Georgetown's Rose Park Society

Photo by Judith Beermann
Rose Park Farmer's Market Founder Leslie Wheelock
Rose Park Farmer's Market Founder Leslie Wheelock
"When are you going to eat that?” Not a question you expect to hear about the tomato you're about to buy, but one common-place in the European open air markets Leslie Wheelock frequented while living in France.“The whole concept of freshness, where the green grocer selects the fruit for you, according to your needs was something I missed.” explained Leslie. When she returned to Georgetown with her family in 2001, it was not only a quest for quality produce but also the yearning for a community meeting place and the camaraderie it garners that inspired Leslie to establish the producer-only Rose Park Farmer’s Market at 26th & O Streets with "fresh local food for fine local neighbors."

With the help of Friends of Rose Park and the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, farmers began offering their locally grown produce (as well as organic meats, pastries, and fresh flowers) on the driveway between the tennis and basketball courts. Soon the market grew, and has been occupying the grassy edges along the baseball field for the past three years.

It must be Wednesday afternoon. Where else can you hear the sounds of tennis balls, kids laughing (the playground is behind the basketball court), and dogs barking (thanks to Midland Farms and their doggy treats) while cyclists and runners pass by neighbors of all ages exchanging news of the day while they decide on dinner.

Stop to smell the flowers, and meet your neighbors at Rose Park Farmer's Market every Wednesday afternoon 3:00 pm- 7:00 pm from mid-April through the last Wednesday in October.

With the help of a few more market manager (and marketing) volunteers, Leslie and co-manager Mary Carroll Platt would love to expand. If you want to help, please contact Leslie Wheelock at law.wheelock@gmail.com

For information on this year’s Rose Park Farmers, read more here.

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