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Straight Talk About Salmon

  • July 17, 2019

Salmon Market River Falls PotomacYou’re wondering what to have for dinner tonight… it’s summer, it’s hot out and you want it to be quick & easy, delicious and of course healthy, right?

You walk over to the seafood case and there amongst the pale whites of most of the fish and the ice, that bright beautiful coral color stands out…SALMON…yes, that looks delicious!

It is widely known that fish is an important source of protein. A low calorie and versatile option that is recommended as part of a healthy diet.

Salmon in particular is rich in heart-healthy omega-3’s and low in saturated fat. The American Heart Association recommends eating at least two 3.5-ounce servings of fatty fish like salmon every week. Even pregnant or breastfeeding women who were once discouraged from consuming too much of this seafood, have received an updated message from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to eat a minimum of two servings a week as well.

As a rule, farmed salmon is the most eco-friendly protein on the planet.

But it’s important to understand what you’re eating as there are distinct differences between farm-raised and wild caught salmon. There are also distinct and critical health differences in the practices of salmon farms.

So, what are those differences?

Wild caught salmon swims freely in its natural environment eating plankton and other animal proteins contributing to its richness in omega-3’s and making it heart healthy for us to eat. Wild salmon are naturally pink because their diet consists largely of krill & shrimp.

Here at The Market, we source our wild salmon from Alaska, Vancouver & the Seattle area during its peak season between May 15th through the end of September.

We work directly with our very own fishing boat Captain at Paradigm Seafood ( https://www.paradigmseafoods.com) who fishes and sends the salmon directly overnight from Alaska to Dulles airport where we pick it up a couple of times per week.

We primarily receive Sockeye salmon, Coho salmon and when supply and luck collide, we receive King Salmon which is the caviar of fish.

Over 90% of the salmon eaten in the US today is farm-raised and globally that number is about 60%.

The two biggest producers of farm-raised salmon are Norway & Chile. While there are salmon farmers using safe practices, the vast majority of farm-raised salmon is not good for you. The fish are fed food made in a lab to help them grow quickly so they can be sold fast and cheap. The pens are densely packed with fish swimming in antibiotics, feces and de-lousing chemicals. And to make them look pretty, they are being injected with dye to give them that rich pink color that consumers have come to expect.

Do you really want to eat that or feed that to your family?

We are fortunate to have partnered with Nora Pouillon, a James Beard award-winning chef, restaurateur, and an organic industry leader in humanely-raised livestock practices who helped found Blue Circle Foods.( https://www.bluecirclefoods.com )

The only farm-raised salmon we carry here at the market year round is sourced through Blue Circle from Norway. Their promise and ours is that there are never antibiotics, never growth hormones, never GMOs, never synthetic pigments, and never mystery sources.

The food we serve to you is the same food we eat ourselves, feed to our children and grand-children!

The Lobster Roll

  • July 6, 2019

Lobster Roll Potomac Market River FallsSummer in Maryland is synonymous with eating crabs. It’s hard to imagine a summer without the fun of this communal tradition…outside, gathered together picking and enjoying a bountiful table full of crabs. We love them boiled or steamed. Not to mention, no Maryland pantry is without at least one can of Old Bay seasoning at all times.

But a little further North, there is another crustacean that rules the tradition of summer eating. The lobster. And more specifically, the “Lobster Roll”.

To clarify, New England consists of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut & Rhode Island and there are three distinct styles of this summer “sandwich”: the Connecticut Lobster Roll (introduced in 1929), the New England Lobster Roll, a.k.a. “Lobster Salad Roll” (introduced in 1965), and the Maine Lobster Roll.

Depending on where you go, menus vary as do opinions regarding this regional delicacy and what makes a “Real” Lobster Roll.

The Maine version, while not the original version, is what the purists refer to when they say lobster roll. First, the roll itself is a New England hot-dog bun. The sides are flat, often buttered on the outside and lightly grilled or toasted, and the split is on the top instead of the side. Second, the lobster meat is served cold and tossed lightly with mayonnaise and is usually a mixture of knuckle, claw & chunks of tail meat.

The “Lobster Salad Roll” is almost identical to the Maine version and many New Englanders do not distinguish between the two. However, this variation will typically have lettuce on the bun and/or celery in the lobster, mayo mix and will still be served cold.

