- Eat your breakfast at the market: freshly baked pastry, hot coffee, fresh squeezed orange juice and a picnic table - what could be better?
- Get some snacks for later! Gourmet nuts, Amish cheese and bread rolls
- Spruce up the place... get some fresh cut flowers
One of my friends at work asked me this and you may have been asked the same question. Here are some talking points:
A great place to take a walk with your friend. Kids play at the tot lot with their parents. Dogs and their owners can be seen together at all times of the day, rain or shine. It's a wonderful place - especially now that it's spring! Check out all the pictures on our Facebook page.
Every Sunday, the vendors bring their goods to the West End Farmers Market. Their produce picked the day before, their baked goods made earlier that morning - the best way to experience freshness. And despite the fact that the market is thriving, there is always a little extra. Small farmers usually do not have the resources to keep produce fresh for more than two days and bakers will not sell stale goods.
Food systems are usually organized like this - designed to channel large amounts of product through centralized locations, like farmers markets and supermarkets. This system is not perfect. Gleaning is an activity often missing - and this is where the volunteers of Bread for the City step in.
Bread for the City is a non-profit organization that helps vulnerable residents of Washington, D.C. Among their comprehensive services, they provide nutritious food to hungry people. They go to various farmers markets and farms to glean surplus vegetables and fruits.
Tonya Hamilton, a Community HealthCorps Member, is the new Gleaning Coordinator. This week she confirmed that Bread for the City will continue gleaning at the West End Farmers Market. She will begin on Sunday, May 1.
All your favorite vendors will be at the market on May 1 - and hopefully a few more to add to the spice and pizazz of our market. We look forward to welcoming new vendors selling pickles and more prepared foods.
Our vendors as of today:
Based on what's being offered by the Food Matters CSA, keep an eye out for the following:
Welcome! This is the first post on the new website for the West End Farmers Market. To give you a brief tour, the homepage is currently an "About Us" page. The impressions page is for our social media connections and lists articles in which the West End Farmers Market has appeared. Vendors can submit their application from the Vendors tab. Once you hit submit, an email will be sent to us and you can expect a response in 3-5 business days. And the Contact form is for any questions, comments or feedback you have for us. Though of course you can do that here too!
Hope you like our new look!