Chef + Doctor + Farmer = A Revolution
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Join FRESHFARM Markets for a ground-breaking conversation between three fresh-thinking experts, who are rarely at the same table, who just might change the way we think about cooking, medicine, and farming. The panel entitled “Chef + Doctor + Farmer = A Revolution” includes Spike Gjerde, local food advocate and chef/owner of the renowned Woodberry Kitchen; Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, author, professor, oncologist, and an architect of the Affordable Care Act; and Zach Lester, owner of Virginia’s Tree and Leaf Farm and food visionary. They will discuss how innovative (and age-old) farm-to-body practices are transforming the future of eating, healing, and growing food. Corby Kummer, senior food editor for The Atlantic magazine will moderate the discussion. Dr. Katherine Alley, medical director emeritus of Suburban Hospital Breast Cancer Center, will introduce the panel.  The panel is the first for a new FRESHFARM Markets project called “FFM FEED Series.”

“I’m excited to present this panel which brings together three professions – chef, doctor and farmer – who never share a stage together, but whose interaction is guaranteed to produce a revolution around the key issues of health, food and farming,” said Ann Yonkers, FRESHFARM Markets co-founder and co-executive director

The event will take place on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ at 945 G Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., 20001. Tickets are $20. Go here to purchase tickets.

To find out more about other exciting events that FRESHFARM Markets is holding this September, including An Exceptional Evening with Philip Glass and Tim Fain on Sunday, September 21, go here.

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Baklava Couture

We didn’t know when the time would finally come, but when we found out in March that we’d be expecting our first child, one of the first few thoughts that immediately came to mind was “Oh, no…I’ll be pregnant in a DC hot, humid summer.”

You see, I’m not quite in the AC for my job. When I’m not running around in the oven-warmed kitchen, I’m running my outdoor farmer’s market booth – covered in pollen and sticky temperatures. I dreaded being pregnant in the summer and thought it would be difficult for me and baby, but instead, I am finding it to be wonderful. Never did I think about all the fresh picked, plucked and harvested goods my baby would be exposed to.

Since sharing the news with friends and family in May, I have been super thankful for the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables available by my farmer friends! I remember telling Winn of Quaker Valley Orchards that I ate five pints of his perfectly ripe strawberries in just two days!! Craving?  I don’t know, but those jewels were so damn delicious I couldn’t pop them in fast enough.

I don’t suffer from allergies the way my husband does, but how lucky have we been to enjoy all the fresh, early harvest honey that is collected within 15 miles of where we live in Silver Spring. Our honey supplier (Banner Bee) has kept my husband free of any “my allergies are killing me” excuses to get things done around the house – plus 1 for me and baby!

As the seasons began to change and the DC summer was upon us, I focused baby’s nutrients around all the different varieties of heirloom tomatoes, squash and green beans, crisp asparagus, dark leafy greens and lots of buttery lettuce. Making a bunch of salads in the beginning of the week for a quick grab-n-go lunch has really been the key to sustaining my energy and this little life growing inside of me. In the last few weeks, I have never enjoyed so many stone fruits, berries and super antioxidant currants (the pink are my favorite!).

My favorite weekly cool-down meal at market has been Soupergirl’s Beet Gazpacho – perfectly seasoned and cold, it really helps keep me hydrated! I think my only true craving thus far has been BBQ and no one does it better than Three Little Pigs.  I usually skip the bun and enjoy the BBQ mixed with their house made slaw for an easy, ready meal.

We are about to close our second trimester and while my belly is beginning to resemble a large melon, I am really looking forward to the variety of melons coming in to keep me cool this August. Watermelon-Mint Granita, anyone? I’ll have my stash in the freezer for a hot, summer night’s treat that’s for sure!

Thank you FRESHFARM Markets for getting us all together and allowing for a happy, healthy and locally sourced pregnancy experience! I feel truly blessed to have this bounty surround me at markets four days a week.

Written by Katerina V. Georgallas, owner of Baklava Couture.

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Quaker Valley Farm and Orchard

Every Friday we post #farmvisitfriday pictures on our Instagram account. All of the photos we post are from farms in the FRESHFARM Markets network. One of our volunteers recently got the opportunity to go on farm visits with FRESHFARM staff, here is her story.

My name is Nina, and some of you may recognize me from the CSA tent at the Foggy Bottom and Penn Quarter farmers markets. I recently graduated from The George Washington University, where I became increasingly involved in various organizations that advocate for sustainable food practices within the community. After graduation I started interning with the FRESHFARM Markets CSA program, where I help order, plan and pack the CSA shares. While there has been lots of learning along the way, a few weeks ago I experienced a lot of firsts.

