Running every Saturday in 2012 from May through November, the Briggs Chaney-Greencastle Farmers' Market seeks to provide Silver Springs residents with increased access to fresh and healthy foods. In addition to a selection of local produce, meat, eggs, and cheese, the free-to-enter market hosts a variety of vendors, such as artists, jewelers, and bakers, as well as local chefs who demonstrate simple recipes using local produce and monosyllabic buzz words. To encourage visitors to purchase healthier food, the non-profit farmer's market matches WIC payments dollar-for-dollar, accepts SNAP payments, and matches a portion of Independence card benefits.
The market welcomes children as well, with a range of activities for young ones in its Kids’ Tent. Children can take part in a number of interactive showcases throughout the summer, such as a Railroad Exhibit from the Riverdale Railroad club, puppet theater stories from former Moscow Puppet Theater member Irena Kholodnov, and martial arts demonstrations by the Virginia Kenshinkai School of Budokai. A chess tent lets kids and adults unwind while playing the classic game against friends, family, and Bobby Fischer in disguise. Families may also enjoy live stage music in an audience seating area and feast on their fresh food purchases in a nearby dining tent.
The staff at Shaul's Kosher dual-purpose market cooks up ready-made meals for tasty takeout and stocks shelves with an extensive selection of Israeli groceries. Quiet echoing pantries with stockpiles of kosher comestibles, with foods from brands such as Strauss, Elite, and Osem, including Bamba, the peanut-flavored staple of snack-seeking children ($0.99). Osem's wheat and sesame crackers ($1.99 each) get blanketed with Tnuva cheeses ($5.49 and up), spreadable white cheeses with calcium additives that get bodies one step closer to a fully internalized periodic table. Avoid cumbersome kitchens and still serve a Shabbat-approved spread with meaty morsels from the takeout counter, including rotisserie chicken ($11.95), homemade corned-beef sandwiches ($8.50) or sweet-and-sour meatballs ($8.99/lb.), whose dichotomous flavor surprises taste buds more than a molar-incisor dance-off.
Skewers delights diners with a vast menu of Mediterranean eats, ranging from hummus and kebabs to sandwiches and combination platters, all served in a sleek and colorful environment. Kick off comestible jaunts or public-access cooking shows with starters such as hummus with ground lamb and pine nuts ($8), or orders of smooth, oven-roasted baba gannouj ($6.50). Namesake kebab salads range from tender lamb ($12) to grilled and skewered seasonal veggies ($8.50), both sidling up to tables with posses of kalamata olives, tomatoes, cucumber, raisins, pita croutons, and sides of lemon-dijon dressing. Vegetarian saffron fettuccine ($12.50) satisfies the meat-free, and curry gulf shrimp tossed with penne pasta, roasted red peppers, fresh tomatoes and pineapple induces false memories of timeshares in Atlantis.
At Berkshire Family Dental, dentist Hassan Chehayeb combines an approachable chairside manner with the latest technology to prioritize client comfort and convenience as he tends to their teeth. Clients relax and sip coffee in the reception area before seeing Dr. Chehayeb, who has completed extensive training through the renowned Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. He specializes in dental implants and periodontics, and keeps patients entertained with virtual-reality goggles that play DVD movies. During procedures such as crowns, veneers, and inlays, he uses the highly precise CEREC machine. This technology creates restorations in about an hour—instead of over the course of multiple visits—allowing patients to quickly reassume their normal eating habits without having to first smash every meal with a sledgehammer.
Khepra Anu, the self-proclaimed “coconut king” and chef at Khepra's Raw Food Juice Bar, slips busily among hillocks of fruits, nuts, and veggies. He expounds on the importance of raw foods and fasting in health, comparing the process to that of a mechanic changing a car’s oil or a carpenter maybe buying flowers for his hammer once in a while. Blends of leafy green veggies, goji berries, and citrus fruits pour from a juicer, fueling patrons during fasts or simply augmenting traditional nutrition. The foundation for each beverage is coconut water from Florida-grown coconuts, and the elixirs are intended to give the body a chance to flush itself of toxins with seed milks, citrus blends, and mineral-rich greens. Khepra is also excited about raw foods, which he believes contain more naturally occurring nutrients, and prepares nut-and-hemp burgers, nori rolls, and wraps in the bustling shop.
The rambunctious Brew Crew amasses its legions of beer connoisseurs to carouse from bar to bar and celebrate the end of the school year. Participants receive discounts and can sip or shower in local breweries' choicest beers while mingling with other revelers. Each attendee also receives a complimentary T-shirt that commemorates the night.