As many of you now know, Bethesda Central Winter Farmers Market is open every Sunday throughout the winter from 10am-1pm. While our winter farmers market is the biggest one in the area, winter farmers markets are popping up around the country! We love to bring you the freshest food year-round, and over 30 vendors will be at our market each Sunday with the best local produce, specialty meats, dairy, baked goods and more all winter.
Our farmers play a huge role in keeping our market open during the winter. Our own farmers are now growing in hoop houses and eco-friendly greenhouses, expanding their growing season and the varieties of food they can produce all year. Twin Springs Fruit Farm’s greenhouse is up and running, and Cottingham Farms has indoor hoops set up to grow winter crops. We have farmers that are growing cherry tomatoes, some varieties of lettuce like Red Oak Leaf Lettuce and even Arugula! There have even been some green beans and cucumbers popping up this winter.
We know that winter means COLD…but we have delicious foods and natural products to keep you warm like Zeke’s Coffee, and colorful wool hats & scarves from Kiparoo farms. We have great meats to make hearty stews and soups and an abundance of winter vegetables. Here are some of the wonderful, healthy vegetables that are available at the market now to use in your favorite recipes. Don’t forget that you can find great recipes on our Pinterest boards all year-long – we follow the seasons for you! Bon Appetit and here’s what’s at the market now…
- Multi-colored Carrots: Did you know that red, white and blue carrots exist? Bending Bridge Farm has patriotic carrots for you – they look great and taste even better. 100% natural and organic!
Rutabaga: Not sure what to do with rutabaga? Try roasting chunks of it, and top it with sweet & sour dressing. You can get rutabaga from Two Acre Farm.
Beets: Cottingham Farms, Bending Bridge Farm, and Two Acre Farm have plenty of these root vegetables.
Apples: Toigo Orchards and Twin Springs Fruit Farm have tons of apples for you!
Pears: Toigo Orchards has gorgeous Asian pears, and Twin Spring Fruit Farm has tasty Bosc pears.
Winter Squash: Bending Bridge Farm, Two Acre Farm, and Twin Springs Fruit Farm all have a variety of Winter Squash.
Two Acre Farm also has gorgeous mushrooms and cabbage. Try this recipe that combines the two.