Sunday, July 15, 2018

Bloomingdale Farmers Market: Head-up, barbecuers - Meat is back at Truck Patch

From: "Markets & More" <>
Date: July 14, 2018 at 11:28:49 PM EDT
Subject: Heads Up, Barbecuers: Meat is back at Truck Patch

Hi BFM fans,

Sidebar for Carnivores: Truck Patch meat is back. Their butcher had retired and it takes a very long time for a farmer  to get on the schedule for a new butcher.

Let's Talk LEEKS!

In Provence, my neighbors think of onions as a vegetable and stuff them; they use leeks as an aromatic and chop them and dice them and saute them as a base the way we use onions.  I was excited to see that Mountain View has French leeks -- they are young and slender and full of flavor.  They look like overgrown scallions or green onions and you can bake, grill, saute, frizzle, stir fry or boil them. And once you do, you will see that leeks are better than onions, more complex and sweeter.

Speaking of Alliums, did you know that Mountain View has shallots?

Shallots tend to be sweeter and have a more complex flavor than onions. But what to do with shallots?  If you like South East Asian foods, you use them in Thai seasoning pastes, as a crispy fried or oven roasted garnish for noodles or you pickle them as a condiment.  Thai salads abound in julienned raw shallots.  In French cooking, they are the star of vinaigrettes and classic sauces like beurre blanc (or here) , marchand de vin, bearnaise,. Use them for Peanut Noodles with fried shallots and seared Tempeh.  Slice them over tomatoes.  Make Green beans with crispy shallots. 
MUSIC:  yep
Bike House: yep 
Besides Leeks, shallots and Tomatoes, Shawna will have new potatoes, leeks, fennel, fresh garlic, chives, spring onions, summer crisp lettuce, kale, beets, chard, summer squash, basil, mint and herbs. 

Visions of sugarplums danced in their heads because they saw the Methely plums this week. There are red and black raspberries, sweet cherries, sour cherries, red and black currants, gooseberries, plums, yellow peaches and Lodi apples.

They will not forget the yogurt this week! Ricotta, quark, fetas, soft brie like cheeses (the Frosty Morning was a hit at a dinner party last weekend), Camembert, Vermeer, Wallaby, Dragonsbreath, Cheddar, Caverly, Tommes, Bovre and many others.


PORK AGAIN!!!  Chops, sausages, roasts, and bacon!!!  Vegetables:  cucumbers, summer squash, kale, beets, various herbs, spinach, and spring mix.

New summer menu: Pies: Cherry, Mixed Berry, Salted Caramel, Sea Salt Chocolate Chess. Quiches: Kale Pesto Parmesan, Spinach Basil Sun dried Tomatoes, Cheddar Broccoli. And don't forget all the cookies. 
Their homemade pastas are flash frozen so they stay fresh.  Just pop them in your freezer so you can always put a resto quality dinner on the table within 15 minutes.  What could be lighter than fresh pasta and sauteed vegetables or their  Pesto or Eggplant Norma sauce. Make that pasta with caramelized leeks and lemon zest. 
LOTS of heirloom tomatoes this week, lots of cherry tomatoes. WATERMELONS. Cantaloupes. Bicolor sweetcorn, peppers in green, yellow and purple. Cucumbers. Many varieties of eggplants. Green and yellow beans. Red, white and yellow spuds. Squash and zucchini. Green tomatoes, sweet potatoes, sweet candy onions, Kale, swiss chard, carrots, collard greens, hot pepper, Basil bunches.


Have you tried the Crispy Kosher Pickle Spear? They are a half sour pickle with fresh dill, crushed garlic and red chili flakes.  The Italian Giardiniera is back this week after its debut for Sweet Green's Salami and Spicy Pickled Veg salad. It is a vinegar and oil pickle made with nine different vegetables.  Kraut is the Stinking Rye made with caraway seeds and juniper berries.  They have reserve barrels of some krauts that are now currently at market but you can order them from the online store You can order the Clean Kraut, Turmerine, Garlic Dill, Rosetido and Ramp krauts from the online store for pickup at the market 

baguettes, rustiques, rye, pumpernickel, whole wheat, sour dough and many other sandwich breads and loaves. Lots of breakfast pastries too.