The Connecticut Lobster Roll is lobster meat sautéed with clarified butter and served warm on a more traditional style roll. This was actually the original lobster roll hailing from Milford, CT at a restaurant called Perry’s.

Most all styles are served with French fries, onion rings or potato chips, a side of coleslaw and a pickle.

Of course, like any other classic dish, there are those who want to reinvent the wheel to make it their own. As such, you may find celery salt, paprika, Old Bay, fresh cracked black pepper, parsley, basil, dill, or tarragon in a lobster roll.

So, if you’re tired of crabs (which of course we know is ridiculous) and want to try this classic summer dish from New England, we always have fresh cold-water lobster here in our tank. We are happy to steam them for you and we also sell picked lobster meat by the pound.

No matter which version you decide to make at home, the most important thing is to enjoy the sweet taste of the lobster meat. And while we know that lobster rolls may take a back seat to crabs for many of you, we can guarantee you will love them!

Real Poke Bar of Potomac

  • May 20, 2019

Poke Bar Market Potomac

By now you may have heard the exciting news that we have a Poke Bar. For those of you with young kids, no this is not a Pokestop to catch a Pokemon. 🙂

Are you wondering what exactly is Poke and more importantly, how do you pronounce it?

Poke (pronounced poh-kay) is diced raw fish served either as an appetizer or as a main course and is one of the main dishes of Native Hawaiian cuisine. It originated in Hawaii and is part of the culture there having been adapted along the way to appeal to American tastes. Poke is having a real moment here in the US and for good reason. It’s delicious, fresh, healthy and portable!

The history of Hawaiian poke dates back to pre-colonial, Polynesian times and literally means “to cut crosswise into pieces” as their fresh catch of the day was the foundation of a meal.

In Hawaii, the grocery store’s equivalent to a deli counter is a poke counter, where customers can line up for ahi tuna, marlin, or octopus. We love this idea and wanted to bring a similar experience to our customers.

Our food consultant, Dani Crichton was the brainchild behind this new addition and as soon as she mentioned it, we knew we were going to run with it. Dani is passionate about food and was acutely aware of the poke bars popping up all over DC and increasingly spreading into Montgomery County. She expressed that the “poke formula is fairly simple but requires a careful attention to detail and the freshest possible ingredients. In my mind, there was no business better poised to deliver on this freshness guarantee than The Market. Potomac residents, and foodies in the surrounding area, know that they can always find the freshest fish at The Market at River Falls and therefore I was confident that the Poke Bar would be well received.”

Dani lives very close by and has a personal love for both fresh fish and all things in a bowl so she was particularly motivated to see this happen, stating she “would be able to pick up a poke bowl (or several bowls, for her family as well) on a regular basis and if I wanted this, I knew that my friends and neighbors would feel the same.” It turns out, she was absolutely right!

So, we got busy creating our menu and carving out space at the counter for the Poke Bar. We wanted to be sure to offer the ingredients found in a traditional poke bowl while putting our own unique spin on it as well. We have been thrilled with the response from the community. Our customers love it and more and more people are coming in daily to customize and enjoy a fresh poke bowl.

Come on in and make yours today! The Poke Bar is open daily from 11am- 6 pm.

Pick your Base: (pick one or half & half)
Brown Sushi Rice
White Sushi Rice
Spring Mix, Spinach or Romaine

Pick your Protein: ($12.99 for 2 scoops/$3 for an additional scoop)
Ahi Tuna (plain or marinated)
Salmon (plain or marinated)
Cooked Shrimp or chicken

Pick your toppings: (unlimited)
Pickled cabbage, red onion, shredded carrot, seaweed salad, tomato, corn, radish, pickled ginger, jalapeno, mango, cilantro, edamame, cucumber, scallion,
avocado (+ 1.50)

Choose your dressing:
Miso Ginger, Toasted Sesame, Spicy Ponzu, Sriracha Mayo, Tamari Ginger (GF) & Sriracha

Add your crunch: (unlimited)
Sesame seeds, Furikaki, Fried Shallots

Start Any Party with a Cheese Platter

  • April 5, 2019

Market River Falls Cheese Platters

It’s Springtime. And with that, comes all things al fresco…time to live, eat and be outdoors gathered with friends, enjoying our back yards, patios and pools while relaxing into the ease of summer living.

