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Falls Church Market

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I almost always go to the Arlington FM but was thinking about trying the Falls Church FM one Saturday, mainly to try the bakery items by Kendall. Does anyone know how the produce compares at Falls Church FM vs. Arlington? And has anyone tried the bakery items by Kendall, and if so what did you think?

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Toigo does the Falls Church market on Saturdays as well. We happened to be over in that area going to the Home Depot yesterday morning and stopped off at the farmers market. We used to go all the time last year when we lived in Falls church but our move to Arlington has us at Courthouse most weekends we're around.

Yesterday there was a guy at Falls Church selling crabcakes, $9 for jump lump and $5 for lump. He was frying up and offering samples that were pretty good. He also had a number of magazine articles laid out in front of him that referenced his operation, but of course I can' remember his name now.

We bought a pork shoulder roast from Cibola farms and some of their buffalo snack sticks. I'm looking forward to smoking the roast today. Cibola also had chicken, eggs, sausages in both pork and buffalo, buffalo and pork in various cuts, and goat.

I love this time of year at the markets. We brought home strawberries, yellow wax beans, basil, chinese broccoli, sugar snap peas, and red and yellow onions. Everything was plentiful and a lot of the prices are affordable.

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I was at the Falls Church market this morning. My spouse refuses to go with me anymore, because of the crowds. Patience with your fellow humans is necessary, especially when the stroller gridlock hits critical mass!

Anyway, found some "donut" peaches this morning, and a nice sausage tart. One of the cheese vendors seems to have raised his prices a bit, but I found an alternative vendor who had cream cheese with caramelized onion and sun dried tomatoes! Nice flowers today too!

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Seen Saturday at Falls Church--Jeff Gaetjen of Colvin Run Tavern absolutely stuffing his SUV to the gills.

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I usually go to the Burke market, but went to Falls Church yesterday. The layout is not as easy for me to navigate, and parking is a long walk for me, compared to Burke. I got a few things, but wasn't shopping for much. Apple cider was delicious, albeit Pasteurized. Some bicolor corn made a fabulous corn pudding last night. There were some nice tomatoes still, and beautiful green beans and rapini.

I'll go to this market in the winter, when the Fairfax County markets are closed, especially to get meat from Cibola Farms. But I'll stick with the flat layout of Burke in the meantime.

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Parking is still hard to find around the community center near the stands, but much easier on the side streets or the parking lot across the other side (Maple Avenue?).

Toigo Orchards had really ripe peaches, white peaches, and nectarines. DS gave the seal of approval as he quickly scarfed 2 peaches down (they're on the small side at Toigo, but bigger at other stands). They also have donut peaches for $6 a container.

As always, grabbed a few croissants from Bonaparte, had to skip Atwater this time. :lol: There's also Bread House (aka Baguette Republic) and two other bakeries (one with homemade pies).

I don't know if this is the permanent setup now, but when I went in the off-season, there are less stands compared to the end of May, early June. It used to be just one level, but now there's a up-and-down-ness to the stands.

Dolcezza is also there this summer, but am sure if will afterwards. Just a few observations. I think this is a nice alternative to the Courthouse market for a Saturday one.

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Crazy but cute story: braved the storm this past Saturday with gebaby. Just picture one gebaby (probably 30in. tall by now) in an ergo carrier in the front, wrapped by my raincoat, me holding an umbrella, him eating an Atwater muffin, while it's rainy, the wind is blowing, and water is cascading from the top of the tarps.

Also carrying 1 purse and a sack with squash blossom, tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, and eggplant. Surprisingly, there were quite a number of people, with a 3/4 full parking lot at around 9-9:30am. What fun.

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I don't know if this will be a permanent fixture, but J. Wen Farmers and Dairy was there on Saturday, making them the first to offer milk there in the last year or so that I have been going. They will still be at Courthouse, according to the one son at the stand.

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I don't know if this will be a permanent fixture, but J. Wen Farmers and Dairy was there on Saturday, making them the first to offer milk there in the last year or so that I have been going. They will still be at Courthouse, according to the one son at the stand.

There used to be another dairy there selling milk but i don' t remember if they were still there last summer.

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Next week starts the summer hours of 8am to 12noon at this market. A new addition that people are drawn to is a creperie, featuring crepes from $5. Many seem to like it, as there is always a line for the past 3 weeks they've been there, although I forgot to ask if they'll still be there next week, as the new summer layout will take place next weekend.

Sunnyvale had really beautiful looking swiss chard and some tomatoes, but the only place had asparagus that I could recall was actually Black Orchard.

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New addition to the market: Sinplicity Ice Cream. I think they said they are here next week as well.

Emine's was still here, as is J-Wen dairy. The crepery was still there, although in a new location. Lola's Farm (Leedstown, VA) had the first strawberries out for the season at $4/pint.

