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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.

http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/print/strawberry-panzanella-recipe.html

 

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/982200001911301/

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

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Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market – May 13, 2017

Dear Friends of Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market:

 

It will be a decent day at the Market, don’t let the threat of a few sprinkles stop you from getting the first crop of local strawberries!  If need be, don your slicker & Wellies and carry a big basket for all those strawberries.  It looks like the rain may end fairly early in the morning….

 

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

 

Rhubarb & Strawberry Pie

“A delicious tart and sweet combination. Nothing tastes better with vanilla ice cream. Fresh or frozen rhubarb may be used.”  Recipe by:Terri

 

Ingredients:

200 g white sugar

60 g all-purpose flour

455 g fresh rhubarb, chopped

715 g fresh strawberries

1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie

30 g butter

1 egg yolk

25 g white sugar

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

In a large bowl, mix flour and sugar. Add strawberries and chopped rhubarb. Toss with sugar and flour and let stand for 30 minutes.

Pour filling into pie crust. Dot top with butter, and cover with top crust. Seal edges of top and bottom crust with water.

Apply yolk to top of pie, using a pastry brush. Sprinkle with sugar. Cut small holes in top to let steam escape.

Bake at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C), for 35 to 40 minutes, or until bubbly and brown. Cool on rack.

 

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/12612/rhubarb-and-strawberry-pie/print/?recipeType=Recipe&servings=8

 

 

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:  Rain, rain, go away.   Maybe Alex Young on guitar & vocals.

 

 

What’s Coming to Market:

 

Earth Spring Farm:  We’ll have carrots, pastured non-GMO eggs from our farm, and fresh whole milk and chocolate milk from our partners at Apple Valley Creamery.  We will also have bags of naturally grown, chemical-free soil mix, compost and fertilizer made on our farm by Farmer Mike, and 6-packs of seedlings for sale.  Several varieties of heirloom tomatoes, herbs, root veggies and greens will be available.  Come see us to stock up for your home garden!   earthspringcsa.com

 

Truck Patch Farm:  Asparagus 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:  Spinach, radish, rhubarb, asparagus, red and white spring onions, green garlic, & kale. Plus Herb plants. And get ready, next Saturday we will definitely have strawberries.  www.facebook.com/pages/Richfield-Farm/108853529132734

 

Quaker Valley Orchards:  Strawberries & Apples – Fuji, Pink Lady, Cameo, and York. Bosc pears. Applesauce and butter, tomato sauce and honey. Jam in blackberry, blueberry, tart cherry and peach.  www.quakervalleyorchards.com

 

Reids Orchard:  We will not be at the Market this week, sorry.  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 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 will not be at the Market this week, sorry.  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:  We will not be at the Market this week, sorry.  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: We are celebrating Cinco de Mayo with tamales! These are limited and off the menu so come early!.  Also, our freshly made maizopes make a great Mother’s Day gift, get your 8-pack for 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.

 

DCPS World Language Festival 2017  –  Sat, May 13; 10AM – 1PM

DCPS Global Education is happy to host the 2nd annual DCPS World Language Festival at Deal Middle School on May 13.  DCPS students, families and community members are welcome to come and join together to celebrate World Language instruction across the district.

 

Get ready for a day full of fun featuring student activities, food tastings from International Food Days, parent and family information sessions, cultural performances, and an exhibition hall with representatives from community partners, and embassies, and so much more!  World Language Teacher of the Year and World Language Student of the Year awards will also be presented at the culmination of the event.

 

For questions, contact Allyson Williams at allyson.williams@dc.gov. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dcps-world-language-festival-2017-tickets-32957352328

 

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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Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market – April 29, 2017

Dear Friends of Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market:

 

It will be a great day at the Market, warm & sunny, then head out for the People’s Climate March.

 

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

 

Asparagus and Mushroom Frittata

 

Prep -10 m; Cook – 40 m; Ready In – 50 m  Recipe By: MAGGIDEW  “This is one of my favorites. The most important thing (I think) is to cook it slowly so the eggs stay tender.”

 

Ingredients

1 tablespoon butter

3 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces

1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced

6 eggs

1 tablespoon water

1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

Melt butter in an oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Stir in olive oil and asparagus, and cook until the asparagus is tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in the mushrooms, and continue cooking about 5 minutes.

 

In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, water, and thyme. Pour into the skillet, and reduce heat to low. Cover, and cook 5 minutes.

 

Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven. Bake 10 to 15 minutes, until eggs are no longer runny. Top the mixture with Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese. Turn on the broiler, and broil until cheeses are melted and lightly browned.

 

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/46353/asparagus-and-mushroom-frittata/print/?recipeType=Recipe&servings=6

 

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:

9-11-   Open.  Who wants to play?

