Dear Friends of the Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market,
It is officially December folks, the last month for the Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market in 2016! Our last market day will be next Saturday a week, December 17th!
Squash and root vegetables are the stars of the late market season. Here is a recipe to make the most of those butternut squash!
Butternut Squash Quinoa Bake
Sourced from Food52:
1 cup quinoa (I like red for visual appeal)
3 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided plus more for greasing
4 cups 1/2-inch cubes butternut squash (about), 1.25 lbs. post peeling
2 cups diced red onion
2 tablespoons finely minced herbs, any combination of thyme, sage, and rosemary
1 cup milk, any milk fat you like (I use whole)
4 ounces grated Gruyère cheese (about 1 1/4 cups)
1 1/2 cups fresh breadcrumbs (about 1 1/2 English muffins pulsed in the food processor)
Preheat the oven to 400°F. In a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa, 2 cups of water, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover, and let cook for 15 minutes. Remove pan from heat.
Meanwhile, grease a rimmed sheet pan lightly with olive oil. Place cubed squash and diced onion on pan. Drizzle with 3 tablespoons olive oil, sprinkle with 2 teaspoons kosher salt, and toss to coat. Spread vegetables out into an even layer. Transfer to the oven and roast for 25 to 30 minutes or until squash and onions are just beginning to brown. Remove pan from oven. Increase oven temp to 425°F.
Uncover quinoa pan and fluff with a fork. Add 1 tablespoon of the herbs, the milk, and half of the cheese, and mix with a spatula to combine. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the roasted squash and onions and fold gently to combine. Transfer mixture to a lightly greased 9×13-inch baking dish. Cover evenly with the remaining cheese.
In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Toss with your fingers until the breadcrumbs are fully saturated and seasoned. Spread this evenly atop the cheese. At this point, the pan can be stashed in the fridge for as long as a day (maybe longer) and baked when needed. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until evenly golden. Let cool briefly before serving.
Bike Clinic – 10am-1pm, if it is not too cold, our volunteer bike technicians will be out to help you fix your flats and other mysterious bike problems. Learn how to do your own adjustments and maintenance. Helpers wanted. Want help others solve their bike issues? Join our team! Stop by for more details.
Tin Lizzy Mobile Boutique – Check all the ladies off of your holiday shopping list with Tin Lizzy Mobile Boutique this weekend. Tin Lizzy is bringing a truck load of ethically made women’s clothing and accessories that make great gifts for friends, family and yourself!
Past Tense Yoga studio will be at the market, promoting their 12 days of yoga photo challenge. Show up; take a picture with their photo booth, post it on Instagram, and you could win a free month of yoga! They’ll be handing out free hot chocolate too.
Samantha Attard of Happy Healthy Human will be at market with Past Tense, with samples and snacks for sampling. Happy Healthy Human trail mixes and bars are specially designed by a nutrition PhD and yoga instructor to help you eat with intention. The spices, ingredients, and flavors in each snack will help you feel Balance, Calm, Energy, Motivation, or Relief. They’re vegan, gluten free, and made with organic ingredients right here in DC. We can all be happy healthy humans! Learn more: BeHappyHealthyHuman.com.
9a – 1p – Alex Young – Guitar, tambourine and harmonica; Holiday, pop, country, Irish, classic rock, & original music.
