Daily Archives: May 16, 2009

May 16 – Strawberries and Asparagus

We are getting one of the earliest crops of strawberries this season – thanks to overwintering with row covers. Still come early-ish, I can’t imagine they won’t sell out! The rhubarb is still in season, so that classic combo is ready for pies and cobblers.  Also try Truck Patch Farms’ suggestion for Strawberry Asparagus Salad.

We’re deep in asparagus, and we’ll have it until about mid-June. But you can start thinking about putting by now for December when you’ll be missing it again. Always ask your farmer what kind of break they can give you on bulk. Trim, blanch and freeze it, make pickles if you’re into canning, or make soup and freeze in ready to serve portions.

Lots of exciting things happening in Mount Pleasant this Saturday! Be sure to get a market-side viewing position for the Bancroft Elementary School Marching Band and Cheerleaders coming down the street for their pre-Spring Fair parade. Throw flowers and cheer them on, your very own singing, dancing, celebrity-gardening DC Public School kids!

Also, the Mt Pleasant Business Association is sponsoring an all day Spring Sidewalk Sale.  Check out the businesses across the street and then wander down Mount Pleasant Street to see what’s on offer.

Saturday bike clinic! Come to market and bask in the bike friendly glow and pat yourself on the back for having participated in WABA’s Bike To Work Day on Friday 5/15. Get your tires inflated properly, learn how to patch your own tubes, get advice, volunteer! This week we’ll have a couple local dads with Xtracycle bikes happy to talk to you about options for riding with kids.

On the bandstand, we’ll have Gabe on fiddle for that sweet market sound and then Salvador and friends playing folk music from Veracruz, Mexico!

Produce this week:

Richfield Farm: Strawberries without pesticides because Ian’s got one of his beehives right in the middle of the strawberry patch. Red and white spring onions, broccoli rabe, mustard greens, lettuce heads, asparagus, spinach, rhubarb, bountiful hanging nasturtium baskets, herb starts.

Truck Patch Farms: Tons of asparagus, green bore kale, arugula, spring mix, lettuce, red chard, chives, garlic chives, tarragon, mint. Maybe some strawberries! Black Angus grass fed beef, pastured pork products and eggs. Bacon. For chicken, please email Bryan directly at order@truckpatchfarms.com.

Tree and Leaf Farm: My favorite greens ever!  Escarole for White Bean Soup (use it in this vegan Tuscan White Bean Stew, or with sausage and chicken broth for the authentic Italian version). Endive pairs perfectly with Keswick’s Blue Suede Moo blue cheese in salad. Lettuce heads, salad mix, mustard mix, chard, baby arugula and baby pac choi. The first salad add of the season: baby hakurei turnips (the greens are great too). Green garlic, chives, garlic chives, tarragon, sage. Basil plants. And asparagus that’s never seen a hint of herbicide in its long perennial life!

Cherry Glen Goat Cheese Company: Welcome back the most local cheesemongers in town! From a mere 26 miles north, comes this creamy delicious goat cheese rounds, ricotta, and chevre.

Keswick Creamery: raw milk cheeses, blue cheese, feta, ricotta, quark, yogurt, and chocolate pudding.

Atwater Bread: Organic sourdough and yeasted breads: Peasant Wheat, Caraway Rye, Cranberry Pecan, Kalamata Olive, traditional San Francisco Sourdough, Ciabatta, Country White, Chili Cheddar, French Baguette, Spelt, Sunflower Flax, and more. Brownies, cookies, scones, muffins, and granola.

Groff’s Content Farm: 100% grass-fed and -finished lamb and beef, pastured Berkshire pork, beautiful pastured eggs. Pre-order poultry.

Painted Hand Farm: humanely raised, grass-fed rose veal and goat meat. Ask her about the veal industry and why you don’t want to buy veal from anyone else. All cuts: shanks, chops, ground, scaloppini, breakfast link goat sausage, hot and sweet Italian veal sausage, traditional German-style Bratwurst (veal and pork).

Quaker Valley Farm: Purple and green asparagus, apples, kids love dried apples, popcorn, canned Madison peaches, jams, and tomato sauce.

Reid Orchard: Fuji and Pink Lady apples, apple cider, apple butter, pumpkin butter, apple sauce, and herbs. Plants for your garden: heirloom tomatoes, basil, chives, cilantro, dill, french tarragon, lavender, lemon balm, lemon verbena, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme, winter savory.

Audia Farms: Jams, fruity syrup, herbs, spices, tea, perennials and garden starts.

Look forward to seeing you this Saturday! Please bring your own bags for shopping.

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