As the seasons change, so do the vendors at the market. A running list of vendors and when they are at the market is listed below.
3 Way Farms – Jorge helms this booth each Saturday, April through November. The farm offers a wide variety of seasonal vegetables, berries, melons, cut herbs, and potted plants. In late fall, find homemade decorative wreaths made of greens.
Ashbank Farm – “Always Fresh, Always Homemade” – Catherine, the baker and owner, brings a variety of homemade sweets to the market from Markham, Virginia. Cathy offers delicious pies, cookies, and croissants, as well as her signature apple cider donuts, a customer favorite. During the holidays and for special occasions, you can also place an order for any type of sweet you like! If you are out for a drive, visit the farm and get sweets direct from their bakery. At the market April through November.
Aunt Hattie’s Pralines – “Authentic New Orleans” – Made with the traditional ingredients of sugar, milk, pecans, and a little flavoring, you can’t get more New Orleans than these pralines. Hattie’s son is the baker, but the Del Ray market is lucky to have Hattie manning the booth each Saturday. Her son was given the recipe by his wife’s family, who were New Orleans natives. In addition to the traditional large praline, there are smaller versions available. Hattie’s is at the market April through November.
Baked By Yael – Yael Krigman is the woman behind Baked by Yael, which is located in the Woodley Park neighborhood of DC and dubbed DC’s first cakepoppery. They specialize in cakepops, bagels, rugelach, black and white cookies and other delicious baked goods. At the market year round.
Bees ‘n Blossoms – Local honey from Gordonsville, Virginia. Scott and Sallie Mitchell, the owners of Bee ‘n Blossoms, “keep” their bees using organic principles. Colonies of bees are placed on organic farms or private estates in remote locations during prime bloom times enabling the bees to gather nectar flows beginning in early spring through the fall. A variety of honey products are available during the winter market, December through March.
Biggs Family Produce – This long-time family farm is run by William Biggs with the help of family members, including Leonard and Brenda, who can be found at the Del Ray market each Saturday. The farm sells eggs, greens, a variety of vegetables, canned goods, and in the spring and summer, fresh cut flowers. Biggs is at the market April through November.
Cold Country Salmon – Cold Country Salmon is owned and operated by Alaskan Traveler Terpening and his wife Nicole. Together with their 2 year old daughter, Cedar, Traveler and Nicole spend their summers fishing the remote Ugashik River District of Bristol Bay, Alaska. In the fall, the family returns to the the Mid-Atlantic to distribute their catch via seafood shares and local farmers’ markets. They are at the market year round.
Compost Alexandria – Resource Recovery Stations, located at the City’s Famers’ Markets (Old Town, Del Ray, West End, & Four Mile Run), collect resident compost each week. Staff are on site to explain how to compost food and yard waste at home, and accept items for composting. There are also compost tubs available to purchase for $5; each one conveniently has a lid, handle, and is small enough to transport food waste to and from home. At the market year round.
Fresh Crunch Pickles – Matt helms this company and loves pickling. He has crowd-pleasing cucumbers, ginger, beets, carrots and cabbage, all handcrafted in small batches. Fresh Crunch is at the market year round, every 2nd and 4th Saturday.
Fuzzy Paws Barkery – Owner Judy tests each all natural healthy dog treat recipe on her own dogs, Liam and Rowdy. Fuzzy Paws Barkery uses all natural human grade ingredients in its treats and offers flavors like sweet potato and honey, pumpkin spice, and peanut butter and banana. Also stop by for a push pop cupcake! Sold year round at The Pretentious Gourmet tent.
Golden Goose Farm & Bakery – “Everything Good Under the Sun” – From Reva, Virginia, Mary brings a wide variety of fruits and vegetables grown using organic farming methods. At the market April through November.
Grace’s Pastries – Grace’s has a wide variety of sweet, savory, yeast and quick breads for sale including sourdough, focaccia, banana bread, zucchini bread, seven grain and gingerbread, among others. They also offer raspberry scones and apple turnovers. Check out their storefront in Herndon, VA at 434 Elden Street. Grace’s is at the market year round.
Honey Brook Farms – “Local, Nutritious, & Naturally Delicious” – A multi-generation family run farm from Culpeper, VA that uses holistic and sustainable methods to provide pasture raised, non-GMO meats & eggs, bone broth, CNG chemical free produce, raw honey, no-gluten/whole grain baked goods, & more. Chicken & Turkey are offered in a variety of cuts (boneless, bone-in, ground, & whole). The birds move daily across chemical free pasture where they forage in the sun on a rich salad bar pasture while being supplemented with Non-GMO Project Verified feed that is tested & guaranteed to be free from GMO’s, pesticides, & herbicides. At the market year around.
