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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Michelle Obama Wants a Farmer's Market Near the White House, but the Proposal's No Slam Dunk

Posted By on Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 5:18 PM

click to enlarge Who could be against veggies? A still life from the Dupont FreshFarm Market. - FOODIETOTS/FLICKR
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  • Who could be against veggies? A still life from the Dupont FreshFarm Market.
First Lady Michelle Obama is trying to bring farm fresh food to her own 'hood near the White House. Washington D.C. residents and farmers' market fans are closely watching the First Lady -- she took out a request this week to periodically close a section of Vermont Street to set up a farmers' market. The street is within walking distance of the White House, and is thick with commuters on weekdays.

Some folks seem to think that using the area for a farmers' market -- even only one day a week -- will cause major traffic headaches. According to a recent report, "FreshFarm Markets is asking that Vermont Avenue between H and I Streets, NW be closed every Thursday between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. -- a stretch of time that would cover the entire afternoon rush hour." FreshFarm Markets operates several other farmers' markets in the D.C. area. Some accept food stamps and senior citizen coupons.

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