September 13 – Loaves and Fishes

Starting this week, DC’s Loaves and Fishes program will start collecting at the MtP Farmers Market.  Volunteers will be collecting food starting at 1pm from vendors.  This is a great opportunity to speak with volunteers as they collect about ways to help DC’s hungry.  Welcome to the Loaves and Fishes volunteers.

MARKET EVENTS

  • Buskers. Neighbors delight with their musical talents on guitar and vocals. From 9-11 we have Gabe Popkin and from 11-1 Matt Haygood will play.
  • It is National Library Card sign-up month.  Volunteers from the MtP Library will be around to sign people up for a library card!
  • On Saturday September 20, 2014 from 10-12p a truck will pull up on MtP Street, and you are all welcome to drop off old electronics, wires, cds, basically anything that has wires in it.  We will recycle it, free of charge.  Brought to you by Linda Lowe realtors.
  • 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: Strawberry Ginger Lemonade, Watermelon Mint, Chocolate Mint and Vegan Mexican Chocolate.

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, yellow donut peaches, white donut peaches, sugar plums, pristine apples, zestar apples, ginger gold apples, blackberries, red raspberries, blueberries, beans, onions, tomatoes, and potatoes.  Dry goods: applesauce, apple butter honey, jams, and popcorn.

Reid’s Orchard: Yellow and white peaches, yellow nectarines, blueberries,  apples (Honeycrisp, Gala, Macoun, Ginger Gold, Early Fuji, McIntosh and more ), seedless grapes, Concord grapes, Italian plums, heirloom tomatoes, and Cider (Apple, Apple Cherry, Apple Grape).

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.

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:  Lettuce spring mix, arugula, kale, swiss chard, purslane, red beets, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, and melons.

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, summer squash, eggplant, and melons (honeydew and water).

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 feature the return of Bavarian Falcon! Also on tap will be Ginger, Grapefruit, Pomegranate and two other exciting Craft Kombucha flavors.

Number 1 Sons: Our resident pickle vendor will have a variety of pickles and kraut!

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT:

  • 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!
  • Join DC Greens for Sunday/Funday/Workday at the Walker Jones Farm anytime between 10am and 4pm!
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August 23 – Grapes are here!

You have not tasted a grape until you have bit into the sweet heaven that is a locally grown grape.  Grapes at our farmers market come in many varieties; my two favorites are the classic Concord and the Niagara grape.  If your child hates those grocery store monstrosities, convince them to try the small, delicate, and complex berry that many of our produce vendors are now selling on Saturday.  If you are feeling more adventurous, try out this recipe:

Blue cheese and pan-roasted grape tartine recipe

Yields 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sweet red grapes, halved and seeded
  • 3 tablespoons port wine
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 ounces blue cheese (Spring Gap has a delicious one!), crumbled
  • 4 ounces ricotta cheese
  • Ground pepper
  • 4 slices bread
  • Fresh mint leaves (optional)
  • Crusty bread

Instructions:

  1. In a small saucepan over low-medium heat, add the grapes, port, and sugar. Cook until the sauce becomes slightly thick. Let cool.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the blue cheese, ricotta, and pepper until smooth.
  3. Toast the slices of bread either on a griddle, in the oven or in a toaster.
  4. Distribute the blue cheese mixture on top of each slice of bread, and then top each with the grapes.
  5. Garnish with mint leaves, if using.

MARKET EVENTS

  • Buskers. Neighbors delight with their musical talents on guitar and vocals.  From 9-11 Erin M. Flynn, guitar, fiddle, & hammered dulcimer; and from 11-1 Juels Bland, guitar & vocals.
  • 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!
  • On Saturday September 20, 2014 from 10-12p a truck will pull up on MtP Street, and you are all welcome to drop off old electronics, wires, cds, basically anything that has wires in it.  We will recycle it, free of charge.  Brought to you by Linda Lowe realtors.
  • Urban Sitters are back with information about their services as well as fun children’s activities/gifts.

UPDATES FROM FARMERS AND FOODIES:

Pleasant Pops: This week Pleasant Pops will have: Cinnamon Vanilla Peach, Peach Hibiscus, Strawberry Ginger Lemonade, Honey Crisp Apple, and Blueberry Honey Yogurt.

