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Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market – July 15, 2017

Dear Friends of Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market:


It is gonna be another great day at the Market, partly cloudy, warm, lower humidity, a break after last week’s heat.  Come early to get the best of the Market, stay and enjoy the music, snacks, & neighbors.


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


Zucchini Ricotta Cheesecake  –  Serves 8.  Prep time: 15 min – Cook time: 80 min

To shred the zucchini use a box grater – most micro planes are too fine, you want shredded zucchini, not mush.  Feel free to play around with the “add-in” ingredients – for example, use whatever chopped herbs you like. I had dill on hand, and I like how it tastes with summer squash, so dill it was. I suspect anything from chopped olives, sun-dried tomatoes, or chives, to spices, chopped spinach, or corn would work here. Also, when I have the time and inclination I’ll drain the ricotta through cheesecloth to get even more moisture out of the cake, but to be honest, most times I won’t bother. Lastly, I use a springform pan here, but you could use an equivalent baking dish or deep tart pan as well.


2 cups zucchini, unpeeled & grated

1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt

2 1/2 cups ricotta cheese

1/2 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese

2 shallots, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped

zest of one lemon

2 large eggs, well beaten

1/3 cup goat cheese, crumbled

drizzle of olive oil


Preheat oven to 325F degrees, racks the middle. Butter/oil a 7-inch springform pan.


In a strainer, toss the shredded zucchini with the salt and let sit for ten minutes. Now aggressively squeeze and press out as much moisture as you can. Then squeeze some more. Set aside.


In the meantime, combine the ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, shallots, garlic, dill and lemon zest in a medium bowl. Stir in the eggs and continue mixing until well combined. Now stir in the shredded zucchini. Fill the springform pan with the ricotta mixture and place on a baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake for sixty minutes. If there is any moisture left on top of the cake at this point, carefully use a bit of paper towel to dab it off. Now sprinkle with the goat cheese and return to the oven for another 20 -30 minutes or until the goat cheese is melted and the cake barely jiggles in the center (it will set up more as it cools).


At this point, if the cake is baked and set, but the top isn’t quite golden, I’ll zap it with the broiler (just about a minute) to get a bit more color on top. Remove from the oven and let cool five minutes, then release the cake from its pan. Cool completely, serve at room temperature drizzled with a bit of olive oil and a few sprigs of dill.


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Market Events:


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


Music:  9a-11a –  Lamont Street Deluxe – Accordion duo Lamont Park Deluxe will play a variety of international folk songs and dances, old standards, and a few surprises.

11a-1p –  Trifilio Tango Trio – virtuosic performances of original tango music.


Fashion – Both Tin Lizzy Mobile Boutique & Strut Truck will be at the Market to help make you look beautiful.


What’s Coming to Market:


Earth Spring Farm:  We have herbs this week!  Apple mint, spearmint, basil, calendula flowers, red clover, wildflowers, and bunches of things we find in the fields, ….to be determined  =)  Eggs, greens, squash, garlic bulbs and scapes as well.  Come see us early.  earthspringcsa.com


Truck Patch Farm:    Rain’s gone – get the grill out!  How about pork chops or ribs?  And chicken wings.   Raspberries, zucchini, summer squash, snow peas, arugula, mesclun salad mix, spinach, chard & kale.  Free Range eggs and tomatoes!  www.truckpatchfarms.com


Richfield Farm:  Corn, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, melons, pepper, eggplants, beans, & squash..  www.facebook.com/pages/Richfield-Farm/108853529132734


Quaker Valley Orchards:  Peaches, nectarines, raspberries, plums, blueberries, currants and gooseberries. Potatoes, summer squash, beans, broccoli, sugar peas and cucumbers.  www.quakervalleyorchards.com


Reid’s Orchard:  Blueberries, raspberries, gooseberries, currants, plums, sweet cherries, sour cherries, yellow peaches and Lodi apples.  www.reidsorchardwinery.com


