Having grown up in an agricultural region of Upstate New York, FRESHFARM Markets leader Ben Feldman was happy to see that wonderful produce was being grown and kept in the DC region once FRESHFARM was established 20 years ago. "I was hooked on the first garden ripe tomato purchased at one of their markets and have been shopping and supporting the markets ever since," said Ben. "As board chair I'm extremely excited to see the market expanding into the Capitol Riverfront and continuing to fulfill our mission of promoting and supporting sustainable local agriculture and connecting food and people."
The neighborhood is a perfect mix: sophisticated and laid back, diverse, vibrant, and very welcoming.
I love the parks: Nationals Park, Canal Park and Yards Park. The parks are an absolutely amazing set of amenities that include ice skating, ballgames, art, and concerts. The parks' vibes speak for themselves as kids are welcomed to play in the fountains at Yards Park, encouraged to enjoy the public art in Canal Park, concerts and movies are provided for all different audiences and tastes, and hometown pride and Natitude on display. It's a wonderful place where everyone is welcome and we celebrate our diversity.
The profusion of new buildings and attractions.
Hanging out at Yards Park for concerts, going to Nats games, and taking strolls through the neighborhood.
FRESHFARM operates producer-only markets. So, when it comes to farmers markets, buying local means buying from local farmers and knowing who grew your food, where it came from, and building a connection to the agricultural community that feeds us. Local also means buying in the neighborhood, supporting local artisans, restaurants, services and handymen, etc. to sustain our community and grow the employment base.
The sights, sounds and, community gathering that a farmer’s market fosters: the ringing of the market bell; people, especially kids, getting their first taste of perfectly ripe locally-grown berries; and, seeing farmers and neighbors forming new relationships. And, for me personally, no longer having to drive to get to one of our markets!
First, arrive early. The best stuff goes fast and it tends to be less busy, giving shoppers a chance to visit with farmers. Second, bring a few bags and maybe a basket, so you can keep delicates like tomatoes, peaches and berries from getting crushed. Also stop by the information booth and talk to our market managers and volunteers and get recipes and information about what’s coming into season next. For our friends and neighbors with SNAP benefits, bring your card and take advantage of FRESHFARM's matching dollars program.