Mar 26 2014
Food and Drink

Bethesda Farmers Market: My 1st Visit & Mini Tour

Can you believe I have been living in Bethesda for almost 1yr and 3mo (1yr in my studio and just over 3mo since living with Ben) and I have never been to the Bethesda Farmers Market?!

Well, this past weekend was the first weekend of Spring — according to the calendar that is — it sure didn’t feel like it! And that called for an outing to the farmers market :-). I love the idea of farmers markets (fresh food, from local farms) and Ben used to go to the Takoma Park one all the time. We ate breakfast early, and brought our coffee with us, so that we could get there before everything was gone.

My phone (HTC Incredible 4G LTE) sometimes takes crappy photos and is kinda on the fritz — I mean it is almost two years old — so I took these photos with Ben’s iPhone 4S. Enjoy what we saw . . .

[image - Culinary Nomad Truck @ Bethesda Farmers Market - March 23, 2014]
The Culinary Nomad Truck

The Culinary Nomad Food Truck
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Well – you know my love for food trucks (for more on that click here and here). We didn’t eat anything there, but I certainly couldn’t pass up a good photo of the Culinary Nomad truck.

[image - Pinch Dumplings @ Bethesda Farmers Market - March 23, 2014]
Pinch Dumplings

Pinch Dumplings
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We didn’t get anything from Pinch Dumplings either, but I liked the whole chalkboard sign, and their food looked promising so I wanted to note it for next time.

[image - Zekes Coffee DC @ the Bethesda Farmers Market - March 23, 2014]
Zekes Coffee DC @ the Bethesda Farmers Market – March 23, 2014

Zeke’s Coffee DC
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Gotta love Zeke’s 🙂 that’s a shout-out to you Renee & Ryan!

[image - Patisserie Poupon, photo 1/2 @ Bethesda Farmers Market - March 23, 2014]
Patisserie Poupon [photo 1/2]

[image - Patisserie Poupon, photo 2/2 @ Bethesda Farmers Market - March 23, 2014]
Patisserie Poupon [photo 2/2]

Patisserie Poupon
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French pastries — how could you go wrong?! I got a pain au chocolat that Ben and I split when we got home.

[image - Meat Crafters Menu @ Bethesda Farmers Market - March 23, 2014]
Meat Crafters

[image - Meat Crafters Artisan Salambi @ Bethesda Farmers Market - March 23, 2014]
Meat Crafters Artisan Salambi
sorry for the blurriness on this one

Meat Crafters
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Handcrafted salami, charcuterie and sausages

Ben likes beef jerky, so we tried the artisan salambi and nom-nom-noms was it OMG delicious!

[image - Bread (1/2) from The Farm Market Bakery @ Bethesda Farmers Market - March 23, 2014]
Bread from The Farm Market Bakery {Photo 1/2}

[image - Bread (2/2) from The Farm Market Bakery @ Bethesda Farmers Market - March 23, 2014]
Bread from The Farm Market Bakery {Photo 2/2}

[image - The Farm Market Bakery signage @ Bethesda Farmers Market - March 23, 2014]
The Farm Market Bakery’s version of signage

The Farm Market Bakery
Website – TheFarmMarketBakery.com
Sells Upper Crust Breads, Maryland made artisan hearth baked breads, Esther’s Brand organic granola and seasonal sweets

We didn’t buy bread from here, but it was just so beautiful and artisanal-looking I had to take some photos.

[image - Apples and Pears at the Bethesda Farmers Market - March 23, 2014]
Apples and Pears
some pretty fruit

[image - Apple Bourbon BBQ sauce from the Bethesda Farmers Market - March 23, 2014]
Apple Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Toigo Orchards – Shippensburg, PA
Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter {@ToigoOrchards2}
Fruits, vegetables and artisan food products

[image - The big cucumber/pickle @ the Bethesda Farmers Market - March 23, 2014]
The big cucumber/pickle

Fresh Crunch Pickles
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They have cucumbers, ginger, carrots, beets and cabbage pickled in brine.

Apparently there’s a big plastic cucumber/pickle that people pose with, and stuff . . . so I took a picture of it, naturally.

[image - cheese @ Bethesda Farmers Market - March 23, 2014]
Cheese!

[image - All Things Olive, photo 1 - Bethesda Farmers Market - March 23, 2014]
All Things Olive {Photo 1/2}

[image - All Things Olive {Photo 2/2} @ Bethesda Farmers Market - March 23, 2014]
All Things Olive {Photo 2/2}

All Things Olive
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They have some quite lovely extra virgin, herb-infused and citrus infused olive oils, wine vinegars and tapenades.

Ben tried the middle olive oil in the first photo — the Robbins Family Farm Ascolano California Extra Virgin Olive Oil. And in the 2nd photo he tried the Calolea California Blood Orange Olive Oil. The woman there (Lynn?) said the blood orange olive oil tastes great in brownie mix instead of the vegetable oil that’s called for — she said it makes it more decadent!

[image - Rita's Crepes Menu [photo 1/3] @ Bethesda Farmers Market - March 23, 2014]
Rita’s Crepes Menu {photo 1/3}

[image - Rita's Crepes, photo 2 - Bethesda Farmers Market - March 23, 2014]
Rita’s Crepes {photo 2/3}

[image - Rita's Crepes, photo 3 - Bethesda Farmers Market - March 23, 2014]
Rita’s Crepes {photo 3/3}

Rita’s Crepes
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Fresh to order sweet and savory crepes using local ingredients.

We didn’t try Rita’s Crepes, but I pass the stand on Woodmont Ave all the time, so I had to snap some photos.

[image - Grandma Vera's Empanadas Menu @ Bethesda Farmers Market - March 23, 2014]
Grandma Vera’s Empanadas Menu

[image - Grandma Vera's Empanadas @ Bethesda Farmers Market - March 23, 2014]
Grandma Vera’s Empanadas

Grandma Vera’s Empanadas
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Quality baked goods and Latin inspired prepared foods

I got chicken, Ben got beef empanadas. Verdict: the beef were definitely better!

Bethesda Central Farm Market
7600 Arlington Road
Bethesda, MD 20814

[image - Tamara signature]

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