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Day 325: Fresh EATS for Thanksgiving: SPECIAL Bethesda Central Farm Market

BCFM on Bethesda Lane

This Wednesday, November 23rd from 10:00 AM – 2 :00 PM the Bethesda Central Farm Market will hold a SPECIAL THANKSGIVING MARKET on Bethesda Lane!  What a wonderful place to pick up some last-minute fresh additions to your big meal.

The market is located on Bethesda Lane between Elm Street and Bethesda Ave.  The whole area is decorated for the holidays and even the most ardent Scrooge can’t help but feel a tinge of the holiday spirit walking past it’s lavishly decorated boughs of holly.

Fresh Bread! Yum!

The special market on Wednesday will feature vendors offering salamis, organic beef jerky, sausage for your stuffing, dressings for your salads, honey-sweetened cranberry-orange relish, fresh breads and of course pies!  The vendor Wollam Gardens will also offer beautiful pumpkin centerpieces and bouquets many around $30.

If you’re like me and often wait until the last minute to buy for the big day, the Bethesda Central Farm Market on Wednesday just might save your turkey butt!  Let’s get into the holiday spirit and support our local farmers.    ~Amy

Day 132: Bethesda Central Farm Market on Bethesda Lane

Bethesda Central Market

I was walking past Bethesda Lane yesterday when I spotted the Bethesda Central Farm Market.  This is a small market (three or four vendors) setup on the Bethesda Avenue side of the Bethesda Lane.  The vendors had a selection of bread, produce, baked goods, salami and sausage available. I of course gravitated to the home-baked chocolate cookies.  They were quite tasty and very large and are rumored to have five cookies per zip lock bag but somehow only three of the cookies made it home. 🙂

Rudy of Cat's Paw Organic Farm

I struck up a conversation with one of the vendors named Rudy Medicus.  I noticed the sign for his business said “Cat’s Paw Organic Farm.”  Intrigued I asked him about the name of the farm and nature of his “organic” operation.  He told me that the name came about because a mountain lion was a frequent visitor to the farm which is located in Union Bridge, MD, just west of Westminster, MD.  That’s right folks –a mountain lion!

Turns out our farmer is a Harvard trained Ph.D and when I asked him about the organic nature of his farm he replied, “I was farming organically before I even knew what “organic farming” meant.  He and his wife Judy’s farm is a Certified Organic Producer of vegetables and herbs by the Maryland Department of Agriculture.  Rudy is about to publish a book called “The Organic Way of Life.”  He is in the process of choosing a book publisher and when he does I hope to give pass along some tips in our blog.

Amazing Strawberries

Organic can mean a lot of things to different people but the U.S. Department of Agriculture has defined the term from a legal perspective and governs its use as it relates to food production and distribution.  Here’s what Maryland’s Department of Agriculture has to say about the term “Organic.”

Fresh Vegetables

Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled “organic,” a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too. Organic certification means anyone who produces, processes or handles organic agricultural products must be certified by a USDA-accredited certifier in order to sell, label or represent their products as “organic.” Organic certification is not a guaranty of quality or purity of the product. Rather, it is evidence of the operation’s adherence to a prescribed system of agriculture and food production.

Awesome baked goods!

The Bethesda Central Market is open on Bethesda Lane on Thursday with new hours from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  You can also find The Bethesda Central Market on Elm street,  in the parking lot near the Regal movie theater between Woodmont and Wisconsin Avenue, on Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Stop by and tell Rudy that Brian said “hi” and the chocolate cookies were delicious! ~Brian

Day 96: Bethesda Central Farm Market Opens Sunday!

All things fresh from the farm

Although our weather can’t seem to make up its mind lately about whether spring has arrived or not, one sure sign is the re-opening of our local farm markets.  For the third year in a row, Bethesda Central Farm Market will set up shop downtown, beginning this coming Sunday, April 10th.  The market will be open from 9 AM – 1 PM on Elm street between Wisconsin and Woodmont Ave.  There is also a smaller market held on Thursdays on Bethesda Lane from 11-3 that includes produce, bread, sausage and salami, olive oils.

