Smart Markets comes to St. Veronica Church

Thanks to Jean Janssen, head of the local farmers markets group known as Smart Markets Inc. St. Veronica Church in Chantilly will be the new home for a mini farmers' market, beginning June 19 at 3 p.m. and continuing every Thursday throughout the summer.

In the past six years, Janssen has taken the farmers market concept to at least nine other Northern Virginia locations, responding to an increasing consumer demand for farm-fresh goods.

The long winter delayed the spring crops, but Janssen said that summer's best produce is on the way. Shoppers will find canning tomatoes from West Virginia; grape, cherry and heirloom tomatoes; sweet corn; summer squashes; sweet peppers; and fresh herbs, to name a few of the coming crops. Market fruit vendors also will stock cherries, apricots, peaches, berries and yellow and white nectarines.

Mike Burner from Honey Brook Farm will bring his own pasture-raised meats that will include beef, pork, lamb, goat, veal and chicken. He also will bring dairy products from Trickling Springs Creamery in Pennsylvania Dutch country where many of the Mennonite vendors who supply other Smart Markets take their milk for processing and fresh country eggs.

St. Veronica's Smart Market will host Arnaud Herodet, a former pastry chef at the French Embassy in Washington, who lives and bakes near the church.

If you go

St. Veronica Church is located at 3460 Centreville Road in Chantilly.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2014