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New Cherrydale Farmers Market Joins 8 Other Arlington Farmers Markets

I visited the grand opening of the new Cherrydale Farmers Market. Some 20 vendors were offering fruits and veggies and everything from breakfast sandwiches to barbecue.

One of my favorite finds was the Borek Turkish Pastry and spicy Hummus from Chia Catering of Stone Ridge. And there were Cannoli Kits at Caputo Brothers Creamery of Spring Grove, PA, and smoked local Virginia Trout from Cold Country Salmon of Zion Crossroads, VA.

Cherrydale Farmers Market, which replaces the Marymount University Farmers Market, is located at Dorothy Hamm Middle School (4100 Vacation Lane) on Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon. It will be open through Nov. 20, the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Parking is available in the school parking lot off Vacation Lane.

You can place pre-orders online here.

One of my favorite things to do on a beautiful day is visit one of these Arlington County, VA, farmers markets and pick up in-season fruits like watermelon or peaches, or unexpected treats like spicy pickles or amazing Greek olive oil.

The new Cherrydale Farmers Market joins 8 other Arlington Farmers Markets:

Ballston Farmers Market runs every Thursday (to Nov. 18) 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.

The first Thursday of every month features a beer & wine garden with live music, a beer and wine garden, and giveaways.

Columbia Pike Farmers Market has returned their previous home at Pike Park, located in front of the Walgreens at Columbia Pike and S. Walter Reed Drive,
every Sunday year-round from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Participating vendors include Grace’s Pastries, Hog Haven Farm and Senzu Juicery.

Arlington Farmers Market at Courthouse is open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon at 1401 N. Courthouse Road, in the Arlington Courthouse parking lot and along N. 14th Street. 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 delicious yogurt and fresh Mozzarella).

Crystal City Farmers Market in the Crystal City Courtyard Green, 2121 Crystal Drive. This small market of about a dozen vendors is open every Tuesday (through Nov. 23) from 3 to 7 p.m.

Fairlington Farmers Market is open Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the back patio of the Fairlington Community Center (to Nov. 21). There are more than a dozen vendors.

Falls Church Farmers Market is open year-round on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. The market is in the City Hall parking lot, 300 Park Avenue, 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.

Lubber Run Farmers Market which features some 25 vendors Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon, thru November. This is located at the Barrett Elementary School, 4401 N. Henderson Road.

Rosslyn Farmers Market is open Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (through Oct. 27). It is located at Central Place Plaza, 1800 N. Lynn St., Arlington. There’s easy access from the Rosslyn Metro Station.

You’ll find about 9 or 10 vendors offering organic produce, pasture-raised meat, baked goods and gourmet popsicles.

Westover Farmers Market is open on Sundays year-round with current summer hours of 8 a.m. to noon. The market is located at the Westover Library Plaza, 1644 N. McKinley Road.

More than 30 vendors ply their wares at this local and producer-only market, meaning that the vendors who sell at the market grow, raise, bake, cook, or prepare 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, fresh mushrooms from King Mushrooms, or pickles and kraut from Number One Sons.

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3 Places To See Cherry Blossoms In Arlington, VA

While the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., is the most popular place to see the annual cherry blossoms, this year access is being restricted due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic.

Fortunately, you don’t have to cross the river to see beautiful cherry trees in bloom.

Here are 3 places to see cherry blossoms in Arlington, VA:

1. “Downtown” Cherrydale –Established in 1898, Cherrydale is on the National Register of Historic Places and gets its name from a large cherry orchard that was once behind the Cherrydale firehouse on Lee Highway. Now you can see dozens of cherry trees in bloom In the median of Lee Highway between North Monroe and North Lincoln streets.

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2. Cherrydale Baptist Church – A dozen mature blossoming cherry trees can be found in front of the church at the intersection of Lorcom Lane and Military Road (3910 Lorcom Lane, Arlington, VA).

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3. Arlington National Cemetery’s Memorial Arboretum – There are more than 400 cherry trees throughout the cemetery and the arboretum is one good place to enjoy the blooming cherry trees. Like the Memorial Amphitheater pictured at the top of this blog post☝️. Learn more about the cherry trees at Arlington National Cemetery.

Around Arlington

Of course, there are many other cherry blossoms viewing opportunities in and around Arlington, including:

  • National Landing – the areas formerly known as Crystal City, Pentagon City, and Potomac Yard, in Arlington, features two Art in Bloom sculptures are now on display.
  • Other Arlington neighborhoods – many neighborhoods are participating in the “Porch Parade and Pedal Procession,” in which local porches, yards, and windows are decorated with a cherry blossom theme. See photos and a map.

Outside Arlington

And, if you want to see what’s happening in D.C. you can watch the Bloom Cam, which broadcasts a live stream of the National Mall Tidal Basin from the roof of the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington, D.C.

Where are your favorite places in Arlington to view the cherry blossoms?