What’s Coming to Market:
Truck Patch Farm: It’s not to late to stock up for winter! Truckpatch will have turkey and pork, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, arugula, mesclun mix, spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, collard greens, and two types of kale. www.truckpatchfarms.com
Richfield Farms: Will have kale, swiss chard, peppers, eggplants, various types of quash, and green Christmas decorations. www.facebook.com/pages/Richfield-Farm/108853529132734
Earth Spring Farm: Will have Curly Kale, Red Russian Kale, Premium Kale, Bok Choy, Broccoli Raab, Mizuna, “Ruby Streaks” red mizuna, Red and Green mustard greens. earthspringcsa.com
Reid’s Orchard: Will have Asian pears, Bartlett pears, apples (Gala, Honeycrisp, Gold Supreme and more!), and cider (UV, Honeycrisp and Pear). www.reidsorchardwinery.com
Quaker Valley Orchards: Will have lots of varieties of apples, fresh cider, potatoes and onions, winter squash and eating pumpkins, apple and tomato sauce, honey, several kinds of jam! www.quakervalleyorchards.com
Spring Gap Mountain Creamery: Closed for the season. They are busy watching next year’s cheese age…. They will be back in April when the new Market season begins. Thanks for being great customers and making the weekly drive from Paw Paw, WV worth it. www.springgapmtn.com
Atwater Bakery: Will have their famous Sunflower flax bread as well as two special loafs–scalded caraway rye and sunflower flax, almond coconut macaroons, lemon and ginger pound cakes, apple pocket pies, and spring time flavors of their award-winning French preserve-style jams. atwaters.biz/
Groff’s Content Farm: Our butcher will have whole chickens, chicken breasts, chicken wings, various types of sausage, and free range hen and duck eggs. They have also recently gotten a grant that has helped them expand to prepared meals; come by and see this week’s selections! www.groffscontentfarm.com
Good Sense Farm & Apiary: New on the farm: Dried Mushrooms, Teas and Broths! It’s cold and flu season and Good Sense Farm has something to sooth and fortify you. This week, we’ve got Shiitake Ginger Mane. Visit The Perch, their urban farm and arts space! goodsensefarm.com
No.1 Sons: Whether you’re eating it with a pork chop, on your eggs in the morning or sprinkling some sauer onto your salad…it’s kraut season! Popular Garlic Dill kraut returns this weekend! We will have a Thanksgiving Kraut with apples + sage shortly afterward. Clean Kraut is still fermenting in barrels, but we’ll have four other types of kraut! Speaking of apples, our cubed radish kimchi (kkakdugi) is getting a healthy mix-in of local apples, too. You get lovely bites of apple sweetness along side crunchy, spicy radish. number1sons.com/
Pleasant Pops: Finished for the season. Until next April at the Market, visit their shops. pleasantpops.com/
People’s Bao: Peter has Chinese steamed edamame buns with tender, slow roasted free range heritage pork or duck. Also available are hot Asian soups to enjoy at the market or cold to take home. peoplesbao.com
Craft Kombucha: Mount Pleasant’s neighborhood kombucha brewery, Craft Kombucha brings balance to your life and your body. Each Saturday, fill up your refillable bottles with one of our unique and delicious flavors, fresh from the tap. www.craftkombucha.com
Manos de Maiz: Head over Manos de Maiz and try their holiday themed maizope: Hibiscus flowers with spicy cranberry compote.. Also, try their hot chocolate, called champurrado, which is vegan and gluten free!! A taste of the desert in DC! www.manosdemaiz.com
Hilana Falafel: Will be bringing delish falafel wraps as well as humus and baba ghanouj.
Pagoda Caffè: Come by and enjoy a delicious handmade brew! www.pagodagoods.com
Saturday Morning Yoga: 10a – Start your Saturdays with Carol, Marjorie and some relaxing, stress-free yoga. Everyone is welcome, beginners especially! Please wear comfortable clothing and bring water. Bring your own yoga mat or use one of ours (limited availability).dclibrary.org/mtpleasant MtP Library
ZooLights – More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! A free event that includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. Now through Sunday, January 1, 2017, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Zoo!
The 2016 Georgetown GLOW invites visitors to re-imagine the season of light through outdoor public art. Now in its third year, 2016’s Georgetown GLOW is running nightly through Sunday, January 1, with works lit from 6 – 10 p.m. nightly. The 2016 exhibition encourages contemplation of, and interaction with, the natural environment. Each work has an element of interactivity allowing the viewer to walk in, on, and around the piece; while other works ask the viewer become part of the artwork. Commissioned works of local, regional and international artists will be featured throughout Georgetown’s commercial district, including along the historic C&O Canal, Georgetown Waterfront Park, Grace Church, Washington Harbour and Wisconsin Avenue. Georgetown GLOW is presented by the Georgetown Business Improvement District.
Season’s Greenings – The US Botanic Garden gets decked out for the holidays thanks to this annual exhibit featuring a model train exhibit running through 45 plant-based models of national parks and historic places like the Grand Canyon, the Statue of Liberty and many more. Inside the Conservatory you’ll also find the garden’s collection of DC’s iconic landmarks, one of the city’s largest indoor Christmas trees and a showcase of poinsettias. This year’s theme celebrates the National Park Service Centennial and is open now through Jan. 2 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.), and will stay open until 8 p.m. with holiday concerts most Tuesday and Thursday evenings in December. 100 Maryland Ave SW
Downtown Holiday Market – The 12th Annual Downtown Holiday Market is located on the F Street sidewalk in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery between 7th & 9th Sts, NW. Bringing a unique and festive shopping “village” to the heart of Downtown DC, the market features more than 150 regional artisans, crafters and boutique businesses of ethnically produced goods. It will run continuously through Friday, December 23. Hours will be from Noon to 8 pm each day.
DC Events: dcculturecalendar.org
Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market – 3210 Mt Pleasant St Plaza at 17th & Lamont – Saturdays 9a-1p
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