From locally grown produce and fresh farm meats, to wine, honey, and handmade crafts, the local community farmers market in Springfield has something for everyone.
When we think of summertime, garden fresh fruits and vegetables come to mind. My mom always had a big garden in our backyard, and every year, I looked forward to the season's first tomato or cucumber, which was always fresher and tastier than anything you could buy at the grocery store.
If you don’t have the time or space to build and maintain a garden of your own, you can still get locally grown, organic fruits and vegetables at your local farmers market: in fact, they are all over the DMV. Through farmers markets around the city, CommunityFoodworks.org in Washington, D.C., brings local farmers and small businesses to your neighborhood.
From April to November, the Springfield Farmers Market in Springfield, Virginia, arrives every Saturday morning to bring you the best local farmers and vendors from our neighbors in Woodbridge, Leesburg, and Colonial Beach, to organic farmers in Waldorf, MD, and Hagerstown.
But our local farmers market offers more than just fruits and vegetables. Walk down the aisle and pass fresh kosher pickles, homemade bread and cookies, raw honey and hand-crafted soaps, Virginia wines, and nitro cold-brewed coffee and tea. Plus, there's a craft fair with a variety of local businesses selling their wares.
Come for Breakfast, and Stay for Lunch
Stop by for a gelato from Conecopia, a family-owned business in Springfield with whole ingredients and all-natural flavors like blueberry and strawberry, melon, salted caramel, and my personal favorite, coconut. Top it off with some homemade fudge from Sweet Craft Candy or a nitro cold-brewed coffee and some Northern Virginia kettle corn.
Hungry for more? Muggerz BBQ cooks freshly made sausages, brisket, and ribs right from their tent at the end of the market. If you’re more in the mood for Mexican food, stop by the Chilanga food truck for made-from-scratch chilaquiles and quesadillas.
Don’t Forget the Fruits and Vegetables, and Pastured Meat and Dairy
A farmers market is all about the farmers. Get fresh produce: from lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers, to locally grown eggplant, sweet potatoes, corn, and everything in between. Right now, Shenandoah Valley’s Fossil Rock Farm has zucchini, yellow squash, and a wide variety of peaches and apples; they’ll even let you taste before you buy!
Ignatio’s produce brings a huge assortment of fresh vegetables from their family farm in Virginia’s Northern Neck, while Windmill Meadows Farm in Hagerstown has fresh, pastured dairy products and grass-fed burgers and steaks. Need bones for your soup? They have those, too. You can even order your fresh Thanksgiving turkey, and they'll deliver it to the market.
Support your Local Farmers Market
If you don’t live in Springfield, there are dozens of farmers markets in the Washington, D.C., area. Click here for a list of farmer’s markets in Maryland, or check out http://www.community-foodworks.org/ for a complete list of Community Foodworks local farmers markets near you.
Supporting local produce and businesses through your local farmers market is great for the economy. They bring sustainable products to you, and you help keep money in the community. Community Foodworks calls it The Pop-Up Food Hub, “increasing access to healthy, fresh, local food for under-served populations and creates new and diversified income streams for farmers.” Check our more information on the PUFH here.
Visit Your Local Farmer’s Market
Whether you live in Springfield, Oakton, Reston, Columbia Heights, or the National Harbor, there’s a farmers market waiting for you! For locally grown produce, pastured meats, and dairy products — support all of the local vendors of your farmers market, as they each have something unique to offer. You won’t go home empty-handed.
Does your community have a farmers market we haven’t mentioned? Do you have a favorite vendor from your local farmers market? Share your thoughts in the comments below!