Over Memorial Day Weekend I joined KFB and a few other friends for a camping trip out in Shenandoah National Park. We planned the hikes, organized the equipment, and divided up the meals before hitting the mountains. KFB and I picked dinner, and started planning. After a few disappointing weeks with Arganica, we decided to just hit up the farmers market instead. This was actually my first DC market of the year, so I was pretty excited to see what all they had.
The Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market is a charming little market located right in the small plaza on Mt. Pleasant Street and Lamont Street, NW. It has several different vendors, each offering a few different items, a bike repair station, and some live joyful bluegrass to get you in the mood.
We had a grilled veggie melody dinner in mind, and knew that most of what we might be cooking over the camp fire isn’t really in season, but we were able to find some delicious items for the trip.
To start, we found a great loaf of rosemary bread baked fresh from Atwater’s Bakery. We ended up coating it in garlic and butter, wrapping it in foil and throwing it on the coals. After a short toasting, it was the perfect addition to the meal. We also found some asparagus and strawberries from Truck Patch Farms in New Windsor, MD. Good for us, but unfortunate for our camping friends, neither of these made it to the mountains. The asparagus was so flavorful we just had to have it for dinner that night, and the strawberries so sweet they didn’t make it past dessert. These fresh strawberries and a little vanilla ice cream went together like coffee and morning, or BP and shame. I heard this was the last week for local asparagus, so I’m glad we took this opportunity to have one last indulgence while we could.
What did make it on our trip were some tasty Fuji apples from Quaker Valley Orchards. Nothing beats a juicy apple on a humid hike.
Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market is a great place to get your seasonal produce and local meat right near Columbia Heights. While I can’t wait for Columbia Heights’ new farmers market to open up next Saturday, I really hope that it doesn’t take away from Mt. P neighborhood market and its charming character. I know I’ll certainly be frequenting both this summer.