At 10 producer-only farmer’s markets around the region, residents have the delectable opportunity to buy local food directly from the farmers who grow it. Supporting 150 small family farmers and artisanal food producers from the Chesapeake Bay region, FRESHFARM Markets educates the public about food and the environment, sustains the local food economy, and works to ensure wide access to breads, meats, dairy, and many locally grown and handmade products. A Matching Dollars program offers a match for those on SNAP (food stamps), WIC, or Senior Nutrition Coupons. Additionally, each market partners with a neighborhood emergency provider, donating leftover food for use in its daily menus. The Farmer Fund enables farmers and producers to learn more about sustainable farming, while FoodPrints shares the benefits of cooking with over 600 DC-area schoolchildren every year. The weekly markets bring the wealth of 10,000 acres of farmland into the heart of the city – along with demonstrations by 120 chefs, nutrition educators, and cookbook authors. FRESHFARM preserves land and fills plates. There are so many ways to serve!
Headquarters: DC-Ward 2
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 2; DC-Ward 6; MD-Montgomery County; VA-Arlington County; DC:; Dupont Circle; Foggy Bottom; H Street NE; Penn Quarter; White House; Union Market; MD:; Annapolis; Baltimore; Silver Spring; St. Michaels; VA:; Ballston; Crystal City
Age Groups Served: All
Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic
Population(s) Served: All
Schools They Work In: Watkins Elementary School; School Within School; Peabody
Awards & Recognition
As a community-based organization that aims to create a sustainable urban-rural partnership, we have been fortunate to receive the following awards and distinctions
FRESHFARM Markets Co-Executive Directors, Bernie Prince and Ann Harvey Yonkers received the Snail of Approval award from Slow Food DC.
FRESHFARM Markets received the 2012 Mayor's Sustainability Award in recognition of 15 years of creating producer-only farmers markets and related programs that make fresh, healthy food more accessible and affordable to communities in the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area.
FRESHFARM Markets Co-Founders and Co-Executive Directors Ann Yonkers and Bernie Prince received Washingtonian magazine's "Green Giant" Award for their tireless efforts to educate the public about food and environmental issues while also providing economic opportunities for farmers and artisanal producers over the past 15 years.
Thoth Award for Excellence in Communications for FRESHFARM Markets Communication and Social Media Plan; award shared by FRESHFARM Markets, 4GreenPs (Lynn Miller) and Pat Lute
FRESHFARM Markets is admitted to the Mid-Atlantic EarthShare
The Catalogue for Philanthropy-Greater Washington selected FRESHFARM Markets to be featured in the 2008-09 Catalogue. A panel of 60 expert reviewers from area foundations, corporate giving programs, larger nonprofit organizations, and the DC government evaluated nearly 200 applications; FRESHFARM Markets is one of 68 outstanding nonprofits to be featured.
Farmland Feast recognized as the locavore event of the year by DC Modern Luxury magazine
Bernadine Prince and Ann Yonkers recognized as WETA Hometown Heroes
Bernadine Prince and Ann Yonkers received the Innovator Award from the Washington, DC, Economic Partnership, for creating producer-only farmers' markets in the greater metro DC area since 1997
Touch DC-designated charity
Women Chefs & Restaurateurs "Women Who Inspire" Community Service Award to Ann Yonkers and Bernadine Prince for the Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market
DC Downtown Business Improvement District Momentum Award for the Penn Quarter FRESHFARM Market
Catalogue for Philanthropy selected charity
- Instead of Traffic, Fresh Tomatoes
Thu Sep 17 2009, The Washington Post
First Lady Michelle Obama helps celebrate opening of Vermont Avenue Farmers Market.
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