Every week, Georgetown students and faculty have the opportunity to buy fresh, local produce at the GU Farmers’ Market on Copley Lawn. From the famous Indian food cart to the delicious honey crisp apples to the heavenly cinnamon waffles, Georgetown has it all on Wednesday afternoons.
Not only do farmers’ markets bring healthy and tasty food to the public, but they also help improve relationships with the surrounding community, educate people about sustainable eating and living, and promote and support local businesses and economies.
For these reasons and more, District council-members Mary Cheh, Jack Evans, and Yvette Alexander have decided to help DC’s low-income residents gain greater access to the area’s farmers’ markets.
With hopes to expand and bolster the farmers’ market nutrition incentive programs, the councilmembers pushed to set aside $200,000 of the fiscal year 2014 budget for a program entitled “Aya Bonus Bucks,” according to a press release from D.C. Farmers Market Collaborative and DC Greens.