The Crate Escape: Farmers markets get you out of Safeway Credit: Darrow Montgomery

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Forget about the humidity, the tourists driving the wrong way around traffic circles, and those disgusting, thick-as-your-finger slugs that wallow on the sidewalks after rainstorms. The return of warm weather also brings things to look forward to: dining outdoors, having the city to yourself on weekends, and farmers markets.

Since this is also the time of year when Young & Hungry likes to take a little breather to clean out the gutters and mulch the tree belt, this week’s Feed is an extended sampling of restaurants near area markets. Because not only do you sometimes need to cool your heels after picking through peaches—seeing all those locally produced whole foods can also make you awfully hungry.

You’ll have to find out for yourself whether the ingredients at these places are as fresh as those raspberries you’ve just picked up from that co-op out in Frederick County. Let us know what you think of these or any other area restaurants by registering to be a Restaurant Rater.