FRESHFARM Markets


NEW IN 2016!
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Finally the official beginning of the 2016 season starts this weekend, so bust out your reusable bags and hit a market, or several – you have six to choose from! In no particular order, here is a run down of the new farmers and producers you’ll find at a FRESHFARM Market near you.
FRESHFARM Downtown Silver Spring Market Starting this Saturday April 2nd Downtown Silver Spring will be open every Saturday from 9am to 1:00pm rain or shine, until December. Our big news is that this market is expanding east of Fenton Street to Veteran’s Plaza! Along with returning farmers and producers we adding some newbies.

  • Audia’s Farm North offers starters, vegetables, and jam.
  • Barajas Produce grows field vegetables in the Northern Neck of VA.
  • Shepherd’s Whey Creamery replaces Firefly Farms with farmstead goat cheeses and goatgurt.
  • Lindera Farms Vinegars  (Monthly at starting April 30) is a foodie-insider favorite that makes small batches using ingredients sourced entirely from “beyond organic” producers in Virginia.
  • She Peppers is small woman-owned business that grows peppers, herbs, tomatoes, and cucumbers and transform them into artisan hot sauces, pepper sauces, bbq sauces, chili pastes, seasoning blends, and pickles.

FRESHFARM Dupont Circle Market Starting this Sunday, April 3rd, our hours from 8:30am to 1:30pm until December. We are excited to welcome back our seasonal farmers and producers including: Anchor Nursery, Floradise Orchids, Four Seasons Nursery, Harmony Creek Farm, Next Step Produce,  S & S Maple Camp, The Farm at Sunnyside, and Wollam Gardens. Certified organic Chicano Sol Farm (Blaine, PA) will be filling in for New Morning Farm until they return in May. Tree and Leaf Farm will make a triumphant return mid-April. Here’s what new at market.

  • Cavanna Pasta (Weekly) offers traditional, homemade fresh pasta using the freshest local ingredients available. We love their selection of fresh cut pasta, stuffed raviolis and sauces and their lasagna is not to be missed!
  • Lindera Farms Vinegars (starting April 24) will join market market monthly.
  • Shepherd’s Manor Creamery is Maryland’s first sheep-milking dairy farm and joins us on a bi-weekly basis, alternating weeks with Fresh Crunch Pickles, starting this Sunday.
  • Zeke’s Coffee (Weekly) makes history as our first coffee producer ever to join us full time for our regular season.

FRESHFARM Crystal City Market Opening day is Tuesday April 5th (3pm to 7pm). Stop by early and pick-up a free upcycled Crystal City banner bag from the market’s information table (while supplies last). This market has it all; organic and conventional produce, pastured meats, poultry and eggs, farmstead cheese and creamline milk, baked goods,  pasta, pickles, plants and more. Joining the line up are She Peppers (see above) and Commonwealth Joe with locally roasted beans and brewed coffee.

FRESHFARM Foggy Bottom Market This bustling market is back Wednesday, April 6th (3pm to 7pm) with some exciting editions!

  • Conklin Farms join us with certified organic produce, chicken, pork, and eggs at the end of April.
  • Cucina al Volo comes with handmade pastas and traditional sauces using local and organic ingredients.
  • Greenheart Juice Shop is offering unpasteurized, cold-pressed juices, handmade nut milks, and gluten free granola.
  • Ruby Scoops Ice Cream & Sweets makes small batch ice creams, sorbets, sherbets, and desserts.
  • Zayt & Za’ater is offering Mediterranean flat-breads seasoned with a traditional za’ater spice blend.

FRESHFARM White House Market This popular lunch time market opens Thursday April 7th (11am to 2pm). Joining the already stellar line-up is Qualia Coffee with locally roasted beans and freshly brewed coffee and Kuhn’s Orchard (replacing Tiogo Orchard). Our dear friends, Chaia Tacos are gone (you can still get them at their Georgetown shop!), but in their spot you’ll find plant-based Indian fare from Yoga in a Bowl.

FRESHFARM Penn Quarter Market Our quintessential downtown market is back Thursday April 7th (3pm to 7pm) with some fun additions.

