Winter Farmers Markets for DC, VA, MD

It’s the end of November and all my favorite markets are closing!

As we say goodbye to our favorite vendors it’s time to prep for Winter. Here is a brand new list of Winter markets, updated from last year, and now including our local coops and organic markets (bottom half of the page).

Also, this is the time of year when Dupont becomes the best market around, less crowds and better vendors, it’s my favorite winter market.

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DC


Sunday

Dupont Circle — 10 -1 pm — 20th and Q St NW

Palisades — 9 -1 pm — 48th Place NW and MacArthur Blvd

Eastern Market (outdoor market only) — 7 -4 pm — 225 Seventh St SE

Saturday

Silver Spring Market — 10 -1 pm — Ellsworth Dr (Fenton St and Georgia Ave) (Silver Spring Metro)

Sheridan School — 9 -1 pm — 4400 36th Street NW (36th and Alton)

Eastern Market (outdoor market only)  — 225 Seventh St SE

Friday

Horace Mann — 3:30-6:30 pm — 4430 Newark St NW (by American Univ)

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MD


Saturday

Great Frederick — 8 -2 pm — 797 East Patrick St (fairgrounds)

Kensington — 8 -12pm — Howard Ave (Kensington train station parking lot)

Twin Springs Fruit at Bethesda United Church — 10 -2 pm — Fernwood Rd and Democracy Blvd

Sunday

Bethesda Central — 9 -1 pm — Bethesda Ln between Elm St and Bethesda Ave

Takoma Park — 10 -2 pm — Laurel Ave between Eastern and Carroll

Wednesday

Twin Springs Fruit at Concord St. Andrew’s Church — 10 -2 pm — Goldsboro/River Rd

Thursday

Twin Springs Fruit at Goddard Space Flight Center — 10 -2 pm

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VA


Saturday

Old Town Alexandria — 5:30 -11 am — 301 King St (City Hall)

Arlington Market — 8 -12pm — North Courthouse Rd and 14th St (courthouse parking lot)

Del Ray Alexandria — 8 -12pm — East Oxford and Mount Vernon

Falls Church — 9 -12pm — 300 Park Ave, City Hall parking lot

Leesburg — 9 – 12pm — Virginia Village Shopping Center, Catoctin Circle

Oakton — 10 -2 pm — Unity Church of Fairfax, 2854 Hunter Mill Rd

Sunday

Columbia Pike — 10 -1 pm — Columbia Pike and S. Walter Reed Dr (in front of the Rite Aid)

Wednesday

Clarendon — 3 -7 pm — Wilson Blvd and N. Highland St, Arlington (Clarendon Metro station)

George Mason Univeristy — 11 -2 pm — Southside Plaza

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Coops!

Takoma Park – Silver Spring Coop

Two Locations both open 9am – 9pm everyday

Silver Spring

8309 Grubb Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Takoma Park

201 Ethan Allen Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912

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Bethesda Coop

6500 Seven Locks Rd – Cabin John, MD 20818

8:30am – 9pm (sun open till 8pm)

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Glut Food Coop

4005 34th Street, Mt. Rainier, Md. 20722

Opens at 9am daily, closes at 8pm on Tue-Fri, and 7pm on Sat-Mon

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Maryland Food Collective

B0203 Stamp Student Union, College Park MD 20742

M-F 7:30am – 3pm, Sat 10:30am – 5pm, Sun 12-6pm

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MOM’s Organic Markets

*the only organic markets that commits to buying local and quality*

All stores open 9am -9pm, except Sun 10am – 8pm

Alexandria

3831 Mt. Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22305

Bowie

6824 Race Track Rd, Bowie, MD 20715

Frederick

5273 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, MD 21703

Jessup

7351 Assateague Dr. #190, Jessup, MD 20794

Rockville

11711 B Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD 20852

College Park

9827 Rhode Island Ave, College Park, MD 20740

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Photo by Andrew Bossi

Tips for the Farmers Market Diet

It’s farmers market season and everyone is feeling the pull toward the street markets. Shopping at them can be confusing and overwhelming. To help you get through the season happier, healthier, and with more money in your pocket, here are some tips.

Cost

Every newbie to the markets talks about cost. I call it the supermarket hangover. They have trouble understanding why they should pay more. Isn’t food at the supermarket and the farmers market the same?

