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ej1155 Sep 8, 2009 04:11 AM

we are from the upper midwest where there are real farmer's markets, e.g. more than 10-15 stalls. can anyone recommend a mega farmer's market with ethnic vegetable seller's? thanks much.

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    msjess RE: ej1155 Sep 8, 2009 09:33 AM

    The Dupont one is pretty big. I don't go there very often but I remember there were a lot of stalls. Takoma has about 20 stalls during the summer. You might want to check out the Eastern Market.

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      Jacey RE: msjess Sep 8, 2009 09:51 AM

      It is really big but $$$.

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        hill food RE: msjess Sep 8, 2009 10:33 AM

        as much as I love the Eastern Market, the Saturday farmer's line is somewhat limited. If there's something closer to the OP they would be better off going there.

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          Jacey RE: hill food Sep 8, 2009 07:00 PM

          I was talking about Dupont.

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            hill food RE: Jacey Sep 8, 2009 10:38 PM

            Jacey: I know you were, if you look closely I was responding to msjess

            check the right hand corner of a post for the re:, the way the posts connect are sort of misleading on occasion.

      2. ktmoomau RE: ej1155 Sep 8, 2009 10:41 AM

        The Saturday market at the Reading Terminal in Philadelphia is really nice, that is PA. I have heard good things about the JFX market in Baltimore.

        I like the Eastern Market, and it is a little larger, but not huge. I need to get to the Arlington market to try it out, but I haven't yet.

        1. monavano RE: ej1155 Sep 9, 2009 05:47 AM

          ej-what exactly are you looking for? A permanent structure with stalls? A once-weekly local market? Meats? Produce?
          You're asking to cover a VERY large area-are you looking to visit the market once?
          How much do you care about local? organic?
          I think we'll be able to help you more specifically if you you express what exactly it is that you are looking for.

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            Ellen RE: monavano Sep 9, 2009 05:37 PM

            And will someone please tell me what ethnic means? Ethnic according to who?

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              ej1155 RE: monavano Sep 10, 2009 12:57 PM

              this is what I was raised on: http://www.mplsfarmersmarket.com/vend...

              it is hard for me to believe farmer's markets are larger and so much more diverse than here on the coast

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              sekelmaan RE: ej1155 Sep 9, 2009 06:25 AM

              If you want huge: The Green Dragon in PA dutch country.


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                ej1155 RE: sekelmaan Sep 10, 2009 01:04 PM

                this is exactly what i am looking for, just not 2.5 hrs away. how can a metro area of 8 million not have a huge farmer's market with reasonable prices and a deep selection of ethnic vegetables?

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                  Bob W RE: ej1155 Sep 10, 2009 02:15 PM

                  There are many asian and asian/latino markets in the DC areas with huge selections of ethnic vegetables. Around here people go to farmers' markets for seasonal local favorites: Tomatoes, corn, peaches, melons....

                  If you want a durian, go to GrandMart, Lotte, Super H.

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                    Ellen RE: ej1155 Sep 10, 2009 05:22 PM

                    There is nothing that comes close within two hours of DC. The closest I've found would be the PA Dutch type markets like the one above or in Kutztown PA. All in the MD/DC/VA/WV area are smaller (10-20 vendors) and focused on local seasonal produce, meats and dairy. Eastern Market in DC is the biggest and its by no means big. Some local farmers have branched out into more interesting varieties of tomatoes, apples, squash, beans, etc. but nothing too exotic or as extensive as what the Minneapolis market offers. I can rarely find someone selling fresh mushrooms of any kind. And that's hardly exotic. I'm happy if i can just get fresh butter, mozarella and pasta. For Asian vegetables, as someone said, you'll have to go to an Asian supermarket. The Lexington Market in Baltimore has lots of vendors of many ethnicities but I wouldn't go out of my way to go there unless i want a fried fish sandwich or a Polish half smoke. Out 66 at the Middleburg exit is the Green Barn Farmers Market, which is bigger than the ones close in but only slightly above average in terms of what you can get there compared to here.

