Please see below this week’s Hollywood Farmers Market newsletter. See you all tomorrow.


Although the market has been open for a few Saturdays (9 am to 1 pm), this Saturday’s opening will be the “grand” one, and we’ll cut the official ribbon right around 9:30 am. But the ribbon-cutting isn’t the only thing that makes this Saturday’s market grand.

Hollywood Farmers Market Grand Opening, 2013

Hollywood Farmers Market Grand Opening, 2013

For starters, we’ve invited members of Maryland’s 21st legislative district to join us: Senator Jim Rosapepe and Delegates Ben Barnes, Barbara Frush, and Joseline Peña-Melnyk. We’ve also invited the Prince George’s County Council members who represent College Park: Mary Lehman and Eric Olson. We’re expecting College Park Mayor Andy Fellows and members of our City Council to stop by, too.
In addition to our full range of vendors, jugglers and balloon artists from The Clown School in Columbia, MD, will be there and so will Melissa Sites, director of the College Park Arts Exchange (CPAE), who will make buttons and, when there’s time, play guitar and sing for us.

Our local Community-Oriented Police (COPS) will be there to discuss safety concerns with residents, and local County police officers will distribute identification kits to help protect your children. The Branchville Volunteer Fire Department will have their fire truck and free fire hats for the kids!

Please arrive early, and enjoy the all the special activities while you stock up on your favorite produce, bread, coffee, and all kinds of other products.

Local Food is Healthier Food
All of the farmers at our market are local, which means the products they sell were grown a short distance from here. There are several reasons why this is good, and here’s one that a little Internet research uncovered.
The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture conducted a study of 16 common fruits and vegetables, and discovered that, on average, they traveled just under 1,500 miles before they were sold to consumers. 39 percent of fruits and 12 percent of vegetables were imported from other countries.

Members of our law enforcement agencies are expected to be at tomorrow's grand opening

Members of our law enforcement agencies are expected to be at tomorrow’s grand opening

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, long-distance travel (and other factors) causes the produce to lack in the nutrients that would be present if it was allowed to ripen on the vine.
The Moral of the Story: The produce at our farmers market has more nutrients!

This week’s Vendors

1. Upper Crust Bakery
2. SunSplash Farm
3. Pleitez Farm
4. Legacy Manor
5. Heavenly Created Desserts
6. Calvert Farm
7. Morning Glory Farm
8. Ferguson Family Farm
9. Designed Naturally
10. Chic Expressions
11. Red Chimney Flower Farm
12. Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
13. Caspari Farm
14. Eastern Delights
15. Carley’s creation
16. Christiane’s Knits and Gardens
17. Phil’s Dills
18. 49th Ave, Furniture
19. Coffee Barn
20. Tiffany’s Oven

And Speaking of Nutrients
Vitamin C may be the most familiar of all of the nutrients. Although we would be hard-pressed to name a good food source of biotin or riboflavin, most everyone can name citrus fruits as good sources of vitamin C. According to the website of the World’s Healthiest Foods, 27 types of produce are excellent sources of vitamin C. Six of these contain a full day’s requirement of vitamin C in a single serving! These include bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, papaya, pineapple, and strawberries.
Although our farmers don’t sell pineapple or papaya, you’ll find the rest of the vegetables at their tables at some point during the season.
To read more about vitamin C, go to

Recipe of the Week: Curried Mustard Greens
While we’re waiting for other residents to submit their favorite summer recipes, here’s one from local farmer Robert Boone, who’s also one of our vendors and lives in north College Park.
Serves 4
• 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced thin
• 1 medium onion, cut in half and sliced thin
• 3 medium cloves garlic, sliced
• 1 TBS + 1/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth
• 1/2 tsp curry powder
• 1/4 tsp turmeric
• 1 bunch mustard greens, stems removed, chopped
• 1 15 oz can (no BPA) diced tomatoes
• 2 cups or 1 15 oz can (no BPA) garbanzo beans, drained
• 3 TBS extra virgin olive oil
• salt and white pepper to taste

.. and usual fresh produce

.. and usual fresh produce

1. Bring 2″ of water to a boil in a steamer with a tight fitting lid. Peel and slice sweet potatoes into ½” slices so they will steam quickly (7 minutes).
2. While steaming potatoes, slice onion and garlic. Heat 1 TBS broth in 12 inch skillet. Sauté onion in broth over medium heat for about 4-5 minutes stirring frequently, until translucent. Add 1/4 cup broth, garlic, curry powder, turmeric, and mustard greens. Stir occasionally until mustard greens are wilted, about 5 minutes. Add garbanzo beans, diced tomatoes, salt and pepper. Cook for another 5 minutes.
3. Mash sweet potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper. If you need to thin potatoes more you can add a little broth. Serve mustard greens with mashed sweet potatoes.

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