When I told my friends I was going with to visit a real, live farm for the first time, most of them replied, “You’ve never been to a farm? But you love vegetables!” Interesting. But nonetheless, I was invited to tag along with market managers Sam and Genna and volunteers Elaine and Mariah to visit a few of the FRESHFARM Markets farmers. With the five of us piled into a Zipcar, we made our way towards Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to visit three very different farms.

We first went to tour Kathy’s Kiwi Berries, new to the FRESHFARM family, where Kathy Glahn has invested in the “decade fruit.” Nestled under Little Round Top Mountain, she has grown an orchard of these unique berries that take seven years to start producing fruit. Even after last season’s freeze out, Kathy’s vines will produce a harvest of about 2,000 pounds come September. If, like me, you had never heard of kiwi berries, be sure visit Kathy at our Downtown Silver Spring FRESHFARM Market in September for a new fall fruit experience!

Next we drove to nearby Biglerville, where Winn and Fredi Schulteis own and operate Quaker Valley Orchards. After being greeted by their son JC and two very excited dogs, we wandered through just a fraction of their 240 acres.

We had heard rumors around market that our unreasonably cold winter and a late frost would shorten the season and possibly raise prices for some fruit. According to Winn, the most challenging part was that while we usually have some warmer days to break the frost, it stayed consistently cold this year. This did not seem to hurt his apples, but cherries, he said, are the most sensitive to cold weather. And while that is sad, he explained that this is an exceptionally good year for plums (whose season is just starting)!

After eating a delicious cobbler made by JC of the freshest fruit, we went on our way to Keswick Creamery at Carrock Farm. There Melanie showed us from start to finish how farmstead cheese is made, starting with their 45 rotationally grazed Jersey cows to ending in my personal favorite, the aging room, where we were surrounded floor to ceiling by cheeses.

I came home from Farm Visit Friday buzzing with new information. I learned what a kiwi berry is; I learned that red and black raspberries cannot be planted next to each other, and I met a cow calf for the first time. But most importantly, through volunteering at FRESHFARM Markets this season I have been able to learn and taste how fresh the meat, cheese, and produce is, and on Friday I understood firsthand why that is. As Melanie from Kewsick summed up for us, “You can make cheese out of any kind of milk. But you just can’t make good cheese out of bad milk.”

Written by CSA Volunteer Nina Waysdorf. Interested in volunteering with FRESHFARM Markets? Email

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Thanks to the District of Columbia, shoppers who use their nutritional benefits at DC farmers markets – including 8 FRESHFARM Markets – can eat more fresh fruits and vegetables this market season.

Produce Plus is a new nutrition benefit made possible by the DC Department of Health to increase people’s access to fruits and vegetables. Every week, eligible shoppers at 28 DC farmers markets receive Produce Plus checks worth $10. The checks can be used to purchase fruits and vegetables from any participating farmer. To be eligible, shoppers must be a DC resident and participate in any of the following programs: SNAP, WIC, SFMNP, CSFP, Medicaid, and TANF. The District of Columbia is providing $130,000 in Produce Plus checks to be distributed through September 2014.

FRESHFARM Markets has also expanded its network of farmers markets by adding two new DC markets – CityCenterDC and Mount Vernon Triangle – where SNAP (EBT/Food Stamps), WIC, and Senior Coupons are all accepted. At all 8 FRESHFARM Markets in DC, FRESHFARM gives up to $15 in Matching Dollar tokens to any SNAP, WIC, and Senior Coupon customers each market day to spend on fresh, healthy foods.

In the first month of Produce Plus benefits, FRESHFARM Markets has given out over $5,700. Our FRESHFARM Markets staff has seen some very happy shoppers buying more fruits and vegetables every week! Here is what they are saying:

“The government is only giving me $9 a day to eat on, but by coming to FRESHFARM Markets I am getting plenty of good food to eat.” ~ Adrian, Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market shopper

“Produce Plus has helped me have a healthy summer diet this year. I recently read a study that said that people who eat healthy, exercise and don’t drink or smoke live longer, so that’s what I am trying to do. Thanks to Produce Plus I’ve reduced my consumption of chips, cookies, and ice cream.” ~ Lee, shopper at CityCenterDC, Foggy Bottom, Penn Quarter, and Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Markets.

“Last summer I wasn’t able to eat local fruit because I wasn’t able to afford it. I was mostly just getting bananas from Trader Joe’s and some food from Food & Friends, but the quality isn’t the same. Now for breakfast I’m eating yogurt with fresh peaches and a little drizzle of honey – all from the farmers markets.” ~ Learlie, Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market shopper.

