April 12 – Apple Turkey Burgers

Looking for a quick weeknight meal? Here’s a winner from my week – apple turkey (or beef) burgers! Combine all ingredients (below) in a bowl and form ~6 patties. Over medium-high heat, sear patties in a TBS of oil (2-3mins). Then bake the patties for 12 to 15 minutes at 375. Add sliced cheddar in the last 2 to 3 minutes of cooking and serve on a toasted bun.

Garlic – 2 cloves, minced
Onion – 1, diced
Apple, tart – 1, peeled & diced
Ground turkey – 1 lb.
Apple cider vinegar – 2 tsp.
Bread crumbs – 1/2 cup

And our vendors have you covered! Apples from Quaker Valley and Reid’s Orchard, cheddar cheese from Spring Gap Mountain Creamery, buns from Atwater and ground beef from Groff’s Content. Read below for all the other goodies our vendors have in store for this week. We’ll see you Saturday from 9am-1pm!

MARKET EVENTS

  • Buskers. Juels Bland, songwriter and guitarist from 11-1. This 23 year old singer/songwriter joins us from Silver Spring.
  • DC Health Link Van. DC Health Link is an online marketplace to help individuals, families, and small business owners in the District of Columbia shop, compare, and select health insurance. Their van will join us from 9am-12pm.
  • Tonic: Come hungry! Tonic will join us with some delicious samples.
  • Children’s Play Area: We love kids! 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!

LOCAL FOODS:

Pleasant Pops: Back for their 5th year at the market which inspired their name, Pleasant Pops will have Black Cherry Yogurt, Strawberry Ginger Lemonade, Chongos: Mexican Sweet Cream and Cinnamon, and Rosemary Grapefruit. Be sure to pay them a visit!

People’s Bao: Peter has Chinese steamed edamame buns with tender, slow roasted free range pork or duck. Also available are hot Asian soups to enjoy at the market or cold to take home.

Quaker Valley Orchards: Apples – honeycrisp, Fuji, Mutsu, stayman. Cider, apple sauce and butter, dried honeycrisp chips, kraut, tomato sauce, honey, popping corn, jam in tart cherry, blue and blackberry.

Reid’s Orchard: Cider, a variety of apples and herb plants to get your garden started!

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 and Farmhouse Feta.

Truck Patch Farms – Fresh from the greenhouse: lettuce spring mix, arugula, kale, swiss chard, red beets.

Truck Patch Meat Department –Pork sausage- Applewurst, Country, Ground, Italian hot and sweet, Maple, Sage. Bacon. Pork loins chops, and roast. Shoulder roast bone in and boneless, Shoulder chops, Ribs, and Hams steaks. Whole chickens as well as parts. Turkey parts. Eggs.

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT:

  • Friends of the National Arboretum have a fantastic workshop line-up this spring. Explore their upcoming events for a training on correctly fertilizing your lawn, a tour of the cherry blossoms on their grounds, and more!
  • After the market head to the Salon De Libertad: At the Lamont Street Collective. Calling artists, poets, filmographies, dancers, musicians, neighbors and friends! Contribute creative works or activities to the Salon style art show! Or come to enjoy the art, music, workshops, and festivities of the day. Fun for the kids as well. From 2-11pm at 1822 Lamont St.
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April 5th – and we’re back!

The wait is over! …and what a cold, snowy wait it has been. The Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market is back for its 11th season this Saturday, 9am – 1pm. Dust off your market bags and come on by. Read below for the new products and fan-favorites our vendors are bringing. We’re so looking forward to being with you Saturday!

MARKET EVENTS

  • Fun and Food with the ISH: The Institute for Student Health will join us with kid-friendly educational activities and a cooking demo.
  • Children’s Play Area: We love kids! 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!

LOCAL FOODS:

Pleasant Pops: Back for their 5th year at the market which inspired their name, Pleasant Pops will have Black Cherry Yogurt, Strawberry Ginger Lemonade, Chongos: Mexican Sweet Cream and Cinnamon, and a whole new look to their stand. Be sure to pay them a visit!

People’s Bao: Peter has Chinese steamed edamame buns with tender, slow roasted free range pork or duck. Also available are hot Asian soups to enjoy at the market or cold to take home.

Quaker Valley Orchards: Apples – honeycrisp, Fuji, Mutsu, stayman. Cider, apple sauce and butter, dried honeycrisp chips, kraut, tomato sauce, honey, popping corn, jam in tart cherry, blue and blackberry.

Reid’s Orchard: Cider, a variety of apples and herb plants to get your garden started!

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, WA, four cheeses: Jersey Gold gouda, Shenandoah Sunrise tomme, Sophie’s Select cheddar and Farmhouse Feta.

