Farmers markets aren't just for produce anymore. You can walk around nibbling to your heart's content. Cookie, anyone?
In years past, I would brave the cold to find a handful of vendors at the Dupont Circle market and even fewer customers. Something has definitely happened. These days, no matter the temperature, no matter if a viscious wind is trying to take a nip out of your ears, the market is packed. Here's the line in front of one of the vegetable vendors.
The problem isn't a lack of vendors any more. It's waiting in line to buy your groceries. And some of the vendors are especially popular. Here's the line of people waiting to buy fresh yogurt.
And here's the line of people waiting to purchase bread and pastries.
There are also more "value-added" products than ever, it seems. Here's a whole variety of apple sauces and preserves. Five dollars buys you a quart jar.
One farmer was even selling canned peaches. Come to think of it, canned peaches are really good, if memory serves. What a genius idea, like a blast from the past.
One of the weekly displays is the goat cheese lineup offered for tasting. Here's one slathered with peach-jalapeno jam.
This vodka sauce at another stand was awfully good. Big plates of bread were set out for dipping.
You can always count on the mushroom lady to put out a great display. This reminds me that I must arrange a visit. I'd like to see how she grows all these beautiful fungi.