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Fresh garlic seemed to be one of the themes this week. I'm a big fan and use about 2-3 times as much as the drier variety in my standard vegetable preparations, which involves throwing thinly-sliced garlic into a cold pan with olive oil, which I find makes more of a garlic-infused olive oil that infuses the vegetables, rather than just giving me crisp garlic chips that give me periodic garlic flavor if I happen to bite into one. The fresh gralic chips are almost chewy and add a nice nuttiness to the veggies, in addition to their garlicy goodness.

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Does anybody know if the market will be open this Saturday, since it's 4th of July?

I think it was open last year, but can't quite remember. The FC govt website does state that this market is open "Every Saturday."

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Fresh garlic seemed to be one of the themes this week. I'm a big fan and use about 2-3 times as much as the drier variety in my standard vegetable preparations, which involves throwing thinly-sliced garlic into a cold pan with olive oil, which I find makes more of a garlic-infused olive oil that infuses the vegetables, rather than just giving me crisp garlic chips that give me periodic garlic flavor if I happen to bite into one. The fresh gralic chips are almost chewy and add a nice nuttiness to the veggies, in addition to their garlicy goodness.

WE will have FRESH garlic at Bloomingdale FM at SnowBear on Sunday July 5th. And artichoke to go with it...

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Yumm went to the FC Market this morning and had the lemon opal basil sorbet at dolcezza and it was EXCELLENT... i'm using baby spoons to continue on the sampleness of it all. Try it and it will make your mouth go mmm....wow.

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Bought a 4 lb. bag ($10) of the whole wheat flour from the Moutoux Orchard guys. Tonight I decided to do a comparison of it and the King Arthur whole wheat and see if there was any difference in taste and to see how it baked. I used the biscuit recipe (see below) that the Moutoux guys were passing out. As you will notice from the recipe these are more like savory scones than a biscuit.

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The only thing that I would do next time is to add a little more (1/4 t) salt. Anyone else give it a try yet?

I might splurge on a bag, as they are also at the FC market, for those closer in NoVA. Although, my comparison would have to be against the new TJ flour, as that is what I currently have. Results this weekend, I suppose.

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Last week, in the midst of the chill and wind that gripped DC, Mr. MV and I checked out the Falls Church Market for the first time. Today, was our second visit.

We go to markets throughout DC and NoVa, but this was a new market to us, being that prospects get restricted during the winter months. Old Town becomes very small, and Del Ray has a handful of wonderful, hearty vendors. But, I wanted more to choose from on a Saturday.

The Falls Church winter market has a great collection of varied producers. Some are familiar and multi-market, such as Cibola, Bonaparte, Blue Ridge Dairy, Sunnyside and Chris's Market Place.

Others are unique, selling chocolates, *real* deli pickles (how amazing to find this?) and other pickled items, wines, and charcuterie.

The list goes on and on.

Jamie Stackowski is proving to be very popular at the market, drawing people in with generous samples of his work. He's gregarious and helpful, and most of all, holy moly, his products are really, really good. So far, I've sampled and purchased the merguez, fresh kielbasa, smoked duck sausage and linguica.

Go to your winter markets!

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Thanks for the report, monavano!

And for those of you concerned about the high price of green leafy vegetables right now, ask farmers how much they spent on propane (or other means of protecting inventory) during our recent stretch of bitter cold.

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Thanks for sharing the winter report. I had hoped to get to the market today - we drove down to Falls Church from MD to visit the vietnamese market and then check out Cheesetique in Arlington, but we didn't get an early enough start to make it to the market first. Just gives me a reason to go back soon!

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Seems to me the last time I looked at the Falls Church govt. website for info on the Farmers Market it said the market was closed for a period after Christmas, and I thought it was closed now. Thanks monovano. Now I can go and score some more Cibola Farm buffalo steaks (ate my last one from the freezer on Sunday).

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Seems to me the last time I looked at the Falls Church govt. website for info on the Farmers Market it said the market was closed for a period after Christmas, and I thought it was closed now.

Nope. Year-round market here, with less vendors in the winter like Dupont. I like that it starts at 8am in the summer and 9am in the winter.

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Little darling, it's been a long, cold lonely winter.......

And finally, back at the markets.

I scored Chris's Marketplace empanadas, Sunnyside sweet potatoes and leeks, Stackowski merquez, and apples. The market seemed a bit slow; perhaps a few less producers. Nonetheless, it's good to be back!

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In between the belts of rain, Mr. MV and I enjoyed the market today. Still not full of producers, it has remarkable products. We picked up collards and sweet potatoes from Sunnyside, kosher dill pickles (and I"ve been wanting a Cuban sandwich every since), beef empanadas from Chris's, and smoked kielbasa from Stachowski's.

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In between the belts of rain, Mr. MV and I enjoyed the market today. Still not full of producers, it has remarkable products.

Ah, monavano, I can't wait to see the pictures you capture during the summer market here -- it blooms like its surrounding landscape.

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