Old Town Farmers' Market, Alexandria, VA

Old Town Farmers' Market, Alexandria, VA America's healthiest and most historic venue to shop local! Every Saturday from 7am-12pm on Market Square. We accept SNAP/EBT & match up to $10 spent.
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INFO :: Farmers' markets have on-site sales now that Phase III of the Governor's Forward Virginia reopening plan is in e...
07/17/2020

INFO :: Farmers' markets have on-site sales now that Phase III of the Governor's Forward Virginia reopening plan is in effect. Know before you go: continue to follow the Six Steps to Stop the Spread, those who are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 2 weeks will not be allowed entry, and individuals who are at increased risk of COVID-19 are encouraged to stay home and have someone go in their place.
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To maintain access to fresh food while promoting social distancing during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the City of...
03/25/2020
ALX at Home

To maintain access to fresh food while promoting social distancing during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the City of Alexandria has directed farmers’ market food vendors to offer only pickup of pre-ordered food until further notice. This direction is intended to ensure that vendors comply with the letter and spirit of Governor Northam’s March 23 executive order, which bans gatherings of more than 10 people and prohibits farmers’ market customers from congregating.

“Alexandria has a long and proud tradition of farmers’ markets, dating to the years when George Washington sent his produce to be sold in Market Square,” said City Manager Mark Jinks. “Our markets serve as a vital resource for consumers, and City staff have worked hard to keep this food supply available in our community and support market vendors during this extraordinary time. As we all make changes in our routines to protect each other, we ask customers to comply with the Governor’s order to practice social distancing and avoid gathering, so market vendors can remain accessible in the weeks ahead.”

No food or other items may be displayed or offered for sampling or sale at the market location, and non-food vendors may not provide pickup. To reduce touching and avoid lines, vendors are encouraged to provide for prepayment of orders if possible. Vendors who offer pre-ordering have been asked to provide details to Visit Alexandria, and submissions will be listed at www.ALXatHome.com. Check the site throughout the week for updates.

Market managers have been asked to increase the distance between vendor stands, encourage handwashing and social distancing by vendors and customers, actively discourage lines, and ensure that customers who have picked up their orders exit promptly. While there is no evidence that COVID-19 is spread through food, any food can be a surface for the transmission of viruses if safe food handling practices are not followed. Before preparing or eating, customers should wash all fruits and vegetables in accordance with FDA guidance for cleaning produce.

Full news release: alexandriava.gov/114386

Support Alexandria's small businesses from the comfort of your own home with curbside restaurant pickup, FaceTime shopping, virtual tours and more.

03/21/2020

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which regulates farmers’ markets, announced on Friday that the agency has interpreted the state emergency order regarding restaurants to apply to farmers’ markets. As a result, markets may not operate with more than 10 patrons present. Because it is not practical to enforce such a limit in an open market, the Del Ray, Four Mile Run, Old Town, Old Town North and West End markets will be suspended until further notice. The Virginia Farmers Market Association is petitioning the state to reconsider this interpretation for future market dates.

03/21/2020

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which regulates farmers’ markets, announced today that the agency has interpreted the state emergency order regarding restaurants to apply to farmers’ markets. As a result, markets may not operate with more than 10 patrons present. Because it is not practical to enforce such a limit in an open market, the Del Ray, Four Mile Run, Old Town, Old Town North and West End markets will be suspended until further notice. The Virginia Farmers Market Association is petitioning the state to reconsider this interpretation for future market dates.

On February 18, City Manager Mark Jinks presented the Alexandria City Council with a proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Gene...
02/21/2020

On February 18, City Manager Mark Jinks presented the Alexandria City Council with a proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 General Fund Operating Budget of $799.9 million, which represents an increase of 4.5% over the current year. alexandriava.gov

Feeling like you need a break from all the post-holiday and New Year's Eve sugar?  Try this delicious kale and apple smo...
01/02/2020
Kale-Apple Smoothie

Feeling like you need a break from all the post-holiday and New Year's Eve sugar? Try this delicious kale and apple smoothie made with ingredients right from market!
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We like that this green smoothie is sweet but not cloyingly so. Apple juice gets the blender moving and banana acts to emulsify the kale and celery. This smoothie is best made in a high powered blender, but if you have a standard model here are some tips to help you puree to perfection. Remove the k...

