Friday, June 3, 2011

Columbia Heights Community Marketplace expands this Saturday, music too

Our farmer's market is getting bigger. The Columbia Heights Community Marketplace folks passed along this press release, as well as the link for the full update with all the food and music they'll have tomorrow. I also just heard they'll have smoothies and a nutritionist at the market. Here's the press release:
...The marketplace is now featuring 14 fresh food vendors every Saturday from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM.  All food vendors produce their goods within 150 miles of Columbia Heights, providing residents an unique opportunity to buy food grown close to home, helping to spur the regional economy and cutting the environmental strain of imported food products.  

The weekly event also offers a marketplace for local artists and entertainers.  By providing a venue for these vendors to promote their talents and products, the marketplace aims to boost the local arts scene.  On June 4th, the market will feature entertainment by DC's own Oliver Mancini and the Mates.  The band will perform from 10:30 AM until 1:00 PM.
The market place also aims to assist local low-income residents purchase fresh foods.  The Columbia Heights Community Marketplace provides matching funds to recipients of food stamps (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) checks.  In an effort to help people afford healthy local foods, it gives recipients up to $10 dollars to be spent at the market. Visit the orange tent at the market for additional information.
For more details, go to the marketplaces's website
What:  Columbia Heights Community Marketplace 
Who:  Local producers, artists, and musicians
When: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM every Saturday (rain or shine!)
Where:  Columbia Heights Civic Plaza, 14th Street and Park Road

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