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Old Town Farmers’ Market Newsletter Issue 20 | News Release | Old Town Farmers’ Market


farmersmarketJuly 9, 2015, Issue 20
Open Year-Round | Every Saturday | 7 am – 12 pm (noon)
Free Parking at Market Square Garage until 12:30 pm
We accept SNAP/EBT
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The Lambs Quarter
Peach University at Old Town Farmers’ Market
In case you missed it, peaches are officially at market!  Wonder what the difference is between cling, freestone, white, and yellow?  As a quick guide, peaches get sweeter as the summer progresses.  Right now our orchards have cling peaches, which means the peach flesh hangs onto the pit and has to be pulled away.  The fruit is delicious but not good for recipes that require pretty slices, like pies and tarts.  Freestone varieties ripen later in the summer–you’ll see them at market in ~2 weeks.  Want more info?  Click on this link from Clemson University: https://youtu.be/XbMxm6hXk04.  Look for peaches at market from Ashton Farm, Bigg Riggs, and Spring Valley.

Fourth of July Cookies
Market Events – Zumba at Market
Your Life Energy Holistic Center will host Zumba at market class this Saturday!  The high-energy class starts at 8:45 am, followed by a Zumba Gold (lower-impact) class at 9:15 am.  Due to space constraints, each class is limited to 10 participants.  RSVPs highly encouraged at www.yourlifeenergy.com or (571) 319-0093.  For a calendar of Market events, click here.

pasta salad
Sweet Corn at the Market!
Who needs sweet corn for their summer barbeques?  The Old Town Farmers’ Market has got you covered and it is spectacular this year!  Stop by Spring Valley Farm, the Farmstead of Charlotte Hall, or Bigg Riggs Farm and buy some fresh picked ears so sweet and delicious you might not even need salt or butter!

Tomato, Corn, Avocado Salad
Market to Table Recipe – Herbed Heirloom Tomato Salad
There’s nothing better than a fresh, sweet, tomato picked at the height of its ripeness and deliciousness.  Buy gorgeous heirloom tomatoes from our farmers’ tables and make a simple heirloom tomato salad.  Use high quality extra-virgin olive oil, vinegar, sea salt, and fresh herbs to define the final flavor; and, of course, ripe heirloom tomatoes from the Old Town Farmers’ Market!  Herbed Heirloom Tomato Salad Recipe

Call for Farmers’ Market Volunteers!
Do you love farmers’ markets and want to spend a few hours in a beautiful setting on Market Square?  We are looking for people who are willing to help us set up for special events, conduct customer satisfaction surveys, customer counts, or assist with fun market events.  If you want to volunteer for fun events that enhance our community, please send an email to Mae.Carroll@alexandriava.gov.

SNAP/EBT Double Dollar Program
The Old Town Farmers’ Market accepts SNAP/EBT and offers customers up to $10 in matching funds. For more information on the Double Dollar program, see Double Dollar Brochure – English or Double Dollar Brochure – Spanish.  Stop by the Information Booth to get your tokens so you can enjoy delicious fresh vegetables and fruit picked at the height of their nutrition and tastiness!


Any Questions?
Questions, comments, or concerns?  Please contact Mae Carroll, Market Manager, at oldtownfarmersmarket@alexandriava.gov.

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