UDC’s farmers market returns from its winter break on May 17th, at the same location outside UDC’s law school and keeping the same hours (Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) as the past couple of years.
May 24th is the market’s Ethnic Food Day, with international cuisines for sampling and activities for the kids. On May 31st, the focus is on food safety.
Leslie Malone, the marketing and communications manager for UDC’s College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability & Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) gave us permission to reproduce the CAUSES blog post on the market. And the entire blog is well worth following, especially if you’re interested in urban agriculture and sustainability. Plus, there’s usually something for the gardener, whether you’re a beginner or you’ve been at this for a while. Recent posts include a report on winter and salt damage to plants and trees.
Now, on to the farmers market!
UDC Farmers Market Opens May 17!
We are excited that the 2014 Farmers Market of the University of the District of Columbia opens May 17! This year’s market has a new staff that is working hard to bring you a list of fun, tasty and educational activities.Isaac Gembi is the new market manager and will be supported by Kelli Webster and Xiangling Shi.
All three are UDC students: Isaac, a native of Nigeria, is pursuing his master’s degree in Architecture. Kelli will be graduating in May from CAUSES’ Environmental Science program. Shawn has a master of Pharmaceutical Analysis degree from China’s Pharmaceutical University and is currently enrolled in UDC’s Nutrition and Dietetics program.
“The world is focused on sustainable development, and I’m excited to be part of the Farmers’ Market Management team,” Isaac stated. “The whole world will be a better place when everyone lives and eats sustainably.”
Together, they will make sure the market is run smoothly and successfully, and is an asset to the neighborhood. This means raising the profile of the market–both internally at UDC and externally in the community.
“The goal of our market is to make the connection that healthy eating and healthy living go hand in hand,” Kelli explained. “We also want the market to be inclusive of UDC and hope to involve different departments.”
That even includes having D.C.’s 4-H involved in educational activities for the children; and having the Institute of Gerontology involved for the senior market attendees.
“Our farmers market brings together urban shoppers with rural vendors,” Xiangling stated. “It’s not just a wonderful place to shop–it’s an experience.”
Market events for May include live music, cooking and food safety demonstrations.
Continue reading to learn about market events coming up in May
UDC Farmers Market, May 2014
MAY 17 – Opening Day!
The market will open and many of your favorite vendors will return to sell fresh spring greens, flowers and bedding plants, grass-fed meats, eggs, dairy products, scented candles, aroma-therapy products, baked goods, homemade pies and sauces and more! Opening day will also feature live music.
MAY 24 – Ethnic Food Day
On this Saturday, the farmers market will feature ethnic food and a cooking demonstration by Mr. Yao Afantchao, who oversees the ethnic and specialty crop program at Muirkirk Research Farm. Will also include free food tastings, children’s activities and live music.
MAY 31 – Food Safety Day
Visit us at the farmers’ market this Saturday for a movie show on food safety at the market’s booth and learn about food safety measures. Free tastings, activities for kids and live music with local artist. 8.00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.