We don't know about you, but we're missing those warmer days right about now.
11/27/2019

We don't know about you, but we're missing those warmer days right about now.

You can find the vibrant colors of fall in more places than just on trees!
11/22/2019

You can find the vibrant colors of fall in more places than just on trees!

“I have been a full time career artist for over 47 years, living my dream and expressing my passion with paint… I enjoy ...
11/11/2019

“I have been a full time career artist for over 47 years, living my dream and expressing my passion with paint… I enjoy sharing people’s vision and excitement for the beauty and blessings of life.”

Len “Leonardo” Garon is an artistic staple of the Old Town Farmers’ Market by nature of him displaying and selling his pieces here for nearly 16 years. Along with participating at the Market, he shows and sells artwork all across the country.

Len’s painting career was spurred by the immense inspiration he received while witnessing masterful artwork across Europe, including Paris, London and Florence. He understands his craft as an opportunity to express his own vision of beauty - and countless people indeed appreciate his expression!

Not only does Len paint iconic imagery from around the DMV area, but he also creates custom paintings including weddings, first dances and kisses, significant career events, and people, dog and house portraits. Len, along with one other artist, designed and painted a 100 yard long mural on Edsall Road between South Pickett and South Van Dorn Streets - it’ is the largest mural in the DMV! Its theme reflects the historic development of Alexandria beginning in the 18th century all the way to modern times.

Visit his site and watch the award-winning mini documentary on his story! www.lengaron.com

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What will you be looking for at the Market this weekend?
11/07/2019

What will you be looking for at the Market this weekend?

Fall is one of our favorite times to be at the Market! Check out these beautiful (and spooky 🎃 ) products from this past...
10/30/2019

Fall is one of our favorite times to be at the Market! Check out these beautiful (and spooky 🎃 ) products from this past weekend!

Do you know what Taiwan, Japan, Sri Lanka and South Korea have in common? They have all been destinations of Elise Scott...
10/28/2019

Do you know what Taiwan, Japan, Sri Lanka and South Korea have in common? They have all been destinations of Elise Scott, Owner and Chief Leaf of Pearl Fine Teas, to visit and study the intricacies, variations and customs of tea!

Elise’s inspiration for her business began how all great ideas do - with a late-night Google search for “tea”. Soon after this 2007 query, she had signed herself up for tea master classes in Atlanta, Georgia. One month later, she was a proud business owner. Four years later she was the first Certified Tea Master in Washington DC through the Specialty Tea Institute (STI).

Pearl Fine Teas is one of the Market’s newest members and offers direct sourcing of single origin loose-leaf teas, creative tea blends, wellness herbal remedies (hand blended in DC), teaware, and hot and iced tea to go. Though her business operates without a brick-and-mortar storefront, it has earned the runner up position for Best Tea Shop in the Washington City paper 5 times.

Make sure to visit Elise on Saturdays, enjoy some of the best teas from around the globe, and hear about her passion for this dynamic and soothing beverage! And, if you can’t make it to market you can also shop for tea online at pearlfineteas.com.

Pumpkin spice latte, please. And hold the spice latte. 🎃
10/21/2019

Pumpkin spice latte, please. And hold the spice latte. 🎃

Autumn is in the air 🍂 🍂 🍂 You don't need to worry about the Market closing down for the cool weather - we're open all y...
10/18/2019

Autumn is in the air 🍂 🍂 🍂

You don't need to worry about the Market closing down for the cool weather - we're open all year 'round!

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow at the Old Town Farmers' Market, 7:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.! Don't forget about the fre...
10/04/2019

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow at the Old Town Farmers' Market, 7:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.! Don't forget about the free parking available in the garage underneath Market Square.

10/02/2019
The Cultural Significance of Farmers Markets - Farmers Market Coalition

"I contend that for many customers, the social aspect of many farmers markets may be as important as the mercantile."

