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mordacity Aug 14, 2009 03:48 PM

It is , I'm pretty sure, fig season. And yet there are none at the farmers' markets I frequent and Whole Paycheck only has some shipped in from California at outrageous expense. Where can I get my hands on some nice juicy figs?

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    arepo Oct 22, 2013 06:57 PM

    I have gotten some good ones at Pete's Produce and even Whole Foods in September.
    I think maybe up till Thanksgiving we might still eke out finding some before resorting to dry. But they are so perishable that if you don't eat them within a day or two they are done!

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      Tender75 Oct 20, 2013 04:13 PM

      Anyone heard of fresh figs currently?

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        Mer_Made Oct 21, 2013 04:59 AM

        I got a pint at the Penn Quarter. I am blanking on the vendor though.

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          lawhound Oct 22, 2013 06:18 AM

          Based on my own personal fig tree (in Baltimore), they are at least a month out of season, probably more.

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        AnneBird Aug 23, 2009 12:47 PM

        I bought 2 pints of figs from a vendor at the Crystal City Farmer's market last Tuesday. Amazing!

        1. monavano Aug 22, 2009 03:38 PM

          Try Next Step Produce at the Dupont farmers market tommorow ;-)

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            mordacity Aug 23, 2009 08:42 AM

            Lies! And I was so excited.:-(

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              monavano Aug 23, 2009 01:19 PM

              Oh no! Did you ask why they were not at the market today? PS.. I certainly hope you're not calling anyone a liar.

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                mordacity Aug 23, 2009 04:28 PM

                I'm sure there was no intent to deceive, it just didn't work out. It's like chasing a ghost! At this rate I may just end up getting some Whole Foods figs so I have something to enjoy before the all-too-brief season ends.

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            Ellen Aug 22, 2009 02:35 PM

            My neighbors in Cape May have a fig tree. It has to be 15 feet high and at least 30 feet around that is loaded down with figs. It has been producing for about two weeks and has another two or there to go. I have coveted that tree for years and finally got up the nerve to knock on the door, apologize for being rude, and ask whether they would mind if I picked some. They said help yourself. (apparently people do this all the time) So i did. Just put up some fig jam and will go back for more tomorrow. I believe they are calmyras. Just delish!

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              spider Aug 19, 2009 08:09 PM

              I know they're not local, but Whole Foods (aka Paycheck) in SIlver Spring had them on sale for $2.99. Tons of them - Black Mission, Brown and Calmyra. I bought some and am making them tomorrow. Hope they're good!

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                sacklunch Aug 20, 2009 05:02 PM

                I just bought some of those on sale figs at WF. They were actually quite good. Ate em' with some Valderon (blue cheese). Tasty lunch.

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                  CoconutMilk Aug 20, 2009 09:04 PM

                  i came across some local figs from gonzales produce at the clarendon farmers market on wednesday. they were reasonably priced at 4 bucks and were sticky sweet and delicious. i bought whole foods figs 20 minutes later to compare and they were not quite as good, but still tasty.

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                  venera Aug 16, 2009 10:58 AM

                  My Costco (Glen Burnie) has a 2.5 pound package of them for $6.50. They are the dark purple colored California figs.

                  We bought them two weeks ago, and they were just OK. Not terribly sweet, not terribly juicy. Definitely tasted like they ripened in a truck en route. Nothing like the figs you pluck off the trees in the Balkan or Caucasus....ooozing sweet and sticky.

                  But a much better price than whole paycheck, for sure.

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                    Jeserf Aug 16, 2009 01:41 PM

                    they had a big display of figs at WF today

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                    Elyssa Aug 16, 2009 08:34 AM

                    I just saw a sign at the Dupont Circle Farmer's Market for figs. It was the general market chalk board, so I don't know which stand specifically had them, but it was being advertised. You still have 2 1/2 hours to head over there :)

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                      Jeserf Aug 16, 2009 09:33 AM

                      I can't recall seeing any figs.

                      This happened at U St once with baby artichokes. They had the sign (or they were in the email), but I didn't see them at any stand.

                      But, hope they're there if you went!

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                        mordacity Aug 16, 2009 03:39 PM

                        I was there this morning and saw the sign, and got excited, but no actual figs. Next week I'll have to get up extra-early and snag some before they sell out.

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                          Jeserf Aug 16, 2009 03:44 PM

                          i was there at 9am - heard the bell ring - and didn't see any

                          but if you go and they are there, they might be great stuffed with the vanilla ricotta from blue ridge.

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                        milocat Aug 15, 2009 02:44 PM

                        A vendor at the farmers market in Alexandria had them as far back as July 4 weekend. Balduccis in Alex. also has them when they are in season but I was there yesterday and didn't see them.

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                          DCDeb Aug 14, 2009 05:36 PM

                          I got some at Country Boy market in Glenmont (GA Ave and Randolph Rd) yesterday. Yum!

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                            tartuffe Aug 15, 2009 09:09 AM

                            The veg stand in the Belvedere Mkt in Balto usually has decent ones

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                              beauxgoris Aug 15, 2009 09:57 AM

                              Magrugers on Conn. Ave. had them last season, haven't checked recently though.

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                            reiflame Aug 14, 2009 04:57 PM

                            I saw them at H Mart and Trader Joe's in Gaithersburg last weekend.

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                              ivysmom Aug 16, 2009 04:10 PM

                              The Trader Joe's in Columbia had them yesterday, too. Just tiny ones on my
                              tree darn it, I think it was partly due to the cool weather we had a couple
                              weeks ago. I bet they don't ripen in time.

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                              duck833 Aug 14, 2009 04:24 PM

                              Come visit my backyard in Oregon, one tree is in full production and another coming behind it. Tons of green smaller figs on the tree, this will be the biggest year yet.

                              Going to have to make fig jam or figure out how to dry them. Been dumping them on the neigbhors but they are going to call halt pretty soon.

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                                Teddybear Aug 14, 2009 04:07 PM

                                Figs on my tree are not ripe yet . . . .

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