Situated an hour's drive west of the nation’s capital, The Inn at Little Washington has been a culinary destination in the rolling hills of Virginia since it was opened in 1978. A member of Relais & Chateau, The Inn is helmed by chef-owner Patrick O’Connell, who recently announced plans to open a farmer’s market in July. The surrounding Virginia Piedmont is home to a plethora of farms, and the idea is to showcase this local bounty, while also selling the extra vegetables that are produced in the Inn’s gardens. There will also be jams, pickles, herbs, crafts, and baked goods from the Inn’s own kitchens.
As reported by The Washington Post, chef O’Connell also wanted “to share the Inn's food at a more affordable price point with more people.” It’s also a means to create a community social hub, and another option for overnight guests looking for other food options (if they’ve already dined in The Inn’s famous restaurant). Starting July 3, The Inn at Little Washington’s village market will take place on Sundays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. through October 30. It will be situated in the Parsonage Garden across the street from The Inn.