Happy Birthday, FreshFarm Markets!

The Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market turns 15 this month.

The impact that FreshFarm Markets has had on the local food movement in the DC area is immeasurable. The group has created a thriving network of markets where local producers and chefs can showcase their goods and feed us all incredibly well.

I want to extend a heartfelt happy birthday to the Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market, which turns 15 this month.

You can join in the birthday fun this Sunday, July 15 from 4-7 p.m. Head to the site of the original market location in the PNC Bank parking lot at Massachusetts Avenue and P Street NW for the celebration, including:

* Live music curated by Sweetgreen including John and Paul Thornley Brothers of U.S. Royalty and Modern Man, Tiffany Thompson and renowned bluegrass legend Tom Gray with Newgrass Effect

* Local, fresh food and beverages from market producers and supporters available for purchase. Participants include Capital Kettle Corn, Chipotle, Eco-Friendly Foods, Honest Tea, chef Tony Breeze and celebrity crab picker Georgia Cephas from the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, Think Food Group with a giant paella, Sweetgreen and Pleasant Pops.

* Face painting and balloon twisting

* Raffle prizes including one of Sweetgreen’s coveted bikes, gift certificates from area restaurants and more

* Ceremonial birthday cake cutting with invited dignitaries

Celebrations will take place throughout DC area restaurants and bars the entire month of July, at all 11 markets the week of July 10 - 15.

Check out the month-long anniversary events right here.