FRESHFARM Markets Announces the Opening of Its 9th Market, by the White House
–800 Block of Vermont Avenue Designated for New Farmers’ Market–
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — With interest in farmers’ markets at an all-time high, FRESHFARM Markets, a 501(C)3 organization, announced today the opening of a new producer-only farmers’ market in downtown Washington on the 800 block of Vermont Avenue, NW, between H and I Streets. The market will operate on Thursday afternoons from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM from September 17 through October 29. The new market will have 18 farmers and producers offering delicious, healthy food grown on small, local, sustainable farms in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed region.
Currently, food is at the center of many national discussions about health and the environment. FRESHFARM Markets saw this as a unique opportunity to create a market in downtown Washington close to where those policy discussions are taking place.
“This is a great day for American farmers,” said Ann Yonkers, co-director of FRESHFARM Markets. “This is the culmination of a long journey for FRESHFARM Markets, which has brought farmers into the center of Washington, DC, where policy is made. Today farmers are right where they should be, at the center of the debate about how America eats now and what choices we will make in the future for ourselves and our children.”
Bernadine Prince, also co-director of FRESHFARM Markets, adds, “I hope this farmers’ market will inspire cities and communities throughout our country and the world to transform public spaces into marketplaces filled with healthy, local foods from family farms. I also hope that this farmers market will be a model for making fresh food available to all people regardless of income.”
Through support provided by grants and private donations, FRESHFARM Market shoppers will be able to double the value of their Food Stamps, WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Coupons at the new market. This literally translates into every dollar the shopper has now being worth two dollars, creating the opportunity for those who might not normally shop at farmers’ markets to have affordable access to local foods.
The new market will be a showcase for the best seasonal products that local farms in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia have to offer. Pasture-raised meats, artisan cheeses, milk, yogurt, fresh fruits and vegetables, breads, baked goods and fresh flowers will be available.
FRESHFARM Markets, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 1997, starting with the opening of the market at Dupont Circle. Inspired by a vision of a more sustainable regional food system, the markets were created not only to connect urban residents with local farmers, but also to educate the public about food and farming issues, and to provide tangible economic opportunities for farmers. As of 2009, FREHSFARM Markets operates eight producer-only farmers’ markets in the Washington, DC metro area, with farmers from Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and Delaware. More information is available at www.freshfarmmarkets.org.
SOURCE FRESHFARM Markets