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  1. It is the last market of 2018, the end of our 12th season. Pecan Meadow is bringing extra turkeys for people who forgot to reserve and lots of mushrooms and their incredible whoopie pies and the Pennol flour used by both Seylou and Breadfurst. They will also have lots of beef and goat and pork and lamb and duck and chickens. I am very partial to their young chickens and guinea hens. Lots of eggs. Whisked has all the Thanksgiving pies. Their new pumpkin cheesecake pie is special. Kuhn and McCleaf all the ciders and 25 varieties of apples between them and pears and jams. (You do know that apples will last a month in the fridge in Kuhn's apple bags, right?) Winter squash and pumpkins and sweet potatoes do well for months in a cool dry place. I just discovered that Keswick ricotta freezes perfectly -- I defrosted one last night and it kept all its sweetness. Sara can tell you which cheeses to pair with our ciders and your beers and wines. They have about 30 cheeses including lovely funky, creamy, runny Crouton and Swirly Girl. Number 1 Sons Pickles and krauts and kimchi go on forever in the fridge. (Kraut is a must on the Baltimore Thanksgiving menu). I have often served Cucina Al Volo's Butternut squash ravioli or lasagne instead of squash soup! And their pastas freeze very well. cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts, green beans. lettuces and cooking greens, garlic, shallots, onions, unusual winter squash, gourds, leeks, kohlrabi, sun chokes, parsnips, rutabagas, carrots, potatoes, chestnuts, black eyed peas, october beans...Plantmaster has the most amazing centerpieces -- their fused succulentpumpkins last for several months -- and lilies and branches of red berries, Thanksgiving flowers, amaryllis bulbs in pots, paperwhite narcissus and heirloom mums as well as my favorite cabbage roses.When: Saturday 9-1; Where: Corner of 14th and U NWRobin
  2. Hi Andy, Thank you you for joining us. I have had the impression dining in France where I go every year that 1 Star restaurants can often be more about correct and well executed French techniques than truly delicious if simple food. And if so, is this just a French malady?
  3. Garner will have the first summer squash and zucchini on Saturday and all the produce stands will have strawberries so you will have a lot of varieties and terroirs to taste. First Green Garlic and Garden scapes. I love Mountain View's spinach and baby Gem lettuce. Lots of salad greens and cooking greens, American and Asian. If you do not already prefer kohlrabi for cole slaw, please try it this weekend with grated carrots. Cecina al Volo is now on the U Street side of the market. Pecan Meadow's son, Ryan, is raising lots of mushrooms: gray and yellow and King (royal Trumpet) oyster, shiitakes and pioppinos. They also have grass fed and finished beef, lamb, goat and pastured pork, chicken, duck and guinea hen. Eggs from ducks, geese and chickens. Number 1 Sons will have asparagus kimchi this week and still has their superb Spring Ramp Kraut. I think Whisked's Asparagus quiche is a winner and we have had it for a post market lunch three times now. Lots of herb starts and plants at Plantmasters and Garner's Produce and Mountain View. Hope to see you Saturday, rain or shine.
  4. Summer and Fall, still intermingled at the market: GARNER'S PRODUCE always takes a chance on a late field of summer and it paid off this year as it often does: They just started picking that last planting of fabulous summer crops. Summer squash, green beans, sweet bell peppers, tomatoes, sweet corn and even watermelons. (I think the late season corn is the best). PLANTMASTERS has dozens of cut flowers by the stem including: dahlias, hydrangeas, zinnias, monkey balls, marigold, sunflowers, lilies, cosmos, African Blue Basil and more. (Clean water and a clean, quick cut are the most important things you can do to keep your flowers last longer). And now is a good time to plant perennial herbs, cabbages, kales, succulents, mums and stock up on houseplants and even aloe plants. Between our two orchards, we have 20 different apples for eating, baking and sauce, Asian and Bartlett style Pears, Quince, Strawberries, raspberries. Mountain View, Garner and Truck Patch, Kuhn and McCleaf have shallots, leeks, parsnips, garlic, onions in various colors and heat/sweetness, sweet and hot peppers, leeks, parsnips cherry, heirloom, hybrid tomatoes, canning tomatoes, applesauce and apple butter, jams, dried apples. Kiwiberries. kales, collards, swiss chard, bok choy, tai-tso, other Asian grreens, mesclun, arugula, baby spinach, mixed greens, salad greens, lettuces. Sweet potatoes in various colors for baking and mashing and even Japanese Tempura. Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbages, carrots, cucumbers, eggplants including those miniature fairy ones. Okra, shelled beans, summer squash (zucchini, yellow, Lebanese), beets. fresh turmeric Hot sauces. Truck Patch and Pecan Meadow have Grass fed beef, lamb, pastured pork, free range chicken, guinea hen, duck. Duck, chicken and goose eggs. Oyster mushrooms in psychedelic colors and a tight selection of Keswick cheeses. The Fall squashes are here at all the produce stands.: Look around for all the new as well as the classic squash and edible pumpkins. Kuhn usually has a half price sale on many pumpkins during the last hour of the market. Cider at both our orchards. *Ferment everything -- Number 1 Sons has -- and they even produce fabulous, curried vinegar pickled beets *WHISKED dozen quiches and pies include New Bourbon Apple made with One Eight Distilling's delicious bourbon, butternut squash Quiches, New Pumpkin and New Pear Pies and her cookies are so tempting. Free samples. Ask about boxes of canning tomatoes -- good seconds for sauces, oven roasted tomatoes, juice, bloody mary parties, etc. WHISKED's Jenna says this about their Farmers Market Only Special Bourbon Apple Pie: Jenna says this about the new WHISKED BOURBON APPLE PIE: "One Eight recently released their new Rock Creek Bourbon, the first grain to glass bourbon distilled in D.C. since pre-Prohibition. It is distilled in small batches in a copper pot still and matured in the highest quality new American oak barrels. This is GOOD bourbon, evoking a warmth of rye spice, cloves, and a touch of ancho chile with notes of creme brulee and fig. Although we wouldn't recommend the home baker pour it into a pie filling (you should really be enjoying it neat or in your favorite cocktail), that's exactly what we did. When you think of Fall, what flavors and aromas come to mind? Bourbon is definitely one (so many fall cocktails depend on it), as well as crisp apples, oatmeal drizzled in maple syrup, warming spices, and all things that keep you cozy on a brisk fall day. From these ideas, we created our Bourbon Apple flavor: a boozy, spiced apple pie with an oat crumble. The pie is made with soft, oven-roasted apples from Kuhn Orchards mixed with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and healthy pour of bourbon. The bourbon adds wonderful maple notes and a little bit of bite from the alcohol. Warm this pie in the oven, add a scoop of melty vanilla ice cream, and cozy up."
  5. GARNER'S PRODUCE always takes a chance on a late field of summer and it paid off this year as it often does: they just started picking that last planting of fabulous summer crops. Summer squash, green beans, sweet bell peppers, tomatoes, sweet corn and even watermelons. (I think the late season corn is the best). Reid's Orchard has quince, kiwi berries, grapes, UV cider and have 20 different apples for eating, baking and sauce, Asian and Bartlett style Pears. Mountain View organic, Garner and Truck Patch: We still have corn, tomatoes and watermelon. Onions in various colors and heat/sweetness, sweet and hot peppers, cherry, heirloom, hybrid tomatoes, canning tomatoes, applesauce and apple butter, jams, dried apples. kiwiberries. kales, collards, swiss chard, bok choy, tai-tso, other asian grreens, mesclun, arugula, baby spinach, mixed greens, salad greens, lettuces. Sweet potatoes in various colors for baking and mashing and even Japanese Tempura. Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbages, carrots, cucumbers, eggplants including those miniature fairy ones. Okra, shelled beans, summer squash (zucchini, yellow, Lebanese), beets. fresh turmeric Hot sauces. Grass fed beef, lamb, pastured pork, free range chicken, guinea hen, duck. Duck, chicken and goose eggs. Oyster mushrooms in psychedelic colors and a tight selection of Keswick cheeses. KESWICK CREAMERY: aged, raw milk cheeses include: Sara's Mozzarella, Mixed Milk Morbid, Austrian style Quark, whole milk yogurt with no stabilizers and many other cheeses inspired by Alpine, Camembert, Brie, Italian, Dutch, English varietals. PANORAMA's baguettes, croissants, French breads and breakfast pastries The Fall Squashes are here at all the produce stands.: Look around for all the new as well as the classic squash and edible pumpkins. Ciders. *Ferment everything -- Number 1 Sons has the New York style cucumber pickles of my childhood, kimchi, krauts -- and they also create vinegar pickles like Masala Curried Beets and Red and Butter pickles. *WHISKED dozen quiches and pies include New Bourbon Apple made with One Eight Distilling's delicious bourbon, butternut squash Quiches, New Pumpkin and New Pear Pies and her cookies are so tempting. Free samples. Ask about boxes of canning tomatoes -- good seconds for sauces, oven roasted tomatoes, juice, bloody mary parties, etc. WHISKED's Jenna says this about their Farmers Market Only Special Bourbon Apple Pie: Jenna says this about the new WHISKED BOURBON APPLE PIE: "One Eight recently released their new Rock Creek Bourbon, the first grain to glass bourbon distilled in D.C. since pre-Prohibition. It is distilled in small batches in a copper pot still and matured in the highest quality new American oak barrels. This is GOOD bourbon, evoking a warmth of rye spice, cloves, and a touch of ancho chile with notes of creme brulee and fig. Although we wouldn't recommend the home baker pour it into a pie filling (you should really be enjoying it neat or in your favorite cocktail), that's exactly what we did. When you think of fall, what flavors and aromas come to mind? Bourbon is definitely one (so many fall cocktails depend on it), as well as crisp apples, oatmeal drizzled in maple syrup, warming spices, and all things that keep you cozy on a brisk fall day. From these ideas, we created our Bourbon Apple flavor: a boozy, spiced apple pie with an oat crumble. The pie is made with soft, oven-roasted apples from Kuhn Orchards mixed with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and healthy pour of bourbon. The bourbon adds wonderful maple notes and a little bit of bite from the alcohol. Warm this pie in the oven, add a scoop of melty vanilla ice cream, and cozy up."
