Obama to Set Up a Farmers' Market Outside White House?


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The White House's organic vegetable garden has caught the attention of greens across the country (and beyond). But it looks like Obama and co. plan on taking their love of fresh greens a step further--at a press conference yesterday, the president announced that he's been looking into setting up a farmers' market right outside the White House.According to Grist,

President Obama said on Thursday that he and the First Lady are looking into setting up a farmers market just outside the White House, which might sell food from the White House garden or from local farmers. The president said it could give the city of Washington, D.C., "more access to good, fresh food, but it also is this enormous potential revenue-maker for local farmers in the area."
Obama brought up the idea when answering a question at a health care forum. He was fielding a question about food choices and physical fitness, and near the end of his answer, he mentioned the farmers' market plan. He said:
So, you know, Michelle set up that garden in the White House? One of the things that we're trying to do now is to figure out, can we get a little farmers' market—outside of the White House—I'm not going to have all of you all just tromping around inside—(laughter)—but right outside the White House . . . and that is a win-win situation.

It gives suddenly D.C. more access to good, fresh food, but it also is this enormous potential revenue-maker for local farmers in the area . . . those kinds of connections can be made all throughout the country, and—and has to be part of how we think about health.

As with their organic garden, a farmers' market right outside the White House could be a fine symbol for the growing prominence of the local food movement. A nod from Obama could potentially do a lot to net some PR for farmers' markets around the country. Let's hope it comes to fruition--it'd be the first ever White House farmers' market.

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