White House Launches Farmers Market


The White House is about to launch an open-to-the-public farmers market this week. Situated on the north side of the White House lawn, the weekly market will offer D.C.-area residents (and visitors) the opportunity to purchase fresh food directly from the farmers who grew it. The White House farmers market is one initiative among others, such as the White House organic food garden, that serves as a symbol to the rest of the United States that the current administration is supportive of small food producers and sustainable, healthy food systems.

In her announcement at the Chefs Collaborative National Summit today, Ann Wright, the Deputy Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said that whereas the USDA previously has not placed an emphasis on small, rural, local and sustainable food production, the current administration is fully supportive of these endeavors. According to Wright, the White House farmers market will launch Thursday, Sept. 17.

9/26/2009 2:16:42 PM

The fact is obama and our government wants globalization to succeed. Now, if you are for farmers markets, gardening and a sustainable lifestyle then you should not agree with this very obvious plan that is being conducted. We all have a sense of paranoia, it is natural, but the truth is we need to stay optimistic and not rely on the government to help the local and beyond organic movement (I say beyond organic and local, because organic is the most tampered with word ever) succeed. These people in our government do not live lives like us, therefore they do not have the same interests as us. To depend on them to help us out is ludicrous, we need to get back to community living, our neighbors understand what we want, not corporations or government, no matter how persuading their advertising is. People please read some Pollan, Berry, Astyk, Howard. The facts are out their. Go find them. IBM, Monsanto, Dupont, ADM, and so on have no interest in you, so don't be interested in them.

9/26/2009 10:17:28 AM

While there is a lot of fear, paranoia, and hate in this world, there is none of that in mine. Personally, I believe the word hate gets thrown around too much. And as for fear and paranoia, I guess the thirst for knowledge can be mistaken for that. Here is a link to something I came across that put a wrench in my excitement for the Obama's change. http://gmwatch.org/latest-listing/1-news-items/11531-more-monsanto-men-joining-obama-administration

9/26/2009 9:04:26 AM

Can't we even have an article about a garden at the White House without the fear,paranoia,and hate? Enough already! Apparently common sense is dead.

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