The long start

The following anecdote illustrates why it is taking so long to start the market

A few years ago the DC area was socked in by one of those blizzards that sometimes descend on Shabbos. I headed out to the Silver Spring Jewish Center.

I was plodding down the middle of Monticello Avenue between Lamberton Drive and Kersey Road etching a path on the untouched snow. The flakes were blowing right in my face, so I kept my head down, every once in a while lifting it to get my bearings. At one point I had veered off so far from a straight path that I ended up going sideways. I made a course correction and carried on.

A few hours later the snow had stopped and I was returning from Shul. To my horror and chagrin, a number of people who followed me that morning, or who who were going in the opposite direction on Monticello after me, had used the zig-zag path in the snow I had made. I guess it was easier to just follow in my footsteps than to pioneer a straighter path.

By walking in a lost and roundabout way I had inadvertently led others to walk in a lost, roundabout way.

I have a feeling that after I start the Kemp Mill Farmers Market that there will be competitor markets opening here. I want to make sure I set the bar high, so that any markets that follow will also have high standards. That’s why I want to institute innovations like pre-checked vegetables, and ensure that producers meet all applicable laws. I have had to hack a path through a confusing jungle of County departments, and if I do anything crooked, it could get perpetuated by imitators.

Where

The question comes up: where will the farmers market be?

The main location will be at the Silver Spring Jewish Center, likely on Thurs. evenings.

The rest of the week products can be bought at the Reckon Protocommune, 11202 Bybee Street. From there we can sell products like bread, Matza, bagels etc.