Summer is waning but our farmers are still producing. Summer-rich fruits and veggies beckon this week. Here’s a preview:
Along with several melon and summer squash varieties, Mattawoman Creek Farms has a fresh crop of sweet basil (think pesto for the freezer or basil mayo), several varieties of newly-dug potatoes, and those sweet Italian peppers that are lovely to fry. Have you tried their crisp yellow mini-bells? Janice Felker says, “I eat them like apples!”
New Earth Farm has Crimson Sweet and Sugar Baby watermelons, along with yellow and hot peppers and shishitos, which are exceptionally good just sautéed in olive oil and sprinkled with salt. Look for unusual yard-long Asian beans, tender like snap beans but a fun alternative.
Grace and Gratitude has exceptional varieties of heirloom tomatoes still producing strongly, with that rich tomato taste we crave. Wonder what unusual finds they’ll have this week? Look for figs, pears, and microgreens! Unusual peppers and cukes, too. Their urban farm continues to amaze.
Don’t miss Brownies, Cookies and S’more and The Orchid Station, two popular vendors who return this Saturday.
Looking for a refreshing drink to serve over Labor Day Weekend? Grab one of the watermelons at New Earth Farm this weekend and set it aside for my Wow-termelon Cocktail. Here’s how to make it:
In a blender, add 2 cups cubed and seeded watermelon; 2 ounces vodka; 1 ounce melon liqueur, such as Midori; 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (juice of a half of a lime, approximately); and 1 cup ice and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and garnish with a small wedge of watermelon. Makes one cocktail.
By Chef Patrick Evans-Hylton
Brownies, Cookies and S’more
Build Your Food
The Chilly Mermaid Food Truck
The Creative Wedge
Croc’s 19th Street Bistro
Full Quiver Farm
Give. Treat. Love.
Grace and Gratitude
The Green Cat Cafe
It Started With A Fig
Mattawoman Creek Farms
My Vegan Sweet Tooth
The Neighborhood Harvest
New Earth Farm
The Orchid Station
Pelon’s Baja Grill
Pendulum Fine Meats
Speedy’s Hot Sauce
Three Ships Coffee
Two Fish Seafood Company
Udder Chaos Farms
Veg Out Gardens
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