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USDA Farmers Market’s VegU Program

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VegU is a popular fruit and vegetable education program launched at the USDA Farmers Market in 2016. Visitors can receive a "VegU-cation" and learn how to grow, pick, prepare and store a different fruit or vegetable by attending short 10-minute classes in the VegU tent between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. each week.

The USDA Farmers Market operates every Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. from May to October on the corner of 12th Street and Independence Ave SW in Washington, D.C.

Class Schedule

Each week, VegU focuses on one fruit or vegetable. Check out our schedule to see what we are covering in 2019:

2019 VegU Class Schedule (PDF, 6.1 MB)

Get VegU-cated Online

Whether you want to get to know an unfamiliar vegetable or incorporate more fruits into your diet, we’ve made it possible for you to get a VegU-cation wherever you may live.

Our VegU recipes are available for you to prepare at home, or to showcase at a fruit and vegetable education program at your local farmers market. They are simple recipes which can be prepared quickly and that appeal to diverse audiences.

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Standardization Specialist David G. Horner talking about pumpkins at the VegU tent
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Standardization Specialist David G. Horner talks about pumpkins at the VegU tent.

Our VegU radio excerpts are wildly entertaining and informative! They are recorded each week at the market.

Please see the below list:

Almonds

Apricots

Asparagus

Blueberries

Corn

Dates

Grapes

Mangos

Olives

Onions

Peach

Peppers

Pineapple

Pistachio

Potato

Prunes

Raspberries

Spinach

Strawberries

Sweet Pepper

Tomato

Watermelon