Truck Patch Farms – Fresh from the greenhouse: lettuce spring mix, arugula, kale, swiss chard, red beets.

Truck Patch Meat Department –Pork sausage- Applewurst, Country, Ground, Italian hot and sweet, Maple, Sage. Bacon. Pork loins chops, and roast. Shoulder roast bone in and boneless, Shoulder chops, Ribs, and Hams steaks. Whole chickens as well as parts. Turkey parts. Eggs.

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT:

  • United Workers of Washington DC, together with National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and the DC Coalition for Immigrant Rights will lead a march and rally demanding #Not1More deportation and to tell President Obama that there have been #2Million2Many deportations! The march will begin in Lamont Park (sight on the farmers’ market) at 11am.
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December 21 – Time to Hibernate

As the market heads into hibernation, we want to thank our tireless farmers for the bounty they provided. From the first asparagus to the last acorn squash we have eaten well this season thanks to their labor. We also want to thank you, our customers, who create a welcoming community each Saturday on the plaza.

Stop-by Saturday from 9am-1pm for the last hurrah of 2013. Stock-pile on apples, winter squash, meats, and bread to carry you through the winter. Butternut squash pizza? Apple-maple french toast? Potato Turnip Gratin? All in reach if you prepare with the help of your neighborhood farmers’ market.

Mark your calendars… we’ll be back April 5th for the 2014 season!

MARKET EVENTS

  • Children’s Play Area: We love kids! 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!

LOCAL FOODS:

People’s Bao: Peter has Chinese steamed edamame buns with tender, slow roasted free range pork or duck. Also available – baked taro chips with edamame purée and creme brûlée made with local farms’ eggs and creme.

Quaker Valley Orchards: Applesauce and butter, jams in blueberry, tart cherry, peach, and blackberry, tomato sauce and honey, potatoes, apples – honey crisp, pink ladies, fuji, york, mutsu, cameo, Granny Smith, and golden delicious. Acorn, butternut, kabocha & spaghetti squash. Plus apple cider, dried honeycrisp apple chips, and sauerkraut! Visit Quaker Valley every Saturday at Silver Spring Farmers’ Market and every Sunday at the Dupont Farmers’ Market throughout the winter!

Reid’s Orchard: Asian pears (Olympic), apples (Gala, Fuji, Macoun, Jonagold, Empire, Baldwin, Mutsu, Stayman, Northern Spy, Pink Lady, and other heirloom apples), and cider (apple grape, apple cherry, and regular apple).

Atwater’s Bread: Naturally leavened, hand shaped loaves like Peasant Wheat, Caraway Rye, Cranberry Pecan, Kalamata Olive, traditional San Francisco Sourdough, Ciabatta, Country White, Jalapeno Cheddar, Spelt, Sunflower Flax, more. Ned Atwater does slow fermentation with carefully tended starters and wild yeast, organic stone ground flour from a family mill in North Carolina. Also yeasted breads like the slightly sweet, traditional Irish Struan bread. Great scones, muffins, cookies, brownies, granola, bagels and delicious soups to take home!

Groff’s Content Farm – Beef: steaks, short ribs, roasts, jerky, ground beef. Lamb. Most pork cuts. Eggs. Complete raw meat dog food. Tallow soaps.

Truck Patch Farms – Kale, mesculin, arugula, swiss chard and spinach. Broccoli, beets, turnips and potatoes.

Truck Patch Meat Department – All cuts of pork, like loins and chops, plus ham, bacon, jowl, salt pork, lard and scrapple. Eggs. Whole chickens and fresh chickens parts. Ground turkey and cut up turkey.

Richfield Farm – Just in time for the holiday, Richfield has Christmas wreaths to help you decorate.

Craft Kombucha: Looking for Tanya and her irresistible brew? She’ll be across the street, inside Heller’s to keep warm! Remember to bring your reusable bottle for a refill.

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT:

  • Polish your dancing shoes and mark your calendars. On Feb. 1st  you can spin ’till you’re blue in the face at the Washington Youth Garden Barn Dance! All proceeds will go to support their programs.
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December 14 – Hot Apple Cider

Looking for a hot cup on these frigid days? Transition your apple cider from fall to winter with a few simple additions. To make two mugs (because drinking cider with a friend is always better), pour 2 cups of apple cider into a medium size pot. Add two cinnamon sticks, half a sliced orange, four cloves, and 2 star anise. Turn heat to high and once you reach a boil, you’re ready to serve. Be sure to get a slice or two of orange in each mug. They are delicious with a capital D! Stop by Reid’s stand this Saturday from 9am-1pm for your local apple cider!

