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Farm-Fresh Goodies Featured Every Tuesday

Crisp produce from one of the many farms represented at the weekly NIH Farmer's Market.

Photos and story: Caroline Northrop

Every Tuesday afternoon from 2 to 6, representatives from a number of Maryland farms gather to sell their produce at the NIH Farmer's Market near parking lot 41B, behind the National Library of Medicine. Farmers from Brookville to Laurel assemble their tables boasting a plethora of fresh fruits and vegetables in the shade beneath a grove of sycamores. On display one can find anything from tomatoes and peaches to such produce as basil and spinach. The range of items has grown in the past few years to include flowers and baked goods as well. Former NIH employee Roger Cole sells orchids from his nursery in Laurel; Terry Fawley offers fresh fruit pies along with her fruits and veggies. This is Fawley's fourth year participating in the farmer's market, selling fresh goods from Beaver Tree Nursery in Ijamsville, a chemical-free establishment. Renee Spates, a self-proclaimed pioneer of the market, has been selling her Poolesville produce since the market got started about 20 years ago. The farmers grow everything themselves, save for a few who buy their fruit from other farms. The market, sponsored by the Montgomery County Farmer's Market Association, is open through Oct. 27.

Terry Fawley helps a customer decide what's best amid the fruits and veggies of Beaver Tree Nursery.

Business is brisk at a table loaded with fresh fruit. Even if you don't buy anything, a trip to the market is a pleasure to the senses. The market's shady site is a welcome destination on a hot summer day.

Joan Riser, a certified organic grower, stands proudly behind her array of fresh produce from Avian Mead farm.

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