We love an impromptu, casual fun get together with neighbors, friends, and family. That pretty much always means food & drinks and we like to keep it simple. The easiest way to feed a group of people with little to no prep time or stress is a cheeseboard. Because really, everybody loves cheese!

To create an impressive and bountiful cheese board in just a few minutes, we have everything you need right here at the Market.

If you have a wooden cutting board (or a piece of slate for a twist on a sophisticated look), a couple of ramekins, some cheese spreaders/knives & napkins, we’ve got the rest covered.

For variety and presentation, we recommend you mix together hard & soft cheeses. Some of our tried-and-true favorites:

  • Aged Manchego, Il Truffelino, Gruyere, Parmigiana, Cheddar, Roquefort (semi-hard & hard)
  • Brie, La Tur, Triple Crème, Camembert, Bûcheron, Humboldt Fog, Mozzarella (soft & creamy)

Add some meats like salami or prosciutto in piles on the board. Place ramekins of olives, or nuts in the empty spaces and add a pâté for a different flavor note and for texture. Throw in some fresh fruit, herbs and veggies for color.

If you need to feed more people, it’s easy to include some hummus (choose from our pine nut, lemon, red pepper, caramelized onion and of course traditional), our homemade salsa with chips, or some delicious Picnic Gourmet Spreads in flavors like Herbed Goat Cheese, Parmesan, Chipotle Sage & Moroccan Cilantro.

Be sure to include some satisfying crunch, with crackers from Firehook, Mary’s Gone Crackers and Stonewall Kitchen or a nice, fresh, sliced baguette.

Of course, if you find out last minute that you’re expecting more people and this snack becomes more of a meal, our prepared food offerings are so plentiful, we have you covered. You can pick up a variety of dishes when you’re here getting your cheese board essentials, or you can hop online to order everything you need, and it will be ready in 30 minutes for you including pastas, salads, fish spreads, shrimp (cocktail, peel & eat or grilled) side dishes, and of course anything you need for grilling.

We know for many, no cheese board is complete without the perfect wine or beer to compliment your selections. We have a great selection of whites, rosès, bubbles & beer, always chilled and ready, as well as a wonderful selection of reds.

“You have to be a romantic to invest yourself, your money, and your time in cheese.” – Anthony Bourdain

Image: Cheese and pate display from our Catering Menu

Life is a Picnic

  • March 1, 2019

Potomac Market River Falls Cherry BlossomsEvery Spring, the DC area is enriched by a gorgeous display of cherry blossoms. People flock downtown from all over to enjoy a day among the pink blooms, with the bright blue skies as a back drop and the iconic DC landmark buildings. It is truly a site to behold.

There are many wonderful things to see and do downtown, and especially during the days of the Cherry Blossom Festival (March 20 – April 13, 2019) you will find something for everyone and every age group. Think kites, canoeing, biking, parades, boat rides and more.

One of the most enjoyable things to do is have a good old-fashioned picnic. You can take your blanket, even your chairs, pick your spot along the Tidal Basin under the blossoms and settle in for a memorable afternoon. This is an activity for everyone; bring your little ones and capture that perfect Holiday Card moment, enjoy a stroll along the water and settle in for a romantic picnic, get your friends together & pack a frisbee, take some time to decompress from the hustle and bustle of your busy life with your favorite book, and for those of you that don’t miss a moment on social media, do it for the gram! #cherryblossoms

Whether you plan to pack up a wicker basket, a tote bag or a back pack, we’ve got everything you need for the perfect alfresco experience right here at the Market.

We have a great assortment of crackers, artisanal cheeses, pâté, spreads from Picnic Gourmet, our homemade hummus, or crab spread as well as chips and our homemade salsa. We have a variety of salads that are large enough to share and come in easy portable containers including Caesar, Cobb, Greek, or Caprese. Take along our chicken salad, tuna salad, pasta salad, coleslaw and even our chilled shrimp cocktail. We make sandwiches daily and of course have cookies and sweets including our portable cake in a jar by Cakelove.

We also have a great assortment of beverages for all ages!

