Farm Fill

Steak and eggs at The Little Farm Stand

Ripe, juicy tomatoes and long fingers of okra appear like a mirage on a corner of concrete Downtown.

Lucky for us, this produce is no mirage. It's The Little Farm Stand, a weekly farm pop-up that sells Virginia fruit, vegetables, eggs and more each Friday, Saturday and Sunday beginning at 11 a.m.

Purveyor Lori O'Rea sells goods picked on her 25-acre Middleburg farm, including blackberries ($6 a pint), heirloom tomatoes ($5 a pound), long tendrils of okra ($5 a quart), tiny marbled Nubia eggplants ($4 for three) and other produce.

The farm table also includes seasonal pies ($10), which are baked daily using the farm's fruit. The current selection includes jammy blackberry pie and sunny peach, all bound in a flaky crust made with local butter and organic flour and sugar.

Pick and choose from the week's display, or sign up for the stand's fledgling, soon-to-debut CSA programs. Running through Thanksgiving, the CSA offers packages including the free-range egg version ($3.50 a week) with eggs so fresh, they are packaged with bits of hay. The beef CSA features lean, grass-fed ground beef patties ($10.50 a week). The farm also offers "cow pools," selling shares of beef from the small herd of Angus cattle that they raise on the land.

It's a bit of rural bliss in the midst of an urban jungle.

The Little Farm Stand, 11th & K sts. NW; littlefarmstand.com