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Market Roundup: Oct. 14-Oct. 20

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

THIS JUST IN

At today's FreshFarm Market near the White House, Toigo Orchard wiill have gallons of cider ($6); Potomac Vegetable Farm will have fennel ($2.50 per pound), celery ($4 per bunch), celeriac ($3.50 per head), arugula ($3 per head) and mizuna ($3); Spring Valley Farm will have red and green mustard greens ($3) and turnips ($1.89 per pound); Sunnyside Farm and Orchard will have roasted peantus ($5); Dolcezza will have comice pear and Geinz ginger gelatos.

At Saturday's 14th and U Street Farmers Market, you can fill a bag with eggplants of all varieties of shapes, colors and sizes ($10); Kuhn Orchard will have quince and Asian pears, with a last call for the farm's Bartlett pears; Granny Smith apples join the long list of varieties this week (Honeycrisp, Ambrosia, Gala, Shizuka, Fuji, Nittany, Stayman, Braeburn, Jonathan, Jonagold, Northern Spy, Cortland and Liberty); Garner will have sweet corn (1 week only); Mountain View will have baby greens salad; Copper Pot will have butternut squash soup and mallard duck ragout.

At Saturday's Silver Spring FreshFarm Market, Spring Valley Farm has cheddar cheese and spinach; Quaker Valley Farm will have grapes.

At Saturday’s Ward 8 Farmers Market, beef, pork, lamb and turkey will be available from an Amish farmer.

At Saturday’s Adams Morgan Farmers Market, Licking Creek Bend Farm will offer a free heirloom apple tasting, including Fameuse Snow, Spitzenberg, Paradise, Washington Strawberry, Cox Orange Pippin, Smokehouse, Northern Spy, Sheepnose, Arkansas Black and Gold Russet varieties.

At Saturday’s Bethesda FreshFarm Market, Black Rock Orchard will have apple and pear ciders; Zahradka Farm will have ginger relish. Winter and acorn squash are beginning to make an appearance. It’s the last of the sweet corn.

At Sunday’s Takoma Park Farmers Market, Clear Spring Creamery will have pumpkin smoothies ($4 pint, $2.50 half-pint); Black Rock Orchard will have Stayman, Winesap, Ida Red, Nittany and Cameo apple varieties; Blue Ridge Botanicals will have “Scheffield” mums ($15, 2-gallon pots in bud).

At Sunday's Bethesda Central Farm Market, Sweet Bites Creamery will offer the following ice cream sandwich flavors: molasses caramelized pear, uptown banana, baked apple snickerdoodles, peanut butter mud pies, pistachio chocolate cherry macaron, ginger spice sugar pumpkin and pear champagne toast.

At Sunday's Bloomingdale Farmers Market, find pints of pickled beets, sauerkraut, fermented salsa and bloody mary mix, pickled hot pepers in half-pint jars; new cured meats such as guanciale, lonzino and lomo; Painted Hand will have goat; Garner expects to have sweet corn; Snow Bear will have Romaine and purple Osaka mustard greens; Copper Pot will have mallard duck ragout.

At Sunday’s Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market, romano beans are in. It’s last call for peaches and sweet corn; find first-of-the-season persimmons at Next Step Produce; Twin Springs Fruit Farm has crisp and tangy Mutsu apples; Tree and Leaf Farm has celeriac, long beans and Brussels Sprouts tops.

At Tuesday's Crystal City FreshFarm Market, Kuhn Orchards will have quince; Bigg Riggs Farm will have unpasteurized apple cider.

At Tuesday’s Brookland Farmers Market, Licking Creek Bend Farm will offer a free heirloom apple tasting; see the Adams Morgan Farmers Market listing above for varieties.

At Wednesday’s Foggy Bottom FreshFarm Market, Sunnyside Farms’ fall leeks are back; plus, sunflowers at LynnVale Studios. It’s last call for peaches.

CHECK IT OUT

At Saturday’s Bethesda FreshFarm Market, Black Rock Orchard has chestnuts and walnuts ($4 per pint); Zahradka Farm has sweet potatoes ($3 per pint). Spring Gap Mountain Creamery has a West Virginia Blue Cheese ($19.99 per pound); Mocks Greenhouse has hydroponically grown cilantro ($2.50 per bunch) and arugula ($3 per head).

At Wednesday’s Foggy Bottom FreshFarm Market, Pitango Gelato has coconut gelato; Haskins Family Farm has turkey bacon; Sunnyside Farm and Orchard has red onions and bok choy.

SPECIAL EVENTS

At today's FreshFarm Market near the White House, chef Lauren Van Der Pool of Java Green and Cafe Green will demo a dish at 4:30 p.m.

At Saturday’s Ward 8 Farmers Market, Healthy Eating Day events run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with samples, giveaways, cooking demos and a moon bounce.

At Saturday's Silver Spring FreshFarm Market, chef Pedro Matamoros of 8407 Kitchen + Bar will demo a dish at 11 a.m.

At Saturday’s Bethesda FreshFarm Market, chef Brandon Igenito of Kemble Park Tavern will demo a dish at 10:30 a.m.; Montgomery County Masters Gardeners will answer questions.

At Sunday’s Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market, chef Arthur Ringle of Hank’s Oyster Bar will demo a dish at 11 a.m.

See our listing of local farmers markets.

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

By Bonnie S. Benwick  | October 13, 2010; 11:59 PM ET
Categories:  Markets This Week  | Tags:  Markets This Week  
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