The USDA Farmer’s Market opens every Friday outside the Smithsonian – my new place of work. I had unfortunately missed it last week, so my office-mate and I made sure we were prepared for today! Emerging on the Mall with our extra-large tote bags, we were greeted by the aroma of sweet and buttery popcorn and wandered over (a bit faster now) to the tented community of local vendors.
Since it was my first time there (not to mention my first visit ever to a farmer’s market in DC!), my colleague took me on a brief tour. We browsed among the fresh produce, pickled foods, jams, herb plants, natural soaps, meats, and cheeses, before we were drawn in by a spread of french breads and pastries. We treated ourselves to a chocolate croissant and I picked out a fresh loaf of bread. We moved on to the next table, the source of that alluring scent, featuring an impressive array of both sweet and savory kettle-cooked popcorn. Armed with a bag of cinnamon kettlecorn, cheddar popcorn, and the new, cheddar bacon ranch variety, we decided it was time to get going and hoofed it back to the office with our delicious treasures.
I think it’s wonderful that we have a farmer’s marketing right in our “backyard.” Members of the community have a source of fresh food, a social gathering place, and opportunity to connect with local farmers. I got to see raw beets (picture above) for the first time today and I thought they were beautiful and delightfully purple. It was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to go back next week!
Have you had a similar experience in your community? What are the farmer’s markets like in your area? Do you have a special story that you would like to share?
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