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Farmers' Market Newsletter

301 King St., Alexandria, VA  22314
February 13, 2016, Issue 51
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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Valentines Day
Valentine’s Day at the Old Town Farmers’ Market this Saturday!
Finish up your Valentine’s Day shopping at market this weekend!  Amalthea Ridge and Truly-Life have beautifully scented soaps, bath bombs and lotions which make lovely gifts.  To complete the decadent bath experience, pick up a hand-poured candle from Capital City Candle Company.  Our friends at Maribeth’s Bakery will have cookies and other delicious sweets with a Valentine’s Day theme.  Chocotenango does small chocolate boxes, as well as magnificent bars and chocolate covered nuts.  Finally, don’t forget about the flowers: pick up roses or any other bouquet that catches your eye!

Lamb's Stew

Farm to Table: Guinness Lamb’s Stew with Vegetables 
Put lamb stew on the menu this weekend and enjoy a hearty dinner during this cold weather with plenty for left overs!  As an added bonus, crock pot meals are perfect for long work days: set it, forget it, and come back to a home that smells delicious!  Check out the recipe here from Once Upon a Chef.  You can pick up lamb at market from The Lamb’s Quarter and fresh carrots and potatoes from any market farms!

Capital Hill
Agricultural Hearings on Farmers’ Markets
Last week, the House Agricultural Committee hosted two hearings on farmers markets: (1) In the first hearing, direct marketing farmers spoke to legislators about the challenges that small operations have with FSMA compliance. Young/beginning farmers spoke about their difficulties accessing land, and, of course, the crucial role that markets play in keeping their businesses afloat!  (2) The second hearing focused on SNAP nutrition incentive programs, one that the Old Town Farmer’s Market is very proud to make available to SNAP shoppers!  You can watch the direct marketing farmers hearing here; watch the nutrition incentive hearing here.

SNAP/EBT Specials
Winter Special for SNAP/EBT Customers – Buy $20, Get $30 Free
The market is happening this winter and we want our SNAP customers to shop here and take advantage of some great deals!  From January to March 31, 2016, we’re offering a special:  Buy $20 in SNAP tokens and get $30 free ($20 dollars in fruit and vegetable tokens and $10 in double dollar tokens)!!!  Spring Valley, Bigg Riggs, Diaz Berries, and Montoya’s Produce are at market all winter offering delicious fresh vegetables and fruit.  Take advantage of this great deal and come visit us every Saturday!

Online Vendor Map
Market Information – Online Vendor Map 
Wondering where your favorite vendor is this winter?  Several of our vendors have different winter schedules, due to decreased product availability or weather challenges.  If you’re wondering whether you can plan on a vendor to be a market on a specific week, check out our vendor map here.

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