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Our Local Farmers Market Favorites

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

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

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.

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
At these markets: Dupont Circle, Silver Spring.

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