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NoMa Fall Festival & Market Ends Today
Don’t miss the final week of the NoMa Fall Festival & Market on Wednesday, October 24, 3-7 p.m. Highlights include FREE pumpkin carving, FREE face painting for kids, and FREE info sessions on urban mushroom gardening! Enter our raffle for a FREE Thanksgiving turkey, and see below for a schedule of exciting vendors and demonstrations this week.
Mushrooms: Mark Jones from Sharondale Farms will give 20-minute demonstrations at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., and 6 p.m. on mushroom biology, ecology, human uses and cultivation.  Each of the demonstrations will introduce different simple methods for growing mushrooms in urban and small spaces including:  how to grow mushrooms on logs, sticks, cardboard, paper and other urban "wastes." He will also be selling mushrooms from his farm.
Pumpkins: From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., free pumpkin carving will be available; pick up your pumpkin and a free carving kit (with pattern options), and make your Halloween Jack-O-Lantern. One pumpkin per person, as long as supplies last.
Face Painting: Bring the kids for some colorful artwork for your face, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. by Natasha Nenadovic.
Gardening: Join respected gardening guru Kathy Jentz, editor-in-chief of Washington Gardener Magazine, as she discusses the ins and outs of urban gardening.
The festival and market will take place on Wednesday, October 24, from 3-7 p.m. The market is at the NoMa/Gallaudet U Metro station at Second and N Streets, NE, next to the Courtyard by Marriott hotel. Left your cash at home? We accept credit cards and SNAP/EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer, formerly known as food stamps). For a full schedule and more information, visit Follow us on Twitter @NoMaBID and Facebook
Groff’s Content Farm: Reserve your Thanksgiving turkey (choose from 300 broad-breasted whites). Sample sausage and other pork items and take a whiff of body soap, straight from the farm!
Trickling Springs Creamery: This vendor from Union Market will be selling hot chocolate and cold chocolate milk, plus delicious ice cream. Sample butter and milk for purchase from Union Market.
Fresh Off the Roast: This DC coffee company roasts beans in small batches in their Petworth coffee shop, Qualia Coffee. Fresh Off the Roast doesn’t sell coffee wholesale to ensure that all coffees are sold at the peak of freshness; the beans are only available at Qualia Coffee! Stop by for a hot serving of chai tea or Mysore coffee, an Indian café au lait brewed with cardamom, cinnamon and cloves.
Kuhn Orchards: Sample heritage apple varieties, and take home some delicious cider, dried apples, jams, jellies, honey and prepared sauces.
Washington Gardener Magazine: Join Kathy Jentz, editor-in-chief of Washington Gardener magazine, as she discusses how to start and maintain an urban garden. A life-long gardener, Kathy believes that gardening should be easy, fun, and stress-free.
Sharondale Farm: Mark Jones from Sharondale Farms will lead a seminar about growing mushrooms in the city. He will show you how to grow mushrooms, using common items such as a telephone book, cardboard, and a stick. He will also sell mushrooms, mushroom spawn, and tools to start your own mushroom garden.
Face painting: Natasha Nenadovic from Natasha’s Face Painting Party will be on hand to create smiles, one color at a time!
Great Harvest Bread Co.: Cinnamon breads, challah, sliced wheat and white, cookies, brownies, and much more.
Peachy Family Dairy: Have a taste for dill pickle, or spicy cheese? This Maryland cheese vendor has plenty of cheese to satisfy the most discerning taste buds!
Barajas Produce: Fall harvest, including greens, chard, herbs, squashes, eggplants and more.
Full Cellar Farms: Fresh produce, such as peppers, eggplants, greens, potatoes, and sweet potatoes.
Three Little Pigs: The Three Little Pigs opened recently on Georgia Avenue and sources their meat from local farms around the region, including Groff's Content Farm. Sample their many products, such as pork rinds, ham and salami, and learn more about charcuterie!

New Green Roof at 10 G Street, NE
The American Psychological Association has a new addition to one of its buildings, a green roof with a labyrinth! The green space is open to the public for viewing and events. The APA, in partnership with the World Resources Institute, The TKF Foundation, and The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, installed the green roof during summer 2008 atop the 10 G Street building.
Unlike a maze, which contain hidden and false paths, a labyrinth is a circular path that leads one to the center; the entrance is also the exit. Other features of the green roof include benches for seating and reflection, and a journal where visitors can record their thoughts.
Aside from its aesthetic and psychological benefits, the green roof provides economic and ecological benefits, such as improved stormwater management that reduces runoff into the Anacostia River basin and reduction in energy consumption.
Check out the green space and labyrinth for yourself! Stop by 10 G Street and immerse yourself into a state of meditation and relaxation. It is open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Bike and Roll Sells Bikes Nov. 11
Want your own set of wheels or ready for a new shiny set? On November 11th, Bike and Roll will sell off adult hybrid bikes, cruiser bikes, kids bikes, and kids tandem attachments at their annual spring sale.
Come grab a 2011 Trek 7300 comfort hybrid bicycle ($260), complete with a comfortable seat, 24 gears, and thick tires built for commuting. Their beach cruisers ($80) have high handlebars, back pedal brakes, and a trendy 50's style. Kids’ bikes are available in both 20"($100) and 24" ($140) wheels. Kids’ tandem attachments are also available for kids who aren't quite comfortable pedaling on their own ($100). These bikes have been tuned up every few months by capable mechanics and are in tip-top shape. First come, first serve. Cash only.
Where: The Old Post Office Pavilion, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW
When: Sunday, November 11th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All bike purchases come with a 10% off coupon for bike service at the Union Station location. Locks are also available for purchase ($45).

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