Definitely not. The supermarket food is priced correctly, cheap because it is cheap food. It has low levels of nutrients, vitamins, and other essential health elements. Which results in shoppers buying 2-3 times more than they need to and all of the weight problems associated with it.

Farmers markets food is high quality, or it can be. The point of these markets is to get you food when it is of the highest quality (fresh, in season, ripe). If done right you will find yourself eating much less food and the smaller amounts should help your budget and your waistline!

Fake Farmers Markets

I always try to warn folks about the fake farmers markets. You can easily spot a fake market by looking for the fruit and vegetable stands. The best markets have a good assortment of fruit/vegetables compared to everything else (bakers, cheese, meat). The worst markets have a surplus of dessert vendors and folks selling meat, bread, and cheese.

Now I have nothing against meat, bread, and cheese. I buy my fair share at the market. The problem is with markets who make no effort to balance their offerings. Folks need to be able to find healthy delicious fruits and vegetables, beyond the loaves of bread and steaks.

Foggy-Bottom-Farmers-Market-brocolli-radish-DCAnother type of fake farmers markets are those with no standards. Places that allow folks to buy from supermarkets or wholesalers and offer them at the market for a mark-up. Places like this really make me angry since they are using the market prestige to swindle customers.

Typical markets are “producer only” which means that farmers can only sell what they grow. To figure out if your market is producer only you can look it up on their website, ask the market manager or the vendors, look for/read their signs. In fact, you want to shop at the places with more signs and more transparency. A good rule is that if they aren’t telling you then don’t trust them.

The Back-up Store

You love farmers markets but it’s monday and no markets are open on monday. Stayed late at work or slept in. It happens to the best of us. Here are a few options for supplementing your farmers market diet.

Get to know the bulk foods in the bins at your local health food stores. They are often the freshest, cheapest, and healthiest items in the whole store. I regularly buy rice, beans, and nuts at my local store.

Another, but more limited option, is the local food at supermarkets. Stores like Whole Foods and Mom’s Organic Market tend to carry a few local items. Usually greens and mushrooms. Which can make for a great salad especially after a slight saute and some balsamic vinegar. They also offer local eggs and milk.

Finally, look around for your local food coop. These are community formed grocery stores that allow you to choose what they stock. Many of them are locavore havens but not all. If you happen to have one close, join-up, get the member discount, and make sure they know how much you love local foods!

PS – my local coop is the TPSS coop :)

photo by mastermaq

The Case for Local Food

Here is a food claim may shock you.

Farmers markets offer food that is three times better for you than supermarkets.

A study published in September 2007 by the Organic Center discovered this startling fact after looking into our modern food system. They had a theory that food has changed since the 1950s, before the industrial food revolution. To test this they gathered seeds from the 1950s and today, grew them to harvest, and compared their nutrient values.

In nearly every category our modern food was lacking. The study gets complicated and covers many areas, so an easy way to sum it up is this. Industrial food producers grow crops for quantity. They want to grow more every year and have increased their production by incredible amounts (400x!). The unfortunate consequence of this massive growth is their food quality has dropped.

The quality vs quantity difference is on average 3x.

It’s a seminal piece of work, or has the potential to be. It could explain our obesity epidemic since we are eating three times more food than we used to. It could explain why so many people dislike healthy food in favor of fast food. It could even explain why healthy food cost more.

Imagine our obesity epidemic if we all ate 1/3 less.

Imagine how different vegetables would taste if they are three times as rich.

Imagine if you had to purchase 1/3 less food. Most folks say that healthy food costs twice as much. Do the math and if you’re buying 1/3 less and spending twice as much it is still cheaper.

Combine these three and you have the perfect solution. A diet that is cheap, tasty, and healthy. If this is true it also supports local economies, small business, and drastically reduces our environmental waste.

Here is the kicker. In America we do not subsidize fruits and vegetables, but we do subsidize fast food. Imagine how this whole equation could change if we made fast food more expensive and fruits and vegetables cheaper.

This is the case for local food.

Try It Out

No more imagining. Test this study out in real life. Find the quality food. See if it fills you up, gives you energy, and saves you money. It has for me and hundreds of my friends.

Here are a few recommendations to help you find quality food:

Fruits/Vegetables – farmers markets. They offer items that are picked at their peak. Grown in ideal conditions. Sold at their freshest. Every other place, including supermarkets, offer declining levels of quality.

