Recipe of the Week: Spinach and Beet Salad

Our spinach is finally ready to harvest at the farm! Spinach provides many important nutrients, including vitamin A, vitamin K, and iron. Combine this healthy green with the natural energy and high nutrient content of beets, and you have a recipe that is both delicious and healthy!

Help Common Good win $5,000 with just one click!

We're excited to be one of five finalists for the Ford Community Green Grant. The winner will be announced at the DC Green Festival this Sunday, September 22nd. Help us win by voting online! You can vote once a day, from now until Sunday. Vote here: http://greenfestivals.org/fcgg-dc

Faces of the Farm

Meet Brian!

Brian is one of Common Good's farm volunteers. He first started volunteering at the farm right after it was established in LeDroit Park in 2009! In the picture, Brian is harvesting microgreens for our Small Enterprise program. Brian loves all kinds of farm work, from harvesting, to bed-building, to weeding. In fact, he likes farming so much that he's about to start a year-long farm apprenticeship at the Farm School in Massachusetts! Good luck, Brian!

Recipe of the Week: Garden Gazpacho

Here's a great way to use a lot of farm-fresh produce! Gazpacho, a chilled Spanish soup, uses a tomato base and many other types of vegetables. This soup is perfect to make on a hot day like today. Take advantage of this great summer recipe before this weather is gone!

Faces of the Farm

Meet Greg:

Greg is one of our Green Tomorrows program participants. He comes to us from Prince George's County. It's hard for him to choose, but Greg says his favorite vegetable is the tomato. Greg's favorite thing to do on the farm is harvesting all types of produce. He really enjoys how much the farm can produce, especially the very tall okra plants! In the picture, Greg is harvesting rosemary.

Recipe of the Week: Rosemary Green Beans and Tomatoes

The farm has had a great crop of green beans this year. Eat these vegetables for a great source of B vitamins and antioxidants! Check out this recipe that combines green beans and tomatoes, another great farm staple, into a delicious side dish! Add farm-fresh rosemary and garlic for a flavorful and healthy recipe.

Faces of the Farm

Meet Jake:

Jake is a drop-in volunteer at Common Good. Today was his first time volunteering at the farm, and we are happy to have him! He lives in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of DC. Jake has worked on farms in the past, and he says his favorite farm activity is harvesting greens or potatoes. In the picture, Jake is helping us harvest peppers!

Common Good Hosts Workshop at Highland Dwellings

Common Good City Farm traveled to the Highland Dwellings in Ward 8 today to host a workshop on the raised beds that we planted with the residents earlier this year. Activities included checking on the health of the summer crops, identifying beneficial and harmful insects, and planting the beds with fall vegetables like beets, spinach, and turnip greens.

Join us at Homegrown DC: a celebration of DC farms & gardens!

We're excited to be a part of the first annual Homegrown DC, a hyper-local farmers' market and festival. Join us on Saturday, September 7th, from 4 to 7 pm at Old City Farm & Guild. We'll be there, along with other DC gardens and growers, to share our harvest and celebrate all the healthy food that's grown right here in the city. Check out the Homegrown DC Event Page for more details.

Recipe of the Week: Stir-Fried Tomatoes and Okra

Okra is an often overlooked vegetable on the farm; however, okra is both healthy and delicious! Okra is a good source of fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C, and has many other health benefits. There are many ways to prepare okra, from frying, to grilling, to eating it raw! For best flavor, look for finger-length, dark green pods that are firm and dry. Okra is often found in southern cooking, but is used all around the world. Check out this recipe for Indian-style stir-fried tomatoes and okra:

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