Downtown Gets Fresher

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

By DowntownDC

A prime spot near the White House will be the site of Downtown’s second FreshFarm Farmer’s Market beginning Thursday, September 17. The market will be open every Thursday through October 29, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, on Vermont Avenue between H and I Streets.

The new market, which will be located in front of the Department of Veteran Affairs (810 Vermont Avenue), is just north of the White House, whose occupants support the idea of good nutrition and fresh food. The outdoor marketplace will sell locally grown fruit, produce, meat and more from about 18 farmers and producers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, infusing Downtown with an array of healthy foods and supplementing the victuals sold at the Penn Quarter FreshFarm Farmers’ Market (on 8th Street between D and E) since 2003.

Patrons will be able to purchase artisan cheeses, bread, baked goods, preserves and flowers. Those who use food stamps, senior coupons or Women, Infants and Children (WIC) vouchers will be able to double the value of their purchases under the market’s double dollars program.

FreshFarm Markets, a nonprofit that runs eight farmers’ markets in DC and Maryland, will have an opening ceremony at the Vermont Street location on Thursday, September 17 at 2:15 pm.

For more information about FreshFarm Markets, visit www.freshfarmmarket.org.