The Ward 8 Farmerâ€™s Market will open June 4, 2011! The market will be open every Saturday 9am to 2pm until Thanksgiving. The community and local farmer-based grassroots market is a CoÂoperative that was formed as a response to inadequate healthy food choices in the Ward 8 neighborhood, and as a self-empowerment tool. Born as a reaction to the closing of the (then) last supermarket in Ward 8, it originated as a project of the DC Statehood Green Party when Market founder John Gloster was chairman of that party. Mr. Gloster and company formed the â€œCommittee for a Marketâ€ in late 1998, and called community organizers, includÂing all of the Ward 8 ANC commissioners to participate in the Committee. The market opened its doors in August 1999 and today comprises of Ward 8 vendors.
Striving to grow and provide greatÂer choice to the Ward 8 community, the market is partnered with the University of the District of Columbiaâ€™s Center for NutriÂtion, Diet and Health and offers a nutritionÂist who will answer questions about diet and offer samples of nutritious treats availÂable from market ingredients.
Thanks to a grant from Wholesome Wave Foundation, Ward 8 Farmers MarÂket will double the value of your SNAP, EBT, WIC or senior food vouchers for produce from our farmers. The market also accepts EBT or SNAP, from DC, Maryland or any other state and WIC coupons, Farmers Market Nutrition Program and Food and Vegetable Coupons (FVC). If you are over 60 years old, the market will accept Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchÂers distributed by the Commodity SuppleÂmental Food Program.
Some of the farmers the market features include: Oberon DeFreitas, who sells a mixture of seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables, Carl Purvenius-Smith who sells herbs, teas, oils potpourri, honey and sundry items along with fruit and vegetables, James Smith who sells fruits and vegetables, Emmanual Kaufmann, an Amish family who offers only humanely-treated grass-fed beef with no antibiotics or hormones. Planters Virginia Major and daughter Sabrina sell house plants and gardening plants that are grown in Ward 8.
To find out more please visit the website at www.ward8farmersmarket.com or email the cooperative at Ward8FM@gmail.com.