9 Reasons Why We Love The Farmers Market

Banner - FarmersAh, Wednesdays. It’s a special type of day… not only because we’ve gotten through half of the week, but also because our generous university has gifted us with the deliciousness that is the Farmers Market. Here are nine reasons we are in love with it – is your favorite on the list?

  1. That Incredible Pizza

The Timber Pizza Company hits it out the park every time. You can get an amazing wood-fired pizza that’s classic cheese, pepperoni or veggie/pesto-style. Any way you order it, the pizza is so fresh and delicious that no one would judge you if you got right back in line for another.

2. It’s Not From Leo’s
Let’s face it, you need to avoid it at all costs a break once in a while.

3. Churros. Stuffed. With. Nutella.
Quite honestly, there’s little to nothing I would rather have right now. The name says it all.

4. Rita’s To-Die-For Crepes

They start out with the perfect crepe, and from there you can go savory or sweet – or both!

5. The Dumplings
Pinch’s handmade Chinese dumplings will never let you down. As my official go-to farmers market meal, I highly recommend these little pockets of perfection.

6. Melties

The combination of warm cookies and ice cream will make you want to cry the happiest tears of joy.

7. Swizzler’s ~Gourmet~ Hot Dogs
I said gourmet, right? I’ll bet you haven’t had a hot dog this fancy in your life. So do yourself a favor and treat yo’ self.

8. The Ambiance
You gotta love the happy, heart-warming atmosphere on Copley Lawn every Wednesday. Break out that picnic blanket, grab some friends and get out there!

9. You’re Slowly Becoming More Of An Adult

What? Is that you buying fruit and bread for breakfast, carrying around grocery bags, and providing for yourself? Props to you, you fully functioning adult!

Photos/Gifs: giphy.com, gufarmersmarket.org

The GU Farmer’s Market Rocks

fairview-farmers-market-tomato-strawberryWhat says “happy hump day” like an hour spent wandering through Red Square blowing all your money? I give you: The GU Farmer’s Market. Here’s a rundown of what’s there, what’s good and what you should totally get.

District Donuts
This is a new addition to the market. The DD tent offers 4-6 flavors each week; the donuts will cost you $3 for 1 or $5 for 2 (yes, the deal did motivate me to go ahead and buy 2). The milk chocolate was fantastic and the “brown butter” is sent straight from heaven.

Chicken and Rice
There is a tent usually to the right of the large colorful caravan that offers paella. This little tent has the best chicken and rice in D.C. at $8 for a pretty good portion. Definitely drown your chicken in the three sauces they have on the side (orange is the best). They also offer empanada-like pastries for $3-5 each; the spinach and feta swirl is amazing.

Crepes
This crepe place rocks. They have a ton of interesting options like Greek chicken and Nutella with banana. My favorite is the “Gorgonzola and Pear” crepe: pear, dates, dried cranberries, pears, spinach and gorgonzola.

Scones
The awesome little white tent near District Donuts has great empanadas and amazing scones. The best scone is dark chocolate and oreo; other options include wild berry, chocolate coffee bean and orange. All the empanadas are also great.

Indian Food
This is a new addition this year! They have this cool thing called “Kati Roll” that’s shaped like a burrito but way cooler. You can choose chicken or vegetables, three different types of bread and a couple of different sauces. I had one with chicken on naan bread and it was life changing. If you’re looking to skip bread, you can get the chicken and toppings served over rice instead.

“Wanna taste my sausage?”
The huge tent lined up alongside Copley offers a number of variations of handmade sausages. They’ve got bratwurst, spicy sausage, smoked sausage, sausages on buns, sausages with peppers, basically any sausage you could ever hope or dream for. They also have a little sample station set up, so you can taste all of the day’s options before choosing your favorite. They have killer lemonade. Like, it must have cocaine or something in it because that stuff is addicting and delicious. Try the mint limeade.

Farm Stand
Since this is a Farmer’s Market, I guess it makes sense that it offers fresh produce. They have really great peaches (yellow or white flesh, to suit your fancy). They also have apples and some other stuff, too.

