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Market Roundup: Nov. 11-Nov.17

By The Food Section

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

Big beautiful Asian pears. (Susan Birchler)


At today’s FreshFarm Market by the White House, Spring Valley will have turnips; Dolcezza will have honey tangerine gelato; Gunpowder Bison will have sage sausage. Rockahock Farm, a new baker at the market, joins us for the end of the 2010 season with sweet cakes, pies, quiches and preserves.

At today’s FreshFarm Market in Penn Quarter, Mountain View will have limited supplies of sunchokes ($5 per pint); Wollam will have fan-tail willows ($2 each or 3 for $3); Copper Pot will have braised venison tortellini ($10 for 8 ounces), hay-smoked potato gnocchi ($8 for 8 ounces), hay-smoked pheasant cappellacci ($9 for 8 ounces); Dolcezza will have its seasonal flavors (quince, gold rush apple, honey tangerine sorbetto), plus Espresso Toscano gelato is back ($6 per half-pint, $11 per pint); Garden Path is taking orders for Thanksgiving turkeys. Pickup is Tuesday, Nov. 23, at the H Street NE FreshFarm Market.

At Saturday’s H Street NE FreshFarm Market, Blueberry Hill will have garlic braids (prices vary); Richfield will have sautéing greens; Quaker Valley will have sauerkraut; Keswick will have cheddar cheese; Atwater’s will have soups.

At Saturday's Ward 8 Farmers Market, Terrapin Station Herb Farm will have homemade peanut butter and jelly cookies and gingersnaps; Garden Path Farm will have its own uncured bologna and are taking orders for Thanksgiving turkeys. A reminder for Ward 8 neighbors with Fresh Farmers market vouchers (either through the WIC program or for Seniors): Vouchers will expire in a few weeks.

At Sunday's Takoma Park Farmers Market, Potomac Vegetable Farm will have turnips, mustard greens, chard, broccoli, spinach, lettuce mix, fresh herbs, kohlrabi, cabbage, sweet potatoes and butternut squash; Blue Ridge Botanicals featured plant of the week is Mexican sage (last week for it; gallon pots $12 each or 3 for $30); Twin Springs Fruit Farm will have 13 varieties of apples, which won the 2010 "Best of D.C." award and a new crop of greenhouse tomatoes and cherry tomatoes, plus cucumbers, eggplant, lettuce and arugula as well as sweet potatoes (both traditional and Japanese white), onions, German white hardneck garlic, sweet winter squash, sugar snack carrots and potatoes. New this week are Brussels sprouts and celery (a first this year).

At Sunday’s West End Farmers Market, Barry of Papa’s Orchard is presenting the last harvest of his Asian pears, a unique variety called Nashi in Asia. Fairly large round yellow/ green globes, they have the texture of a pear but the firmness of an apple, so they last longer and are good for pies, baking and canning. They are always sweet, crisp and juicy. The pears can get big: one recently weighed in at 1.3 pounds.

At Sunday’s FreshFarm Market in Dupont Circle, Next Step Produce will have kiwis; Tree and Leaf will have tricolored carrots. Late fall is the perfect time to buy parsnips or hearty greens. This season’s garlic will sell out in a few weeks.

At Wednesday’s Foggy Bottom FreshFarm Market, Sunnyside Farm and Orchard will have baked kale chips; Quaker Valley Orchard will have sauerkraut ($5 per jar); LynnVale Studios w ill have paperwhite bulb kits in bamboo containers.


At today’s FreshFarm Market near the White House, Zaytina chef Michael Costa will demo a dish (4:30 p.m.).

At Saturday’s H Street NE FreshFarm Market, home cook and food educator Nura Williams will prepare Sweet and Spicy Bok Choy With Apples and Sriracha (9:30-10:30 a.m.).

See our listing of local farmers markets and our list of where to order local turkeys for the holidays.

Don't forget to search for seasonal recipes in our Recipe Finder.

By The Food Section  | November 10, 2010; 11:59 PM ET
Categories:  Markets This Week  | Tags:  Markets This Week  
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