2016 Brings Big Changes to Central Farm Markets
At the start of our eighth season Central Farm Markets is embarking on some exciting changes. The first is the launch of our new website and the second is the launch of our newest farmers market located in Charlottesville, Virginia, Stonefield Central Farm Market.
We have been working all winter to get our markets ready for the season and that includes designing a new website to incorporate all the changes. Our newly designed website is more dynamic both in design and in its user friendliness. Here you will be able to go directly to the market of your choice and find updated information on the specific market or markets that you are interested in visiting. We will keep you updated through our weekly e-blasts blogs, events and calendar listings, as well as our social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Eight years ago we started Bethesda Central with 17 vendors on a small lot in downtown Bethesda. Today that market has grown to a year round market with over 70 vendors during the summer season alone! It is one of the biggest winter markets in the area and we have enjoyed serving thousands of patrons over the years. The Bethesda winter market runs from January- March 10 am – 1:30 pm and April – December 9:00 am – 1:30 pm.
Five years ago we opened Pike Central Farm Market an integral part of the Pike & Rose in the North Bethesda area. Pike and Rose, when completed, will be a wonderful complex of condos, retail and restaurants. Due to the construction at Pike & rose the Pike Central Farm Market is making its 4th move in the vicinity, but we still have over 40 wonderful vendors from April – November, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm.
Three years ago, Central Farm Markets opened its first Virginia location in the Mosaic District, Fairfax, Va, another vibrant community of condos, town homes, shops and restaurants. We started that market with 30 vendors and today we have grown to over 50 unique farmers and artisan food producers from May- December, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm.
This year we open our fourth market in Charlottesville Virginia, the Stonefield Central Farm Market. Located right off Route 29 at the Shops at Stonefield and Stonefield Commons, another wonderful property of homes, unique retailers and restaurants. Situated in one of Virginia’s most beautiful settings, we are delighted to welcome 32 farmers and artisan food producers to our first “out of town” market. We have spent a lot of time the last year in Charlottesville, making wonderful new friends and loving the food centric community that Charlottesville has become. Stonefield will run from May-November on Saturdays 9:30 am – 2:30 pm.
We really love what we do, the people we meet and the wonderful vendors and staff who work with us to make these markets “little village greens”. We incorporate non-profits, food banks, musicians and artisans into our markets, weaving the fabric of our communities into the markets. We have loyal business sponsors who make it possible for us to give you the free music programs, kids programs, and chef programs that are enjoyed by everyone each market day.
We welcome you to our 2016 season at all of the markets and look forward to meeting each one of you in person. And as we say each week on our e-blasts: See you at the markets!
Debbie Moser and Mitch Berliner