Old Town Farmers’ Market Newsletter | 11 February 2017 – Issue 102 | City of Alexandria

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Warmer weather and farming  
Screen Shot 2017-02-09 at 2.32.31 PM.pngWhile we’re excited as market shoppers for all of this unseasonably warm weather, keep your fingers crossed that the typical February cold comes back soon!  Warmer wet weather means that large grazing animals like cows tear up the grass in their grazing fields, and unpredictable weather in late winter or early spring can have devastating effects on orchard crops like peaches.  Just ask Eli Cook from Spring Valley—during last April’s snow storm they had to light fires between the rows in their orchard to keep the peach blossoms warm!  We’re all anxious to pack away our parkas, but the crops and animals of the mid-Atlantic region really need their proper four seasons!

Job openings in local food movement – Apply Now!
screen-shot-2017-02-09-at-2-33-32-pmIf you’ve always wanted to work to expand access to fresh local foods, now is your chance!  Two local organizations who we work very closely with, Arcadia and the Virginia Cooperative Extension, are hiring!  Arcadia is hiring a Nutrition Coordinator and a Garden Coordinator: click here for more information.  The Virginia Cooperative Extension is hiring a Family Nutrition Program Assistant: click here for more information.

Local community groups sought!  
screen-shot-2017-02-09-at-2-33-41-pmDo you work with a local community organization dealing with health, exercise, food, or families in Alexandria?  The Old Town Farmers’ Market is starting to fill dates on our 2017 calendar and we’d love to hear from you if you’d like access to our non-profit space, or if your organization has the staffing to host an event on our stage.  For more information, please email mae.carroll@alexandriava.gov.

SNAP/EBT customers – Buy $20, get $20 Free !
screen-shot-2017-02-09-at-2-33-52-pmThe Old Town Farmers’ Market accepts SNAP/EBT and offers customers up to $20 in matching funds.  See Double Dollar Brochure – English or Double Dollar Brochure – Spanish for more information. Be sure to make @OldTownMktAlex your market to shop on Saturday mornings.

Market information – Online vendor map 
screen-shot-2017-02-09-at-2-33-58-pmWondering where your favorite vendor is this Saturday?  If you’re wondering whether you can plan on a vendor to be a market on a specific week, check out our vendor map here.

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