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 November 13, 2012 

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The 10th    

  annual Farmland Feast is over. What an incredible night! Thank you to all our guests and supporters for making the evening a success. We could not do what we do without you.  More to come on that next week, but for now, we turn our thoughts to what's next: food drives and holiday dinners.  

words of the week
"If every U.S. citizen ate just one meal a week (any meal) composed of locally and organically raised meats and produce, we would reduce our country's oil consumption by over 1.1 million barrels of oil every week."

~Barbara Kingsolver & Steven Hopp in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

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what's at market  


Product highlights from the market.  For a full calendar of what's in season when, click here.


In Abundance

Apples, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Carrots, Chard, Collards, Kale, Lettuce, Pears 

Potatoes, Pumpkins, Specialty Greens, Turnips, Sweet Potatoes, Winter Squash.  


On Their Way In 

Parsnips,   Sunchokes.  


On Their Way Out

Pumpkins, Persimmons, Peppers, Walnuts.   


veggie of the week 



Don't be fooled by their bland appearance. Parsnips, when cooked, can have a sweeter flavor then their carrot cousins. These late season crops have a nutty, warm flavor that is best after a series of heavy frosts as the cold triggers the plant to produce more sugars.   


Available at: Dupont Circle, Silver Spring, Penn Quarter 



Parsnip Soup with Smoked Paprika  


Fun Fact:  

Before potatoes came to Europe, Parsnips were an important staple root crop.   


featured recipe 

soup pot

Looking for more recipes?  Go to our searchable recipe database. 


Mustard Green Soup with Rice  


who's at market  


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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.  

Give a Little Bit (of Kale)     

Food Drive Haul at Dupont Circle

Last Thanksgiving, we ran our first ever Thanksgiving Food Drives at 7 FRESHFARM Markets, and their success surprised even us. When Jose Andres pledged on Twitter to match donations at Dupont Circle, we were stunned. By the end of market, on that single day, we had collected over $3,000 and 2,000 pounds of produce for DC Central Kitchen, including 10 whole turkeys. We had so many fresh food donations pouring in that they wouldn't all fit in the DCCK truck. Only after the truck had made several trips and we sent a volunteer to follow with a car load of food, were we able to pack up for the day. It was exhausting, exhilarating and the mood was infectious. This year, we're doing it all again.


Donations will benefit each market's gleaning partner, a local food assistance organization. Unlike a traditional food drive read more...

Thanksgiving Food Drive Schedule 2012

All markets except Annapolis will accept donations in the form of cash, credit/debit, check or food. Annapolis will accept cash, check or food donations. Contact Juliet Glass (julietglass@freshfarmmarkets.org) for more info and to find out how you can also donate online.  

Turkey-Less Turkey Day
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Let's face it, veggies are beautiful. At Union Market last Saturday, we collected $2 in quarters in one hour for our tongue-in-cheek sign above. While Thanksgiving has become synonymous with Turkey, it doesn't mean it has to be. Vegetables can afford more creativity, texture, color and unique flavors than meat, and if you choose to go vegetarian or vegan this Thanksgiving, there are still plenty of ways to impress the in-laws. Plus, without all that tryptophan we might all be able to stay awake for dessert.


If you are a turkey lover, this is your last chance to order turkey now from one of our farmers. But if you'd rather stick to the plant kingdom, try some of these fabulous recipes, and you'll find that no one misses the bird.


Main Courses:
Final Days...
H Street NE

Some of our seasonal markets are quickly approaching their last days.  Mark your calendar and be sure not to miss out.  

Remaining Market Days 

H Street NE. Saturday November 17 

Annapolis. Sunday November 18

Crystal City. Tuesdays through November 20 

Foggy Bottom. Wednesdays through November 21

Penn Quarter. Thursdays through December 20


You can still eat locally all year long at our two year round markets, Dupont Circle and Silver Spring.



Sundays, 8:30-1pm, April through December 

Sundays, 10am-1pm, January through March


Silver Spring

Saturdays, 9am - 1pm, April through December

Saturdays, 10am-1pm, January through March 



Get Fresh 
Staff recommendations for what to buy at market this week


celery root   

1. Chicken Stock - Evensong Farm.     

Penn Quarter, Silver Spring. Warm up with home-made chicken noodle soup, or: Sopa de Tortilla       


2. Celery Root (certified organic) - Blueberry Hill Vegetables.  

Foggy Bottom, H Street NE. The root of the celery plant has a distinct celery flavor that makes it a great addition to soups and stocks. Try this with local potatoes instead of those from Idaho: Celery Root Mashed Potatoes.   


3. Whole Duck - Garden Path Farm     

H Street NE, Silver Spring. Turkey alternative?  Roasted Duck with Brussels Sprouts and Apple-Sweet Potato Puree.      


4. Goat Cheese White Cheddar - Peachy Family Dairy. 

Penn Quarter, Foggy Bottom. Never underestimate the simple joy of cheese and crackers. Apple Cheddar Quesadillas.   


5. Yellow Wax Beans - Barajas Produce.    

Foggy Bottom, Crystal City. Freeze some of these beauties to preserve year round.  Yellow Wax Beans with Toasted Almonds.  


Tweet of the Week  

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!    


Market Calendar (11/13- 11/18) 

Markets are open rain or shine.   



Crystal City 

3pm - 7pm. May 1 - November 20   


Foggy Bottom* 

3pm - 7pm. April 4 - November 21       



by the White House*  

11am - 2:30pm. May 3 - October 25 

Closed for the Season.


3pm - 7pm. June 28 - October 25

Closed for the Season. 


Penn Quarter* 

3pm - 7pm. March 22 - December 20

Chef at Market: Ramon Martinez, Jaleo

Special Event: Thanksgiving Food Drive (see info in feature article).  




9am - 1pm. May 5 - October 27    

Closed for the Season.


H Street NE* 

9am - 12noon. April 21 - November 17   

Special Event: Thanksgiving Food Drive (see info in feature article).    


Silver Spring* 


10am - 1pm. January 6 - March 31

9am - 1pm. April 7 - December 29

Special Event: Thanksgiving Food Drive   

Music at Market: Not 2 Cool Jazz.   


8:30am - 11:30am. April 21 - October 13
closed for the season.



Dupont Circle* 


10am - 1pm. January 5 - March 25

8:30am - 1pm. April 1 - December 31   

Special Event: Thanksgiving Food Drive

Chef at Market: Michael Costa, Zaytinya 


8:30am - 12noon. May 6 - November 18 

Special Event: Thanksgiving Food Drive      


For more events, please go to our online events calendar. 

*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.

FRESHFARM Markets, P.O. Box 15691, Washington, DC 20003  
t: 202.362.8889 e: info@freshfarmmarkets.org 

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