October 4 – Fall is here!

With fall upon us, you will see some changes in market produce.  Peaches, berries, and nectarines are gone have been replaced by the glories of autumn.  This is the high season for apples, pears, and pumpkins.  With Halloween and Thanksgiving just around the corner, you will begin to see fall decoratives as well.  But that dried corn is not just there for looks–its for popping!  A recent article in the New York Times reminded me of all the great ways to eat traditional popcorn–I love mine with some salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  Or maybe some cinnamon and sugar.  Traditional off the husk popcorn is also a fun and tasty way to teach your kids about where their food comes from!  Happy shopping!

MARKET EVENTS

  • Buskers. Neighbors delight with their musical talents.  From 9-11 we have Americana singer-songwriter Katharine Key.
  • 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.

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, Macoun, Gold Supreme, Fuji, Yataka, Pinova, Jonathan, Haralson, Jonagold, Empire, Smokehouse, Red Delicious, Snow Sweet), Concord 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: Apples (Honeycrisp, Gala, Macoun, Gold Supreme, Fuji, Yataka, Pinova, Jonathan, Haralson, Jonagold, Empire, Smokehouse), seedless grapes, Concord grapes, heirloom tomatoes, and various ciders (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…

Trifectionery Artist: Walnut Baklava, Pistachio Baklava, Chocolate Almond GF Biscotti, GF Fig & Walnut Cookies, GF Ginger Almond Maple Cookies, Vegan GF Tangerine Scones and humidity permitting, Earl Grey with Lemon Macarons.

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!
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Stepmber 27

In celebration of the first week of fall, I would like to share with you one of my favorite recipes.  I make this for friends in need of comfort or when I am craving something warm and flavorful for dinner.  It is an adaptation of Mark Bittman’s Curried Tofu with Soy Sauce recipe.

Curried Tofu With Fall Vegetables

Yield 4 servings

Time 30 minutes

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons peanut, canola or grape seed oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup yellow raisins
  • 1 cup of roasted and cubed potatoes or turnips
  • 2 tablespoons of yellow curry powder, or to taste
  • 1 cup roughly chopped walnuts/cashews/pecans
  • 1 can (12 to 14 ounces) unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 block (about 1 pound) extra firm tofu, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • soy sauce to taste
  • Salt and cayenne pepper to taste.
Method
  • Put oil in a 10- or 12-inch nonstick skillet and turn heat to medium-high. The oil is ready when it easily slides to cover the entire surface of the pan.
  • Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until edges of onion pieces are well-browned, about 10 minutes (for best flavor, onions must brown but not burn). Add curry powder and toast it off, stirring, for 30 seconds or so; add nuts and raisins and cook, stirring occasionally, for about a minute.  You are ready for the next step when the raisins begin to plump.
  • Add coconut milk. Stir, bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium. Add tofu and root vegetables, stir and let tofu heat through for about 3 minutes. Stir in soy, then taste and adjust seasoning with soy, salt and/or cayenne as necessary. Serve over rice/quinoa or serve with na’an.

MARKET EVENTS

  • Buskers. Neighbors delight with their musical talents.  From 9-11 Lamont Street Deluxe accordion duo – dueling accordions will play.   The band Stick Mob will be performing the softer, more subtle side of Americana and folk from 11-1, featuring Matt Haygood (guitar) and Katie Mogelgaard (violin).
  • 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!
  • AARP Experience Corps will be at the market to recruit new members.  AARP Experience Corps volunteers tutor and mentor in 19 cities across the country, providing literacy coaching, homework help, consistent role models and committed, caring attention.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jc08KFMyXM

UPDATES FROM FARMERS AND FOODIES:

Pleasant Pops: This is the last week for our Pleasant Pops friends!  Their finale week will feature: Strawberry Ginger Lemonade, Peach Hibiscus, Vegan Mexican Chocolate and Chongos: Mexican Sweet Cream and Cinnamon.

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.

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, Lemon grass,
Red Russian garlic, Thai basil, and Pastured eggs – raised with non GMO feed.

Quaker Valley Orchards:  Grapes, plums, honeycrisp, cortland, and gala apples, fresh cider, sweet corn, potatoes, onions, pumpkins, winter squash, popping corn, applesauce and butter, tomato sauce, honey and jam.

Reid’s Orchard: Apples (Honeycrisp, Gala, Macoun, Gold Supreme, Fuji, Yataka, Pinova, Jonathan, Haralson, Jonagold, Empire, Smokehouse), seedless grapes, Concord grapes, heirloom tomatoes, and various ciders (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: Our resident pickle vendor will have a variety of pickles and kraut!

Trifectionery Artist: This week’s menu for Trifectionery Artist: Almond Chocolate Biscotti (GF), Pecan Baklava, Pistachio Baklava, Apple Cake (V, GF), Liz’s Amazing Chocolate Cake and Cupcakes with strawberry truffles (GF), Organic Apricots dipped in Chocolate, cocoa nibs or pistachios (V, GF).

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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September 20 – Preserves

Did you know that the Department of Agriculture puts out a comprehensive guide on home canning?  I did not until earlier this year!  You can find the guide here!  You will find that for many of our vendors, this is the last week for many different kinds of produce, including peaches.  If you want to be able to enjoy these products into the fall and winter, this is your last chance to pick someone up and preserve them for the rest of the year.  To get your started, here is a great recipe from one of the my favorite food blogs, Food52.

MARKET EVENTS

  • Buskers. Neighbors delight with their musical talents.  From 9-11 Ross Farquhar, on guitar and vocals; from 11-1 Calamity Row, a country folk twang band.
  • 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!
  • This week, from 10am to 12pm, The Linda Low Team is sponsoring a FREE e-recycling and paper shredding drive.  Bring papers to shred, old computers and equipment, CDs and diskettes, monitors, servers, and computer equipment.  Deposit them with the ShredAce truck for secure destruction and recycling, FREE OF CHARGE!  Questions?  Contact The Linda Low Team with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. at (202) 232-4733 or team@lindalowteam.com.

UPDATES FROM FARMERS AND FOODIES:

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

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.

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, Lemon grass
Red Russian garlic, Thai basil, and Pastured eggs – raised with non GMO feed.

Quaker Valley Orchards: Last week of yellow peaches, grapes, plums, honeycrisp and gala apples, fresh cider, sweet corn, potatoes, onions, popping corn, applesauce and butter, tomato sauce, honey and jam.

Reid’s Orchard: Yellow and white peaches (last week),  apples (Honeycrisp! Gala, Macoun, Gold Supreme, Fuji, Yataka, Pinova, Jonathan, Haralson), seedless grapes, Concord grapes, Italian plums, heirloom tomatoes (last week), 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:  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!

Introducing….Trifectionery Artist: is the work of Liz, a sculptor-baker who lives in Mount Pleasant. She brings 3 treats weekly to the Market, with baklava, macarons and biscotti at the core, and also including whims like chocolate cake, cookies, pot pies, potted creams, dried & baked fruit. Trifectionery Artist specializes in offering GF & Vegan treats and soon you’ll see Diabetic-friendly treats as well! The sweet or savory treats are made with organic and artisan ingredients and highlight finds from other vendors. You can check out the menu on the blog http://trifectioneryartist.wordpress.com/  or on Facebook www.facebook.com/trifectioneryartist.

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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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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