Marcela’s Bakery – Specializes in Central and South American breads, cookies, and pastries, in addition to birthday and wedding cakes. Owner Alicia hails from Cochabamba, Bolivia and opened her Arlandria shop in 2005. Each Saturday Marcela’s brings a small selection of hot goods to the Del Ray Farmers’ Market, including her Bolivian specialty saltena. A savory empanada, they are filled with beef or chicken and a sauce with vegetables. Marcela’s is at the market year round.
Number 1 Sons – “kimchi, kraut, pickles…” – Started in 2012, they offer barrel fermented foods made in Arlington, VA. Using processes that are thousands of years old, their products include several types of pickles, kraut, and kimchi. Types frequently making an appearance are kale-chi, stinkin’ rye kraut, rippin’ red rose-tido kraut, district dill and kicky kosher pickles. Number 1 Sons is at the market year round, every 1st and 3rd Saturday.
Pearl Fine Teas – Since 2007, Elise has been selling her specialty teas in and around the DC metro area. Available for purchase are brewed hot and iced tea, as well as a plethora of tea leaf blends for home brewing. At the market September through April and at various points during the summer months.
Shamali Hummus – Using a family recipe that is over 50 years old, Shamali Hummus offers four varieties of hummus, including garlic and spicy chili. Find them at various farmers’ markets across the DMV. At the market year round.
Shlagel Farms – Russ, with his wife Eileen and five children, operate this farm, which has been in the family since 1911. The farm offers a variety of seasonal vegetables, berries, melons, cut herbs, potted plants, and eggs. The farm, located in Waldorf, Maryland, also offers pick-your-own strawberries in the spring and pumpkin patches and hay rides in the fall. Shlagel Farms is at the market year round.
Smith Meadows – “taste truly local” – Located in Berryville, Virginia, this nearly 200 year old farm takes great pride in creating a healthy farm environment, producing healthy, content, and delicious animals. They sell meat from cattle, pigs, sheep, and chickens, as well as chicken eggs, that have been naturally raised in an outdoor setting. In addition to meats, they sell pre-made pastas and sauces that change each week. Their Weekly Kitchen Menu website lets you know what to expect each weekend. Smith Meadows is at the market year round.
Springview Farm – Located in the Northern Neck of Virginia, Mary and Barry own and operate this farm using organic and sustainable farming methods. They carry an assortment of seasonal vegetables, potted plants, and flowers, both in arrangements and loose. Springview is at the market April through November.
St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub – Started in 1996 by Nora Partlow and Scott Mitchell, St. Elmo’s is a mainstay in the Del Ray neighborhood. They offer coffee to market patrons looking for a pick-me-up. At the market year round.
Switch Doctor – Del Ray native son Chris Dunning brings switchel, a ginger-based non-alcoholic beverage, to the market. Also known as hay maker’s punch, switchel has long been used by farmers to keep them hydrated during long, hot days of working on the farm. Switchel also has numerous health benefits. Flavors include blueberry pomegranate fusion, citrus punch, and cherry supernova. At the market year round.
The Pretentious Gourmet – Chef Michael owns and operates The Pretentious Gourmet, a bakery specializing in cookies. Come sample their Signature Chocolate Chip, Chai Spiced, Cranberry and White Chocolate Oatmeal, and Double Chocolate Espresso cookies. They can be found at local farmers markets and also offer home delivery. At the market year round.
Together We Bake – “Empowering Woman for a Second Chance” – A comprehensive workforce training and personal development program for women, Stephanie Wright and Tricia Sabatini’s program is an innovative collaboration with Friends of Guest House, a supportive transitional housing program in Alexandria. Through the baking business, the women acquire the skills and experience to gain employment. The women bake various goods, including the most delicious chocolate chip cookies you’ll ever taste and an addictive granola. All proceeds go back to the program. Together We Bake is at the market April through December.
Toigo Orchard – “Good for You Food” – Using the Integrated Pest Management system allows the Orchard to grow beautiful fruit without chemical residues. In addition, they grow an array of fruits and vegetables in large, pesticide free greenhouses. At the market find fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers alongside cherries, peaches, plums, apples, pears and other fruits. They also offer pressed cider, honey from the Orchard, canned sauces and salsas. Toigo is at the market year round.
Tom’s Amish Cheese Store – Tom, a long-time vendor at the Del Ray Farmers’ Market, brings yogurt and cheeses made from pasture-raised, hormone and antibiotic-free dairy cows. There is a wide variety of flavored yogurts and pre-packaged cheeses, including goat (plain and flavored), cheddar, Gouda, and mozzarella. In addition, there are three special cave aged cheeses for sale by weight. Tom also sells eggs, canned goods from Country Canning, and baked goods from Little Britain Bakery. Tom is at the market year round.
Vera’s Bakery – Named after the family’s grandmother who opened the bakery in Severna Park, Maryland in 1994, Vera’s has a wide variety of treats. Shoppers will find savory and sweet scones, turnovers, pastry squares and breads. Vera’s is at the market year round.