Go for the Food and Crafts but Meet the People
It’s surprisingly quiet when you enter Ben Brenman Park in Alexandria, Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C., where the West End Market http://www.westendfarmersmarket.org sets up shop every Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.. The farmers and vendors start much earlier, some coming from as far away as Peach Bottom, Pennsylvania, or southern New Jersey or Montross, Virginia. The small farm market has around 22 vendors including the artisans, but prepare yourself for some nice surprises. There’s ample parking and an eclectic array of fresh produce and hand-made goods to buy. It was early in the season—opening day — when I ventured out there, but the weather mostly cooperated until late morning when gusts of wind threatened some of the tents and small handicrafts set up on tables that couldn’t withstand it. You can meet the farmers on the next page….