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To Market, to Market: Glover Park-Burleith

Saturday at GP-B farmers market: chocolate truffles kept cool, market manager Lauren Biel, early apples. (Bonnie Benwick -- The Washington Post)

If you believe in good customer karma, the new Glover Park-Burleith farmers market is practically on hallowed ground. It sits where the funky Georgetown flea market used to be at Wisconsin Avenue and 34th Street NW, with about 14 producer-vendors.

The area’s really upper Georgetown, of course. The Glover Park Citizens Association kicked in some startup money, so that neighborhood name is on display.

Market manager Lauren Biel (and 40 pals in her neighborhood CSA, or community-supported agriculture, program) made GP-B happen. “Last year, I organized a CSA to drop off in Glover Park,” she says, “and the feedback I got was: ‘We want more choice.’ I was going to be home on maternity leave and thought, ‘How hard can it be to get a farmers market going?’ ”

No day at the beach, as it turns out. She had to form a nonprofit group,, and deal with hundreds of details – all with a baby in tow. “No naps for Mom,” she says. Still, Lauren’s pleased with the response thus far, as more customers show up each week. She has made it friendly by inviting a small band of bluegrass musicians to play. Her volunteer crew members keep the dog bowls filled with fresh water and are happy to answer any questions.

Lemon cukes from Smallwood's Veggieporium. (Bonnie Benwick -- The Washington Post)

The Glover Park-Burleith farmers market will run through Oct. 3 (9 a.m-1 p.m.), a first short season that Lauren hopes to extend next year. Vendors who don’t sell at other markets in the District include: Smallwood's Veggieporium (certified naturally grown) from Berryville, Va., where I scored some unusual, tender lemon cucumbers; Wheatland Natural (no pesticides used) from Purcellville; Derick's Orchard from Newberg, Pa.; Westmoreland Produce from Montross, Va., which had fragrant, ripe cantaloupes; and the Virginia Chocolate Co., based in Falls Church (571-241-0538), where Tim Douglas keeps his handmade truffles and sorbets in large coolers.

Other vendors you might have seen around town include: Black Rock Orchard, Bonaparte Breads, Blue Ridge Botanicals, Smith Meadows Meat & Pasta, Hondo Coffee, Toigo Orchards, KarenKay's Cakes (nice display), Union Street Soapworks and Wollam Gardens flowers.

-- Bonnie Benwick

By The Food Section  |  July 13, 2009; 10:30 AM ET
Categories:  To Market, To Market  | Tags: Bonnie Benwick, farmers markets  
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Love this market. Nice scene. Real live tomatoes, better than anything I've seen yet at Dupont, and without the insanity of Dupont. And KarenKay's pound cake is really good.

Posted by: Casper2 | July 13, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

I visted this market on Saturday and purchased some of the cakes from Karen Kays Cakes. Can you say "heaven", the only way I can describe these delicious delectables. The carrot cake is marvelous the cream cheese frosting is loaded with nuts and a hint of lemon. The blueberry sour cream pound cake, WOW! this cake really melts in your mouth. I could go on describing each cake, because I lurked around her stand for a little while just admiring all the different variety of cakes she had on display. If you happen upon this market, make sure you stop by for some of these wonderful cakes. The owner Karen, was a delight as well.

Posted by: vdr0912 | July 13, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for mentioning "The funky Flea Market" which "used" to be at the Hardy School. However, if you come out to the school on a SUNDAY you would see that we are still there on SUNDAY from 8 to 4. We have been open in Georgetown on SUNDAY for 36 years and at the present site for over 20 years. We are open all year- every SUNDAY. There have been books which featured us (Larry McMurtry's "Cadillac Jack") as well as many newspaper articles and magazine articles. (NY Times, Washington Post and Washingtonian etc.) Diane Keaton is a regular when she is in town. Spend less time on the Internet and bloging and more time seeing the things that make DC great.We have over 60 vendors and we wish the Burleith Market and it 14 vendors the best of luck and hope it grows the way we did- one Sunday at a time.

Posted by: michaelsussman | July 18, 2009 3:40 AM | Report abuse

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