Bread
The cutest bread tent on earth is tucked away into the corner near the doors of ICC. They have regular bread, biscuits, rolls and dessert bread. My favorite: pumpkin bread.

Waffles
Forget Belgium – Georgetown’s Farmer’s Market has the best waffle in the world. I had a sample last week and cried so much I fainted.

Dumplings
You can get dumplings at the Farmer’s Market. Basically it’s like Mai Tai came to Georgetown, but better.

Wood-fired Pizza
These personal pies look awesome.

Paella
The huge colorful cart has a bunch of different options for paella. Though I haven’t tried it, the line is always long so it must be good.

In short, the Farmer’s Market rocks. Save all your money, fast for three days and come check out all the awesome this Wednesday.

Photo: wedesign.la

Hump Day Chomp: Farmers’ Market Edition

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Spring at Georgetown brings so many wonderful things: cherry blossoms, tulips around the John Carroll statue and warm weather that makes it just a little bit easier to get up in the morning (forget about the millions of tourists crowding everything in DC, allergies and the inevitable sunburn after spending five minutes outside).

However, there is one thing about spring at Georgetown that comes with no negative side effects: the return of our beloved farmers’ market! Farmers’ markets are one of the most beautiful things to grace our planet: they give you the opportunity to buy and eat delicious bread, produce, crepes, tacos and almost anything else your heart desires. While there’s always a soft spot in our hearts for whatever Leo’s is serving, it’s hard to beat strolling around Red Square with a Chaia taco in your hand.

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There’s also no better way to forget about your impending midterms than stress-eating an entire loaf of bread from Upper Crust Bakery (no shame-it’s worth it) or devouring a Lulu’s ice cream.

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The atmosphere at Georgetown is always just a little bit happier and brighter on Wednesdays from 12-5, and it’s always nice to get a break from your studies and breathe in the fresh air while enjoying delicious and fresh food. To find out more about the vendors coming to the farmer’s market every week, check out the GUFM Facebook page. You might even find out how to score some free hibiscus tea or learn about upcoming special events.

Come join me in frolicking about at the Georgetown Farmers’ Market – you’ll be fat and happy in no time.

Photos/Gifs: iamsickblog.wordpress.com, chaiadc.com, Lulu’s ice cream, giphy.com

Go Loco for Local: A Guide to the GU Farmers’ Market

When people think of Wednesdays, they usually think “hump day” or new episodes of their favorite show (Modern Family Wednesdays?) Personally, I think about fresh fruit, Indian food and “people watching” (read as: stalking). One of the best parts about Georgetown in the fall is the weekly farmers market. However, there are some Hoyas that don’t venture to this amazing institution. Maybe they’re scared or maybe they’re just hiding in their Lau 4 cubicles – been there, done that. Do not worry, it is okay, you have time to change your ways! For those willing to give it a try here are my tips to make the most of your farmers market experience:

Perfect Produce The GU Farmers Market offers a bunch of options when it comes to buying produce, but Ashton Farms is my favorite option. They accept credit cards, which is always a plus since no one ever has cash, and they also have a wide variety of fresh West Virginia grown fruits. The workers are also some of the nicest people I have met, be sure to befriend them and get the inside scoop on which apples are the best! Haven’t gotten your paycheck yet? Spent all your money on coffee and bagels? No worries, they offer free samples outside of their stand!

Lunch-tastic The market offers food that is not Leo’s, so take advantage of it! It might be a little pricey (depending on what you get) but trust me it is worth it. One of my favorite lunch places is Indigo Indian. Last year I waited in 40 degree weather for one of their famous indirolls! They make fresh Indian food that is easy to eat on the go or in class! However, make sure you get there at a time when everyone is not trying to get lunch … unless you like lines and waiting, because who am I to stop you.

Bring the money Many of the popular stations do accept major credit cards, but some don’t! Don’t waste your trip just because you aren’t prepared. Also, if you have cash with you it will prevent you from buying everything in sight. Your wallet and future purchases will thank you.

