The Fairfax County farmers markets opened for the season last week – offering in-season fresh produce and all kinds of other homemade goodies. The Wakefield Market, in the parking lot at Wakefield Park in Annandale happens on Wednesday afternoons 2-6 p.m. The Annandale Market, at Mason District Park on Columbia Pike is open Thursday mornings, 8-noon.
Here are some tips based on what we found on a visit to the Wakefield market last week:
(1) Pick up a fresh bunch of asparagus from Lois’ Produce. Also in season now: huge spring onions, gerbera daisies, and strawberries, which are three weeks earlier than usual, due to the warm weather in March, says vendor Bill Grigsby.
|Aspargus from Lois' Produce.|
|Fresh juice blends from Kiwi Kuisine.|
They’ve also got freshly blended juices, such as “red dragon” (beets, apple, kale, cranberry, and lime), and ice cream, including passion fruit and “hokey pokey” (vanilla with honeycomb toffee). Kiwi Kuisine was founded by Bert “Ram” Todd, a Maori rugby player now playing and coaching rugby in D.C.
Diane Runnels (left) and Sigrid Muller from the Green Spring Gardens Master Gardener program.
|These eggs were laid by free-range chickens at Byrd Farm.|
French breakfast radishes, chard, kale, and salad greens are in season now, Stoneman says. In a week or so, she plans to bring strawberries, eggplants, and peppers to the market.
|Lovely radishes and greens from F.J. Medina & Son Farm.|
|John Panas of Bread & Water.|