See you Sunday

Robin and the Teds

DC Water boil advisory has been lifted for all customers

From: AlertDC
Sent: Sunday, July 15, 2018 8:45 AM
Subject: DC Water Lifts Advisory for All Customers

This is an important message from the District of Columbia AlertDC system.

7/15/18 (8:23 a.m.) - The DC Water boil water advisory has been lifted for all customers. If you were in the affected area, run the cold water taps for 10 minutes (if water was not used at all during the advisory). For more information from DC Water, visit

two weeks from today: 2nd Annual Comunity Health and Fun Fair

Be sure to add this community health and fun fair to your calendars!

This event is being sponsored by 4th Street Friendship Seventh Day Adventist Church, Masjid Muhammad and Mt. Sinai Baptist Church.  

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting -- Monday, 07-16-2018

See the agenda of this Monday's Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting below.

The meeting will be held at St. George's Episcopal Church, 2nd and U Street NW, at 7:00 pm.

two weeks from today: DC Main Streets Summit

See this tweet.

North Capitol Main Streets will be participating.

Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale scheduled for Saturday 7/14 and Sunday 7/15/2018

43 Seaton Pl NW is listed for $915,000.
The featured listing is a Victorian house in Bloomingdale. The agent representing the seller is Judy Cranford, with Cranford and Associates. See the links below for more details and open house times.

SATURDAY 7/14/2018 Open House list (just 1 so no map)

SUNDAY 7/15/18 Open House list
Map of Sunday Open Houses

*Agents, to have your open houses included in this weekly post, please have them tagged in MRIS by 10am on Friday. If you don't see your open house in the links, feel free to add in the comments. Also, if you would like your open to be featured with a picture for this post, please e-mail suzanne at compass dot com by 10am on Friday before the open.

Bertha Holliday has picked up petitions to run for ANC5E07 commissioner again

Here is the list of people who have picked up petitions to run for ANC5E single member district commissioners in the November 2018 DC general election as of yesterday, Friday, 07-13-2018.

Note that the new item for yesterday, Friday, 07-13-2018, is Bertha Holliday, who is running for ANC5E07.  She is the current ANC5E07 SMD commissioner.   

Here is the link to this spreadsheet from the DC Board of Elections and Ethics.

Friday, July 13, 2018

from CM McDuffie's office: DC Water advisory warning message

From: Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie On Behalf Of Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie
Sent: Friday, July 13, 2018 11:32 AM
Subject: DC Water Advisory Warning


The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) has issued a precautionary Boil Water Advisory following a loss of pressure to a portion of their distribution system that took place at approximately 8:30PM on July 12th. The issue mentioned above makes it possible for contaminants to enter the water.  As a precaution, residents are advised to boil their water until further notice. To minimize risk, residents who live in the affected areas or experienced low water pressure should follow the instructions outlined below.

Residents should:
  • Run tap until water is clear
  • Bring water to a rolling boil for 3 minutes
  • Allow water to cool before using
  • Store cooled water in a clean container with a cover

Residents should use cooled, boiled water or bottled water for:
  • Drinking
  • Brushing teeth
  • Preparing and cooking food
  • Making ice
  • Preparing infant formula
  • Giving water to pets

Below is a map of the areas affected.

Please think about your neighbors who may not have immediate internet access and the spread the word. DC Water will be hosting a press conference at 11:30am live from their Facebook page. I will continue to monitor this issue closely until it is completely resolved.

In Service,


island bowl for lunch at Spark at 12; Boundary Stone open for lunch as well; Tyber Creek open tonight

See these tweets:

DC Water alert: Precautionary boil water advisory

The map below includes Bloomingdale in the boil advisory area.

From: AlertDC
Sent: Friday, July 13, 2018 4:36 AM
Subject: Precautionary Boil Water Advisory (DC Water)

This is an important message from the District of Columbia AlertDC system.

