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Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market – May 20, 2017

Dear Friends of Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market:

It is gonna be a beautiful day at the Market.  Come early to get the best of the Market, stay and enjoy the music, snacks, & neighbors.

Do you have a Farmers’ Market recipe that you would like to share?  Send it along, thanks!

Strawberry Panzanella

When shopping for strawberries I prefer ones that are on the smaller side, fragrant, and a deep red n color.  Use a serrated bread knife to cut the bread into cubes. To veganize the recipe toss the bread cubes with olive oil / brown sugar (but don’t heat it) before baking, and skip the yogurt.

1/4 cup unsalted butter

1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons natural cane sugar OR brown sugar*

couple pinches of fine grain salt

1 pound loaf of hearty, substantial day-old bread, cut into 1-inch cubes

1+ pint basket of ripe strawberries, trimmed and cut into matchsticks

a 7 or 8 ounce container of plain (Greek) yogurt

poppy seeds for garnish

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. In a large pot melt the butter. Stir in the sugar and salt. Stir until the sugar dissolves and remove from the heat. Add bread cubes and toss, coating the bread cubes. Toss for a minute or so to get decent coverage. Pour the bread out onto a baking sheet and arrange them in a single layer. Toast for about 15 minutes or until bread is well toasted, tossing every 5 minutes to make sure all bread surface areas get golden and crunchy.

In the meantime, place half the chopped strawberries in a small bowl and mash them with the remaining 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. I found a potato masher works well for this. Keep mashing until berries are super juicy and appetizingly chunky – this is your dressing.

When the bread cubes are done toasting (and have had a few minutes to cool and crisp up), toss them in a big bowl with the mashed berries. Add the remaining chopped strawberries and toss a bit more. Give the yogurt a good stir, and serve on the side garnished with poppy seeds (feel free to sweeten it a bit to your liking).

Serves 6 or so.

*I use one of my favorite raw brown sugars in this recipe to get the best brown sugar flavor (alternately, seek out a great muscavado sugar), but for those of you who want to swap in honey or agave nectar – I suspect it would be equally tasty.



Market Events:

Bike Clinic – If the rain lets up our volunteer bike technicians will be out to help you fix your flats and other mysterious bike problems.  Call/text first to be sure, 202-643-3010.

Music:  9-11a – MtP Suzuki Violins – A team of talented MtP violin students.

11-1p – Rosebud Tunes – Guitar & Vocals www.rosebudstunes.com

Fashion Finds – Tin Lizzy Mobile Boutique

Sacred Heart Dinner Program – Learn about how to help the homeless in our area.  They provide low income and homeless people with dinner every weekday, free haircuts, free legal help, warm winter clothing, housing and job referrals, and immigration advice. www.dinnerprogram.org


What’s Coming to Market:

Earth Spring Farm:  We’ll have carrots, parsley, cilantro, ruby streaks mustard greens, spring onions, fresh milk from Apple Valley Creamery, pastured non-GMO eggs from our chickens, and our first few strawberries of the season. Come see us early.  earthspringcsa.com

Truck Patch Farm:  Strawberry time!  Truck patch will also have arugula, mesclun salad mix, spinach, kale, onions, potatoes, eggs, turkey, and pork including chops, ribs, roasts, bacon, and a variety of sausage flavors! www.truckpatchfarms.com

Richfield Farm:  Strawberries, asparagus, lettuce, assorted greens, & red and white spring onions.  www.facebook.com/pages/Richfield-Farm/108853529132734

Quaker Valley Orchards:  Asparagus and apples in only Fuji and pink lady. Applesauce and butter, tomato sauce and honey. Jam in blackberry, blueberry, tart cherry and peach.  www.quakervalleyorchards.com

Reids Orchard:  We will have apples and herb plants this week.  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, Farmhouse Feta, West Virginia Blue and Bloomery Camembert.  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/

Good Sense Farm – Mushrooms & Apiary:  We have shiitakes, oysters, criminis as far as fresh mushrooms.  We will also have Wanderfood Mushroom Jerky in the following flavors: Rock Creek Original and Blue Mountain Jerk..  www.facebook.com/GoodSenseFarm/

Atwaters Bakery:  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, Hibiscus Pomegranate, Mexican Chocolate and Strawberries & Cream.  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.  This Saturday we’ll be serving Ginger, Grapefruit, Elderflower, Lime Margarita, Blue Lemongrass, and the newest addition to our flavor lineup, Root Beer.  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: This weeks off menu item is lamb with salsa “borracha” aka drunken salsa with mezcal! Take your maizopes home, they are perfect for this grilling season our 8-pack is only $7.   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.

Music & Arts Community Festival –  Malcolm X Plaza at Meridian Hill Park – May 20th 2-9pm


Join Meso Creso, in partnership with local immigrant, refugee, and human rights organizations for a daytime celebration of the sounds, sights, and resilience of our local and global communities.

Meso Creso — a DC-based, cross-cultural arts collective — is known for bringing a unique blend of global beats, treats and arts to create engaging, immersive experiences. On May 20, we are very excited to partner with amazing organizations that serve our immigrant and refugee communities to host our annual Spring event — outside, under the sun, and with you.

In times like these, we connect, create music, build art, share skills, educate our peers, take action, and – of course – we dance. With this event, we’d like to provide an intentional (family-friendly, no-cost) space for that connection, growth, and action.

So we invite you to participate in Spring Forward, a daytime celebration and showcase of music, art, and the resilience and perseverance of our communities. DC-based immigrant & refugee rights organizations will be out in full force to share their stories, their work, and provide ways for DC residents to get involved in protecting the rights and lives of our families. Meso Creso will also provide the global music and art you’ve come to expect from us. Together we’ll create a dialogue with all-day programming, including workshops, skill-sharing, teach-ins, storytelling, and of course, the beauty of global music and arts.

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road, NW, on Saturday, May 20th, from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Activities include bird walks, invasive plant removal, hands-on activities for kids of all ages, exhibits, information booths, a lecture on Presidents in Rock Creek Park at 1:00, and food. Free! Visit www.nps.gov/rocr http://www.nps.gov/rocr.

Farmers’ Market Brigade  –  Help the DC Greens Farmers’ Market Brigade and DC farmers’ markets increase fresh food access across the city!  Through the Produce Plus Program, qualified customers are eligible to receive up to $20 each week to purchase fresh produce from local farmers.

Interested volunteers will need to sign up for a Farmers’ Market Brigade training in May and plan to…

Commit to 5 market shifts (or more!) between June and September

Distribute Produce Plus checks at farmers’ markets

Provide excellent customer care to all farmers’ market shoppers

All volunteers, including returning Brigade members, must sign up for a 2017 training in order to volunteer at a market shift:  dcgreens.org/brigade/

Read more about Mount Pleasant  –  https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MountPleasantDC/info

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



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