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Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market – April 15, 2017

Dear Friends of Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market:


It will be a decent day at the Market, cloudy, stray shower or thunderstorm possible, but NOT at the MtP Farmers’ Market. High 23C. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 km/h. (74F  5 to 10 mph)


I guess spring is finally here, and asparagus will soon be at the Market.  Get ready and try some:


Asparagus Soup

2 tablespoons unsalted butter or extra-virgin coconut oil

1 small onion, chopped

1/2 pound new potatoes, tiny cubes

1 tablespoon green curry paste, or to taste (optional)

1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch segments

1 14-ounce can full-fat coconut milk

1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt, or to taste

1 1/4 cups of water, or to cover

1 lemon or lime


To serve (topping ideas): chopped chives, shallot, lemon, or olive oil; or grated hard-boiled egg, herbs, crumbled whole-grain crackers or croutons, crème fraiche


In a large soup pan over medium-high heat add the butter and onion. Stir until the onion is well coated, and allow to sauté until translucent, a few minutes. Stir in the potatoes, and cook until completely tender, about 10 minutes – you can add a splash of water to the pan if it seems like a bit of moisture will help. Stir in the curry paste, allow to cook another minute or two, and then add the coconut milk, salt, and water. Bring to a simmer, and add the asparagus. Cook until the asparagus is tender, 2-3 minutes, and then puree using a blender or hand blender until the soup is completely silky smooth.


This next part is important (with any soup) – make any needed adjustments. Add more water if the consistency needs to be thinned out a bit. After that taste for salt, adding more if needed. I also like to season this soup with a great big squeeze or lemon or lime juice. Serve topped with whatever you have on hand – I made it this time around with chopped chives and a drizzle of shallot oil, but you can also see a version with grated hard-boiled egg, herbs, crackers, and a touch of crème fraiche. You could just sprinkle a few chopped almonds on top and call it a day.  Serves 4.  www.101cookbooks.com/


Market Events:


Bike Clinic — Our volunteer bike technicians will be out to help you fix your flats and other mysterious bike problems.    10a – 1p.



9-11- Raycurt the Fiddla with a variety of genres of music from a formidable violinist and singer/entertainer.  www.raycurt.com

11-1 – David Epley on banjo & acoustic guitar, when not rocking out as Humble Fire or making our urban life a little greener.


Adopt Force One – Your new puppy or kitty awaits you.  Lots of cuddly love at the Market.


Strut Truck – Uptown chic and urban sleek, more great spring fashions right at the Market.


What’s Coming to Market:


Earth Spring Farm: They will be here with milk, eggs and kale.  Earth Spring is partnering with a local dairy, and there will be a signup list for those who want to order weekly milk.  earthspringcsa.com


Truck Patch Farm:  Truck patch will have arugula, mesclun salad mix, spinach, kale, onions, potatoes, eggs, pork, bacon, and turkey!   www.truckpatchfarms.com


Richfield Farm: May be back this weekend with plants & seedlings for your garden.  Otherwise, next week.  www.facebook.com/pages/Richfield-Farm/108853529132734


Quaker Valley Orchards:  Apples-Fuji, Pink Lady, Cameo, Candy Crisp, York, Stayman, but no more Honeycrisp, sorry all gone.  Apple butter and sauce, honey, tomato sauce and apple chips.  Jams -Tart Cherry, Blackberry, Blueberry, Peach and Red Raspberry.  Our special this weekend: Fill a Yellow Quaker Valley bag with apples for $25 (approximately 20 lb. of apples).  www.quakervalleyorchards.com

Reids Orchard:  Apples and herb plants this week. Tomato and veggie plants are still a week or two off.  www.reidsorchardwinery.com


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.  www.groffscontentfarm.com


Spring Gap Mountain:  Our delightful cheese monger will be bringing Shenandoah Sunrise Tomme, Jersey Gold Gouda, Sophie’s Select Cheddar, and Mozzarella.  www.springgapmtn.com


No.1 Sons:  They’ll have both Dilly Beans + Firecracker Beans!  It’s another month until cucumber season, until then try their dilly or spicy fermented green beans.  number1sons.com/


Atwaters Bakery: Will have hot crossed buns this weekend!  Along with their famous Sourdough bread, fresh made cookies, macaroons, lemon and ginger pound cakes, and spring time flavors of their award-winning French preserve-style jams.  atwaters.biz/


Pleasant Pops: Strawberry ginger lemonade, Blueberry pancake, Salted caramel, & Hibiscus pomegranate.  Visit their shops in Adams Morgan & downtown.  pleasantpops.com/

Craft Kombucha: Our extensive lineup of seasonal flavors means that there is a flavor of Craft Kombucha for everyone out there. We’ll be serving ginger, elderflower, cherry blossom, blue lemongrass, acai and grapefruit this weekend.  www.craftkombucha.com

Peoples 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


Manos de Maiz:  Lamb in salsa verde, Easter veggie patties and Ceviche.  You can now take your tortillas home, get your 8-pack of fresh made maizopes for only $7. Maizopes for Easter brunch, anyone?   www.manosdemaiz.com


Hilana Cuisine:  Falafel sandwiches and hummus.


Pagoda Caffè:  Come by and enjoy a delicious handmade brew!  www.pagodagoods.com


Community Events:


Saturday Morning Yoga – 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 theirs.  10am, MtP Library


Saturday Book Sale  –  Come by the library every Saturday, from 11-2p, for weekly Friends of the Mt. Pleasant Library book sales. The Friends room is up on the 2nd floor across from the entrance to the Children’s Room.


Rhode Island Ave Main Streets Porch Fest, Saturday, 2-6p  www.facebook.com/events/661202100732839/


OTHERFEELS Concert – A special night of music to benefit City Blossoms, featuring the beloved, talented, and soulful Sweet Earl Greene. Saturday, 8-11p, 3408 Brown St. $5  https://www.facebook.com/events/271409676618771/


National Cherry Blossom Southwest Waterfront Festival, Saturday, 2p – 9:30, Fireworks – 8:30p  www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/fireworks/


Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market – 3210 Mt Pleasant St Plaza at 17th & Lamont – 9a-1p


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