11-1 –  Iana Kozelsky – a singer/songwriter/guitarist performing acoustic coffeehouse-style music, with covers ranging from the Beatles to Adele.

 

Fashion Finds – The Strut Truck and Tin Lizzy Mobile Boutique

 

District Bridges – The new Columbia Heights / Mount Pleasant Main Streets Initiative, will be at the Market to talk about hopes & plans for our neighborhoods. Share your thoughts, join the team, build bridges.

 

 

What’s Coming to Market:

 

Earth Spring Farm: They will have surprise carrots and cilantro that Mike discovered in the fields, along with kale, eggs and milk.   earthspringcsa.com

 

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

 

Richfield Farm: Back with plants & seedlings for your garden.  www.facebook.com/pages/Richfield-Farm/108853529132734

 

Quaker Valley Orchards:  Asparagus & Apples – Fuji, Pink Lady, Cameo, and York. Bosc pears. 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 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/

 

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:  Our lamb in salsa verde is back and this weeks seasonal veggie is a Spring mix of roasted asparagus and ramps.  You can now take your tortillas home, get your 8-pack of fresh made maizopes for 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.

 

People’s Climate March – On the 100th Day of the current Administration, we will be in the streets of Washington D.C. to show the world and our leaders that we will resist attacks on our people, our communities and our planet.

 

We will come together from across the United States to strengthen our movement. We will demonstrate our power and resistance at the gates of the White House. We will bring our solutions to the climate crisis, the problems that affect our communities and the threats to peace to our leaders in Congress to demand action.

We invite you to join the Peoples Climate Movement on Saturday, April 29th as we march to:

 

-Advance solutions to the climate crisis rooted in racial, social and economic justice, and committed to protecting front-line communities and workers.

-Protect our right to clean air, water, land, healthy communities and a world at peace.

-Immediately stop attacks on immigrants, communities of color, indigenous and tribal people and lands and workers.

-Ensure public funds and investments create good paying jobs that provide a family-sustaining wage and benefits and preserve workers’ rights, including the right to unionize.

-Fund investments in our communities, people and environment to transition to a new clean and renewable energy economy that works for all, not an economy that feeds the machinery of war.

-Protect our basic rights to a free press, protest and free speech.

 

March on April 29th as we come together to resist and march for our families, our communities and our planet.  https://peoplesclimate.org/  https://www.facebook.com/peoplesclimate/

 

 

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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.

 

Music:

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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Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market – 12/17/16

Dear Friends of the Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market,

 

It is the last market of the season folks.  Thank you all for your support this year!  2016 in general has been eventful and stressful, but we hope the market brought a bit of happiness and fun to your year.  We wish you all a very happy holidays!  We will be back on April 1st, 2017!

 

Market Events:

 

Bike Clinic – Too cold, and our volunteer bike technicians gotta finish their holiday shopping.  They will be back in April.  Learn how to do your own adjustments and maintenance.  Helpers wanted.  Want help others solve their bike issues?  Join our team!  Stop by for more details.

 

Tin Lizzy Mobile Boutique – Check all the ladies off of your holiday shopping list with Tin Lizzy Mobile Boutique this weekend. Tin Lizzy is bringing a truck load of ethically made women’s clothing and accessories that make great gifts for friends, family and yourself!

 

Strut Truck – More holiday fashions.  Don’t bother with the malls and big boxes, great unique gifts are at the Market.

 

Music –  Gabriel Dunsmith, on mountain dulcimer will close out the Market season if it is not too wet & cold.

 

What’s Coming to Market:

 

Truck Patch Farm:  It’s not to late to stock up for winter! Truckpatch will have turkey and pork, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, arugula, mesclun mix, spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, collard greens, and two types of kale. www.truckpatchfarms.com

 

Richfield Farms:  Sorry, the weather looks too bad to drive the big truck in from the farm early in the morning.  They will be back in April.  www.facebook.com/pages/Richfield-Farm/108853529132734

 

Earth Spring Farm:  Sorry, the weather looks too bad to drive the big truck in from the farm early in the morning.  They will be back in April.  Sign up for their CSA program.   earthspringcsa.com

 

Reid’s Orchard:  Will have Asian pears, Bartlett pears, apples (Gala, Honeycrisp, Gold Supreme and more!), and cider (UV, Honeycrisp and Pear). www.reidsorchardwinery.com

 

Quaker Valley Orchards:  Will have lots of varieties of apples, fresh cider, potatoes and onions, winter squash, apple and tomato sauce, honey, several kinds of jam!   www.quakervalleyorchards.com

 

Spring Gap Mountain Creamery:  Closed for the season.  They are busy watching next year’s cheese age….  They will be back in April when the new Market season begins.  Thanks for being great customers and making the weekly drive from Paw Paw, WV worth it.   www.springgapmtn.com

