Exploring farmers and green markets is on the top of my to-do list whenever I visit a new city or move to a new country. Observing customers inspect merchandise, interact with the vendors and bargain (which is still done in some countries) can provide an interesting insight into a new culture.
I was therefore very excited to find that the small city we had moved to in 2011 had its own farmers market. Known for its local and national awards, Falls Church City's Farmers Market is an appealing year-round market to explore at any time of the year. Expect to see close to 50 vendors during peak season offering locally grown or produced food. Even during the winter months one can count on up to 40 vendors ready to sell you seasonal produce.
In addition to fruit and vegetables one can find organically raised meat, dairy and seafood. There are several stands offering freshly baked breads and pastries, a variety of local chocolates and soaps. An all-time favorite is the crepe stand which draws quite a crowd every Saturday.
An additional attraction is the monthly Chef Series when chefs from local restaurants prepare and share recipes with the public. For up-to-date information on the market check here.