  6. Summer market this Saturday with all the summer favorites. Yellow and white Peaches and nectarines, every kind of berry, 4 colors of currants, sweet and tart cherries, plums, melons, eggplant, summer squash, cherry, Early Girl, beefsteak, Heirloom field tomatoes, greens, salads, okra, green beans, peppers both hot and sweet. Kales, collards, chards, Asian greens, okra. Mushrooms too. Plus Whisked pies and quiches and cookies, Panorama breads and breakfast pastries, Number 1 Sons krauts, pickles, kimchi, hot sauces, pastured beef, pork, lamb, rabbit, duck, chicken, Cornish hens, Guinea fowl. Duck, goose and chicken eggs. Plantmaster's flowers and plants. Cucina Al Volo homemade pastas and sauces. (I was in Tuscany in late May and their pasta really does hold up to the Tuscan. Not surprising since their family is Florentine.). Pecan Meadow whole wheat flour from their own wheat. Rye in the Fall. Saturday 9-1, 14th and U Streets NW
  7. That was my first thought but Bindaas is doing well, isn't it? , I think that Sfoglina is doing well further up Conn Avenue in a resto desertthere as well. So, I would be interested in understanding more about what to takes to do well in Cleveland Park. A lot of people come into the neighborhood to see a film. Why didn't they go to Ripple for a glass and wine and something afterwards or before? We used to go to Palena often afterwards for a light meal and a glass of wine .
  8. I was not clear. I meant: do good restaurants have a problem attracting enough clients in Cleveland Park? Or perhaps, it is inconsistent? Don, you had an off dinner but the other reviews have been excellent and I have always enjoyed my dinners there in the past but have not been since Ryan took over the ktichen.
  9. Such a shame. I am going tonight. Any insights into why Ripple had to close? Is there a problem with the Cleveland Park location for restaurants? And if so, why? It is close to a metro,
  10. I tried. He was not willing to be pinned down even though I asked directly... but it may be Monday. Very busy but the quality was very good. Everything had the full-flavored delicacy it always does . (The sambusa pastry was a bit too thick but the lentil filling was spiced well.) Very light Injera.
  11. Baby Ginger is back at Mountain View at 14&U FM Saturday. Just in time for Labor Day dishes. I am sure everyone here has tasted baby ginger, but just a reminder: there is essentially no peel and there is no fiber so you don't have to matchstick it to avoid the fiber. It is floral too. And it freezes well. We may have paw-paws: Attila will be checking out the wild paw paws on his land sometime today. If not this weekend, then soon. Kuhn is running various berry sales: a Mix and Match Berry Special of raspberries, strawberries and/or blackberries--2/$10 dollars.And the Mini-Flat Berry special: 2 half pints of raspberries, two pints of blackberries, one pint of strawberries and one pint of seedless grapes for $25 -- a savings of $6.50. I got this last Saturday. The raspberries were incredibly good. I used the blackberries in a sauce for pork escalopes and we devoured the grapes. Kuhn has red, golden, black raspberries. Between the two orchards we have a good dozen early apples including honeycrisp And enormous amounts of every variety of tomatoes, peppers, summer squash, eggplants, alliums, potatoes, melons and lots of corn. Beans, baby lima beans, tomatillos, pastured pork, grass fed and finished half Piedmontese beef, lamb, rabbit, chicken, guinea hens, eggs (duck, chicken and quail). Peachy Family Dairy makes a wide variety of goat cheeses. Cucina Al Volo just opened Osteria Al Volo in the old Pasta Mia location on Columbia Rd in Adams Morgan. They now make all their pasta there, both for their stand at the markets and the restaurant.. It is excellent pasta made by Florentine chefs and their staff. 1400 U Street NW 9-1
  12. Hi Everyone, I know that Paw Paws have been in the news a lot lately because we are in the mdidle of the very short paw paw season. People have been calling me and I can finally say that Yes, we have paw paws again. At Mountain View at the 14&U Farmers Market at 14th and U NW. Come early because the 25 pounds they foraged last week went fast. I think they will have more this week. In case you have not tried them -- they look like a dirty mango and they taste like a mango that married a banana custard. Bit of vanilla there too. People make ice cream, custards, pancakes and even season beer with paw paws. They are the only member of the tropical fruit family that grows in the Eastern US (north of Florida). Robin
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