Our Local Farmers Market Favorites
Some of the tastiest things our food editors have found at local markets.
Jumbo Lump Crabcakes
Big, sweet chunks of blue crab shine in these croquet-ball-size
cakes ($10 for 4½ ounces), which are creamy and not at all bready. A quick
searing in olive oil or butter is all they need.
Also good: Gazpacho ($6 for a pint) and bluefish empanadas ($3 each).
At these markets: Dupont Circle, Falls Church, Foggy Bottom, Penn Quarter, White House.
We love this dairy and cheese producer’s fluffy,
just-rich-enough confection ($2.75 for a half pint) for an easy weeknight
treat or a nostalgic ending to a dinner party—it’s even better dolled up
with freshly whipped cream.
Also good: Keswick’s spicy pimiento-cheese spread ($8).
At these markets: Bloomingdale, Dupont Circle, Takoma Park.
Apple-and-Peach-Blossom raw Honey
Among the many splendors at this popular stand—juicy Fuji
apples, plump late-summer peaches—is this subtly floral and fruity honey
($7). It’s lovely in tea or on toast with butter and a sprinkling of
fleur de sel.
Also good: Bourbon-soaked peaches ($15), “Birth of Pain” Bloody Mary mix ($7.50).
At these markets: Arlington, Bethesda, Columbia Pike, Crystal City, Del Ray, Dupont Circle, Falls Church, Glover Park-Burleith, Penn Quarter, Reston, Rockville (Pike Central), Takoma Park, White House.
This Virginia farm’s condiment ($12 for a small jar, $15 for a
large), made with black and green olives, olive oil, Piedmont cheese, and
pimientos, is particularly good tossed with potatoes or pasta.
Also good: Piedmont, a nutty sheep’s-milk cheese ($29.95 a pound).
At these markets: Dupont Circle, Vienna.
The Red Zebra
You have to wait ten minutes for a cornmeal-dusted round ($10)
to emerge from this wood-fired pizza oven on wheels. But the crust’s
wonderful chew along with this sauceless version’s toppings—a rotating
array of cheeses plus bitter greens, mushrooms, and a drizzle of cider
molasses—make it worth the wait.
Also good: Lamb-sausage pizza with mint pesto ($12).
At these markets: Dupont Circle, Eastern Market, Penn Quarter.
Think great barbecue is hard to find close to the city? Not at
Bev Eggleston’s pork-heavy meat stand, where smoky pulled pork shoulder
($16 a pound) is perfect for tucking into tacos or sandwiches.
Also good: Shavings of Virginia-raised Ibérico ham ($100 a pound).
At these markets: Arlington, Dupont Circle, Union Market.
These classic, airy French pastries ($2.50 to $3.50)—plain or
filled with chocolate, fruit, or almond paste—are our favorite things to
fortify us during market runs.
Also good: Pain aux raisins ($3).
At these markets: Annandale, Columbia Heights, Columbia Pike, Dupont Circle, Falls Church, Foggy Bottom, Glover Park-Burleith, St. Michaels.
Black and Blue Cheese
The sharp tang of blue cheese is mellowed by a creamy, buttery
texture in these wax-covered wedges of goat’s-milk cheese ($24.99 a
pound). It’s terrific crumbled over a vinaigrette-tossed salad or simply
sliced on a cracker.
Also good: Fresh Allegheny goat cheese ($14.99 a pound).
At these markets: Dupont Circle, Silver Spring.