Tuesday, November 12, 2019

"let's get composting at the Bloomingdale Farmers Market is 2020!"

From: Robin Shuster
Sent: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 4:07 PM
Let's get Composting at BFM in 2020!

Hey. BFM Fans,

If we want composting at the market next year, we have to bombard Annie White, Manager of Office of Waste Diversion at DPW,  Annie.white4@dc.gov  with hundreds of emails saying so.  Tweet DPW, get signatures on a petition from the market as well as the whole neighborhood (Bloomingdale, Eckington, Truxton Circle, LeDroit, close in Shaw, etc )and send them to her….They will only do it if they believe we will have lots of people coming to their compost stand at BFM.

Who wants to volunteer to lead the effort?

Here is what she said in response to my request for composting at BFM in 2020. 



Thank you for your note Robin. We'll keep Bloomingdale on the list of markets for consideration if and when DPW decides to expand the food waste drop off program. At present, there are no plans to expand the number of markets for the program this in 2020.


Annie White
Manager, Office of Waste Diversion
Department of Public Works
250 E St SW
Washington, DC 20024
(c) 202.438.8277



Robin Shuster
14 and U Farmers' Market 
Bloomingdale Farmers' Market

Boundary Stone and Atlas Brew Works announces their Toy Drive -- Thursday, 12-19-2019

See this tweet:

ANC5E meeting agenda -- Tuesday, 11-19-2019

Passed along by ANC5E01 Commissioner Cheolos.

Also posted at NextDoor.

St. George's Episcopal Church Kwanzaa Kitchen anniversary on 11-16-2019

From: Janis Evans
Sent: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 9:51 AM
Subject: Kwanzaa Kitchen Anniversary 11-16-2019

Hello Volunteers,

This Saturday’s breakfast falls on the actual date of our anniversary, 11/16/92-11/16/2019. We will celebrate 27 years of ministry with a cake, fruit and our regular menu. Hope to see most of you out to mark this special occasion. 

no progress with Bloomingdale's two DHCD-auctioned former Hofgard properties -- 160 Adams St NW and 36 Channing St NW -- intended to be deveoped into workforce housing

It has only been a few months since the properties were auctioned off.  

See this tweet:

WBJ post "11 projects that will change Greater Washington if they ever happen" includes McMillan

Click on the link to read the entire Washington Business Journal article and to view the slideshow.

11 projects that will change Greater Washington, if they ever happen
Nov 12, 2019, 5:00am EST
Michael Neibauer, Managing Editor
Washington Business Journal 
The typical developer wants to build a project as quickly as possible. The typical landowner has little interest in sitting on a revenue-generating plot that isn’t generating any revenue. The typical government official wants to get a big development underway, to begin bearing the fruit — tax dollars, employment, etc. — of the end result.                                                                    

The projects we are highlighting here are anything but typical.

Here is the text regarding the McMillan development project:

Saturday, November 09, 2019

Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale for Sat 11/9 & Sun 11/10/2019

419 U St NW is offered at $1,995,000.
The featured open house is a single family property designed by James McGill in Historic LeDroit Park. The agent representing the seller is Joe Freeman with McWilliams Ballard. See the link below for more details and open house times.

Weekend Open Houses

*Agents, to have your open houses included in this weekly post, please have them tagged in Bright MLS 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.

Granny and the Boys at this afternoon's Bloomingdale Fall 2019 Fall Fest on the 100 block of U Street NW

See this post from NextDoor:

four weeks from today: St. George's Episcopal Church Christmas Marketplace and Cafe

From: Janis Evans
Sent: Saturday, October 26, 2019 12:54 AM
Christmas Bazaar! Spread the Word

Greeting to All,

As holiday season draws closer, I wanted to ask you to SAVE-THE-DATE for the ECW Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 7th from 10:00a – 4:30p. The attached flyer gives you pertinent information about the bazaar. Please feel free to contact me if you have any inquiries about the menu, vending opportunities, or donating items for the raffle or silent auction. I’ve also attached an example of the quality gifts we’ll have at the raffle table.

Thank you and save the date!
Janis Evans, Bazaar Chair

Friday, November 08, 2019

on the 100 block of U Street NW: Bloomingdale Fall 2019 Fest -- Saturday, 11-09-2019

See this post from NextDoor:

Fall 2019 Saturday Work Day at Bloomingdale's Crispus Attucks Park -- Saturday, 11-09-2019

See this Facebook event post:

10-24-2019 Bisnow post on proposed DC land-use maps includes McMillan > "Moderate Density Commercial to High-Density Commercial"

Click on the link to read the entire Bisnow post and to view the images.

