Local farmers markets to feature new vendors
Two Fairfax County farmers markets serving the Richmond Highway corridor will feature some new vendors when they start up operations in the next several weeks.
The McCutcheon/Mount Vernon Farmers Market at Sherwood Regional Library, which opens on Wednesday, April 20 at 8 a.m., has three new vendors this year:
- Layla’s Lebanese Restaurant, a family-owned business in Woodbridge, which will sell hummus, eggplant, garlic and parsley
- Linda Vista Farm, a small family farm in Westmoreland County, which will feature dozens of types of fruits and vegetables
- The Fermented Pig, a specialty sausage, bacon and charcuterie shop in Fairfax, which will offer bacon, salami and sausages
A full list of vendors is available on the market’s website.
Meanwhile, the Lorton Farmers Market, which kicks off Sunday, May 1 at 9 a.m. at the Lorton VRE parking lot, will have two new vendors this year:
- Little Austria, a start-up strudel bakery founded by two Austrians in Loudoun County
- Sip Coffee, Inc., an environmentally conscious, Arlington-based provider of freshly roasted coffee
A vendor list from the Lorton market is available here.
Besides buying food to take home, community members can drop off food scraps at the McCutcheon/Mount Vernon Farmers Market for local composting. Veteran Compost is offering the service again this year following a successful pilot program at McCutcheon/Mount Vernon and three other market locations last year. The food waste will be transported to a nearby compost site at Arcadia Center for Food and Sustainable Agriculture.
Both the McCutcheon/Mount Vernon and Lorton Farmers Markets accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) electronic benefits transfer cards, enabling card holders to receive double the value of the amount charged when purchasing fruits and vegetables.
SNAP volunteers and market managers are being sought by Fairfax County Park Authority for both farmers market locations. Molly Cullen, marketing and outreach coordinator for Fairfax County Farmers Markets, said the positions are ideal for "anyone that enjoys the outdoors, supports local farmers and food producers, and wants to help bring fresh and local produce to their community."