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Falls Church Farmers Market
(703) 241-5027
300 Park Ave.
Falls Church, VA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-October Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon
County
Fairfax

McLean Farmers Market
(703) 642-0128
1659 Chain Bridge Rd., Lewinsville Park
McLean, VA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Friday
County
Fairfax

Annandale Farmers Market
(703) 642-0128
6621 Columbia Pike,; Mason District Park
Annandale, VA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Thursday
County
Fairfax

Vienna Saturday Farmers' Market
(703) 281-1255
Caboose Parking Lot; Corner of Church Street & Dominion Road, NE
Vienna, VA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-October Saturday
County
Fairfax

Frying Pan Park Farmers Market
(703) 642-0128
Frying Pan Farm Park; In front of the Frying Pan Country Store
Alexandria, VA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Wednesday
County
Fairfax

Annandale (Wakefield) Farmers Market
(703) 642-0128
Braddock Rd., W. at the Beltway; Wakefield Park
Annandale, VA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Wednesday
County
Fairfax

Columbia Pike Home Grown Market
(703) 892-2776
Pike Park; Columbia Pike & S. Walter Reed Drive
Arlington, VA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
January-December Sunday, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
County
Arlington

Vienna Farmers Market
(703) 642-0128
9601 Nottoway Park - 9601 Courthouse Rd.
Vienna, VA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Wednesday
County
Fairfax

West End Farmers' Market
(703) 461-6900
Ben Brenman Park; 4600 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
County
Alexandria

Clarendon Farmers Market
(703) 276-0228
Clarendon Metro Park
Arlington, VA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : No
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May-October Wednesday, 3:00 PM- 7:00 PM
County
Arlington

Foods that Fight for Sight

Foods that Fight for Sight

Foods that Fight for Sight Jo Wehage : Head Operations Ego
Foods that Fight for Sight

Eyes are a funny thing. They may be windows to the soul, but for some of us they seem to need a cleaning more often than they used to. I’ve often heard people tell me their eyes seemed to start weakening all at once. My sister told me her vision seemed to jump off a cliff on her 40th birthday. Fuzzy text, squinting, needing longer arms to see fine print may seem an inevitable sign of aging, but does it have to be this way? 

Women at Higher Risk
According to a Harvard study, women now account for two-thirds of all vision-impaired or blind people worldwide. While all of us suffer from a barrage of different attacks on our eyes; genetics, continued strain, poor nutrition, effects from the environment and cigarette smoke, etc., women have the added impact of hormones!

That’s right – add one more item to the perks of fluctuating hormones. According to James V. Aquavella, M.D. fluctuating estrogen and progesterone levels can have a negative impact on your site.

So while you’re waiting for the advice of a qualified ophthalmologist, let’s take a look at some powerful compounds that help keep those peepers in tip top shape.

Lutein & Zeaxanthin
These two compounds are found in large amounts in the lens and retina of our eyes. Here they function as antioxidants to potentially help protect our eyes from damage caused by free radicals, which can interact with and break down healthy tissue.

Lutein and zeaxanthin may also help to protect our eyes by filtering high-energy blue light. By filtering blue light, the pigment protects underlying cell layers from potential light damage.

Studies show that a diet that has sufficient amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin from fruits and vegetables could help protect our eyes from damage in different ways, such as potentially helping prevent common eye diseases of macular degeneration and cataracts.

Bell Peppers
Red bell peppers contain both lutein and zeaxanthin. Bell peppers also have an added protective effect against cataracts, due to their vitamin C and beta-carotene content.

Try adding them to salads and use then as a chip next time you go for a dip or hummus snack item.

Spinach
Listed near the top of the desired lutein and zeaxanthin-rich foods is the tried and true spinach. Overcooked and canned spinach can loose as much as 80% of their nutrients, so try it fresh or “quick boiled” for one minute.

Quick boiled for one minute (uncovered) is what WorldsHealthiestFoods.com suggests because it imparts a tender flavor and its cooked just long enough to soften its cellulose fibers making it easier to digest and allowing the nutrients to be more bioavailable to your cells.

Try the quick boiled spinach with tomatoes and a nice Mediterranean dressing (or make your own with 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 clove garlic and salt & pepper to taste). Another option; top with soy sauc...

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