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Opening Day at Penn Quarter FreshFarm Market

April 1st, 2010 · 4 Comments

Spring doesn’t truly arrive until the seasonal farmers markets open, and today the first to open in the DC area was FreshFarm’s Penn Quarter Market. There was a steady stream of people arriving even as the market opened, and the customary eager lines at Quail Creek Breads. Of course, a gorgeous 70+ degree day in [...]

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Tags: at market

One Local Supper, BLT Fettuccine

June 30th, 2009 · 1 Comment

We were out of town again over the weekend, so our local foods eating was partly an effort to use up market and CSA produce before we left. This colorful pasta creation used a rainbow of locally-sourced ingredients, starting with a favorite staple at our house, fresh pasta by Nancy of Smith Meadows. Nancy uses [...]

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Tags: CSA · at market · one local summer · pasta · recipes · weeknight meals

One Local Buffalo Steak and Garlic Scapes

June 16th, 2009 · 4 Comments

This past week we got our first garlic scapes in our CSA bag. Garlic scapes are the curly bright green shoots of a young garlic plant, not to be confused with the “green garlic” stalks that soon follow. Last summer at a New York farmers market, I watched a farmer practically plead with a skeptical [...]

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Tags: CSA · NoVA Locavore · grilled · one local summer · recipes

At Market: Chive Blossoms and Spring Greens

May 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment

This week’s Market Watch features the hunt for local rhubarb, and read on for a recipe for jazzing up greens to appeal to picky kids (or grown ups). At the Alexandria & District Markets: While strawberries are in abundance at the Del Ray Farmers Market, the first spring peas from Three Way Farm were snatched [...]

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Tags: NoVA Locavore · at market · recipes · vegetables

Roasted Tomato, Salami and Saffron Pasta

November 12th, 2008 · 9 Comments

Now that the weather has turned colder I am getting back into our Tuesday pasta night routine. And one of my favorite weeknight pasta tricks is to stop off at my cheese shop to pick up some fresh cheese, meats and even fresh pasta. Cooking with flavored pastas eliminates the need for sauce, and you [...]

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Tags: pasta · recipes