[Hollywood Farmers Market Newsletter: June 7, 2013]
If you came by the Hollywood Farmers’ Market last Saturday, you’ll know what you have to look forward to this coming Saturday—from 8 am to Noon. You’ll remember the fresh produce from several farmers, including College Park residents Peter Charlerie and Robert Boone, whose mug shots are below.
Although Pete lives in College Park, he owns the five-acre SunSplash Farm in Upper Marlboro where he grows vegetables, cut flowers, and culinary herbs. Robert is an “urban farmer” in North College Park who brought fresh honey from his hives out back, onions and garlic; he promises there will be more variety later in the season.
Calvert Farms CSA (community-supported agriculture)—a small family farm in Cecil County that’s certified organic —again will bring produce, veggies and plants. This year (2013) is its 19th growing season, and its web site says that it “continues a tradition of working with other small farms to bring the best variety and freshness to your table” that are grown using sustainable and natural methods.
WHAT TO EXPECT TOMORROW
Green Sprouts, an educational and charitable nonprofit, will be at the market to offer educational courses to College Park’s youth and adults on sustainable and healthy living. The goal of the courses, which are taught by high-school youth, is to offer a platform for youth and adults to develop leadership skills through practical application in a community-service and capacity-building application.
New Coffee Vendor
Everybody loves coffee except those who love tea (and they can stop by the Fertile Soil Teas booth for a wide variety of fresh whole-leaf teas). The Coffee Barn will sell us a gourmet product purchased from a Costa Rican cooperative of 800 farmers. This vendor’s coffee is Fair Trade and Rain Forest Alliance certified!
Mary Lehman, one of our Prince George’s County Council members, will be shopping at our market on Saturday. Come by, say hi, and rub elbows with her.
Extra Special Thanks to MOM’S
On opening day, My Organic Market (otherwise known as MOM’s) in the Hollywood Shopping Center—site of the Hollywood market, donated 100 of its shopping bags for distribution. Using free shopping bags like these reduces the need to use plastic bags, which are a real waste of natural resources and creator of garbage.
Message to the Pooches
We’re so sorry, little—and big—furry creatures, but you can’t be in our market area. A few residents (and our County’s Health Deparment) have concerns about your presence, even if your loving owner has you on a leash. Hypothetical, and not so hypothetical examples, include dog fights; terrifying or biting the little ones (and maybe even a few big ones); and, well, doing the unmentionable near the food. We love you but please stay home!
This Week’s Recipe: Carolina Kale
[Adapted from Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites, 1996]
Cooked until just tender, bright vitamin- and mineral-rich greens contrast beautifully with red tomatoes to make an appealing vegetable side dish or a topping for rice. Cooking times vary depending on the greens, so just add a little water to maintain liquid in the pan.
Ingredients: 1½ pounds kale, collards, chard, beet greens, or mustard greens. 2 cups chopped canned tomatoes and their juice or 3 cups chopped fresh tomatoes. 1 cup minced onions. 1 1/3 teaspoons ground cumin. 2 garlic cloves, pressed or minced. 1 teaspoon Tabasco or other hot pepper sauce or ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper.
Salt and pepper to taste. Wash the greens. Remove large stems and discolored leaves. Slice leaves into small (about 1/8”) strips.
Combine the tomatoes, onions, cumin, garlic, hot sauce or red pepper, and salt. Cover and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the greens, cover, and gently simmer, stirring frequently, until they reach the desired tenderness. (Recipe says 15 minutes but it may be longer.)
Hollywood Farmers Market is located at the Hollywood Shopping Center (near REI) on Saturdays from 8am to 12 noon. Email: Hollwoodmarketcp@gmail.com. Phone: (301) 659 – 6295
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