The Corner Forum
Thursday, June 24, 2004
Issue #69

H STREET: Farmer's Market Offers Great Produce

Story by Katharine Mottley, photo by Sharon Cochran
(both of the 1300 block of Emerald Street NE)

On Saturday, June 12, I visited one of the newest amenities in our neighborhood. H Street is now home to a weekly farmer's market.

Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until October, several farmers will sell their produce in the parking lot on the south side of the street across from the self-storage facility in the 600 block of H Street NE.

The farmer's market was organized by FreshFarm Markets, a nonprofit that helps farmers connect with consumers. Market participants are only allowed to sell what they grow or produce themselves. FreshFarm also runs the farmer's markets at Dupont Circle, Penn Quarter and in Georgetown.

Since June 5, the market has given us and our neighbors a nearby opportunity to buy fresh, locally grown produce.

Beautiful greens such as mesclun salad mix, spinach, Swiss chard, arugula, and kale were on offer when I visited, as well as fresh strawberries, new potatoes, early tomatoes, herbs, flowers, and more. In the coming weeks dairy and meat products will also be available. More farmers will be added if the neighborhood shows strong interest in the market.

I encourage everyone to stop by the H Street farmer's market on Saturday mornings to meet local farmers and try their wonderful produce. §