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JFX Farmer's Market 2010

Next Sunday (May 2) is the long awaited (by me anyway) opening of the JFX Farmer's Market. There will be a couple of things new this year,

According to the Sun blog, Many Rocks Farm will be offering goat meat, hormone and largely antibiotic free. In addition to chops and ground goat, she will have several kinds of goat sausage.

There's also going to some guy selling smoothies that are mixed with a bicycle powered apparatus. $5.50 with a 50 cent discount if you do your own pedaling. Sounds gimmicky to me, but who knows.

Next weekend there will probably be local asparagus, but it's still a week or two away for local strawberries.

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  1. We just started going to the market at the end of 2009 and am excited to go through the whole summer this year. We really like the organic produce at the stand near the Hollywood Diner side. Are there any other good organic vendors to look for? Also, who is the one that sells the peas everyone was talking about last year?

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    1. re: loungelizard

      He is closer to the end with Pit Beef, across from the Omelette stand.

      1. re: Tugboat

        Also, the peas don't show up until late May and run through mid to late June.

      2. re: loungelizard

        You may need to look beyond the JFX for organic foods...

        I visited the Baltimore Farmer's Market under the JFX this morning in search of vendors that sell organic produce and organic grass fed beef or organic poultry. I found only one vendor selling organic produce and there were no organic meat vendors.

        Cats Paw Organic Farm offered a selection of tomatoes, beets, flat peas, potatoes and a few other veggies that I can't recall. There was also an organic mushroom stand and an organic acai berry stand.

        While making my way through the market I asked produce vendors if they were organic and the response varied. Lindeman's Apiary, who sells honey and squash, said they were not certified but do not spray pesticides, Chesapeake Greenhouse, who sells pea tendrils and gourmet lettuce, signage states they does not use pesticides, Agriberry.com said they practice sustainable agriculture, and all others confirmed pesticide use.

        As for meat and poultry vendors, I found there were no organic vendors. However, Hens Nest, a vendor that offers free range or caged chicken eggs, and doesn't use hormones or antibiotics. Hickorychance.com offers beef products that were fed home raised feeds, silage, and alfalfa/orchard grass hay. Albright Farms signage claimed their beef is grain finished, and Gunpowder Bison offers bison meats that were grass fed and finished on grain for the last 60 days of life.

        1. re: lauranda

          Well yeah, organic certification is expensive -- well beyond the means of many small producers. Cat's Paw is organic, but you pay for their right to call it that. For many small producers, organic certification just isn't a paying proposition even though their methods don't really differ.

          1. re: JonParker

            I had this exact conversation today with Many Rocks Farms, the people who sell the goat meat. They said that they were organic (and sustainable and treated their animals humanely) but just couldn't afford to pay for organic certification.

            1. re: baltoellen

              Incidentally, while organic is nice, what I really care about is flavor. Hen's Nest has consistently given me great eggs and chickens. I usually buy my beef from Truck Patch Farms, since it has great flavor -- much better than Hickory Chance, IMO.

              I can't see paying more for inferior product, and unfortunately, that's what happens a lot with certified organic vendors.

            2. re: JonParker

              There is a CSA at the market that has certified organic; good product too. On the north side(?). I think they are from Calvert County. At the Waverly Market One Straw Farm consistently has high quality organic. Hickory Chance Farm tried to convince me that I don't want and would not like grass fed and finsihed. Not true. I now buy in bulk from Ruth Anne's Salad Bar beef. Fed only grass and legumes, nothing corn. Dry aged and very high quaility.

        2. Also, you should know that Many Rocks Farm, and other new vendors, will be at the "west" market, that is, across from Hollywood Diner, and a week bit north.

          1. My husband and I were thinking about heading to the Market this Sunday for breakfast before heading out of town - does anyone know if there are any vegan offerings for breakfast - I know there are egg dishes but was hoping for some vegan breakfast suggestions.

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            1. re: amyatkendall

              Plenty of veggie options but my favs are: anything the mushroom lady is making and the ultimate breakfast sammy IMO is the Portobello Mushroom Breakfast Burrito that is made at the stand making the fresh carrot juice. God it is good and is huge! Top it off with the fresh made mini donuts and you will be sleeping in the car afterwards.

              1. re: jck

                What exit off of 83-S is this??? I assume I would see it as soon as I get off of the exit..

                1. re: HungryinBmore

                  If you take the Pleasant Street exit (it is the left exit right before the end of 83 south) you will run into it.

            2. Courtney and I made it early this morning. Agriberry from VA has very nice strawberries. Got coffee from Zeke's, eggs from Hen's Nest, bacon from truck patch. Asparagus seemed expensive and woody, so we passed on that. Lots of herbs for planting.

              The goat vendor is in the west market, across the street from the main area. But when we over there we had a nice surprise -- salsa guy, who started out at the market last year but disappeared about halfway through is back, although he lost his space. According to him they quit coming because they were kicked out of the commercial kitchen space they used to make it, so they had to make other arrangments. He'll have black bean salsa next week.

              Pea Man said last week of May for peas.

              Not a lot of new vendors, but it was great to see all the old ones back.

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              1. re: JonParker

                Salsa guy ran out of the grilled pineapple salsa by the time we got there. If anyone purchased it, would you care to comment?

                1. re: bmorecupcake

                  Well the guy selling it (he's not the one who makes it) wasn't all that fond of it -- he thinks it tastes more like a fruit salad. I like the garden salsa and the black bean salsa, but I'm pretty much with him -- fruit salsa just isn't my thing.

                  1. re: JonParker

                    Odd, I asked them twice today and both times they told me they make the pineapple salsa themselves. The second time I specifically mentioned "I heard someone else makes it" and was told that was not the case.

                    They did have black bean salsa today.

                    1. re: bmorecupcake

                      Sorry, I was unclear. They make all their own salsa, but the guy who sells it is the brother of the guy who actually makes it. Sadly, I didn't make it to the market today -- too much fun last night.

                2. re: JonParker

                  Do you know anything about these Agriberry folks? Their name sounds very ... chemical/fake/something. I figured that they were growing them in greenhouses or something like that. I posted another top-level post about the strawberries. I thought they might be grown a long way away, but maybe they really are local. There were a few selling strawberries though--maybe from all the southern-most counties + VA in the case of Agriberry.

                  1. re: nstoddar

                    Agriberry is a fruit CSA from Richmond, VA that also sells at farmer's markets in the area. They aren't using greenhouses as far as I know. Everything I've gotten from them has been pretty good, although sometimes their prices trend a little high.

                3. I thought the most unique new thing were the hummus guys? Did anyone else sample? Surprise Cake Hummus. Cinnamon Raisin Hummus. Sounds odd, and it is, but the taste sort of grew on us and it seems like Cinnamon Raisin Hummus on a bagel would probably be healthier than cream cheese?

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                  1. re: a70wilson

                    Where were they? Those sound really awful, but I'd be willing to give it a shot.

                    1. re: JonParker

                      On the Zeke's coffee side of the market, right next to the falafel stand, across-ish from Neopol Smokery.

                      1. re: bmorecupcake

                        Ok, maybe we didn't notice them, or maybe they weren't set up by the time we left. We tend to be early birds.

                    2. re: a70wilson

                      We bought the Asian Fire Hummus, it was really fresh tasting, creamy and spicy. I loved it and would assume their other flavors would probably be good, too. They're all a little different, but somehow not as weird once they're in your mouth.

                      1. re: a70wilson

                        The hummus dudes are the same people as The Desert Cafe in Mount Washington. The owner, Blake, is a great guy and a talented chef.