Pack a picnic with fresh-baked bread and local cheese, or grab a prepared dish or something off the grill to eat as you listen to music and mingle with locals. You can also pick up an edible souvenir to take home with you. For a sociable experience with plenty of local flavor, join in the camaraderie of the market community. Here’s where to go.
The 17 vendors of the FRESHFARM Ballston Market sell fruits and vegetables, ice cream, baked goods, Virginia-made wines, cold-pressed juices, wood-fired pizza, hot-pressed sandwiches and more. Find music, a beer and wine garden, and fun giveaways on the first Thursday of the month.
How to Visit: The market is open on Thursday afternoons from April to November. It’s located in shady Welburn Square across the street from the Ballston Metro station.
Community-based Lubber Run Farmers Market sells seasonal produce, baked goods, coffee, honey, nuts, olives, cheese and prepared foods from 25 local vendors. Try an Ecuadoran-inspired vegetarian dish or a Turkish chicken borek.
How to Visit: The market is open on Saturday mornings from April through November. It’s located at the Barrett Elementary School.
Nineteen vendors bring their best fresh products straight from the field to the Columbia Pike Farmers Market. Shop for local produce, organic meats, pastries, jams, honey, coffee, Eurasian prepared dishes and more.
How to Visit: The market is open on Sunday mornings, year-round. It’s located at Pike Park, with street parking.