Visit the Falls Church farmers market every Saturday year-round

The Falls Church farmers market offers fresh goods that are great to include into Thanksgiving recipes.

Katie Pope, Weekend Editor

There are plenty of farmers markets around town, but few can compare to the one in Falls Church. It has been recognized as “Best Farmers Market” in the area three times. The market is up and running all throughout the year, even in the coldest winter months. From April to December, the market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. From January to March, they are open from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Admission is free and is a great place to go for all ages.

The Falls Church farmers market usually has about 40 vendors during the cold winter months and 50 or more when the weather is warmer. Some of the vendors that appear at the market are Blue Ridge Dairy from Sterling, Donut Heaven from Fairfax and Kate’s Crepes from Falls Church. There is even a vendor called Sexy Vegie from Baltimore that sells vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free food.

Often, vendors offer free samples that people can grab as they shop. Customers can come to buy one thing, but get a variety of free samples from all sorts of vendors. The Falls Church market provides goods from fresh fruits and veggies to dog treats to meat, eggs and cheese. Another great thing to get from the market is flowers for special occasions or delicious, freshly baked goods for breakfast.

Purchasing products from local farmers and vendors really helps support the farmers. They work hard and provide organic, fresh food that deserves to be enjoyed and shared with the community. Another reason to buy from the farmers market is that it helps protect the environment by decreasing production and packaging costs. Not to mention, the food and products available are fresher and tastier than what’s typical provided at grocery stores.

In addition to foods and goods, what’s unique about the Falls Church market is that it has a monthly chef series. Every month a chef from a nearby restaurant comes and shows off their skills. They create recipes before the customers’ very eyes and provide tips on using fresh and locally grown seasonal food.

But that’s not all, the Falls Church farmers market also has fun activities on select Saturdays, such as dancing and yoga.

On Nov. 17, make sure to attend the “dancing mind” event at 9 a.m. where an intense session of power flow yoga can refresh the mind and body. Bring a mat if possible, if not there is a limited amount available to borrow.

Take advantage of this free opportunity and help local farmers while purchasing organic, delicious food. The location is 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church, VA 22043.