The Columbia Heights Farmers Market is now open for business on Wednesday evenings.
From 4 to 7:30 p.m., the market’s local vendors will sell produce at the intersection of Kenyon and 14th streets, NW.
The market is also open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.
Community Foodworks Outreach Manager Dalila Boclin says that Wednesday hours were added for convenience as well as accessibility.
“We recognize that it would be hard to get all your shopping done on Saturdays before 1 p.m., so we wanted to add the day to give another market opportunity for the farmers and customers,” says Boclin.
The market will now also include the option to purchase pre-assembled bags of local vegetables, fruit, meat and cheese on a recurring basis through an aggregated Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.
Unlike some other CSA programs, Boclin says the new CSA program focuses on flexibility of service.
“You pay week-to-week as you go, and if you’re out of town for a week, you can skip a week for free,” Boclin says. “It’s not like you’ve sold your soul for vegetables.”
Community Foodworks, formerly known as Columbia Heights Community Marketplace, also operates farmers markets in Brookland and Arlington.
The 14th and U Farmers Market will be open this Saturday at the corner of 14th and U Streets at the Reeves Center from 9 am to 1 pm. These are the hours throughout the season (Saturdays only).
It is a great weekend for strawberries and asparagus. Pleasant Pops has joined the market and will be inaugurating their first visit with Strawberry Ginger Lemonade, Strawberries & Cream, Honey Lavender and Mexican Sweet Cream and Cinnamon pops.
Whisked will be there as well with its great pastries. Plenty of pastured pork and grass fed beef and lamb, duck and rabbit. Real French style goat cheeses and delicious breads to go with from Panomamas’s.
Remember, Borderstanians, that the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market at 14th & U Streets NW will close for the season after November 22. Market hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays only.
Some pretty produce photos to start your week from One Photograph A Day; click here for more produce pics. I have found great produce this summer at the Dupont Farmer’s Market and the 14th & U Farmer’s Market (Saturdays). The blackberries have been huge and sweet, the green beans outstanding and the peaches perfect for cobblers. Summer food is so nice–food that tastes like food instead of just cellulose. Full disclosure: The photo blogger at OPAD is my partner.