Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food

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A foodie vacation is never complete without a trip to the farmers’ market, and there are 11 markets throughout the Chesapeake Bay region, Fresh Farm Markets.

We went to the one across from the White House where you can find fresh fruits and vegetables, baked good, pasture-raised meats, artisan cheeses, empanadas, cut flowers, preserves and more.


St. Regis Washington

Later that evening, in keeping with the theme of eating fresh and local, we went to the swanky Adour at the St Regis Washington, ranked #5 best restaurant in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area by The Washingtonian Magazine in January ’11.

There we had a five-course meal from the vegetarian tasting menu using the produce from the market.

Shooting at night with artificial light is not how you want to photograph food, so keeping that in mind, here is a peek at a few of the dishes we had.

Chilled Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho with Compressed Watermelon – This was probably the best gazpacho I’ve ever had.

The Rainbow Beet Salad with Goat Cheese Cream and Candies Walnuts was as delicious as it looked.

And the Parsley Risotto with Mushrooms… amazing!

How I wish I had some of these macarons here with me now!

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25 comments

  1. We are lucky in Vermont to have so many restaurants that are committed to using local foods, first. It really is such a treat!

  2. Great article!

  3. Thanks Melissa!

  4. Gina,
    I live in the DC area. Next time you visit, let us know so we can fill you in on the local spots. Plus to meet up and thank you in person for all your wonderful recipes.
    Melissa

  5. I love my local farmers market! Great photos! and the food… oh my!