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When Bernadine Prince and Ann Yonkers opened the first FreshFarms Markets at Dupont Circle in 1997, they realized there was a need from both the farmers' side and community's side for additional markets.
Yonkers says the market has grown substantially since its humble beginnings.
"We started off with 15 farmers and producers," she says.
That number has grown to 120, and US News & World Report now ranks the market ninth best in the country. Prince says the journey wasn't easy.
"It was a lot of convincing early on, so we've seen the local movement kind of catch up to us."
Yonkers says the market is about more than just buying goods though.
"They are community places where people can go feel a part of a community," she says.
To celebrate, FreshFarm Markets will have music, food, and a birthday cake at their Dupont Circle location Sunday afternoon, from 4 to 7 p.m.