Number 1 Sons Farmers & Makers Guide
It’s simple: good food and good people. Through our many years at farmers’ markets, and our time providing home grocery delivery, we’ve found a lot of each.
Peak season fruits and vegetables, grown with care for the soil and the health of the people who eat them. Breads and pastries, gelato, and pasta with an outstanding attention to the details of process and sourcing. And artisanal pantry goods where the focus on quality is obvious.
We’ve gotten to know the lovely people who grow and make such special foods. Even more importantly, we’ve gotten to know our customers — committed to supporting their local food ecosystem.
Our goal here? Keep it all connected. A community.
Veggie Boxes & Grocery Delivery
Path Valley Farms
Franklin County, Pennsylvania
Path Valley Farms is a co-op made up of several small family farms, owned by the growers and operated with the intention of keeping families working together. These true family farms grow with sustainable practices that we consider beyond organic. Path Valley has been the secret of DC chefs for years. After you experience the variety, beauty, and flavor of their vegetables, you’ll know why.
Order their seasonal veggie boxes through Nido, a wine shop in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood of DC, for pick up on Tuesdays.
Good Fortune Farm
Good Fortune Farm is an 11-acre family farm just south of DC, where farmer Mike has been using organic growing practices since 1997. He often harvests and delivers in the same day, and his produce is generous. He also grows some of the best strawberries we’ve ever eaten.
Good Fortune offers a small CSA each year. Learn more and find contact information at Local Harvest.
Earth Spring Farm
We’ve known Earth Spring Farm for many years, both as our neighbor at the Mt. Pleasant farmers’ market and the grower of the Napa cabbage we use in our kimchi and the daikon radishes we pickle. Good people with a true commitment to living soil.
Earth Spring offers a seasonal CSA, which you can learn about here. Or find them at the Mt. Pleasant farmers’ market.
Moon Valley Farm
Moon Valley Farm is an organically managed, woman-owned specialty vegetable and herb farm. They’ve been a community-based farm since day one.
Moon Valley offers both a perennial, year-round CSA and a peak season CSA, with different size options. In partnership with other trusted Maryland farms, they also offer subscriptions of gourmet mushrooms, local fruit, organic eggs, sourdough bread, herbs, and micro greens. And they have an online store for things like honey! Sign up here.
Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op is a group of over 100 small organic farms providing exceptional goods and produce from Lancaster County to homes all around.
Their CSA pick-up option means you pay once for a share that lasts a set number of weeks. Their home delivery option allows you to pay for a weekly subscription, with veggie boxes and a whole array of add-ons, like dairy and eggs. Learn more.
South Mountain Creamery
While South Mountain may have started as a creamery offering farm-fresh dairy, their home delivery service is much more than that. They work with other family and farmer-owned businesses to provide produce, meat, pantry items, baked goods and meal boxes. They know that access to fresh food is transformational.
Get everything you need to know here.
Washington’s Green Grocer
Washington’s Green Grocer offers a unique farm-to-door delivery service of local and organic produce, dairy, grass-fed meat, and other specialty items. This option is flexible, with no fees or commitments, and has a little bit of everything.
Order here, and use the code NUMBER1SONS to save $10 on your first order.
4P is all about a food ecosystem that supports your health, the environment, small farms, and equitable food access. They work with more than 200 farmers and artisans to provide a variety of fresh produce, meat, dairy, and pantry items right to customers’ doorsteps.
Like veggie boxes, 4P bags offer a curated selection, plus a variety of add-ons. Here’s how it works.
Soupergirl makes from-scratch soups, with fresh, seasonal produce, that aim to be both healthy and really delicious. You can get soups and salads delivered right to your door, even weekly. But guess what else? Veggie boxes! Their farmers’ market box is full of fruit and veggies from Spring Valley Farm & Orchard out of West Virginia (a farm we’ve known for many years).
Soups and much more here.
Fruit & Greens
We met Sidney and her mom at the 14th and U farmers’ market. Their carefully arranged stand was always a beautiful oasis of ripe, local fruit. We’ve been eating it ever since — and especially love stone fruit season.
Find Kuhn’s peaches, nectarines, plums, pears, apples and more at the Petworth, Cleveland Park, and Palisades markets in DC, and the Vienna, Lubber Run, Lorton, and Fairlington markets in Virginia.
San Giovanni’s Farm
San Giovanni’s is certified organic under the USDA, but also by the Real Organic Project, a farmer-led initiative that goes beyond the commercialized standards represented by the government label. Their beautiful micro greens last for days and days in the fridge.
Find micro greens, lettuces, herbs, and other vegetables at their stands at the Old Town Alexandria and Reston farmers’ markets.
Little Wild Things
Little Wild Things is a first-generation, woman-owned farm right in the heart of northeast DC. They grow unique micro greens packaged in special blends and colorful edible flowers.
Join their Salad Share for 10 weeks of micro greens, speciality salad mixes, recipes, and local surprises. Or find them at the Dupont Circle farmers’ market.
