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Summer weekends are filled with the hustle and bustle of all kinds of summertime fun— camps, classes, vacation getaways and the sort, but if you’re in town one thing we always love to do is go to La Estancia’s earth market. Every Saturday, 10 a.m. — 1 p.m., local vendors come together to offer an array of fresh produce, herbs, spices, and even baked goods!
We saw many Casa de Campo community members there a couple of days ago, grabbing a cup of Joe as they sat and chatted with friends in the market’s open dining area. Order breakfast treats to have on the spot while you gather up the week’s healthy shopping list. Find spinach, arugula, parsley, eggplant, fennel, ginger, tomatoes, onions, carrots, yucca, papaya— you name it! Under the Slow Food campaign, the market, housed in the facilities of the Heart to Heart Foundation, encourages local biodiversity and supporting small-scale famers.
Fresh produce comes from local venders as well as what’s grown right there in the Foundation’s School Orchard. After the farmers and shoppers leave, the students from the foundation learn to harvest their own food and how to care for the land in the orchard. At the market, in the past weeks we’ve seen community members Latin Bites present as well as Le Bon Pain— but Philippe Chotteau Pane tells us he’ll be moving locations next week! We hope he’ll still be close by so we can continue our weekly intake of fresh breads and pastries. Among the market’s products, you’ll also be able to sample cheese and pick up delicious honey and marmalades. The Earth Market is really an excellent start to the weekend!
Just a few minutes outside Casa de Campo, it’s located next door to the Hotel Vecchia Caserma — to the left of the entrance to La Estancia Golf Resort, exit “Boca de Chavon” off of the Autopista del Coral highway.