This Week’s Newsletter: Spring Events

Dear Shoppers,

We are keeping our fingers crossed for two really nice days this weekend not just for us shoppers but for the farmers who are outstanding in their fields, literally, planting everything they can at this time of year. The rain and warmer weather has been great for them, and they are excited about getting another soaking rain this week. And another weekend brings us that much closer to spring veggies in the market! As far as I’m concerned, asparagus can’t come soon enough!

This e-mail goes out to all of our shoppers, including those who normally come to our summer markets, so I am going to let a few cats out of the bag as a teaser of sorts about programming and fun times for the summer. We have already lined up Annie Sidley for four cooking demos on Saturdays at Oakton in April and May: April 9th and 23rd and May 14th and 28th.

The church has located an outdoor electrical outlet for us, so she will set up in the market to shop the market with you and cook some great food that you can make for your own families. Wait till you see what Annie can do with local produce on a cooktop!

Annie will also come to Reston to regale us with her talents and samples the first Wednesday of every month beginning in May and hopefully to Fairfax Corner as part of a partnership with the Fairfax County Partners in Prevention Program for their employees. They want to do walking tours of the market followed by cooking demonstrations with both their staff and ours. The Fairfax Corner dates will be announced later.

We will also host our in-house, award-winning Rodney Richardson Trio at Reston, Fairfax Corner and, this year for the first time, Oakton throughout the season. They have committed to the the third Wednesday of every month at Reston and the first Tuesday at Fairfax Corner. They will also join us for a series of Jazz Brunches at Oakton — more information on those later.

I have just learned that I must wait another week to let the really big cat out of the bag — so all of you will just have to hold your breath or your horses or something while I explode. Never hurts to have something to look forward to but if your curiosity overcomes you, you will just have to come to market to try to wring it out of me in person.

And watch for new vendors coming soon to all of our markets.

See you at the market!