A quick note for those of you in DC: 15 of the best local ice cream vendors will be competing for the title of Best Frozen Treat in DC on Saturday, August 20, 1:00 to 4:00pm. The DC Scoop is a free community event taking place rain or shine outdoors at the new Union Market (6th St NE and Florida Ave). For the kids, in addition to sweet treats, there will be a hands-free ice cream eating contest, face painting, balloon artist and live music. More info can be found on www.facebook.com/thedcscoop.
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A special announcement from the DC Farm to School Network: Looking for an excuse for a night out this Friday? Look no further! On January 22nd you can support locally-owned restaurants, the sustainable local food economy, and Washington, DC kids! The DC Farm to School Network’s Local Restaurants for Local Kids fundraiser is happening at some of the best restaurants in the District.
Several local food and drink hot spots are generously donating a portion of their proceeds to the DC Farm to School Network this Friday. The DC Farm to School Network is an organization that works to bring healthy, local produce into DC public school cafeterias. By simply enjoying a delicious snack, cocktail, or dinner at one of the great participating restaurants, you will help to improve access to healthy, tasty and local foods in D.C. schools!
DC Farm to School Network volunteers will be available at the restaurants, ready to answer questions or chat with you about our work. We look forward to seeing you at the restaurants below—tell your friends! We’re also looking for more volunteers – email Lauren@dcgreens.org if you’re interested.
Learn more about the DC Farm to School Network at www.dcfarmtoschool.org
Note: Obviously some of these are more family-friendly (e.g. Clyde’s) than others (note PS 7’s and Bread & Brew’s offers are only in their lounge/bar areas) — but all are appropriate for a parents’ night out.
- Busboys & Poets
- 5th and K Street NW (Mt. Vernon Sq. Metro)
- 14th and V Street NW (U St. Metro)
- 4251 S. Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA
- Coppi’s Organic (from 6pm-11pm), 1414 U Street NW (U St. Metro)
- Eatonville, 2121 14th Street NW (U St. Metro)
- Bar Pilar, 1833 14th Street NW (U St. Metro)
- Farmers & Fishers (All day!), 3000 K Street NW (Georgetown Waterfront—Foggy Bottom Metro)
- 3236 M Street NW (Foggy Bottom Metro)
- 707 7th Street NW (Gallery Place Metro)
- 5441 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD (Friendship Heights Metro)
- PS 7’s (Lounge from 4pm-2am), 777 I Street NW (Gallery Place Metro)
- Bread and Brew (5-8pm in bar), 1247 20th Street NW (Dupont Circle Metro)
- Cafe Saint-Ex, 1847 14th Street NW (U St. Metro)
- ris (Proceeds from seasonal cocktail & appetizers after 4:30pm), 2275 L Street NW (Foggy Bottom Metro)
Thursday, January 21st — Blue Ridge, 5:30pm-10:30pm, 2340 Wisconsin Avenue NW
This past week finally saw some beautiful spring weather, and market hopping was a lesson in patience and perseverance as the spring crops are only just beginning to roll in. At Penn Quarter last Thursday, morels had sold out within an hour, so I settled for black trumpet mushrooms. Another customer snatched the last two bundles of baby beets at Sunnyside, so it was Harukei turnips for me. The turnips and their greens found themselves sautéed with garlic, salt pork (from Cibola Farms) and the mushrooms.
A beautiful Saturday morning drew a huge crowd to the Del Ray market, a drastic improvement from the rainy washout the week before. Three Way Farm of Warsaw, Va., was back with spring onions, greens and a limited stock of asparagus that sold out early. They assured us there will be plenty more asparagus the next couple weeks, and mentioned that strawberries are just two weeks away. The herbs and seedlings folks were doing a brisk business as people snatched up tomato, chard and other plants for their own gardens. St. Elmo’s was back serving coffee to accompany the plethora of baked goods from Bonaparte, Marcela’s and Vera’s. The most popular items – asparagus, Tom’s cave-aged cheddar, Smith Meadow’s fresh pastas – sold out before 11am. Clearly demand for fresh, local produce continues despite the economy.
The quest for asparagus drove me to Dupont Circle’s FreshFarm market on Sunday, but I was too late once again. (Didn’t score any ramps, either.) There I consoled myself with one final pint of Buster’s Chesapeake oysters, the last until fall. Those were pan-fried and served atop chives and arugula (for me), on their own as “oyster nuggets” for the toddler. I tend to prefer oysters from further north, as I like a strong briny flavor, but I was pleasantly surprised the first time I tasted Buster’s local oysters. They are large, sweet and meaty, with a more subtle saltiness, a blend of flavors that transports you to a dockside perch on a warm summer day. (And you know, they help clean up the Bay.)
Recipe: Chesapeake Bay Oysters on Arugula
- 1 dozen raw oysters, drained
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1/3 cup corn meal
- 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1 bunch arugula, rinsed
- several sprigs chives, chopped
- raspberry vinaigrette
- lemon wedges
Heat oil in skillet over medium high heat. Combine flour, corn meal and Old Bay in a small bowl. Gently roll oysters in mixture to coat, place in pan and fry until golden brain. Drain on paper towels. Toss arugula and chives with vinaigrette and place on plate. Top with oysters and serve with lemon wedges. Enjoy!
