Piglets at Smith Meadows Farm in Virginia

Piglets at Smith Meadows Farm in Virginia

When we opened our first store in Takoma DC, we know that we wanted to bring to our retail establishment the same principles we used in our personal lives. This meant having a strong focus on good nutrition and on helping educate people about where their food comes from and what an impact it can have on the health and well-being of them and their family, including their pets.

The issue is always what can we do to help us and our companions thrive? 

We believe by shopping locally and procuring foods from good sources that has a positive impact on the community at large, and can be the difference between illness and wellness.

This area of the site is devoted to information on good food and nutrition.


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Farmers markets are a great way to shop local and support both local and regional farms in the area. There are a number of great farmers markets in the DC metro area happening almost every day of the week.

Washingtonian’s List of DC Farmers Markets 2014

Maryland Farmers Market Directory 2014

Northern Virginia Magazines Farmers Market Guide

We would be re-miss not to highlight our own Takoma Park Farmers Market, where we have developed strong relationships with many of the local farmers in the area. Open Sundays year round on Laurel Ave.

 

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA's)

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CSAs are Community Supported Agriculture programs. Basically, the programs allow individuals to become shareholders of a farm. The farm produces organic, seasonal produce which shareholders can pick up on regular basis. This way, people who live in the city have access to the freshest, most sustainable foods that are grown in the rural areas surrounding the city. For more information, including pick-up locations, prices and membership details, go to Local Harvest.

We are a drop off point for 5 a Day CSA – a wellness focused CSA with organically grown fruits and vegetables . In our weekly Wellness share , we pack organically grown fruit and vegetables to help your family eat and live well. You can build your own share with our pick your item option in our webstore.

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If you are not already growing your own food there are many resources in this area to help you with all types of urban farming. You can even raise your own chickens and we will keep them healthy with our Countryside Organics Chicken Feed!

From beekeeping to raising chickens to pallet gardening, there is something for everyone. Here are a few of our local organizations that support education for local foods. You can even volunteer!

Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture

Common Good City Farm

DC Central Kitchen

Eco-City Farms

The Farm at Walker Jones

Neighborhood Farm Initiative

There are many more resources to explore in this area, so have fun!

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Edible DC covers the local food scene seasonally on print and digital platforms, telling the stories of food and drink artisans in VA, MD and DC.

The magazine and blog highlight local restaurants, farms, recipes and all things local, edible and good!

The mission of Edible Communities, Inc. (ECI) is to transform the way consumers shop for, cook, eat and relate to local food. Through its printed publications, websites and events, ECI strives to connect consumers with local growers, retailers, chefs and food artisans, enabling those relationships to grow and thrive in a mutually beneficial, healthful and economically viable way.

Find them at www.edibledc.com!