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Market Roundup: July 29-Aug. 5

The annual National Farmers Market Week starts in a few days. Celebrate by checking out what's happening locally.

On Saturday, the Glover Park-Burleith Farmers Market will feature guest vendor Spriggs' Delight Farm, which sells artisanal goat cheeses made in Sharpsburg. Also, Smallwood's Veggieporium has added Rhode Island Red chicken eggs ($5 per dozen).

The Ward 8 Farmers Market has moved. It will now convene at the United Medical Center on 1310 Southern Ave. SE, on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on Tuesdays from 3 to 7 p.m.

Donut peaches. (LVHMA Brambleton Farmers Market)

The Columbia Pike Farmers Market has added Everona Dairy to the mix, which sells sheep’s-milk cheeses.

On Sunday the LVHMA Brambleton Farmers Market will be selling sweet donut peaches from Beechwood Orchards in Biglerville, Pa. The orchard has both white and yellow varieties ($4 per quart).

The Culinary Herb Farm
is selling its organic herb mixtures at the Ballston Farmers Market ($5 each; three for $12).

Today (Thursday) from 3 to 7 p.m., FreshFarm Market by the White House is hosting a Toyota Farm to Table Tour event that will include mega-chef demos scheduled throughout the afternoon: Ryan Wheeler (Restaurant Eve), Kyle Bailey (Birch & Barley), Scott Drewno (The Source, by Wolfgang Puck), Mike Isabella (Zaytinya), Olivier Perret (Ici Urban Bistro), Nora Pouillon with Benjamin Lambert (Nora), David Varley (Bourbon Steak), Paul Stearman (Marcel's) and Nicholas Stefanelli (BibianaOsteria-Enoteca). Test drives in a Prius, a Highlander Hybrid or a Camry Hybrid will happen as well (although at rush hour in that part of downtown, we're expecting traffic delays).

Today at 4 p.m., the Penn Quarter FreshFarm Market will feature a chef demo with Juliette Tahar of Healthy Living.

This week is also Virginia's annual Farmers Market Week. The state's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is sponsoring a contest for the best photo taken at a Virginia farmers market. Winners will receive $100 each.

To celebrate, the Manassas Farmers Market will hold a raffle for gift basket filled with home-baked cookies, flower seeds, recipe cards, market produce and “Locally Grown” bags from the Virginia Department of Agriculture on Saturday and Thursday.

On Saturday at 10 a.m., the Ward 8 Farmers Market will feature a chef demo on Saturday with Persian cook and nutritionist Houra Taheri, who will showcase her traditional eggplant recipe.

On Saturday morning from 9 to 11 at the Falls Church Farmers Market, the culinary talent behind the Willow Restaurant will showcase its version of french lentil, eggplant and merguez sausage salad with feta and yellow tomato vinaigrette.

On Saturday morning from 10 to noon, the Glover Park-Burleith Farmers Market will feature a chef demo with Rachel Brumitt, of Natural Foods Personal Chef Service.

On Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., in honor of Virginia's Farmers Market Week, the Dale City Farmers Market will give out out free prizes including daily admission tickets to water parks, pools and the Sharron Baucom Dale City Recreation Center. There will also be gift baskets with items from market vendors.

On Sunday at 11 a.m., chef Danny Bortnick of Firefly will showcase his culinary talents at the Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market.

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  |  July 28, 2010; 11:59 PM ET
Categories:  Markets This Week  | Tags: Naomi Nix, To Market  
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