8/26/12

Local Partner Feature: Ward 8 Farmers' Market

Ward 8 of Washington, DC is considered a food desert for its dearth of grocery stores.  For this reason, we operate four Mobile Market stops in Ward 8 on Mondays and Wednesdays.  Fortunately, residents of this community have a great resource for locally grown foods on Saturdays, by way of the Ward 8 Farmers' Market.
 
Their Mississippi Avenue location at TheArc has ten vendors, including one who sells vegetables grown at the garden on-site.  The St. Elizabeth's site has another four vendors, one of whom was selling heirloom tomatoes the day I visited.  

Like Arcadia's "Bonus Bucks" program, the Ward 8 Farmers' Market doubles the value of SNAP/EBT, WIC and Senior food vouchers for fresh fruits and vegetables.  

There is also fresh artisan bread, pasture raised meat, home-baked goods and handmade soap available for purchase. 

The farmers at these markets are pleased to be able to provide their products to Ward 8 residents, and the smiles of both new and repeat customers are testaments to the appreciation with which their service is received.

The Ward 8 Farmers' Market has two locations:  

TheArc
1901 Mississippi Ave SE
Every Saturday 9 am - 2 pm, through Thanksgiving

St. Elizabeth's Chapel Gate
2700 Market Luther King, Jr. Ave
Every Saturday 10 am - 2 pm, through October 27

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