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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 08/23/2012

Farmers market roundup: Aug. 25-Aug. 29


Tiny, yet flavor-packed: Check out currant tomatoes at the Broad Branch/Chevy Chase Farmers Market in the District on Saturdays. (Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post)
Early apples have been at area farmers markets for a while, and now their cousin pears are here as well. You can find them this week at Saturday’s Columbia Heights Community Marketplace and Saturday’s 14th & U Farmers Market.

Are you familiar with currant tomatoes? They are clustered on a delicate vine, with fruit about the size of a pinkie fingernail. Brett Grohsgal grows them at Even’star Organic Farm in Lexington Park, Md.

Grohsgal, who qualifies in our book as a Renaissance man (chef, farmer, writer, soil scientist, crossbreeder, nice guy), first came across currant tomatoes when he worked at Restaurant Nora. “Chefs go crazy for them, but some varieties didn’t have the flavor I was looking for.” He purchased ancestral seeds from Peru in 1991, then spent six years developing hybrids that were tolerant of pathogens and diseases in our area.

“It was an effort,” he says. “But we got some incredible flavor as a result.” Bonus: a range of reds, yellows and greens on the same vine.

This year he’s only got 100 plants going, which don’t yield much. “They’re finicky,” he says; a little too much rain and they split easily in the field. But what he does pick will be available through the end of September at the Chevy Chase/Broad Branch Farmers Market (Lafayette Elementary School, Broad Branch Avenue at Northhampton, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Last week, we picked up three cartons for $10.

Friend of the Food section Cathy Barrow (aka MrsWheelbarrow) pickles them for cocktails — and deserves props for our introduction to such a nice market — but Grosghal recommends eating them out of hand. Quickly. Currant tomatoes can hang around for a few days, stored at room temperature.

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INTERACTIVE: Click the image above to view our interactive farmers market map.

Also available:

At Saturday’s Columbia Heights Community Marketplace:

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Chesley Farms: pears.

Country Vittles from Critter Hill Farm: turkey legs.

Five Seeds Farm & Apiary: mint.

Wisteria Garden: arugula.


At Saturday’s 14th & U Farmers Market:

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Garner's Produce: eggplant; summer squash.

Kuhn Orchards: Asian and Bartlett pears; pearl onions.

Mountain View Farm: zucchini; summer squash; lacto-fermented pickles; kraut.

Plantmasters: eggs; patio garden pots of herbs.

Takoma Mushrooms: shiitake mushrooms; gray and golden oyster mushrooms.

Truck Patch Farms: Twelve varieties of heirloom tomatoes; kale; chard; mesclun; baby spinach; basil.

Whisked!: classic peach pie with crumble topping; sweet and spicy peach jalapeno pie; kale and feta quiche.


At Sunday’s Takoma Park Farmers Market:

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Black Rock Orchard: Zestar, Gala, Ginger Gold, Honeycrisp and Jonamac apples.

Blue Ridge Botanicals: Shishito pepper plants; Stevia plants; prickly pear plants.

Flowers of the Forest Farm: okra.

Glenville Hollow Farms: corn; tomatoes; winter squash.

Homestead Farm: ghost peppers.

Keswick Creamery: quark; chocolate pudding.

Musachio Produce Farm: red and yellow watermelon; corn.

Smith Meadows: chicken potpies.

Twin Springs Fruit Farm: freestone peaches; Zephyr white nectarines; Lady Nancy white peaches; apples; tomatoes; carrots; lettuce; arugula; cucumbers; blackberries; raspberries; new potatoes; onions; garlic.

Waterpenny Farm: heirloom and hybrid tomatoes; cucumbers; summer squash.


At Saturday’s Ward 8 Farmers Market at THEARC:

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Lydia’s Fields at Wheatland: Brandywine tomatoes.


At Sunday’s Bloomingdale Farmers Market:

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Garner's Produce: eggplant; summer squash.

Mountain View Farm: zucchini; summer squash; lacto-fermented pickles; kraut.

Whisked!: classic peach pie with crumble topping; sweet and spicy peach jalapeno pie; kale and feta quiche.


At Wednesday’s Farmers Market at Maryland:

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Country Vittles from Critter Hill Farm: beef; goat; pork; rabbit; turkey.

Lydia’s Fields at Wheatland: cucumbers.

Goldilocks Goodies (new vendor): gluten-free baked goods.

McCleaf’s Orchard: pluots.

Valencia Produce: sweet potatoes; winter squash; black-eyed peas.


SPECIAL EVENTS

At Saturday’s Columbia Heights Community Marketplace, bilingual cooking demo featuring market produce by Beatriz Zuluaga of CentroNia, 10 a.m.-noon.

See our farmers market interactive map and list of Community-Supported Agriculture farms.

Search for seasonal recipes in our Recipe Finder.

If you have a new market or see information that needs to be corrected in our farmers market listings, e-mail krystalr@washpost.com.

By and  |  06:00 AM ET, 08/23/2012

Categories:  Markets This Week | Tags:  Becky Krystal, markets

 
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