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Michelle Obama is not the only one looking to feed her family freshly picked produce.

Just a few blocks away from Pennsylvania Avenue, nestled between the National Archives and the Portrait Gallery, a small farmers market offers city dwellers an abundance of locally grown produce, homemade pastries, jams and other handcrafted goods.

The Penn Quarter Market is one of eight markets in the Fresh Farm Markets family, a D.C.-area non-profit that supports local farmers in an effort to provide urban populations with fresh-from-the-farm products. It also is part of a growing movement of people turning against industrial farming practices.

On a cloudy market day in early April, Michael Clune's stand overflowed with radishes, colorful chard, lettuce, flowers, free-range eggs and fresh herbs -- all of which he and his coworkers harvested the day before at The Farm at Sunnyside in Rappahannock County, Virginia, where Clune is the director of farm operations. The Farm at Sunnyside is just 70 miles outside of Washington. Watch a slideshow of growers explaining The Farm at Sunnyside philosophy

Clune, like many of his fellow farmers at the market that day, is a proponent of the so-called "localvore" movement. He advocates that buying locally grown, seasonally available food is both healthier and environmentally safer than industrially grown food, which may have been produced using harmful pesticides and shipped from across the country. Watch food both on the farm and at the market Read full article »

All About Nature and the EnvironmentAgriculture PolicyWashington, DC

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