Fresh Farmer's Market on Capitol Hill
Local Farmer's Markets are expanding in the Washington DC area. Which is a good thing. Going green and buying fresh foods gives the community healthier choices. Whole foods grown at near by farms provide consumers with reasonable prices. My newest find on outdoor markets is a spot on Capital Hill, just across from the Capital Building, on Pennslyvania Ave.
Located at the Health and Human Services Building, this Farmer's Market is a once week venue open only on Wed. in the afternoons. Started recently by James Coleman, this market brings in a fresh varietity of vegatables, fruits, and other products made or grown within 150 miles. Vendors here take only cash. Compared to other markets that participate in the Food Stamp and WIC purchase program, the quality and purity of their produce is far much better than any others. This market is a growing venue and needs support from locals.
Walking around and doing some shopping myself is an easy task to inform readers on yahoo what is the best choice available. I purchased some fresh breads from Stoneheart bakery. My favorite type of bread was there: Multi-Grain. I drank a fresh cup of joe from Zeke's, a coffee roaster in the DC area. I looked on at other vedors such as Capital Kettle Corn. I would say, it was a good multi-grain loaf for the price; the coffe was fresh; and the vegatables there were of a good size. One problem I have noticed at the local markets is a depreciative source for quality in the size, color, and value of the vegatables sold. This is deffinetly not present at Fresh Vista Farmer's Market. I was hoping to find some crisp apples, yet this was one treat not in stock.
Buying foods outdoors is not a completely new concept to me. Yet it is an old fashioned idea. I grew up in the heart of Texas all thanks to the life of my great-grand parents. Starting in the 1930's, my family began a family tradition when they settled on their cattle ranch, and small farm. Growing fresh vegatables and hearding cows would continue for several decades throughout generations. It was this arigucultural ownership which sprung life into my family's effort to participate in selling at markets.
In the early 1980's, I remember my great grand-mother Rowena would regularly make time at her business preparing crops for sale along with other homemade treats. I would sit around our family lakehouse and shell black-eyed peas in the summertime. One of the numerous specialities for the women of the family was to jar jams, beets, pickles, and cranberries. During the holiday meals the sweet pickles and cranberries were my favorite. Throughout the rest of the year the beef, fresh from the butcher, was stored in the freezer in their garage. In the summer months, at a market near downtown Fort Worth off of Hi-way 199, the rest of the harvest was sold for profit.
So, when I see the simple small farmer placing his goods out to market , I get the feeling of a long lost memory from home. I feel like I'm a child all over again, looking to my elders to be paitent with reaping what you sow. Going green and being healthy was just a wau of life back at my family's ranch in Texas. I will always miss being home with those members of my family who have passed on. Live in the moment, and enjoy buying and eating at some fresh resources throughout the nation's capitol.