Morning After: Farmers Market 75th Anniversary Celebration

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The Taste of Farmers Market food event last night promised to be good before I even stepped inside. How could it not? Clutching my plastic plate and cutlery, I walked through the passageway (flanked by a large 7 and 5) and was greeted by the familiar stalls decorated with balloons, some strolling musicians, and the satisfying smell of too many cuisines in one small space. There is no better way to celebrate any anniversary—let alone 75 years of culinary history at 3rd and Fairfax—than with good food, and lots of it. Vendors served generous “tastes” of their signature dishes; standouts included Moishe’s taboule salad and falafel (two! And drizzled with tahini), sliders from Huntington Meats (courtesy of Nancy Silverton), corn bread from the Gumbo Pot, and La Korea’s beef short ribs with a tangy Korean slaw. T-Shop’s strawberry iced tea—very sweet, but refreshing—served as a pseudo palate-cleanser between each mouthful.

After sampling all the food—sometimes twice—I made the rounds to each and every dessert vendor, collecting Breadworks’ brownies, English toffee from Littlejohn’s, a walnut pastry from T & Y Bakery, nutella crepes from French Crepe Co, and best of all – French toast from Charlie’s Coffee Shop. The toast was crispy on the outside, dusted with powdered sugar, and served alongside a small cup of rich maple syrup, which accidentally spilled over my other desserts. (Note: NOT a problem.)

Celebrations are continuing throughout the week. Check back here and the Farmer’s Market Web site for more info.