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Dupont Circle market links food to land use

(Published May 3, 1999)

The District’s producer-only farmers market at Dupont Circle opened its third season May 2 and this year will feature a special "Chef at Market" program each Sunday at 11 a.m.

Located at the Riggs Bank parking lot and the closed block of 20th Street NW between Q Street and Massachusetts Avenue, the market is open rain or shine every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Dec. 19.

"By shopping at the market, you help local farmers stay in business," said Ann Yonkers, manager of the market, which is sponsored by the nonprofit American Farmland Trust. "Compared to shopping at the supermarket, where only 21 percent of every dollar you spend goes toward actual food production, more than four times that amount goes back into our growers’ pockets."

Nora Pouillon of Restaurant Nora and Asia Nora will be the featured chef May 16, with Wayne Combes of Jaleo on the program for May 23. Copies of demonstrated recipes, preparing seasonal specialties, will be available at the free cooking demonstrations.

American Farmland Trust offers other free recipes for seasonal produce and a calendar of farmers market events on its Internet site at www.farmland.org or by calling (202) 331-7300.

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