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Some of the tastiest things our food editors have found at local markets.

Red Zebra’s white pizza. Photograph Courtesy of The Red Zebra.

Jumbo Lump Crabcakes

Chris’ Marketplace

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.

Chocolate Pudding

Keswick Creamery

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

Toigo Orchards

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.

Rapidan Spread

Everona Dairy

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.

White Pizza

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.

Slow-Cooked Pork

EcoFriendly Foods

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.


Bonaparte Breads

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

FireFly Farms

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.

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