Read Raymond Saul's entire exposition on the mercantile, social and civic significance of farmers markets in their local communities!

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An Essay by Raymond Saul, Friend of FMC The re-establishment of farmers markets in the United States gives me hope. It is an American success story of renewal. In recent decades, farmers markets have again assumed their historic role as important social and economic institutions in many of our commu...

Need some inspiration on what to cook with all of your fresh produce from the Market? Take a look at these 35 recipes! h...
09/27/2019
35 Must-try Farmers Market Recipes!

Need some inspiration on what to cook with all of your fresh produce from the Market? Take a look at these 35 recipes!

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Do you want to know the secret to cooking the most delicious food? It starts with using produce that is in season, picked at its peak of flavor, with the shortest amount of travel time between the farm and you. You personally! Let's celebrate summer with these 35 Must-try Farmers Market Recipes! Thi...

Don't miss out on our FINAL Family Farmers Day of the season this Saturday, September 28! Face painting and live music w...
09/25/2019

Don't miss out on our FINAL Family Farmers Day of the season this Saturday, September 28! Face painting and live music will begin at 9:30 a.m.

We're looking forward to seeing you at the Market this Saturday between 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., rain or shine! We thin...
09/19/2019

We're looking forward to seeing you at the Market this Saturday between 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., rain or shine! We think it's going to be just peachy 🍑

Want to brighten up your Facebook friends' feeds? Share this post so they can see some of the most beautiful photos of t...
09/13/2019

Want to brighten up your Facebook friends' feeds? Share this post so they can see some of the most beautiful photos of the Old Town Farmers' Market over the past year!

The dogs of the Old Town Farmers' Market.We love seeing your furry friends around the Market. We appreciate you ensuring...
09/12/2019

The dogs of the Old Town Farmers' Market.

We love seeing your furry friends around the Market. We appreciate you ensuring that they don't walk in and through the Market footprint 😄

In 1998, Hawla discovered that her children’s school wasn’t serving any food. Soon after this discovery, the school acce...
09/09/2019

In 1998, Hawla discovered that her children’s school wasn’t serving any food. Soon after this discovery, the school accepted her offer to prepare hot lunches for the 300 students and faculty. Little did Hawla know that this was the beginning of ZuZu Cuisine.

Hawla and company joined the Old Town Farmers’ Market just a couple of years ago, but her savory and sweet Mediterranean foodstuffs have become a staple to the Market community. Along with offering a wide variety of middle-eastern pastries, ZuZu Cuisine sells lamb and chicken shwarma, falafel, zaatar, fatayer, breakfast burritos, baklava, and maamoul!

The meaning of the name “ZuZu” isn’t obvious, but the story behind it is full of familial fondness and respect. While Hawla’s oldest son was two years old, he couldn’t pronounce his grandmother’s name but decided that “ZuZu” would do just fine when he wanted to address her. ZuZu serves as Hawla’s source of inspiration – she recalls memories of her mother constantly cooking the family (7 kids total!) flavorful dishes. By continuing to prepare some of her recipes, Hawla perpetuates her mom’s memory and allows everyone to enjoy her legacy.

One of Hawla’s very favorite parts of running her business is the creativity she gets to express through her delicious cuisine (this is also her customers’ favorite part of the business, because they consistently tell her how impatient they’ve been all week for the chance to finally visit her booth to satisfy their craving!).

ZuZu Cuisine is a must-visit location at the Market. Stop by to get a taste of not only incredible Mediterranean flavor, but also the meaningful legacy of a loving family.

We hope you’re here with us enjoying the Market on this beautiful morning!Don’t forget about the free parking underneath...
09/07/2019

We hope you’re here with us enjoying the Market on this beautiful morning!

Don’t forget about the free parking underneath Market Square from 5:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays!

The entire Coulter Farms business is a family effort; they count themselves blessed to have the assistance of the entire...
09/06/2019

The entire Coulter Farms business is a family effort; they count themselves blessed to have the assistance of the entire household as they maintain a thriving operation! All seven children have their own responsibilities that enable the farm to provide their customers with the highest quality of sustainably farmed goods.