MARKET EVENTS

  • Children’s Play Area: We love kids! 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!
  • Mt P Market Buskers: Feel like busking to keep warm? Come on down! Neighborhood talent delights us with upbeat music.

LOCAL FOODS:

Spring Gap Mountain Creamery: Penny and her crew have four cheeses for you this week:  West Virginia Blue — wild and wonderful crumbled on a salad or melted on top of a burger; Jersey Gold – smooth and creamy gouda, perfect for snacking or for grilled cheese sandwiches; Shenandoah Sunrise – southern French-style farmstead cheese, great for a cheese plate with bread and fresh fruit; and Farmhouse Feta – aged over two months for a distinct tanginess.

People’s Bao: Peter has Chinese steamed edamame buns with tender, slow roasted free range pork or duck. Also available – baked taro chips with edamame purée and creme brûlée made with local farms’ eggs and creme.

Quaker Valley Orchards: Applesauce and butter, jams in blueberry, tart cherry, peach, and blackberry, tomato sauce and honey, potatoes, apples – honey crisp, pink ladies, fuji, york, mutsu, cameo, Granny Smith, and golden delicious. Acorn, butternut, kabocha & spaghetti squash. Plus apple cider, dried honeycrisp apple chips, and sauerkraut!

Reid’s Orchard: Asian pears (Olympic), bosc pears, apples (Honeycrisp, Gala, Fuji, Macoun, Jonagold, Empire, Baldwin, Mutsu, Stayman, Northern Spy, Pink Lady, and other heirloom apples), and cider (apple grape, apple cherry, and regular apple).

Atwater’s Bread: Naturally leavened, hand shaped loaves like Peasant Wheat, Caraway Rye, Cranberry Pecan, Kalamata Olive, traditional San Francisco Sourdough, Ciabatta, Country White, Jalapeno Cheddar, Spelt, Sunflower Flax, more. Ned Atwater does slow fermentation with carefully tended starters and wild yeast, organic stone ground flour from a family mill in North Carolina. Also yeasted breads like the slightly sweet, traditional Irish Struan bread. Great scones, muffins, cookies, brownies, granola, bagels and delicious soups to take home!

Groff’s Content Farm – Beef: steaks, short ribs, roasts, jerky, ground beef. Lamb. Most pork cuts. Eggs. Complete raw meat dog food. Tallow soaps.

Truck Patch Farms – Acorn and butternut squash. Kale, mesculin, arugula, and spinach. Romanesco broccoli, cauliflower, beets, carrots, and turnips.

Truck Patch Meat Department – All cuts of pork, like loins and chops, plus ham, bacon, jowl, salt pork, lard and scrapple. Eggs. Whole chickens and fresh chickens parts. Ground turkey and cut up turkey.

Richfield Farm – Butternut and acorn squash, kohlrabi, and collards. Cauliflower, rutabaga, brussel sprouts, potatoes, turnips, green and purple cabbage. White, purple, and romanesco broccoli.

Craft Kombucha: Looking for Tanya and her irresistible brew? She’ll be across the street, inside Heller’s to keep warm! Remember to bring your reusable bottle for a refill.

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT:

  • Polish your dancing shoes and mark your calendars. On Feb. 1st  you can spin ’till you’re blue in the face at the Washington Youth Garden Barn Dance! All proceeds will go to support their programs.
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December 7 – Beef Stew

Nothing says winter like beef stew. As the harvest season winds down (just 3 markets left in 2013!) it’s time to embrace the hearty root vegetables. Cook them slow and low with some Groff’s beef for this stick-to-your ribs stew. What you’ll need:

1/4 c all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp paprika
1 lb lean stew beef (round or chuck shoulder), cut into cubes
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
5 medium carrots, peeled and chopped in 2” pieces
1 large white potato, peeled and cubed
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 cup red wine
2 cups beef broth
10 oz frozen green peas

1. Combine flour, paprika, and 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper. Add beef and shake to coat well.
2. Heat olive oil in large or pot. Add beef and cook until browned on all sides, about 6 minutes. Transfer to plate, leaving juices in pot.
3. Add onion and cook over medium heat until golden, about 10 minutes. Add sweet potato, carrots, and potato and cook for about 10 minutes.
4. Stir in tomato paste and wine. Bring to a boil, and reduce 3 minutes. Add broth and return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until meat is tender, about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Add peas and cook 5 minutes longer.

Collect your carrots, potatoes, onions, and beef and put up a pot this weekend. See you Saturday from 9am-1pm!

