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Market Roundup: Aug. 19-26

A taste of what will be at local farmers markets this week.

THIS JUST IN

Basignani Winery will now sell Maryland wines at the Bethesda Central Farmers market.

The Occoquan Farmers market has added a new vendor to the mix. Josephine’s Desserts of Woodbridge will sell sweet potato pies, pecan pies, and coconut custard pies for $15 each or $25 for two.

The FreshFarm market by the White House on Thursdays has added vendor Salsa las Glorias, selling homemade salsa.

Smart Markets at Tyson's Corner has added 4 new vendors, including Loudoun Valley Vineyards, LMS Produce, Micha's Sorbets, and Tommy V's Salsa.

This week the Ward 8 Farmers market will have its last blackberries from the Terrapin Station Herb Farm. They sell for $5 a pint.

Melissa Taylor of MT's Pastries will now sell chocolate deserts and gluten-free baked goods at the Smart Markets in Oakton.

Smart Markets at Reston has added three new vendors. Chris Carey, former chef at The Wine Kitchen in Leesburg, will sell take-home soups, salads, sauces and entrees. Obergood Goat Cheese will sell a variety of mild and creamy goat cheeses. Sweet Bite Creamery will sell frozen confections that look like “high-fashion ice cream sandwiches,” according to market president Jean Janssen.

Three new vendors will sell their goods at the Smart Markets in Gainesville. South Mountain Creamery will sell a variety of dairy products including locally processed milk from hormone- and antibiotic-free cows. Uncle Fred BBQ Smoke Shack will sell smoked meats and barbecue, including ribs, pulled pork and whole chickens. Bonjour La Parisienne will sell artisan breads.

CHECK THESE OUT

Blue Ridge Botanicals is having a plant sale at the Takoma Park Farmers Market. Varieties on sale include purple irises, yellow day lilies and yellow mums. A one-gallon pot costs $5.

Tyson’s will sell Zester, Ginger Gold, and Rambo apples for $1.99 a pound at Smart Markets in Centreville.

Alma Diaz of Alma's Berries Stand is selling squash blossoms at the West End Farmers Market for $4 a carton (six to 10 flower).


Alma's Berries Stand sells squash blossoms at the West End Farmers market.

The Licking Creek Bend Farm will sell the first batch of Molly Dell apples for $1.39 per pound at the Columbia Heights Community Marketplace. If the total purchase equals more 3 pounds, the price drops to 99 cents per pound. The farm will also have pluots and Black Amber plums and Stanley prune plums for $2.49 per pound.

The Walnut Hill Farm will sell grass-fed Angus beef for $5.99 a pound at the Bethesda Central Farmers market. Market shoppers who buy four packs of beef or any roast will receive one pack of beef for free.

At the Bethesda FreshFarm Market Garden Path Farm will sell fresh rabbit for $8.25 a pound on Saturday.

SPECIAL EVENTS

On Saturday, the Silver Spring FreshFarm market will feature a chef demo with Pedro Matamoros of 8407 Kitchen Bar from 11 a.m. to noon.

The Silver Spring FreshFarm market is also sponsoring a charity event entitled “Fresh Give.” On Saturday customers can buy produce at the market and donate it to Manna Food Center, which will distribute it to area shelters and soup kitchens.

This Saturday, chef Casey Patten of Taylor Gourmet will be prepare a seasonal salad featuring arugula, prosciutto and grilled peaches at the Bethesda FreshFarm market from 10:30- a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Taylor Gourmet will open its third location in Bethesda at the end of August.

This Saturday the Glover Park-Burleith Farmers market will feature a cooking demo with Juliette Tahar, founder and president of Healthy Living Inc. from 10 a.m. to noon.

Dublin Roasters Coffee will give a small bag of freshly roasted coffee grounds to the first 50 customers at the Bethesda Central Farm market on Sunday.

Check the listings of local farmers markets here.

Don't forget to search our Recipe Finder for great ways to use your seasonal market finds.

-- Naomi Nix

By Naomi Nix  |  August 19, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
Categories:  Markets This Week , To Market, To Market  | Tags: Markets This Week, Naomi Nix  
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