The Coulters purchased their farm in 2000 and not only began raising beef but also began raising a family. In 2012, they joined the wonderful variety of vendors of the Old Town Farmers’ Market.

It took significant effort to get to the point where the farm could offer 100% grass-fed, certified organic beef, lamb, and dairy products, free-range eggs, pastured chicken, and raw wildflower honey. The process to earn organic certification is extensive, but the farm was set on completing it so that they could offer foodstuffs with integrity.

If you value healthy and whole food, Coulter Farms is the booth for you. Visit them at the Market, every Saturday between 7 a.m. and noon!

Join us in THREE days on the first Saturday of September for one of the few remaining Family Farmers Days!
09/04/2019

Join us in THREE days on the first Saturday of September for one of the few remaining Family Farmers Days!

This produce is ready for its close-up. Find all of this and more, year round, every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 12 noon at ...
09/04/2019

This produce is ready for its close-up.

Find all of this and more, year round, every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 12 noon at the Old Town Farmers’ Market - rain or shine!

August 31 will be the next Family Farmers Day! This is a special iteration of the market where you can enjoy family-fun ...
08/22/2019

August 31 will be the next Family Farmers Day! This is a special iteration of the market where you can enjoy family-fun events every first and last Saturday through September. During Family Farmers Day, the Market will present special activities and entertainment including face painting and live music. AND, on the last Saturday of the month, you can visit out information booth to get free Old Town Farmers’ Market giveaways like branded t-shirts, tote bags, and bumper stickers. Bring the whole family, and don’t miss out!

Thanks to you, our page has reached over 8,000 likes! We love that our online community continues to grow more ...
08/21/2019

Thanks to you, our page has reached over 8,000 likes! We love that our online community continues to grow more and more as the Market prospers.

Just a few more reasons to love your local farmers markets 💚 https://bit.ly/2Ykt9NA
08/06/2019
Farmers Markets | Nutrition.gov

Just a few more reasons to love your local farmers markets 💚

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Are you bringing the family to Family Farmers' Day this Saturday, August 3? We'll start out with yoga on the stage and f...
08/02/2019

Are you bringing the family to Family Farmers' Day this Saturday, August 3? We'll start out with yoga on the stage and follow it up with more live music, face painting and free branded swag!

#OTFMAlexandria

August 3 is a big day, because it marks the official beginning of National Farmers Market Week! If it's been a while sin...
08/01/2019

August 3 is a big day, because it marks the official beginning of National Farmers Market Week! If it's been a while since you've last visited the Old Town Farmers' Market or your own local market, take this opportunity to plan a trip and experience all of the wonderful things that farmers markets have to offer!

The tight-knit relationships of the Old Town Farmers’ Market are one of the many special attributes that sets it apart. ...
07/30/2019

The tight-knit relationships of the Old Town Farmers’ Market are one of the many special attributes that sets it apart. Jan, owner of Emma & Company, is no exception to that narrative. She loves learning the stories of fellow vendors and patrons (and their dogs!) and maintaining the familial friendships that ensue.

Emma & Company offers dog scarves, collars, wash, and duck liver treats; Jan is also able to fulfill custom orders on dog accessories, enabling her to provide the most meaningful products! The selling of her merchandise goes far beyond delighting her customers, because all proceeds are donated to charity.

When Jan isn’t preparing special orders for Market patrons, she’s likely planning her next global excursion. She has traveled to four continents, served in the U.S. Peace Corps to support community health issues in Kenya, and most recently fulfilled a life-long dream by hiking to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro!

If you’re looking for a unique and meaningful gift for your furry friends, stop by Emma & Company to check out Jan’s products. And if you’re not looking for any gifts, stop by anyway, say hello, and exchange some of your fondest memories of your global journeys.

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301 King St
Alexandria, VA
22314

General information

No pets are allowed during market hours. Fruit and Vegetable tokens Deal is available for SNAP/EBT (Food Stamp) Beneficiaries.

Opening Hours

Saturday 07:00 - 12:00

Telephone

(703) 258-9115

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