Localize Your Love: A Valentine’s Farmers Market Gift Guide
Does the endless scroll and uncertainty of online shopping have you feeling low this V-Day? There’s a refreshing alternative that supports small businesses and brings some more heart to your Valentine’s gifting! Enter the vibrant world of farmers markets, where the bounty of the harvest meets the warmth of community. We checked in with FRESHFARM farmers and producers to see which market goodies would make perfect love-filled gifts this holiday. We hope this local Valentine’s gift guide inspires you to check out the farmers market for your romantic (or friendship) gifting needs!
Does your sweetie not subscribe to the classic Valentine’s gifting agenda? Bring in some heat with Abundant Acres Potion #9 gourmet hot sauce. Made with chocolate habaneros and chocolate moruga scorpion peppers, this sauce is sure to charm your hottie.
Find Abundant Acres at Oakton, Mosaic, and Arlington.
Grab an array of delectable sweet treats, breads, and jams from Atwater’s. Featuring their chocolate cherry bread, flourless chocolate bundt cake (we see you, gluten-free baddies!), chocolate dipped cherry biscotti, sweet heart sugar cookies, and red berry rose jam, the team at Atwater’s is sure to have something for everyone.
Find at Arlington, Silver Spring, and Dupont Circle.
Cocoi’s Sweets and Pastries
Skip the flowers! Gift your loved one a yummy Donut Bouquet from Cocoi’s Sweets and Pastries! Each bouquet is carefully crafted and arranged with mini gourmet donuts filled with Filipino flavors. The donut bouquet will be available for pre-order until February 10th.
Find Cocoi’s Sweets and Pastries at Reston.
Dixon Family Farm
Indulge with Dixon Family Farm’s special Valentine’s soaps and bubble bath bombs. They use farm-grown and distilled lavender and other botanicals in every product made. Shopping local is an easy way to add aromatic luxury to your self-care routine. All specialty soaps will be prepared and packaged for markets the week before Valentine’s Day.
Find Dixon Family Farm at Downtown Silver Spring, Dupont Circle, and Mount Vernon Triangle.
Pick up a classic bouquet of cut flowers or discover a new home good made with pressed local flowers from Grateful Gardeners. Based in Poolesville, Grateful Gardeners grows their blooms using aquaponics.
Find Grateful Gardeners at Mosaic.
FRESHFARM Gift Cards
There aren’t many other gift cards that can be used at over 250 small businesses! The FRESHFARM gift card is a great go-to for all challenging-to-shop-for friends and family. Perfect for flowers, beer, bacon, soap, eggs, CBD products, mushrooms, fruits, veggies, and more!
Purchase gift cards on the FRESHFARM website. Gift cards can be spent at any FRESHFARM market.
Nothing says love like homemade kombucha! Gift your love a HEX Ferments kombucha kit, which includes everything they need to start making kombucha right away! Comes with organic green tea, organic sugar, a reusable tea bag, 1 gallon brewing vessel, SCOBY and two bottles, plus a complete instruction guide.
Find HEX Ferments at Dupont Circle.
Answer your carb cravings with Valentine’s baked goods from RavenHook Bakehouse. Available the weekend before V-Day, the RH team will be serving up heart-shaped raspberry Mardi Gras King Cake, heart-shaped sugar cookies, and love-filled versions of their chocolate cherry bread and sourdough miche! All items are available for preorder on their website.
Find RavenHook Bakehouse at Arlington, Columbia Heights, Monroe Street, Mosaic, and Union Market District.
Roots ‘n Shoots Microgreens
Level up your sandwiches, salads, and soups with nutrient-dense microgreens from Roots ‘n Shoots. Offering a heart-shaped red and green Valentine’s Day special, this tray is sure to put a smile on your loved one’s face. Available at Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon Triangle by email order only; please order at least one week in advance at email@example.com.
Find Roots ‘n Shoots at Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon Triangle.
Shepherd’s Whey Creamery
Pick up Shepherd’s Whey Creamery’s Valentine seasonal flavor: lemon raspberry chevre. Lightly sweetened with honey from Spring Valley Farm, raspberries, and lemon, this treat is perfect to serve rolled into a crepe or spread on French toast for a Valentine’s brunch!
Find Shepherd’s Way Creamery at Dupont Circle.
Tenth Ward Distilling Company
Snag Tenth Ward Distilling Co’s limited edition Brinton’s Brandy: apple brandy dunked in local, fresh tart cherries. Tasting notes include cherry pie, a touch of sweetness, and a little apple pucker to finish. A traditional American recipe dating back to the Civil War era! Released only once a year, this year on February 10th.
Find Tenth Ward Distilling Co. at Downtown Silver Spring.
The Fertile Burb
Grab the perfect Valentine’s mix of 10 tulips! Hand-selected, wrapped, and packed, they can be sent on their way to your loved one from The Fertile Burb. Tulips are grown at their farm in Gainesville, Virginia, without the use of any chemicals or preservatives.
Find The Fertile Burb at Oakton.
Last, but certainly not least, get your cut flower fix from Wollam Gardens, based in Jeffersonton, Virginia. The Wollam team will be bringing gorgeous tulip and greenery arrangements to market through Valentine’s Day.
Find Wollam Gardens at Arlington, Dupont Circle, and Union Market District.
Thank you for perusing our Valentine’s gift guide — FRESHFARM hopes your love-filled holiday will have little more local heart as a result!