Sweets ‘N Treats: A Brief Guide at Borderstan’s Farmers’ Markets

by Borderstan.com June 12, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0

From Namita Koppa. Email her at namita[AT]borderstan.com.


The 14th & U Farmer’s Market. (Luis Gomez Photos)

This summer, I have three goals:

  1. Read more books, namely Michael Pollan’s Cooked and Mark Kurlansky’s Salt, Cod, and The Big Oyster.
  2. Spend more time in DC Public Libraries (related to #1).
  3. Only buy food in restaurants that I cannot make at home already. This is not only a budgetary measure, but a dietary one as well.

Not too strenuous a to-do list, right? I think I have a fighting chance of actually accomplishing these!

I really enjoy Sunday mornings. Like so many others in Borderstan, I head to our local farmers’ markets (Dupont and U Street) to grab a sample from Dolcezza, check to see how large duck eggs actually are, and if I’m lucky, buy a bunch of pineapple sage or chocolate mint. Lately, rather than heading out for a traditional brunch, I’ve taken to finding a nice spot in the shade, indulging in a treat from one of the markets, and reading. It is a little window of heaven before I #GSD for the upcoming week.

Both Dupont and U Street markets boast fantastic options for sweets and treats. My tastes lean toward sweet, but plenty of savory ready-made treats are available, too. Here’s my top five in no particular order:

  1. Panorama Bakery’s sticky buns – a gooey, delicious mess better than any cinnamon roll I’ve encountered. Say hello to Emmanuel, who will explain how any product Panorama bakes is made.
  2. Chocolate almond croissants from the Bonaparte Breads – enormous enough for two, maybe three people. Fresh almond filling (not the stale amaretto flavoring many croissants include), semi-sweet chocolate, and delicious butter!
  3. Keswick Creamery’s quark with fresh preserves over bread of your choice. The quark is creamy and slightly tangy, making it a delicious counter-balance to sweet, chunky preserves.
  4. Honey Greek-style yogurt from Blue Ridge Dairy Company. Rich, creamy, yummy!
  5. Pumpkin whoopie pies from Pecan Meadow. A bit surprising from a producer that sells mostly meats, but these whoopie pies are phenomenal.

My next goal may have to be Sunday night workouts to combat all this deliciousness. Bon appetit!

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