FreshFarm – Fresh Foods – Fresh Markets

FSM COVER 02 0714FRESHFARM Markets have been a leading voice for farmers markets in the Washington, DC, metropolitan region, and a national leader in the local-food movement. They have been leaders in building and strengthening the local-food movement in the Chesapeake Bay region, using farmers markets to create vibrant urban and community places, providing economic opportunities for farmers and artisanal food producers and showcasing our region’s agricultural bounty. FRESHFARM Markets operates 11 producer-only farmers markets with more than 110 farmers and producers from five states who farm more than 9,000 acres. The markets attract more than 360,000 shoppers annually in DC, Md. and Va.

Like everything else the markets are evolving and FSM visited the FRESHFARM Market by the White House on a recent Thursday. Seeing more and more chefs at the market has become commonplace and it didn’t take more than five minutes of the market being open for me to spot White House pastry chef William Yosses checking out the day’s offerings.  But we are seeing markets turning into a resource for prepared foods often using ingredients from the markets themselves … a kind of sustainable food circle.

On this day we visited two of the prepared food vendors as we shopped the market for foods to take home and prepare. This adds a fresh dimension to the farmers market concept.

We visited:

Chaia DC

Amazing plant based tacos that have become the hit of the FRESHFARM Market by the White House and Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Markets. A trio of veggie tacos for $10 was a bargain when you factor in a robust flavor profile, a friendly crew preparing them in front of you and the owner overseeing the final pickled onion garnish. Service and great food.

Currently they prepare the foods at Union Kitchen.

Bettina Stern,, 202-352-6645

Suzanne Simon,

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Artisanal pizza with great combinations of veggies and locally sourced market sausage and meats … they make their own dough and source from 20 farmers at market. Susan and Carol with their rolling wood-fired oven are a moving revelation of a how to serve a great pie on the road.

Susan Painter,, 410-800-8661

Carol Painter,

Rainbow Hill

Rainbow Hill farm is a certified organic, woman owned and operated farm, located in historic Charles Town, WV. Rainbow Hill farm is about 19 1/2 acres, and was converted from a horse farm to organic vegetable production in 2011. Our primary mission is to support our community and local economy while offering the freshest produce at an affordable rate so families can eat organic, fresh, locally grown vegetables every day.

Farmer Gale Livingstone was born in Georgetown Guyana and moved to the DC Metro area where she lived until 2010. Gale’s passion for food motivates her to grow the freshest vegetables possible and stay committed to being self-sustaining and environmentally responsible., 240-244-9649

Rainbow Hill Farm

Charles Town

About the Author

Michael Birchenall is Editor and Publisher of Foodservice Monthly, a regional trade publication covering the foodservice industry of the Mid-Atlantic (DE, DC, MD, VA). Foodservice Monthly has been recognized as the Restaurant Association of Maryland's Allied Industry Member of the Year and by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington as the Joan Hisaoka Associate Member of the Year.

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