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Arlington Housing Market Stayed Strong In 2020 With Prices Up 10.5%

While the Coronavirus pandemic upended life in 2020, it did not impact the Arlington, VA, real estate market as much as expected.

The Arlington County housing market remained strong with the number of homes sold in 2020 remaining steady while the average home sales price increased 10.5 percent compared to 2019.

One notable change was the shift to home buyers moving away from purchasing condominiums and instead to buying townhomes as people looked for more space to accommodate home schooling and home offices.

Now, let’s take a little deeper dive into the 2020 housing market numbers:

Arlington County Home Sales Overall Were Flat In 2020

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What We Call “Home” Is Taking On A New Meaning … And Other Such Thoughts As We Near 2021

As we enter further into a time of year that many refer to as “the holiday season,” my mind swarms with so many thoughts about the state of home buying and selling affairs, not just in our immediate area of Arlington, Virginia, but nationally as well.

Now that the presidential election has ended, and the days of autumn inch closer towards the upcoming winter season, I can’t help but think about all that’s happened in 2020 as well as what awaits us all in the coming new year.

At random, here are some of my various thoughts that come to mind as I reflect on the whirlwind that’s been 2020 and what I hope and see for 2021:
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Celebrating Veterans Day In Arlington, VA

Veterans Day (Wednesday, Nov. 11), honors all veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Celebrating Veterans Day in Arlington, VA, this year will be done a little differently because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Arlington National Cemetery Ceremony Live Stream

The Veterans Day National Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery — where that beautiful photo above was taken — will include the traditional wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and multiple speakers.

However, while the cemetery is open to the public, the ceremony this year will be limited to official participants. But you can watch the ceremony from anywhere with this live stream starting at 10:50 a.m.

You can learn more with the 2020 Veterans Day visitor FAQ.

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How To Register And Vote In Arlington, VA

Today is National Voter Registration Day, and we’re only six weeks away from the 2020 General Election. Do you have what you need to cast your ballot in Arlington? If not, here is how to register and vote in Arlington, VA.

3 Ways To Register To Vote in Arlington

If you’re unsure if you’re registered to vote, check your registration status online first. You can also call the Arlington Office of Voter Registration at 703-228-3456.

You do not need to register to vote in Virginia again if you are already registered at your current address. However, if your name or address has changed, you should update your registration to avoid delays when you vote.

1. Register To Vote Online
You can register to vote online here . The deadline to register is Oct. 13.

2. Register To Vote By Mail

You can download a voter registration application, fill it out and return it to:
Office of Voter Registration
2100 Clarendon Blvd, Ste 320
Arlington, VA 22201

Mailed applications must be postmarked by Nov. 3. But, doing it sooner is always better!

3. Register To Vote In Person

Arlington residents may also register in person at the county’s Registrar’s office (2100 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 320, Arlington, VA 22201) by Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.
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This Beautiful Arlington Home Went Under Contract In Just 5 Days!

Our local real estate market, despite tight inventories and challenges presented by COVID19, has continued to stay active and homes for sale in our area don’t last long; many fly off the market in a matter of a few short days!

This summer, I assisted a variety of clients and families in buying or selling their homes in our immediate area but the home featured in this post was a favorite:

5729 8TH ST N, ARLINGTON, VA, 22205

This beautiful 4BR/3.5BA home in Arlington went under contract in 5 days!

This Arlington Virginia home Located on a quiet cul-de-sac just a few steps from the W&OD bike trail

I am so happy for my clients, Julia and Mike 🥰, and wish them much success.

Do you have an Arlington, Virginia, home for sale?

Or are you looking to buy a home in the Clarendon, Cherrydale, Lyon Village, Maywood, Westover, or Yorktown neighborhoods?

In either case, whether you’re looking to buy a home or sell a home in Arlington, VA, I can help!

Please call me at (703) 447-0970 or send me an email at Meg@MegRoss.com with any questions you may have about buying or selling in our beautiful area.

Until next time,

~ Meg

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7 Inspirational Quotes About Home Sweet Home Curated from my Instagram Feed

As an inspirational tribute to what “home sweet home” means to most of us, especially during a time where people are flocking in droves towards the real estate market due to low mortgage rates, plus also staying home due to the coronavirus pandemic, I’ve curated the following visual home-themed quotes from my social media channels to help remind us why the concept of home means so much to us all.

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Arlington, VA, housing market remains healthy with prices up but less homes for sale

The question I am asked the most recently: How has the coronavirus pandemic impacted the local real estate market? The answer is that the Arlington, VA, housing market remains healthy with prices up but less homes for sale in April. While it has slowed, people are still continuing to buy and sell homes.

Number Of Homes For Sale Down 18%

Compared to April 2019 the number of homes coming on the market and going under contract in Arlington in April 2020 is down:
* Homes listed for sale fell 18% (279 vs 341).
* Homes under contract tumbled 35% (191 vs 294).
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