Saturday's thunderstorms gave way to the first Fall day of the season and the Arlandria Farmer's and Artisan's Market was in full swing today.
Farmers and artisans brought meat, produce, baked goods, cheese, pickled goods, essential body products and more.
Kevin Beekman (Market Manager, Treasurer), Travis Hester (Market Manager, President), Jennifer Sheridan (Market Manager) provided a history and were present to support vendors. The Market is the first in Northern Virginia to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program coupons. SNAP recipients can convert coupons to shopping tokens via a wireless uplink device on the spot. The tokens can then be used to purchase food at the Market. Customers can also use credit cards to purchase shopping tokens for use at the market.
The Market is open Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. through October, weather permitting.
The Market features live entertainment by local artists through the Fall.
Today's vendors were:
- Baguette Republic
Headquartered in Sterling, the business was established in 2007. "Everything is made with natural ingredients; we use real butter and nothing artificial," said Serbian vendor Marijana during her third time selling at the market.
The goodies included brioche, croissants (almond, chocolate, ham & cheese), danish, baguettes and cinnamon rolls.
Bread and Chocolate offered macaroons, croissants, tarts and cakes. Billy Roulidis said "We do a good business here and have been in the market here for three years."
C&T Produce seasonal fruits and vegetables were brought to the market by Jacob Morgan and his father Sonny from Fredericksburg. C&T is a family-run famr in Stafford Viginia. "I like the squash, zuchini and brocolli," said Jacob.
Josi Essentials, run by Charlette Turner from Centerville, displayed handcrafted eco-friendly, all natural bath & body products such as ginger papaya bath salts and honey mud skin creme. Turner began developing her products in 2008 and brought them to the Arlandria Market for the first time three months ago. "After family illnesses, I took a close look at creams, oils, lotions and other things we put on our bodies and thought I'd like to make something healthy for my kids because 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies," Turner said.
Sweet Central Cupcakes, whose motto is "Fresheness means excellence" is owned and operated by Elda Aramayo in Alexandria. Flavors include Chocolate Raspberry, Blueberry Cheesecake, Lemon Drop, Red Velvet, S'mores, and Dulce De Leche. "I have a lot of fun making the cupcakes, selling them and meeting people on Sundays. I chose the Market because I like like the diversity of vendors," said Aramayo.
Tom's Amish Cheese Store offered a variety of all natural artisan cheeses (goat cheese, sharp cheddar, mold-ripened cave aged cheese) and pickeled goods (cucumbers, peppers, beets, corn relish, beans) and assorted salsas.
No. 1 Sons of Alexandria sold wild, hand-cultured foods (pickles, sauerkraut, dilly). Owner Yi Wah Roberts and his co-picklers use the Sandor Katz (http://www.wildfermentation.com/who-is-sandorkraut/) method of natural fermentation, creating pickled foods without vinegar. "My favorite is the Kicky Kosher Halfway pickles," said co-pickler Hayley Vause.
St. Elmo's Coffee Pub presented coffee (hot and cold), ice tea, and apple cider doughnuts. Located in Del Ray, owner Nora Partlow has supported the Arlandria Market since its inception. "I wish the city would post signage for Arlandria and the Market as you come over the Four Mile Run bridge from Arlington. It's not very expensive for the City to do this and would help the Arlandria revitalization," said Partlow.