On my morning run along the National Mall yesterday, I noticed there was a small vegetable stand set up in front of the Health & Human Services (HHS) headquarters building at 200 Independence Avenue. Then, I read in the Washington Business Journal’s Top Shelf Blog that starting on June 2, a FRESHFARM Market will arrive at HHS, the first FRESHFARM Market to open in Southwest, although other farmers markets in the area have operated at the former DOT headquarters (now Constitution Center) and the USDA Parking Lot at 12th & Independence Avenue. The FRESHFARM Markets’ Mission Statement, according to their website, is the following:
FRESHFARM Markets strives to build and strengthen the local food movement in the Chesapeake Bay region. We use our markets to create vibrant urban and community places, to provide economic opportunities for farmers and to showcase our region's agricultural bounty. We aim to create a sustainable urban-rural partnership that brings the blessings of healthy local food to our communities and sustains the working landscapes that feed us.The HHS FRESHFARM Market will be run in collaboration with FedStrive, a new comprehensive health & wellness program initiated by the department of Federal Occupational Health (FOH) that’s being tested on HHS employees. According to an interview done by Corporate Wellness Magazine of FOH Director Dr. Gene Migliaccio last month, FedStrive hopes to achieve the following:
FedStrive hopes to bring a take charge approach to health, wellness, and work/life balance. Putting an emphasis on statements like “I want to be ____,” Federal employees are encouraged to fill in the blank and strive to accomplish their personal wellness goals. To help maintain momentum, the FedStrive program will also offer incentives to HHS Federal employees in the form of free Fitness Center memberships or other non-cash incentives.The HHS FRESHFARM Market will operate on Wednesdays from 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm and will run until October 27th.