The Falls Church Farmers Market was voted third best among medium-size markets across the country in the 2011 “America’s Favorite Farmers Market” contest sponsored by the American Farmland Trust, and was Number One vote getter of medium-size markets in Virginia. The contest ran from June 1 through Aug. 31.
In an effort to promote local farmers markets, Farmland Trust sponsors the annual contest to choose America’s favorite farmers markets in four size categories: boutique markets with 15 or fewer vendors; small markets, 16 to 30 vendors; medium markets, 31 to 55 vendors; and large markets with 56 or more vendors. Falls Church City, with its 45 vendors, competed in the medium market category and beat out hundreds of similarly-sized markets throughout the country. In 2010, the Falls Church Farmers Market was voted No. 1 of all medium-size markets in the United States.
The Falls Church Farmers Market is open every Saturday, and during peak seasons more than 40 vendors offer fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats, baked goods, plants, and wine. Master Gardeners staff a booth at the Market to answer gardening questions and the Chef Series continues through mid-November with demonstrations by local restaurants. It is open from 8 a.m. (9 a.m. in winter months) until noon in the parking lot of City Hall, 300 Park Ave. and is sponsored by the Falls Church Recreation and Parks Department.