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About 1-2 blocks from the market is a great playground for kids to play with while you nosh on whatever breakfast selection you have decided for the morn. Based on the kid-friendliness of the Del Ray area, I'd be willing to drive there almost every weekend, as the playground is a bit farther and smaller at the Falls Church farmer's market.

I also love how you can go to the Farmer's market, get groceries, breakfast/treats, and decide if you need additional meats & cheeses, to pop on by the Let's Meat on the Avenue and Cheesetique stores, as they also open on 8am on Saturday mornings.

Strawberries were readily available at 3 vendors, as was asparagus and sugar peas still. Gebaby enjoyed the Mixed Berry scone from Vera's bakery, which was only 1 of the few vendors that had their banner or sign. Otherwise, unless I'm missing something, some of the farms don't have signs up, which confused me quite a bit.

A very shy gebaby hid behind me while peering to look over at goldenticket and her +1. What a nice way to start out Saturday morning!

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Del Ray was packed on Saturday, which was great to see :rolleyes: .

In the middle of the market is a terrific trio of bakeries-Bonaparte (Md.), Vera's (Annapolis) and Grace's Pastries (Va). Each has unique strengths and offers both sweet and some savory goods. In particular, Vera's tamale is a delightful packet of corn flavor, and Graces makes what I like to call a "pizza" foccacia that would make a perfect nibbly when entertaining.

I have often opined about Marcella's saltenas, but will now have to refer to them as empanadas. Looking exactly the same, the change in label (also announced on a chalk board) made these savory pockets of gravy, meaty, salty and sweet goodness fly off the table.

Yellow peaches from Toigo are baked into a peach and raspberry clafouti. Get 'em and get 'em now....the flavor and juice won't get much better than right now.

Bi-color corn from Three Way Farm went into a hash with sweet pototoes, bell peppers, onion, garlic, cumin, paprika and s&p.

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Vera's Bakery continues to impress. We enjoyed a cup of joe from St. Elmo's and Vera's kibbeh followed by a raspberry and chocolate scone. Terrific breakfast.

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Toigo said that peaches will be at market for another 2 weeks, and corn another 1 week, maybe 2

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From my neighborhood listserv:

The Del Ray Farmers Market is now open year round -- located at the corner of Mt. Vernon Avenue and Oxford Avenue in Del Ray. During the winter months the market will be open 9 am to noon each Saturday.

The Del Ray Market farmers that will be there are Smith Meadows meats, eggs, fresh pasta and sauces; Amish cheese, yogurt, bakery goods, eggs and jams and jellies; winter vegetables; fancy nuts; pralines; and bakery goods.

Tom the Cheese Guy actually came the Saturday we had 18 inches of snow -- he was not able to get out until Sunday around 5:30!!!!!

The Del Ray Market is producer grown so the fresh vegetables and fruits will be back once that season kicks in.

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The market is in full swing. New to the market is a vendor with all kinds of lettuce and tomato plants. Also new is Northern Lights Seafood*, the only business selling Alaskan seafood in the state of VA (I guess that makes it local?). Anyway, I'm excited to see how fresh their product is. I arrived late and they only had salmon, which Mr. MV and I don't eat.

My haul:

Strawberries and spinach from Three Way Farm, spring onions at the folks from Reva, VA, a beef saltena from Marcela's.

*their website is an unholy mess, but they are designing a new one.

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The Del Ray market is just bursting at the seams- full of more producers than ever and many customers. And, go hungry-there's a plethora of sweet and savory goodies, from dulce de leche desserts and scones, to saltenas and kitfo.

I picked up white corn (very good for the start of the season), zucchini and squash, and a pound of lump crab (reportedly local).

Even if it's a bit farther than you'd normally travel to a market, Del Ray has so much to offer, including Cheesetique and Let's Meat at the Market, which open when the market does on Sat. morning.

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Excellent, thank you!

there is a new farmers market that is on Sundays, located right on Mt. Vernon/Ridge Road, next to teh old Duron Paint store, and as well next to Four Mile Run Bridge. I agree the Delray market si bursting with baby strollers and dogs, as well as parents.

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there is a new farmers market that is on Sundays, located right on Mt. Vernon/Ridge Road, next to teh old Duron Paint store, and as well next to Four Mile Run Bridge. I agree the Delray market si bursting with baby strollers and dogs, as well as parents.

It even has its own topic :)

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Del Ray was packed again!

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I stopped at Del Ray after 14th St. market so I could get some Mirai corn from Toigo. Their corn was labeled sweet yellow corn, were rather small and cost .$75 each. No thank you.

I bought 8 ears of white corn from Schlagel's, and cinammon donut dots from a woman who sells donuts and pies and comes in from the Front Royal area. Excellent with coffee!

Also a saltena from Marcella's.

(also saw a new restaurant, Del Ray Pizzeria & Sports Bar on Mt. Vernon Ave. Not open yet)

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Del Ray was open yesterday with three vendors. Right now it's eggs, meat, pasta, preserves, and baked goods. We picked up a loaf of bread and some fresh pasta and wished for strawberries and asparagus. :)

Edited to say - I'm terrible with names, but it was Grace's Pastry, Smith Meadows, and another one I've forgotten.

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Del Ray was open yesterday with three vendors. Right now it's eggs, meat, pasta, preserves, and baked goods. We picked up a loaf of bread and some fresh pasta and wished for strawberries and asparagus. :)

Edited to say - I'm terrible with names, but it was Grace's Pastry, Smith Meadows, and another one I've forgotten.

Probably Tom the Cheese Guy.

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Del Ray is in full swing, I'm happy to say. The Alexandria markets that go on life support all winter, POP and flourish right about now, and become a gathering place for friends and neighbors, especially Del Ray. Although it opens at 8am, the crowds become thick around 9:30 with citizens, dogs and kids.

I was Happy to see Three Way Farm (Warsaw, VA) flush with produce, and strawberries! I don't think that the strawberries' taste could get much better; perhaps a tad sweeter in the weeks to come, but they are literally ripe for the picking right now.

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If you go, and I've said this before, be sure to grab just a nibble for breakfast and save room for Ashbank Farm's apple cider donuts and a cup of joe from St. Elmo's.

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The market was overflowing with asparagus (seems to be a banner year!), strawberries, snap peas and more. We hauled 2 quarts of strawberries (Schlagel, $8), 2 large bundles asparagus (Three Way, $11) and enjoyed a 3 berry scone from Vera's Bakery.

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Miri corn and tomato seconds from Toigo

More corn and bell peppers from Schlagel

Brisket from Smith Meadows

Lemon balm, Thai basil and Mountain mint

Cantaloupe and basil from 3 Way Farm

Marcela's beef saltena

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The market was packed last Sat., which is really great to see.

Mirai corn from Toigo

Blue curled Scotch kale (HUGE bunch for $3) and red bliss potatoes from Three Way Farm.

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