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Petworth Community Market Announces Plans

By P.L. Wolff

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It may still be February but already thoughts of spring are being heard, especially with the speculation that the cherry blossoms might peak earlier this year thanks to our warmer than usual winter. And with that in mind, the Petworth Community Market volunteers have announced that this, their third year, the weekly market will be adding an additional full month to its season. Now scheduled to start

on Friday, May 4th and continue through October 26th, the market, which sets up along 9th Street, NW at the Georgia Avenue and Upshur Street intersection, will be open every Friday between 4:00 and 8{00 p.m.

“We’re so excited to make the 2012 season an even bigger success than the last two years,” said Lucan Pipkin, who chairs the market’s board. “With the newly completed Middle Georgia Ave Streetscape improvements, we are looking forward to bringing together the neighborhood around fresh, local foods in a renewed setting.”

But the market is much more than simply an agreeable place to purchase produce, meats, eggs, prepared and other healthy foods from local farmers and producers. Also to be found will be local artisans selling crafts and art, others selling books and entrepreneurs trading their goods and services.

And, with the goal of serving the entire community, along with accepting credit cards, vendors participate in the District’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Services programs.

In addition to continuing last year’s successful musical performances on the last Friday of each month, this year will see additional activities with a “Kids Corner” and other family-friendly programming — all part of the goal to “build community, encourage a vibrant streetscape, and create a sense of place within the Petworth neighborhood.”