9 Developments That Stand To Benefit From D.C.'s Proposed Land-Use Map Changes
October 24, 2019
By Jon Banister

D.C. is proposing major changes to the map that guides development throughout the city, and many projects stand to directly benefit from density increases.

The Office of Planning last week submitted proposed changes to the remaining Comprehensive Plan elements, including the Future Land Use Map, that seek to allow more residential development to help the city whittle down its housing shortage. The FLUM sets overall density guidelines for properties throughout the District. It is separate from the zoning map, which lays out the exact development regulations of a site in more specificity. But owners of properties that have their FLUM density increased can apply for a change in their zoning designation and are more likely to succeed if the new Comprehensive Plan envisions larger development for their site. 

Here is the blurb for Bloomingdale's McMillan Sand Filtration site:

Location: Michigan Avenue and North Capitol Street

Change Proposed: Moderate Density Commercial to High-Density Commercial

The McMillan development, another project that has experienced significant delays due to court appeals, would also receive a commercial density boost under the proposed changes. The development, sitting just south of the MedStar Washington Hospital, is planned to include 1M SF of healthcare space, 125K SF of retail and 655 residential units. It is a partnership between Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners, Trammell Crow and EYA.

The project had its approval vacated in 2016 and then went back through the Zoning Commission process, and following another appeal the court this year affirmed the approval, a decision D.C.'s planning director called a "watershed" moment for the litigation.

Big Daddy Running Club -- established in 2001 and still in action!

This is a Bloomingdale Neighborhood blog post from 07-24-2014 from former Bloomingdale resident and ANC5E Commissioner John Salatti about the Big Daddy Running Club.

The Big Daddy Running Club is still in action!


See this message from Bloomingdale resident John Salatti:

The Big Daddy Running Club Wants You

Attention current and potential Walkers, Joggers, and Runners: Thanks to the efforts of Big Daddy himself, Darrell Fogan of the unit block of Randolph Place, The Big Daddy Running Club is now in its 11th year in Bloomingdale and going strong.  We are a diverse-in-every-way group of friends and neighbors who meet regularly to get some exercise before most of the city even wakes up.

On every Tuesday and Thursday morning year-round, we meet between 6:00 - 6:05 a.m. at the northeast corner of Rhode Island Ave and 2nd St NW and take off from there. 
Sunday mornings, we meet at 7:00 - 7:05 a.m. same place

Whether you want to walk, run or jog, or some combination, there`s usually somebody else there who shares your workout ideal.  Everybody starts and finishes at the same place at roughly the same time, usually a bit before 7:00 a.m. during the week.  We have a variety of routes for each of the days we run and we have routes geared to each person's pace.  If you have any questions, please drop me a line.

C'mon out!  We'd love to see you.

John T. Salatti
"Together, Building a Better Bloomingdale"

This is Darrell Fogan.

Ward 5 Community Happy Hour at Hopscotch Bar yesterday, Thursday, 11-07-2019

See this Facebook post:

Thursday, November 07, 2019

DCist post: "This new Bloomingdale coffee shop will also offer a slew of art classes"

Click on the link to read the entire DCist post:

by Lori McCue:

There are a few reasons you might stop at Creative Grounds, opening in Bloomingdale later this month. It might be to grab a coffee and take advantage of the Wi-Fi. It might be to browse the art from local artists on the walls. Or it might be to take in a class on drawing or photography.
“I typically say, ‘However one chooses to express themselves artistically, I want to give them the space to do it,'” says co-owner Asmara Sium, who is opening the cafe-meets-art space with her husband, Kenn Blagburn. While not an artist herself, Sium is the former chair of an advisory committee at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. While there, she says she learned just how tough development and gentrification have been on local artists looking for space to make and show their work.

History Quest platform updated

Of general interest.

From: HistoricWashington@groups.io On Behalf Of Yarnall, Bruce (OP)
Sent: Thursday, November 7, 2019 4:35 PM
To: HistoricWashington@groups.io
Subject: [HistoricWashingtonDC]
History Quest Platform Updated

Since the December 2017 launch of History Quest, the DC Historic Preservation Office has continued to gather and refine historical data on the city’s buildings.  History Quest is a graphic GIS-based map providing information on over 132,000 original “to build” permits of the District’s building stock.

Thanks to continued research and comments from users, historical information on 18,925 buildings is now updated and data added on another 2,000 buildings that lacked information in the initial launch.  These improvements largely focus on the Old City and the areas East of the Anacostia River as research continues for other areas of the District.

