Weekday Eastern Market Farmer’s Line Starts Tuesday Afternoon
Ten Vendors – Five New Faces
by Larry Janezich
On Tuesday, July 10, a late-afternoon weekday farmers’ line will begin operation at Eastern Market. The hours will be 3:00pm – 7:00pm.
The initial farmers’ line will include five new vendors plus five regulars from the current weekend farmers’ line.
The new faces include:
John Stoltzfus and Christian Hertzler from the Amish Farmers Market in Charlotte Hall, MD;
Ben Hertzler, “The Watermelon King” from St. Mary’s County, MD;
Julie “Baaaa Baaaa” Bolton Groff’s Content Farm, MD;
Shyla and Steven “Heirloom” Kennedy from Purcellville, VA;
Charles Flemer from Walnut Hill Farm in Colonial Beach, VA.
The current weekend farmers’ line regulars who will participate include:
Lee and Stephanie from Barbour’s Fruit Farm, PA;
Daniel and Russell from Dunham’s Produce, W VA;
Ashton Farms from W VA;
Ma Brown’s Stand – Freshly Baked Goods;
Bob King and his Swiss Peelers.
The Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee (EMCAC) voted unanimously in late March to direct Market Manager Barry Margeson to establish a weekday farmer’s market.
Margeson was further directed to seek out organic and local producers for the market in so far as spaces are available. The possibility of a weekday farmers’ line at the Market has been discussed for the past ten years. EMCAC will review what is essentially a pilot program periodically and make adjustments as necessary.