I love a Saturday morning spent strolling through local farmers markets — fresh produce and homemade goodies grown and made right here in our area. The benefits of shopping locally for produce and homemade foods are immense! Here are my top five reasons for frequenting our local markets.
5. You get to meet the growers, bakers and business owners.
4. You feel a sense of community shopping among your neighbors.
3. You help the environment by eliminating wasteful packaging needed to ship products.
2. You save money by eliminating the middleman.
1. You boost your nutrition by eating the freshest, most nutrient-rich produce. (And most is organic!)
There’s so much to be said about eating seasonal fruit and vegetables from these markets. Because it’s local, you can get it from farm to table in record time. This delivers the freshest, healthiest produce to your plate. You’ll be amazed at the rich flavors of produce that is this fresh. It’s wonderful to connect with the seasons of growing around you, so explore a local market this spring. Be adventurous and try something new from this list of produce. Your body, mind and wallet will thank you.
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Farmers Markets in Northern Virginia
We’re lucky to have so many fresh shopping options surrounding us. See the listings below to find a farmers’ market near you, and start eating fresher today.
Buckland Farm Market – Buckland Farm Market is a down-home, family-owned and operated country market with something to offer you and your loved ones throughout all four seasons. The market is located at 4484 Lee Highway, New Baltimore, VA 20187. Open seven days a week: Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.to 6 p.m.
City of Manassas Farmers Market – Beginning in April, this shoppers’ favorite farmers market is open on Thursdays in Harris Pavilion in Historic Downtown Manassas. Saturdays the market is located in parking lot B behind the Harris Pavilion from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Gainesville Farmers Market – Every Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m., from May through September, you can shop this seasonal farmers market. It is located at 13550 Heathcote Blvd., Gainesville, VA.
Haymarket Farmers Market – This market runs on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., April through October. You can purchase local fruits, veggies, fresh flowers, bedding plants and decorative items. The market is located in the Town Hall parking lot at 15000 Washington Street.
Haymarket Thursday Afternoon Market – Every Thursday from May through October, you can find this farmers market open from 2:30-6:30 p.m. They feature fresh produce, meats, honey, baked goods and more. The market is located at 16015 John Marshall Hwy. in Broad Run, VA.
Smart Market – Located in Bristow, VA, Smart Market is open year-round on Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. They have a wide variety of local vendors who provide the community with fresh produce, meats, baked goods and more. This market is located at 8301 Linton Hall Rd., Bristow, VA.
Warrenton Farmers Market – The Warrenton Farmers Market features all-locally grown and produced fruits, vegetables, poultry, pork, beef, eggs, pies, breads, and handmade goods. The Saturday farmers market is located at the corner of 5th Street and Lee Street in Olde Town Warrenton, one block off Main Street. The Wednesday farmers market is located in the shopping center with Borders Bookstore. Open Wednesday 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
I hope you use this information and take advantage of the area’s healthy offerings. For more tips on healthy eating and overall wellness, feel free to contact me, Karen David.
A nurse for more than 25 years, Karen David is a Certified Wellness Coach and Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist. She brings her passion for well living and calm presence to empower others in health and wellness. Karen is CEO of Live Life Well, LLC.
This article is for informational purposes only. Practices, services or products described are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please speak with a doctor before beginning any new health regimen.