 

Atwater Bakery: Will have their famous Sunflower flax bread as well as two special loafs–scalded caraway rye and sunflower flax, almond coconut macaroons, lemon and ginger pound cakes, apple pocket pies, and winter time flavors of their award-winning French preserve-style jams.  atwaters.biz/

 

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.  They have also recently gotten a grant that has helped them expand to prepared meals; come by and see this week’s selections! www.groffscontentfarm.com

 

Good Sense Farm & Apiary:   New on the farm: Dried Mushrooms, Teas and Broths! It’s cold and flu season and Good Sense Farm has something to sooth and fortify you. This week, we’ve got Shiitake Ginger Mane.   Visit The Perch, their urban farm and arts space!   goodsensefarm.com

 

No.1 Sons:  Whether you’re eating it with a pork chop, on your eggs in the morning or sprinkling some sauer onto your salad…it’s kraut season!  Popular Garlic Dill kraut returns this weekend! We will have a Thanksgiving Kraut with apples + sage shortly afterward. Clean Kraut is still fermenting in barrels, but we’ll have four other types of kraut!  Speaking of apples, our cubed radish kimchi (kkakdugi) is getting a healthy mix-in of local apples, too. You get lovely bites of apple sweetness along side crunchy, spicy radish.  number1sons.com/

 

Pleasant Pops:  Finished for the season.  Until next April at the Market, visit their shops.  pleasantpops.com/

 

People’s 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

 

Craft Kombucha:  Mount Pleasant’s neighborhood kombucha brewery, Craft Kombucha brings balance to your life and your body. Last chance to up your refillable bottles with one of our unique and delicious flavors, fresh from the tap.   www.craftkombucha.com

 

Manos de Maiz:  Head over Manos de Maiz and try their holiday themed maizope: Hibiscus flowers with spicy cranberry compote.  Also, try their hot chocolate, called champurrado, which is vegan and gluten free!!  A taste of the desert in DC!   www.manosdemaiz.com

 

Hilana Falafel:  Will be bringing delish falafel wraps as well as humus and baba ghanouj.

 

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

 

Community Events:

 

Saturday Morning Yoga: 10a – 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 ours (limited availability).dclibrary.org/mtpleasant   MtP Library

 

Mt Pleasant Holiday Craft Markets – It’s a Sunday Shopping Brunch at both Beau Thai, 1-5p & Purple Patch, 12-4.  Shop & relax with good food and great gifts.   facebook.com/events/1223734347686895/

 

MtP Community Holiday Party – Sunday 12/18, 2-6p, La Casa, 3166 MtP St.  Free food, drinks, & music, Kid’s activities and toy raffle.  Family fun helping others.   www.facebook.com/events/554040891452050/  www.youcaring.com/kidsofdaylaborersandotherfamiliesinneedindc-709119

 

ZooLights – More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music!  A free event that includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping.  Now through Sunday, January 1, 2017, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Zoo!

 

The 2016 Georgetown GLOW invites visitors to re-imagine the season of light through outdoor public art.  Now in its third year, 2016’s Georgetown GLOW is running nightly  through Sunday, January 1, with works lit from 6 – 10 p.m. nightly.  The 2016 exhibition encourages contemplation of, and interaction with, the natural environment. Each work has an element of interactivity allowing the viewer to walk in, on, and around the piece; while other works ask the viewer become part of the artwork. Commissioned works of local, regional and international artists will be featured throughout Georgetown’s commercial district, including along the historic C&O Canal, Georgetown Waterfront Park, Grace Church, Washington Harbour and Wisconsin Avenue.  Georgetown GLOW is presented by the Georgetown Business Improvement District.

 

Season’s Greenings  – The US Botanic Garden gets decked out for the holidays thanks to this annual exhibit featuring a model train exhibit running through 45 plant-based models of national parks and historic places like the Grand Canyon, the Statue of Liberty and many more.  Inside the Conservatory you’ll also find the garden’s collection of DC’s iconic landmarks, one of the city’s largest indoor Christmas trees and a showcase of poinsettias.  This year’s theme celebrates the National Park Service Centennial and is open now through Jan. 2 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.), and will stay open until 8 p.m. with holiday concerts most Tuesday and Thursday evenings in December.  100 Maryland Ave SW

 

Downtown Holiday Market – The 12th Annual Downtown Holiday Market is located on the F Street sidewalk in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery between 7th & 9th Sts, NW. Bringing a unique and festive shopping “village” to the heart of Downtown DC, the market features more than 150 regional artisans, crafters and boutique businesses of ethnically produced goods.   It will run continuously through Friday, December 23.  Hours will be from Noon to 8 pm each day.

 

DC Events:  dcculturecalendar.org

 

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

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