Saturday, October 23, 2010

"For People We Know"

Jim Crawford with New Morning Farm's produce at the corner of Alton Place and 36th Street.
Since 1978, Jim Crawford has been bringing organically grown produce to the District.  Jim and his wife Moie Kimball Crawford own and operate New Morning Farm, which produces about 40 different crops in south-central Pennsylvania.

About 30 years ago, residents of Upper Northwest D.C. invited Jim to open a farmers' market, and he has found the community receptive ever since.

"We have grown to have close friends in the neighborhood," Jim says, "We grow the food for people we know."

That's just one of the reasons why Jim says New Morning Farm's produce is organic.  He also cites responsibility for the environment.  He and his wife believe sustainable agriculture benefits all of us and run a farming apprenticeship program to educate others.

"This is the time of year we have the most crops," Jim says, "We have a wide variety of apples.  The root crops are coming on strong, and your best bets right now are the greens -- spinach, kale, chard, bok choi."

Currently, Jim's farmers' market operates Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Sheridan School on the corner of Alton Place and 36th Street.  From early June to the end of September, they also hold the market on Tuesday evenings from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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