A Day at the Market
Behind the scenes at the Bethesda Central Farm Market
After the market closes at 1:30 p.m., some vendors do their own shopping, trading leftover items. Rob Young of Young Harvests uses his single wheel skateboard to weave in and out among the stalls. He swaps his lettuce for flowers, strawberries and squash.
Shortly before the market ends, co-owner Mitch Berliner purchases leftover goods using county-funded Manna grants, patron donations and his own money. Some vendors donate items. Over the last five years, 300,000 pounds of fresh produce have been donated to Manna Food Center, the county’s lead food bank, from the three Central Farm Markets in Montgomery County. Here, Berliner (left) and Manna driver Michael Carter load donated produce in plastic bags into a Manna truck at the end of the market day. It’s 2:20 p.m.
Carole Sugarman is a longtime food writer and a contributing editor at Bethesda Magazine.