foodie: DC farmer’s markets

Hillybilly tomato plants at the Farmers Market

Not all of my posts will be about the apartment hunt, just many of them. As I’m not sure if I’ll be saying goodbye to my neighborhood or not, I figure it’s a good idea to get out and about and enjoy it. I joined Shaw Girl to check out both the Mount Pleasant and 14th & U Farmer’s Markets this morning and we had a blast. I bought way too much stuff, but it’s all good stuff, so one can’t really complain. 🙂

The nice thing about the markets is that they don’t change very much. Some of the merchants may be different, but they’re pretty much always offering the same stuff around the same schedule. And in DC, we have access to farmers markets every day of the week except Monday, so if you’re a “fresh from the farm” foodie, you won’t ever be disappointed. I’m spoiled by having one down the street from me on Saturday and another near my office on Tuesdays.

aged Balsamic vinegar poured into a lid

The highlight of the day had to be what looks like a small spill in the photo above. The seller from Cherry Glen let us taste the goat cheese samples dipped in a bit of aged Balsamic vinegar. His enthusiasm for letting us try it bordered on conspiratorial, “Now I’m going to let you taste something really nice!”

I’m pretty sure the look on my face registered my appreciation, but it was simply incredible.* Sadly, well-aged Balsamic is a bit outside my price range at the moment, but he showed us the very tiny bottle and informed us that he’d barely gone through any of it in about a year. Based on the taste and the demonstration, I could easily see squeezing some into my budget sometime in the near future.

Back on the home front, the first moving box was assembled and quickly filled, but more about that… later. :mrgreen:

* After he showed us the bottle, S.G. even said, “You distract him while I steal that bottle!” Yeah, it was that good.

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2 Responses

  1. That’s one thing I have missed about not living in DC anymore – the farmers’ markets. While we do have farmers’ markets almost every day of the week here in SoCal, getting to all of them on a daily basis isn’t easy since “LA/OC” encompasses such a wide area of mileage…

    I miss the Arlington Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings and always appreciated the Dupont Farmers’ Market even in the winter! 🙂

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  2. Shaw Girl says:

    For the record, I would have never stolen the vinegar. But, if it happened to accidentally fall in my tote bag it wouldn’t have been my fault.

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