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

    1. 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.

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

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        1. re: reiflame

          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.

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

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          1. re: DCDeb

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

            1. re: tartuffe

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

          2. 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.

            1. 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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              1. re: Elyssa

                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!

                1. re: Elyssa

                  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.

                  1. re: mordacity

                    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.

                2. 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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                  1. re: venera

                    they had a big display of figs at WF today

                  2. 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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                    1. re: spider

                      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.

                      1. re: spider

                        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.

                      2. 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!

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

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                          1. re: monavano

                            Lies! And I was so excited.:-(

                            1. re: mordacity

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

                              1. re: monavano

                                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.

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

                            1. Anyone heard of fresh figs currently?

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                              1. re: Tender75

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

                                1. re: Mer_Made

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

                              2. 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!