Farmers markets for Thanksgiving

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Squash: a great local food for Thanksgiving. Photo by me.

This is a cross-post from my Examiner.com page. Hope it’s helpful!

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Several area farmers markets have announced they will close out the season this weekend, meaning it’s the last chance to stock up for Thanksgiving and for the year. Others will have special opportunities to fill your holiday table.

Saturday grand finales

From FreshFarm Markets (see their market information pages for exact locations and times):

  • H Street FreshFarm Market (DC)
  • Harbor East FreshFamer Market (Baltimore)

From Markets and More:

  • The 14th and U Farmers market (DC). Stop by this market to both give and receive—14th and U is providing free hot cider, and collecting donations of vegetables for Martha’s Table to make winter soups for people who are homeless.

Note that the Silver Spring FreshFarm Market will march on, but in a different location. Saturday, November 21 is the Silver Spring Thanksgiving Day Parade, so the market will move to “Gateway Plaza” at the corner of Colesville Road and Georgia Avenue, in the parking lot in front of Panera Bread.

Sunday grand finales

  • Annapolis FreshFarm Market (see their market information page for exact location and time)
  • Bloomingdale FreshFarm Market (DC)

Thanksgiving market in Cheverly

The Cheverly Community Market has new hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and offers:

  • Treats: Wines from renowned Maryland vineyards, Maryland Cheese, Handcrafted “Chocolaterra”  confections from Baltimore,  Virgina Diner Peanuts and holiday plants from Cheverly Boy Scout Troup 257,  not to forget, your favorites from Cookies 2 Cocktails, Martha’s Jams, Cheverly Breadbasket, and ChevBrew.
  • Staples: Seasonal fruits and vegetables – apples, cabbage kale, sweet potatoes, winter squash, onions, potatoes. Last chance to this year to stop by Schagel Farms and Benny’s Fruit Stand.
  • Bounty for your home or guests: Pax River Alpacas,  Mystic Water Soap, Rose Fennell Pottery, Profusions of Glass, Willow Oak Flower and Herb Farm, and wearable art and cards from Cheverly Artist Diana Ndiaye.

You can still put in an order for a turkey, or get a head start on signing up for a Christmas tree.

For more information, visit the Cheverly Community Market website.

Looking ahead to the week, the Foggy Bottom FreshFarm Market in downtown D.C. will be open during its regular Wednesday slot–a perfect opportunity for picking up those last Thanksgiving items. That day, November 25, will mark the end of its season.

If you can’t make it to these markets, don’t worry. There are several year-round markets in the area.

Know of another market ending this weekend? Got Thanksgiving shopping tips for locavores? Leave a comment!

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