Monday, March 30, 2009

Dupont Circle Sunday Farmers Market

Before I went to Washington, I scoped out the farmers markets that would be open during my stay. The Dupont Circle farmers market is open year round and on Sundays, so I stopped by yesterday morning before we got in the car to head back to New York. I was really impressed -- this market is amazingly vibrant (and really disappointed that I couldn't buy more but I didn't want to risk traveling with perishable foods and no refrigeration). 

With nearly 30 tents, I can't imagine what the market is like in the summer. Here it is late March and the market was stocked with beautiful lettuce, basil and arugula, exotic mushrooms, turnips, beets, radishes, hot crab cakes, daffodils, tulips, and branches of cherry blossoms, canned peaches and bottled jams, relishes, sauces and apple butter, fresh baked bread and sweet pastries, buffalo, pork and lamb, cheeses, butter and cream, all kinds of apples, potatoes, eggs, live chickens, even sunchokes, empanadas, handcrafted soap and yarn!

I feasted with my eyes --- and camera lens --- and fantasized about what could have been on my dinner table and in my fridge had I had room in the car and some ice. I did bring home some crimini, honey and oyster mushrooms, French country bread, popcorn on the cob, verbena, cherry blossom and grapefruit soap  -- we bought apple cider, which I drank while shopping and croissants that Camille and I snarfed down in all their flaky butteriness within steps of the French bakery).



Eight Washington DC and Maryland area markets are operated by FRESH FARM MARKETS, a producer-only market with farmers and growers who sell what they grow, raise or produce on their farm and are within 150 mile radius of Washington in the Chesapeake Bay watershed (DE, MD, PA, WV and VA). There are also cheese, pasta and soap makers, meat and specialty food processors, and fishermen and women at FARMFRESH who make their products from scratch. 

For information about community programs, special events and more, visit the FreshFarm website.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I love attending different farmers market. They have such a great selection of specialty food that you can't get in the stores and everything is so fresh! When I can't make it to the market I will order some of the specialty food I cook with from It is always fresh and tasty. Something to try if you don't have time to get to the farmers market.