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Release No. 0532.09
Office of Communications (202) 720-4623

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Serving-size Portions, Cooking Demo, Taste Tests and More

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 - Confused about what a serving-size portion of different foods look like? Want to find out how to cook butternut squash soup? Or perhaps, you just want to pick up some fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, baked goods, cut flowers, or homemade soap from your favorite farmer.

On Friday, Oct. 30, USDA will hold a Fall Harvest Festival at the corner of Jefferson Drive and 12th St., SW., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate the end of the Farmers Market season at USDA for 2009. The festival will feature demonstrations at the People's Garden, exhibits and demonstrations by USDA agencies, the USDA Farmers Market, and information about USDA's new 'Know a Farmer, Know Your Food' initiative.

The People's Garden will have an antique cider press demonstration and an apple taste test. From noon to 1 p.m., DC Central Kitchen will be preparing a Roasted and Curried Butternut Squash Soup for sampling, as well as providing the recipe for the soup.

Local farmers from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia at the USDA Farmers Market will be selling fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, baked goods, cut flowers, homemade soaps, fresh made kettle corn, and more. The Farmers Market is next to the People's Garden, at the corner of 12th St. and Independence Ave. SW.

Staff from a number of USDA agencies will be available to provide information to the public on nutritional and agricultural issues. Examples include:

  • Examples of serving-size portions of food;
  • Information about fire prevention and suppression as well an appearance by Smokey Bear;
  • Copies of the Complete Guide to Home Canning;
  • Copies of the Guide to Establishing, Managing Farmers Markets on Federal Property;
  • Information on farm numbers, economics and demographics from the 2007 Census of Agriculture; and
  • Information about the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), direct farm payments and disaster assistance, Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and assistance to farmers that also helps feed school children and those in need.


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