Stop in to grab all of the picnic essentials for enjoying a beautiful day in DC, or anywhere in the area…an outing at Great Falls, on the Mall, or even in your local park.

Visit our website to order ahead of time and it will be all ready for you when you get here …. We will even run it out to your car. https://marketriverfalls.com

Image via Washington.org

Best Crab Cakes Potomac

  • January 15, 2019

Award-Winning Crab Cakes Potomac

 

Best of Bethesda, Award-Winning Crab Cakes

We believe in the highest standards…from customer service to the top quality and variety of foods we offer here at The Market including our crab cakes which have been awarded the BEST crab cakes!

We are honored that those high standards have earned us some great recognition and awards through the years. We were recently awarded “Reader’s Pick, A Top Vote-getter as “Best Neighborhood Market” and “Best Place to Buy Prepared Foods” in Best of Bethesda 2019. A huge, heartfelt THANK YOU to those of you who support and vote for us!

Among the things we are very proud to be recognized for are our Award-Winning Crab Cakes. We have been serving the same original recipe for 18 years with the only change being we now offer a gluten-free version made with rice flour instead of panko breadcrumbs. Our crab cakes are made daily, often two times per day, and are overflowing with fresh jumbo lump crabmeat in a large 6½ oz. portion. They are SO GOOD that we sold almost 40,000 of them last year!

Did you know that the biggest producers of crabmeat in the world are Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines? We only source from the Northern Hemisphere, always from the Gulf of Mexico and we rotate our suppliers based on season to guarantee fresh, never pasteurized, jumbo lump meat. We get our crabmeat from Venezuela in the Winter, Mexico & Texas in the Spring & Fall and from the waters off of Louisiana, Florida & North Carolina in the Summer.

Our crab cakes are available fully cooked (just reheat them in the oven for 10 minutes), or uncooked (bake them for approximately 25 minute or until golden brown). And they are always served with our own exceptional tartar sauce, remoulade and/or cocktail sauce on the side.

And ready for this… If you really want to impress a crab cake lover, we SHIP them via FedEx Overnight!

Just give us a call at 301-765-8001 or send us an email to make arrangements.

If you’ve had our crab cakes, then you know how good they taste and we appreciate your loyal and continued business.

But, if you haven’t tried them, check this off your bucket list, so can say that you have had the very BEST crab cakes around…

We promise!

Beef at The Market

  • December 21, 2018

Best Beef Potomac Market River FallsWe strongly believe that the industrialized food system in America is broken, with the greatest culprit being beef and pork raised in CAFO’s (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) or Feed Lots.

CAFOs are horribly inhumane to the animals and incredibly destructive to the environment. While they are very efficient and keep the cost of meat low, it is a little known fact that CAFOs contribute more to the destruction of the ozone layer than do all of the cars and trucks on the road combined.

In addition, the animals are given large amounts of growth hormones so that they can be brought to market sooner and are given daily doses of antibiotics to ensure that their crowded living conditions don’t lead to illness. We don’t eat factory meat at home and it is against our principles to sell it in our Market.

We believe grass fed is best and the reason is simple… an animal’s diet has a direct impact on the nutritional value of the product.

For example, the meat from cattle that eat only grass contains two to three times the amount of CLAs (Conjugated Linoleic Acids) compared with grain-finished beef. CLAs are healthy fats associated with reduced cancer risk, reduced cardiovascular disease risk, and better cholesterol levels. Grass fed meat is leaner, and lower in saturated fat and cattle raised on grass are less likely to be given hormones and antibiotics. Grass-fed beef has also been found to have a healthier ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids.
ALL of our meat is pasture raised and grass fed (some of it is finished on grain), humanely raised, free of hormones, steroids or antibiotics while being intensely flavorful, nicely marbled and super tender!

The truth of the matter is, meat from cows that graze freely on grass for their entire lives is the best for your health and the for health of our planet and both of those things are very important to us.

Yes, it is more expensive as family farms are not as efficient as factory farms, but your health and the health of your family is priceless.

We source our beef from:

Meyer’s Ranch in Montana
Visit their website @ https://www.meyernaturalangus.com

Strube Ranch in Texas
Visit their website @ https://www.struberanch.com