It may be hard to pay much attention to the produce, meat or breads for sale at Washington, D.C.'s newest farmers market when it opens Thursday afternoon. Shoppers -- maybe even the vendors -- are likely to be on the lookout for some star shoppers: the Obama family.
Eighteen farmers and producers will set up the market outside the White House grounds, north of Lafayette Park, on Vermont Avenue between H and I streets.
"It would be wonderful" if the Obamas came to shop, says Ann Yonkers, co-director of FreshFarm Markets, a nonprofit organization that will run it. "But we're not counting on it."
The idea developed over time, Yonkers says. Her organization was excited about the garden planted at the White House earlier this year, she says, adding that she was introduced to Sam Kass, White House assistant chef and a former personal chef for the Obamas by another chef, Nora Pouillon. "We began thinking, 'Wouldn't it be great ...,' " Yonkers says.
The White House garden "became such a great symbol for growing your own and paying attention to what you eat," she says.
The new market will sell meats, cheeses, produce, baked goods, flowers and preserves. Vendors accept food stamps and WIC and senior citizen coupons, FreshFarm Markets says. It will run Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m. through Oct. 29.