Dear Neighbors, Market Customers, and Friends,
Over the past five seasons, you helped us become one of the most successful farmers markets in Washington, DC. As we’ve grown, we have also developed programs that ensure all community members have access to local, healthy food. The success you helped us achieve has opened the door to a number of exciting opportunities, and as part of that growth we are excited to announce a new name for the organization – Community Foodworks.
New Farmers Markets
Our experience creating a dynamic, inclusive, and commercially successful Columbia Heights Farmers Market will help us develop a thriving market in one of the fastest growing and most diverse neighborhoods in Washington, DC. We will assume management responsibilities for the Historic Brookland Farmers Market this year, which completed a fantastic inaugural season in 2014 thanks to support from the Bozzuto Group and the Monroe Street Market development as well as the broader Brookland community. We look forward to building on that foundation.
Starting this season, we also will manage the Arlington Farmers Market, better known as the Courthouse Farmers Market, one of the longest-running farmers markets in the DC metro area. We are excited to partner with Arlington County to ensure that the market retains its place as a destination for the highest-quality locally grown and produced food in the region.
We remain committed to our goals of increasing food access and equity in the food system. This season we will launch an incentives program for the first time at the Historic Brookland Farmers Market with the generous sponsorship of the Bozzuto Group, and at the Arlington Courthouse Farmers Market with the support of Wholesome Wave as part of a groundbreaking national program funded by USDA to increase access to fruits and vegetables for SNAP consumers.
We will also be growing our impact in Columbia Heights. As part of the same initiative led by Wholesome Wave, we will be launching a subsidized CSA program for SNAP customers in Columbia Heights. This will expand our community reach beyond the farmers market for the first time - stay tuned for more information!
While we’re excited for what lies ahead, we couldn’t have achieved any of this without the Columbia Heights community and our network of supporters across the city. To learn more about our evolution, visit our new website: www.community-foodworks.org.
Thanks and we’ll see you at the market - opening day at Brookland and Columbia Heights is April 18!
President, Board of Directors