The August round-up is a little later than I had intended, but you have another week or two to try out some of these peach, corn and tomato ideas so be sure to visit your favorite farmers markets this weekend! It looks like rain is in the forecast for Saturday, which is great for reducing the crowds and means your produce is pre-washed and ready to enjoy …
PEACHES: Peaches have been fantastic this season. I’ve now sampled varieties from all three local states (Harris/D&S, Md.; Papa’s/Toigo/Reid’s, Pa., and some Northern Neck, Va., ones) and I have to say Harris’ supersweets were, in fact, the sweetest. Reid’s donut peaches are a close second. Anyone else have a different favorite?
- Sylvie @ Rappahannock Cook and Kitchen Gardener lives in the midst of the farms providing our market bounty, and shares a Mediterranean inspired Peach Salsa seasoned with coriander and cumin.
- Ribs with Peach BBQ Sauce from Tiffany of The Garden Apartment also featured local Babes in the Wood pork.
- I’m a big fan of basil-infused cocktails, and this Peach-Opal Basil Lemonade from Capital Spice is sure to hit the spot … featuring self-picked Stribling peaches to boot!
- I have another peach recipe to post soon, but am still savoring the Peach Berry Sherbet in our freezer.
TOMATOES: Our CSA has had a less than perfect tomato season this year, with our wacky cold weather, but they are coming in strong now. Heirloom varieties are hitting their peak, and Mt. Olympus Berry Farm had some of my favorite, deep red heirloom cherry tomatoes last Friday at the McLean market.
- Cookography‘s light and easy twist on Eggplant Parmesan makes use of another plentiful veggie along with fresh tomatoes.
- April of The Food Scribe also pairs tomatoes and eggplants in a flavorful Sicilian Caponata.
- Food Rockz Man made Heirloom Tomatoes Stuffed with Sage Sausage and Baby Leeks with some particularly photogenic Mr. Stripey tomatoes.
- The Arugula Files made a Grilled Tomato Salsa in an attempt to recreate Baja Fresh’s recipe.
- And for pointers on handling your tomatoes, see these helpful tips from The Humble Gourmand and roasting instructions from The District Domestic.
- The Bitten Word picked and canned their own to enjoy fresh, local tomatoes throughout the winter — something I’ll be attempting this weekend.
- While we’re on the subject of tomatoes, The Houndstooth Gourmet is hosting a “You Say Tomato, I Say Tomahto” contest – head on over to check it out!
CORN: Someone commented on my Flickr photo (above) that they’d never seen sour corn advertised, but after sampling some west coast corn, I can say that’s one thing that truly is sweeter here in the mid-Atlantic.
- Ramona @ The Houndstooth Gourmet made Corn and Cheddar Chowder that is perfect for the impending cooler weather.
- I also used all three of these late-summer ingredients together in my Chesapeake Corn & Peach Crepes.
LAST CALL FOR PEACHES: I got to the Upper King St. market too late Wednesday to snag some of D&S’s peaches. Bigg Riggs’ are gone for the season, but D&S’s Dan said he’ll be bringing some for one, maybe two more weeks. Supplies are definitely dwindling so get to your market early for the best chances of acquiring them. Dan also reports that Jonathan apples will be in soon, though we enjoyed the small, sweet galas this week.
September Round-Up: Stay tuned for details, but I’m thinking of hosting an apple recipe challenge for the September installment of FarmFreshDC.
When last we surveyed the DC-area farmers market cooks, strawberries were center stage. Now that summer is heating up, we’ve been finishing off cherry and lettuce season, and tomatoes, squash, peaches and corn are on the horizon. It’s no surprise given DC’s steamy summers that the common theme this month seems to be refreshing salads. Here’s a look at what’s locally fresh right now:
- The Food Scribe shares a summery Sugar Plum, Salad and Sorrel Salad, with Licking Bend Creek Farms’ produce from the Historic Brookland Farmers Market (Tuesdays, 4-7pm).
- The Garden Apartment dishes up a fresh and colorful Summer Salad with Herb Vinaigrette, featuring beans, potatoes and tomatoes from the Foggy Bottom FreshFarm Market (Wednesdays, 2.30-7pm).
- Knitting 40 Shades of Green scored some early blackberries for her Salad with Fennel and Blackberries, with fennel from her Food Matters CSA (VA).
- Delicious served hot or cold, don’t miss the hot pink Summer Borscht by The Houndstooth Gourmet, featuring beets from the Kingstowne Market (Fridays, 4-7pm).
- With lots of fresh eggplant at market lately, ratatouille is also popping up on the local blogs. The Arugula Files tops this one with a pesto vinaigrette and local favorite FireFly Farms chevre.
- For those wondering how to cook okra at home (like me), The Slow Cook shares a Smothered Okra recipe with okra from the Chevy Chase Market (Saturdays 9am-1pm).
- There’s so much more than just cherries out there. Check out the Wineberry Tart by FoodRockz, with berries from the Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market (Sundays, 9am-1pm).
- And my recent Peachy Pork Quinoa Salad featured D&S Farm’s first peaches from the Del Ray Farmers Market (Saturdays, 8am-noon).
You’ll be amazed at the things these cooks have been doing with cherries and berries, so go check them out! (P.S. Some of you might want to check out the Sugar High Friday Berries round-up over at FoodBlogga; enter by Aug. 3 to be included.)
Join in for August! I’ve decided to make this a monthly feature. If you’re in the DC area and want to share what you’re cooking, leave a comment or email me at foodietots AT gmail DOT com. (Blog not necessary, but photos are encouraged!) Deadline for the August round-up will be Wednesday, August 13.
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