FRESHFARM Markets believes that everyone in our farmers market communities should have access to fresh, healthy, locally grown food. To find out more about nutrition benefits at our farmers markets and our Matching Dollars program, please go here or contact Juliet Glass at 202.362.8889 or Juliet(at)

~ Bernie Prince, FRESHFARM Markets Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director

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Take Our Survey

We here at FRESHFARM Markets want to hear from you, which is why we are happy to announce our new shopper survey. As one of the largest organizers of farmers markets in our region, your opinion and experience is very important to us. We plan to take the results of this survey and use them to evaluate our farmers market operations and services, as well as our various programs. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and your participation is completely voluntary. All participants who finish the survey will be entered in a drawing where we will select 12 winners to receive $100 in FRESHFARM Market tokens. You can spend the tokens on anything at any of our 13 farmers markets and the tokens to do not expire.

If you love seasonal, fresh, summer foods than take our survey today! Have any questions? Contact us directly and we will be sure to follow up with you personally.

FRESHFARM Markets Staff
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Kip and Otto blog

For Kip Kelly, a water reel sprinkler means less time spent irrigating, more efficient water usage and heartier root vegetables. It also means $3,000 in upfront costs that he doesn’t have on hand.

Kip lives with his wife and son at Full Cellar Farm, located on 175 acres of beautiful, fertile land in Jefferson, Maryland. Kip cultivates vegetables for markets and raises chickens, turkeys and pigs on pasture and grain, much of which he grows himself. A new father, Kip has his hands full with little Otto Walter Kelley, his first-born son. He’d spend all the time he could with his wife and son but farming is more than a full-time job. Like most small farmers, Kip knows a thousand ways he could improve his farm, if only he had a little extra time or money. With a little help from FRESHFARM Markets, Kiva Zip gave him both.

Kiva Zip is a program of that provides zero interest loans to small businesses and entrepreneurs through its one million members who provide loan funds starting at $5. Kiva Zip, unlike most traditional lending models, focuses on the character of a lender as opposed to her/his credit score and relies on the relationships that we as trustees have built with responsible and innovative borrowers. The best part is that Kip doesn’t have to pay a single penny in interest. This works in part because Kip can receive the loan entirely electronically and in part because FRESHFARM Markets has endorsed him as a responsible borrower. For those that can’t borrow from a family or bank, like Kip, this type of community support is crucial. “Customers, who were also lenders, came by to check in with me which was meaningful both monetarily and emotionally” says Kip Kelly.

It only took two weeks and 35 lenders to raise the $3,000 Kip needed for the water reel sprinkler. Kip’s previous method of irrigation was drip tape – long, cheap plastic hosing with evenly spaced holes that drips water slowly into the soil. He spent countless hours pulling out the non-reusable tape from last year’s rows and throwing out heaps of black plastic garbage. Kip’s new water reel irrigator will help him bring more produce to market, increasing revenue and saving him time. When Kip repays the loan, every one of the 35 lenders is paid back in full.

FRESHFARM Markets, as a trustee of Kiva Zip, has now endorsed five of our farmers and producers for over $23,000 in zero interest loans. But we knew this was a golden opportunity to do even more for our community; to truly uphold our mission to provide economic opportunities for local farmers and artisanal producers. The Jean Wallace Douglas Farmer Fund, a fund created by FRESHFARM Markets, was set up to support new and innovative farmers on the frontline of alternative agriculture with important training and access to the tools they need to grow their farming operations.

Historically, the fund has been used for scholarships that send our farmers to regional sustainable agriculture conferences or to courses in farm management or new techniques. We saw that with Kiva Zip, the fund could do much more – directly provide the capital needed for our farmers and producers to take their farm or business to the next level.

Now, with the support of the Jean Wallace Douglas family, FRESHFARM Markets is a Kiva Zip Super Lender, committed to lend $1,000 to each of the next ten farmers or producers we, as a trustee endorse.

Jurgen Schelzig and Penny Sagawa, the cheese producers behind Spring Gap Mountain Creamery, were the first borrowers we endorsed to also receive $1,000 of support from the Jean Wallace Douglas Farmer Fund. This show of monetary support will help jumpstart the fundraising efforts for their cream separator and butter churn.

Through Kiva Zip, we are more effectively carrying out our mission of providing vital economic opportunities for our network of farmers and producers. The beauty of Kiva Zip is that it provides an opportunity for supporters like to you directly invest in the local farmers you care about and absorb some of the risk that innovative ideas naturally come with. The Jean Wallace Douglas Fund has committed $10,000 to build fundraising momentum for our next ten loans – but we need your help. Jurgen and Penny have 75 lenders from around the world, but their loan is still fundraising. To help them bring delicious local butter to market and support sustainable agriculture in our region, lend here. To stay updated on our Kiva Zip loans, read our weekly e-newsletter or inquire at a FRESHFARM market information booth near you.

Written by FRESHFARM staffers Genna Lipari & Sam Giffin.

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