Users are reminded to select on the information button (i) of History Quest to learn more about the various layer tools and search functions of the platform. These functions allow individuals to more fully research houses and neighborhood, explore the city, and enhance knowledge of the city’s built environment.

The HPO also appreciate users who use the “Propose Data Change” tab to alert staff of corrections or inaccuracies in the current data.  Your observations are invaluable.  Thanks!

Check out the site at: https://planning.dc.gov/node/1203082

Bruce Yarnall • Historic Preservation Operations Manager
DC Office of Planning
1100 4th Street SW, Suite E650 • Washington, DC 20024

Bloomingdale Farmers Market: Soups, dumplings and more!

From: Robin Shuster
Sent: Thursday, November 7, 2019 2:28 PM
Soups, dumplings and More! 

Hello BFM fans,
Some of the best things to eat as it gets colder are hot soups. Reading
through Epicurious’s
list of 81 most-satisfying soup recipes
, I found five to must-try this
Fall. The first is an easy
tomato soup
that pays homage to the last of the unexpectedly great tomatoes
of November: fast to make, with just 3 main ingredients-- the secret is to
roast the tomatoes. Next is a quick
with ground pork, carrots, zucchini, bok choi and dried shiitake
mushrooms (ask King Mushrooms). Third is a meatless pasta
e fagioli with escarole
-- add Cucina Al Volo's freshly dried pasta just 3
minutes before the end of cooking. The umami boost comes from using Parmesan
rinds. Don't forget to choose your favorite chile peppers from the market.

Next is a pureed cauliflower
soup, very creamy and topped with crunchy bacon. You can make this meatless
by substituting vegetable broth or water for the chicken stock and sliced
roasted cauliflower for the bacon. Lastly is a fresh turmeric
and ginger chicken soup
, delicious and also good for treating Fall colds.
Mountain View has the fresh turmeric.

boxed grits

New and Notable:            

*New* Pumpkin Pie 
*New Stoneground Grits
*New* Cauliflower            

*New* Broccoli * New* Cabbage  Quinces
Arctic kiwi fruit     

Yes, the Market is open until Sunday November 24th            

Order Turkeys @ Groffs here 

Music this week is Gary Peresta.
Bike House will be here from 11 to 1 to help you fix your bike.   


At Market This Week:

Dumplings and More Pop Up: Handmade meat or vegetarian dumplings
made from market ingredients plus chinese style peanuts, five spice edamames,
and secret chilli oil sauce.

Groff's Content Farm:
Grass fed beef: ground, patties, stew cubes, bottom round, roasts, heart/liver,
and steaks. Free range turkey: breast, legs, and ground. Free range chicken:
whole, breast w/ or w/o bone, leg/thigh quarter, wings, legs, necks/backs, and
liver/heart. Bone broths. Sausages. Pasture raised Berkshire pork: ground,
canadian bacon, spare rib, shoulder roasts, smoked hams, pork chop, smoked
bacon, and ham hock.

Tip: Did you know they have dog treats?  

Reid's Orchard:
Arctic Kiwi berries, concord grapes, seedless grapes, Bartlett pears, heirloom
tomatoes, and FIVE types of fresh-pressed apple cider. Apples going to market :
Honeycrisp, Crimson Crisp, Swiss Gourmet, Gala, Macoun, Snow Sweet, Fuji,
Jonathan, Jona Gold, Mammoth, Black Twig, Black OxfordSuncrisp, Gold Supreme,
Baldwin, Roxberry Russet, Ambrosia, Nittany, Northern Spy, Yataka, Stayman,
Winesap, Granny Smith,  Arkansas Black, Gold Rush, and Pink Lady.

What are Arctic Kiwi Berries? Let Kara explain:

At long last, kiwi berries (aka Arctic kiwis, aka grape kiwi,
aka hardy kiwifruit) are heading to a market near you this weekend!If you’re
not familiar, allow us to explain:
Actinidia arguta, more commonly called Arctic kiwi, is a vine native to northern China, Korea, Siberia, and (maybe) Japan.
Notice a common theme? Those are all cold temperature regions, meaning this
particular fruit does well in colder climates — like our orchard in south central
Pennsylvania. The small fruit has a taught skin and sweet flesh, with a thin
stem on one end and a spindly dangly thing on the other. You can eat the fruit,
skin and all (which, btw, you can eat the skin on brown, furry, larger kiwi
too). Once you try them you may find it hard to stop eating, as they’re sweet
with a hint of tartness and a super intense kiwi flavor far superior to most
any kiwi you’ve had before. They are fairly high in pectin and make excellent
jam (especially if you add a little fresh grated ginger), or they make a nice
addition to an autumnal fruit salad with apples, pomegranate seeds, persimmons,
and pears.

