Obama to set up a White House farmer's market
The market will supply school cafeterias with fresh produce and help local farmers.
Fri, Aug 21 2009 at 4:36 PM
WHITE HOUSE: Michelle Obama holds a food and nutrition event at the White House's organic garden. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Not long ago, the first lady planted the first seeds for the White House's own organic garden. Now the Obamas want to expand the idea to set up a farmers market just outside the White House.
One aim of the market will be to help local farmers deliver fresh produce to D.C. school cafeterias, to encourage kids to make healthier choices in their diet. The president announced the plan at an interactive health care strategy meeting yesterday:
"When it comes to food, one of the things that we are doing is working with school districts ... Let's figure out how can we get some fresh fruits and vegetables in the mix. Because sometimes you go into schools and, you know what the menu is, you know? It's French fries, tater tots, hot dogs, pizza and -- let's face it, that's what kids want to eat anyway. (Laughter.) So it's not just the schools' fault.A.)That's what kids may want to eat. B.) it turns out that that food's a lot cheaper, because of the distributions that we've set up. And so what we've got to do is to change how we think about, for example, getting local farmers connected to school districts, because that would benefit the farmers, delivering fresh produce, but right now they just don't have the distribution mechanisms set up.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? It suddenly gives D.C. more access to good, fresh food, but it also is this enormous potential revenue-maker for local farmers in the area."
There's no word yet on whether any of the produce from the White House's own organic garden will be part of the bounty, but the market should provide a shining symbol for the organic and local food movement.
Source: Huffington Post
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