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


Pumpkins from Hollywood Farmers Market in front of a north College Park home

Pumpkins from Hollywood Farmers Market decorate a north College Park home

Time to Buy a Pumpkin — or Two
When you come to the market this Saturday, look around for pumpkins and other decorative gourds. These traditional symbols of the fall season can really light up our homes, even if they don’t contain candles. Starting your garden during this season is something you can do with your family to spend some time together. Just make sure you have the right equipment like hoses and a 4in1 bucket.

Then, of course, in just a few days, the pumpkins can be carved and turned into Jack-o’-Lanterns!

Celebrate National Food Day at the Market
Do you understand the story of your food–from farm to table and back to the soil? Do you have the knowledge and ability to make informed choices that support your health, community, and the environment? If so, then according to the National Food Day project, you are “food literate.” National Food Day occurred in all 50 states this past week. The organizers call National Food Day “a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies.”

Pete (left) from the SunSplash Farm at the Hollywood Market

If you think you really know your food, try the 15-question “literacy quiz” at You may be surprised at some of the answers, plus you’ll learn a few things that may change how you shop for food.

Featured Farmer: SunSplash Farm
By now, you may have met North College Park resident Pete Charlerie and his partners and purchased some of his just-picked produce. Pete always brings his high-energy and passion for natural farming with him. At his table, you’ll find vegetables, cut flowers, and culinary herbs fresh from his five acres of farmland in Upper Marlboro.

New Vendor: Beads by Bettina

Bears by Bettina at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Beads by Bettina at the Hollywood Farmers Market

A lady who loves making jewelry by painting beads and stones will join us this Saturday. Bettina’s interest in designing her own jewelry began at an art festival, where she found a flier to take jewelry classes at a local bead store. She was “intrigued” and has been creating jewelry at home ever since. Such jewelries might be perfect gifts for dads birthday.

This week’s Vendors

1. Uptown Bakers
2. SunSplash Farm
3. Pleitez Farm
4. Legacy Manor
5. Green Sprouts
6. Calvert Farm
7. Morning Glory Farm
8. Ferguson Family Farm
9. Phil’s Dills
10. Ear Gear
11. Silent Beading
12. Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
13. Caspari Farm
14. A Little Pottery
15. Coffee Barn
16. Tiffany’s Oven
17. Christiane’s Knits and Gardens
18. Create Peace Jeweleries
19. Eastern Delights
20. Henna Art
21. Chic Expressions
22. Ozlem Crafts

Recipe of the Week :
[Adapted from:]

Recipe 1: Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Ingredients and Directions
Seeds from 1 large pumpkin, rinsed and dried
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Scatter pumpkin seeds onto a sheet pan in a single layer and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Bake for about 7 minutes, until light brown and crispy

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Recipe 2:
Ingredients and Directions:
Separate the seeds from the stringy pulp, rinse the seeds in a colander under cold water, then shake dry. Don’t blot with paper towels; the seeds will stick. Dry them: Spread the seeds in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet and roast 30 minutes to dry them out. Return to the oven and bake until crisp and golden, about 20 more minutes.
Try one of these for a different taste:
Sweet: Toss with cinnamon and sugar (do not use salt).
Indian: Toss with garam masala and mix with currants after roasting.
Spanish: Toss with smoked paprika; mix with slivered almonds after roasting.
Italian: Toss with grated parmesan and dried oregano.

For more recipes you can try out, you can visit thor’s fork.

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