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ashagame Aug 4, 2007 10:39 AM

I am a Chicago transplant who has been fine with getting curds on my returns to the Windy City. I would now like to find some cheese curds in the DC (NOVA, MD, even WV) area. Anyone have ideas where they might be found?

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    ashagame Aug 10, 2007 09:49 PM

    Thanks everyone for the great recs. I went to the Dupont Farmers Market a few weeks back and they said the guy that sold them is no longer there. I am going to the Market in Arlington near Court House tomorrow. Then Maryland Amish Markets the next weekend. I will let everyone know how the curds I find stand up to midwestern ones.
    I may even have to go get some fried ones at A&W!

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      Elyssa Aug 4, 2007 07:39 PM

      For some reason I feel like one of the cheese stands at the Dupont Circle Farmer's Market on Sunday might have cheese curds.

      I'm not too familar with the product but I feel like I saw a sign for it. Unfortunatly I can't remember which stand had it but there are only about 3 tables offering cheese and dairy products so it should be easy to find.

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        repete Aug 5, 2007 10:48 AM

        Yikes, my bad ... saw the midwest roots and was thinking of deep fried curds. I'll second the Takoma Park market, but they're still not like some of the good Wisc.-Minn. curds with that trademark "scrunch.".

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          johnb Aug 5, 2007 04:28 PM

          The scrunch can only be had if the curds are very fresh (less than 24 hours?), from what they say. I've never had them fresh so can't confirm that from my own experience. In any case, I suspect it will be hard to find them so fresh outside of Wisconsin, but the farmer's market idea sounds worth a shot. Wegmans also has them

          As to fried ones, I like the A&W fried ones myself (my favorite fast food in fact), but have never had them in Wisconsin so probably don't know what I'm missing. I do know they are better than the ones I have had at Culvers, which is a Wisconsin-based chain.

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            repete Aug 5, 2007 10:05 PM

            That's disappointing news. I'm headed to the Midwest this week and had planned on trying Culver's. Best I've had were at the Minnesota State Fair -- where they seem to have a knack for deep-frying anything ...

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        sharonc Aug 4, 2007 06:54 PM

        Dan at the H street NE farmers market (600 bock) on Saturday mornings has them.

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          lmnopeas Aug 4, 2007 05:01 PM

          There is a vendor at the Arlington Farmers Market that has cheese curds. The market is at Court House and is open on Saturday mornings.

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            dcish Aug 4, 2007 02:26 PM

            the stand at the top of the takoma park farmers market sells them.

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              repete Aug 4, 2007 10:45 AM

              Some of the A&W's in the burbs have their version -- not like the real thing, tho.

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                delpo3 Aug 4, 2007 11:34 AM

                There's an Amish market in Germantown that sells great cheese curds. I think it's called the Lancaster Country Dutch Market but I could be wrong. It's in the same shopping center as Germantown Cycles if that helps you find it on Google.

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