A new farm stand, selling pastured meats and mostly local produce, has opened in Chevy Chase. The market, at Euclid Avenue and High Street, in a small parking lot next to Corner Wines, was the idea of Bourbon n' Toulouse owners Kevin Heathcoat and Will Pieratt, who wanted to bring the amenity to the neighborhood.
Last Sunday, the market debuted and was overwhelmed with customers.
"They showed up before we even got the tables set up," said Chris Caldwell, owner of Soaring Oak Farm in Burgin, which is supplying the fruits and vegetables.
"I felt like there was going to be a good response, but that was a little overwhelming. ... I'm happy to be overwhelmed."
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Caldwell and his wife, Abby, grow mostly organic vegetables and fruit on their seven-acre farm outside Harrodsburg. They've been farming for only two years, so they plan to supplement the market offerings with locally sourced produce from other organic farmers.
This Sunday, they plan to bring Mountain Rose potatoes, yellow squash, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, blueberries, red Russian kale, flamingo chard, tri-color romaine salad mix, green onions, Genovese basil, dill, parsley, Italian oregano, cilantro and sage. Chris Caldwell said they also will have Georgia peaches.
"Farmer Joe" Weber of Salvisa is providing the pastured meats. Weber, who took over running the family farm two years ago, raises cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens, turkeys and ducks.
Heathcoat said they approached Weber because they had bought meat from him for their restaurant. Last winter, they asked whether he would be interested in putting together a farm market for Chevy Chase.
"We all thought it would be successful and something nice to add to the neighborhood, and it was successful beyond our wildest dreams," Heathcoat said. "I think we'd love to see more vendors come in and provide more farmers an opportunity to sell their goods and make some money."
Weber will have organic lamb, pastured beef, pork, chicken and duck, and eggs on Sunday when the market returns.
Weber said he and his girlfriend, Ashley Grigsby, who helps out with the stand, were surprised at the turnout last weekend.
"It looks like it's going to be promising, and we're going to try to scale it to meet demand," Weber said.
The market is open Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or until produce runs out.
Bill Farmer of Farmer's Jewelry, who suggested the lot for the market, said he brought his mother to the market Sunday.
"I think they were sold out by 11, except for some radishes," Farmer said.
The vendors plan to stay small this summer and will gauge the customer base with an eye to moving to a larger spot in the area.
"We are about as happy as we can be with the location, the area and the local support from everyone we've met so far," Weber said. "I don't know if it will grow this year, but we definitely can see the potential."