Petworth Community Market seeks community input for upcoming season

Residents shop at the Petworth Community Market

by Rachel Maisler

The calendar might say it’s January, but that isn’t stopping the organizers of the Petworth Community Market -- they have watermelon, fresh fruits and veggies, artisan breads, and cheese and meat on their minds. And they are thinking about what the community needs. The market, which runs from May through November, offers produce, meat, cheese, prepared foods and everything in between, as well as a place for neighbors to gather each Saturday morning during the season.

They're looking for your input as well.

On SUNDAY, January 28th at 2pm, the market’s organizers will be holding an open community meeting at the Petworth Library (4200 Kansas Ave NW), providing an opportunity for customers, vendors, local businesses and other community stakeholders an opportunity to discuss the future of the market. The event is also posted to the Petworth News Community Calendar.

“We are eager to engage with neighbors to inform priorities and future directions of the market,” Market board member Meaghan Murphy said. “This, along with feedback and input from vendors and recent surveys, and past experience, will help the board as it plans for the coming season and longer.”

The market, which is run by a community board of volunteers, is at an important juncture as the market continues to grow amidst challenges like steep increases in permitting fees impact them. While the organizers are working with other organizations and partners in the DC government, community input and support are essential to the long-term sustainability of the market. Your support matters.

“We have seen the market become a bigger and bigger presence and reach success on many levels. We want to make sure it continues to grow in ways that support other community efforts, area businesses and organizations and meet the needs of our diverse community,” Murphy said. “We want the market to be accessible and a place for all members of our community to access local foods and products and connect with the community.”

Come out and share your thoughts on SUNDAY, January 28th.

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Rachel Maisler

Rachel joined Petworth News first as the editor for the Community Calendar, and then against her better judgement, agreed to become a contributing writer to the blog in August 2016.

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