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Tugboat May 4, 2008 12:11 PM

The market opened today.

Seems like some of the vendors from last year invested in a little infrastructure to enlarge their spaces (the grilled mushroom stand, the omelette stand)

I saw a new (or new to me) BBQ place across from the Curry Shack. They had gumbo, jambalaya and racks of ribs. Did not try it but if anyone did let me know if the ribs are worth it.

Donut Man was out of commission. Again. Seems like they had issues last year as well. A lot of other parents that I ran into had some upset kids on their hands. And I wanted a bag too so I was a little sad.

Talked to Pea Man. He said to look for fresh peas in 2 to 3 weeks. Can't wait.

Anyone else go? Try anything new?

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    bluepig1 May 4, 2008 02:04 PM

    I'm not typically a regular, so I was surprised at how crowded it was today, but perhaps it was normal.

    Bought some herbs (wow, lots of plant vendors!), was surprised that I didn't actually see a ton of vegetable vendors (lots of vendors selling greens, saw only one with asparagus and one with carrots, but maybe broccoli, squash, peas, etc aren't quite in season yet? veggies were specifically what I was looking for - or maybe a lot had sold out by 10:30am). Bought some soup from the Mushroom stand (yummy but pricy but full of mushroom goodness), had a pickle from the Pickle Man (yum!), and enjoyed walking around overall. Wanted a pit beef sandwich but was overwhelmed by the very, very long line that wasn't really moving.

    I'll be back... but overall a lot of the stands were relatively pricy ($7 for an omelette with a 20 minute long line? no thanks, unless someone tells me they're to die for).

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      Hal Laurent May 4, 2008 02:39 PM

      It's kind of early in the season for most vegetables.

    2. scarlet starlet May 4, 2008 02:45 PM

      South Mountain Creamery is there this year! That will save me from having to go to the Waverly market on Saturdays just for milk and cream. I also like their eggs better than the ones at the JFX market.

      Aside from the food vendors, there wasn't anything much there today that wasn't at the Waverly market - LOTS of asparagus, spring onions, greens, herbs, strawberries, some rhubarb, the mushroom people, and lots of flowering plants (way more than at the Waverly market).

      I went at 8 am and got some rhubarb, spinach, spring onions, hen of the woods mushrooms (no morels - ??), yogurt from South Mountain, and pad thai (I saved it for lunch) from the Thai food place near the falafel stand, which was really really good. I was REALLY bummed that no one had ramps. There's a stand at the market in Dupont Circle in DC that has them, but I'm not driving to DC just for some ramps!

      Has anyone had the falafels? What about the omelettes? How are they? I can't bring myself to pay that much money for them. Likewise, I can't bring myself to pay so much for any of the food items from the mushroom stand.

      Also, have I been blind these past few years? Where is the pickle man???

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        rudmansjmu May 4, 2008 05:09 PM

        Falafel is both delish and entertaining. The guys are totally spaced out but they have great stories. Try the falafel with beets, greens and hot sauce.

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          pigtowner May 4, 2008 06:57 PM

          I also was psyched to see South Mountain Creamery! Finally milk at the market! I didn't know they had eggs, they weren't listed on their price list. Did I have to ask?

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          aubzamzam May 5, 2008 08:11 AM

          I got there at 10:15 and missed out on a bunch. Curry Shack was already packin' it up!
          Had to wait a long time for my kid's ice cream, which meant that stuff was selling out while we were waiting...
          The BBQ place is Ethel and Ramone's from Mt. Washington.
          Looking forward to more and more produce availability as season goes on.

          1. LittleNorthwest May 5, 2008 08:52 AM

            I got there at 9 and it was a zoo already. I was able to get a dozen samosas/pockets from the Curry Shack (My 2yo daughter's favorite) and some good Jambalaya from Ethel and Ramone's. Otherwise, we couldn't handle the lines for other food. The Donut Man's disappearance was the hardest hit for our group though. We were able to get a few good apples, but otherwise stayed away from the produce.

            We did enjoy dancing with the steel drum band. Does anybody know if this is going to be a regular event?

            I didn't see South Mountain, but I will look next time.

