “our company focuses on classic recipes using locally sourced farm fresh fruits and vegetables to create an upscale and delicious product line.  Products include breakfast breads and muffins, Croustades, Cakes, and cookies.”   See some of her fancy baked desserts on their Facebook page.

Fresh Crunch will offer market customers an alternative view of the world of sour.  The market’s existing pickled products vendor, No. 1 Sons, has developed a loyal following at Westover.  But no two customers have exactly the same sense of taste.  Taste Fresh Crunch’s products, and see where your taste buds lead you in the future.  These two Northern Virginia pickle vendors are friendly competitors at several larger farmers markets in the Washington metro area.  We are pleased to see them engage as well at the Westover Farmers Market.  Fresh Crunch can be found at stall spot # 22 on the plaza. You can see more info about their offerings on their website and Facebook page.

100% Chance of Market

Yes, its been a wee bit damp the last week, but (hurricanes notwithstanding) the forecast for Sunday looks better.  We’ll be there, our vendors will be there, so bring your flippers and rubber duckies and come on down.  See you at the market!

Get a Free LED Light Bulb at the Market this Sunday

Arlington County will conduct its second exchange of LED residential light bulbs for old incandescent bulbs at the farmers market this Sunday.  The limit is one bulb per household.  If you have not already participated in the exchange, bring one of your old incandescent bulbs from home to exchange for one LED bulb.

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 Westover Farmers Market this Sunday!  Brought to you by the County’s AIRE program:  Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy.  See http://freshaireva.us/

Return of the Raffle

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!

Salmon – yes, salmon – at the farmers market this Sunday

Cold Country Salmon is a small scale set net operation fishing the crystal clear blue waters of Bristol Bay Alaska. When not fishing, local owner Zac Culbertson runs a small acreage family farm in Louisa County between Charlottesville and Richmond.  The entire Bristol Bay fishery is a sustainable, biologist managed fishery to ensure its future viability.  Farmed fish is categorically banned throughout Alaska to prevent the pollution of not only the coastal watershed but the wild salmon genome.   
Every June Zac heads to Bristol Bay to fish on the Ugashik river.   His fishing season lasts from mid June til the end of July with the peak occurring in mid July.  During the peak they often fish for 2-3 days straight.   While fishing, they are constantly selecting the very best of the catch to bring home to sell to customers throughout Virginia and D.C.  The fish selected are bled on board the skiff, filleted and pack in ice.   On shore they immediately package and freeze the salmon.  This very special handling process is what sets Cold Country Salmon’s fish apart from any other wild caught salmon available on the market.  Nobody in the industry has such exacting standards.  This is why Zac and his crew designate their fish as “Beyond Sushi Grade”.
In addition to its superior King, Sockeye, and Coho salmon, Cold Country Salmon is able  to supply its customers with several line caught species of fish including sablefish, halibut, pacific cod, and pacific rockfish. In addition to its raw seafood, the vendor offers smoked salmon, salmon spread, salmon cakes, spices, and glazes prepared in Northern Virginia.   
Zac notes:  You can view real time what’s going on in Alaska at our fish camp by visiting our Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/coldcountrysalmon

You will find Cold Country Salmon up on the plaza at the Westover market.

Get a Free LED Light Bulb at the Market this Sunday!

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/