Fill a reusable shopping bag this season with the tastes and smells of locally produced food.
The Fairfax County Park Authority has 11 sites throughout the county that host weekly farmers markets featuring local fruits, vegetables, flowers, baked goods, eggs, honey, cider and cheeses. All products come from vendors located within 125 miles of Fairfax County, and some vendors are based just a few blocks from the markets. In addition to these 11 sites, there are a number of other farmers markets in the county sponsored by independent organizations. A full list of all farmers markets in Fairfax County is below.
Buying local produce supports sustainable agriculture in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and provides you the freshest foods you can buy. In addition, Fairfax County Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners offer plant clinics at most markets. You can bring plant or insect samples for identification or disease diagnosis and learn more about gardening.
Fairfax County is also proud to announce that select markets are now accepting SNAP benefits. The SNAP at market program is making huge strides to increase access to fresh foods for low income citizens throughout the county, while offering additional support to local farmers. As an extra incentive to buy additional produce, the SNAP program has implemented a "double bucks program" which matches up to $10 a day to be used on additional produce.
For more information about the Fairfax County Park Authority's Farmers Markets, visit online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/wp-farm-mkt.htm or contact the Community Horticulture Office at 703-642-0128.
*Video courtesy of FairfaxCounty.gov