The holidays are upon us, which means our farmers and producers have lots of new products, special deals, and sales going on to help you prepare. From festive wreaths and centerpieces, to gourmet desserts to feed a crowd, to gorgeous gift sets for everyone on your shopping list, you'll find everything you need at market. Be sure to take advantage of discounts on meat, veggies, cheese, wine, coffee, and more!
Baklava Couture (Dupont Circle, Silver Spring): Choose from a wide variety of holiday gifts, and check out the complete gift guide for ordering online. Options include a Greek honey gift set, Greek savory gift set, and pastries and baked goods including "vasilopita" new year's cake, spanakopita pies, baklava, and more. Pre-order through December 16 with an option to pick up at market. Also: Baklava Couture is offering a $250 voucher for a lucky winner who photographs and posts onto Instagram their favorite Baklava Couture item for the upcoming Farm-to-Table Heritage Tour next year in Greece! Tag #BCHeritageTour2017.
Blue Ridge Dairy Co. (Dupont Circle): get a "Lasagna Combo" (one mozzarella and one ricotta) on sale for $10 (regularly $12) through December.
Chris' Marketplace (Dupont Circle, Penn Quarter, Silver Spring): Check out seasonal offerings including pear leek soup and a seasonal empanada with spaghetti squash from Mountain View Farm and Spring Valley Farm and Orchard, mixed with apples from Toigo Orchards and Quaker Valley Orchards, and Black and Blue cheese from Firefly Farms.
Clear Spring Creamery (Dupont Circle, Silver Spring): Eggnog is available for the next two weeks.
Cowbell Kitchen (Dupont Circle): Choose from a wide variety of party-ready desserts, including a traditional bûche de noël (pictured above).
Elk Run Vineyards (Silver Spring 12/10, 12/17): For the holidays, choose from sparkling wines and fresh mulled wine made with cinnamon sticks and fresh orange peel. This Saturday only, get 10% off a purchase of four wines.
Evensong Farm (Penn Quarter, Silver Spring): Get 10% off bulk sage sausage through December. Herbal tea gift boxes are available.
Four Seasons Nursery (Dupont Circle, Silver Spring): Pick up holiday decorations including handmade wreaths and centerpieces.
Garden Path Farm (H Street NE, Silver Spring): Need whole animals for your holiday gathering? Garden Path is offering whole lambs for $6.75/lb., whole pigs fro $2.75/lb., 1/2 beef (200 lbs.) for $6.50/lb., or 1/4 beef (100 lbs.) for $6.75/lb.
Knob Hall Winery (Silver Spring 12/10, 12/24): Rosé and Blush wines are on sale for $12 a bottle. Sparking wines are back just in time for New Year's Eve.
Milkhouse Brewery (Silver Spring 12/17): The new Special Reserve Imperial Stout in 750 ml bottles makes a great gift. Beers are also available in gift packs with snifter glasses. To place a pre-order for pick-up at market on December 17, email Carolann@milkhousebrewery.com.
Mock's Greenhouse (Silver Spring): Big, fragrant, flavorful fresh basil is on sale for $1 each, regularly $3.50.
New Columbia Distillers (Dupont Circle 12/11, Penn Quarter): For the gin drinker on your shopping list, get a special Green Hat Gift Box with 3 half-bottles of gin: the original Green Hat, Spring/Summer Green Hat, and Green Hat Navy Strength Gin.
New Morning Farm (Dupont Circle): Thanks to a new tunnel, New Morning Farm anticipates having a great variety of lettuces and lettuce mixes this winter. Chard and kale is on sale for two bunches for $6, and there is still a good supply of broccoli florets.
North Cove Mushrooms (Dupont Circle, Silver Spring): Choose from fresh mushrooms including shiitake, oyster, lion's mane, maitake, and pioppino, as well as frozen prepared foods. Looking for unique stocking stuffer gifts? Check out medicinal mushroom tinctures and mushroom seasoning salt jars.
Quaker Valley Orchards (Dupont Circle, H Street NE, Silver Spring): Fill a yellow bag (1/2 bushel) with apples for $25. Fresh cut Christmas trees are also available.
Shepherds Manor Creamery (Dupont Circle, Penn Quarter): Get a gift box of two bars of sheep's milk soap wrapped in sheep wool in a small crate for $11.75.
Soupergirl (Dupont Circle): Choose from a wide variety of seasonal soups for the holidays, and ask for information about the Souper "Cleanse" - or build your own.
Talking Breads (Dupont Circle, Silver Spring): Get delicious brandied fruitcake for the holidays, by the slice and in mini loaves. Special orders are also available.
Three Springs Fruit Farm (Silver Spring): Send some of the Chesapeake Bay’s finest produce to your friends and family across the US by having it shipped from Three Spring's online store.
Wollam Gardens (Dupont Circle, Penn Quarter): Pick up holiday decorations including wreaths, swags, and table arrangements.
Zeke's Coffee (Dupont Circle, H Street NE, Penn Quarter): 2016 Holiday Roast and seasonal chocolate covered espresso beans make great stocking stuffers.
