Springtime at FreshFarm Markets

Small Bites

We’re lucky to live in the Chesapeake Bay food-shed – with an incredibly diverse array of food grown, harvested and produced. Whether you’re participating in a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), finding the best our area food entrepreneurs and incubators have to offer or learning how to confit ramps or try a local specialty like the pawpaw, our awareness and support of our local farmers and producers has a positive impact. With a substantial growing season, our food-focused initiatives and plentiful markets contribute not only to the regional economic engine, but our personal good health and wellness.

There are 13 producer-only FreshFarm Markets located in the District, Maryland and Virginia, and to ensure that fresh produce is available to all, lowering economic barriers to healthful foods, many of the FreshFarm Markets' farmers and producers participate in one or more federal or locally-administered programs like SNAP (EBT/food stamps), Matching Dollars Program, WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program, Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Coupons and Produce Plus (specific to DC residents).

With the awakening of the new season, we’ll transition from the great root vegetables and apples kept in cold storage throughout the winter months to vibrant greens, peas, asparagus and more. FreshFarm Markets reopen with regular season hours starting the first of April; to receive updates or for a complete spring schedule and list of their producer-only markets, visit FreshFarm Markets.

Annette Nielsen is the food editor of the Hill Rag and heads up Kitchen Cabinet Events, a culinary farm-to-fork inspired event business. She can be reached at annette@hillrag.com; follow her @The_Kitchen_Cab.

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