Town & Country convenience store reopens for a changing Petworth

Town & Country convenience store reopens for a changing Petworth

The Town & Country Market convenience store at 823 Upshur Street closed in January for renovations. Owner Teshome Chekole (everyone calls him "T") told me that the time had come to update the store, given the changes along Upshur Street and in Petworth over the past few years. The store reopened on Monday. Come see inside...

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Changes at Town & Country Market reflect changes to the neighborhood

Changes at Town & Country Market reflect changes to the neighborhood

Teshome Chekole has owned the Town & Country Market at 823 Upshur St NW for a little over 13 years. Affectionally known as "T" to many residents, Teshome has seen the neighborhood change during that time; back then one of the major concerns was dealing with crime. Today, it's how to appeal to a neighborhood that's changing. 

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14th & Kennedy Street Market starting strong in third week

14th & Kennedy Street Market starting strong in third week

Today is the third weekend of the 14th and Kennedy Street Farmer's Market, and even with a little sprinkling of rain, people were out buying fresh veggies, meat, tea and bread. Every vendor I spoke to said pretty much the same thing:  "This is a great market, a lot of energy, great people. Really impressed since it's so new." You should come down to meet the vendors, support the market and pick up some fresh food.  

Read more to learn about the vendors and see pictures.

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DC Green Neighbors wants to help you be efficient

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DC Green Neighbors will be setting up a table at the Petworth Farmers Market this weekend (June 20th) as part of their "green-focused market." The volunteer group will be sharing information on energy efficiency, solar panels, rain barrels and more, and will also have things for kids to play with and learn from (like worms!). 

Green Neighbors is an all-volunteer group of residents of the Petworth, Park View, Brightwood, and Columbia Heights neighborhoods. Their goal is to lower the emissions of carbon and other pollutants that contribute to global warming and to make renewable energy and other sustainable resources more accessible to everyone in the community. Green Neighbors see themselves as part of a larger District-wide, regional, national and international movement to preserve our climate and planet for future generations.

Trying to live the "think global, act local" concept, the group meets once a month, usually the third Monday, at the Petworth Library’s (depending on the availability of the meeting room). 

Stop by their table to meet and learn more about how to live green this weekend at the market. 

Drew Schneider

Local DC blogger in Petworth, Washington DC.



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If it's Saturday, it's a Petworth Market Day

If it's Saturday, it's a Petworth Market Day

It's hot, humid and overcast, and it's a great time to head over to the Petworth Community Market. Special props to new neighbor Chris Jones and his dog Queen. Chris rode over to the Market from his new home on Kansas Ave on a kickin' long board (great exercise for cute Queen).

You can pick up cool Italian Oyster Mushrooms from Good Sense Farms. Abraxas and Curt Mariah are ready to tell you how great these locally sourced mushrooms are for grilling, sautéing, stir fry and more (good vitamin D). $5 a pint for the fungus, and they're also selling a homemade Umami Spice that's made of dried oysters, salt and other spices ... Read more after the break:

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New 14th & Kennedy Street farmer's market

If you live in north Petworth and below Takoma Park, there's a new option for a farmer's market. The 14th and Kennedy Street Farmer's Market launches this Saturday, June 6th at 5500 Colorado Ave NW. The market opens at 9am and goes to 1pm and will run through November 21st. It currently features seven vendors selling meat, fruit, vegetables, bread and coffee. 

The new market would be a fun activity to do before the Celebrate Petworth Festival kicks off this Saturday the 6th at 11am on Upshur Street, between 8th & 9th Street!

As the season progresses, the market hopes to foster a deeper connection with the community and bring new and varying types of vendors each week based on the expressed needs and desires of the local residents. The market will also feature a rotating table hosting local community organizations, not-for-profit government organizations, and local community businesses to increase awareness of organizations and promote small business in the area.

The market will feature live music every Saturday.  Starting June 6th, the market will accept WIC; some vendors will accept SNAP and all vendors will accept SNAP by August 1st.

For more information about the Fourteenth and Kennedy Street Farmers Market, visit their website and Like their Facebook page to stay connected.

Drew Schneider

Local DC blogger in Petworth, Washington DC.



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Start off your Saturday at the Petworth Market

Start off your Saturday at the Petworth Market

The Petworth Market is doing brisk business this morning. Get set for a busy day in Petworth by picking up your morning coffee at Harrars, a sandwich from Meat Crafters and a dessert with Teeny's and Emma's Bake Shop.

Then treat yourself to handmade Petworth and DC art from Torie Partridge at Cherry Blossom Creative (Torie's art is the cover photo for Petworth News, and a signed copy is hanging in our foyer.)  The prices Torie is asking for her artwork is insanely low-priced, so grab a piece of DC art!

Read more to see all the pictures!

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Petworth Market offers new treats

Petworth Market offers new treats

Another tasty, busy day at the Petworth Community Market! Thanks to all the vendors and neighbors who humor me with posing for pictures!

A special shout out to Elsa from The Little Peeps Emporium! Elsa Speezio and I met randomly on the National Mall at the beginning of May during the Arsenal of Democracy WW2 plan flyover. And now I meet her selling handmade jewelry at our very own Market. Elsa has been selling at the Petworth Market for a few seasons now, having first... More after the break:

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Petworth Market continues to please

Petworth Market continues to please

The Petworth Market in doing great today. I grabbed a few photos (below) and talked with a few vendors. You should definitely check out Black Pug Smokehouse if you get a chance today. They’re only at the Petworth Market 6 times this summer, as they are part of the Union Kitchen rotation.

Read more to see the full article and a bunch of great photos.

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Petworth Community Market Fundraiser a successful evening at Chez Billy

Petworth Community Market Fundraiser a successful evening at Chez Billy

The Petworth Community Market fundraiser was this evening at Chez Billy, and I think it was a total success! There had to be more than 200 people who came out to support the Market, and there were dozens of items up for auction to help the Market serve the community.

"The money raised tonight supports the fees we have to pay to the city for permits, meters, insurance and more," said Erin Lane, the president of the Market's Board. "Plus, it helps us to serve neighbors in need by affording us the ability to double SNAP/WIC payments."

"The event raises enough funds to cover 30%-40% of our annual operating costs," continued Erin. “It’s great to see this place packed with so many people, and to have them all out to support the Market and the community,” she said.

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