DC Water has issued a Precautionary Boil Water Advisory for a large portion of the District of Columbia. For more information and instructions, please go to

Thursday, July 12, 2018

package marked "to be placed upright & handled with care, fragile liquid" tossed by USPS delivery person

See this 07-12-2018 message from a neighbor:

Wondering if this is of interest to the neighborhood: USPS throws my package to the floor from up the stairs despite the signs on it indicating that its to be placed upright & handled with care, fragile liquid.

so who has picked up petitions to run for ANC5E positions in in the November 2018 elections?

Here is the link from the DC Board of Elections and Ethics website.

I will periodically sharing the list of petitions picker-uppers here at the blog.

Bloomingdale is covered by ANC5E06, ANC5E07, ANC5E08 and ANC5E09.

ANC5E07 and ANC5E08 are completely within Bloomingdale, while ANC5E06 and ANC5E09 are not.

As of today, Robert Brannum has picked up picked up petitions for ANC5E08.  (The current ANC5E08 commissioner is Horatio Sierra.)

Dianne Barnes, Sam Bonar and Kirby Vining have all picked up petitions for ANC5E09.  (The current ANC5E09 commissioner is Dianne Barnes.)

Common Good City Farm: Bean-to-Bar Chocolate with Herbal Infusion workshop -- Tuesday, 07-17-2018

See this message:

tonight: McMillan Advisory Group (MAG) meeting

See this NextDoor post:

back for another Florida Fridays Mobile Art Gallery at the Joe Mamo lot -- Friday, 07-13-2018

Please continue to help e-blast this out for us. It's the last month of our mobile art gallery pop up and chance to enjoy some interactive outdoor space right here in the neighborhood. 

Any local artists or neighbors interested in coming to perform in the community space -- we are open to their participation. If you know of anyone please have them reach out to us. 

The last one on the 27th should be a lot of fun since we plan on having an open mic night. 

REMINDER: Florida Fridays - July 13, 6-9pm



1835 14th STREET NW

CM McDuffie's Ward 5 Report: Summer community office hours across Ward 5 -- in Bloomingdale, on Monday, 07-16-2018, and Wednesday, 07-18-2018

From: Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie On Behalf Of Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie
Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2018 11:33 AM
Subject: Ward 5 Report: Summer Community Office Hours across Ward 5


I am pleased to announce that my office will host summer community office hours at various locations throughout Ward 5 during the D.C. Council summer recess period. Monday through Thursday, twice a day, we will be in locations across Ward 5 to hear your concerns. The first two weeks of locations are listed below and full details can be found on my website. I encourage you to stop by and share any concerns or ask questions during our morning and evening community hours.

In Service,


Read Councilmember McDuffie's statement on Initiative 77 and the Tipped Workers Fairness Amendment Act of 2018.

Kenyan in the Community

Rhode Island Ave and Brookland Metro Stations to CLOSE July 21 - September 3

Two Metro stations will be closed starting Saturday, July 21, through Monday, September 3 (Labor Day). The shutdown is necessary for Metro to repair the platform at Rhode Island Ave station, Metro's oldest outdoor station.

Metro has the following efforts planned to mitiage the impact on residents:
  • Free shuttles between stations. Free shuttle buses will replace trains between Fort Totten and NoMa-Galludet U.
  • Free express shuttles from closed stations to locations downtown. Metro will run free express shuttle buses during AM/PM rush hours between Brookland and Rhode Island Ave and the areas of Metro Center, Gallery Place and Union Station.
  • G9 all day. The G9, which normally only runs during rush hour along the length of Rhode Island Ave, will operate during all hours the Metrorail system is open. The G9 was launched in March 2017 after Councilmember McDuffie secured funds for it in the D.C. budget.
  • Temporary dedicated bus lane on Rhode Island Ave NE. Working with D.C. Department of Transportation, Metro will establish a new, temporary dedicated bus lane along Rhode Island Ave NE. The lane will operate Monday through Saturday from 7am to 7pm and is not scheduled to remain in place after the shutdown.
For full details visit Councilmember McDuffie has been engaging WMATA and other agencies to prepare for the shutdown for months, and his efforts are outlined in this post.