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According to this link the market is at 3219 O St. NW. Is that where it was last year?

Berries are here ;):P:P

I have black raspberries, blueberries and a ton of strawberries awaiting me in my fridge. Hopefully the strawberries will make into a puree to freeze for the winter.

The other exciting find, which I didn't splurge on, were baby artichokes. They looked gorgeous, nice and tight. The same stand had purple cauliflower, as well as regular cauliflower. It's roasting time.

Which market had the baby artichokes? Those are so hard to find in the local stores in my area--we had to go shopping at Wegmans in Fairfax yesterday to get some! (and a few other things as well, of course)

I did get to SS market Sat morn, albeit late. Firefly was out of the ash covered chevre cheese I tasted and then yearned for, so I bought the blue for the time being. Not a substitue, just when comparing the two, the blue fades in the background. By itself, all I can say is HMMMMMMMMM. :lol:

I also bought baby new potatoes, fresh beets, mozzerella, basil and some cookies that were out of this world! They were an aside at the stand that was selling their breads, and I bought them to appease my hubby who patiently waited while I strolled about. But ...I will go back just to seek these out. Snicker Doodles, that taste like the ones my mom used to bake, and Molasses cookies like I've never had before. Who goes to a farmer's market and expects to get cookies?!

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Is the Silver Spring FreshFarm market always so small? There were fewer than a dozen vendors this morning, and not much variety. I was in search of fruits and herbs, and there wasn't much to browse through. I brought hom a pint of raspberries, some lovely little apricots, and a bouquet of zinnias.

Is there a better market in MontCo? I used to hit the one at NIH, back when I worked there, but haven't been since they relocated.

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Did a stop by at the Silver Spring Saturday market. They are going to have 10 vendors this year. Among them are: Atwater Bakery, Firefly Farms (their blue is effing awesome!), and another cheesemaker. Not much else of great interest was out. They are really hoping to find a poultry vendor.

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We also stopped by the Silver Spring market. I was disappointed to hear that the Cedarbrook pork vender won't be there. They said they are actively looking for new meat vendors. Looks like our Saturday market will be Mt. Pleasant again this year.

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Today was my first trip to the SS market (I usually go to Takoma, but we're going to do the Post Hunt tomorrow :lol:) and I have to say I was disappointed. I bought some pink ladies, and some spicy oregano (from the "last gentleman farmer in SS"), plus some of the Atwater's carraway rye, but I felt like I had to go to whole foods to finish my shopping, whereas at takoma, i feel like I'm ok for at least the rest of the day.

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Today was my first trip to the SS market (I usually go to Takoma, but we're going to do the Post Hunt tomorrow :lol:) and I have to say I was disappointed. I bought some pink ladies, and some spicy oregano (from the "last gentleman farmer in SS"), plus some of the Atwater's carraway rye, but I felt like I had to go to whole foods to finish my shopping, whereas at takoma, i feel like I'm ok for at least the rest of the day.

It is still early in the season. They will have lots more week by week.

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It is still early in the season. They will have lots more week by week.

This is absolutely correct.

I helped out at this market for a few weeks until FFM managed to hire a permanent manager for this market: a terrific, enthusiastic person who is doing all sorts of wonderful things from what I understand, including filling in when there's no chef demo by showing Silver Spring how to cook ramps.

When I was there, I was told that at least 4-5 farms were not arriving until mid-May because they had little to nothing to sell. Especially in Pennsylvania, the growing season starts late. Some of these folk might have had to postpone their first arrival because we've had such a cold spring and many crops are not going to show up on schedule.

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The Silver Spring market is much improved - 2-3 meat vendors, fresh eggs, a new pastry stand (Praline, from Bethesda), and several new fruit and veg stands. I picked up a chicken, Atwater sourdough, cilantro, and gorgeous tomatillos for salsa.

Unfortunately the best peaches were at a vendor I won't buy from, so a trip to Dupont Circle will be necessary tomorrow.

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The Silver Spring market is much improved - 2-3 meat vendors, fresh eggs, a new pastry stand (Praline, from Bethesda), and several new fruit and veg stands. I picked up a chicken, Atwater sourdough, cilantro, and gorgeous tomatillos for salsa.

Unfortunately the best peaches were at a vendor I won't buy from, so a trip to Dupont Circle will be necessary tomorrow.

I got some very flavorful cheese that helped create an over the top mac n cheese tonight.

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Checked out the market for the first time today because Odessa Piper was the demo chef. I didn't stick around long enough to try the end result, but she was grilling up greens and ramps to be paired with some sort of salami. The market is still small, but I was assured that it will grow by leaps and bounds as we get closer to summer.

Two exciting finds, that I haven't seen at any of the 6+ markets I frequent during the summer were a goat meat and soap stand and another stand selling micro greens at absurdly affordable prices. One container, your average smallish size, was $3.00. The only vendor who I've seen sell micro greens somewhat regularly is Sunnyside Farm at Dupont and are more expensive. I talked with the farmer (help AB-don't remember his name or stand) and he said he will have a variety micro greens all summer long.

If I were making, say, a ramp pizza on my grill, I'd throw a handful of these on top to finish it off. Yummmm.

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Thanks HV for the reminder that the market is open. The goat vendor must be new, as I don't recall anyone like that last year.

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We made our first foray to a farmers market for the season here. It's been tooooo long since we have hit a local farmers market. Going to one of these places it is terrible. YOU WANT TO BUY EVERYTHING.

So we got lots of stuff -- spring onions, various lettuces, cheese, some different breads, some still very thin looking asparagus, some baby zucchini, some eggs (gorgeous!), a nice chicken, yogurt, feta, and some catnip plants for the outdoor strays we look after. And I am sure I am forgetting something.

