Let us take a moment to acknowledge the humble lettuce. It’s the base of many a salad, but often the leafy greens play second fiddle to other ingredients. Maybe that’s because so many of us are hamstrung by the bagged supermarket varieties that seem to turn slimy no matter how fresh you think they are.

Give lettuce the starring role it deserves by picking up at today’s FreshFarm Market in Penn Quarter and Sunday’s Takoma Park Farmers Market. Details on these and other area markets are available through the map link below.


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

Once you have your lettuce in hand, take time to play with our salad spinner. The interactive tool will help you discover new ingredient ideas and flavor combinations.

Also available this week:

At today’s FreshFarm Market in Penn Quarter:

This just in

Black Rock Orchard: apples; cider; tomatoes; pole beans.

Coulter Farms: beef chili; hot dogs.

Full Cellar Farm (new vendor): eggs; head lettuce; beets; radishes.

Garner’s Produce: broccoli; vitamin greens; winter squash.

At Saturday’s Columbia Heights Community Marketplace:

This just in

Country Vittles from Critter Hill Farm: hot dogs; top round.

Goldilocks Goodies: gluten-free cinnamon-raisin bread.

At Saturday’s FreshFarm Market in Silver Spring:

This just in

North Mountain Pastures: kimchi.

Spiral Path Farm: shallots; rapini.

Spring Valley Farm and Orchard: Brussels sprouts.

Three Springs Fruit Farm: red potatoes.

At Sunday’s Takoma Park Farmers Market:

This just in

Bees ’n Blossoms: gift baskets with tea, honey and other products.

Blue Ridge Botanicals: culinary herb plants; arugula plants.

Elk Run Vineyards: 2010 red wines; estate-grown zinfandel; sparkling wine.

Flower of the Forest Farm: Brussels sprouts; red cabbage; kale; collards.

Gunpowder Bison and Trading: flat-iron steak; bison jerky; burgers.

Musachio Produce Farm: white, orange and purple cauliflower; turnips; sweet potatoes.

Smith Meadows: grass-fed, pasture-raised meats.

Twin Springs Fruit Farm: kaleidoscope greens; cider; Goldrush, Fuji, Pink Lady, Cameo, Stayman, Winesap, Golden Delicious and Granny Smith apples; Bosc pears; squash; Vivaldi potatoes; candy and red onions; sweet potatoes; greenhouse tomatoes; lettuce; arugula.

Waterpenny Farm (last day at market until March): loose lettuce; head lettuce; mizuna; arugula; kale; chard; bok choy; mustard greens; turnips; daikon radishes; garlic; tomato soup; salsa.

At Sunday’s FreshFarm Market at Dupont Circle:

Clear Spring Creamery: hot chocolate.

Dolcezza: sweet potato gelato; pumpkin gelato; pomegranate sorbetto.

Eco-Friendly Foods: tasso ham.

Endless Summer Harvest: mache; purslane.

FireFly Farms: Merry Goat Round cheese.

Kegotank Oysters: grilled oysters for sampling.

Next Step Produce: daikon radishes.

Red Apron Butchery: bologna; pork confit polenta cake; cotechino.

Smith Meadows: lamb sausage.

Tree and Leaf Farm: Red Russian kale; red cabbage.


At Saturday’s Columbia Heights Community Marketplace, butternut squash soup cooking demo by Ibti Vincent, 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.