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Could the Sweetest Watermelon at Wednesday's Rose Park Farmers' Market be Yellow?

August 20, 2018

"The sweetest watermelon at the moment is yellow." That was Katherine Tallmadge's conclusion after tasting every darn watermelon at the Dupont Circle Fresh Farm Market on Sunday. "I've always avoided the yellow watermelon; I guess you could say I've been kinda prejudiced against a watermelon colored ... yellow!" But with fruit tasting so bland and mushy this year because of excessive rain, she said she was desperate to find something sweet. So she reluctantly tried a yellow one at the Quaker Valley farm stand. "What a sweet surprise! I was overwhelmed by its sweet juicy-ness; the best at the market," said Katherine. Luckily, Quaker Valley sells fruit at Georgetown's Rose Park Market on Wednesday, including the very same yellow watermelon. Give up any watermelon biases you may have, and just try it!

A yellow watermelon is a natural variety of watermelon hailing from Africa. It's high in beta-carotene - which provides its yellow color - and vitamin C.

"To broaden the narrow watermelon gene pool, US Department of Agriculture researchers went back to wild watermelon relatives in Africa to find genes resistant to problems like watermelon vine decline, root-knot nematodes, zucchini yellow mosaic virus, and wilting diseases," According to USDA's monthly Agriculture Research Magazine.

What to do with a yellow watermelon? Of course, any watermelon (even the yellow kind) is great completely naked, cubed in any salad, crushed into popsicle molds or a margarita. Its watery and slightly crunchy sweetness perfectly complements heat or salt in many recipes. Here are just a few of Katherine's favorites...

Katherine's Fresh Summer Salsa with Watermelon
xcerpted from Diet Simple Farm to Table Recipes: 50 New Reasons to Cook in Season!

Melon Chunks with Crumbled Feta and Fresh Mint
excerpted from Diet Simple Farm to Table Recipes: 50 New Reasons to Cook in Season!

Nora Pouillon's Watermelon Gazpacho with Lime and Mint
xcerpted from Diet Simple Farm to Table Recipes: 50 New Reasons to Cook in Season!

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Ingmar Bergman Centennial Through Sept. 3

July 23, 2018

Through September 3, 2018, enjoy a series of films by Ingmar Bergman. The National Gallery of Art, together with the American Film Institute, the Embassy of Sweden, and the Swedish Film Institute, is pleased to present this retrospective on the occasion of Bergman’s centenary.


Any assessment of the enduring legacy of Ingmar Bergman (1918 – 2007) should cite not only his landmark late films, but also his early work, broad formal range and expressionistic visual style, devotion to theater and music, and especially his gift for working with an ensemble of actors who routinely probe complex issues of morality, death, and faith. 

The Gallery’s focus is his early work of the 1940s and 1950s, while later films are screened at the AFI Silver Theatre. Special exhibitions and documentaries are shown at the Embassy of Sweden. Thanks to Janus Film, the Ingmar Bergman Foundation, the Swedish Film Institute, and to Kajsa Hedström, Jan Holmberg, and Brian Belovarac. The Gallery’s series includes both 35mm prints and new digital restorations.


In the cover shot, To Joy, screened July 28th, borrows its title from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Set in a musical milieu, the young hero’s ambitions as a violin soloist for a provincial orchestra fail to synchronize with his romantic involvements. Victor Sjöström shines as the orchestra’s genial conductor. “Instances of honesty, and a touching but unrequited love, to magnificent music. I would not want to not have made it” — Ingmar Bergman. (1950, subtitles, 98 minutes).

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Summer Reception 2 at The Embassy of France July 20

July 4, 2018

The Embassy of France is hosting a summer party on July 20, 2108. How about traveling to France without airport hustle, jet lag ... etc? This event is a showcase of France and French culture

This is NOT a wine tasting event as such. However, it is all-you-can-drink French Wines Event (few selected French wines though).


- Meet and socialize with French professionals, business people and diplomats at the Event

- Buffet Campagnard (Typical french style finger food buffet) prepared by Chef Mark Courseille of Le Café Descartes of the Embassy will be served

- Open Bar featuring French wines & drinks.

- The Event is a Stand Up Reception. However, if you need to be seated for medical reasons or if you need a handicap access, please let them know 24 hours before the event.

- The Event is not a dancing event.

- Event is 21+.


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