It's a month for beer, hot tea, and farmers markets. The foliage is starting to turn and the country air smells of wood smoke. Get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather while it lasts. Bring someone you love to the farmers market, try a food you've never heard of and drink it all in because you know winter's coming soon.
|words of the week
"Bittersweet October! The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter."
-Carol Bishop Hipps.
what's at market
Product highlights from the market. For a full calendar of what's in season when, click here.
Apples, Broccoli, Carrots, Chard, Collards,
Kale, Lettuce, Pears
Potatoes, Pumpkins, Specialty Greens,
String Beans, Turnips, Winter Squash.
On Their Way In
Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Kiwis, Parsnips, Quince.
On Their Way Out
Peppers, Plums, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes.
|Veggie of the Week
An anomaly of a vegetable, spaghetti squash, when cooked, has a stringy flesh that eerily resembles spaghetti, and it can be used instead of pasta in many dishes.
Available at: Dupont Circle, Ballston, Bethesda, Silver Spring.
Spicy Spaghetti Squash Noodles and Pork
Spaghetti Squash, like all winter squash, contains more beta-caroteen after a short period of storage than it does fresh from the vine. Wine is not the only thing that gets better with age.
who's at market
farmers/producers are at market each
New interactive maps for each market highlight the farmers & producers at market.
Click here to chose a market.
FRESHFARM Markets is the leading voice for farmers markets in the Washington, DC region and is a leader in the local food movement. A 501c3 nonprofit organization, FRESHFARM Markets is dedicated to promoting agriculture in the Chesapeake Bay region through the operation of 10 vibrant producer-only farmers markets and 5 educational programs.
Union Market, Here we Come!
The local food movement is robust. It happens not just at farmers markets, but also at restaurants, corner stores, community gardens and dinner parties. It's driven by a diversity of non-profits, businesses and individuals, and now more than ever the distinctions between these places and entities have started to blur. The recently opened, Union Market, is a great example: farmers sell their products straight from the field, local chefs and restaurants serve delicious food and it is the perfect meeting point for friends, colleagues or strangers.
This Saturday, FRESHFARM Markets will be trying something we've never done before: a pop-up farm stand at Union Market. We'll feature fresh produce and value added products from Spring Valley Farm and Orchard and Toigo Orchards, and we'll accept cash, credit and SNAP (EBT/Food Stamps). Should all go well, we hope that the FRESHFARM Markets Farm Stand will become a regular feature of Union Market, and that we'll carry a variety of products from the many farmers and producers who sell at our markets. If you'd like to see that happen, stop by on Saturday and say "hi." While you're at it, you can stroll through the light, airy halls of Union Market and stop for oysters at Rappahannock Oyster Co, pick up some charcuterie at Red Apron Butchery and grab a hot cup of coffee from Peregrine Espresso. For a full list of food artisans, click here.
15 Years and Still No Bananas.
By Ann Yonkers, FFM Co-Executive Director. A selection from the FRESH Picked blog. Sept. 26, 2012.
"Where are the bananas?" We field that question so often at market it has become our in-house joke. A confused market shopper arrives at our information booth and can't understand why America's favorite fruit isn't part of our offerings. They assume we have simply failed to include this popular fruit in our inventory or wonder why we are not like most of the other markets they patronize. They have no idea we actively choose not to include bananas. They are not aware we only sell what is grown and made in the Chesapeake Bay region.
So when Dupont Circle business owner and market advocate, Sue Landini of Axis Salon was looking for a cheeky way to celebrate FRESHFARM Markets, she created one of her signature windows focusing on this absence - FRESHFARM Markets - Fifteen Years and Still No Bananas (see photo).
At the center of the FRESHFARM mission and our markets is a two-word phrase, producer-only. What does it mean? Why does it matter? And why is it so hard to explain? continue reading...
In the Kitchen with Spaghetti Squash.
By Bettina Stern and Suzanne Simon of Loulies. A selection from the FRESH Picked blog. Sept. 26, 2012.
