Something for Everyone: Mini-Documentary Captures the Heart of Farmers Market
Posted On: December 8, 2016
On Wednesday mornings, a quiet street in Takoma Park, MD comes alive.
It’s here in a neighborhood where fresh, nutritious food was once hard to come by, that Crossroads Farmers Market thrives. Serving a predominantly immigrant shopper base, Crossroads draws families from throughout the community seeking traditional foods grown by local farmers, many of whom are immigrants themselves. Even before the market opens, customers line up in anticipation of their weekly haul.
But it’s not just the food that drives people to Crossroads. As market manager, Michelle Dudley, describes it, Crossroads also provides nourishment for the soul.
“What I love about the market is, hands down, the people,” said Dudley. “It attracts people that really care about each other and the food system. It’s about showing up for each other and taking care of one another. The space offers so many different things for different people.”
As you’ll see in our new (and inspiring!) mini-documentary, the heart of Crossroads is the relationships forged between its growing community of shoppers, farmers, vendors, volunteers, educators and artists. Like thousands of farmers markets across the country, Crossroads serves as a true and rare intersection of urban and rural life, culture and agriculture. A place where people come together to not only celebrate this fusion, but strengthen it through programs, activities, and education for both vendors and shoppers alike.
FMC is proud to serve Crossroads, and thousands of farmers markets across the country with the tools and resources they need to succeed. Everyday, we’re more inspired by the ways farmers markets nurture prosperity in their communities. We hope you’ll join our effort to keep them strong for years to come. Enjoy the film!