What better way to show the kids that healthy eating can be fun and delicious than by making a trip to a local farmers market part of your family routine? Farmers markets are the place to go for wholesome, local goodness. Not only will you support area farmers and artisans by shopping at these markets, but you’ll also get the freshest possible produce and more.
With meats, eggs, fruits, and vegetables available at so many farmers markets, it’s easier than ever to get your shopping done outdoors at local spots. Still, it can feel like a challenge to know where to go. That’s why Crème de la Crème of Port Potomac, VA. put together the following list of amazing farmers markets in and around our hometown. Check out these recommendations when you’re planning your next shopping trip.
EatLoco Farmers Markets in Ashburn and Brambleton
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EatLoco makes stocking up on healthy, wholesome, and oh-so-tasty treats simple with two easily accessible farmers market locations. The EatLoco Farmers Market at One Loudoun takes place right here in Ashburn on Atwater Driver, while the EatLoco Farmers Market at Brambleton is just a short drive away in Brambleton on the corner of Olympia and Legacy Drive.
Both markets are open year-round; the Ashburn market is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Brambleton market on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. In other words, no matter what you have planned, you are sure to find a time over the weekend to visit one of these great markets.
You’ll find a range of delicious foods no matter which market you visit, too. From all-natural, homemade baked goods to fresh seafood, microgreens to grass-fed beef and pasture-raised pork, these markets have it all. Stock up on vegan crackers, artisan bacon, cold-pressed juice, and more. You’ll love making visiting these markets a family tradition every week.
Loudoun Station Farmers Market
Part of the Loudoun Valley Homegrown Markets Cooperative, the Loudoun Station Farmers Market is a summer farmers market right here in Ashburn. Located at 43750 Central Station Drive, it is open Saturday mornings year-round and closes at noon.
The LVHMC strives to promote local, sustainable, and organic agriculture while increasing economic opportunities for local farmers and small food businesses. You can see this passion whenever you visit one of their vibrant seasonal markets.
The Loudoun Station Farmers Market features an abundance of exciting vendors producing goods such as high-quality honey, organic berries and figs, fresh fruit and vegetables, and even Kansas City-style barbecue. Brighten up your home with the rare flowers sold here, and get a bounty of foods to enjoy as a family.
Cascades Farmers Market
Check out Cascades Farmers Market, another Loudoun Valley Homegrown Markets Cooperative market, when Loudoun Station market isn’t open. You can find this farmers market just a few minutes away in Sterling in the parking lot of the Senior Center at 21060 Whitfield Drive. This market takes place on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and it’s open from May to December.
No matter what food your kiddos are in the mood for, you can’t go wrong with a visit to this market. You’ll find vendors stocking items such as New York-style bagels, foraged mushrooms, tree fruit, pickles and much, much more. Whether you’re searching for pre-made treats or you’re coming here for fresh ingredients for your own recipes, you’ll love making this market a part of your weekly routine.
Sunday Farmers Market
Head over to Fairfax for another market making tasty yet healthy eating a breeze. You’ll find Sunday Farmers Market open from May to October. This family- and pet-friendly market has free parking, and it’s the perfect place to get groceries and other treats for your family.
Vendors here offer locally grown vegetables, fruits, and plants and flowers, not to mention local bakery goods, Virginia pork products, and other gourmet treats. Get lunch here (offerings including bratwurst sandwiches, empanadas, kabobs, and more) before bringing produce and other foods home.
Whether you’re looking for eggs, herbs, or seasonal fruits and veggies (think: rhubarb and radishes in the spring, apricots, pears, and peppers in the summer, and sweet potatoes, apples, and preserves in the fall), this market has it all. Also found here are local arts and crafts, jewelry, and children’s accessories. You can find this market open on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., so make a family day of it and explore all the offerings.
Community Farmers Market
Prefer to make the trip to Fairfax on a Saturday? Make sure you pay a visit to Community Farmers Market. Your family is in for a treat whenever you decide to spend time here. Open on Saturdays (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.) from May to October, this market offers a wide variety of seasonal goodies sure to take your meals to the next level.
The outdoor market is also great for families with pets, and your whole brood is sure to love wandering around amongst the more than 30 vendors here. Locally grown fruits and veggies stand alongside bakery items, beautiful plants and flowers, and plenty of gourmet food. Stock up on local honey, jams and jellies, and salad dressings, or treat the kids to a fresh juice as you explore the stands. You’ll also find farm eggs and grass-fed beef, chicken, and pork at this market.
Make time to have breakfast or lunch while you’re shopping: vendors offer mouthwatering treats like crepes, stuffed pepper or cabbage rolls, sandwiches, and more that you won’t be able to resist. You can even shop for items such as coffee and tea, skincare products, kids’ books, and beyond.
We hope this list has you feeling inspired to get your food shopping done at local farmers markets. Whether you’re searching for seasonal fruits, fresh veggies, meat, eggs, or anything else, you’re sure to find a farmers market near Ashburn that you’ll love to visit with your kids. Do you have a favorite market close to home that we missed? Drop us a line if your favorite market isn’t in this roundup and we’ll make sure to check it out!