I participate on a regular basis in two farmers markets. Both are very enjoyable, diverse, entertaining and worth a visit.
The Reston Market, Reston
Running from the beginning of May until the end of October, this Saturday morning market is a real treat. Produce and food vendors selling everything from fresh fruits and vegetable to ice cream and cakes take over about half of the parking lot of the plaza by the lake.
This market is probably the most ‘scenic’ of any in the DC area. On sunny day, visitors stroll through the market, musicians are playing, a clown performs for the kids, there are lakeside outdoor restaurant, and of course, great shopping. In short, it is a delightful place to spend a few sunny hours on a Saturday morning.
In the craft section of the plaza, besides my own not unattractive set up, there are about 40 other vendors selling jewelry, soap, art, olive oils, towels, clothing, carvings, toys, bath products, and whole host of other goods.
The Reston Market
Lake Anne Plaza, Reston
Saturday, thru Oct 29, 8 AM to 1 PM
The West End Farmers Market, Alexandria
This is a small but very delightful Sunday market that attracts vendors from over Virginia, Maryland and even from as far as Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. You’ll find a wide variety of produce and flowers, along with specialty vendors offering cheeses, yoghurts, jellies, bread and sweets. In amongst these vendors, there is a host of other vendors (including me) selling colorful and interesting crafts. The market is located just of Duke St. the edge of Ben Brenman Park.
The West End Farmers Market
Ben Brenman Park
4800 Brenman Park Dr
Sunday, May 2 – November 2010
9 AM – 1 PM
An inveterate traveler, I have spent a great deal of time searching for new arts and artisans, mostly in Asia. I am drawn to Asia thanks to my 25-year tenure living in Japan. During that period I traveled extensively and often in Southeast Asia. Upon returning to the US, I formed Arts of Asia in order to share the qualities I admire in Asia with my friends and customers in the US. To support this mission, I continue to spend 4 months a year abroad. The search is never ending!