This Saturday marks the end of the 2012 Glover Park-Burleith Farmers' Market, its fourth season. The weekly market brings local farmers, musicians and family entertainment from around the area to the Hardy Middle School parking lot on Wisconsin Avenue.
Its last weekend will be no less festive than the first: There will be a jug band, live animals, a food truck and more.
Patch asked market organizer Lauren Shweder Biel a few questions before she marks the end of the season this Saturday morning:
Georgetown Patch: What were the highlights of this market season?
Lauren Shweder Biel: Early spring and early fall when the weather was perfect and the community came out in droves.
There's nothing better than seeing a market teeming with kids hula hooping, trying new foods and getting their faces painted, while neighborhood bikers line up for the free bike clinic, and people listen to music and hang out in the market cafe.
GP: What will you miss the most when the season ends Saturday?
LSB: I always miss the weekly conversations with neighbors, but I also miss the easy access to incredible local produce and meats. I'll be stocking up on ground beef, pickles, coffee and frozen soups this week!
GP: What can we look forward to next year?
LSB: We're already starting to line up incredible new vendors for next season. Hoping to have locally-grown (not foraged) mushrooms for the first time at market. We also got a USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program grant this year, so we look forward to more outreach, marketing and PR to bring new faces to the market!
The last farmers' market of the season is Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wisconsin Ave and 34th Street, NW.