I have always wanted to travel to Croatia. It has been on my list for years, the mountains, the sea, the food–all of it sounds delightful. So when I came across a simple recipe for a Croatian dish last week, I knew I had to try it. It did not disappoint.
Croatian Blitva (with a twist)
Blitva is made traditionally only with garlic, salt, pepper, potatoes, and chard. I have added the red pepper flakes and tomatoes because, lets face it, they are totally delicious.
- 4-5 waxy potatoes (fingerlings are good), diced into 1 inch cubes
- 4-5 gloves of garlic, minced
- 1 bunch of chard, roughly chopped
- 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
- red pepper flakes
- Fill saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add about a tsp salt and the potatoes. Cook til tender, 5-6 minutes. Remove from the saucepan and drain.
- Add olive oil to skillet and warm over medium heat. Once the oil easily covers the entire skillet, add the minced garlic and saute for 30 seconds.
- Add potatoes to skillet and cook until golden, about 6 minutes.
- Add roughly chopped chard to the pan, if the pan is dry add a little more oil or water, when the volume of chard leaves has halved add tomatoes and season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
- Saute all together for another 3mins.
- Buskers. Neighbors delight with their musical talents. From 9-11 the Americana Market Band will play. And from 11-1 Mount Pleasant’s own Susane Asher will strum and sing!
- 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:
People’s Bao: Peter has Chinese steamed buns with shittake mushrooms, 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. This week Peter will also have duck soup in a jar for $9. The soup consists of duck bone broth, duck meat, ginger, onion, lemongrass, organic brown rice, lentils, Azuki red beans, mung beans, and shiitake mushroom.
Earth Spring Farm: Lettuce heads, Lettuce mix- salad cut, Arugula bunched, Arugula salad cut, Premium greens mix salad cut, Greens mix bunched, Green broccoli Raab, Red Russian kale, Green curly kale, Bok choi, Multicolor Swiss chard, Mizuna greens bunched, Red mustard greens – 2 varieties, Purple top turnips, Scarlet turnips, Sweet Japanese Hakueri turnips, Purple radishes, Red radishes, Red beets, Tomatoes, Assorted hot peppers, Green bell peppers, black eggplant, long asian eggplant varieties, Winter Squash Varieties, Pie pumpkins, Fingerling sweet potatoes, Potatoes – Yukon Gold and Red Pontiac, Herbs – French sorrel, Chives, lemongrass, red russian garlic, Thai basil, and Pastured eggs – raised with non GMO feed.
Quaker Valley Orchards: Apples (Honeycrisp ,gala, golden delicious, crimson crisp, courtland, Mutsu, jonagold, nittany, northern spy, and Arkansas black), Niagara grapes, Cider (Apple, Apple Cherry, Apple Grape, Honeycrisp), fresh cider, potatoes, onions, pumpkins, winter squash, popping corn, applesauce and butter, tomato sauce, honey and jam.
Reid’s Orchard: Kiwi berries, Apples (Honeycrisp, Gala, Macoun, Gold Supreme, Fuji, Yataka, Pinova, Jonathan, Haralson, Jonagold, Empire, Smokehouse, Red Delicious, Snow Sweet, Ambrosia, Calville blanc, Orleans, Stayman, and Nittany), Asian Pears, Barlett Pears, Seckel Pears, Concord grapes, and Cider (Apple, Apple Cherry, Apple Grape, Honeycrisp).
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-in and 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. This weekend’s flavor lineup will consist of Ginger, Grapefruit, Elderflower, Tropical Caipirinha, Chambourcin and Hobiscus Galaxy Hops. Tropical Caipirinha is one of several exciting flavors designed by fellow Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market vendor and chef at Culinary Jones, Aysha Jones.
Number 1 Sons: As we move into fall and the cucumber supply starts getting hairy. You’ll be seeing more beans and brassicas at Number 1 Sons. The second planting cucumbers we have gotten have been especially crisp and tasty. The half sours this weekend are great! Enojy them as the cucumber season wraps up. We’ve also begun bringing our slightly sweetened take on bread and butter pickles, Sweet Slices are made with with Potomac Vegetable Farm’s crisp and sweet red pepper slices for hearty fall sandwhiches. If you’re interested in a purple cabbage holiday kraut stop by and tell us. We’re pondering spices and slices…
- This Saturday is the Mount Pleasant Home and Garden Tour, put on to benefit Bancroft Elementary School! Tours will be from 2-5pm with a cocktail hour from 5-7pm. You can purchase your tickets here!
- 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!