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              rudmansjmu May 5, 2008 09:37 AM

              Steel Drum band plays every year on opening day. Not usually there on other weeks. As for the time, we go at 7. That's when you get the best pick of produce and parking.

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                LittleNorthwest May 5, 2008 11:35 AM

                I thought it opened at 8. Are all of the food vendors open early too?

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              maddogg280 May 5, 2008 01:07 PM

              Opening hours are published as 8am to noon (or until sell out). However, the vendors will sell to anyone who's there once they have set up. Could be much earlier than 8am.
              We went yesterday and got cheese (flavored with Old Bay- I'll let you know how that goes) radishes (3 huge bunches for $2), green onions, spinach and lovely purple impatiens flowers. Lines for omlette, coffee and pastries were insanely long. I hope we get their earlier next week.

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                rudmansjmu May 5, 2008 06:24 PM

                You know what? It is 8 am when we go. Sorry!

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                sweetpotater May 5, 2008 03:07 PM

                The falafel was so-so (they need better toppings!) but the chicken spring rolls in the back corner across from mushroom guy were better than last year. I'm excited to try pickle guy. We wanted crepes but no way were we waiting in that line. Could the prepared-food vendors maybe hire more people to speed up those lines a bit?

                As for the steel drum band: I'm glad to hear it's just an Opening Day thing. I hate to sound like a Scrooge, but I think there is enough bustle and din without loud live music. A guitar here or there is about all I can stand at 9 a.m. on a Sunday.

                1. JonParker May 11, 2008 05:37 AM

                  Insanely for someone who has lived in the area for 14 years and in Baltimore City for one, I had never made it to the market. So I went this morning at about 10 after 7, and just about everyone was open already and no lines for anything. If you're a morning person this is the time to go.

                  I got asparagus, radishes, eggs, garlic chives, red potatoes, a mushroom assortment, strawberries, and the (expensive) find of the morning, morels.

                  Got coffee at Zeke's with no line and was debating what to eat when omelet guy gave me a gentle sales pitch, so I went with that. It was pretty darned good.

                  I also parked right in front of the market on Saratoga. I'm telling you, 7 am is the time to be there. Full selection and no lines -- what more could you ask for?

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                    Whitemarshjohn May 11, 2008 07:30 AM

                    JonParker,
                    I really like Zeke's Coffee. The Chameleon Cafe uses Zeke's coffee - I believe they are located next door. We make it a point to order coffee after our meal at the Chameleon... I sound sort of like a commerical for Zeke's. Is a bag of their ground coffee very expensive?

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                      ko1 May 11, 2008 09:41 AM

                      Most of their coffee is $11 a lb. at their roastery next to the Chameleon.

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                        amethiste May 11, 2008 06:04 PM

                        Eddie's Mt. Vernon sells it for $9.99 but you have to grind it yourself. Of course there is less of a selection in the grocery store as well.

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                          crosby_p May 12, 2008 03:58 AM

                          Mastellones further up on Harford also has some Zekes, including a Mastellone blend for $9.99.

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                            charmcityblues May 17, 2008 08:33 PM

                            Eddie's CV has it to, or did last time I was there (maybe 3 weeks ago?)

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                    Jeserf May 11, 2008 10:15 AM

                    Oh how I love that farmers market.

                    Anyone know when, and if, the donut guy will be coming back?

                    I'm going to have to try to plan a girls morning out to the market.

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                      baltoellen May 11, 2008 10:27 AM

                      The donut guy was there this a.m. And, there was a huge line for coffee, and almost no line for him.

                      I was a bit distressed by the lack of fruit, but did get some great strawberries to go with the yogurt I got at the new dairy that's at the mkt this year.

                      I love that market, too!

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                        Hal Laurent May 11, 2008 06:51 PM

                        > I was a bit distressed by the lack of fruit

                        Don't be too distressed. It's still rather early for most fruit.

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                          rudmansjmu May 12, 2008 05:58 AM

                          I find that the market doesn't get into full swing until early June. There's just not that much local produce this early and most vendors sell plants and hanging baskets. Be patient...soon you'll have all the produce you could desire and at really great price!

