Great Deals at the Arlington Farmer’s Market

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It’s almost worth not getting blind drunk on Friday nights so you can be up early enough to hit the Arlington Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings. It’s held right across the street from the Arlington Courthouse Metro Station (N. Courthouse St. and N. 14th St). The Market is open from 8am-12noon (but it’s hard to find parking after about 8am).

Unlike most grocery store food that comes from South America and has been in a warehouse for a few months, the vegetables found at the Farmer’s Market were picked at the peak of ripeness by local growers and brought directly to the market. If you can’t taste the difference between naturally ripened and chemically-ripened fruit, you owe it to yourself to buy some of the produce they’ve got there and learn. In the last few weeks I’ve gotten some of the best blueberries, cherries and blackberries I’ve had in a long time. They also have some delicious baked goods from local bakeries.

One of the best parts of the Farmer’s Market is that it’s also pretty cheap compared to supermarket chains. That 4lb zucchini I’m holding only cost 50 cents! You can’t beat a deal like that. By the way, if anybody has any good recipes that call for 4lbs of zucchini let me know…

Sure, there are a number of other comparable Farmer’s Markets in DC; the Alexandria Market on Saturday mornings and the Dupont Circle Market on Sunday mornings for example, but the Courthouse Market has the distinct advantage of being right next to my house.

8 Comments so far

  1. jps (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 11:27 am

    It also has the distinct advantage of being relatively large. I used to go to the foggy bottom one quite regularly until I realized that the arlington one was much bigger and nicer. It also has more veggies.


  2. monavano (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 11:28 am

    Courthouse is a great market. There is plentiful free parking in the lot across from 2000 N. 14th Street. Old Town Alexandria is not in the same league, but Del Ray is.
    ps. Make a couple loaves of zucchini bread. It freezes well.


  3. poo poo (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 11:38 am

    there’s also the H street farmers market, or the DC farmers market (aka Florida avenue market), or even the market in bloomingdale for those of us who actually live within the boundaries of the district. there are some amazing deals at these markets, and they’re not as crowded as the ones in the burbs.


  4. monavano (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 11:44 am

    To follow up, the parking lot is at 2009 N. 14th St. Free.


  5. Victoria (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 1:12 pm

    Use half of it for zucchini bread – yummy. Get yourself some yellow squash and use the rest of the zucchini to make this yummy baked dish:

    Sliced yellow squash and zucchini, fresh or canned tomatoes, basil, oregano, salt, pepper and a bit of fresh chopped garlic. Bake at 350 until the squash is tender, then sprinkle it with cheddar cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted and just starting to brown. Then enjoy! It’s one of my favorite dishes to make!


  6. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 1:36 pm

    I generally grill my zucchini, slice it into planks, coat with olive oil and some spices, then grill to it softens a bit.

    WAY yummy. We did that with some farmers market zuc’s on Sunday.


  7. Radman (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 3:07 pm

    my, what a large zucchini.


  8. East Coast Girl (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 7:56 pm

    I agree with Victoria — zucchini bread is a must — great at any time of year, but is a great way to use your summer bounty. Also, deep fried breaded zucchini sticks with some ranch dressing for dipping — maybe throw in some fried mushrooms, too — I could make a meal off those. These and other great recipes can be found here http://www.foodnetwork.com/



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