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This Week

Ashburn: The Master Gardneners and Library will both be at the market this week. Honey Brook Farms is bringing a kid (a baby goat that is) for everyone to see.  Little Corners Petit Fours always has something sweet and tasty. Try their dirty pies...yum! This market has a lively collection of over 20 vendors that bring you fresh, locally grown, raised and created food fresh every week. The ladies from Do Terra will be at the market this week too...come by and learn more about essential oils.

Brambleton: Another great market that offers the Brambleton community a chance to buy food from local farmers and producers.  We are back at our usual location on Emberbrook Circle. Come visit us on Sunday and have brunch at the market!

Cascades:  Baker's Pork is having a sale on pork chops this week. Try them on the grill! You will find lots of delicious baked goodies at this market as well as fruit and vegetables that will make your week delicious! Stop in and say hi to our hard working farmers and producers!

Leesburg: Our biggest and most poplular market is full of great food this weekend. You will find several different types of fresh, locally made bread (mmmmm....chibatta and Mandorlatini) and all kinds of meats from rabbit and chicken to beef and water buffalo. Baker Pork is having a special on pork chops...what are you grilling this weekend?  Potomac Veg reports that this year's garlic crop has come in. Fruits and flowers are abundant and there might even be corn! Music by Nicki Lynne! F&V Farm will be out this week.

Wednesday: Our wonderful Wednesday vendors are bringing a lot of fresh local food to Leesburg each week. Have you stopped in?  Please drop by and give these  small up and coming vendors ( and a couple old timers) a boost. This is where it all begins. You will find plenty of fruit, veg, baked goods as well as hummus, maple syrup and cold pressed juice! No Chef Eloy's Salsa this week but they are back next week.

Vote for your favorite Farmers Market by going to the website of AMERICAN FARMLAND TRUST'S FARMERS MARKET CELEBRATION. You will find all of your Loudoun Valley HomeGrown markets there. Let's show'em whose boss in Virginia!
Here is the website with a list of the LVHMC markets.

Kids can find Bernie, our Ashburn Market Mascot

What's Cookin'

Indian Street Corn

If you like corn, but don’t like eating it off the cob, this is a perfect dish for summer picnics and BBQs! The roasted corn and spices give this dish a great flavor.


  • 4 ears of corn
  • 1 medium yellow onion, small dice
  • 1 poblano chili, small dice
  • 1 sweet red pepper, small dice
  • 1 bunch scallions, thinly chopped
  • 1 T cumin
  • 1 t garam masala (you will find this spice mixture in the international aisle of any grocery store)
  • 1 T olive oil for cooking
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Pre-heat grill on high.
  1. Rub corn with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Cook corn until lightly charred (should take around 10 minutes), remember to turn over to get that even char.
  2. Once done, let cool and then cut kernels off the cobs and place in bowl.
  3. Heat large sauté pan on medium heat.
  4. Add tablespoon of olive oil to pan, then add  onions, chili, red pepper and cook for 3-5 minutes, until onions are translucent.
  5. Add spices and continue cooking for 30 seconds, then add the roasted corn and scallions and mix well. 
  6. Remove from heat and serve – can be eaten warm or at room temperature.

Recipe courtesy of Jarrett Manges of Jarrett is a strong supporter of locally grown food. We are so happy to have him contribute recipes that reflect what can be found at the Loudoun HomeGrown farmers markets.

Family Fun

Harvesting tomato seeds

Tomatoes are finally ripening and you'll find many heirlooms and hybrids at the Farmers Market now. Whether you plan to grow tomatoes next year, or not, this project is fun to do with your kids.

When I suggested this to the kids at cooking camp, they all looked at me with a confused look. "Don't you just squeeze the tomatoes and have seeds?" they would ask. Well, yes and no.  The seeds do come from the tomatoes, but there is an art to seed saving and a process to follow.  Tomato seeds in particular are a bit tricky.

Consider it a science experiment. First you have to find a super ripe tomato. Squeeze the seeds and pulp into a jar with water. Cover with plastic wrap and poke holes for air circulation. The water will ferment and turn murky over the next few days. In 3-5 days, strain you seeds using a fine mesh and put the contents on a paper plate or paper bag. Allow them to dry over the next week, shaking them every day. Once they are completely dry, put them in an envelop and label with the tomato plant name and date. How much fun is that! 

Read more about seed saving and tomato seeds here.

Maria Di Paolo-Greer is a Certified Health Coach and Founder of Ashburn-based Cooking with Fun LLC. Cooking with Fun offers cooking and gardening programs that inspire kids (and adults too) to explore foods they grow in the garden, to start their own garden at home, and to incorporate the garden-grown food into nutritious fun recipes that they make.

Editor's note: Teach your children how to gently draw their hands through the herbs they find at the market. They will discover it will put just enough scent on their hands to smell. Alternatively, they can "fan" scent towards their nose with their hands. 

Our Vendors

Allder School Berries  
Anna's Daughter

Audley Farm 
Baguette Republic  
Baker inc  
Becky's Pastries  
BEE Chic Naturals
Beechwood Orchards
Bigg Riggs Farm
Blue Ridge Dairy Co.
Bread House
Buchanan Farms
California Girl Functional Foods
Catoctin Coffee Company
Chase Your Tail Bakery
Chef Eloy's Kickin "Salsas"
Don's Dahlias Etc
Douglas W. Woerner
F and V Farm

Full Moon Farm
Georges Mill Farm Artisan Cheese
Gleason Greenhouse
Grandma's Garden

Greenheart Wellness 
Happy Crepe
Harmony Creek Farm
Hidden Creek Apiary
Hillside Harvest LLC

Honey Brook Farms
Independence Homestead  
J & W Valley View Farm

Jerry's Gourmet Berries, Inc
Johnston Enterprise  
Layered Cake Patisserie 
Little Corners Petit Fours 
Milcreek Farm
Mill Road Farm, Inc.
Moonfire Orchard
Naughty Girls Donut Shop
Number 1 Sons
Pauly's Rib Shack
Petra's Plants
Pink Polka Dot Bake Shop
Pleitez Produce
Pops n'Chill
Potomac Vegetable Farms 
Quail Hollow Farm Herbs
Rivas Salsas de Mexico
Shenandoah Seasonal
Shepherd's Whey Creamery 
Silcott Springs Farm

South Street Under
Staff of Life Bread
The Farmstand
Thea's Flowers
Thistle Rock Farm and Nursery
Uncle Roger's Pit Stop

Vale of the Blue Ridge Maple Farm
Valencia's Produce
Westmoreland Produce
Willowcroft Farm Vineyards
Woodtrail Graziers
Zayna's Delight

Photo: Pops n'Chill

You can learn more about our markets and the vendors that sell at them by clicking on the pictures above. Each market has its own webpage.

The Leesbur Saturday Farmers Market is the only market in Loudoun County to accept SNAP. Use your SNAP benefit card at the market and get as much as $10 in matching market dollars. Learn more about how SNAP works here


Volunteers needed

LVHMC has an urgent need for volunteers so we may offer the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly know as food stamps) at more of our markets. We want more families to have locally grown healthy food!
We are ready to offer SNAP at our Wednesday Leesburg Market and our Sunday market in Cascades but need volunteers to staff the stand.
If you are interested please contact Kathryn Willis at
Please mind your pup!

The market is a busy place. Keep your pet safe by:
  • super short leash
  • away from tables 
  • Respect personal space
  • be prepared
  • clean up 

Thank you!

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