One of the most exciting things about moving into my condo has been seeing the nearby Pike & Rose area get built up with more stores and restaurants. Having the area a short walk away has been very convenient and a little dangerous money wise, haha. When I received an offer to write a post about the Pike & Rose area, specifically the Pike Central Farm Market and brunch at Owen's Ordinary, I was excited to check out both!
I've been to the Pike Central Farm Market in the past, but since I was not in town last weekend when it started up again for the season, I was looking forward to checking out which vendors are here this year. My friend K and I took a lap around the market to see what was available.
Toigo Orchards had lots of different tomatoes for sale as well as other fruits and vegetables- on this visit I picked up their organic cucumbers.
No. 1 Sons had lots of samples and told us about their methods of reducing waste and using ingredients to their fullest for their products. One example is the Kombucha, which uses the ginger remnants left from the ones used for pickling. I bought a container of the apple cider dill daikon, which is super tart and crunchy!
Westmoreland Produce had lots of fresh flowers and herbs, and these patio tomato plants looked like the perfect size for people with balconies!
The Farm Market Bakery had a delicious-looking lineup of breads - the sourdough might be on the list for my next visit.
The iced coffee from Zeke's has been a favorite of mine for a while - even without any cream or sweeteners, it's delicious and not bitter at all.
After the farm market we walked over to Owen's Ordinary for brunch. They have a nice beer garden-type outdoor dining area that is mostly covered, so even when it started to rain a little bit it wasn't an issue.
Beer Garden Menu
I ordered the Fried Chicken and Bacon Cheddar Waffle with Chili-spiced Maple Syrup, and K ordered The Californian Benedict with Multigrain Bread, Avocado and Feta Mousse, Sunflower Seeds, Arugula, and House made Home Fries. We split both dishes, and it was great combination of something healthy (ish?) and definitely not healthy, haha. First off, the bacon cheddar waffle was delicious! I would definitely want to replicate this flavor at home with my waffle maker. We also appreciated that it was a boneless piece of fried chicken which was easy to share, and was seasoned well too. The avocado toast was also easy to share with two poached eggs on top of the creamy avocado and Feta mousse, and the arugula added some nice peppery flavor. We enjoyed everything on both dishes, and I want to come back to try some other brunch items soon!
After brunch, we walked around most of Pike & Rose, and browsed in a few stores like Sur La Table, REI, and Scout & Molly's. It's nice to be able to have a variety of stores in one area, especially when the weather is nice and I can take a long walk around the neighborhood. I can't wait for some of the other stores to open, especially Jinya Ramen, Uniqlo, and Baked Bear - even more delicious foods to try and things to check out!
Pike & Rose
11580 Old Georgetown Road
North Bethesda, MD 20852
11820 Trade Street
North Bethesda, MD 20852
Note: My brunch order was complimentary as part of writing this blog post. The rest of brunch and my farm market purchases were purchased separately, and I was not paid for this blog post.