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                            Jeserf May 12, 2008 06:24 AM

                            Agreed - the majority of produce you want is still growing.

                            The market at Dupont has some stuff already, if you're really jonesing for it.

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                              baltoellen May 12, 2008 06:32 AM

                              I just want those little berries and peaches to hurry on up. I did, however, see some wonderful looking asparagus and the Boston and romaine lettuce looked very nice. (I bought the Boston.....)

                              While not produce, I do have to report my disappointment with the yogurt I bought from South Mountain Creamery. It was very watery, like kafir, and if I wanted a yogurt drink, I would have bought a yogurt drink. Oh, well...live and learn.

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                                scarlet starlet May 12, 2008 08:25 AM

                                I agree on the yogurt - it was SO thin (very soupy and kefir-like) and not at all what I want in a cup of yogurt.

                                I was even more disappointed to see that the fruit yogurts contain high fructose corn syrup - they use it in the "fruit base" that they stir into the yogurts.

                                I will not be buying their yogurt ever again.

                                But their cream, milk, and raw milk cheeses are great.

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                                  baltoellen May 12, 2008 08:48 AM

                                  Although I got the plain yogurt, I, too, was shocked to see how fructose corn syrup listed in their fruit flavors. I also asked the specifically if their yogurt was thick, since I've been eating the Greek version of late. She said it wasn't "really thick," but nothing gave me any indication that I would have to pour it out of the container!

                                  BTW, have you had their butter? I'm very curious.....

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                                    scarlet starlet May 12, 2008 01:41 PM

                                    I got a pound of butter from them a few weeks ago (although the container said it was 8 ounces - it totally is a full pound).

                                    I won't buy the butter again. It's very heavy and seems to have a very high butterfat content, but it's not creamy and rich as I thought it would be - it's heavy in the mouth and kind of greasy. I wouldn't dare bake with it. It's fine for cooking, though. It has a very pungent aroma and is, for lack of a butter word, unctuous (I learned that word from a cheese tasting menu!). I'm not really a fan, but I have to use up the 1/2 pound that's left in my fridge.

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                                      baltoellen May 12, 2008 03:23 PM

                                      Thanks. So, the butter is strike two....And, I like that: "unctuous!"

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                                        crowsonguy May 12, 2008 08:50 PM

                                        Another way to describe the 'pungent aroma' is that it tastes of something more than salt and grease, unlike supermaket butter. I think the flavor is good, and of couse it has a high butterfat content: it's butter!
                                        Butters vary in butterfat content from the low 80's (probably the Giant) to about 89%. The one problem with their butter, mentioned by scarlet starlet, is the odd consistency, which I think is due to the mixing machine they use. Great for cooking; I'll get the house baker to try it out for baking and let you know.
                                        Best at South Mountain are the milks and the chocolate milk, and organic meat and chicken. I agree the yogurts are a waste of time, and the fruit flavored milks contain artificial flavors too. I wonder why.

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                                          scarlet starlet May 13, 2008 05:59 AM

                                          I'm very familiar with butter that isn't the standard supermarket variety. I used to buy butter from a local creamery (Ronnybrook) all the time when I was in NYC, and I've used everything from Kerrygold to Plugra to all the other artisan butters you can find at Whole Foods.

                                          That being said, the South Mountain Creamery butter is not very good. It has a really greasy mouthfeel - and yes I am familiar with the concept that good butter has a higher butterfat content than standard butter, but good butter isn't greasy, it's rich - and it doesn't have a good rich buttery flavor, but rather a pungent almost "off" taste and flavor to it.

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                                            lawhound May 13, 2008 01:47 PM

                                            Don't know if it's available at Farmer's Market, but there is good local butter to be had. Trickling Springs dairy (Pennsylvania) sells at Atwater's in Belvedere Square and possibly at Eddie's. Sold in tubs, so hard to measure for cooking. Very tasty, in my untutored view.

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                                              ko1 May 14, 2008 05:23 AM

                                              Not local, but the cultured butter they sell at Atwater's from Vermont Butter and Cheese is excellent. It's like good French butter made in the U.S.

