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Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market – August 5, 2017

Dear Friends of Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market:


It will be a beautiful Market day.   Stay for a little while 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!


All The Tomatoes & Pasta Salad  –  This is the quintessential summer salad. It travels beautifully, and is perfect for any family-style get-together. Use a mix of the best tomatoes you can get your hands on. I love a mix of heirlooms, green zebras, and multi-colored cherry tomatoes cut into bite-sized bursts of summer. Bonus – you can make the dressing a day or two ahead of time. To make this gluten-free, use a gluten-free pasta.


1/4 pound kale, loosely chopped or baby kale

8 ounces dried whole-grain short pasta


1 teaspoon whole caraway seeds

3 garlic cloves

1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt

2 tablespoons harissa paste

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

1/3 cup water or almond milk

3 tablespoons nutritional yeast

1 tablespoon tahini (optional)


2 pounds of tomatoes, halved or quartered

Lots of fresh basil, torn or thinly sliced


To serve, any or all of the following: herb flowers, thinly sliced makrut lime leaves, torn olives, chopped toasted almonds, cooked black or French lentils


Arrange the kale in a large serving bowl. Cook the pasta in salted water per the package instructions, drain, and shake off any additional water.


Make the dressing by toasting the caraway in a dry skillet just until fragrant – a minute or two, tossing regularly. Transfer to a mortar and pestle, and crush the seeds. Add the garlic, and the salt, and crush into a paste. Work in the harissa, followed by the lemon juice, and then the water, eventually the nutritional yeast, and tahini (if using). Taste and add more salt if needed (I sometimes add a bit of sweetness at this step too if the lemon is too assertive).


Just before serving pour 1/3 of the dressing over the kale and toss well. Add the pasta, another third of the dressing, and toss again. Arrange the tomatoes, and basil on top of the kale-pasta, and give the gentlest toss, being extra nice to the tomatoes. Drizzle with the remaining dressing, and top with any of the suggestion extra toppings. Enjoy!


Serves 6-8.  Prep time: 10 min. Cook time: 10 min



Market Events:


Bike Clinic –  Our volunteer bike technicians will be there to tweak your wheels, and show how to do it.


Music:  9a-1p –  Alex Young –  Guitar, tambourine, harmonica & vocals  Pop, country, Irish, Classic Rock, & original music.



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:  Tomatoes and basil!  Cucumbers and green beans.  Kebabs of zucchini and summer squash.  Pork chops, sausage, and chicken on the grill.  Arugula, mesclun salad mix, spinach, chard & kale.  Free Range eggs.  www.truckpatchfarms.com


Richfield Farm:  Everything the summer heart can desire: Corn, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, melons, pepper, eggplants, beans, & squash.  www.facebook.com/pages/Richfield-Farm/108853529132734


Quaker Valley Orchards:  Yellow and white peaches and nectarines. Apples, donut peaches, blackberries, raspberries and gooseberries. Beans, potatoes, tomatoes, sweet corn, and summer squash. Tomato sauce, jams, honey and applesauce.  www.quakervalleyorchards.com


Reid’s Orchard:  Going to market this week: Blueberries, blackberries, plums, yellow peaches, white peaches, donut peaches, nectarines, Pristine, Earligold, Paula Red (and more!) 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, fresh mozzarella 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, Elderflower, Grapefruit, Blue Lemongrass, Pomegranate, and our delicious summer hit, Lavender Lemonade.   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 aguas Fresca is back featuring Watermelon and prickly pear.  Also, our seasonal veggie maizope is fairytale eggplant and charred poblano rajas, a take on my mom’s recipe.



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.


Ice Cream at Peirce Mill  –  Learn how to make hand-cranked ice cream the old fashioned way on Saturday, August 5th at Peirce Mill starting at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. This demonstration will show you how ice and salt creates a brine that reduces the temperature below freezing, and cranking the handle for 30 minutes can whip this frozen treat made famous by Dolly Madison after her return from France. A historic recipe will be distributed to those in attendance. Free!  2401 Tilden Street, NW, at the intersection of Beach Drive & Park Rd. The mill was built circa 1820 by Isaac Peirce and owned by the family for three generations. To learn more, visit www.FriendsofPeirceMill.org http://www.friendsofpeircemill.org/.


Volunteer for Peirce Mill –  Interested in meeting new people? Volunteer at Peirce Mill for just 6 hours a month! We need volunteers to give tours of this historic building, staff events, and help maintain this giant wooden machine. E-mail volunteer@friendsofpeircemill.org mailto:volunteer@friendsofpeircemill.org.


Music on the Patio  –  Plastic Sky will be playing outside on the patio at Dos Gringos this weekend, Saturday, 5:50 – 7:30p!  There will be music, chilling out, meeting cool people, and the promise of not-too-humid DC summer weather (!). And you can enjoy Dos Gringos sandwiches and hand-scooped ICE CREAM CONES and MILKSHAKES. 🙂  Two sets. First one at 5.30, second one at 6.30.  It will be cooler out by late afternoon and everyone can hang for a bit and enjoy the music, food, & friends.  PlasticSky.net


Alley/Garage Sale  –  We are moving and are having an alley sale Sunday Aug 6th from 10:30 to 2pm- in the alley behind 1655 Newton St – go down Oakwood Terrace and take the first alley on the right and then up a few houses.  We have furniture, kid’s toys, household items, etc.   Best offers accepted – everything must go!  Thanks, Karen karen@potentiaconcepts.com  Sunday Aug 6th 10:30 to 2pm


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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