We’ll also have quinces this week — more on those in a future post, but for those who ask what to do with them, we highly recommend adding them to apple pie or crisp or making your own quince paste. Here’s a recipe from food writer and cookbook author Nik Sharma that we’re itching to try.

Variety of mushrooms fresh and dried; oyster, shiitake,
lion’s mane, portabello, cremini, maitake, chestnut, pioppini, enokitake,
chanterelle, Lion’s Mane double extraction, and Hungarian Mushroom Stew.

Mountain View:
Baby ginger, mini pumpkins, acorn squash, tomatoes, *New* broccoli, *New*
cauliflower, *New* cabbage, mixed sweet peppers, Poblanos, garlic, green luobo,
kohlrabi, purple daikon, murasaki Japanse sweet potatoes, turnips, beets, bok
choi, beets, shallots, fresh herbs, mixed hot peppers, NuMex anathem peppers,
Shishitos peppers, kale, Romaine, fresh cut herbs, and salad greens.

Acorn squash, kabocha squash, spaghetti squash and pumpkins. Tomatoes,
zucchini, mixed greens, green & yellow string beans, potatoes, cucumbers, purple
top turnips, and watermelon radishes. Peppers: hot peppers, bell peppers,
jalapenos, poblanos, and Shishito peppers. Eggplant, garlic, sweet candy
onions,  green kale, *New* broccoli, *New* cauliflower, *New* cabbage,
baby lima beans, *New* stoneground grits, pasta sauce, bloody mary mix, jam,
Purslane, basil bunches, cilantro bunches, greens and cut flowers.
Cucina Al Volo: Dried pasta, ravioli, and sauces such as pesto, lamb ragu, beef bolognese, cherry tomato, wild mushrooms, eggplant norma.

TIP: Did you know that their eggplant parmesan LASAGNE combines the best of those two
classics and the beef lasagne is really really good. Keep one of each in the
freezer so you can always curl up with comfort food.

Keswick: Cow milk and mixed milk cheese. Hard to soft, styles from around
the world, Robin’s favorite yogurt and chocolate pudding. Alpine-style Tommes, Swirly Girl,
Mesquite smoked Smokey Isabelle, funky Cowttin.  Soft-ripened, ash-covered
Winter Morning has a creamy center, ricotta, quark, and feta. 

Mark told me Sunday that they make 35 different cheeses!  (they bring 25 every

Number 1 Sons:
Everything Fermented! Kimchi: Kicky and Sons.
Pickles (cucumber kind): Sicilian Sours, Gin-Ginger, Crispy Koshers, Sunny Dills, Super Sours, Half Sours, and Honey Habs. Other pickled
Veg: Salsa So Verde, Clean Kraut, Giardiniera, Cider Masala Beets, Dilly Beans,
and Giardiniera.   Kombuchas flavors are Turmeric Tang, Lavender Fizz,
pear, and Original Ginger. Condiments for every meal. Have you tried a Grilled
Kimcheese sandwich yet?

TIP: Have you slathered a hot dog (plant or animal based!)
with kimchi yet? Caitlin also likes the bun smeared with mayo.

Panorama Bakery: French style bread and breakfast pastries. Demi french baguette, traditional artisanal baguette, Petit Rustique, challah, sourdough, walnut raisin sourdough,
multigrain loaf, Honey-Wheat w/Oats, Walnut-cherry baguette, walnut-cranberry
baguette, olive baguette, multigrain baguette, and pumpernickel boule.
Croissants: butter, chocolate and raisins.

Whisked:*New* Pumpkin, Appe Crumble, Salted Caramel Apple, Cherry, Bourbon Pecan, Sea Salt Chocolate Chess, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Cookie 6-Packs: Chocolate
Chip, Salty Oatmeal, Molasses Spice, Hazelnut Swirl, Pretzel Cowboy,
Snickerdoodle, Mexican Chocolate (flourless), Oatmeal Chocolate Chip (vegan),
Simply Sugar (vegan), and Chocolate Blackout (vegan). Pies: Quiches: Cheddar
Broccoli, Spinach with Sun Dried Tomato, and Kale, Pesto, Parmesan.

You can order your Thanksgiving pies in advance and pick them up at market the
Sunday before Thanksgiving or order through their website and pick up at their

Date: Sunday 
Time: 9am-1pm
Where: 100 block of R St NW in front of the Big Bear Cafe

Clara, the Teds and Robin