This post was sponsored by Potomac Mills. I was invited to visit and experience “The Market at Potomac Mills” with my family. All opinions are 100% my own.
On April 29th, I had the wonderful chance to be at the opening of “The Market at Potomac Mills” – a seasonal farmers market located in the commuter lot of the Potomac Mills outlet mall in Woodbridge, Virginia.
As I’ve shared in this post, I was thrilled to be at this event, because not only do I really enjoy going to farmers markets, it’s also being held at one of my top favorite places to shop for anything and everything here in Northern Virginia: the Potomac Mills mall.
Held every Saturday from April 29 through October 28, 2017, from 7am to 2pm, The Market at Potomac Mills will be featuring more than 50 local farmers, producers and vendors.
- Westmoreland Berry Farm, a family-owned berry farm and market
- Emerald Bee Bath, premium, hand-made soaps, bath bombs, scrubs, lotions and more
- Blenheim Organic Gardens, a 400-acre farm that grows USDA certified organic produce
- Sprelly, specializing in gourmet PB&Js
- Tart Cart, making naturally gluten-free, vegan sweets
During our visit on opening day, a live band was playing while we were browsing through the market, which added cheer to the whole occasion.
There were bounce houses and balloon artists to entertain the kids too. If you live close to the Woodbridge area at all or visiting or just feel like exploring, it’s one place to be on a nice weekend day!
One thing I love about going to farmers markets is that you’ll never know what you’ll find.
I’m like a child in a candy store when it comes to visiting farmers markets! I just get so excited seeing all of the fresh, natural produce, food, skin care items, candles, fruits and plants… you name it!
And oh, the sweets and bakery items…
My husband and I enjoyed a lunch of yummy, healthy crepes from Rita’s Crepes. Seriously guys, if you haven’t tried them and you’re not far from this farmers market, I suggest you go and get your quick, yummy ‘grab and go’ Saturday lunch at this cool eatery inside the farmers market at Potomac Mills. They make the most delicious crepes right in front of you right after you order it!
So cool to watch the staff making them!
And what I get most excited about at farmers markets is the produce section.
I grabbed a few items to make my Spring salad, which I will be sharing the recipe with you in a bit.
So go check out “The Market at Potomac Mills” the next Saturday you are around the Woodbridge, Virginia area and don’t miss out on all the yummy, fresh farmers market goodness!
About the Potomac Mills: Potomac Mills is Virginia’s largest outlet and value retail mall, located minutes from the heart of Washington D.C. The center features an indoor shopping experience with more than 200 stores, including Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, kate spade new york and Nike Clearance Store. Shoppers can also enjoy quality dining and entertainment from any of the Mills’ 25 eateries and 18 Theatre AMC. Conveniently located immediately off of I-95, Potomac Mills serves the thriving Washington, D.C. / Northern Virginia region and also welcomes guests from all over the world. For more information, please call 703-496-9330.
SPRING SALAD WITH STRAWBERRY BALSAMIC DRESSING
I’m excited to share with you my recipe for Spring salad!
For this salad, I make my own strawberry balsamic dressing – so easy to make, yet, it’s the perfect dressing flavor for this super healthy salad that has lots of my favorite greens: spring mixed greens and kale fresh from the farmers market at Potomac Mills.
The strawberries, dried cranberries, almonds and feta cheese make this salad even more flavorful!
- For the Salad:
- 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
- 2 cups spring mixed greens, chopped
- 2 cups kale, chopped
- 2 cups strawberries, chopped
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
- ¼ cup sliced almonds
- For the Strawberry Balsamic Dressing:
- 1 cup strawberries
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- To make the strawberry balsamic dressing: In a food processor or blender, pulse the strawberries, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, dijon mustard, garlic, salt and pepper until smooth. Set aside.
- In a large bowl toss the chicken, spring mixed greens, kale, strawberries, dried cranberries, feta cheese, and sliced almonds. Toss with dressing or drizzle on top of served portions.