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Del Ray Farmers’ Market Kids’ Club Spotlights Del Ray Chefs

Taqueria Poblano owner Jeff Wallingford demonstrates how to make salsa at a 2023 POP Club. The demonstration was so popular that it inspired the 2024 POP Club line-up, which will feature a full summer of cooking demonstrations for children by Del Ray chefs using farmers’ market produce. (popclub_taqueria.jpg)

Alexandria, VA – The Del Ray Farmers’ Market’s popular Power of Produce (POP) Kids’ Club returns in April with a twist – each month, chefs from Del Ray restaurants will host cooking demonstrations for kids highlighting seasonal fruits and vegetables.

“The Del Ray Farmers Market has been a foundation for Del Ray’s business district and enticing our residents to patronize our great local businesses.” said Del Ray Farmers’ Market founder and manager Pat Miller. “We hope that having market shoppers learn about our restaurants will reinforce our bonds with the Del Ray business community.” Restaurants slated to host cooking demonstrations for the POP Club are Taquerial Poblano, Matt & Tony’s All Day Kitchen + Bar, District Biscuit Company, Pork Barrel BBQ, and Del Ray Pizzeria.

The POP Club helps connect children with local farmers to educate them about nutrition, food, farming, and community, and is free and open to all children ages 4-12. The second Saturday of each month from April through September, children can stop by the POP Club tent on Oxford Avenue during market hours. After completing the activity, children will receive a $5 voucher from the Del Ray Farmers Market that can be used to purchase local fruits and vegetables.

”Learning recipes and watching cooking demonstrations is a great way for kids to learn about seasonal and local fresh fruits and vegetables. It will also help our community learn the philosophies and cooking techniques of our local restaurants,” said POP Club organizer and founder Jeff O’Hara.

Named one of the best farmers’ markets in the state, the Del Ray Farmers’ Market was founded in 1994 and features fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, eggs, cheeses, breads, fresh pasta, baked goods, cut flowers, and more. In 2023, the Del Ray Farmers Market received the Heart of Del Ray, an annual award given to the business or organization that best represents the heart of the Del Ray community.

The year-round market takes place every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at The Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at the intersection of Oxford and Mount Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. For more information and to register for the POP Club, visit

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