On a beautiful, chilly Saturday morning we headed to the Falls Church Farmers Market to explore the market and hopefully find some tasty treats. The farmers market extends the length of the parking lot in front of city hall and is one of the larger farmers markets in the area. It is fairly unique in that it takes place every Saturday even throughout the winter months.
We lucked into a parking space on the street nearby and made our way to one end of the market. My boys were looking for breakfast treats, but my husband and I were more interested in checking out the vendors offering local cheeses, meats, fruits and veggies. Many vendors offered samples although some seemed a bit frustrated by children taking more than one taste.
The variety of products impressed me – everything from hummus to croissants to homemade dog treats. My boys were intrigued enough by the offerings to last a solid 45 minutes meandering between vendors. On a warmer day they probably would have lasted a bit longer, but both were eager to get home and try the fresh chocolate croissants and pumpkin bread we bought at the farmers market.
Just down the block from the farmers market is Cherry Hill Park. The park is lovely and has picnic tables, benches and playground equipment. It is the perfect place for a picnic of all of the wonderful treats you might have found at the farmers market!
- The market takes place every Saturday morning throughout the year. From now until December 31st the market is open between 8am and noon. Between January and late March the market is open between 9am and noon.
- Approximately once a month the market hosts a local restaurant for their Chef Series. The restaurant or chef creates recipes using the local products featured at the farmers market. The next chef is from Star Catering and is scheduled for this Saturday November 19th.
- Parking can be challenging on Farmers Market days. Most of the parking spaces are on area streets. Check signs carefully and avoid the library parking lot at all costs.
- A list of vendors is provided on the Farmers Market website. Not all vendors are there every Saturday.
- The market is definitely stroller accessible and it’s probably a good idea to bring one for little ones that like to wander.
Definitely check out the Falls Church Farmers Market for delicious local treats. We can’t wait to try it again when it is warm enough to take advantage of the picnic tables at Cherry Hill Park!
Photo by Carly Blair