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Posted at 11:59 PM ET, 11/17/2010

Market Roundup: Nov. 18-Nov. 24

By Bonnie S. Benwick

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

JUST IN/LAST CALL

At today’s FreshFarm Market near the White House, Dolcezza will have Georgia butter pecan gelato; Garden Path will have whole rabbi ($8.25 per pound) and also whole Pekin ducks; Wollam Gardens will have coral berry ($8 per bunch). It’s the final market day for the 2010 season; City Blossoms, a nonprofit working in the District and Baltimore to create urban gardening experiences for children, will sell soaps and lotions created by the kids as part of their herbal entrepreneurship program.

At today’s Penn Quarter FreshFarm Market, Groff’s Content will have cow intestine ($5 per pound) and stewing hens; Black Rock will have four kinds of Winesap apples (an old-fashioned variety); Sunnyside will have five types of turnips, including one that tastes like a buttered potato; the Catch of Tilghman, Md., will sell wild-caught Chesapeake oysters ($1 each or $10 per dozen).

Friday’s outdoor USDA Farmers Market is the final one of the season. It will have sweet, red and white potatoes (99 cents per pound), Brussels sprouts ($2.50 per pint); collards, kale and mustard greens ($2 per pound) and winter squash (99 cents per pound). A winter market, on Wednesdays, will start in early December. The indoor USDA market will open Dec. 1 and run on Wednesdays through March. The outdoor market will resume in May.

At Saturday’s Smart Market in Oakton, Trickling Springs will have egg nog. The market will be closed Thanksgiving weekend.

At Saturday's 14th and U Farmers Market, Truck Patch will have Brussels Sprouts, its grass-ranging, grub-eating broad-breasted whites ($3.49 per pound) can still be reserved for pickup at the Saturday 14th and U Street Farmers Market. Reserve at orders@truckpatchfarms.com. There may be some unreserved turkeys at the stand for last-minute buyers who want larger birds.

Mountain View will have baby carrots, red garnet and Hernandez sweet potatoes, savoy and arrow cabbage (that last months in the crisper of your fridge); McCleaf will have Beauregard sweet potatoes and sweet curly kale, Lois’s chili in pints and quarts, pumpkin whoopie pies, pumpkin pies, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin bread, carrot pecan bread, pecan pie, bags of dried honeycrisp apples (that will last all winter), Indian corn cornmeal for cornbread; Pecan Meadow will have peanut caramel Indian corn popcorn plus half Piedmontese beef, duck, goose and chicken; Truck Patch will have lots of sausages; Garner will have lots of greens, cauliflower, broccoli, October beans, turnips and kohlrabi, turnips, pears and 20 varieties of apples; Dolcezza will have gelato flavors of quince, comice pear, honey tangerine, heirloom apple, Thai coconut milk, crookneck pumpkin, Valrhona chocolate amargo and pistachio Siciliano; Copper Pot will have pumpkin-flavored pastas, sweet potato gnocchi and seasonal soups; Panorama will have bags of bread cubes for stuffing.

At Saturday’s Silver Spring FreshFarm Market, Quaker Valley and Three Springs Fruit Farm will have Pink Lady apples and dried apple rings; Atwater’s will have chocolate cherry bread; Evensong Farm will have pork sausages including smoked andouille, chorizo and hot and sweet Italian sausages ($9 to $10.50 per pound).

At Saturday’s H Street NE FreshFarm Market, it’s the final market day for the 2010 season. The market is conducting a Thanksgiving food drive to help needy families in the neighborhood. Come and donate unopened nonperishable goods from your pantry or, when you are shopping for your own Thanksgiving meal, fill a bag with holiday fixings for another family. You also can make a cash donation at market this Saturday that will be spent on fresh market foods or shop for the charitable donations yourself.

At Sunday’s Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market, Country Pleasures will have rose hips; Virginia Lamb will have goat meat for a limited time only; Next Step Produce will have sunchokes and Italian dandelions.