Groff’s Content Farm:  We will have fresh duck at Market!  We also have some new grassfed beef bologna and snack sticks made without preservatives or added nitrates.  As one customer said, they are weirdly good; I personally can’t stop eating them.  Kind of summer sausage-like would be great on crackers if you can get them that far.  We have lots of ground beef and bacon for the perfect grassfed bacon cheese burger paired with cheese from Spring Gap Mountain of course.  Also Bratwurst and keilbasa which are outstanding grilled on a bun topped with Number 1 Sons sauerkraut.   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, Bloomery Camembert and lightly salted cultured butter.  www.springgapmtn.com


No.1 Sons:  June is upon us and it is cucumber pickle bonanza at the pickle stand.  Half Sours!  Full Sours!  Sweet Pickles (vinegar pickled, not fermented)!  It is the last guaranteed weekend for our 2017 Spring Ramp Kraut, too.  Our spicy Rippin Rosetdio kraut will soon be replacing the Spring Ramp Kraut.  As always, bring back your pickle container to the Number 1 Sons stand + a refill is 25 cents off.  number1sons.com/


Good Sense Farm – Mushrooms & Apiary:   No mushrooms for the rest of July.  We are taking some time off to smell the fungi.  See you in August.  www.facebook.com/GoodSenseFarm/


Atwaters Bakery:  We will have jalapeno cheddar.  Next weekend we will have sprouted whole wheat sourdough.  We’re also rolling out the start of our summer fruit jams.  Look for cherry, blueberry, and peach varieties!​  atwaters.biz/


Pleasant Pops:  Peaches and Cream, Watermelon Mint, Strawberry Ginger Lemonade this week.   Visit our 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, Blue Lemongrass, Lavender Lemonade, Mango Honeybush, Grapefruit, and one of our wine series flavors, Riesling..   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: Our Elote in a cup is back: roasted corn, queso Cotija, mayo, epazote, spicy salt. Try our chicken mole this week made with local jalapeños and pumpkin seeds. Take your 8 pack home to step up your grilling game.  www.manosdemaiz.com


Hilana Cuisine:  The best & freshest homemade Falafel sandwich wraps..


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



Help Wanted  –  Number 1 Sons are searching for a few more Farmers’ Market helpers – both weekly weekday market staff and weekend market subs.  If you are awesome with people & love talking about food/cooking, please contact Caitlin  caitlin@number1sons.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.


Lotus and Water Lily Festival – Celebrate global culture in the wild wetlands of Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens at the week long 2017 Lotus and Water Lily Festival! Join us at the only national park dedicated to growing aquatic plants for fun FREE activities for the whole family.  See a spectacular display of lotus and water lilies in full bloom! Enjoy gardening workshops & traditional Latin, Asian & African dancing performances! Hands-on activities including face painting, lotus tea tasting, and painting demonstrations! Visit educational and cultural exhibitors and much more!  Saturday, July 15, 10:00 to 4:00, 1900 Anacostia Ave SE  www.nps.gov/keaq/planyourvisit/lotus-and-water-lily-festival.htm


First-Time Homebuyer’s Credit Seminar  –  Tired of renting?  Want to buy your own home?  Don’t know how to get approved for credit?  We can help!  University Legal Services is funded by the District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development.  The session will be presented in English and in Spanish. Basic information sessions for first-time home buyers are also given monthly.  MtP Library, Saturday, July 15, 12:00 pm


Self Defense Class for Women  –  The second of four women-oriented self-defense classes with Master Gloria DuBisette of DC Gentle East Martial Arts. This class will focus on falling safely and fighting from the ground.  Mats will be provided. The next classes in the series are on August 6 and August 13. The classes will take place in the Large Meeting Room from 2 – 4 p.m. Please wear comfortable clothes. Recommended for ages 13 and above.  MtP Library, Sunday, July 16, 2:00 pm


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


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