Currently, I’m home in Northern VA/DC for a few weeks visiting family. Mostly a homebody here, I venture out on the rare occasion, mostly in search of food. This month has been humid and rainy here, so going out is not at the top of my list of things to do, but at least the weather has been fantastic for farmers, whose produce really depend on good rainfall.
The Arlington Farmers Market at the Arlington Courthouse showcases a gorgeous selection of seasonal mid-Atlantic produce and foods. When I walked through it last week, fresh summer fruits and vegetables were at their peak, including green beans, squash, bell peppers, cucumbers, leafy greens, strawberries, cherries, peaches, and plums.
I also discovered The Mushroom Stand, a vendor who has the most perfect array of mushrooms and fiddlehead ferns. Many of their mushrooms are hand foraged in the woods of Pennsylvania and Maryland.
For your artisan bread and baked goods needs, I highly recommend Atwater’s, based in Baltimore, which I used to work at many years ago. Atwater’s is best known for their homemade soups and rustic wholegrain breads done in the French style of bread baking. The loaves are crusty and golden, giving way to chewy insides. They also have a good selection of muffins, scones, cookies, brownies, and other sweet and savory baked goods.
Café DELICE is another bakery that specializes in homemade French pastry and other European desserts. There were berry crumb cakes, blueberry mini pies, and an assortment of Greek baked goods like spanakopita.
Click through below to see all the beautiful foods from the market.
Arlington Farmers Market, 14th Street North & North Courthouse Road, Arlington, VA 22201
Hours: April–Dec: Every Saturday from 8:00am to noon / Jan–March, Every Saturday from 9:00am to noon