Now that spring has sprung, local Arlington farmers markets will soon be opening or expanding their offerings of fresh local produce, meats, breads, prepared foods, specialty items and more for peak season.
I have been visiting the Arlington Farmers Market in Courthouse market to buy directly from and talk to the local farmers for many years. There’s also a wonderful community vibe and an amazing selection.
But there are a wide variety of local fresh farm markets to choose from in the Arlington, VA, area. Here are the opening dates and details for 7 great farmers markets in Arlington and Falls Church:
Ballston Farmers Market
The FRESHFARM Ballston Market opens April 5 and runs every Thursday through October 27 from 3 to 7 p.m. It is held at Welburn Square, 901 N. Taylor St., Arlington, across from the Ballston Metro station.
This market features more than 20 vendors offering everything from wood-fired pizza to handmade pastas to Virginia wines to Vietnamese coffee. No time to shop? You can sign up for a weekly curated selection of farm fresh produce and pick it up during market hours.
The first Thursday of every month features a beer & wine garden with live music and chef demonstrations.
Clarendon Farmers Market
The Clarendon Farmers Market opens April 5 and takes place every Wednesday through December from 3 to 7 p.m. The market is located at the Clarendon Metro station in Clarendon Central Park at the corner of Wilson Blvd. and N. Highland St., Arlington.
This small market is a local producer-only market where vendors only sell products they have grown themselves.
Courthouse Arlington Farmers Market
The Arlington Farmers Market at Courthouse is open every Saturday year-round, but prime season (hours are 8 a.m. to noon) starts April 21. You can find the market at 1401 N. Courthouse Rd. in the Arlington Courthouse parking lot and along N. 14th St. There’s free parking in the garage below the AMC Courthouse Plaza movie theater. The Courthouse Metro is a block away.
This is my local farmers market and I’ve enjoyed going most Saturdays for many years. There are some 40 vendors offering a wide variety of locally grown produce, organic meats (including buffalo) and breads. You’ll also find fresh donuts, coffee, tacos and paella!
My favorite purveyors include Toigo Orchards (for watermelons, corn, apples and pears), Potomac Vegetable Farms (for heirloom tomatoes and vegetables) and Blue Ridge Dairy Co. (for their delectable yogurt and fresh Mozzarella).
Falls Church Farmers Market
The Falls Church Farmers Market is open year-round on Saturdays with spring/summer hours starting April 5 from 8 a.m. to noon. The market is located in the City Hall parking lot, 300 Park Ave., Falls Church.
This market features more than 50 vendors during peak season who offer locally grown produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, honey, juices, wine and more.
The Fairfax County Master Gardeners staff a booth at the market to answer any plant or gardening questions you may have.
Marymount Farmers Market
The Marymount Farmers Market season begins on May 26 and runs Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market is located at Marymount University, 2807 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington.
You’ll find some 20 vendors including A-Holes donut holes, Romanian pickled products from Count Pickula and Mechelle’s Pies. This market is a local producer-only market where purveyors only sell products they have grown themselves.
Rosslyn Farmers Market
The FRESHFARM Rosslyn Farmers Market – The Rosslyn FRESHFARM Farmers Market kicks off its second season on May 9. The market is open every Wednesday from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. through October. It is located at Central Place Plaza, 1800 N. Lynn St., Arlington. There’s easy access from the Rosslyn Metro Station.
You’ll find close to a dozen vendors offering organic produce, pasture-raised meat, cheese, baked goods, wine, flowers and more.
No time to shop? You can sign up for a weekly curated selection of farm fresh produce and pick it up during market hours.
Westover Farmers Market
The Westover Farmers Market is open on Sundays year-round but summer hours (8 a.m. to noon) begin May 5. The market is located at the Westover Library Plaza, 1644 N. McKinley Rd., Arlington, and all along the “downtown” village on N. McKinley St.
More than 30 vendors ply their wares at this local and producer-only market. So everyone who sells at the market grows, raises, bakes, cooks, or prepares everything themselves.
Besides a wide choice of vegetables, fruits, you can enjoy Dimitri Olive Farm’s olive oils from their 100-year-old farm in Greece, New Zealand-style savory pies from Kiwi Kuisine, pickles and krauts from Number One Sons, and Scott’s Brats smoked sausages.
Curious about what local fruits and vegetables are in season each month and available at these seven great Arlington farmers markets? Check out this searchable seasonal food harvest guide.