From Alejandra Owens at One Bite At A Time
Oh me, oh my! Folks, this is a busy weekend! Raise your hand if you have folks in town for (1) Halloween (2) the Jon Stewart-Stephen Colbert Rally and/or (3) the annual Marine Corps Marathon. (*meekly raises hand*)
But before you head to the National Mall Saturday morning, walk over to the 14th and U Farmers Market — it’s open from 9 am to 1 pm. While the food line up (details below) is great, I think the best part of this weekend’s market might be the Halloween costume contest for kids and dogs.
Judging starts at 11:00 am, so get there early and get your shopping done. But, stick around for the festivities. Prizes will be awarded for best girl, boy and dog costumes. Pulp on 14th Street has donated prizes for the kids.
Robin from the 14th & U Farmers Market notes a few handy snacks for your guests — all available at this weekend’s market:
Baguette and Apple butter, croissants and jam, those terrific Panorama square multi-grain rolls with pumpkin seeds. Slather a few with one of Cherry Glen’s goat cheeses and top with sliced heirloom tomatoes. I am very partial to the blue ribbon Chipotle which starts out creamy, turns smoky and ends with a kick. But the chevre is also good paired with one of Copper Pot’s jams-with-attitude. Kuhn and McCleaf have a wide variety of apples between them. Take some cider along, too and a pint or two of cherry tomatoes. You could even slice up a small smoked ham for a picnic.
And for those of us with a (very strong) sweet tooth:
Pecan Meadow may be snack central on Saturday. Introduce your out-of-town friends to their pumpkin whoopie pies. Ryan also has peanut buttered popcorn popped from his Indian Corn and his huge slices of his addictive Dried Honeycrisp Apples. Half sprinkled with cinnamon, half plain. Mini carrot cakes, carrot and pumpkin sweet breads and maybe some individual apple crisps and pies.
Who has the best pet costume this year? Plan on bringing your pooch down? I’ll be there taking photos!