Grains/Beans/Nuts – only buy from the bulk sections at Whole Foods and other health food stores. Sometimes also sold at farmers markets.

Meat/Seafood/Dairy – sold at farmers markets and Whole Foods (health stores). The key is to buy items that are raised cleanly and sold fresh.

DC Farmers Markets

We love our DC farmers markets. We love our VA farmers markets.

Here in the DC metro area we have an incredible amount of markets (among highest in people/markets ratio). There are multiple markets every day (except Monday) and they are open during your lunch break or in the evenings.

To help you find all these markets A Clean Life offers a brochure (link below) listing them by day/hour/metro.

Lower on the page you will find a comprehensive list of all markets in the DC metro region.

Untitled 2pdf of brochure for download —-  high res screenshot

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DC Farmers Markets

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Fridays

USDA People’s Garden – 10-2pm – Jun to Oct
12th/Independence Ave – Smithsonian Metro

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Saturdays

Eastern Market – 7-6pm – Year Round
225 7th ST, SE – Eastern Market Metro

14th & U St – 9-1pm – May to Nov
14th/U St – U St/Cardozo Metro

Adams Morgan – 8-1pm – Apr to Dec
18th/Columbia, NW

Silver Spring – 9-1pm – Apr to Dec
951 Ellsworth Dr – Silver Spring Metro

H Street – 9-12pm – May to Nov
625 H St, NE – Union Station Metro, (5 blocks away)

Chevy Chase – 9-1pm – Apr to Nov
Broad Branch Rd/N Hampton St, NW

Bethesda – 9-1pm – Jun to Oct
Norfolk Ave at Veteran’s Park, Bethesda Station Metro

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Sundays

Dupont - 9-1pm – Year Round
1500 20th St – Dupont Metro

Eastern Market – 9-5pm – Year Round
225 7th ST, SE – Eastern Market Metro

Bloomingdale – 10-2pm – May to Nov
1st/R St, NW – Shaw/NY Metro

Takoma Park – 10-2pm – Year Round
Carroll/Laurel Ave – Takoma Park Metro

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Mondays

None

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Tuesdays

New Morning – 4-8pm – Jun to Sep
36th/Alton Place – Sheridan School

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Wednesdays

Foggy Bottom – 2:30-7pm – Apr to Nov
Foggy Bottom Metro – 2400 I St/New Hampshire

Health and Human Services – 2:30-6:30pm – Jun to Oct
200 Independence Ave, SW – Federal Center Metro

Crossroads – 3-7pm – Jun to Oct
Holton Lane/New Hampshire (Takoma Park)

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Thursdays

Penn Quarter – 3-7pm – Apr to Dec
450 8th St, NW – Chinatown/Archives Metro

White House – 3-7pm – May to Nov
810 Vermont Ave, NW – McPherson Square Metro

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VA Farmers Markets

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Fridays

McLean - 8-12pm – May to Nov
1659 Chain Bridge Rd – Lewinsville Pk

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Saturdays

Arlington Market at Courthouse – 8-12pm – Year Round
Courthouse Metro (1 block south)

Old Town Alexandria – 5-10:30am – all year
Market Square/City Hall, 301 King Street

Del Ray Alexandria – 8-12pm – till dec
East Oxford & Mount Vernon Ave

Vienna – 8-12pm – May to Oct
131 Church St NE

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Sundays

West End Alexandria – 9-1pm – May to Nov
4800 Brenman Park Drive

Columbia Pike – 9-1pm – Year Round
S. Walter Reed Dr at Columbia Pike

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Mondays

None

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Tuesdays

Crystal City – 3-7pm – May to Oct
Crystal Drive – 18 to 20th St

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Wednesdays

King Street Alexandria – 3-7pm – May to Oct
1806 King Street, King St Metro

Clarendon – 2-7pm – Year Round
Clarendon Metro

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Thursdays

Rosslyn – 11-3pm – May to Oct
Wilson Blvd/N. Oak St- Rosslyn Metro

Ballston – 3-7pm – May to Oct
Wellburn Square, 9th/N. Stuart, 1 block south Ballston Metro

Winter Farmers Markets – DC, VA, MD

A helpful guide to farmers markets by day all around the WMA (washington metropolitan region). The list includes markets from DC, MD, and VA from the small stands to the big FreshFarm/Smark Markets.

I have visited many of these markets but not all. If you go to one please pass along your experience. It would be helpful to know that all are open and worth visiting.