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                                                locustpointgirl May 17, 2008 03:38 PM

                                                We were excited at first by the South Mountain Creamery too. We bought a few small yogurts and my husband started to eat one while we were at the market and was really disappointed. He thought it would be greek-style as well and when I saw that it had high fructose corn syrup, I took the other yogurt we bought back to the stand and got our money back. I told them why I was returning the yogurt and they didn't sound surprised, they sounded like they'd heard it quite a few times before. I wish there was a Trickling Springs Creamery stand at the JFX.

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                                        pigtowner May 28, 2008 01:00 PM

                                        I've baked several loaves of sandwich bread with the unsalted butter from South Mountain and they've been totally fine.

                                        It is sort of weird how spreadable it is right out of the fridge, but I like the taste of it.

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                                bmorecupcake Jun 5, 2008 01:22 PM

                                Great Harvest Bread Co. in Ellicott City/Columbia sells the butter they use. It's from some place in Lancaster County called Beaver Meadow Creamery.

                                Also, I never paid attention before, but when did everyone start adding "natural flavorings" to their butter. In the supermarket I can't find any butter without flavoring, and even my precious Beaver Meadows butter has "naturals flavorings".

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                          chefdilettante May 14, 2008 05:30 AM

                          Though it violates my aversion to frozen foodstuffs, I have to say the quality of the beef from Hickory Chance is absolutely terrific and a great value:

                          http://www.hickorychance.com/

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                            prettyruby May 17, 2008 09:12 AM

                            Bumping this to ask the question, are fresh whole chickens available at the market. Tomorrow will be my first trip there, and I am trying to plan my dinner and day tomorrow. Thanks!

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                              JonParker May 17, 2008 10:23 AM

                              I'm no expert, so don't take me as the final word, but as far as I know there isn't any fresh meat available at the market. I would love for Springfield Farms to show up there.

                              I'm going back in the morning. I think this place will be a regular stop for me now.

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                                prettyruby May 17, 2008 11:03 AM

                                As you have been there before, any parking issues or recommendations on where to park?

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                                  JonParker May 17, 2008 11:20 AM

                                  What time are you planning to go?

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                                    prettyruby May 17, 2008 03:09 PM

                                    We will probably get there around 9 am, could be earlier if that is best. However I would like a little sleep in time as I have worked all day today, and I am very sleepy!

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                                      JonParker May 17, 2008 05:58 PM

                                      I'm not sure I'm the best one to help you. I'm a naturally early riser, so I like to get there a little after 7, when all the vendors still have a full selection and the parking is easy and plentiful. By 9 I think things are starting to fill up and the lines for the good stuff are forming.

                                      The later you go the more of a PITA parking and lines will be, and the less likely you are to get what you want.

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                                        prettyruby May 17, 2008 06:07 PM

                                        Gotcha. I was afraid of that, so I will be calling the mom and seeing if she wants to leave around 8. Can't do earlier than that, so hopefully it won't be too bad. Thanks for your help.

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                                          baltoellen May 17, 2008 06:27 PM

                                          I usually get there closer to 10, and parking on the east side of the market is generally not too difficult. It's not something that I've ever really worried about or had issues with.

                                          Regarding chickens: check with the guy who sells the eggs, Hen's Nest, maybe, who can tell you when he will have chickens for sale. It'll probably be much later in the season, though.

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                                          bmorecupcake Jun 5, 2008 06:55 AM

                                          I usually drive east on Saratoga until it becomes one way, then you are forced to make a right turn onto Guilford. Immediately look for parking on both sides of the road. There was only one time last year I couldn't find parking there. Don't take my spot, though. ;)

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                                  Wangus May 18, 2008 03:22 PM

                                  Went to the market two weeks ago just for a look-see (and some mushroom soup), but I was rushed to get to work that Sunday. Both my parents were in town this week, which is a bit of a rarity, so I thought to take them to the market when I found out that they've never been to before when they lived here.

