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Daytime Farmers Market Launching at CityCenter Tomorrow (Tues.) at 10th and I St, NW

by Prince Of Petworth June 16, 2014 at 12:25 pm 10 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user clif_burns

From a press release:

“FRESHFARM Markets will open its 12th farmers market this June with the opening of the FRESHFARM Market at CityCenterDC. Located at The Park at CityCenter at the corner of 10th and I Streets, N.W. the market will be open Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 17th – October 28th. The market will feature ready-to-eat foods, locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as locally produced items including cured meats, breads, baked goods, kettle corn and more from FRESHFARM Markets distinguished network of farmers and artisanal producers.

CityCenterDC is another opportunity for FRESHFARM Markets to bring an innovative and unique model of farmers market to downtown DC. The market will introduce neighborhood residents and professionals to an exciting collection of new and emerging local artisanal food businesses as well as high-quality local farms. What makes this kind of market unique is that the same farms who are selling to customers are also supplying the participating prepared food businesses with vegetables, cheeses, fruits and meats. Chaia DC is a great example. Launched at the FRESHFARM Market by the White House in 2013, Chaia is now widely recognized as an innovative new business whose delicious plant-based tacos are made with ingredients sourced from their fellow market farmers.

Shoppers can expect to find Black Rock Orchard, Capitol Kettle Corn, Cowbell Kitchen, Frenchie’s, Pinch hand-made Chinese dumplings, Postmodern Foods and Urban Butcher, as well as other farmers/producers to be confirmed. Highlights include:

Black Rock Orchard in Lineboro, Maryland is a 25 year old family fruit farm owned by the husband and wife team of Emily Zaas and David Hochheimer. They have made a name for themselves growing and selling over 18 varieties of field and tree fruit, including apples, 15 varieties of peaches and nectarines as well as greenhouse and field vegetables. Emily’s particular love is apples. Ask her any question about any of the 25 varieties of apples she grows and she will give you an expert introduction to each.

Capitol Kettle Corn is a veteran owned, family business offering 15+ types of kettle corn made with corn grown in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Their popcorn is a mix of kernels from Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey purchased from Reist Popcorn Company. They use a popcorn variety called mushroom popcorn, whose larger surface area is best for flavored popcorns. They specialize in sweet and savory flavors including Southern BBQ, Old Bay and Sea Salt.

Frenchie’s “baker makes buttery dreams come true,” said The Washington Post. Erica Skolnik, a devotee of all things butter, is the creator of one DC’s most celebrated croissants. Erica’s love for butter is what sets her croissants apart. She uses high-quality butter from Trickling Springs Creamery in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, which has a higher fat content, to make her perfectly dark golden and flaky croissants.

Urban Butcher, the Silver Spring, Maryland restaurant and butcher shop, known for its fresh sausages, cured meats, and artisan pâtés. Urban Butcher will offer hot sandwiches to eat on the spot alongside its signature cured meats to take home and enjoy later. All Urban Butcher charcuterie is made with local, naturally raised meats and are made in small batches.”

  • Anonymous

    There’s something about a Farmers Market that is in the same plaza with a Kate Spade that’s just…kinda funny.

  • Frenchies?!?!

    also, I love this but wish some of the weekday markets were open later. Penn Quarter is open but packed. It’s probably better I don’t go to Frenchies anyway

  • Anonymous

    Why do they pick these hours? Am i supposed to fill my office fridge with produce and meat until its time to go home?

    • jim_ed

      I’m going to guess its because the independently wealthy, jet setting internationalistas that CityCenter aims to cater to aren’t tied down to such proliterian trivialites like “being in the office” or “working 9-5”. Also, these are perfectly convenient hours to send the hired help to do some shopping.

    • Administrator

      These hours will hit both the lunch crowd and maybe a few tourists. Similar to the market near the white house.

      • Yep, that’s when people will be in that area, at least until the buildings themselves start filling up. It’s not like there aren’t already a dozen weekend farmers markets for people to go to, if that’s what they want.

  • jch

    Hours are fine. Only 3 blocks from my office, i’ll probably swing by. Definitely can store in my office fridge.

  • Anonymous

    At one point, there was talk of a specialty food market “similar to Dean & Delucca, but on the scale of Eastern Market”


    Anyone know the status of that? Hopefully, that doesn’t go the way of the Apple store and the Uniglo plans.

    • Anonymous

      Last I heard, Hines was still finalizing a deal with a “grocery.” But I haven’t heard any updates on the format. Unfortunately, the most recent merchandising plan (dated 4/14/14) shows a lot of only 4,080 sq ft, so it can’t be that substantive.

      I just hope it will include day-to-day items (fruit, vegetables, raw meat, raw fish) rather than specialty items (charcuterie, fancy olive oils).

  • Anonymous

    I agree, hours of the farmer’s market are pretty dumb. Do it on a weekend or if during a weekday, leave it open later in the afternoon/early evening.

    Latest rumor is that a market is going into CCDC. Still a rumor, but talks with a market from NYC are still ongoing.


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