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Day 96: Bethesda Central Farm Market Opens Sunday!

All things fresh from the farm

Although our weather can’t seem to make up its mind lately about whether spring has arrived or not, one sure sign is the re-opening of our local farm markets.  For the third year in a row, Bethesda Central Farm Market will set up shop downtown, beginning this coming Sunday, April 10th.  The market will be open from 9 AM – 1 PM on Elm street between Wisconsin and Woodmont Ave.  There is also a smaller market held on Thursdays on Bethesda Lane from 11-3 that includes produce, bread, sausage and salami, olive oils.

The founders of the Bethesda Central Farm Market, with their extensive & impressive resume of foodie experience, are people who seem to have devoted their careers and their lives to improving their communities and to promoting the availability of healthy, organic foods to all.  Mitchell (Mitch) Berliner and Ann Brody Cove are both actively involved in philanthropic endeavors and play an active role in promoting many charitable and civic organizations.  They even accomplish this with the Farm Market by supporting organizations that help feed the hungry such as Manna Food Center, and that promote environmental sustainability such as Bethesda Green.

However in addition to all the “good works” for the community, their farmers and vendors of the market are selected so that it offers only the best of the best of produce, meat, seafood, poultry, flowers, cheese, baked & prepared goods and specialty items.  The market provides wholesome, organic locally grown food that’s responsibly offered through a convenient venue.  Most importantly, it’s easily accessible to the consumer.

Mitch and Ann state on their website, “We believe we have created a wonderful shopping and gathering experience for the community by bringing together an amazing group of farmers and producers. Our goal is to grow into a pivotal place in the neighborhood that provides sustainable food, supports the environment, and gives back to the community by helping the hungry.”

The Bethesda Central Farm Market also offers a terrific kid’s club beginning May 1st from 10 AM – 12 PM.  The club offers kids ages 4-11 the opportunity to participate in creating art and other interesting activities while learning about healthy living and eating.  On May 1st, the kids will make a flower pot recipe card holder – an ideal gift for Mother’s Day.  Other planned activities in coming weeks include a kite day, make-a-chef’s-hat day (ideal for Father’s Day), make your own ice cream and more.  The complete calendar as well as registration is posted on the website.

So mark your calendar for this Sunday – or any other Sunday this spring and summer – to visit the Bethesda Central Farm Market.  It’s good for you and good for the community, and you might just have an old-fashioned good time too.  ~Amy

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