  • Little Wild Things Farm (Washington D.C.) is a multi-location urban farm produces specialty microgreens, vegetables, flowers, and herbs on less than a fourth of an acre in the Bloomingdale and Edgewood neighborhoods of Washington, D.C. The farm uses organic practices and biologically intensive agriculture principles to sustainably achieve high yields from a very small growing space, and never uses any chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
  • Rare Opportunity Farm (Westminster, MD.) comes with sweet baked goods and jams.
  • Rock Hill Honeybee Farm (Stafford, VA) is a veteran own apiary produce high quality honey.
  • Truck Patch Farms (new Windsor, MD) has vegetables, pork, eggs, and poultry.
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2016 MARKET SCHEDULE IS HERE!
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Save the dates! FRESHFARM farmers markets near you are opening soon! Our markets take SNAP/EBT, WIC, and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program benefits and offer Matching Dollars unless otherwise noted. Help us to spread the word! Know someone who is a famers market fan? Forward them this email so they have the inside scoop, or share the info about your favorite market’s opening day on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. We are on social media too, so be sure to tag us!

Downtown Silver Spring

Regular season begins Saturday, April 2nd 9am – 1pm

Dupont Circle

Regular season begins Sunday, April 3rd 8:30am – 1:30pm

Crystal City

Opens Tuesday, April 5th 3pm – 7pm

Foggy Bottom

Opens Wednesday, April 6th 3pm – 7pm

By the White House

Opens Thursday, April 7th 11am – 2pm

Penn Quarter

Opens Thursday, April 7th 3pm – 7pm

Ballston

Opens Thursday, April 14th 3pm – 7pm

H Street NE

Opens Saturday, April 16th NEW HOURS! 9am – 12:30pm

St. Michaels*

*this market does not accept benefits or offer Matching Dollars at this time

Opens Saturday, April 16th 8:30am – 11:30am

Annapolis

Opens Sunday, May 1st 8:00am – 12:00pm

CityCenterDC

Opens Tuesday, May 3rd 11am – 2pm

Mt. Vernon Triangle Farm Stand

Opens Saturday, May 7th 10am – 1pm

Union Market Farm Stand

Opens Sunday, May 8th NEW HOURS! 11:30am – 3pm

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OUR FOODPRINTS PROGRAM MAKES A DIFFERENCE
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FoodPrints is an educational program of FRESHFARM Markets that integrates gardening, cooking, and nutrition education into the curriculum at six DC Public Schools. Utilizing organic vegetable gardens, healthy and delicious recipes, and hands-on projects, our expert educators get elementary school students excited about growing, preparing, and enjoying real food. Using fresh produce from our markets and from the school gardens, we teach children to create delectable meals from nutritious ingredients. We build on DCPS and Common Core standards, bringing math, science and social studies to life with an engaging curriculum.

By teaching children where their food comes from and how it’s produced, and by emphasizing local and seasonal eating, we get kids invested in their food choices. “FoodPrints” is a take-off on “carbon footprint”. Through the FoodPrints program, children learn about the impact their choices make on their personal health and the health of our planet. Using project-based learning and hands-on experiences with gardening and cooking, we empower children to lead healthy lives and to be stewards of the environment.

FoodPrints started small in 2005, bringing farmers into the classroom and taking classes on farm field trips. Rudolph Elementary School was our first partner school until it closed in 2008. In 2009, we launched our flagship program at Watkins Elementary School and have since expanded to five additional schools, now reaching over 2,100 students! We have a robust partnership at each school, and we could not do the work we do without the support of the administration, teachers, staff, and families that make each school community thrive.

Learn more about our program and it’s impact in this video!

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MEET OUR COFFEE ROASTERS!
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Over the nearly 20-year tenure of the Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market, one question has stood the test of time: “Where can I get some coffee?” This question comes from shoppers and farmers alike; with farmers pulling out of their driveways at 3am to get to market, hundreds of thousands of cups of coffee have fueled our markets over the years.

As Washington D.C. has grown in its love of all things fresh and carefully sourced, so has the demand for quality coffee that holds up to the same standards. This is why we are excited to introduce two D.C. coffee roasters, Qualia Coffee and Zeke’s Coffee, to our farmer/producer line up at the Dupont Circle FRESHFARM market.

