Oct 18 – Eastern European Flavors

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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
  • salt
  • pepper
  • red pepper flakes

Method:

  •  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.

MARKET EVENTS

  • 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…

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT:

  • 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!
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October 11 – Virginia Baked Apples

As the blanket of cold settles over us for another winter, I reached out to my best friend Virginia for a recipe that warms her up and makes use of delicious market produce.  Her recipe is for baked apples.   Her advice for the perfect baked apples is as follows:

Ingredients:

  • 6 Granny Smith Apples (or Empire)
  • 3 tbs Unsalted Butter
  • 6 Cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 c.Dark brown sugar
  • Ground cinnamon pinch
  • Cloves (optional) pinch
  • Nutmeg (optional) pinch
  • 1/2 c. Rum or Bourbon
  • 1 c. Apple cider (unsweetened)
  • -Kosher salt healthy pinch

Apples:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Much like with pie, you want a firm apple not a mushy one, so empire and granny smith are best.  Apples get sweeter when you bake them so you do not have to worry about them being sour.
  • Core the center out of the apples and place them in a Pyrex or other baking dish, but it must have sides
  • Cube some butter and get some cinnamon sticks.  Put the cinnamon stick in the core with a couple of pieces of the butter and then dab some butter on the outsides of the apples too.

Sauce:

  • In a sauce pan, mix up some rum or bourbon and brown sugar along with a little ground cinnamon (clove and nutmeg also acceptable).  Then add a few pinches of kosher salt.
  • Pour sauce over apples with a splash of apple cider

Place in the oven and bake for 20-30 min based on the size and density of the apples you chose. Serve with sour cream or ice cream for a great fall treat.

MARKET EVENTS

  • 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:

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), 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: Apples (Honeycrisp, Gala, Macoun, Gold Supreme, Fuji, Yataka, Pinova, Jonathan, Haralson, Jonagold, Empire, Smokehouse, Red Delicious, Snow Sweet, Ambrosia, Calville blanc, Orleans, Stayman, Nittany ), Concord grapes, Cider (Apple, Apple Cherry, Apple Grape, Honeycrisp),  Pears (Asian pears, barlett pears and seckel pears), Kiwi Berries.

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: Mini Cheesecakes (citrus, chocolate and caramel), vegan caramel apple kabobs, pistachio baklava, blueberry cream scones, gf v pumpkin ginger scones.

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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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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