Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Columbia Heights Community Market opens June 5th!

I missed the meeting on the Columbia Heights Community Market the other day, but I got an update from the organizers: they're going to have the market on Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm, starting June 5.

It looks like Saturdays had the majority on the recent survey the organizers held, and most producers (farmers, etc) preferred Saturday. Of course, there's also the Mount Pleasant and U Street markets on Saturday, so I hope that doesn't make it tougher.

The market will run through October 30th at the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza -- the triangle pictured here bounded by 14th, Park and Kenyon.

They'll accept WIC and food stamps, plus there will be entrepreneurial opportunities for youth, cooking demonstrations, and dance performances from the Dance Institute of Washington, which is based in the neighborhood.

There's a bit more at DC Food for All. I'm looking forward to it!

16 comments:

Saurabh said...

Awesome!!!! I am so sick of the Giant produce section. I haven't been able to get any cilantro or basil since snowmagedon I.

maybe this will hold us over until Ella Thompson finally gets its act together.

Centzon Totochtin said...

While I support bringing farmers markets to every nook and cranny of the city, I think this is a bad idea. Like Andrew mentioned, the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is open at the same time on the same day about three blocks away. Maybe the community will simply decide to hit both markets on Saturday (I probably will), but I suspect this will bring down the business in both places. Of all the days of the week and times that the market could be open, why pick Saturday mornings? Anyways, I am curious about how the Market will use the Civic plaza space- will they have stalls in the fountain area?

Anonymous said...

maybe the competition from Mt. P and U st will make the CH mkt better.

Anonymous said...

Where are they going to park the trucks?

Mr T in DC said...

Yeah, bad move, I worry that it's shaping up to be like the crummy old market that used to be held on the vacant lot where Highland Park is now. Should have been Sunday mornings - I indicated as such on the survey and passed it around to many like-minded individuals. Maybe church-going people (not me, hah!) voted in droves for anytime other than Sunday mornings.

Anonymous said...

Why would you shop at both the MP and CH farmer's markets, unless you couldn't find something at one or the other, or unless you're a farmer's market fetishist?

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Centzon Totochtin said...

The fact that the two markets will be about 5 minutes away will make it easy to hit both. Hopefully there will be unique reasons to go to both places- different kinds of produce, or different food specialties. Some of the vendors in MTP's market make sure that they are not serving the same kinds of bread for example, so they dont step on each other's toes. Hopefully MTP's and CoHi's vendors will conspire to do similar things, but I doubt they will use that much foresight.

As for the Farmer's Market fetish, there are worst fetishes to have! It was either that or frotteurism for me, and frotteurism ended up being too damn messy.

Anonymous said...

i am also saddened that apparently the expressed preference was for saturday. i voted for a weekday or sunday. i fear CH is making a short-sighted decision which could reduce benefits to residents (still only one day a week market access without a busride) and may result in two weakly attended saturday markets. i hope there is an opportunity to rethink this schedule if the number of Mt P market users declines significantly. let's support our neighbors and help ourselves too!

Anonymous said...

Sorry all - but really - the Mt.P market is SO LAME. I go and I have one choice for a certain fruit or veggie. Seriously - I don't need flowers or bread or some stupid craft - I need fruit and veggies and the 3 vendors just don't cut it. Of course I am from Boston and Haymarket is hard to beat.

Edward Daniels said...

Hey gang. I'm curious to ask those of you who do frequent farmers markets here in the city...do you shop around for quality & unique non-food vendors just as much as those providing food products?

Anonymous said...

Question, did Anyone vote for Saturday? The time choice seems surprising since every comment on every blog post I read had near unanimous support for any day BUT Saturday. Maybe they made a typo in the survey question.

rdubble said...

For me it is a 10 minute walk to this location vs. closer to 20 to Mt Pleasant. That makes a huge difference when carrying bags of food, to the point that i rarely frequent the MtP farmer's market, but would hit this one up every week.

Simon Landau said...

This should be a great addition to the community as a whole.
Look for even more people to be drawn to Columbia Heights because of the market....once they come, they'll want to move in!
Check out tons of Columbia Heights condos on www.dc.condodomain.com!

Ed Bruske said...

Apparently Michelle Obama has failed to convince some of our anonymous neighbors that growing food at home is a good thing. Neighbors who have real names love to stop and talk to us about what we're growing. No, we don't have any plans to stop gardening. But the blog owner should really think about allowing anonymous comments as personal attacks.

Andrew said...

Thanks for the comment Ed. I didn't understand what the commenter was talking about, but it's deleted now.