The advent of the “farm to table” maxim has influenced the growth of urban gardening and development of farmers markets in cities across the country. Locally sourced meats are fresh and the quality is sure to please any discerning cook. I enjoy talking to farmers about anything from the feed they use to the farm they raise their animals. There’s sure to be an anecdote to best prepare their viands — from cooking time to seasonings to use! I guarantee that this exchange will infuse some interest and perhaps even learn a new way to make your procured meat.
Poultry, fresh sausages, and shellfish…
The organic vegetables and fruits are also seasonal and at times may offer different types. Apples reign supreme around Washington, it is not uncommon to find varieties — perhaps one that may be unfamiliar to the recent transplant in the area.
There are also different vegetables that are culturally specific like Chinese bok choy and broccoli, Yao Choy, Gai Lan to name a few. Kale and various other lettuces are also available.
There are always flowers around, and tulips are in season right now. You can even request to build your bouquet!
What makes the market an all-day affair is partaking from the abundance of places to eat. There are restaurants situated on the street — typically best for breakfast or brunch. I love the Italian eatery for the early risers, San Fermo delivers a satiating Italian prima colazione or for brunch at the Bastille — a quintessentially French bistro. For a more homespun with favorite American staples — Hattie’s Hat Restaurant is a palate pleaser (fried chicken and waffles, anyone?).
Of course, the food vendors are as appealing and offer ethnically diverse options with a bevy of vegetarian selections. From tandoori to tamales, doughnuts to pies, fresh bread to cakes; then followed by wine, cider or juices — the choices are practically endless… Come hungry and ready to spend the whole afternoon. Everyone is welcome 🙂