Planning a trip to Arlington, VA? Get a true taste of local with these fun excursions
Arlington Farmers Market
1400 N Courthouse Rd, Arlington, VA 22201
April – December: Saturdays, 8am - 12pm
January - March: Saturdays, 9am - 12pm
Established in 1979, the Arlington Farmers Market is one of the largest markets in the region. Stop by this popular market and pick up anything from farmstead goat cheese to pastured bison. At the Arlington market you can get all your groceries and more, not to mention the opportunity to join in the camaraderie of the market community.
Managed by FRESHFARM, this bustling urban market has something for everyone. Vegan, paleo, gluten free, sugar lover … you’re covered. You can find all of your fresh from the farm ingredients as well as freshly made baked goods and prepared foods as well as gorgeous flowers!
Photos by by Daniel James of Herd Ventures
Area Excursions for Local Food Lovers:
Wollam Gardens - A Flower Destination
5167 Jeffersonton Rd, Jeffersonton VA, 22724
Wollam Farms, a flower farm destination, has been in the heart of Culpeper County for over 30 years. It's been lovingly cultivated with hundreds of different varieties of trees, plants and gorgeous flowers. They have seasonal cut flowers that are grown on their 11 acres available for purchase at our farmstand and gift shop. They offer many community events such as yoga classes, flower arranging workshops, art classes, open mic nights, flower festivals and many other ways to enjoy our farm.
They are open for visitors 24/7 with full access to the entire 11 acres any day they aren't hosting a private event. Check their website before you go. Enjoy the beauty and magic of Wollam Gardens in Jeffersonton!
Evensong Farm (Sharpsburg, MD)
Market vendor Evensong Farm offers camping and glamping sites to visitors. The farm is nestled in the historic and rolling hills neighboring Antietam National Battlefield. They have been farming this land since 2000 and are focused on growing food for their community using organic and regenerative principles. While you are camping, you can enjoy their marked nature trails, swimming in the creek, fishing (for those that have a permit), campfires, and s'mores!
Mosaic Festivals - Spring & Fall
2905 District Avenue, Fairfax, Virginia 22031
If your visit to the area falls on a Mosaic Festival weekend (annually in April and September), definitely stop by this popular event for a taste of the area! You can eat your way through the large farmers market loaded with chefs, bakers, and farmers offering up a huge variety of delicious food.
Photos by by Daniel James of Herd Ventures
Area Restaurants Sourcing Local
We asked the FRESHFARM team for recommendations on restaurants in the area that are truly sourcing ingredients from local producers. They shared the curated list below.
José Andrés Group (Various restaurants in Bethesda, MD and Washington, DC)
Sources from FRESHFARM farmers for special events
Chef José Andres and his restaurant group, José Andrés Group, have a diverse array of restaurant concepts. Each restaurant concept is a way for José and his team to tell unique cultural and culinary stories through food, drink, and design.
Chaia Tacos (Washington, DC)
Sources from FRESHFARM farmers on a monthly basis
An unconventional taco shop serving insanely delicious food made almost entirely with vegetables
Eateries that source locally and sell at FRESHFARM Markets
Bun'd Up (Washington, DC)
Bun'd Up is the brainchild of Scott Chung. It is an exploration of the Asian American identity through food. By Combining Korean and American flavors with original Taiwanse "Gua Bao," they strive to put a modern twist on a beloved classic while honoring the history behind it.
Little Sesame (Prince George's County, MD)
Experience their freshly spun hummus, plus their savory shawarma, seasonal salads and plant based soft serve at their flagship restaurant in Washington, DC.
Bakeries that source locally and sell at FRESHFARM Markets
Seylou Bakery & Mill (Washington, DC)
An organic whole grain bakery and mill located in Blagden Alley, Washington DC. They source from regional farmers and mill everything in-house.
Mastiha Artisan Greek Bakery (Washington, DC)
"Batch-by-batch, we get to make every day scrumptious by sharing a slice of our beloved Greece with you from our little corner of the kosmos. whether you order from our bakery, meet us at market, or pickup our pita bread at select retailers -- know that each item is crafted by hand using only simple ingredients + agapi."
Beer, Wine, & Spirits
ANXO Cidery (Washington, DC)
ANXO Cider (pronounced Ahn-Cho) is a Washington, DC based craft cidery inspired by centuries of American and European cider making culture. ANXO’s mission is to bring cider culture to the US by creating and importing the finest ciders that are the purest expressions of the apples they are made from. ANXO makes cider much like vintners make wine, embracing an #ApplesOnly approach, using only apples and yeast. Fermented in stainless steel or wood vessels the resulting product is sugar free, gluten free, low-carb, and is as complex as wine and refreshing and sessionable as beer.
Clear Skies Meadery (Gaithersburg, MD)
Clear Skies Mead is handcrafted using single-varietal, unfiltered honey, celebrating the honey’s natural aromatics and characters. Our aging process utilizes stainless-steel kegs where our unique flavors and natural carbonization develop.