I wanted to give a shout out to a nice addition to the Saturday morning market at Falls Church city hall (9-12 in the winter months). The set up didn't look like much, a beat up old land rover or toyota land cruiser, a card table and a small canopy. Oh but wow, the samples offered proved to me that they were the real deal, something I think chowhounders would appreciate. I have long been a lover of good sausage, something IMO that has been hard to find in NOVA save for treaking into Arlington to Heidelberg Bakery or the German Gourmet. I've not been impressed with the offerings at Whole Foods or other local markets.
Last week they had a duck sausage to die for, I'm kicking myself that I did not purchase a package last week but I wasn't sure I could have used it up as I had other dinner plans. The smoky taste and juniper berries lingered lingered in my mouth all week long. So I eagerly sought them out this morning. No duck sausage (they said they'd have some next week....) but a lovely kielbasa, some lamb & chicken sausage, andouille, veal wiesewurst as well as a selection of pate, some irish style bacon, pork lard.
I snapped up the last package of kielbasa to go with the bruseels sprouts I purchased from Sunny Orchards nearby. I have some leeks in the crisper, dried fagolet beans in the pantry and bought some crimini mushrooms and carrots to finish out and idea for stew in my head.
I'm just a food lover, no connection to any of the vendors besides being a farmer's market groupie.
Now I think Falls Church market would be perfect if they'd add a dried been purveyor and a better cheesemonger -- no goat cheese. But man oh man, it's pretty close to heaven on Saturday mornings in Falls Church.