                                  It's pretty good company: my mom grew up on a farm so she's really into fresh produce, loves flowers, and loves breads and nuts. My dad is a big food sampler, which I feel lucky for since I am undoubtedly the food-lover I am today because of him and that many traditional Orientals growing up in the east usually don't stray far from Asian food even when they move to the states. However I did have to deal with a long stream of questions, my favorites being: "Yes, I am parking in a no parking zone. Yes, there ARE a lot of dogs in Baltimore (and a PIG today!). Yes, there ARE lesbians in Baltimore as well." Sigh.

                                  Anyway, onto the report:

                                  Started with the little Asian stand across from Mushroom lady. Got a shrimp spring roll, a tofu spring roll, and later got a fried egg roll. The tofu one really surprised me: fresh, and really well balanced flavors. I was still dipping my finger and sucking on the peanut sauce that came with it while waiting for my mushroom fritters. Had a good laugh about it with a great woman who was also waiting for her fritters (or at least had hers and was waiting for the one a gentleman with her ordered).

                                  The fritters were fantastic: crispy and light on the outside, juicy on the inside. Really good with the feta and the basil/mesclun and the hot sauce. Got the soup again as well as the mushroom chili: both could've been hotter today. We actually brought it back and heated it up which made the soup quite nice. Something's a little off with the chili though, I just don't really feel the connection with chili as much as I'd like.

                                  Went to omelette guy (who's now also serving wraps this year) and let me dad go wild: ham, mushrooms, guacamole, onions, garlic, hot peppers, and sun dried tomatoes was his answer. Sigh. My dad's weird. It was surprisingly still pretty good.

                                  Pit Beef and Sausage Sandwiches were next on the menu. Mom and I actually waited for them while my dad went for the omelette. Still really fantastic: love the right off the spit taste. Worth the wait only if you have nothing to do though, or have someone to talk to.

                                  Stopped by donut guys (they're back! yay!). Still like before - definitely tasty and I love the oil they make it in. Also, mixing the honey, cinnamon, and sugar is always fun. Waited in line for the coffee for a second before realizing that they was second (much much shorter) line for donut guys.

                                  My mom toured the bakeries, got multiple almond 'things' (breads, croissants, etc). We also stopped by the nut stand and got some bags - some good some just standard. Aaaaand I bought some cream from Southern Mountain to make some chowder. Whew, I think that's it. Lots of fun.

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                                    JonParker May 18, 2008 04:46 PM

                                    We were there at 7 am, as usual. Got pit beef this time -- yum, even though pit beef, horseradish and onions are a bit odd that early. No wait. Got coffee from Zekes and donuts from donut guy with no lines. I haven't tried the prepared foods at the mushroom stand. I wish their prices were more reasonable. Got some more morels at an outrageous $20 for a half pint.

                                    I got some aged cheddar from the cheese lady, asparagus, more strawberries (and mine are good -- not sure if all the good ones were gone later or what), more eggs, pickles from Pickle Man, and a bunch of other stuff.

                                    Your dad's omelette sounds delicious except for the guac. Not a fan, but he and I could eat together, I bet.

                                  2. crosby_p May 19, 2008 03:29 AM

                                    I went yesterday...didn't get there until just after 10am but a car was pulling out on Saratoga as I went by so got very lucky and parked outside the diner! I scored some wonderful fresh spinach, HUGE spring onions that went into a spagetti sauce I made yesterday, and a bunch of fresh parsley...Jon is right though..It was so crowded I never found the pickle man, pit beef, or aged cheese. I thought it would be less crowded as the weather was iffy, but I was wrong!

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                                      Wangus May 19, 2008 05:51 AM

                                      Just in case you want to hunt for them next time: The pit beef guys are down at the end of the south (I think ... my directional sense is failing me this morning) side of the market. Look for the ridiculously long line. Cheese lady (if Jon means the ladies that do the ice cream as well because I don't think I recall any other cheeses) are on the west side (if you go from the pit beef guys you'll see them before you hit all the falafel/gumbo/crepe nonsense) near the nuts stand. And I've forgotten where I saw pickle man, though I remember waving to him.