MARKET EVENTS

  • Children’s Play Area: We love kids! 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!
  • Mt P Market Buskers: Known as a musical troubadour, Marian McLaughlin creates lyrically-driven songs with complimentary arrangements on her classical guitar that are delicate, yet full of depth. She joins us from 9-11. Then from 11-1 it’s Gramophonic an Americana group on cello, accordion, mandolin, and guitars. The group shares a passion for the stories and cultures of China, India, and Afghanistan, and their songs explore members’ past lives in these countries through the American folk, blues, and roots music they grew up with.

LOCAL FOODS:

Spring Gap Mountain Creamery: Penny and her crew have four cheeses for you this week:  West Virginia Blue — wild and wonderful crumbled on a salad or melted on top of a burger; Jersey Gold – smooth and creamy gouda, perfect for snacking or for grilled cheese sandwiches; Shenandoah Sunrise – southern French-style farmstead cheese, great for a cheese plate with bread and fresh fruit; and Farmhouse Feta – aged over two months for a distinct tanginess.

People’s Bao: Peter has Chinese steamed edamame buns with tender, slow roasted free range pork or duck. Also available – baked taro chips with edamame purée and creme brûlée made with local farms’ eggs and creme.

Quaker Valley Orchards: Applesauce and butter, jams in blueberry, tart cherry, peach, and blackberry, tomato sauce and honey, potatoes, apples – honey crisp, pink ladies, fuji, york, mutsu, cameo, Granny Smith, and golden delicious. Acorn, butternut, kabocha & spaghetti squash. Plus apple cider, dried honeycrisp apple chips, and sauerkraut!

Reid’s Orchard: Asian pears (Olympic and Shinsheki), bosc pears, apples (Honeycrisp, Gold Rush, Gala, Fuji, Macoun, Jonagold, Empire, Baldwin, Mutsu, Stayman, Northern Spy, Braeburn, Pink Lady, and other heirloom apples), and cider (apple grape, apple cherry, Honeycrisp and regular apple).

Atwater’s Bread: Naturally leavened, hand shaped loaves like Peasant Wheat, Caraway Rye, Cranberry Pecan, Kalamata Olive, traditional San Francisco Sourdough, Ciabatta, Country White, Jalapeno Cheddar, Spelt, Sunflower Flax, more. Ned Atwater does slow fermentation with carefully tended starters and wild yeast, organic stone ground flour from a family mill in North Carolina. Also yeasted breads like the slightly sweet, traditional Irish Struan bread. Great scones, muffins, cookies, brownies, granola, bagels and delicious soups to take home!

Groff’s Content Farm – Beef: steaks, short ribs, roasts, jerky, ground beef. Lamb. Most pork cuts. Eggs. Complete raw meat dog food. Tallow soaps.

Truck Patch Farms – Acorn and butternut squash. Kale, mesculin, arugula, and spinach. Romanesco broccoli, cauliflower, beets, and turnips.

Truck Patch Meat Department – All cuts of pork, like loins and chops, plus ham, bacon, jowl, salt pork, lard and scrapple. Eggs. Whole chickens and fresh chickens parts. Ground turkey and cut up turkey.

Richfield Farm – Butternut and acorn squash, kohlrabi, and collards. Cauliflower, rutabaga, brussel sprouts, potatoes, turnips, green and purple cabbage. White, purple, and romanesco broccoli. A variety of sweet and hot peppers.

Radius: Radius calzones plus Craft Kombucha’s fall flavors are now on tap! Check the Facebook page on Friday’s for the flavor list and remember to bring your reusable bottle for a refill.

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT:

  • Join Historic Mount Pleasant for their neighborhood holiday party this Friday evening. Email info@historicmountpleasant.org for invitation.
  • Make it Mount Pleasant for the Holidays! On Sunday from 11-5, Mount Pleasant businesses and neighborhood groups will come together to host an authentic, vibrant holiday shopping and community event; a pop-up vintage and craft market and a uniquely Mount Pleasant neighborhood tradition, a visit from Santa and the Three Kings.
  • Kick-off the Christmas season and support your neighborhood elementary school at the Bancroft Annual Tree Sale this weekend.
  • Experience one of the region’s most beloved holiday traditions with the 14th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights on Saturday, December 7, at 5:30 p.m. Dozens of brightly lit boats will stretch along the Potomac River during the colorful parade at Alexandria’s historic harbor.
  • The Smithsonian is hosting a conversation on coffee this Sunday, 2-4pm. Merry White, professor at Boston University and author of Coffee Life in Japan, discusses the global history of coffee and the cultural evolution of its consumption in the United States. Afterward, enjoy a brewing demonstration and tasting with Counter Culture Coffee, the Durham, North Carolina, roaster with regional training centers (including one in Adams Morgan) dedicated to providing a cutting-edge education in coffee. 
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