FUN!

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We made our first foray to a farmers market for the season here. It's been tooooo long since we have hit a local farmers market. Going to one of these places it is terrible. YOU WANT TO BUY EVERYTHING. <snip>

FUN!

Say "hi!" next time! :D Gebaby was one of the little ones playing at the fountain today. I agree about buying everything -- the zucchini blossoms at Spring Valley Farms(?) looked great! Probably have to head to Dupont tomorrow for a quick trip, as the fountain ended up being the main focus today. Except for a quick breakfast stop for gebaby; Praline's almond croissant ($2.50) hit the spot there for him. Although, for the stingy mom in me, the size compared to Bonaparte bakery's croissants for the same price pales in comparison.... However, the rising process (or the recipe?) for the 2 bakeries are different, so it was a nice change.

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Praline's almond croissant ($2.50) hit the spot there for him. Although, for the stingy mom in me, the size compared to Bonaparte bakery's croissants for the same price pales in comparison.... However, the rising process (or the recipe?) for the 2 bakeries are different, so it was a nice change.
Can you explain what you mean?

I was very disappointed by the large presence of Spring Valley at the Silver Spring market last year. I hope the smaller produce vendors at SS up their selections this year, or I will continue to drive into Mt. Pleasant on Saturdays.

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Spring Valley was there in a large way and that is where a lot of people bought stuff, myself included. Is there an issue with their foodstuffs? I do prefer the smaller vendors just because, too.

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Can you explain what you mean?
Well, of course I can't find evidence of it now, but I vaguely recall reading somewhere, in some article that Bonaparte Breads uses a different recipe or rising process, where their croissant isn't the flaky type to which some people have grown accustom. Maybe I'm just blowing smoke....

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Can you explain what you mean?

I was very disappointed by the large presence of Spring Valley at the Silver Spring market last year. I hope the smaller produce vendors at SS up their selections this year, or I will continue to drive into Mt. Pleasant on Saturdays.

Can you explain what you mean?

Spring Valley happens to be run by a rather remarkable young couple. Biodiversity. Sustainable. I'm eating their stir-fry mix w beet greens from New Morning right now and neither suffers from the company.

It's been a while since I've gone to the SS market, but I seem to recall that Spiral Path Organic (188 acres vs. 146 at Spring Valley, only parts of which are farmed during a single season) or one of the others doesn't start participating until later in the season. Tomatoes, Etc. doesn't have its eponymous inventory and Quaker Valley shines again once raspberries and those little French melons you like stage a comeback.

Plus, there's incredible goat cheese :D ! And four-color eggs!

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It's been a while since I've gone to the SS market, but I seem to recall that Spiral Path Organic (188 acres vs. 146 at Spring Valley, only parts of which are farmed during a single season) or one of the others doesn't start participating until later in the season.
Spiral Path was there last Saturday, very organized with their CSA shares in nicely-designed boxes. Has anyone done a share with them before?

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I picked up a share a couple weeks ago for a friend who was out of town, and it was delicious and plentiful. They include a little newsletter, in which they admitted to buying two of the items in the box since they didn't have quite enough to fill it. I'm trying a new CSA this year but if I don't like it, I am going to switch to Spiral Path.

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Heads, up, everybody.

Do you know anyone who might be eligible for WIC, Food Stamps or Senior Farmers' Market Coupons?

Anyone who works with populations that might qualify, whether as an administrator, health care provider or educator?

Do you volunteer at community centers or places where you might get the word out?

Starting July 4, anyone eligible who has applied and received such forms of assistance can go to the market at H Street, NE or the FRESHFARM Market in Silver Spring, both held on Saturday mornings and receive twice the amount of food that these programs allow you to buy.

A grant has matched the value of WIC coupons, EBT and Senior coupons dollar-for-dollar. This means the $18 in coupons families receive from WIC in Maryland will be worth $36, etc. This may not seem like a lot, but every bit counts, and when EBT (food stamp tokens) is concerned, the value could potentially add up to a significant amount.

All the shopper needs to do is bring coupons or tokens to the Market Information table at either H Street or Silver Spring and they'll be given vouchers that will double value. Then, they bring both to farmers to pay for fresh (vs. prepared) foods.

It is almost summer and the food is coming into the markets in greater and greater quantities. It would be wonderful were greens, berries, squash, corn and tomatoes to find new homes. Only a fraction of eligible families and individuals learn about the program or bother to apply; as Ann Yonkers pointed out on Kojo's show yesterday, the rate of illiteracy in this region is only part of the problem.

So, anything you can do to get the word out is welcome!

For a story related to the grant see what Jane Black reports here.

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Tomorrow, November 28

New to Silver Spring: Nice Farms Creamery bringing milk and yogurt!

Four Seasons will not be there, though George will return with his beautiful wreaths, etc. next week

Blue Ridge Dairy will not be returning for the remainder of the year

Everona Dairy should be there with sheep's milk cheeses, etc.

The following Saturday, December 5

The market will move to accommodate some sort of Silver Spring community event. Stay tuned or check FRESHFARM Market's emailed newsletter for location.

Starting in 2010, on January 9

This will become a year-round farmers market.

During January through March, the market will open one hour later: 10 am through 1 pm

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The following Saturday, December 5

The market will move to accommodate some sort of Silver Spring community event. Stay tuned or check FRESHFARM Market's emailed newsletter for location.

During the annual Holiday Shop-N-Stroll devoted to gifty crafts, you can find all the FRESHFARM growers and producers (minus dairy this week) down at the Georgia Ave. end of Ellsworth, possibly in an "L" formation, stretching down the alleyway towards the parking garage. Chef at Market event features hot apple cider with Heinz's famous ginger.

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