Posted by Jennie Tai / Monday, September 10th, 2012
With ethylene-ripened tomatoes and enormous steroid-sullied chicken breasts crowding the stands at major grocery chains - here’s another reason to go local…
Two of America’s favorite farmer’s markets in the country are right here in NoVA. After tallying over 47,000 votes for the 4th America’s Favorite Farmer’s Markets competition – the American Farmland Trust has ranked two of our very own farmer’s markets as top favorites in the Nation. The Vienna Saturday Farmers Market was ranked among the Top 20 Best Small Farmer’s Markets, featuring a carefully selected group of honest, local farmers. The Falls Church Farmer’s Market was voted 4th Best Medium-Sized Farmer’s Market in America, with over 30 different local farmers and featuring cooking demonstrations done by chefs from area restaurants who take pride in locally sourcing their ingredients.
Open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to Noon, the Vienna Farmer’s Market sets up shop by the Assembly of God Church, offering grass fed meat (including pork, beef and chicken), and several types of farm fresh fruits and vegetables including: peaches, plums, pears, French filet beans, okra, colorful heirloom tomatoes and rhubarb. As you stroll through the market, check out Farmer SJ’s mini spinache quiches, Farmer Dave’s iced coffee, Annette’s granola and Gloria’s farm fresh salsa for snacks and beverages.
With over 40 different vendors during peak season, the Falls Church Farmer’s Market by Park Ave is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon (from April to December, and 9 a.m. to noon from January to March), featuring local farmers and various chefs from around the area to share recipes and offer demonstrations on how to cook with farm fresh ingredients. This Saturday, September 15th, Chef Bonnie Moore, Culinary Director at Willowsford Farm will give a cooking demonstration of two to three dishes, and will offer tastings at the end.
May it be peach pie for a pot luck, chicken wings for the grill, or torn figs for a snack (while they’re shortly in season this fall) - get your fresh, untampered ingredients from local farmers you can meet and chat with this Saturday.