PRLog - May 20, 2014 - WASHINGTON -- In celebration of the opening day of the Ward 8 Farmers Market (W8FM), THEARC will host special ceremony free and open to the public. Patrons and community residents will be able to join in free Zumba & Tai Chi lessons, participate in free cooking demonstrations hosted by Whole Foods, tour THEARC’s Organic Teaching Garden and enjoy music, festivities and prize giveaways while shopping for fresh, local produce and quality meats. Children will have access to face painting, a moon bounce and free books. Health screenings and HIV testing will be available on-site as a part of THEARC’s Community Wellness Fair. The Ward 8 Farmers Market Opening Celebration will take place in conjunction with THEARC’s Community Wellness Fair on Saturday, June 7th from 9AM-2PM in the parking lot of THEARC. The effort is proudly sponsored by WC Smith, Samueli Institute and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).
Patrons of W8FM shop. Photo credit: The Washington Post
This annual event was designed to re-introduce residents of Ward 8 and beyond to organic fresh fruit & vegetable offerings. According to the DC Department of Health, only 32% of Ward 8 residents consume fresh fruits and vegetables, due to accessibility and cost. In order to meet the needs of our community and patrons, vendors of the W8FM accept WIC, SNAP & senior vouchers. THEARC is located on four different public transportation bus routes and are near two major rail stations. This year, the goal is to introduce a regular calendar of activities throughout the summer and fall months which will not only provide free, healthful activities for youth & adults, but entice new customers. In addition to the market offerings, community members will have access to free yoga, cooking demonstrations, youth art activities and performances at the W8FM from June 7 - until the close of the market in the Fall.
Newly implemented regulations could seriously affect smaller markets such as the W8FM. Updated vending requirements could make it difficult for many market vendors to participate in the W8FM this year due to permitting issues or fees associated with licensing. It is the hope of both THEARC and W8FM that the new wellness programing will be an added draw to the community-based, nonprofit farmers' market cooperative.
For more information, please visit http://www.thearcdc.org/
THEARC is located at 1901 Mississippi Ave., SE in Washington, DC.
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