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                                        baltoellen May 19, 2008 07:45 AM

                                        I've never bought the cheese from the cheese/ice cream place, because I had never been that impressed with the samples. I can't remember if they are back this year, but there is/was another cheese vendor not too far from South Mountain Creamery that has a good selection of cheeses.

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                                          bmorecupcake Jun 5, 2008 07:02 AM

                                          The cheese from the cheese/ice cream place is decent if you are melting it, e.g. in mac & cheese. Just this past weekend they told me they get their cheese from some crazy cheese guru in Pennsylvania that also sells to Whole Foods.

                                          The cheese vendor not too far from South Mountain Creamery is back. I think they also resell cheese from various sources. I got gorgonzola from them and thought it was very good. However, I am a beginner when it comes to cheeses.

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                                        jfish May 19, 2008 05:26 AM

                                        For the record South Mountain Creamery meats and chickens are not organic. They told me the beef is raised entirely without antibiotics however they use antibiotics when necessary on poultry. I am not comfortable with the "when necessary" clause as who would claim to use them unnecessarily. I did buy a couple of steaks to try later this week and some heavy cream which made wonderful whipped cream but I am disappointed with some of their practices.

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                                          bmorecupcake Jun 5, 2008 07:19 AM

                                          Been to the market 3 times so far. Here's what to look for...

                                          Pea man is back! Lines were long last week, though. Took me 20 mins, but it was worth it.

                                          Zeke's coffee line is moving faster this year it seems like. Donut guy is still as solid as ever. The fried trout is very good, and it's worth paying the extra $2 to get the slaw with it. My other half doesn't like store-bought pickles, but loves the half sours from the pickle guy. The bread people next to Curry Shack, have really good baguettes. The baguettes at the other place (the one that has strawberry croissants) are not as good. South Mountain Creamery always runs out of heavy cream. The purple asparagus goes lightning fast. Got very good beets past week. Strawberries weren't too sweet couple weeks ago, but are perfect now. Don't get the thai bubble tea from the Thai place next to the crepes place, although their pad thai is ok. Do get the Thai Iced Tea from the Thai place across from the mushroom stand. That thai table also has good summer rolls and mango sticky rice. The mushroom stand's salad was surprisingly delicious. Lettuce selection last week was very good. I got some really good Boston lettuce. It was so different and better, in texture and taste, than the Boston I get from the supermarket. There's a guy across from the cheese/ice cream stand that sells cookies, muffins, and cakes. The cookies are pretty big, and I think worth the price (4 for $2.50). I didn't like the nuts from the nut lady, but I'm not a nut fan.

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                                            JonParker Jun 5, 2008 08:19 AM

                                            I also got peas from Pea Man last week, and they are so worth it. I boiled them for about 3 minutes and tossed them with a pat of butter and a sprinkle of freshly grated parmesan-reggiano. Heaven.

                                            Pickled green tomatoes from Pickle Man sell out quickly. I also got lettuce that was fantastic -- made a Greek salad with some and used the rest as wraps for fajitas.

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                                              gregb Jun 5, 2008 08:49 AM

                                              Are the peas really worth waiting in that line? I wanted to pick some up, but with the line wrapped around the corner, I decided against it.

                                              You know what's not worth standing in line for? The crepes. Sorry if I offend anyone with that, but the bananna, peach, blueberry, and honey crepe was average at best. I appreciate what they do and the process they have, which is very smooth. And I think the crepe man really busts his hump the entire day, nonstop. It's really impressive. But canned peaches, half a banana, a few blueberries, and a squeeze from Mr. Honey Bear is hardly worth the $6 price tag. The crepe itself was good, but the inside was very lacking. I think next time I'll go with one of the more savory crepes, they looked a little better and more robust.

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                                                rudmansjmu Jun 5, 2008 09:52 AM

                                                as more fruit choices are available, they will use fresh produce. last year i had a peach, honey and raspberry crepe that was divine. all of the fruit was fresh though; canned wouldn't be nearly as nice.

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                                                  JonParker Jun 5, 2008 10:45 AM

                                                  Yes, they are worth waiting in that line.

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                                                    bmorecupcake Jun 5, 2008 01:14 PM

                                                    Yes, wait in line. I was nibbling on them raw as I was walking around afterwards, but that's probably a little too crazy.

