Weekly farmers markets blossom across the city

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The Cleveland Park farmers market operates on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the west sidewalk of Connecticut Avenue between Newark Street NW and the Uptown Theater. (Brian Kapur/The Current/August 2017)

new weekly farmers market opened this summer in Cleveland Park — adding further to the already expansive array of markets that bring vendors and locally based produce into Northwest.

The new Cleveland Park market currently features 14 vendors, including Virginia-based family farm Garner’s Produce, which brings fresh vegetables; Kuhn Orchards, a fifth-generation family farm in Pennsylvania that features apples, peaches, pears and more; and Happy Hens’ Barnyard in Maryland, which offers fresh eggs.

In addition, several local businesses and community members bring their specialties to the market, including chef Cagla Onal, who used to cook at Obelisk and recently launched her own business, Green Almond Pantry. The market also sets aside two community tables each week, one for a business and another for a nonprofit, where representatives can pass out pamphlets and chat with shoppers.

The new market runs year-round on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the west sidewalk of Connecticut Avenue between Newark Street NW and the Uptown Theater.

Susie Taylor of the Cleveland Park Citizens Association spoke to The Current about the process of establishing this new farmers market, explaining that it took a few years to get it off the ground largely because of concerns from Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3C (Cleveland Park, Massachusetts Avenue Heights, Woodley Park) that the project would harm nearby businesses.

“We had a false start [in 2012] where the Cleveland Park Citizens Association and the Cleveland Park Business Association joined together to try and get a farmers market,” she said. “We were surprised when the ANC voted not to support.”

Although they actually did not need explicit support from ANC 3C, they wanted the entire community on board — and so the project was dropped. But, when requests from community members and business owners began anew, they decided to try again.

After conducting numerous surveys and polls of neighbors — which showed support for the project exceeded 80 percent — the market began to take shape. The Cleveland Park Business Association took the reins under the guidance of co-presidents Susan Lihn, owner of Wake Up Little Suzie, and Jane Treacy, co-owner of Treacy & Eagleburger Architects PC, as well as association treasurer Pierre Abushacra, who owns Firehook Bakery.

The business association hired Gloria Garrett — who also manages the Palisades Farmers Market, among others in the District — to oversee the new Cleveland Park operation.

“We’re not looking to be a for-profit venture — we’re really looking for vendors who want to sell their goods, who are supportive of a community-based atmosphere. We knew that Palisades was very much in that model, so we hired their farmers market manager,” said Taylor. “She worked very closely with the co-presidents of the business association and its treasurer to select the vendors to eliminate negative impact to stores.”

Fresh produce is available at Cleveland Park’s farmers market. (Brian Kapur/The Current/August 2017)

Garrett emphasized this priority, telling The Current she chose vendors that sell mostly produce and fresh food, rather than prepared dishes.

“We’re very conscientious of the fact that we don’t want to conflict with existing businesses,” Garrett told The Current. “And the neighborhood has been very positively responsive so far.”

Garrett encouraged vendors at the Palisades market on Sundays to also sell in Cleveland Park, and said that they’re happy so far with their sales rates at the new location despite starting after the peak season. The Cleveland Park farmers market debuted on June 3.

According to Taylor, the project has been a huge success so far. “We certainly viewed a farmers market as a unifying force for the community,” she said.

Northwest farmers markets

16th Street Heights: 14th and Kennedy streets NW. Saturdays through Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Adams Morgan: Columbia Road and 18th Street NW. Saturdays through December, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bloomingdale: 1st and R streets NW. Sundays through Nov. 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

CityCenterDC: 1098 New York Ave. NW. Tuesdays through Oct. 31, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Columbia Heights: Civic Plaza, 14th Street and Park Road NW. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Wednesdays, 4 to 7 p.m.

Dupont Circle: 1500 block of 20th Street NW. Sundays through December, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Sundays from January through March, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Chevy Chase: Lafayette Elementary School, 5701 Broad Branch Road NW. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Chinatown: 800 6th St. NW. Wednesdays through Oct. 25, 10 a.m. to noon.

Children’s National Medical Center: WIC Clinic, 111 Michigan Ave. NW. Wednesdays through Nov. 29, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cleveland Park: west-side sidewalk of Connecticut Avenue between Newark Street NW and the Uptown Theater. Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Downtown: 810 Vermont Ave. NW. Thursdays through Nov. 16, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Downtown: Capital Harvest at the Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Fridays through Nov. 17, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Foggy Bottom: 23rd and I streets NW. Wednesdays through Nov. 22, 3 to 7 p.m.

Georgetown: Rose Park, 26th and O streets NW. Wednesdays through Oct. 25, 3 to 7 p.m.

Glover Park/Burleith: 1819 35th St. NW. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

LeDroit Park: 3rd and Elm streets NW. Wednesdays through Nov. 29, 3 to 6 p.m.

Mount Pleasant: 3200 Mount Pleasant St. NW. Saturdays through Dec. 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Mount Vernon Triangle: 4th and I streets NW. Saturdays through Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

North Cleveland Park: Sheridan School, Alton Place and 36th Street NW. Saturdays through Nov. 25, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturdays December through March, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tuesdays through Sept. 26, 3 to 7 p.m.

Palisades: 48th Place and MacArthur Boulevard NW. Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Penn Quarter: south sidewalk plaza of the National Portrait Gallery at 8th and F streets NW. Thursdays through Nov. 16, 3 to 7 p.m.

Petworth: 9th and Upshur streets NW. Saturdays through November, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Shaw: Old City Farm & Guild, 925 Rhode Island Ave. NW. Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

U Street corridor: 14th and U streets NW, Saturdays through Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Van Ness: 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW. Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Woodley Park: Maret School, 3000 Cathedral Ave. NW. Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.