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Market Roundup: Sept. 23-Sept. 29

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


Today at the Smart Markets at Tysons Corner, it’s last call for peaches. New apple varieties include mutsu and Red Delicious. All fruit at Chester Hess’s stand is $2 per pound. Also, try the day-sensitive strawberries. They are aromatic and intensely flavored, as they develop in the heat of late summer.

Today at the Penn Quarter FreshFarm Market, find baby fennel ($1.50 per bulb) at Mountain View; sweet potatoes and eggplant from Sunnyside; duck ($5.50 per pound) at Groff; all-beef pepperoni ($10 per 6-ounce package) from Red Apron; strawberry skim-milk yogurt from Blue Ridge Dairy; and cranberry beans ($7 per box) from Sandhill.

Those strawberries will be available at Saturday’s Smart Markets at Oakton as well, along with Uncle Fred’s BBQ and ribs and Sweet Bites' ice cream sandwiches ($3 minis, $5 large).

At Friday’s Smart Markets in Centreville, Tyson Farm offers new apple varieties at $1.99 per pound: Red Delicious, Courtland and Fuji (as well as Honeycrisp).

At Saturday’s 14th and U Farmers Market, McCleaf’s Orchards has kiwi berries this week and next week ($4 half-pint; $7.50 pint). They are fuzz-free small kiwi fruit. Eat them out of hand or use in tarts.

At Saturday’s H Street NE FreshFarm Market, Diboniventures will have fig and pecan cake made with figs from their own tree; Snow Bear will have dried turtle beans and cranberry beans ($5 per pound); Garners Produce will have sweet turnips ($2.50 per bunch) and cucumbers, eggplant ($2.50 per pound), winter squash ($1.50 per pound), shelled lima beans ($5 per pint), okra ($4 per quart), white and regular sweet potatoes ($1.50 per pound) and mixed salad greens ($3.50 per quart bag). Radishes are $1 per bunch and arugula is back. Keswick will offer its Vermeer cheese ($5 per quarter-pound); Blueberry Hill will have salad greens ($3.50 per quarter-pound) and parsnips ($4 per bunch); Quaker Valley will have apple cider ($3 per quart, $5 per half-gallon); Bartlett pears ($2.50 per pound) and Amber cup squash ($2 per pound); Richfield will have unshelled lima beans ($5 per quart).

Saturday's Ward 8 Farmers Market is pleased to welcome Garden Path Farm, a family-owned Amish purveyor of pasture-raised meats, including chicken, lamb and beef. The Kaufmann family only offers humanely treated grass-fed beef with no antibiotics or hormones.

At Tuesday’s Crystal City FreshFarm Market, look for mustard greens from Bigg Riggs; spinach, radishes and sweet potatoes from Barajas; small gourds from Big White Barn and cranberry beans from Richfield.

At Wednesday’s Smart Markets in Reston, Santa Cruz Produce has fall greens and lettuce; tomatoes for canning and green ones for frying. New apple varieties include Fuji, Courtland and Red Delicious.

At Wednesday’s Health and Human Services FreshFarm Market, Three Springs orchards has golden and red raspberries ($5 per half-pint), fresh cider and a wide variety of apples. Evensong has lettuce ($3 per head); turnip greens ($3 per bunch); beets ($2.50 per pound); regular and Canadian bacon ($10 per pound).


At Friday’s Smart Markets in Centreville, Angelic Beef offers a full selection of cuts. Ground beef is still on sale at $4.50 per pound. And Trickling Springs milk and ice cream from Windmill Meadows is around for six more weeks.

At Saturday’s Silver Spring FreshFarm Market, Evensong will sell raw pet food ($8 for a 2-pound package).

At Sunday’s Smart Markets at Virginia Gateway (Gainesville),Twin Feather Farm will sell emu meat and emu oil skin-care products. Holy Cow will have yogurt, cream cheese spreads, butter and eggs. Mountain Top Cookies will have Italian-recipe treats as well as American classics; South Mountain Creamery via Holy Cow Delivery will offer milk (right next to the cookies – how about that).

At Saturday’s 14th and U Farmers Market, Pecan Meadow offers Piemondtese-crossed beef that is 100-percent grass-fed. Sirloin steaks are on sale at $10 per pound (normally $12).

Buy a 25-pound box of sweet potatoes for $20 at Sunday’s Bloomingdale Farmers Market (80 cents per pound). They will last for months when stored in a cool, dry place.

At Tuesday’s Smart Markets at Fairfax Corner, Turkish cook Dilek returns with sweet and savory flatbreads, dips, spreads, spinach-cheese borek and baklava. Also, look for new recipes that make the most of fall produce: honey-roasted root vegetables, squash bisque and salads.


Today at the Penn Quarter FreshFarm Market">Penn Quarter FreshFarm Market, chef Juliette Tahar of Healthy Living will prepare Okra, Tomato and Black-Eyed Pea Stew from 4 to 5 p.m.

Today at the FreshFarm Market near the White House, cookbook author Kim O’Donnel demos meatless dishes for carnivores and signs copies of her new book, “The Meat Lover’s Meatless Cookbook,” from 3 to 7 p.m.

Home cook Marsha Kostura Schmidt will prepare a fall fruit breakfast rice salad at Saturday’s Silver Spring FreshFarm Market (11 a.m.).Gardening advice available all morning courtesy of the Montgomery County Master Gardeners.

Nutritionist James Lee will demo and offer samples of a minted melon salad at Saturday's Ward 8 Farmers Market (10 a.m.).

Pick up the Guide to Greens at the Smart Markets in Reston. Sign up for the newsletter that will keep you informed about the year-round market just down the road from the Reston market.

Order Thanksgiving turkeys from Garden Path Farms ($3.75 per pound) at the H Street NE FreshFarm Market as well as poulet rouge from Evensong.

See a listing of local farmers markets here.

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

-- Bonnie S. Benwick

By Bonnie S. Benwick  | September 23, 2010; 12:40 PM ET
Categories:  Markets This Week  | Tags:  Bonnie S. Benwick, Markets This Week  
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Shoppers note that there is an mistake in the H Street NE FRESHFARM market info: Garners, Snowbear and Diboniventures DO NOT sell at that market. They can be found at Health and Human Services, Wednesdays 2:30 TO 6:30.

Posted by: esmelomo | September 24, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

What a great resource for those of us trying to eat meatless and eat seasonally. I'm particularly excited about the fresh, local beans. Local lima beans are the best!

Posted by: AC89 | September 24, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

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