2013 Columbia Pike Farmers Market Participating Vendors
Bonaparte Breads – Savage, MD
Bonaparte Breads specializes in traditional 17th Century French breads, desserts and pastries. Owner Pierre Lefilliatre has established a reputation for turning out high-quality baked goods at his two locations, one in the Historic Savage Mill Center, and a second cafe in Fells Point, MD. Lefilliatre’s baguettes are based on a old-style recipe that produces a thinner, crustier baguette and requires the use of Poolish, which doesn’t ferment as long as most starters. This means the acids found in most sourdough starters are nonexistent in his. All of Bonaparte Breads products sold at market are produced the night before.
Creekside Produce – Berkley Springs, WV
Green Glades Creamery – Terra Alta, WV – NEW!!!
Ben Walsh and his wife, Callee, have been selling cheese made from the milk of their 60 to 70 Jersey cows since June 2011. The couple chose to raise Jersey cows because the smaller, easier-to-handle cattle require less land and water to raise and leave a smaller carbon footprint. Their milk has a quality different from that of other breeds. Green Glades Creamery won two medals at the World Jersey Cheese Awards this past fall. Their cheese selection includes fresh mozzarella, cheddar, cheddar curds, havarti, creamery feta, feta with kalamata olives and farmstead spreadble cheese.
Grace’s Pastries – Herndon, VA
Grace Kumah Banahene started Grace’s Pastries of Herndon, Virginia in 1987. Her cozy shop offers delicious bakery items, as well as gourmet foods. Grace also sells her featured breads, cookies and other fine baked goods at farmers markets and festivals throughout the northern Virginia and D.C. area. www.graces-pastries.com
Interlaken Soak Company – Arlington, VA
Interlaken Soak Company is based in Arlington, VA. Owned and operated by Amy Fromm, it all started with her love of a good “soak” and an article on how to make homemade bath salts. What started as a hobby quickly became an obsession turned business venture. All products are hand-crafted with love by Amy and tested on friends and family – never animals. Our products are created using truly natural and often organic ingredients. Whether it’s a soak, scrub, powder, butter, etc., there are no synthetic dyes or fragrances and even our preservatives come from nature. www.interlakensoakco.com
Maple Avenue Market Farm – Great Falls, VA – NEW!!!
No. 1 Sons – Arlington, VA - NEW!!!
The Number 1 Sons makes delicious barrel fermented foods the traditional way. Our kimchis, krauts and pickles are simply vegetables, spices and salt. We cast a wide net for culinary inspiration and try to use local cukes and other produce when seasonally possible. Our pickle factory is 5 minutes from the Columbia Pike farmers market. Come by our stand and crunch on some pickles with us.
Penn Farm – Colonial Beach, VA
Penn Farm is a family-owned and run farm located in Colonial Beach, Virginia. Dora Beltran, the manager of Penn Farm, and her children, ranging from 5- to 18-years-old, all work on the farm and attend multiple farmers’ markets to sell their produce. “Our produce comes in two weeks earlier than other vendors because we are farther south.” This is what benefits and differentiates Penn Farm from other vendors in the area. She is thankful for all the opportunities that each market offers and how so many residents support buying local.
Salsa las Glorias – The Plains, VA – Bio. pending
Smith Meadows All Natural Meats & Eggs – Berryville, VA
Smith Meadows, an eighth generation family farm, has been home to farm animals of all types. In 1989, the family realized that raising grain-finished animals (raised in confinement feed lots and given antibiotics and growth hormones) was not a healthy product. Smith Meadows Meats takes great pride in its mission to create a healthy farm environment, thereby producing healthy and contented animals. Their cattle, pigs, lamb and chickens are regularly rotated to a fresh paddock of grass, and all of their animals are handled humanely from the day they are born (they are never fed animal by-products or given growth hormones, antibiotics or commercial dewormers and their pastures are not chemically fertilized or treated with pesticides and herbicides). The result is a beautiful, healthy farm with animals in their natural environment. The Smithfield Farm Bed and Breakfast, near Berryville, VA, welcomes guests to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley. Nancy Pritchard makes fresh pasta each week for local farmers’ markets. The fresh egg dough is made from organic oat, semolina and unbleached white flour and Smith Meadows free range eggs. Most of the produce and cheeses used to make Smith Meadows’ flat noodles and ravioli are from local farmers’ markets. www.smithmeadows.com
Spring Gap Mountain Creamery – Paw Paw, WV – NEW!!!
Penelope Sagawa and Jurgen Schelzig started Spring Gap Mountain Creamery on a 32-acre farm in Paw Paw, West Virginia in 2009. What was originally planned as a weekend getaway from DC office jobs turned into a business and a new life as cheesemakers and farmers. After spending a year building the cheese house and obtaining all the required permits, licenses and certifications, they began making raw (unpasteurized) cow’s milk cheeses in April 2010 using milk from pasture-raised Jersey cows. Spring Gap Mountain Creamery currently makes four cheeses: West Virginia Blue, Jersey Gold (gouda), Shenandoah Sunrise (tomme) and Sophie’s Select (cheddar). A fifth cheese, Farmhouse Feta, will be available this summer.
