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Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market – August 26, 2017

Foods from the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, Saturday Mornings on the Plaza under the trees.


Dear Friends of Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market:


It will be a beautiful Market day, sunny & warm.  Come enjoy your neighbors.  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!


Weeknight Ponzu Pasta – Use your favorite pasta, preferable whole-grain or something made from legumes – I’ve been enjoying this chickpea pasta lately – made from chickpea flour. It’s nice because if you’re serving a crowd, it works for GF, etc. On the ponzu sauce front I’ve been liking the “From Japan” brand organic ponzu – but there are a good number of vegan ponzu options out there. Just choose one that tastes good, preferably organic, without too much salt. A twist on this would be to skip the pasta, and swap in the equivalent of a can of garbanzo beans (rinsed, drained). Or trade out the tofu for chickpeas. If you want to make this ahead of time, for a party or picnic later, run each ingredient under cold water to stop the cooking, and assemble just before serving.


8 ounces extra firm tofu, cut into 1/4-inch cubes

8 ounces small pasta

6 tablespoons ponzu sauce

3 garlic cloves, minced

scant 1/2 teaspoon chile flakes, or to taste

1/4 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

8 ounces green beans, chopped

8 ounces broccoli florets

a small bunch of cilantro (or basil), chopped


bonus: cherry tomatoes, hemp hearts, crumbled kale chips, also we have a makrut lime tree, and if you finely slice a leaf or two into fine threads, then add it here…magic.


To get things started, bring a large pot of water to a boil, and preheat the oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment, arrange the tofu in a single layer on the parchment and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden. In the meantime, you can prepare the rest of the ingredients.


To make the dressing, in a small bowl, whisk together the ponzu, garlic, chile, and sesame oil. Taste, adjust, and set aside.


When the pasta water is boiling, salt the water, add the pasta, and cook per package instructions. Use a strainer to transfer the cooked pasta into a large serving bowl. Use the same boiling pasta water to cook the green beans for about a minute, add the broccoli, and allow to cook another minute. Until both are just tender. Quickly drain and transfer to the bowl with the pasta. Add the tofu, and the ponzu dressing, and toss well. Add the cilantro, and any other bonus ingredients, give one last toss, and serve immediately.


Serves 3-4.  Prep time: 10 min – Cook time: 10 min




Market Events:


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


Music:  9a-11a –  Josh Borden – Join pianist & singer Josh Borden for a fun morning of rock, Chicago and New Orleans blues, and much more.  joshborden.com

11a-1p –  SHMO – Brother-sister duo arranging covers of mid-2000s indie pop tunes (and some other stuff) for vox and electric guitar or bass.


Fashion Finds – Tin Lizzy Mobile Boutique


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:  This week: white and yellow peaches and nectarines. Gala, Honeycrisp and zestar apples. Grapes, blackberries and sweet corn. Tomatoes, onions, potatoes and squash.  www.quakervalleyorchards.com


Reid’s Orchard:  Going to market this week: Yellow peaches, white peaches, donut peaches, nectarines, Pristine, Earligold, Paula Red, Ginger Gold, Premier Honeycrisp (and more!) apples.  The Premier Honeycrisp are new this year, they are an early season honeycrisp apple.    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, Farmhouse Feta, West Virginia Blue, Bloomery camembert, 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:  Cinnamon Vanilla Peach, Chongos: Mexican Sweet Cream and Cinnamon, 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 the following flavors on-tap: Ginger, Blue Lemongrass, Mango Honeybush (our caffeine-free red tea blend), Reisling, Lavender Lemonade, and Watermelon.   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 week’s seasonal veggie is made with poblano pepper rajas,  zucchini and salsa verde.  Get your maizope fix before we head out to Mexico for a summer break.  We’ll see you  back on Sept 16 with a special menu for Mexican Independence Day.  www.manosdemaiz.com


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


Pagoda Caffè:  No coffee, sorry. They have gone off to a celebration.  www.pagodagoods.com



Community Events:


Moving Sale – Sat 8/26, 9:00-12:00 – 1733 Kilbourne Pl. Art, glassware, pots/pans, furniture, clothes, shoes, small appliances, a bicycle, etc.


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.


17th Street Festival  –  Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets presents the 8th Annual 17th Street Festival, an event celebrating the shops, restaurants, and services of 17th Street. The street festival will take place on Saturday, August 26, from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. in the 1500-1600 blocks of 17th Street, NW. The festival includes a wide variety of street vendors, including artists, makers, entrepreneurs, politicians, and kids activities – rain or shine.


Arena Stage Community Day and Costume Sale – A Free Family event with storytelling, aerialists, live music and dance, great food and a costume sale.  Arena Stage, Saturday, August 26, 12:00 – 6:00 pm  arenastage.org/communityday


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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A neighborhood business with support from Mount Pleasant Main Street (501(c)(3)) & Mount Pleasant Business Association

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