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Market Roundup: July 15-22

A taste of what will be at area farmers markets this week:

This Just In:

The Licking Creek Bend farm will sell white nectarines at $1.99 per pound at the Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights markets.

On Sunday the
Wheaton Farmers Market
will have white peaches for $6 a quart.

New at the Community Farmers' Market on Saturday are sweet corn, heirloom tomatoes, peaches, melons, blackberries, squash.

The Occoquan Farmers Market has added a vendor, Get Dressed, who sells garlic vinaigrette dressing for $6 a bottle.

This Saturday the Community Farmers' Market will have three new vendors, including Middleburg Creamery, which sells ice cream, Pratt's Honey Products and Joie de Vivre Honey Mint Dressing.

The Town of Kensington Farmers Market has added five vendors, including Stonyman Gourmet Cheese, Banner Bee Honey, Kramer Peanuts, Gun Powder Bison and Blue Fire Grill. They join 15 other vendors at the market.

Check These Out:

On Thursday, vendor B. Hall will sell whoopie pies at the Ballston Farmers Market from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.The pies have become “all the rage,” according to market manager Jessica Blaszczack. In case you're not familiar (and you should be), “Think of a whoopie pie as a little fluffy cupcake but in sandwich form.” The pies sell for $2.50 each or $30 for a dozen.

Whoopie pies. (Courtesy of the Ballston Farmers Market)

All Things Olive is selling the award-winning Figueroa Farms Italian Varietals olive oil for $18 a bottle at the Kensington Farmers Market on Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon.

On Friday Legacy Manor Farms will sell pasture-raised, all-beef bratwurst for $6 a pound at the Brunswick Farmers' Market from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. They also sell clover honey at $8 a pound, fresh-picked green beans for $3 a pound and summer squash for $2 a pound.

Special Events:

The Glover Park-Burleith Farmers' Market will feature a chef demo by Juliet G. Tahar, the founder and president of Healthy Living Inc., from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. She will make string beans and yellow squash with fresh herbs. The farmers market will also feature face painting, a bike clinic, seasonal recipes and a weekly raffle of free market produce.

Chris Burnham, who has been nicknamed the “Worm Man,” will bring his composting worms to the Purcellville Community Market, from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday to demonstrate the benefits of composting vegetable waste and creating worm castings.

Domenica Marchetti, cookbook author and a frequent contributor to The Washington Post Food section, will showcase her recipe of bruschetta with roasted cherry tomatoes at the FreshFarm market by the White House on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. The recipe comes from her book “Big Night In,” which will also be available for purchase.

The Penn Quarter FreshFarm Market will feature Chef Joe Raffa, from the Oyamel restaurant, who will be making Tomato-Watermelon Gazpacho with Squash Blossoms on Thursday at 4 p.m. Free samples will be available.

Chef Travis Timberlake, from Art & Soul, will showcase his recipe of Ahi Tuna on Fried Green Tomatoes at the Health & Human Service FreshFarm Market at 3 p.m on Wednesday. Free samples will be available.

For the Severna Park Farmers Market, July 17 and 24 are “Customer Appreciation” days, when market shoppers can receive free recipes and cooking ideas. The Saturday morning market also features baked goods, cheese, perennial plants, jams, jellies, pickles, herbal soaps, cut flowers, local honey, coffee and tea, beef and painted gourds.

Check out a list of farmers markets in the area here.

Don't forget to search our database for seasonal recipes.

-- Naomi Nix

By Naomi Nix  |  July 15, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  Markets This Week  | Tags: Naomi Nix, farmers markets  
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