There’s nothing like spring in DC – not only are flowers in full bloom, but farmers markets seemingly appear out of nowhere.
Now is the time to cook up some of the freshest seasonal – strawberries, radishes, apricots, and other super fresh fruits and veggies. Head to one of over 170 farmers markets around DC, and check out our links to tasty recipes for each one of our favorites below so you can buy and cook local in DC:
Twin Springs Maret School Market (3000 Cathedral Ave. NW)
Open May-Christmas, Saturdays: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Glover Park-Burleith Farmers Market (Wisconsin Ave. and 34th St.)
Open May 10-Nov. 22, Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Palisades Farmers Market (48th Pl. NW and MacArthur Blvd.)
Open year-round, Sundays: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sick of getting sick? Winter may be past, but you can still get a cold somehow (and there are few things more miserable). Strawberries can help. They’re full of antioxidants and plenty of Vitamin C to boost immunity. Forget those “just-add-water” fizzy powders. This real fruit’s where it’s at.
For a tasty twist on much-loved strawberry shortcake, try this recipe for tangy lemon pound cake with refreshing mint, ripe berries, and cream.
Not sure you like the peppery bite of a radish? Perhaps the health benefits will win you over – radishes have a combination of minerals, fiber, and nutrients that help ward off cancer. You don’t have to just slice them into your salad, either. Try this recipe for a thai beef and radish salad that will satisfy but won’t leave you over-full.
In addition to a long, long list of antioxidants, apricots are believed to help protect your eyes from the effects of age. They won’t give you x-ray vision, but they will taste absolutely delicious in almost anything. This delicious-looking recipe for brown butter apricots with brioche and ice cream only takes 30 minutes to make. (Now that’s a win-win.)
You might have had these at your favorite Mediterranean restaurant – they’re brimming with fiber and protein – a winning combo for those of us trying to slim down without feeling constantly hungry. Not a bean fan? If you enjoy hummus, you can make a fava bean dip that rivals any chickpea concoction.
The best part of springtime fresh market finds? The cooking part. With a luxurious kitchen like yours (and tools like these), you’ll notice things are a lot easier than you thought they would be. And if you don’t, and things don’t quite turn out – luckily for you, you’re in a neighborhood with some great restaurants. Contact us today to become a part of the Cathedral Community!
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