And, if you’re starved for quality local food on off-days the Silver Spring Coop is open everyday from 9-9pm and located at – 8309 Grubb Road, Silver Spring, Md.

Enjoy!

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DC


Saturday

Eastern Market — 7 -4 pm  — 225 Seventh St SE

Sunday

Dupont Circle — 10 -1 pm — 20th and Q St NW

Eastern Market — 7 -4 pm — 225 Seventh St SE

Palisades — 9 -1 pm — 48th Place NW and MacArthur Blvd

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MD


Saturday

Great Frederick Farmers Market — 8 -2 pm — 797 East Patrick St (fairgrounds)

Kensington Farmers Market — 8 -12pm — Howard Ave (Kensington train station parking lot)

Montgomery Farm Women’s Coop Market — 7 -4 pm — 7155 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda

Silver Spring FreshFarm Market — 10 -1 pm — Ellsworth Dr (Fenton St and Georgia Ave)

Twin Springs Fruit Farm at Bethesda United Church — 10 -2 pm — Fernwood Rd and Democracy Blvd

Sunday

Bethesda Central Farm Market — 10 -2 pm — Bethesda Ln between Elm St and Bethesda Ave

Takoma Park Farmers Market — 10 -2 pm — Laurel Ave between Eastern and Carroll

Wednesday

Montgomery Farm Women’s Coop Market — 7 -4 pm — 7155 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda

Twin Springs Fruit Farm at Concord St. Andrew’s Church — 9  -2 pm — Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt

Thursday

Twin Springs Fruit Farm at Bethesda United Church — 10 -2 pm — Fernwood Rd and Democracy Blvd

Friday

Montgomery Farm Women’s Coop Market — 7 -4 pm — 7155 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda

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VA


Saturday

Alexandria Farmers Market — 5:30 -10:30 am — 301 King St (City Hall)

Arlington Farmers Market — 9 -12pm — North Courthouse Rd and 14th St (courthouse parking lot)

Del Ray Farmers Market — 9 -12pm — East Oxford and Mount Vernon

Falls Church Farmers Market — 9 -12pm — 300 Park Ave, City Hall parking lot

Leesburg Farmers Market — 9 – 12pm — Virginia Village Shopping Center, Catoctin Circle

Smart Markets at Oakton — 10 -1 pm — Unity Church of Fairfax, 2854 Hunter Mill Rd

Sunday

Columbia Pike Farmers Market — 10 -1 pm — Columbia Pike and S. Walter Reed Dr (Pike Park, in front of the Rite Aid)

Tuesday

Smart Markets at Fairfax Corner Center — 11:30 -2:30 pm — 11895 Grand Commons Ave, Fairfax (Monument Dr and Government Center Prkwy)

Wednesday

Clarendon Farmers Market — 2 -7 pm — Wilson Blvd and N. Highland St, Arlington (Clarendon Metro station)

The USDA Wants You To “Know Your Farmer”

This morning I was fortunate to attend new media press event with Kathleen Merrigan, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. A small group of us took a short trip outside of Washing DC to Tree and Leaf Farm. Which is exactly 47 miles away from the Dupont Farmers Market in the city, according to co-owner Georgia O’Neal.

The reason for this farm adventure was to launch a very special program for the USDA, called Know Your Farmer Know Your Food. The details of which are still coming out. DepSec Merrigan did clue us in on the plan which includes a weeklong series of programs, announcements, and events. With the culminating event being the official opening of a farmers market one block away from the White HouseThough for new media fans, on Friday Kathleen Merrigan will be entertaining a live facebook chat.

I am betting that for the rest of the country the white house farmers market will be the big hit. It’s an easily condensible byte of news and I expect it to hit all the major networks this Thursday and throughout the weekend. The news for farmers should be a big hit as well since it announces many new plans for grants, guides, and programs. All in support of the campaign promises of Obama and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack’s idea of “wealth creation” in rural communities.

Tree and Leaf

Tree and Leaf Farm

News aside, it was quite refreshing to visit one of DC’s regional farms the Tree and Leaf. The farm is run by Zach Lester and Georgia O’Neal who offer their bounty on Saturday’s at the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market and on Sunday at the Dupont Market. They have 5 acres of land and according to Zach produce a wide variety of crops.

