Need to stock up on some goods for the holiday cooking season? Stop by Whole Foods today (either the P Street location or the Georgetown location) and 5% of ALL Sales will double food stamps and WIC at area farmers markets, including the 14&U farmers market for the 2012 season.

Robin Shuster, who runs a few area farmers markets, has put this all together – helping this program means that those less fortunate get to eat good veggies and fruit from area farmers markets. So stop by Whole Foods today and stock up.

The farmers' market last fall, courtesy of M.V. Jantzen

This always makes me sad. This weekend is the last for our farmer’s market at 14th and U: so stop by to stock up for the winter, pick up Thanksgiving day supplies, and say farewell to the vendors. The market will be back next May, but you can stop by the Dupont market in the interim, which is open all year.

14th/U farmers market (courtesy of Andrew Bossi)

Sigh. My favorite time of the year is coming to a close: this weekend is the last you’ll be able to saunter down to 14/U and get farm fresh veggies, fruit, great Copper Pot sauces and pasta, bread from Panorama and those great pumpkin whoopie pies. Definitely make sure to get to the market this Saturday to stock up for the winter. I’ll see you there.

Scott Brooks with his painting "Boldly Going"

So, yeah, you might have some plans this weekend. Perhaps, maybe. But let me tell you about some other things happening this weekend that are worth checking out:

  • Scott Brooks (remember the profile I did on him?) has a show at Long View (9th/N), entitled “We the People.” The opening reception is Friday night at 6:30 and then the show will run for a month, through November 28th. Scott is a local artist who does really interesting, fabulous work – so go out and support him!
  • Transformer (14/P) is having an open house for their new exhibition, Tang: Freedom & Its Owner on Saturday from 1 to 7 pm. There will be flavored coffee and chocolates from ACKC to nibble on.
  • At the 14/ U Street farmers market, there will be a ton of cute things to celebrate Halloween. There will be a costume contest with prizes for kids and dogs at 11 am. There will be prizes for best girl, best boy. and best dog. There are also a lot of food to buy related to Halloween: there will be half price on pumpkins and many winter squashes at Kuhn. And I’ve been meaning to try Copper Pot’s pumpkin truffle soup, it went fast last week so get there early. And of course, you can buy your pumpkin whoopie pies at Pecan Meadow.

14th/U farmers market (courtesy of Andrew Bossi)

I’m ridiculously excited for this. The farmers’ market season is my favorite time of the year, I love the ritual of going every Saturday morning, of watching the seasons progress based on the produce available. May 1st will be first farmers’ market of the year, from 9-1.

Robin Shuster said to expect asparagus, spring onions, salad greens, leafy greens, as well as apples and pears from last fall to be available. There might even be some early strawberries from Garner’s (yay! I’ll be fighting you guys to get them). There’s also, of course, the great Copper Pot food stand, the bread from Panorama, gelato from Dolcezza, cheese from Keswick Creamery, and flowers from Faucher Meadows.

From the farmer's market, part 2

From the farmer's market, part 2

When the 14th and U farmer’s market first opened in May, I showed you what I got for $20. Now, with summer in full swing I got cherry tomatoes, 4 ears of corn, a half pint of blueberries, 2 pints of cherries (white and regular), one lone peach (the only one left when I got there), a more mature but not quite fully mature onion, some baby red potatoes, and a huge French baguette. Not bad, what do you get at the farmer’s market?

Plans include grilled corn with ribs for 4th of July, a blueberry and cherry tart, and eating out of hand my first peach of the summer.

I think this deserves a NOM

I think this deserves a NOM

I’m in budget mode, I’m moving in a week, and between security deposits, paying movers, move in and out fees, transfer fees for utilities, and a bunch of fun, unexpected expenses, I’m feeling the crunch. I’ve been trying to think of decent, creative meals that I can make cheaply. Pizza is one of those things that came to me: you can buy frozen pizza dough for a few bucks, and then you can spend as much, or little, on toppings as you want.

After a trip to the farmers market (which I couldn’t say no to, even though I’m trying to save money) I came home with great looking asparagus and my favorite spring treat: spring onions (0r green garlic). So I use those as inspiration and come up with this U Street Girl original: roasted asparagus and spring onion pizza.

Budget: $10, serves 4 (2 slices each) – $2.50 a serving.

Recipe details after the jump.

A regular feature in which I cook cheap, gourmet dishes.

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From the farmers' market

From the farmers' market

A large bunch of asparagus, spring onions, 2 apples, 3 pears, a large bag of salad greens, and 2 stems of lilacs (sigh, I love lilacs).

Plans for these include an asparagus and spring onion pizza (stay tuned later in the week for more about that), a salad with the apples and salad greens, and some pears to snack on.

Also, it was nice to see that there was a new pasta and jam stand, made by Stefano Frigerio, formerly of Maestro and another stand that seems to be poultry based: eggs, chicken, goose, and duck (this would have helped immensely in December where I couldn’t find duck legs or duck fat anywhere).

And most exciting for me, the guys from Garners Produce let me know that they’d have strawberries next week. Joy!

The farmers' market last fall, courtesy of M.V. Jantzen

The farmers' market last fall, courtesy of M.V. Jantzen

Now this is when you know spring has really started, the 14th and U farmers’ market is opening is this Saturday, May 2nd. I expect green garlic (yum!), good salad greens, a lot of herbs, asparagus, and maybe some strawberries (might be a little too early). I will fully report back with my bounty later.

P.S. I might or might not have realized I myself, U Street Girl, am actually in this photo. Yes, I love the farmers’ market and am there every weekend, rain or shine.