First Lady Michelle Obama will be on hand Thursday for the opening of a new farmers market a few blocks from the White House.The market in the 800 block of Vermont won a permit with an assist from the White House. Sam Kass, assistant White House chef and food initiative coordinator, spoke in favor of the market during a community meeting a few weeks ago.
Kass, who was the Obama's chef in Chicago, was instrumental in creating Mrs. Obama's White House garden. He's a fan of farmers markets; I ran into him one Saturday a few months ago checking out the produce at an open air market on U Street near 14th.
Besides Mrs. Obama, other speakers at the FRESHFARM market will be Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty.
From the White House: "This market will provide fresh fruits and vegetables, locally raised meats, cheeses, and fresh baked breads to the people in the neighborhood, including many federal employees from the White House, Veterans Affairs, GSA, the Export-Import Bank and the Treasury Department. As an employer, the White House is eager to encourage farmers' markets and other efforts to help achieve a healthier workforce since, as many private companies have demonstrated, making employee wellness a priority can save health care costs down the road and make for a stronger workplace."