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Opening Day at New Crystal Farms Market

May 14th, 2009 · 5 Comments

I was thrilled to hear of a new market opening this year in Crystal City — conveniently located on my way home from the office — that takes place on Tuesdays from 3pm – 7pm. Smartly located on the stretch of Crystal Drive closest to the Metro station, the Crystal Farms Market is geared towards office dwellers on their way home and residents returning home from the District. The bright flowers and first May strawberries are a welcome burst of color amidst the concrete high rises.

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Some familiar favorites — Bigg Riggs of WV, Cherry Glen goat cheeses (MD), Westmoreland Berry Farms (VA), Atwater’s Bakery and Toigo Orchards (PA). New-to-me were Mount Vernon lamb and several other bakeries, including Alexandria’s Great Harvest Bread Co. The dueling charcuterie hawkers advertised as participating (Red Apron and Meatcrafters) were nowhere to be found, but this market had a great selection of vendors for opening day and is sure to be a popular draw as the season progresses.

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We picked up some lovely shitake mushrooms from Bigg Riggs which went into a fast scramble with eggs and an aged goat cheese (local but not from the market). Yum!

Tags: at market · weeknight meals

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sylvie, Rappahannock Cook & Kitchen Gardener // May 14, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    I am so happy when a new Farmers’ market open.
    Colleen, Mount Vernon Farm is a terrific grass-based farm in Sperryville VA that raised cattle, pig & lamb. I think I mentioned them in an earlier comment. I am actually working (with a few others) on a farm dinner on June 20 there that will take place in the field at Mount Vernon Farm, featuring their own lamb, as well as produce from Waterpenny (Takoma Park Farmer’s markeT, Sunnyside (Dupont Circle & PennQuater) and cherries from just-reopened Cherry-on-Top orchard. Profits to benefit Rappahannock County (my county) farm land ppreservation program so we can continue to have working farms like Mount Vernon Farm (in business and in the same family since 1827), Waterpenny, Sunnyside etc. And the chef is celebrated Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve in Alexandria which will create a special menu for that evening. I wrote a post about this incredible event (and of course would appreciate if you can help get the word out – if you think it appropriate):

    It’s going to be one-of-kind event!


  • 2 Tiffany // May 16, 2009 at 7:44 am

    I really like the Crystal City Farmers Market! I stopped in on my way home from work, and thought there was a really nice variety of vendors. Though, I too was disappointed that the charcuterie vendors were not there.

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