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USDA Farmers Market’s VegU Program

Free Cooking Classes

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Join us at our mobile kitchen in the VegU tent on Fridays between 11:30am and 1pm.

From June to October, receive your “VegUcation” and free samples at our next market.

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VegU is a produce education program launched in 2016 by USDA Farmers Market.

Learn to properly grow, pick, prepare and store produce at free weekly 10-minute demos at the USDA Farmers Market on the corner of 14th St SW and Independence Ave SW.

Check out our new recipe shorts!

Chef Eliza Gonzalez talking to a visitor about her Roasted Butternut Squash with Ancho Mole at the USDA Farmer's Market

Simple Cooking and Nutrition

Our free “VegU-cation” food demos focus on quick, simple recipes to emphasize nutritional benefits and unique facts about the weekly featured produce.


Supporting Local Farmers

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Supporting local farmers is simple, fun, and educational with VegU. We host a variety of commodity and research boards to enrich your market experience. Join VegU and USDA Peoples Garden to learn the benefits of sustainable practices and resilient food systems in urban farming.

Learn More about Urban Farming

Urban agriculture includes the cultivation, processing, and distribution of agricultural products in urban and suburban areas. Community gardens, rooftop farms, hydroponic, aeroponic and aquaponic facilities, and vertical production, are all examples of urban agriculture.

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