Early fall is spaghetti squash season. They are often the first of the winter squashes to appear on the vine. The best are small and sweet, as opposed to overly large, with little taste. Unlike summer squashes, this early winter variety can be stored for a very long time before it needs to be used. This gives you plenty of time to decide how to cook it.
We suggest this recipe for Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Garlic, Red Pepper, Parsley and Breadcrumbs that we used at a cooking demonstration recently. Those who love spaghetti squash thought the recipe was delicious and those who had never tried it were surprised by how much they liked it. It is easy to prepare and the combination of ingredients is a perfect compliment. We also love how the cooked interior breaks up into noodle strands - one of the many wonders of nature.
More on FRESH Picked
Staff recommendations for what to buy at market this week
1. Microgreens, hydroponic - Baywater Greens
Annapolis. A raw and healthy treat, great on salads or sandwiches. Microgreens with Curry Vinaigrette.
2. Winter Banana Apples - Mickley's Orchard.
Ballston. A dense eating apple, pale yellow and pink with just a hint of banana flavor. Pair with goat cheese.
3. Maple Sugar Candies - S & S Maple Camp.
Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom. Melt in your mouth, sugary heaven.
4. Fresh Lima Beans - Sand Hill Farm, Garners Produce.
Penn Quarter. A delicately flavored, buttery bean. Pasta with Butternut Squash and Lima Beans.
5. Persimmons - Koiner Farm
Silver Spring. The orange fruit of fall. Celery Root, Persimmon and Swiss Chard Stuffing.
6. Fresh Ginger - Mountain View Farm
Penn Quarter. As medicinal as it is delicious; great in Asian cooking. Apple Ginger Fruit Salad.
7. Pancetta - Cedarbrook Farm.
H Street NE, Dupont Circle. Cured-pork goodness, tasty enough to weaken the resolve of many vegetarians. Penne with Pancetta, Sage and Mushrooms.
Tweet of the Week
This week's "Tweet" is actually a Instagram.
Periodically, we'll choose a Tweet, Facebook Post or Instagram photo to feature in this section. If yours is chosen you could win Market Dollars!*
*offer is at the discretion of FRESHFARM Markets.
Market Calendar (9/25 - 9/23)
Markets are open rain or shine.
3pm - 7pm. May 1 - November 20
3pm - 7pm. April 4 - November 21
Chef at Market: Miriam's Kitchen.
by the White House*
11am - 2:30pm. May 3 - October 25
Special Event: VA Thursday. Special offers for employees of the Veterans Affairs building.
Chef at Market: Ed Witt, 701 Restaurant.
3pm - 7pm. June 28 - October 25
Chef at Market: Kate Jensen & Tracy O'Grady of Willow.
3pm - 7pm. March 22 - December 20
9am - 1pm. May 5 - October 27
H Street NE*
9am - 12noon. April 21 - November 17
10am - 1pm. January 6 - March 31
9am - 1pm. April 7 - December 29
Special Event: Voter Registration Day - Make sure you don't miss out on all the fun this election day. Stop by market and register to vote with the Delta Thigma Theta Sorority, Montgomery County Chapter.
Music at Market: Snake Head Run
8:30am - 11:30am. April 21 - October 13
10am - 1pm. January 5 - March 25
8:30am - 1pm. April 1 - December 31
8:30am - 12noon. May 6 - November 18
The Annapolis FRESHFARM Market will be closed for the next two weeks for the Annapolis Boat Show. The Market will reopen on 10/21.
*SNAP (EBT/Food Stamps) accepted at this market. We also give up to $15 in free Matching Dollars to all SNAP, WIC or Senior Coupon customers. Rosa Sanchez is at market every Saturday to help with SNAP applications and answer questions about our Matching Dollars program. Crissa Nelson will be at the H Street NE FRESHFARM most Saturdays (from 10am-12pm) to help with SNAP applications.