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Market Roundup: Sept 30-Oct. 7

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


Today at the Penn Quarter FreshFarm Market, Groff's Content will have Rocky Mountain oysters ($5 per set). For fall, Red Apron rolls out both its smoked chicken liver terrine and smoked hog-jowl rilettes ($8). Anchor Nursery has both bitter melon and green frying tomatoes. Toigo Orchards has Seckel pears. Black Rock has chestnuts and fresh prune plums. Go to Mountain View for purples scallions, salad greens and arugula.

At today’s FreshFarm Market near the White House, Sunnyside will have fresh peanut butter ($5); Copper Pot will have spinach-ricotta ravioli; Toigo Orchards will have Cortland, Smokehouse and Empire apples (all $2.49 per pound), plus seckel pears ($6 per quart); Wollam Gardens will have salvia Leucantha and salvia Mexicana ($1 per stem); Spring Valley will have amber cup squash ($1.50 per pound), radishes ($3 per bunch), arugula ($5 per bowl) and Swiss chard ($3 per bunch). Dolcezza will have crookneck pumpkin gelato ($2 per scoop, $6 per half- pint).

Today, the Ballston Farmers Market welcomes brand-new vendors Sweet Bite Creamery and its gourmet ice cream sandwiches; Guatemalan coffee roasters Cafe Pacaya and Union Street Soapworks.

At Saturday’s 14th and U Streets NW Farmers Market, find chestnus at Kuhn ($5.25 per pint). New apple varieties include Liberty, Ambrosia and Shizuka, plus french breakfast radishes. Pecan Meadow’s lamb and goat sausages return after a long hiatus; look for its Indian corn popcorn, ground Indian corn cornmeal and dried apples. Check out the maple roasted-pumpkin tortellini from Copper Pot; it’s the last week for its beer can chicken ravioli, and the last week for peaches.

At Saturday’s H Street FreshFarm Market, the root vegetable parade is underway with Blueberry Hill’s parsnips, potatoes and celeriac. Winter squash join apples at Quaker Valley. Sauce tomatoes are abundant at Richfield.

At Tuesday’s Crystal City FreshFarm Market, Big Riggs will have shiitake mushrooms ($5 per pint, $7 per quart); Richfield will have collard greens ($3 a bunch); Haskins Family Farm will offer various cuts of free-range turkey (prices vary); Barajas will have figs ($3.50 per half-pint) and black-eyed peas ($1.50 per pound).

At Wednesday’s Health and Human Services FreshFarm Market, Garners warns this might be the last week for corn. Tender yellow and green beans, cauliflower and broccoli and cabbages make their fall debut at Garners and Snow Bear). Pre-order your poulet rouge, a slow-growing French breed of chicken prized for its rich flavor, from Evensong ($5 per pound). Soupergirl’s offerings include a fall minestrone and a zucchini/pear puree ($6.75 per pint; $12.75 per quart). Quarter Branch is back with its fall harvest of pak choi, Swiss chard, cilantro and basil and beets, radishes, sweet turnips and sweet, tender shelling peas.

At Wednesday’s Foggy Bottom FreshFarm Market, fall greens of tatsoi and mustard greens are in at Blueberry Hill ($3.50 per quarter-pound). Pitango Gelato’s new flavor is pineapple ($10 per half-kilo).

At Saturday’s Community Farmers Market in Fairfax City, find honeycrisp, Gala and Jonagold apples from Kuhn ($2.49 per pound); farm eggs, local honey and heirloom tomatoes will still be available. Order your Thanksgiving country ham from Baker, Inc. Steve Baker's farm is located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia; Fresh Joseph's has lemon ginger scones for $2.50; Martin Rivera Produce has fall mums and asters.

At Saturday’s 14th and U Streets NW Farmers Market, find Seascape’s ever-bearing strawberries (sweet and flavorful); Copper Pot’s pumpkin whoopee pies; and red and yellow raspberries at Kuhn.

At Saturday’s Silver Spring FreshFarm Market, Evensong will have poulet rouge chickens; Groff’s Content Farm will have bacon.

Last call for plums and nectarines at Sunday’s Dupont FreshFarm Market.

At Sunday’s Bloomingdale Farmers Market, find German-style Bratwurst ($9 per pound, made with humanely raised rose veal and pastured pork, organic herbs and fair-trade spices) at Painted Hand. Pair it with applekraut from North Mountain Pastures. North Mountain Pastures has fermented tomato salsa and jars of Salsa Juice--perfect for a bloody mary garnished with one of their Kick in the String Bean spicy beans. Snow Bear has dried cranberry beans, collards, Rose Finn Apple (fingerling variety) potatoes, red lettuce and Napa cabbage. Copper Pot will have maple-roasted pumpkin tortellini and it’s last call for the beer can chicken ravioli.

At Sunday’s Community Market in Fairfax City, Tyson Farm will have many varieties of pears, including Asian, Bartlett and Bosc ($1.99 per pound); Jose’s Produce will have fresh kale, mustard and spinach greens ($2 per bunch) and grapes ($2 per bunch); Lucas Valdez Produce will have beets, plus green beans ($2; throughout the market); Jean Luc from Uptown Bakery will have pumpernickel baguettes ($4); Erol from Borekg will have Turkish flatbread ($6 per package) and baklava ($4).


On Thursday, the Ballston Farmers Market celebrates From Farm to Table Month. The Virginia cooperative extension program and Lyon Hall chef Andy Bennett (representing the group called Local Food, Local Chefs) will lead participants on a free tour of the market to demonstrate the ways he uses fresh foods in his recipes (6 to 6:30 p.m.).

At Sunday’s Dupont FreshFarm Market, find ginger, Brussels sprouts and sunchokes (a root crop similar to potatoes with a sweeter, nuttier flavor. Don’t miss Toigo Orchards’s chestnuts.

At Sunday’s Bloomingdale Farmers Market, Copper Pot has butternut squash soup, duck and rabbit ravioli, grass-fed beef tortellini, sweet potato and regular gnocchi and arugula pesto. Snow Bear has fennel, German butterball, french fingerling potatoes, dried beans (four varieties), celery and celeriac. Reid has lots of tomatoes and sweet potatoes, grapes and unusual apple varieties.


At Wednesday’s Foggy Bottom FreshFarm Market, chefs from Miriam’s Kitchen will demo from 4 to 5 p.m.

First Saturdays at the H Street NE FreshFarm Market are celebratory. Red Apron, Cooper Pot, and Dolcezza all join the usual roster of producers. Also there will be a free moon bounce for children. Nura Williams, home cook and food educator will demo a quinoa salad with seasonal vegetables (9:30 to 10:30 a.m.).

At Saturday’s Silver Spring FreshFarm Market, home cook Marsha Kostura Schmidt will prepare a fall fruit breakfast rice salad (11 a.m.).

Saturday’s Bethesda FreshFarm Market will be closed due to the Taste of Bethesda. The market will reopen Oct. 9 (and continue through Oct. 30).

Saturday’s Del Ray Farmers Market will be closed due to the Art on the Avenue festival. However, several market vendors will be at the festival, including The Dressed Up Nut, Pearl Fine Teas, St. Elmo’s Coffee, Zelda’s Nova Soul, Tom’s Amish Cheese and Vera’s Bakery.

The Saturday Community Market in Fairfax City will be closed Oct. 9 due to the Fairfax City Festival. The Sunday Market will take place as usual.

At Tuesday’s Crystal City FreshFarm Market, Jaleo chef Ramon Martinez will demo a dish (4:30 p.m.).

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 29, 2010; 11:59 PM ET
Categories:  Markets This Week  | Tags:  Markets This Week  
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