Thursday, May 22, 2014

UDC Farmers Market Underway

The UDC Farmers Market successfully launched the 2014 season on May 17, 2014. The farmers market, which offers fresh and local food to the Van Ness neighborhood in Northwest Washington, is located at 4340 Connecticut Ave. in front of the David A. Clarke School of Law, and will be open Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., until mid-November.

 Our market offers a variety of fresh produce, as well as hot food vendors, bakers, fresh dairy and an assortment of other vendors and artisans from D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania. 

According to USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, the United States had 8,144 known markets as of 2013, a 3.6 percent increase over 2012. The numbers continue to rise as farmers markets become fresh food mainstays for people across all socioeconomic, political and ethnic classifications. Farmers markets serve as community anchors, promoting the regional economy and local farm businesses, increased access to fresh, nutritious food, and stronger social networks that help keep communities healthy.

Weekly events for this season include live music, cooking demonstrations, and information about food safety and ethnic crops. UDC nutrition educators and chefs will also be on hand to offer cooking tips and nutrition information to shoppers. Youth  
activities will also be available. 

“This year’s farmers market at the University of the District of Columbia is shaping up to be one of our most exciting,” said Project Specialist Dr. Wayne Curtis, who has market oversight responsibility. “There will be something at the market for every member of the family.”

We would especially like to thank the USDA representatives and also Rudy Arredondo of the National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association who joined us for the launch!  

The UDC farmers market is a program of the Center for Sustainable Development, a division of CAUSES. Click here for more information.

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