Borderstan welcomes a new contributor this week in the Food & Drink section. Stephanie Willis’ love of cooking and insistence on quality ingredients led her to become a passionate supporter of the local food movement and sustainable agriculture.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, according to the endless stream of Christmas songs playing all around us. I admit I love the holidays and I especially love hitting up the farmers’ market right now. The Dupont Circle Farmers’ Market is bursting with holiday cheer to help give your home (or office if you’re like me) a festive makeover.
Little Scrub Ridge Farm has a fantastic selection of fresh Christmas trees, including Douglas Fir, Concolor Fir, Fraser Fir, Canaan Fir, Norway Spruce and Scotch Pine. Available in a variety of sizes, there is sure to be one that is perfect for you. If you want a tree more than 8-feet tall, give Lee a call at 717-485-5456 to pre-order one for pickup at Dupont Circle.
Looking for something to adorn your door or balcony? The market has you covered there too! Four Seasons Nursery has gorgeously designed wreaths, dotted with red winter berries, and some with holiday ribbon. The nursery also has a variety of seasonal centerpieces to make your holiday table more festive. This is their last week at Dupont Circle, so make sure to stop by their booth to pick up a bit of holiday greenery. If you can’t make it to Dupont Circle this weekend, fear not! Anchor Nursery also has an assortment of wreaths and centerpieces that would make Martha Stewart proud.
If you’re looking to do a bit of holiday shopping while you’re buying your fruits and vegetables, the market has several options for you. Have someone in your life who is a knitter? Solitude Wool sells artisan yarns spun from their small flock of sheep raised on their farm in Loudoun County, Virginia. They also sell already-made bags, hats and other fashionable wears for those less than artistically inclined people on your shopping list.
Farmhouse Flowers & Plants proudly displayed a sign stating, “Plants make great gifts!” If your list includes someone with a green thumb, check out the wide range of plants in Farmhouse Flowers & Plants makeshift nursery at Dupont Circle. And finally, the perfect stocking stuffer: Kelley’s Lip Balm at Keswick Creamery! The cute little tubes of lip balm are made of local beeswax and honey, with a hint of organic coconut oil. Give the gift of non-chapped lips this Winter!
Don’t head out to those big box stores to deck your halls this year. Instead, make your holiday a local one and pick up all your decorating essentials this weekend at the Dupont Circle Farmers Market!