Grab and Go A large majority of the goods at the farmers market are not usable right away, therefore sometimes you need to think ahead. Plan out those weekend dinners and snacks before you go, you will thank me later when you are enjoying your pastries and perfectly ripened fruit.

Fun in the Healy Sun There is a reason why the farmers market takes place during the best times of the year: spring and fall! Instead of running inside with your goodies post-shopping spree, hang out on the lawn. Enjoy the sunshine and do some people watching (this is one of the best places for it). All Georgetown students deserve a break every once and awhile, enjoy it!

I’ll see you at the market, I’ll be the one with the bags on bags on bags. I’m usually pretty strong-willed, but farmers markets are my weakness.

The Georgetown University Farmers Market takes place every Wednesday from 12-5pm on Copley Lawn (you can’t miss it!)

Photo: Georgetown University Farmers Market

Common Room Cooking: Tomato and Mozzarella

So you think you want to be a chef? Miss the feel of a home cooked meal? Maybe you just want to pull out your iPhone and show off your latest creation. Coming to college, I knew that I would be missing one thing dearly, my mother, and let’s face it, her cooking. Leo’s isn’t exactly a replacement. So what is one to do? Lets get to it: cooking in the common room!

Now if you’re feeling particularly lazy, there’s always a great microwave option. You can make everything from oatmeal to mac and cheese in there and never have to bat an eyelash.

Personally, I love to go to the Farmer’s Market on Wednesday and stock up on some great bread and tomatoes. Make a trip to Vittles, Safeway or Whole foods (wonderland that it is) to pick up some mozzarella cheese, arugula, and balsamic vinegar. With just a few simple ingredients, you could be making yourself the most beautiful sandwiches with little to no effort. Sprinkle with a little olive oil and mozzarella cheese while its hot, and the mozzarella will melt right in.

While you’re at the grocery store pick up some pasta; arguably the easiest food to cook in the world. With the same ingredients as above, you could have a delicious dinner. Just don’t forget the wine (assuming you’re over 21).

There you have it, you’re on your way to becoming the next top chef. Hey, I even heard that someone managed to make sushi in the common room. That could be you! Take your stomach into your own hands, okay, that sounds a little iffy, maybe don’t do that. Oh, what’s that noise off in the next room? The mystery, the drama….Well, it’s not you’re stomach grumbling after a nice common-room cooked meal!

PS Maybe add a Nutella creation for dessert? DO IT.

Photo: Anna Goldberg/The Hoya

Reimagining Georgetown, One Idea at a Time

Georgetown is all about traditions. It’s about hearing Bill Clinton speak in Gaston Hall, then coming back the next day to see your roommate’s a cappella group perform. It’s about John Carroll’s lap, GUSA campaigns, and your first Chicken Madness. On a campus with so many longstanding traditions, though, there’s always room for a great new idea.

The Reimagine Georgetown Grant gives you the opportunity to bring your own great idea to life. You can win up to $10,000 to fund a project that improves the undergraduate student experience. Sponsored by the Corp, GUASFCU and The Hoya, Reimagine looks to improve the undergraduate experience at Georgetown by supporting creative student initiatives.

In the past, Reimagine has given grants to projects like the Georgetown Farmer’s Market, Breaking the Bubble, Student Workshops at Georgetown and more. We can’t wait to see what other ideas are out there!

Interested in applying? The deadline is October 28th, and you can find the application here. Starting tonight, Reimagine Georgetown will be hosting open houses where you can come ask questions and talk to us about your ideas. Just look for our table in either Uncommon Grounds or Midnight Mug.

Important dates:

Wednesday, October 10 – Open House, Uncommon Grounds 9-11 pm

Wednesday, October 17 – Open House, Midnight Mug 9-11 pm

Wednesday, October 24 – Open House, Midnight Mug 9-11 pm

Friday, October 28 – Applications due by 11:59 pm

Have questions? Want them answered now? Email [email protected]