July 8th, 2011
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One of my favorite things about summer is the food.  Summer food is the BEST!!!  The tomatoes, the corn on the cob, melons, peaches and berries.  I could go on and on.  Everything is so fresh and so flavorful!

One of the places where I find a great fresh supply of summer food is at a Farmer’s Market near my office which is about two blocks from the White House.  We call it Michelle Obama’s Farmer’s Market because the first year the Obamas were in the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama, as part of her nutrition campaign to get Americans to eat healthier foods, walked across the street to pick out some fruits and veggies for her family.  Naturally, the market got a lot of attention and because of it’s prime location you can never be sure when she might pop in for a visit again!

 The FRESHFARM Markets is made up of about a dozen vendors and they sell farm fresh fruits and produce along with flowers, home made breads, home made cheeses, and home made popsicles in exotic flavors such as strawberry ginger lemonade and vanilla honey lavender.  Today, the smell of the peaches was incredible.  I bought some ripe and juicy tomatoes and my friend bought some beautiful soft peaches.

Besides the delicious produce, you also get a chance to chat up the farmers who grow the food.  They are always ready to talk about the best ways to cook the foods they are selling and how they grew it.  It’s all part of the community of vendors who come together every week in this part of the city to promote the unique taste of food grown in the Chesapeake Bay region and expose people to fresh food they might not be able to grow for themselves.

Not only do we feel we’re supporting the farmers when we walk down the street to buy their fresh products but we’re also doing something healthy for ourselves.  And when you’ve been sitting in front of a computer for most of the day that’s always a good thing!

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