Sunday's Bloomingdale Farmers Market will be the last of the 2010 season. Truck Patch will have Brussels Sprouts, its grass-ranging, grub-eating broad-breasted whites ($3.49 per pound) can still be reserved for pickup at the Sunday market. Reserve at orders@truckpatchfarms.com. There may be some unreserved turkeys at the stand for last-minute buyers who want larger birds. Snow Bear will have a potato sale, featuring dark red Norlands, German butterballs, russets, rose finn apple and fingerlings, plus carrots, celery, celeriac, fennel, beets with greens, parsnips, Russian and dino (black) kale and its own ried beans, as well as rosemary bread, chocolate summer squash, vegan carrot bread, winter squash bread with chocolate chips, pastured pork lard (great for pies), kimchi, bresaola, sauerkraut, apple kraut, pink kraut and lonzino; Panorama will have cubed bread for stuffing; Garner will have lots of greens (turnips, tender greens, cauliflower, broccoli, October beans, turnips and kohlrabi; Reid will have antique and popular apples, Concorda and Catawba grapes; Dolcezza will have gelato flavors of quince, comice pear, honey tangerine, heirloom apple, Thai coconut milk, crookneck pumpkin, Valrhona chocolate amargo and pistachio Siciliano; Copper Pot will have pumpkin-flavored pastas, sweet potato gnocchi and seasonal soups; Painted Hand will have sunchokes; Panorama will have bags of bread cubes for stuffing; Keswick Creamery will have quarter and half wheels of Keswick aged cheeses including cheddar, lesher, wallaby, dragon's breath, special reserve vermeet, Happy Jack tomme, Tommenator, Wine Wash tomme. E-mail Keswick by Friday: keswick@pa.net.

Reid will have an apple sale: a half bushel box of apples of your choice for $20 (50-70 apples, depending on size you choose).

At Sunday’s Takoma Park Farmers Market, Clear Spring Creamery will have smooth creamy Camembert wheels as well as creamline milk, cheese curds, yogurt, quark, and its fall specialty: pumpkin yogurt smoothies; Blue Ridge Botanicals will have five popular herbs in an oval planter with saucer ($20); Twin Springs Fruit Farm will have14 varieties of apples, apple cider and Bosc pears, celery, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, four kinds of winter squash (bon bon, sunshine, acorn and butternut), white and red onions, German white garlic, Vivaldi potatoes and sugar snack carrots, plus greenhouse tomatoes, Middle Eastern cucumbers, lettuce, arugula and baby eggplant; Glenville Hollow Farm will have greens and spinach as well as cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash (butternut, acorn, etc.), turnips and popcorn.

At Sunday’s Smart Market in Gainesville, Holy Cow will have South Mountain Creamery egg nog (now through Christmas); Heritage Kettle Korn will be making fresh kettle korn onsite; order smoked or deep-fried turkey from Uncle Fred’s BBQ Shack and pick up from several sites including this market and Tuesday’s Smart Market in Fairfax Corner. The market will be closed Thanksgiving weekend to give vendors a chance to spend time with their families.

At Wednesday’s Foggy Bottom FreshFarm Market, Blueberry Hill will have garlic braids; Quaker Valley Orchard will have baked apple chips ($5 per box). It’s the last day of the market for the 2010 season.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Watch the Web site for upcoming cooking sessions by Annie Sidley, at Saturday’s Smart Market in Oakton.

The Saturday 14th and U Street Farmers Market and Sunday Bloomingdale Farmers Market will host a bake sale to raise money for the D.C. State Fair, with 1,215 local food bloggers and bakers taking part.

Offerings will include baklava, cookies, pumpkin cupcakes w/pumpkin pie spice buttercream frosting, apple spice cupcakes filled and topped with a cream cheese frosting, pumpkin pie bars, pumpkin spice balls covered in white chocolate, double-decker pumpkin bread (pumpkin bread stuffed with cream cheese filling), pumpkin bread with streusel topping, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, mini pumpkin pies, holiday cookies (oatmeal coconut-cranberry, brownies, Rice Krispie treats, ginger snaps,etc.).

For those who wish to help:

Donate baked goods. E-mail dcstatefair@gmail.com to sign up. "Fall"-themed items are requested, preferably incorporating local products.

Volunteer your time. E-mail dcstatefair@gmail.com to sign up to help sell baked goods on Saturday. We will have two-hour shifts.

Spread the word. Encourage family and friends to visit the market and pick up some delicious baked goods.

Donate. Visit the ThriftyDC Cook blog to find out how.


The DC State Fair was a success because of the enthusiasm that came from DC residents, visitors, volunteers, and contestants. We couldn't do it without you.


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 Bonnie S. Benwick  | November 17, 2010; 11:59 PM ET
Categories:  Markets This Week  | Tags:  Markets This Week  
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