Wisconsin Avenue Farmers’ Market Opens Busiest Season Ever

Photo by The Georgetown Dish
A barrel-cured pickle is about to be eaten by Number 1 Sons' Caitlin Roberts
A barrel-cured pickle is about to be eaten by Number 1 Sons' Caitlin Roberts

The Social Safeway never closes.  However, with the arrival of spring, shoppers on Wisconsin Avenue have another choice for local produce and foods and a host of outdoor activities.  It's the  Wisconsin Avenue Farmers' Market, open for business every Saturday morning from May until the middle of November, right across from the Safeway in the Hardy Middle School yard. 

Customers line up for the lemongrass food truck on Saturday (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Customers line up for the lemongrass food truck on Saturday

Now in its fourth year, the market is having a “great season” according to founder and manager Lauren Shweder Biel. “We had the biggest opening day (May 12th) in history and last week we had a new high” of almost 800 customers.   

Arnulfo Medina comes every Saturday from Montross, Virginia (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Arnulfo Medina comes every Saturday from Montross, Virginia

While word-of-mouth and social media bring people in, Biel keeps adding to the market to attract as diverse a group of shoppers as possible.  To the bicycle clinic and live music, she’s brought in a new food truck every week which has made a “huge difference,” particularly with the young professionals who follow the market on twitter.  A long asked-for shaded picnic area, especially welcome by older patrons, was set up by customers. For kids and animal lovers, Biel has organized pet adoptions and face-paining and brought in live goats, chickens and other animals for petting. And for canine-owners, Biel reiterates: “dogs are always welcome.”

Patron of all ages enjoy the new shaded picnic tables (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Patron of all ages enjoy the new shaded picnic tables

The Glover Park-Burleith Farmers' Market runs from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm every Saturday through November 17th.

Lauren Biel (second from left) is joined by Rebecca Newman and Erica Christensen of her staff and Anna Glenn of Rocklands Farm (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Lauren Biel (second from left) is joined by Rebecca Newman and Erica Christensen of her staff and Anna Glenn of Rocklands Farm

 

Dogs are always welcome at the Glover Park-Burleith Farmer’s Market (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Dogs are always welcome at the Glover Park-Burleith Farmer’s Market

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Anonymous

Too bad the Georgetown Dish can't call the market by its real name: The Glover Park-Burleith Farmer's Market...

Number One Sons

It's a fun Saturday morning! We dig the hospitality at Glover Park and Burleith Farmers' Market from http://dcgreens.org/ .