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Beyond Produce

The best finds at farmers markets aren’t always things you eat.

Border Springs Farm. Photograph by Peter Taylor.

Sheepskins

Border Springs Farm

You’ll see this farm’s name on many high-end restaurant menus. The meat is wonderful, and it yields a stylish byproduct: ultra-soft pelts ($129) perfect for throwing atop a sofa or bed.
At these markets: Penn Quarter, Union Market.

Orchids

Floradise Orchids

The blooms from this Gordonsville, Virginia, greenhouse are graceful, unusual, and—as with the flame-orange Masdevallia and buttery-hued Phalaenopsis—often stunningly colorful.
At these markets: Dupont Circle, Penn Quarter.

Soap

Harmony Creek Farm

Coconut, olive, and palm oils go into these super-moisturizing bars. Scents range from gentle (lavender-oatmeal, goat’s-milk-and-honey) to heavily floral (rose-based Betsy Breckenridge, Princess Gardenia of Macadamia).
At these markets: Dupont Circle, Falls Church, Penn Quarter.

Coffee

Vigilante Coffee Company

Chris Vigilante sources beans from Hawaii and Colombia for his popular roasts, used in such restaurants as Granville Moore’s and Taylor Gourmet. Try the mild, faintly sweet Maui Yellow.
At these markets: Eastern Market, Glover Park-Burleith, Kensington.

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