Del Ray Farmers’ Market in the time of COVID-19

First, we greatly appreciate the continued support from the Del Ray community as we face uncertainty and anxiety.  The market as we know it will be closed until further notice, but we are open ONLY for the distribution of pre-paid preorders. Many of the Del Ray Farmers’ Market vendors are offering this option.  Vendors will NOT be offering items for sale at the market – only pickup of preorders is permitted.

The list below is changing as we speak and we will do our best to keep it current, so please check back often.  Please also follow our Facebook page for updates.  Thank you for your continued support of our vendors.

Honeybrook Farms

Del Ray Market Location Drive-thru: In parking lot where the market is usually set-up: 9:00am-10:00am.  We just ask that you get your orders in as soon as possible (CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER).

You pre-order, we pull the order, we then email you an invoice, you pay the invoice, and you then follow the instructions and drive-thru route map that we send you, pull-up to our market van, give us your name and order # and your order is either handed to you or placed in the backseat of your car. Simple, fast, healthy… and happy! 🙂

Shlagel Farms

Shlagel Farms will be doing a drop off this Saturday of fresh local produce. It will be a CSA style box with add-ons that must be pre-ordered prior for delivery. Please order here to maintain social distancing and allow contactless payment.

Woofbowl

Place Woofbowl dog treat pickup orders at mywoofbowl.com/pickup

Choose Del Ray Farmers Market in the location drop down list.

Give your dog’s name at the window to pickup.

Baked by Yael

Baked by Yael will happily accept pre-orders through our website:  shop.bakedbyyael.com

We can offer pickup at the Del Ray Market and are also offering discounted weekend delivery on Saturday for $6.95 in Alexandria.

Toigo Orchards

Order Toigo products here by 4pm Friday.

Smith Meadows

Smith Meadows is offering online ordering here. All orders must be placed by Thursday for Saturday pickup.

Ana’s Twist

Ana’s Twist is offering free local delivery and preorders for market pickup.  Please contact Ana at Anastwist2016@gmail.com or 703-201-1824.  You can find her menu here.

Cold Country Salmon

Cold Country Salmon is making deliveries – see the menu and place your order at www.coldcountrysalmon.com. They have now added delivery of local beer and sausage with more to come.

Tom’s Amish Cheese Store

To order, email amishcheese2003@frontier.com, or call or text Tom at 717-615-4713. A full list of products can be found here.

Paella To Go

Contact Chef Mario directly to order Paella Valenciana, Traditional Spanish Omelette, Traditional Spanish Omelette with chorizo, Codfish croquettes, Mushroom Croquette, Cuban sandwich, or Venezuelan Pasticho/Venezuelan-style lasagna at 571-245-8142 or mchef99@yahoo.com.

Fork and Hoe Farm

Sign up for the CSA and pick up at the market by signing up here. You can also contact Nathan and Kelly for a regular preorder at forkandhoefarm@gmail.com or 804-246-3488.

Fresh Crunch

Currently offering delivery of prepared meals AND helping you donate meals to families in need. Get the details here.

Dogs at the Market

We know that Del Ray loves dogs.  After all, they’re practically the price of entry to the neighborhood and we have many, many dog-related businesses on the Avenue and surrounding blocks.  And the Del Ray Farmers’ Market loves dogs, too.  However, we love to have them outside the market footprint.

Our four-legged friends are not allowed inside the market footprint, but many of our visitors tie their friendly, well-behaved furbabies up to the signs and other immobile objects outside the market, while they do some quick shopping.  If you do so, please keep an eye on your pet and be cognizant of the crowds and other dogs.  And don’t forget to pick up a Fuzzy Paws Bakery cookie from The Pretentious Gourmet booth or a beef treat from Smith Meadows!

And if it isn’t your dog, just remember the golden rule of interacting with a dog you don’t know: always ask the owner first!

Farmers Market Volunteer Needed

HELP WANTED! Do you plan your Saturdays around visiting the market? Do you desire to know your market vendors on a more personal level? Do you like getting hefty discounts? Then become a farmers market volunteer!!

We are looking for someone to work the market and manage the website and social media accounts. The time commitment is minimal – one 3-hour shift every 3-4 weeks, and about 1-2 hours per week of web development. The position is flexible – we’re happy to divide duties between multiple volunteers.  No experience necessary!

Please direct message the market Facebook page at www.facebook.com/delrayfarmersmarket or contact us at farmersmarketdelray@gmail.com for more information.

MARKET CLOSED OCTOBER 1

A special announcement to inform our beloved customers that the market will be CLOSED on Saturday, October 1.  Regular market hours will resume on October 8.

On October 1, make your way down to the Avenue for Art on the Avenue, an annual multi-cultural arts festival celebrating our community’s diversity through the arts. The festival will be held rain or shine 10am-6pm.  See you there!

Fried Okra

Courtesy of Springview Farm

FRIED OKRA ALA MARY SUDDUTH

1 to 2 quarts of okra, sliced in about 3/4″ thick disks
1 cup flour
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 tsp each sea salt & garlic powder
1 tsp each pepper & oregano
3 eggs, well beaten
Enough olive oil to fill 1 to 2″ in your frying pan

Slice okra. Begin heating oil over medium heat while preparing other ingredients.

Blend all dry ingredients in pie plate or similar dish with a fork until mixed well.

Dredge okra slices in egg, then in flour mix forming a batter on the okra pieces.

Place okra in pan gently in a single layer to keep from burning yourself. When brown on bottom, use a spatula or slotted spoon to gently turn the okra. When brown on other side, remove from oil and place on a plate covered with paper towels.

For each additional amount you need to fry, you may need to add oil, remove excess batter, and/or lower heat. Enjoy!