After 6 years successfully managing the Columbia Heights Farmers Market and developing one of the largest portfolios of access programs in DC, the organization (now Community Foodworks) expanded to include two new markets . These three markets (and soon to be more!) operate under the leadership of Community Foodworks. As part of the CFW network, each market has expanded capacity to operate their programs and outreach.
CFW in Brookland
Located at the center of a vibrant arts community, Brookland's Monroe Street Farmers Market opened in 2014 and came under CFW management just this year. Incorporating Monroe Street Farmers Market allows CFW to serve the residents of the Brookland, Edgewood, and Queens Chapel neighborhoods through both our existing portfolio of access programs and direct partnerships with many social service organizations in Ward 5. The market is quickly becoming a safe, bustling environment for commerce, exchange, and food access alike.
CFW in Arlington
The Arlington Courthouse Farmers Market was established in 1979 and is one of the largest and longest-standing farmers market in the DMV. AFM connects local producers of high quality fruits, vegetables, meats, breads (and more!) to the largest urban center in Northern Virginia. In 2014, CFW was selected to manage the market and bring SNAP processing capability and Bonus Bucks to the market for the very first time.
Since 2010, the Columbia Heights Farmers Market has operated a vibrant Saturday farmers market in the heart of one of Washington, DC’s most densely populated and socioeconomically diverse neighborhoods.
Based on the success of the Saturday market, CHFM launched a new Wednesday evening market that would operate during peak season, June through September.Since the inaugural market on June 2, the Wednesday Market has seen a consistent customer base eager to shop for local food. The new market hours enabled CFW to expand awareness and participation in our food access programs (read more here), which grew continuously throughout the season.
Most importantly, the Wednesday evening market became a thriving community-gathering place.