Some of our farmers are offering CSAs over the winter:
Full Cellar Farm (H Street NE): Sign up for a winter CSA in 2017. Talk to Kip at market for more details.
Kuhn Ochards: Sign up for a winter CSA with Kuhn Orchards for a box of fresh veggies every other week through April.
You get your fruits and veggies, your eggs and meat, your coffee and even your booze at the farmers market. So why not get your holiday gifts there too? Local gifts made by small farmers and producers are unique and personal and will benefit more than just the recipient. When you do your holiday shopping at farmers markets, your spending helps us grow a more sustainable mid-Atlantic foodshed. Here’s a gift guide broken down by personality type, which you can customize to suit your budget. If you still can’t decide, you can always purchase gift tokens online! The FRESHFARM Penn Quarter and H Street NE markets will be open through mid-December, while the Silver Spring and Dupont Circle markets are open year-round.
For the Self-Care Aficionado
Have a friend or family member who loves to self-pamper? We promise that they will adore small-batch handmade soaps, lotions, lip balms, and bath balls made with nourishing beeswax, goat milk, and sheep milk. Pick from Amalthea Ridge (H Street NE), Banner Bee Company (Silver Spring plus popping up at Dupont Circle 12/11 and 12/18), Belle's Acres (Silver Spring), and Shepherds Manor Creamery (Dupont Circle and Penn Quarter).
For the Home Mixologist
Washington, DC is home to a handful of distilleries, and we are lucky to have many of them selling at our Penn Quarter and Dupont Circle markets. For your friends who love a good cocktail, consider stocking their liquor cabinet with local spirits. Choose from Don Ciccio & Figli at Dupont Circle 12/4, 12/11, and 12/18; New Columbia Distillers at Penn Quarter weekly and at Dupont Circle 12/11; One Eight Distilling at Dupont Circle 12/4 and 12/18; and Right Proper Brewing at Penn Quarter and Dupont Circle weekly. Looking for mixers? Lindera Farms (at Silver Spring and Dupont Circle the next three weekends) has delicious gourmet vinegars that will bring your cocktails to the next level. Gordy’s Pickle Jar (Dupont Circle and Silver Spring) has canned brine and Bloody Mary mix, but if you are shopping for a chili-head, we suggest you get the aptly named Birth of Pain Bloody Mary Mix from Toigo Orchards (Dupont Circle and Penn Quarter).
While our Silver Spring market doesn’t have spirits, it does have a nice line-up of Maryland-made wines and ciders rotating at the December markets: Boordy Vineyards is at market 12/3, 12/10, and 12/17; Country Pleasures Farm throughout December; Distillery Lane Ciderworks 12/3; Elk Run Vineyards 12/10 and 12/17; Knob Hall Winery 12/10 and 12/24; Milkhouse Brewery 12/17; and Rocklands Farm Winery 12/3.
For the Avid Entertainer
The perfect gift for somebody who loves to entertain are the makings for an all-local cheese and charcuterie board. Hit up Straw Stick & Brick (Dupont Circle, Penn Quarter, and Silver Spring) and Urban Butcher (Silver Spring) for cured meats and pâté. Grab cheese--choose from goat, cow, or sheep--from Clear Spring Creamery (Dupont Circle and Silver Spring), FireFly Farms (Dupont Circle), Keswick Creamery (Dupont Circle), Shepherds Manor Creamery (Dupont Circle and Penn Quarter), Shepherd’s Whey Creamery (Penn Quarter and Silver Spring), and Spring Gap Mountain Creamery (Silver Spring). For spreads and dips, look no further than Baklava Couture (Dupont Circle and Silver Spring). Round out your gift with small-batch jams from Atwater’s (Dupont Circle, H Street NE, and Silver Spring) and Three Springs Fruit Farm (Silver Spring) or pickles from Fresh Crunch (Dupont Circle) and Number 1 Sons (all markets). If you want to pull out the stops, throw in a hand-carved wood cutting board from Full Cellar Farm (H Street NE)!
For the Brunch Lover
If you’re shopping for somebody who loves brunch, give them the fixings to make their own! Get breads and pastries from Atwater’s (Dupont Circle, H Street NE, and Silver Spring), O Earth Creamery + Bakehouse (Dupont Circle), Old World Breads (Dupont Circle and Penn Quarter), Patisserie Poupon (Dupont Circle), or Talking Breads (Dupont Circle and Silver Spring). Grab a dozen pastured eggs (get to market early to have your pick!) and throw in some breakfast sausage or bacon from Cedarbrook Farm (Dupont Circle and H Street NE), Ecofriendly Foods (Dupont Circle), or Evensong Farm (Penn Quarter and Silver Spring), and some S & S Maple Camp maple syrup (Dupont Circle). A pint of cream from Clear Spring Creamery (Dupont Circle and Silver Spring) and a pound of coffee from Zeke’s Coffee (Dupont Circle, H Street NE, and Penn Quarter) will round things out perfectly.
Pictured above, clockwise from top left: beeswax products from BannerBee Company, whiskey from One Eight Distilling, tomato jam from Three Springs Fruit Farm, and scones from Talking Breads