December 2, 1998
Fairlington Historic District
Alexandria Farmers' Market
March 29, 1999
Old Town Alexandria
People who come to the Alexandria Farmerís Market find themselves in a busy plaza where local farmers and artists have been selling their products since 1753. Old Town Alexandriaís Market Square is thought to be one of the nationís oldest continually operating farmerís markets, serving as a primary way Alexandria residents have typically obtained their meat, dairy, fish, fruits and vegetables.
George Washington sent his produce from Mount Vernon to be sold at the Farmerís Market. Today, the market offers Alexandrians a way to reconnect to the past, while participating in an ongoing local and national tradition. According to an 1876 edition of the Alexandria Gazette, some things have not change because "to sell it here youíve got to grow it or make it at home."
(Photo by Ron Patterson)
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