Both of these roasteries have a unique approach to supporting sustainable agricultural practices and valuing the farmers that grow their green beans. Qualia Coffee roasts coffee daily and in small batches at their storefront in Petworth. Owner, Joel Finkelstein, and his team have worked to form single-source, direct-trade relationships in procuring their green coffee beans. They focus on working with farmers directly to ensure the highest quality beans, sustainable agricultural practices, and that farmers are being paid fairly for their product. Qualia’s farm-specific bags of beans allow you to go on a “tasting tour” featuring multiple varieties from farms spanning the equator. Moreover, Qualia composts leftover coffee grounds with our very own CompostCab and serves coffee in biodegradable cups.

Zeke’s Coffee, owned by John Kepner and based out of the Woodridge neighborhood in North East Washington D.C., also does small batch roasting, specializing in organic, fair trade, and sustainable Arabica beans. Zeke’s roasts single-origin coffees and creates its own custom blends sourcing from a mix of direct-trade relationships, co-ops, and specialty coffee distributors. Like Qualia, Zeke’s is committed to being as eco-friendly as possible. They prioritize purchasing shade-grown, Smithsonian Certified Bird Friendly and Rain Forest Alliance Certified beans. Leftover coffee grounds and chaff (a byproduct of the roasting process) are passed on to the compost pile at EcoCity Farms. Finally, they also serve their coffee with compostable cups and lids.

These two local roasteries will be alternating weeks at Dupont Circle, selling both hot brewed coffee and freshly roasted beans to keep you properly caffeinated throughout the week. Of course, a fresh cup of joe wouldn’t be complete without some locally sourced milk, cream, or honey so Qualia and Zeke’s are happily be providing dairy and honey sourced from local milk producers and apiaries. Last week was Zeke’s market debut and shoppers stopped by market information tent with their caffeinated smiles to tell us how exited they were to have local roasters at market. This week Qualia starts! Be sure to stop by and welcome these new businesses to market!

Written by Megan Day, Market Manager at the Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market

 

 

 

 

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FROM THE FIELD – FARMER UPDATE
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After a week of the #DCDigOut we are all getting back to our regular routines, and our farmers are prepping for the weekend as our winter markets return to their regular schedule. The last two weeks have been extra work for our farmers in the field, both preparing for snow and then the aftermath (anywhere from a foot to over two feet of snowfall). Sheltering animals and plants alike was the main concern for farmers. Below is a recap!
Livestock farmers had an especially large to-do list before and during last week’s blizzard. Animals keep warm in the cold by increasing their metabolic rates and therefore need to consume more calories than normal. For Julie Stinar (Evensong Farm) this meant that she distributed a week’s worth of hay for her cattle and filled bulk feeders for her chickens and pigs to capacity. This was both very expensive and time consuming task compared to the warmer months where her animals forage and graze for most of their food. Check out Julie’s Instagram feed (and our featured Instagram of the week!) to see some incredible photos of her farm during last week’s extreme weather.
Kip Kelly of Full Cellar Farm reported that his chickens and pigs stayed sheltered indoors with the pigs snuggling up with an extra bale of straw to keep them cozy. He currently distributes a weekly CSA to the H St. NE neighborhood on Thursdays and faced the obstacle of a frozen veggie wash station prior to the storm.  He overcame the cold weather to bring a mix of spinach, head lettuce, tatsoi, scallions, kale, collards, pea shoots, squash and storage roots to his dedicated year-round locavores!
In addition to combating the snow, our farmers and producers are also preparing to open for spring markets. Zach Lester of Tree and Leaf Farm let us know that he will be planting 15,000 spring transplants in his greenhouses at the end of February so that they will be ready to return to our Dupont Circle Market starting in April. Zach’s wife Georgia has also been busy creating beautiful vegetable art! You may have seen her handmade items at market but you can also check out her Etsy store, GeoMade. Zach has also been busy in his role as Farmer-In-Residence for our FoodPrints program at Francis-Steven’s Elementary School. This week’s lesson was all about soil.
With a few more months till spring, we encourage you to explore winter markets. Winter markets are so important to our farmers bottom line. Explains Julie: “Winter is a tough time because of all of the extra work and expense of feeding and keeping animals comfortable in cold weather.” Find her and all of our thawed out farmers this weekend at both our Downtown Silver Spring and Dupont Circle markets, and remember keeping sustainable food systems viable means purchasing from local farmers and producers all year long!
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MARKETS ARE BACK ON THIS WEEKEND!
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The Silver Spring and Dupont Circle Farmers Markets are back on the weekend of January 28th.  Join us in supporting our farmers and producers after a week of #dcdigout.

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