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Naomi Bloch

 

 

 

 

 

June 8, 2011

Potomac, md

This past weekend, my husband Byron, a neighbor, and I, all attended the opening day of the newest Central Farm Market, located on Rockville Pike between Old Georgetown and Montrose Roads.

We missed the official ribbon-cutting festivities because, quite frankly, we are not “morning people” and the opening celebration was at 8:30am!   The fact that early morning hours are normal for farmers is just one of the many reason I admire them so much.  How do they do it?

I love how there is someone for every type of job in this world and really appreciate that farmers do what they do so the rest of us can eat.  Without farmers what would life be?  Which actually brings to mind that the average age of farmers in the U.S. today is now 60 and the need for attracting young farmers is growing… no pun intended.

Here are some links so you can learn more about this essential issue:

http://www.goodfoodworld.com/2011/11/where-have-all-the-farmers-gone/

http://www.mocoalliance.org

http://www.brickyardeducationalfarm.org

So anyway, we non-farmers arrived at the Pike Central Farm Market closer to 11:00 am… a normal time for us to venture out on our typical weekend.  When we pulled into the parking lot, the place was humming.  And what a fun time we had.

The market is situated where the old Silver Diner used to be.  There is a nice grass area there now which is surrounded on all sides by tents with farmers and artisan food producers displaying their bounty.

There was live music playing (nice touch… always!) and a few places to even buy ready-made food that you could enjoy at a table in the sitting area as you watched all the people walking by with their children and dogs in tow.

Farmers Markets are increasing in number every year all across the country and our area is no exception.  I believe that this is in part due to the deep, almost instinctual need we have to be around other people.  We are social beings after all,  and meandering amongst other people in search of fresh food brings together two very primal needs.

We decided to walk around the entire market just to get the lay of the land.  There were over 35 vendors at the Saturday market.  I’d recommend that you walk the grounds first before settling on what and where you want to buy.

After we had taken this quick tour, I then went into serious hunting and gathering mode.  I ended up with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, fresh bread, a dozen eggs, chard, summer squash, raspberry honey, some fresh French pastries and fresh-squeezed lemonade.  YUM!

I had brought along my reusable bags, of course, but also picked up a free red Central Farm Market bag that came in very handy.

I am so happy that this latest Central Farm Market is so conveniently located for me. It is open two days a week: Thursdays, from 11:00am – 3:00pm and Saturdays, from 9:00am – 2:00pm.

Check out the two links below for more information about the schedules, locations and vendors for the Central Farm Markets as well as list of Farmers Markets throughout Montgomery County.

www.centralfarmmarkets.com

www.montgomerycountymd.gov/content/ded/agservices/pdffiles/Farmers_Markets/2012fmflyer.pdf

Honestly, it is now quite possible to stop by a farmers market every day of the week on your way home and have the freshest food possible for you and your family!

Happy hunting and gathering!

 

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  1. Amy Beam says:

    Was the produce ORGANIC?
    If it has been produced with herbicides, pesticides, fungicides and/or chemical fertilizers, it has been poisoned.
    These additives are known or suspected carcinogens, hormone distruptors and neurotoxins, and should never be in our foods or our bodies.
    LOCAL is good IF it is ORGANIC!
    Let’s all support our farmers to grow poison-free foods!

    • Naomi says:

      Good question, Amy. Which is why the opportunity to get to know the farmer and be able to actually ask that question is why is such a good idea.

      That said, my understanding (from having been rubbing shoulders with local producers for a while now) is that most of the produce is organically/sustainably grown, yes.

      But, being very small farmers they haven’t been able to afford (in money and time) to go through all the legal steps to actually buy the certification.

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