A taste of what will be at area farmers markets this week:
At Thursday’s Smart Market in Manassas, Nihdi Tandon will have Indian food, including dishes prepared on site; Northern Neck will have early spring pickings; Tyson Farms will have West Virginia apples and winter vegetables; Windmill Meadow Farm will have grass-fed meats and dairy products including cheese, ice cream and country-fresh eggs.
At Saturday’s FreshFarm Market in Silver Spring, Down to Earth will have spinach and vegetable starter plants.
At Saturday’s Smart Market in Oakton, Roberto Medina will have early spring herbs, flowers and bedding plants; Cherry Glen will have farmstead goat cheeses; Heritage Farm Co-op will have whole-wheat bread.
At Sunday’s Takoma Park Farmers Market, Keswick Creamery will have aged, raw-milk cheeses including cheddar, Vermeer, Wallaby, Lesher and feta, plus pasteurized fresh products such as quark, whole-milk ricotta, yogurt and chocolate pudding; Cherry Glen Goat Cheese Co. will have Cherry Glen Chevre and ricotta and five variations of soft ripened cheese: Monocacy crottin, Monocacy silver, Monocacy ash, Monocacy chipotle and Monocacy gold; Gunpowder Bison and Trading Co. will have steaks, roasts and burgers from pasture-raised bison; Smith Meadows Farm is having a soup and chili tasting ($15 for three soups or chili); Smith Meadows Farm and Stone Hearth Bakery will offer a variety of empanadas; Twin Springs Fruit Farm will have freshly cut arugula, kale, Swiss chard, lettuce and seedless, burpless, thin-skinned cucumbers.
At Sunday’s FreshFarm Market in Dupont Circle, Wollam Gardens returns; Buster’s Seafood will have catfish; Black Rock Orchard will have Asian pears.
At Sunday’s Smart Market in Gainesville, Holy Cow Delivery will have country-fresh eggs, local honey and cream cheese spreads ($4.50 per eight-ounce container; two for $8), varieties include smoked salmon, Cajun crab, gourmet veggie and horseradish cheddar; Rappahannock Natural Foods Co-op will have grass-fed, free-range meats.
At Wednesday’s USDA Winter Farmers Market in the USDA South Building Cafeteria, C&T Produce will have cabbage (75 cents per pound), curly kale ($1.25 per pound), broccoli ($2.50 per pound), greenhouse tomatoes ($2 per pound), white potatoes (99 cents per pound), sweet potatoes (99 cents per pound), beets (99 cents per pound), cauliflower ($3 per head) and eggs ($3.50 per dozen).
See our listing of local farmers markets. Managers of new or expanded farmers markets should contact Tim Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org, who is in the process of updating our listings for 2011.
See our 2011 listings of Community-Supported Agriculture farms.
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