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: freestone yellow and white peaches, nectarines, yellow donut peaches, white donut peaches, sugar plums, pristine apples, zestar apples, ginger gold apples, blackberries, red raspberries, beans, onions, tomatoes, and potatoes.  Dry goods: tomato sauce, applesauce, apple butter honey, jams, and popcorn.

Reid’s Orchard: Yellow and white peaches, yellow and white nectarines, yellow and white donut peaches, blueberries, blackberries, apples (Zestar, Tsugaru, Ginger Gold, Sansa, Mollie’s Delicious), seedless grapes, and plums.

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.

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:  Lettuce spring mix, arugula, kale, swiss chard, purslane, red beets, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, and melons.

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:  All types and varieties of tomatoes, including cherry regular and heirloom varieties, Silver King Corn, watermelons, cantaloupes, hot and sweet peppers, eggplant, squash, onions, cucumbers, and several varieties of beans.

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 feature the return of Bavarian Falcon! Also on tap will be Ginger, Grapefruit, Pomegranate and two other exciting Craft Kombucha flavors.

Number 1 Sons: Our resident pickle vendor will have a variety of pickles and kraut!

Lulu’s: Unfortunately, Lulu’s will not be at this Saturday’s market. They send word that they will miss you all dearly and looking forward to sharing awesome new flavors with you when they return the following week.

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT:

  • 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!
  • Join DC Greens for Sunday/Funday/Workday at the Walker Jones Farm anytime between 10am and 4pm!
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August 16 – Is that a berry?

One of the best courses I ever took in college was a class called “Plants and Human Affairs.”  As an international relations major, I simply wanted a course that would fulfill a common curriculum credit requirement; instead I got a semester’s worth of weekly classes that would destroy and rebuild everything I thought I knew about food.  One lesson from that course continues to be an entertaining card in my party discussion back pocket–what are and are not fruit!  Plant reproductive SOPs got creative over the last millennia, creating different kinds of fruit.  There are drupes–fleshy fruits with hard casing around the seeds–peaches, plums, cherries, and olives–bet you did not know an olive is a fruit!  Did you know a blackberry isn’t a berry?  Its an aggregate fruit, which contains multiple seeds from a single flower.  Mulberries, pineapples, and figs are aggregate fruits.  A berry is a fleshy fruit formed from a single flower containing a single ovary!  A grape, although it does not have the word “berry” in its title, is a berry by the scientific definition.  Between walnuts and peanuts, which one do you think is an actual nut? Neither!  A walnut is a drupe–the same as those delicious market peaches!  And a peanut is actually a type of pea that grows underground.

MARKET EVENTS

  • Buskers. Neighbors delight with their musical talents on guitar and vocals.  From 9-11 Elena Lacayo; and from 11-1 Gil Glass.
  • 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!
  • On Saturday September 20, 2014 from 10-12p a truck will pull up on MtP Street, and you are all welcome to drop off old electronics, wires, cds, basically anything that has wires in it.  We will recycle it, free of charge.  Brought to you by Linda Lowe realtors.

UPDATES FROM FARMERS AND FOODIES:

Pleasant Pops: This week Pleasant Pops will have: Cinnamon vanilla peach, Peach hibiscus, Strawberry ginger lemonade, and Honey crisp apple.

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, yellow donut peaches, white donut peaches, sugar plums, pristine apples, zestar apples, ginger gold apples, blackberries, red raspberries, blueberries, beans, onions, tomatoes, and potatoes.  Dry goods: applesauce, apple butter honey, jams, and popcorn.

Reid’s Orchard: Yellow and white peaches, yellow and white nectarines, yellow and white donut peaches, blueberries, blackberries, apples (Zestar, Pristine, Ginger Gold, Sansa, Mollie’s Delicious), seedless grapes, plums.

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.

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:  Lettuce spring mix, arugula, kale, swiss chard, purslane, red beets, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, and melons.

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:  All types and varieties of tomatoes, including cherry regular and heirloom varieties, Silver King Corn, watermelons, cantaloupes, hot and sweet peppers, eggplant, squash, onions, cucumbers, and several varieties of beans.

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 feature the return of Bavarian Falcon! Also on tap will be Ginger, Grapefruit, Pomegranate and two other exciting Craft Kombucha flavors.

Number 1 Sons: Our resident pickle vendor will have a variety of pickles and kraut!

Lulu’s: Unfortunately, Lulu’s will not be at this Saturday’s market. They send word that they will miss you all dearly and looking forward to sharing awesome new flavors with you when they return the following week.