                                                    Strawberries are in season, so try the strawberry crepe. That's the one I used to get last year. I think it had powdered sugar on it, too.

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                                                imgould Jun 5, 2008 07:45 AM

                                                I know the omelette's are a bit pricey, but the line moves quickly and they are FANTASTIC. They're a bit messier than a traditional omelette, but well-cooked and the choices for fillings are lovely and fresh (plus you can choose as many as you'd like). The last time I had one, the owner talked me into trying diced prunes, and it was surprisingly yummy, a great combination of salty and sweet.

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                                                  bmorecupcake Aug 5, 2008 10:45 PM

                                                  Who sells the best corn at the JFX market? I used to buy from this guy who would hand out raw corn, but I can't remember which stall was his. I bought from three different vendors last week and none were as good.

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                                                    pigtowner Aug 10, 2008 01:13 PM

                                                    I have a Calvert Farm CSA and the corn they have has been great. We've gotten it the last 4 weeks I think and everytime it's been really good. It's probably the most expensive though.

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                                                      bmorecupcake Aug 10, 2008 10:29 PM

                                                      Pigtowner, could you please explain what a CSA is?

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                                                        pigtowner Aug 11, 2008 09:32 AM

                                                        CSA is community sponsored agriculture. I think the idea is that you sign up in the winter before the farmer plants seeds and stuff, helping to fund that and then you share in whatever comes during harvest. In reality, at least for Calvert Farm (http://www.calvertfarm.com/), I signed up I think in April and paid $400 for the summer (20 weeks) for one share. And one share for them is usually 8 items. We pick ours up at the market on Sundays, so we get to pick 8 things. So this week we got: 6 ears of corn, a big head of lettuce, a pound each of fingerling and yukon gold potatoes, a quart of blackberries, 2 quarts of lima beans and a pound or so of yellow onions.

                                                        I know that One Straw Farm also runs a CSA both OSF and Calvert have various other places you can pick up your share. I started a thread asking about local CSAs sometime last year and got some good responses, but I can't seem to find it in "my chow."

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                                                          pigtowner Aug 11, 2008 09:46 AM

                                                          Here's the link to the thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4761...

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                                                    bmorecupcake Aug 10, 2008 10:37 PM

                                                    My taste in tomatoes is admittedly not refined enough to fully appreciate heirloom tomatoes. I have spent quite a penny on all the fancy varieties in the past, but I still prefer the regular garden variety of tomatoes I get from a local farm stand. Given this disclaimer, today I bought two heirlooms for $1 each and 6 baby heirlooms for $2. I had them with olive oil, fresh herbs, and mozerella and they tasted quite good to me. Not sure exactly what variety these were (they were all red in color.) I asked a couple of stands why there's were so cheap compared to other vendors. Most said they didn't know why and one said he didn't believe in the hype, it was all a scam since heirlooms are very acidic (or something like that.) I can't help but feel I'm missing something. Could someone please shed light on the situation?

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                                                      Turkeybone Aug 10, 2008 11:05 PM

                                                      When I think heirlooms I think of purple cherokees and green zebras.. I was getting them this morning for $3 a pound.. they were fantastic!

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                                                        dining with doc Aug 11, 2008 11:40 AM

                                                        I grow nothing but heirlooms. I figure I can buy all the beautiful beefsteak tomato's at road sides all summer. I don't think that they taste any better, they are just different and a tomato salad with all the different colors is dramatic in appearance. They are more expensive due to supply and demand. Just not as many people grow them and the plants are a little more expensive in price

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                                                        LyraLou Jun 1, 2010 11:01 AM

                                                        Hey..
                                                        I lived in Baltimore for over 15 years. I miss one vendor and wondering if any one knew there name, or if they still come.
                                                        Late June they start selling peas, beans,lima beans and they are all shucked. The line is long and there truck is filled with coolers. Trying to locate them to see if they are at another market in MD. Thanks

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                                                          JonParker Jun 1, 2010 06:57 PM

                                                          They are at both the JFX market and the Waverly market.

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