It's that time! The early summer farmers market features berries and greens like you won't find later on (of course, later on has its own wonders, like peaches and cantaloupe and cherries). This Saturday we found local black raspberries and tasty sweet strawberries, along with some white cherries, tart cherries for pie and sweet cherries for eating.
We also discovered a new spring treat on Saturday (grown organically at Quarter Branch Farm
): pea sprouts, the sweet crunchy tendrils harvested from spring/early summer pea plants. At the family-run CY & L Gardens
, we got some pickling cukes and spring onions, and they have a variety of lettuce and greens too. This was CY & L's first week at the Farmers Market and we're glad they're there, especially since they photograph so well.
It's also nice to run into friends at the Saturday morning farmers market. This is Charlie and her owner Joe, whose big bunch of fennel is destined for a dish of Merguez Sausage with Fennel and Couscous, which I'm looking forward to trying also. You'll have to contact chef Joe Jordan if you want the recipe. Charlie looks like she's more interested in checking out the good smells coming from the smoking pasture-raised beef and sausage at the other end of the market.
The Saturday morning Rockville Farmers Market
is open from 9am to 1pm every Saturday from May 11 through Nov. 23 at the corner of Monroe & Jefferson St, and the Wednesday afternoon Rockville Farmers Market is open Wednesdays 11am to 2pm, from June 5 to Sept 25 on East Montgomery Ave in front of Regal Cinema.