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The bloom is not off the rose when it comes to seasonal farmers markets, which are seeing their numbers and value increase – not only for their healthful offerings of fresh-from-the-fields produce, but also for their contributions to a sustainable food supply in this era of climate change.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Virginia with its 246 markets statewide is tied with Missouri at No. 9 among the top 10 states that account for more than half of all markets nationally. That’s a 180-percent increase in markets since 2006, says VirginiaGrown.com. Locally, new markets have cropped up in the Mosaic District, Tysons Corner, Chantilly and Fairfax.

Products sold at markets supervised by the Fairfax County Park Authority are produced by vendors within 125 miles of the county. Consumers reap the benefits of lower transportation costs as well as the peak nutritional value that derives from serving food at dinner that was harvested before breakfast.

For those committed to growing food in their back yard, Master Gardeners offer plant clinics at several markets, where experts can answer questions as well as identify pests and diagnose disease from plant and insect samples.

Most weekly farmers markets are opening this month and will continue to offer fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, eggs, breads, flowers, plants and more until the last pumpkin is picked in the fall.

Wednesdays



McCutcheon/Mt. Vernon

8 a.m. to noon, May 7 to Dec. 17

Sherwood Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane

www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/FarmersMarkets/mtvernonmkt.htm



Oak Marr

8 a.m. to noon, May 7 to Nov. 26

Oak Marr Recreation Center, 3200 Jermantown Road

www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/FarmersMarkets/viennamkt.htm



Wakefield

2 to 6 p.m., May 7 to Oct. 29

Wakefield Park, 8100 Braddock Road

www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/FarmersMarkets/wakefieldmkt.htm

Thursdays



Annandale

8 a.m. to noon, May 1 to Nov. 6

Mason District Park, 6621 Columbia Pike

www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/FarmersMarkets/annandalemkt.htm



Herndon

8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., May 1 to Nov. 13

Old Town Herndon, 742 Lynn St., by the Red Caboose

www.herndon-va.gov



Fairfax County Government Center (New)

3 to 7 p.m., May 1 to Oct. 30

Parking lot B, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax

www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/farmersmarkets/governmentcntr-mrkt.htm

Fridays



McLean

8 a.m. to noon, May 2 to Nov. 21; market closed May 17 for McLean Day

Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Road

www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/FarmersMarkets/mcleanmkt.htm



Kingstowne

4 to 7 p.m., May 2 to Oct. 31

Giant parking lot, 5935 Kingstowne Towne Center

www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/FarmersMarkets/kingstownemkt.htm

Saturdays



Burke

8 a.m. to noon, May 3 to Nov. 22

VRE parking Lot, 5671 Roberts Parkway

www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/FarmersMarkets/burkemkt.htm



Reston

8 a.m. to noon, May 3 to Nov. 8; market closed Sept. 27 for Multicultural Festival

Lake Anne Village Center, 11401 North Shore Drive

www.restonfarmersmarket.com



Vienna

8 a.m. to noon, May 3 to Oct. 25

Faith Baptist Church parking lots, 301 Center St. S.

Front lot open to those with special parking needs; call 703-200-7806.

www.viennafarmersmarket.com or www.facebook.com/pages/Vienna-Farmers-Market/176720262362072



Fairfax City

8 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 10 to Nov. 1; market closed Oct. 11 for City of Fairfax Fall Festival

West and Main streets behind the Wells Fargo Bank, adjacent to Historic Fairfax County Courthouse

www.fairfaxsaturdaymarket.com

Sundays



Lorton

9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 4 to Nov. 2

VRE parking lot, 8990 Lorton Station Blvd.

www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/FarmersMarkets/lortonmkt.htm



Mosaic Central (New)

9 a.m. to 2 p.m., opens May 4

2910 District Ave., Fairfax, between Lee Highway and Gallows Road

http://mosaicdistrict.com/events



Fairfax City

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 11 to Oct. 26; market closed Oct. 11 for City of Fairfax Fall Festival

West and Main streets behind the Wells Fargo Bank, adjacent to Historic Fairfax County Courthouse

www.fairfaxsundaymarket.com

Smart Markets





Jean Janssen, longtime activist, entrepreneur and Fairfax County resident, founded Smart Markets Inc. in 2008. Smart Markets runs six guaranteed producer-only markets in the county, with locally grown fruits and vegetables, locally raised meats and poultry, and local foods from breads and cheeses to salsa and sausage. Visit http://smartmarkets.org.

Reston

Wednesdays, 3 to 7 p.m., open

12001 Sunrise Valley Drive



Lorton

Thursdays, 3 to 7 p.m., open

New Hope Church, 8905 Ox Road



Chantilly (New)

Thursdays, 3 to 7 p.m.; opens May 22

St. Veronica’s Catholic Church, 3460 Centreville Road



Oakton

Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., year-round

Unity of Fairfax Church, 2854 Hunter Mill Road



Springfield

Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; opens May 3

Springfield Mall, 6417 Loisdale Road



McLean (New)

Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; opens May 18

Parking lot of the National Automobile Dealers Association, 8400 Westpark Drive