There are many wonderful traditions surrounding food. German children delight in finding the hidden pickle in the Christmas tree. In Japan, the arrival of Spring and Fall are celebrated with Ohagi, made from sweet rice and adzuki beans. But I think my favorite tradition (and maybe as the manager of a farmer’s market I am a bit biased) is a tradition from Rosh HaShanah. On the second night of the Jewish new year, celebrants eat a “new fruit”–a fruit that has recently come into season but that practitioner has not yet had the opportunity to eat. While I am only a gentile, I love this tradition and it inspires me to try new and perhaps intimidating fruits at the market. One fruit that is new to me is the redcurrant, which is popular in the United Kingdom but hasn’t found the same popularity in the colonies. I found this recipe and intend to try it in the coming weeks! What new fruit will you find at the market?
- Buskers. Neighbors delight with their musical talents.
- Children’s Play Area. Make your market trip a family affair. Shop with your young-ones and then relax and play in our kids space. We’ll bring the toys!
UPDATES FROM FARMERS AND FOODIES:
Pleasant Pops: This week Pleasant Pops will have: Watermelon Mint, Cinnamon Vanilla Peach, Peach Hibiscus, and Strawberry Ginger Lemonade.
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.
Earth Spring Farm: Cherry tomatoes, Yellow taxi tomatoes, green peppers, Eggplant, Yukon gold and Red Pontiac Potatoes, Cabbage, Carrots, Beets, Kholrabi, Spaghetti Squash, Cucumbers, Zucchini, various lettuces, Kale, a variety of onions (cippolini, tropea, red marble, white spanish and cortlands), Red Russian Garlic, Basil, Parsley, Sage, Thyme, and pastured, non-GMO and (non-certified organic) eggs!
Quaker Valley Orchards: Yellow sentry peaches, white peaches, nectarines, sugar plums, blackberries, red raspberries, blueberries, currants, sweet corn, and potatoes. Dry goods: applesauce, apple butter honey, jams, and popcorn.
Reid’s Orchard: White and yellow peaches, white and yellow nectarines, sugar plums, Shiro plums (the little yellow ones), Formosa plums (the red and yellow ones), apples, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and currants (red and black).
Atwater’s Bread: Naturally leavened, hand shaped loaves like Irish Brown, Peasant Wheat, Sunflower Flex, Sesame Wheat, Struan, Ten Grain, Spelt, Olive, Caraway Rye, Raisin Pumpernickel, Raisin Walnut, Cranberry Pecan, Jalapeno Cheddar, Catonsville Sourdough, Rosemary Italian, Country White, Ciabatta, baguettes. As well as luscious sweets – Seasonal pies, Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Molasses Ginger Cookies, Snickerdoodles, Apricot Bran Muffins, Coffee Cake Pecan Muffins, Mixed Fruit Scones, our Good Food Award winning jam, Fruit & Nut Granola, Cherry Chocolate Granola, Seasonal Teacakes, brownies, and pound cake.
Groff’s Content Farm: Beef: steaks, short ribs, roasts, jerky, ground beef. Lamb. Most pork cuts. Eggs. Complete raw meat dog food. Tallow soaps. The farmswill have whole fresh chickens this Saturday. There will only be a limited supply available. So come early or email email@example.com before Friday at 5 p.m., to reserve yours.
Spring Gap Mountain Creamery: Fresh from Paw Paw, WV, four cheeses: Jersey Gold gouda, Shenandoah Sunrise tomme, Sophie’s Select cheddar, Farmhouse Feta, and Bloomery, their version of camembert.
Truck Patch Farms: Eight different kinds of strawberries!! Earliglow, Cobat, Chandler, Cavedisnsh, Ovation, Mesbia, Jewel, Honeyore. Additionally, there is the usual lettuce spring mix, arugula, kale, swiss chard, red beets, and perhaps the last week for asparagus.
Truck Patch Meat Department: Andouille sausage this week! Plus, smoked sausage- Applewurst, Country, Ground, Italian hot and sweet, Maple, Sage. Bacon, smoked maple, garlic, and pepper. All cuts of pork. Shoulder roast bone inand boneless, Shoulder chops, Ribs, and Hams steaks. Whole chickens as well as parts. Turkey all parts and ground. Turkey burgers, white and dark meat. Eggs.
Richfield Farm: Potatoes, onions, broccoli, kohlrabi, several varieties of lettuce, chard, several varieties of kale, tomatoes, and summer squash.
Craft Kombucha: Washington D.C.’s neighborhood kombucha brewery, Craft Kombucha brings balance to your life and your body. Each Saturday you can come fill up your refillable bottles with one of six unique and delicious flavors. This weekend’s flavor lineup will consist of Ginger, Grapefruit, Elderflower, Citra Hop’d Lemon, International Series flavor Tropical Caipirinha, and an exciting new flavor designed by fellow Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market vendor and chef at Culinary Jones, Aysha Jones.
Number 1 Sons: Our resident pickle vendor will have a variety of pickles and kraut as well as a small batch of yellow cucumber pickles done with a mix of horseradish and other spices!
- Always wanted to learn more about gardening, but didn’t have the time or resources? Check out the Neighborhood Farm Initiative. NFI offers a variety of courses and gardening opportunities for people of all ages!
- The DC summer meals program began this Monday and runs throughout the summer. Meals and snacks are available at hundreds of sites across the city including recreation centers, schools, churches, libraries, and community based organizations. D.C. Free Summer Meals Program is FREE to all children ages 18 and younger, who can just show up at a D.C. Free Summer Meal site during meal time, no application necessary. For more information, click here.
- Join DC Greens for Sunday/Funday/Workday at the Walker Jones Farm anytime between 10am and 4pm!