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This is a great time of year to ask! Almost every town in the area seems to have a farmer's market on Saturday mornings. I know for sure there is one in Vienna, Fairfax, and Falls Church on Saturday mornings. Fairfax County also has a list of daily farmer's markets, but I have not been to those. The list is located <a href="http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/farm-mkt.htm" target="_blank">here</a>.<br>
I'm sure Arlington County and Loudoun County also have lots of farmer's markets, but I'm not familiar with those.<br>
Good luck and have fun! Meredith
 

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Frying Pan Park has a weekly farmers market on Wednesday mornings from 8 - 12:30. I haven't made it to the market yet, but the park is one of my kiddo's favorites!!<br><br>
If you haven't been there, they have a small model farm with tons of friendly animals to pet and visit. This is an especially good time of year to go because there are lots of new babies - pigs, cows, and goats. It's a great spot!! There is also an equstrian center and a nice playground and picnic areas.<br><br>
Happy hunting, I'm curious to read the other responses.
 

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The only one I have been to in NOVA is the Saturday morning one in Leesburg in the Virginia Village shopping plaza (by Catoctin Gardens, Deli South, Ben Franklin, Leesburg Pharmacy etc.). In general I wouldn't rave - its on the small side with a limited selection - but I can walk there from home which makes us loyal customers. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
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It is open year-round. In winter there's a dairy guy with local yogurt and cheese, a few meat people, and a few folks who grow herbs and lettuce in greenhouses when the weather permits, they also had apples for a long time, and you can get local meat & farm fresh eggs.<br>
There's this amazing bread - sweet, with a subtle hint of some European cheese - from a guy who is there most (but not all) weeks. Of course, I have no idea what it is called. Only that it is worth every penny. We polish off the loaf by noon most weeks...<br>
sometimes they have wine tasting, salsa booth, native plants, soaps, crafts, etc.<br>
I'm hoping the size & produce selection will increase in the summer.<br><br>
I look forward to reading other responses and branching out to try some of the other farmers markets, especially the weekday ones and ones where I might find more produce.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The only one I have been to in NOVA is the Saturday morning one in Leesburg in the Virginia Village shopping plaza (by Catoctin Gardens, Deli South, Ben Franklin, Leesburg Pharmacy etc.). In general I wouldn't rave - its on the small side with a limited selection - but I can walk there from home which makes us loyal customers. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
highlights:<br>
It is open year-round. In winter there's a dairy guy with local yogurt and cheese, a few meet people, and a few folks who grow herbs and lettuce in greenhouses when the weather permits, they also had apples for a long time, and you can get local meat & farm fresh eggs.<br>
There's this amazing bread - sweet, with a subtle hint of some European cheese - from a guy who is there most (but not all) weeks. Of course, I have no idea what it is called. Only that it is worth every penny. We polish off the loaf by noon most weeks...<br>
sometimes they have wine tasting, salsa booth, native plants, soaps, crafts, etc.<br>
I'm hoping the size & produce selection will increase in the summer.<br><br>
I look forward to reading other responses and branching out to try some of the other farmers markets, especially the weekday ones and ones where I might find more produce.</div>
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I went to that one this past weekend - and I have to agree completely! I thought the prices were a bit high too, but that could just be because I'm not used to NOVA prices - I live in the valley. BUT, I couldn't resist some homemade cookies and salsa, oh, and some fresh eggs - and I sat and talked to the yarn lady for a while. If I had been at home, I would have probably looked more into the cheeses/lamb as well.
 

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I go to the one in Fairfax every Saturday and I plan to start going to the Tuesday one as well. The Saturday one has a bread booth, 4-5 produce people, honey, eggs, preserves/jellies/jams, sometimes a guy with pork products, fair trade-shade grown coffee, and a woman who makes the most delicious desserts (some gluten-free, dairy-free, etc). Oh yeah, and the chorizo people.
 

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My favortie is the one in Arlington by Courthouse metro stop. Here is a list of the vendors:<br><br><a href="http://www.arlingtonfarmersmarket.com/producerlist.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.arlingtonfarmersmarket.co...ucerlist.shtml</a>
 

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Thanks ladies!<br><br>
I've begun to visit a few. I went to the Franklin Farmer's Market - there was a lot of fresh produce and lots of fun for my little one! I also visited the one in Fairfax (Van Dyck Park) on Tuesday mornings ... I was pretty disapointed because the Tuesday that I went there was very little produce. I may have just gone on an off day though. I've been pretty spoiled in the past because the one I came from in Indiana had several bands/musicians, lots of local and organic produce, honey, crafts, meat, eggs, you name it!) I guess this isn't typical?! I had no idea! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> If you know of any around here like that, let me know.<br><br>
There is also a brand new one right next to the new Fairlakes Whole Foods. It's on Sunday mornings from 8:00 - 12:00 (I need to double check on the time).<br><br>
Thanks again for all of your input and help! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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We used to live in Alexandria and always went to the one in Del Ray, on Mt. Vernon Avenue in Alexandria, very close to national airport. Awesome market on Sat. mornings!
 

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You can also check out <a href="http://www.localharvest.org" target="_blank">www.localharvest.org</a> and if you are interested in pick-your-own check out <a href="http://www.pickyourown.org" target="_blank">www.pickyourown.org</a>.<br>
I don't live up there but I've seen a lot in brochures about Loudon Co. markets/pick your own/wineries etc.<br>
~Jennifer
 

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Two weeks ago I went to the Falls Church one, and while small, it seemed to have plenty of variety. I got tomatoes, green beans and corn, all from different vendors, and all wonderful. And oh my goodness, the BEST gazpacho. I'm definitely going back for more!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Two weeks ago I went to the Falls Church one, and while small, it seemed to have plenty of variety. I got tomatoes, green beans and corn, all from different vendors, and all wonderful. And oh my goodness, the BEST gazpacho. I'm definitely going back for more!</div>
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I love the FC market; not overwhelmingly huge, but the mushroom stand and the free-range meat stand alone are awesome to have. Especially since I live about three blocks away.<br><br>
I hear the Arlington market (Court House Metro) and the Burke VRE market are both bigger and cooler than the FC market. I know ds, dh and I are trying to go to the Burke market on Saturday to get stuff for work, so I'll report back.<br><br>
Welcome to NoVa!
 
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