Keepwell Vinegar and White Rose Miso
Keepwell is the creation of two pastry chefs, Sarah and Isaiah, who decided to use sugar in a different way. We met them back when we both worked at Union Market. Today, they have a facility at Sunnyside Farm where they hone their craft of preserving regional fruits and grains to make vinegar and miso. It’s truly a mid-Atlantic effort, as they source a wide variety of crops from responsible farmers in the area, utilizing “ugly” seconds that might otherwise go unsold.
Their vinegars, misos, and gochujang are the best of the best. Find them online.
Dimitri Olive Oil
We met Homer of Dimitri Farms at the farmers’ market, not long after starting Number 1 Sons, and were blown away by the flavor of his fruity, well-balanced olive oil. It’s single-sourced, cold-pressed, and unfiltered, straight from their small family farm in southern Greece.
Say hello and grab some olive oil (plus olives!) at one of their stands all around DC, Maryland and Virginia.
Susquehanna Mills evolved from a supplier of bio diesel to a manufacturer of high-quality canola, sunflower, and hemp cooking oils — plus raw apple cider vinegar. They’re all about sustainability, practicing full-circle manufacturing: When delivering fresh oil, they pick up waste oil from their restaurants and universities and use it to power their farm vehicles. These local, organic products are a labor of love, and they’re full of flavor. Find them online.
Chinese Street Market
Susan started the Chinese Street Market to bring authentic Chinese street food to DC. We love being her neighbor at the Bloomingdale farmers’ market. Susan uses traditional methods and recipes, and she brings joy and an incredible thoughtfulness to her handmade noodles, dumplings, and sauces. Her chili oil is our local favorite — deep, savory, and super spicy.
Find her fresh foods plus holiday specials at several area markets: Chevy Chase, Cleveland Park, Mt. Pleasant, 14th & U, Bloomingdale, and Palisades.
Foggy Mountain Pasta
Foggy Mountain Pasta is the result of Gabriel’s lifelong passion for food. His small-batch pastas are made slowly and with lots of care, using local, organic, and heirloom ingredients. Foggy Mountain Pasta works with Carolina Ground, a woman-owned mill dedicated to improving North Carolina–grown wheat from the ground up, and other small regional mills.
Fresh pastas are available at the Burke, Old Town Alexandria, Arlington Courthouse, Reston, Silver Spring, and Palisades markets. Dried pastas can be ordered online.
Next Step Produce
We met farmers Heinz and Gabrielle in the early days of Number 1 Sons. They’re committed to growing nourishing food in harmony with nature on their 86-acre, certified-organic farm. Next Step’s greenhouse and grain-drying process is powered by a high-efficiency, wood-burning furnace. They have specialized equipment from Japan so they can grow and process rice, grains, and beans — things that normally aren’t grown in our region.
You can order for local pick up in DC, Accokeek, and La Plata. Find more information here.
Breads & Pastries
Seylou Bakery and Mill
Seylou is doing something special in the middle of DC. They’re using all whole grains and organic flours from right here in the mid-Atlantic and milling them in house. They operate thoughtfully, with high integrity and even higher standards, and care about the whole process: from seed to consumer.
Visit their bakery and mill in DC’s Shaw neighborhood to pick up whole grain baguettes and croissants, sourdough bread, cookies, and cakes. Even pizza, on Fridays. They also offer pre-ordering with two days’ notice and limited local delivery.
Bread Furst Bakery
Bread Furst opened in 2014 in DC’s Van Ness neighborhood. By 2017, formidable owner Mark Furstenberg was named Outstanding Baker of the United States by the James Beard Foundation. But his commitment to ensuring that DC always has a good neighborhood bakery goes back to 1990, when he opened his first, Marvelous Market, right next to his sister’s Politics and Prose.
Find their traditional European breads and pastries, plus lunch and grocery staples, at their bakery. They also offer limited local delivery.
Toyin got her start more than 10 years ago as a street food vendor at Eastern Market. Now you can find her stand at Union Market in northeast DC, where she serves her famous, decadent Brown Butter Bourbon Bread Puddin’, along with what she calls divine southern comfort food: étouffée, gumbo, grits and more.
Treats & More
Okay, it’s not food, but it is farming! Wollam Gardens is a magical place with fields of flowers just west of DC. Their blooms are beautiful, diverse, and specially arranged into seasonal bouquets. Find them at the Arlington Courthouse and Dupont Circle markets, where you can grab a couple stems after you pick up kimchi.
Sidra Forman grows flowers, cooks food, and curates beautiful, special items: candles, scrubs, oil & vinegar, cheese, wines. She puts together custom care packages for delivery in the DC area or shipping nationwide. Learn more here.
Dolcezza’s gelato is handcrafted daily in small batches at their factory behind Union Market. Their seasonal ingredients are grown locally by farmer friends. Experience the joy they put into each pint at their northeast DC factory or several shops.
Arcadia Venture is a purveyor of wild and cultivated mushrooms, plus other specialty foraged items. Sometimes it’s chanterelles, sometimes fresh chestnuts, or Concord grapes, or paw paws. You can order directly online for delivery to northern Virginia or parts of Maryland. For delivery in DC, order through Anxo Cidery. Follow @arcadiaventure on Instagram for surprise mushroom pop-ups.