To Market, to Market: Glover Park-Burleith
If you believe in good customer karma, the new Glover Park-Burleith farmers market is practically on hallowed ground. It sits where the funky Georgetown flea market used to be at Wisconsin Avenue and 34th Street NW, with about 14 producer-vendors.
The area’s really upper Georgetown, of course. The Glover Park Citizens Association kicked in some startup money, so that neighborhood name is on display.
Market manager Lauren Biel (and 40 pals in her neighborhood CSA, or community-supported agriculture, program) made GP-B happen. “Last year, I organized a CSA to drop off in Glover Park,” she says, “and the feedback I got was: ‘We want more choice.’ I was going to be home on maternity leave and thought, ‘How hard can it be to get a farmers market going?’ ”
No day at the beach, as it turns out. She had to form a nonprofit group, DCGreens.org, and deal with hundreds of details – all with a baby in tow. “No naps for Mom,” she says. Still, Lauren’s pleased with the response thus far, as more customers show up each week. She has made it friendly by inviting a small band of bluegrass musicians to play. Her volunteer crew members keep the dog bowls filled with fresh water and are happy to answer any questions.
The Glover Park-Burleith farmers market will run through Oct. 3 (9 a.m-1 p.m.), a first short season that Lauren hopes to extend next year. Vendors who don’t sell at other markets in the District include: Smallwood's Veggieporium (certified naturally grown) from Berryville, Va., where I scored some unusual, tender lemon cucumbers; Wheatland Natural (no pesticides used) from Purcellville; Derick's Orchard from Newberg, Pa.; Westmoreland Produce from Montross, Va., which had fragrant, ripe cantaloupes; and the Virginia Chocolate Co., based in Falls Church (571-241-0538), where Tim Douglas keeps his handmade truffles and sorbets in large coolers.
Other vendors you might have seen around town include: Black Rock Orchard, Bonaparte Breads, Blue Ridge Botanicals, Smith Meadows Meat & Pasta, Hondo Coffee, Toigo Orchards, KarenKay's Cakes (nice display), Union Street Soapworks and Wollam Gardens flowers.
-- Bonnie Benwick
The Food Section
July 13, 2009; 10:30 AM ET
Categories: To Market, To Market | Tags: Bonnie Benwick, farmers markets
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