Saturday, January 21, 2012

Store Review: Smucker Farms (& Lunch)

One of the movements DC has been heading towards is the inclusion of more farmers markets, more organic food, and more farm-to-table shopping options.  The latest one of these is a place called Smucker Farms.  It's a store that is stocked with products from Lancaster County in Pennsylvania.

From their website:

Smucker Farms makes a direct connection between the producers of food and products in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and consumers in Washington, DC. We focus on small farmers and producers, stocking our shelves with the best that Southeast Pennsylvania has to offer. Many of the small farmers in Lancaster, who are primarily Amish and Mennonite, have distanced themselves from the corporate food chain and are, instead, focusing on high quality artisan food and products.

So along with my friend Melissa, we went out to check out the store.

It's on 14th Street NW, which is an area near me that has just exploded with awesomeness.  Some of the best restaurants, stores, bars....they can be found between Logan Circle and Columbia Heights on 14th Street.

Inside, it's relatively small but well organized.  The highlight, to me, is their wealth of sauces, jams, and preserves.

I picked up some blackberry preserve with lemon and thyme.  I'll let you know how it works out.  But the combinations they had were fantastic.  And they had things I had never seen, like marinated asparagus?  Yes, I will try some point.

They also had cheese, meats, a bit of produce (although more to come, when in season, and they offer a 25-week CSA for $590).  I picked up some cheese, lettuce, onions, eggs and bread.  They even had quail eggs!  Need to find a recipe for them so I can include those cute little eggs somehow.  Some of the meat was priced much much higher than other markets, like Eastern Market, so I stayed away.  Looked great, but just couldn't pay that much.

The back room smelled wonderful due to the soaps and candles.  I'll have to go back to get some.

So with some of our provisions, I decided to go to Yes! Organic Market and pick up some deli meat and tomatoes and makes some delicious sandwiches with the groceries.

The sandwiches turned out pretty great.  Just what you see above and some cracked black pepper and a mix of stone ground mustard with light mayo.  It just had a great fresh taste.

Oh and the cider you see?  Delicious.

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