TeaCo, LLC – Arlington, VA
TeaCo LLC was formed in 2006 to enrich people’s lives through the experience of fine tea – a life of health, balance and well-being. Going into 2011, we are continuing this mission by offering customers high quality, Organic Loose Leaf Teas at various special events and farmers markets in the Washington DC Metro Area. We also partner with other local businesses to promote health and wellness through tea. We look forward to serving you! Cheers to Health & Tea! www.tea-co.com
Toigo Orchards – Shippensburg, PA
The Toigo’s 450-acre farm in Shippensburg, PA, has been farmed since 1790. When the Toigo family acquired the farm in 1972, they converted the existing grain fields to orchards and vegetable production. The long process of conversion is finally complete, and the land now supports a spectacular array of fruits and vegetables, as well as hydroponic production of tomatoes. ‘Customers enjoy the intimate relationship they are able to have with the actual grower, through which they gain a better understanding of the connection between themselves and the surrounding farmland,’ says Mark Toigo. The farm products, which are picked within 24 hours before they reach market, are as fresh as is possible. The farmers’ markets are enjoyable for Mark, who has developed many longtime friendships during his years of participating in them. ‘It’s a great thing,’ he says. ‘There really is no other way to purchase your farm products nor sell them.’ www.toigoorchards.com
Twin Springs Fruit Farm – Orrtana, PA
Twin Springs Fruit Farm is set on the south western edge of Adams County, Pennsylvania where we own some of the best fruit ground in the world. The farm is located on beautiful rolling hills, which are essential to prime fruit ground, as the air and water drainage are needed to assure a good crop and to help prevent spring frost damage. The soil, Highfield silt loam, is the product of glaciers grinding down the mountains thousands of years ago, releasing trace minerals which are then available to all of our crops. Trace minerals are what give our fruits and vegetables the extraordinarily high quality and flavor our long term customers have come to appreciate.
The original 22 acres were purchased in 1979, and an additional 50 acres were bought from the Adams County Winery a couple of years later. Around this time we started attending our first farmers’ markets in the D.C. area. It was a matter of survival, having lots of costs and debts; we couldn’t afford to do the same old business model of growing apples for factory use.
We took note of the appreciation of our customers and the returns which we received from retail rather than wholesale marketing; and the rest is history. Twin Springs now attends 15 markets a week. We learned early on to listen to the customer and to grow what they wanted. www.twinspringsfruitfarm.com
Union Street Soapworks
A few years ago, a boy and his soap were reunited for the first time since high school chemistry. No, we don’t mean that he had a decade-long hygiene problem — a quest for a creative vent sparked a distant memory of being the only kid in class whose bar of soap actually floated. Years later, he decided to give his master soap making skills another try. A few failed experiments, several mediocre attempts, and a handful of squeaky-clean relatives later, the soaper got his groove back. In 2006 Union Street Soapworks made its first appearance at the Old Monterey Farmers Market in California, and the rest is history. Our soaps are made in small batches and each recipe is designed with your needs in mind. We’re always open to fresh concepts and ideas—-if you don’t see what you’re looking for, let us know and we’ll make it for you! And as always, our products are never tested on animals—-just relatives! www.unionstreetsoap.com
Westmoreland Produce – Montross, VA
Westmoreland Produce was established in 1988 in Leedstown, VA by Arnulfo Medina and his wife, Rosalinda. They started out farming on 4 acres of leased land using only hand tools, growing small amounts of vegetables. 23 years later, Westmoreland Produce has a 38 acre farm located at 1545 Ebenezer Church Rd. in Hague, VA, with all types of machinery and an irrigation system for the entire farm. In addition to raising produce, the Medinas have had 4 children – Cristina, Arnulfo, Jr., Ester and Anjelica – all of whom were raised in the fields. To this day, Westmoreland Produce is managed only by family members. They grow and harvest all kinds of produce which include all types of tomatoes, Heirlooms and cherry tomatoes, strawberries, sweet corn , cantaloupes, watermelons, as well as beautiful healthy bedding plants, potted herbs, and cut flowers. www.westmorelandproduce.com
Zelda’s NoVa Soul Food – Alexandria, VA
DC native Soul Chef Zelda Wallace founded Zelda’s NoVa Soul in 2010 after a lifetime love affair with creating, preparing and sharing delicious soul food dishes. After more than 20 years on Capitol Hill covering politics as a broadcast news producer, Wallace turned in her microphone for an apron and created Zelda’s NoVa Soul with Sous Chef Lorraine “Mama Z” Bentley by her side. Chef Wallace takes “eating locally” to a whole new level by sourcing the ingredients for her wildly popular and soulful salads from her fellow farmers’ market vendors. “Making delicious food, that people love, from the products of local farmers is my passion,” said Soul Chef Zelda Wallace, “I bring my heart and soul to every dish I create and every batch we make. We flavor our dishes with love, creativity, and a whole lot of soul. We’re thrilled to be sharing the love with Washington and the area farmers who make these markets what they are.”