This week’s blog post is from guest blogger Jessica Band. Jessica Band is the Social Media Director at Central Farm Markets. For more information about Central Farm Markets, please visit their website.
What’s going on at the markets this summer?
So much! Our market schedule is packed with musicians, wine tastings, chef demo’s, special craft vendors, plant clinics, and of course, lots of great food! Our farm market vendors bring the freshest produce, dairy, meat, seafood, and baked foods from local farms to the DC Metro area.
We’re thrilled to be partnering with extendYoga to host those great FREE outdoor yoga sessions. Our last session in early June had a great turnout despite the weather! There are two more classes this month – July 13 and July 27 at Pike Central Farm Market.
We also have some great special programs that are going on now, and events that are coming up later in the summer. Here are some of them, to name a few:
1. CompostKIDS Program (going on now through September 1)
A lot of our market patrons participate in the Compost Crew’s food recycling program, and we wanted to extend this wonderful lesson of food recycling and composting to the kids who come to our markets. Kids who want in on the fun get a compost canister and a punch card. Each week, CompostKIDS will bring their canisters to the market and empty them into the compost bucket located at the Compost Crew’s table and get their cards punched. When they get their card punched 10 times, each child will get a gift card for school supplies and a bag of compost for their gardens. They get treats, t-shirts and other prizes throughout the program.
2. Cook’s Corner
Almost every Saturday, Chef Lynn Foster is cooking up something delicious. Cook’s Corner started this year and is only at our Pike Central Farm Market. Each week, Chef Lynn does food demos or cooking classes that feature seasonal market ingredients from our vendors. Stay tuned for more classes so you can sign up before they fill up! Proceeds go to Manna Foods.
3. Bake Bethesda a Pie Contest
Our annual pie contest will take place on the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend (September 1) at Bethesda Central Farm Market. Kids and adults can submit their best pies and bring them to the market on September 1st. We have some fabulous celebrity judges from the food industry in the DC area that will select the best pies. After prizes are awarded, everyone can taste their favorite pie…FREE! Proceeds go to Manna Foods. Registration opens on July 17!
We hope to see you soon!