Susan Birchler and Julie Bryant, founders of the Alexandria West End Farmer's Market
In 2006, Julie Bryant decided that that the West End neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia needed a farmers market. At the time, Julie owned and operated a small coffee shop adjacent to the Cameron Station neighborhood (in the West End, of course). She began talking to her customers about the idea, and one of them- Susan Birchler- volunteered to help out.
Three years later, the idea has grown from a small farmers market in the Ben Brenman Park to a robust marketplace and community meeting place. Together Julie and Susan act as the market managers, contacting farmers and vendors, publicizing the market, and working tirelessly for the continued success of the West End Alexandria market.
The West End Market opening hopes to bring the community together through more than great food, however. Several local artists and craftspeople will be at market exhibiting and selling their goods. The artists will return for the second week of the market, and will continue to sell their goods on the first Sunday of every month throughout the market season.
There will also be an acoustic musician, and a storyteller from the Alexandria Library.
Bring the entire family and support our local farmers and the grand opening of the third season of the Alexandria West End Farmer's Market.
And if my words haven't convinced you yet, maybe my sidewalk artworks will:
I may not be much of an artist, but hopefully the message is perfectly clear:
The Alexandria West End Farmers Market opens this Sunday, May 3rd!
Conveniently located adjacent to the Foggy Bottom Metro Station in Washington, DC, this is the perfect market to stop at on your commute home. In addition to the many farmers selling fresh produce, and two great bakeries, there will be three new vendors joining the market this season: Chris' Marketplace (crabcakes and empanadas), Haskins Family Farm (pasture-raised meats and fresh eggs), and Gunpowder Bison. In short, this variety of vendors will make the locavore mid-week stop and shop nearly effortless.