They are definitely into the Organic movement, though I would say they better align with Joel Salatin’s credo of “beyond organic”. Even in our short time Zach dropped into biodynamics, the five folds of nature, the importance of compost, and more.

Their story gets more interesting as you dig into it. Their farm operations include several employees and one farm manager who helps with the direct marketing (getting the food sold), on only five acres of land!

Georgia and Zach

The land is is rented on a year-to-year lease. This is causing them some hardship since Organic farming requires a few years investment to get into place and not having a multi-year deal means they may expend money and sweat for no reason. It also deters them from making infrastructure improvements to increase their food quality, type, and length (growing in deep season, winter).

Their food is sold in markets and CSA’s in DC, but rarely in their own county. Both lamented the fact that the new Loudon County residents rarely get out of their cars to participate in the community. They are locked into the same problem the rest of the country has, trucking their food outside of their community while others simultaneously truck in low quality, unhealthy food for supermarkets.

The farm was truly a beautiful place to be. Zach’s landscaping skills make it a beautiful scene. Both he and Georgia make quite a team on the farm and their little boy, who I really thought looks like Conan the Barbarian in training.

Politics as NOT Usual

It seems that the politics of food has changed. It is now okay to talk about the inequities in our food system. It is even okay to till your own organic garden, start a farmers market, and even shop at one. This is reflected in the seemingly out of nowhere White House push for organic gardening and a farmers market.

Still the vast majority of Americans are lost in these markets which means we have a long way to go. A large amount of education is needed to bring back proper eating into the consciousness of the public. Hopefully, this new USDA program and high profile maneuvers from the White House will start the awareness. Like my Mom always reminds me, its a process, and we can’t erase bad habits overnight.

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From Zach: "the structure is a rebar bean tunnel with swiss chard growing underneath"

Keep an eye out for more news as the week rolls on. Check out fellow foodie and blogger Obama Foodorama who also joined us on the farm trip.

City farming becomes a social cause (and other news)

“A lot of us didn’t set out to farm for a living, to have that be what we did all day,” said Greg Strella, 24, who came to MICA to become a sculptor and graduated a farmer. “I certainly didn’t feel that way even 12 months ago.”

But there he is, under a straw hat, atop a tractor, managing Great Kids Farm, a 33-acre organic spread owned by Baltimore’s school system.

More young people are turning up at seminars on sustainable agriculture, said Jeff Schahczenski…he credits the Food Network for promoting foodie culture and movies like Food, Inc. for criticizing industrial agriculture.

via City farming becomes a social cause — baltimoresun.com.

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2009 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today encouraged consumers to visit their local farmers markets in honor of National Farmers Market Week, which will take place from August 2-8.

“One of the Obama Administration’s top priorities is to make sure that all Americans – especially children – have access to fresh, nutritious food, and USDA’s ongoing support of farmers markets is important to reaching that goal,” Secretary Vilsack said. “At the same time, farmers markets help support small family farms, help revitalize rural communities, and often promote sustainable agricultural practices.”

Currently, nearly 4,900 farmers markets operate nationwide, up from 4,685 in 2008.

my comment – nearly a 5% increase in recession!

via Release No. 0360.09.

By the Secretary of Agriculture of the USA

A PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS more than 4,400 farmers markets across the country offer consumers farm-fresh affordable, convenient, and healthful products such as fruits, vegetables, cheese, herbs, fish, flowers, baked goods, meat and much more; and

WHEREAS farmers markets serve as integral links among urban, suburban, and rural communities, affording farmers and consumers the opportunity to interact; and

WHEREAS the popularity of farmers markets continues to rise as more and more consumers discover the joys of shopping…

WHEREAS farmers markets support local anti-hunger initiatives through donations…

WHEREAS our Nation’s farmers are among the best steward of our land; and

WHEREAS the USDA strongly supports and promotes the development, operation, and expansions of farmers markets and other direct to consumer activities…

I, Edward T. Schafer, Secretary of the US Dept of Agriculture, do hereby proclaim the week of August 3-9 as National Farmers Market Week.

I encourage the people of the US to celebrate the benefits of farmers markets and the bountiful production of our Nation’s farmers…this 15th day of July 2008.

my comment – found this one through google but the link is busted so i just copied it here

A Visit to Farmers Markets in Long Beach and Huntington Beach

2539937014_f55ecebf38Long Beach

A visit to Long Beach is always exciting for me. I love its small city charm mixed in with the grit of its bigger city (LA) next door. The downtown farmers market was no different.

