Sunday, November 28, 2010

So your farmer's market's closed for winter

As a both socially conscious individual and foodie, I am a huge fan of my local farmer's market. I like to frequent both the Mt. Pleasant Saturday market and the Bloomingdale Sunday market to get all of my fruits, veggies, eggs, meat, and cheese. Beyond the obvious environmental benefits, local produce is the most nutritious as vegetables immediately begin losing their nutrients after being picked. If you've seen Food Inc. (and if you haven't, you should ASAP), you know that the American agricultural system is grossly under-regulated and might be putting us all at risk. The most immediate solution is of course to avoid it as much as possible. Sadly, my two favorite markets are closed for the season. So, if you're like me you are looking for one of the year-round options to get you through until Spring, here are some suggestions:

Dupont Circle
It's got stellar variety and is very centrally located for several DC neighborhoods. It's always crowded so get there early, and don't expect free bike repair or other tidbits that give a farmer's market that community appeal, but it will get the job done. I went today and picked up some beautiful apples from Orchard Valley Farms and amazing feta cheese from Keswick creamery. If you are an all-organic kind of shopper there are plenty of options for you as well. If you have
time, stop by the Dolcezza booth for some out of this world gelatto.

Details: Dupont Circle Metro 20th St. NW between Massachusetts and Q Sundays March - January 9 am - 1 pm, January - March 10 am - 1 pm

Silver Spring
I know it's not technically in DC, but it is accessible by metro and a fantastic market. It's got more of a community building spirit than your other choices and they will double the value of EBT food stamps for those receiving assistance. The produce selection is fantastic and I rarely see items running out. If you are on wheels there's a free parking garage close by that I have never seen completely full. Like every other year-round market it can get very crowded, but I love the vibe and it's probably my favorite of the 3 options.

Details: Silver Spring Metro Ellsworth Dr. between Felton St. and Georgia Ave. Regular season 9 am - 1 pm January - March 10 am - 1 pm

Eastern Market
Sadly a lot of the options at this market are not locally grown so definitely ask a lot of questions! That being said, this market is blissfully convenient as its open almost all day Saturday and Sunday. There are some very quaint stalls inside that have some of the best food I've ever tasted, although on the pricey side. The cheese counter has a selection rivaling whole foods and there are some great options for fresh fish. In a pinch, it's a great market to pop into for some last minute ingredients or to enjoy a day of shopping while browsing the accompanying flea market.

Details: Eastern Market Metro 7th and North Carolina Ave. SE Saturdays and Sundays 7 am - 4 pm

No comments:

Post a Comment