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT:

  • 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!
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August 9 – E-recycling!

The Mount Pleasant market always strives to be a good neighbor.  And in that spirit we are happy to announce we are sponsoring an electronic recycling event!  On Saturday September 20, 2014 from 10-12p a truck will pull up on MtP Street, and you are all welcome to drop off old electronics, wires, cds, basically anything that has wires in it.  We will recycle it, free of charge.  Here are some fun facts about electronic recycling:

  • According to a study by the U.S. Geological Survey, one metric ton of e-waste from computers contains more gold than that recovered from 17 tons of gold ore.
  • The U.S. EPA estimates that recycling one million computers prevents the release of greenhouse gases equivalent to the annual emissions of over 17,000 cars.
  • According to the U.S. EPA, 40 percent of lead and 70 percent of other toxics found in landfills – including mercury, cadmium and polybrominated flame retardants – are from electronics.

MARKET EVENTS

  • Buskers. Neighbors delight with their musical talents on guitar and vocals.  From 9-11 The Mountaineers–a folk duo; and from 11-1 The Market Band–a fusion of Americana, Folk, and Country.
  • 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: Peach Hibiscus, Cinnamon Vanilla Peach, Chongos: Mexican Sweet Cream and Cinnamon, 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, yellow donut peaches, white donut peaches, sugar plums, pristine apples, zestar apples, ginger gold apples, blackberries, red raspberries, blueberries, beans, onions, tomatoes, and potatoes.  Dry goods: applesauce, apple butter honey, jams, and popcorn.

Reid’s Orchard: Yellow and white peaches, yellow and white nectarines, yellow and white donut peaches, blueberries, blackberries, apples (Zestar, Pristine, Earligold), and plums.

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.

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:  Lettuce spring mix, arugula, kale, swiss chard, purslane, red beets, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, and melons.

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, summer squash, eggplant, and melons (honeydew and water).

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 feature the return of Bavarian Falcon! Also on tap will be Ginger, Grapefruit, Pomegranate and two other exciting Craft Kombucha flavors.

Number 1 Sons: Our resident pickle vendor will have a variety of pickles and kraut!

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT:

  • 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!
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August 2 – Thinking about value

peaches

 

There is no question.  The farmer’s market can get expensive.  I was reminded of this fact while reading this piece in the Washington Post yesterday, in which the author concludes by suggesting that “American diners — at least those with discretionary income and a desire to dine at cheffy places — shed their deeply held habit of assigning value based on the volume of food or the level of price alone. That calculation has not always served us well: It has led, obviously, to eating more food than we need. But more than that, it has led to a kind of culinary oblivion, in which our craving for cheap, calorie-dense meals blinds us to the art and craft of the dishes that we profess to love in the first place.”

I am happy to report that at the MtP FM we can make quality food available to all patrons–even those with less discretionary income but a desire to eat fresh and local–thanks to the DC Government and a few non-profits.  The MtP FM participates in three major programs: (1) SNAP; (2) Produce Plus; and (3) Wholesome Wave’s Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program.  The SNAP program is also more commonly known as food stamps and it often surprises people to learn they can use their benefits at the market.  Produce Plus is a program introduced by the DC government last year, which “pluses up” individuals enrolled in food assistance program’s ability to purchase fresh and local fruits and vegetables.  As long as the participant is a DC resident and a participant in a food assistance program that individual is eligible to receive $10 in the form of a Produce Plus check to use at the market.  Finally, in conjunction with Wholesome Wave, DC Greens, and local health clinics, MtP FM is a partner in the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program (FVRx), which promotes innovative partnerships between healthcare providers, farmers markets and families with diet-related diseases.  For me, helping with these programs at has been the most valuable experience of working at the MtP FM.

MARKET EVENTS

  • Buskers. Neighbors delight with their musical talents on guitar and vocals.  From 9-11 Marc Maxson and from 11-1 Kristin Forbes.
  • 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: Cinnamon Vanilla Peach, Peach Hibiscus, Peaches and Ginger, 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, pristine apples, 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, currants (red and black), and apples (Zestar, Pristine, Earligold).

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 groffscontentfarm@gmail.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:  Lettuce spring mix, arugula, kale, swiss chard, purslane, red beets, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, and melons.

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, summer squash, eggplant, and melons (honeydew and water).

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!

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT:

  • 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!
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