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With three or four tables greeting customers, the Anacostia Farmers Market is a modest affair compared with some of its west-of-the-Anacostia counterparts. But the produce awaiting the 100 or so customers who come by each week (last weekend’s market offered tomatoes, kale, eggplant, potatoes, squash, cabbage, onions, parsley, and other fruits and veggies—not to mention the free grapes offered to the first 75 customers) helps fill a neighborhood gap—only a combined 13 retailers in Wards 7 and 8 sell produce, according to 2000 data from the Capital Area Food Bank, compared with 34 each in Wards 1 and 2. There are plenty of sweet treats as well, including gingerbread; pies; jams and preserves in quince, strawberry/rhubarb, and damson plum; and chocolate-chip cookies. And last weekend, there were even flowers wrapped in pages of a recent Washington City Paper. The market opens at 9 a.m. at the Allen AME Church, 2513 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. (202) 526-5344. (Joe Dempsey)