Every Thursday the FRESHFARM market by the White House shows off fresh fruits, vegetables and other locally grown foods. Hundreds come to the Vermont Avenue vendors to see what foods will spice up a typical summer lunch. But, as the country continues to fight record-breaking heat and extended droughts, putting on the FRESHFARM market has been no small miracle.
"It's also been a tough year with the drought and the rain for some farmers," said Reg Godin, FRESHFARM markets program manager. "They have higher utility costs to move the water, to get the water to where it needs to be and some have higher labor costs associated with that."
The market has been able to manage the drought because many crops came in early in the spring and because the D.C. area hasn't been hit as hard as other parts of the country. Farmers in the Midwest are dealing with the worst drought in 50 years that has already hurt this year's corn crop and could damage next year's as well.
The market runs from May 3 to Oct. 25 and is celebrating its 15th anniversary.