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                      JonParker RE: Ellen Sep 10, 2009 05:46 PM

                      The JFX market in baltimore has at least 40 vendors -- probably more. And there's a stand that sells nothing but fresh mushrooms in different varieties. For Asian veggies you do have to go to an Asian market, but that's largely because most of the farmer's markets around here are producer only.

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                        Ellen RE: JonParker Sep 10, 2009 06:02 PM

                        Yes. I've heard a lot about the market but haven't been. From what another poster said, its still largely confined to local produce and nowhere near the size that the original poster is looking for. You need to go to PA or beyond for that. Its good to know they have mushrooms in Ballmer. What is surprising, however, is that none of the local DC markets do, with the exception of someone who shows up at Takoma Park on occasion. Has anyone else seen any mushroom vendors in the DC area? I go to a lot of the markets and haven't all year.

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                          adrianak RE: Ellen Sep 10, 2009 07:39 PM

                          the mushroom vendor has a real following, always a long line and a "grill" going selling different sandwiches all out of Mushrooms! along with produce they have meats, creamery, cheese, african, spanish, thai, breads...lots more then just produce!

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                            mselectra RE: Ellen Sep 11, 2009 01:00 PM

                            There's the mushroom lady at Dupont farmers market. Lots of varieties, in my limited experience buying from them. I'm sure I've seen her this year.

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                              tcamp RE: Ellen Sep 14, 2009 01:57 PM

                              There is a mushroom vendor at the Arlington VA market on Saturdays at Courthouse. I don't go every week but I believe she's a regular fixture. Really yummy mushrooms, too.

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                                pineapple sage RE: tcamp Sep 14, 2009 05:00 PM

                                The mushroom stand at Dupont, Arlington, and Penn Quarter (among others) is all from the same stand.

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                      ivysmom RE: ej1155 Sep 9, 2009 04:47 PM

                      Everyone raves about the market under the JFX in Baltimore, although I haven't been. There is also the Amish market in Shrewsbury, PA, right off I-83.

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                        menmom1 RE: ej1155 Sep 9, 2009 07:50 PM

                        Try the Old Salem Cafe in Marshall, VA and Frost Diner in Warrenton, VA. Both are owned by the same owners of the Frost Cafe in Culpeper, VA and Blue Ridge Seafood in Gainesville, VA.

                        Excellent breakfast brunches on Sundays at Old Salem Cafe, great fried homestyle chicken and freshly made biscuits (not frozen or pre-baked), country sausage and gravy, country ham, etc. at both locations of diners and cafes.

                        No web sites that I know of.

                        Good luck and good eats!

                        1. The Chowhound Team RE: ej1155 Sep 10, 2009 02:43 AM

                          Just a reminder that PA and West Virginia markets need to go on the Pennsylvania and South boards, respectively. Please keep replies focused on markets in the Washington DC and Baltimore area.

                          1. adrianak RE: ej1155 Sep 10, 2009 11:45 AM

                            the dupont one is very nice, def top notch but im with msjess, very pricy! I live in Baltimore and we have a great market thats under the 83 overpass
                            we take turns between both dupont and this one, both have totaly different feels, but very enjoyable. Baltimore has the same people that show up every week adn set up in the same place with quite a following for each vendor. Everyting there from a creamery to rabbit!

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                              Chocolatechipkt RE: adrianak Oct 5, 2009 07:47 AM

                              How is the Baltimore market in terms of prices (vs. Dupont)?

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                                JonParker RE: Chocolatechipkt Oct 5, 2009 08:19 AM

                                I have never been to Dupont, but here's an anecdote. I once wanted to buy some fruit at the Baltimore market.. The guy asked me for $4, but when I told him that it was marked for $3 he said "oh yeah, I forgot. We were in DC yesterday and I was still thinking those prices."

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                              ej1155 RE: ej1155 Sep 11, 2009 06:36 PM

                              Thanks everyone for the info. I really enjoyed the mushroom discussion. We are excited to check out the Dutch and JFX markets.

                              Long live mega farmer's markets in the upper midwest!

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