Some details on the market is that its open from 9-4 on Fridays and is at Long Beach Blvd and 5th Street next to the Walmart in a big shopping center. They shut down two full roads of traffic for the vendors which means their are a lot of them. The vendors range from east asian farmers to regular farmers, jamaican art dealers to watch and jewelry repair. It’s safe to say that you have many options at this market.

Some quick items that struck my fancy…there are numerous vendors selling cooked food. These restaurants on the go were nearly everywhere and not something you usually see at a farmers markets…If you want to buy a vegetable, wait on it, there are so many options you are bound to get a better deal as you walk…and brush up or practice your spanish, this is a good place to talk to friendly bilingual farmers.

Definitely visit this market if you get a chance!

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a farmers market in san francisco by Swami Stream on Flickr
A farmers market in San Francisco by Swami Stream on Flickr

Huntington Beach

I did not have high expectations for the Huntington Beach farmers market. I assumed their would be more art vendors than food ones. I was pleasantly suprised, though, we found more food vendors and even caught an acrobatic show on the pier right afterwards.

The market is open on Fridays from 1-5 and is open all year round. You can find it next to the pier, northside. It is a small market but just right for me. Some prefer larger ones with more selection and the ability to shop around. Not me, I like just the right amount of vendors where its small enough to have a friendly chat with each one.

As Spence and I shopped around we noticed that many of the vendors here were the same ones at the downtown LB market. Strange but I guess they are getting big-time in the markets. Anyway, there were a variety of food options including honey, mediterranean, fish, mexican, bread, and nuts in addition to the multiple produce vendors.

As always there were art vendors and goods for sale. Many of them quite beautiful. We were on limited time and so had to skip that this time.

The best benefit of this market for me is that its close to where I live and there’s nothing like shopping for food on the beach. This may become my go-to market.

Written on my iPhone

Springtime at the Dupont Farmers Market

Dupont!
Dupont!

The Dupont Farmers Market is the premier market in Washington D.C.

It is open “year round, rain or shine” and it has 2 rows of stalls, around 10-20 hawkers (depending on the season). Also depending on the season are the goods available. With each visit you can find the same reliable farmers and a rotating sprinkling of others, each bringing you the latest seasonal fare.

And there is nothing like rain or shine, especially in DC. This city is swampland and pretty murky stuff at that (the HBO mini-series John Adams, part 6, shows the city being un-swamped). Meaning that we can have all sorts of great and horrible weather. It is fantastic to have a market open all year round and available through the conditions.

Today was a perfect spring day so I ventured down to the market with Fuzzles in tow. The location is very convenient for peds/bikers since it is right next to Dupont Circle (20th between Mass and Q) and the Dupont metro. Drivers can find parking but you will have to head a few blocks away to the residentials (try 21st and O).

Man was the place packed. Everything had a line and there were even street singers and a jewelry vendor. I had forgotten what spring/summer was like at the market. For the past 6 months it was just us locavores and crunchies.

Street View of Dupont Market
Street View of Dupont Market

The regulars were there. My favorite Keswick Creamery where I bought my cheese and yogurt. The mushroom lady, seafood and fish toughins, the two bread shops, and a few seasonal vegetable farmers.

However, being Spring and good weather, about 10 new shops had popped in. The seasonal fare this early in Spring were a lot of greens and kale, apples, and beets. There was also a strong showing of dairy products, which I love.

Even the Fresh Farm folks were there (organizers of the market) making mini salads for anyone who came by.

A few things the market could add to make it a primo destination are a fun place to park the animals and a compost bin. Right now most pups are tied up behind the stalls or to a tree. It would be nice to have a friendly dog zone, where we could leash our pups and let them socialize whilst we vegetate.

The compost bin should be standard. I’m sure dealing with all the trash produced at the market is a problem, so why not use a compost bin to help the load (I sent on an inquiry to the Fresh Farms folks to see if I can take this one on).

Well to end it all, I brought home some swedish greens, lesher and cheddar cheese, fresh milk, and some yogurt.

Pups and I hoofed it home a little tired after some good walking. Where I prepared a salad with the greens, cheese, herbs, and chile’s. Then sat down with some iced coffee (using the fresh milk) to write this post.

my take at the market
my take at the market
my salad and coffee from the market
...turned into salad and coffee