One week after a rainy opening day (on which I couldn’t get my lazy ass out of bed), the farmers market at Ben Brenman Park hosted 2 and 4-legged visitors alike. And by 4-legged creatures, I don’t mean just dogs-check out those cute llamas! They seemed to tolerate the curious onlookers like myself, but seemed a bit concerned when my dog Tucker checked them out! I was waiting for one of them to hurl a big lugie his way (they do spit, don’t they?)
“Primarily a producer-only market, our vendors sell vegetables, fruits, honey, eggs, organic meats, baked goods, artisan cheeses and yogurts, local wine, jams and jellies, plants, cut flowers, dog biscuits, as well as lavender and flowering plants. On the first Sunday of every month local artisans and craftspeople participate in the market. This year we have alpaca yarns, soaps, creams, jewelry, children’s clothing, photography, and paintings.”
I’ve been going to area markets for a few years now, and I can tell you that Alexandria’s West End Farmers Market has a distinct family vibe, where kids, parents, market-goers, dogs and even llamas mingle in a laid-back atmosphere. The park setting is conducive to buying whatever strikes your fancy and enjoying it on the grass, bench or a picnic table; fruits, pastries, cookies, bread, fresh squeezed orange juice, cheese, or perhaps a little jam.
The prices are generally quite good, allowing access to fresh, nutritious and delicous food for everyone.
Be sure to check out the Pictobrowser show, and until the next At The Market, eat and buy local when you can.