The founders of the Bethesda Central Farm Market, with their extensive & impressive resume of foodie experience, are people who seem to have devoted their careers and their lives to improving their communities and to promoting the availability of healthy, organic foods to all.  Mitchell (Mitch) Berliner and Ann Brody Cove are both actively involved in philanthropic endeavors and play an active role in promoting many charitable and civic organizations.  They even accomplish this with the Farm Market by supporting organizations that help feed the hungry such as Manna Food Center, and that promote environmental sustainability such as Bethesda Green.

However in addition to all the “good works” for the community, their farmers and vendors of the market are selected so that it offers only the best of the best of produce, meat, seafood, poultry, flowers, cheese, baked & prepared goods and specialty items.  The market provides wholesome, organic locally grown food that’s responsibly offered through a convenient venue.  Most importantly, it’s easily accessible to the consumer.

Mitch and Ann state on their website, “We believe we have created a wonderful shopping and gathering experience for the community by bringing together an amazing group of farmers and producers. Our goal is to grow into a pivotal place in the neighborhood that provides sustainable food, supports the environment, and gives back to the community by helping the hungry.”

The Bethesda Central Farm Market also offers a terrific kid’s club beginning May 1st from 10 AM – 12 PM.  The club offers kids ages 4-11 the opportunity to participate in creating art and other interesting activities while learning about healthy living and eating.  On May 1st, the kids will make a flower pot recipe card holder – an ideal gift for Mother’s Day.  Other planned activities in coming weeks include a kite day, make-a-chef’s-hat day (ideal for Father’s Day), make your own ice cream and more.  The complete calendar as well as registration is posted on the website.

So mark your calendar for this Sunday – or any other Sunday this spring and summer – to visit the Bethesda Central Farm Market.  It’s good for you and good for the community, and you might just have an old-fashioned good time too.  ~Amy

Day 96: Bethesda Central Farm Market Opens Sunday!

All things fresh from the farm

Although our weather can’t seem to make up its mind lately about whether spring has arrived or not, one sure sign is the re-opening of our local farm markets.  For the third year in a row, Bethesda Central Farm Market will set up shop downtown, beginning this coming Sunday, April 10th.  The market will be open from 9 AM – 1 PM on Elm street between Wisconsin and Woodmont Ave.  There is also a smaller market held on Thursdays on Bethesda Lane from 11-3 that includes produce, bread, sausage and salami, olive oils.

The founders of the Bethesda Central Farm Market, with their extensive & impressive resume of foodie experience, are people who seem to have devoted their careers and their lives to improving their communities and to promoting the availability of healthy, organic foods to all.  Mitchell (Mitch) Berliner and Ann Brody Cove are both actively involved in philanthropic endeavors and play an active role in promoting many charitable and civic organizations.  They even accomplish this with the Farm Market by supporting organizations that help feed the hungry such as Manna Food Center, and that promote environmental sustainability such as Bethesda Green.

However in addition to all the “good works” for the community, their farmers and vendors of the market are selected so that it offers only the best of the best of produce, meat, seafood, poultry, flowers, cheese, baked & prepared goods and specialty items.  The market provides wholesome, organic locally grown food that’s responsibly offered through a convenient venue.  Most importantly, it’s easily accessible to the consumer.

Mitch and Ann state on their website, “We believe we have created a wonderful shopping and gathering experience for the community by bringing together an amazing group of farmers and producers. Our goal is to grow into a pivotal place in the neighborhood that provides sustainable food, supports the environment, and gives back to the community by helping the hungry.”

The Bethesda Central Farm Market also offers a terrific kid’s club beginning May 1st from 10 AM – 12 PM.  The club offers kids ages 4-11 the opportunity to participate in creating art and other interesting activities while learning about healthy living and eating.  On May 1st, the kids will make a flower pot recipe card holder – an ideal gift for Mother’s Day.  Other planned activities in coming weeks include a kite day, make-a-chef’s-hat day (ideal for Father’s Day), make your own ice cream and more.  The complete calendar as well as registration is posted on the website.

So mark your calendar for this Sunday – or any other Sunday this spring and summer – to visit the Bethesda Central Farm Market.  It’s good for you and good for the community, and you might just have an old-fashioned good time too.  ~Amy