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Late Nite Adobo

Typing out thoughts on a website… when the cravings hit you in the late nite…

by Tondagossa

 

9701 Fort Meade Rd
Laurel, MD 20707-4405

Thurs – 9am-6pm
Fri – 9am-8pm
Sat – 8am-3pm

Located Northeast from the District of Columbia, the Dutch Country Farmers Market is a sort of hidden treasure.  It may not seem like it to those who live in the vicinity of the market.  But for those of us who have to drive nearly an hour to find anything like it, this market is really something special.  We have a better chance of finding an inner city Hogwarts in my area.  The limited hours of operation just add to the novelty of the market.

You may be wondering, “What else makes it so special, besides its location and hours?”  Hypothetically if you were to ask that question, I would have to bring up its most important trait: everything you find here is basically made by the very hands of the people you see there – organic, farm-raised, not overly-processed foods.  Okay, okay… so you pay a bit of a premium for it.  But it is really nice to treat yourself to some fresh, high-quality natural food – most of which you will not find anywhere else – every once in a while.

There you’ll find plenty of well-kept, clean space to roam around in, large isles, bright lighting and wonderful smells hitting you from several directions.  It’s not as large as your typical supermarket, but there’s so much there.  They have many varieties of cheese, vegetables, various cuts of beef, poultry and pork (thick-cut bacon!), pastries, and even candies just to name a few things.  Not only that, but you’ll also find fully prepared snacks and meals being sold in a few booths.

Believe it or not, out of all the things I really wanted, I came away with just a little snack.  My friend mentioned there was some kind of pretzel log that he was curious about, but never tried, last time he was there.  These logs are handmade pretzels, wrapped around different fillings, sprinkled with rock salt.  You can even choose to get them without a filling if you want.  I opted for the “sausage and cheese” pretzel log – buttery, salty, spicy, cheesy – a bit of a crisp to the outside and moist in the middle.  What can I tell you?  It was just good – like delicious fair vendor grub.  I’m willing to bet it’s perfect with beer.  And you get to see them making the next batch, which is pretty cool.

So are there any drawbacks to this unique farmers market?  Aside from the limited hours and the slight premium you pay for the quality of the products, parking can be a difficult at times and it can get crowded inside, with long lines to boot.  We arrived during the last hour of operation this past Saturday, so it really wasn’t crowded.  Is it worth the hassle?  If you’re from the DC/VA/MD area, I believe it’s worth checking out at least once.  If you’re in the Laurel area, you owe it to yourself to visit occasionally – treat yourself to some real wholesome food.

Are there any unique places you like to pick up some, or even all of your groceries?  Any special markets in your area?

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