Watkins Farmers Market (Photo via New Morning Farm) (Updated at 4:55 p.m.) Locals in search of organic, healthy food will once again have the chance to buy freshly grown produce in Hill East.

The Watkins Farmers Market is set to return for its fourth season tomorrow at 13 and E streets SE. The market is scheduled to run from 4 to 7:30 p.m., according to the website for New Morning Farm, which organizes it.

New Morning Farm works with 40 other farms in the south-central Pennsylvania area to put the market together. The farms are slated to bring eggs and a variety of fresh early summer fruits, vegetables and herbs, including tomatoes, spinach, lettuce, strawberries and kale, New Morning Farm owner Jim Crawford said.

“The market is meant to teach the kids,” Crawford said. “They already have a great gardening program at [Watkins Elementary] school, so this is meant to show them what it’s like to be a farmer and what food grown on a farm tastes like.”

The market is scheduled to operate every Wednesday until October. But once school is in session, the market is slated to operate from 3:30 to 7 p.m.

Photo via New Morning Farm

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H Street Farmers Market 2015Food producers from across the region will once again return to H Street this weekend and kick off the season of selling fruit, vegetables and other food to locals.

The H Street FRESHFARM Market will return to H and 13th streets NE on Saturday. The market is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Saturday through Dec. 17.

Per usual, local food makers will bring “the best of their local, seasonal bounty, including handmade cows’ milk cheeses, yogurt, organic and grass-fed meats, fruits, vegetables, eggs, pastries, sorbets, ice creams, flowers and more,”according to FRESHFARM Markets, which runs the H Street farmers market and others in the city.

Past food offerings have included blueberries from Blueberry Hill in Clear Spring, Md., pork from Cedarbrook Farm in Kearneysville, W.Va., and honey from Richfield Farm in Manchester, Md.

The H Street farmers market began in 2004.

Photo via Twitter/FRESHFARMHStNE

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Morning Rundown

H Street streetcar

(Updated at 12:40 p.m.)

H Street Streetcar Update — Streetcars on H Street NE are “months away” from carrying passengers, District Department of Transportation director Leif Dormsjo said yesterday. [WAMU]

Former Capitol Hill-Area Teacher’s Sex Abuse Charge Dropped — A former substitute teacher at Options Public Charter School is no longer facing a first-degree sexual-abuse charge in connection with an incident at the E Street NE school. Symone Greene, 22, was arrested in October and charged with having oral sex with a student. Prosecutors have since dropped the charge. [Washington Post]

Start Over on Hill East Redevelopment Plans — The D.C. Department of General Services has thrown out proposals to transform the former Eastern Branch Boys and Girls Club building and will restart the planning process, after redevelopment plans faced opposition from Hill East residents. [Capitol Hill Corner/Charles Allen]

A Look at Starburst Plaza’s ‘Twilight Farmers Market’ — Frozen Tropics has photos of the inaugural “Twilight Farmers Market,” which is slated to run every Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. until mid-September at the Starburst Plaza. [Frozen Tropics]

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H Street NE signCapitol Hill-area residents soon will have the opportunity to do some alfresco grocery shopping with a beer in hand on the H Street corridor.

The inaugural “Twilight Farmers Market” at the Starburst Plaza is scheduled to run tomorrow from 3 to 7 p.m, according to H Street Main Street, which is organizing the event. The plaza is located at the intersection of H Street, Maryland Avenue, Bladensburg Road and Benning Road NE.

The market will have 10 to 20 vendors selling seasonal produce, meat and other food. Beer and wine also will be sold.

After its first run this week, the market will return every Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. until mid-September.

“Nighttime farmers markets are blurring the lines between grocery shopping and entertainment–a fun night out that speaks to urban citizens of every age,” H Street Main Street said in a Facebook post. “And with summer temperatures soaring across the country, these markets are catching on at just the right time.”

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Watkins Farmers Market (Photo via New Morning Farm)Capitol Hill residents soon can buy strawberries, lettuce and other produce from Mid-Atlantic farmers near Watkins Elementary School.

The Watkins Farmers Market is slated to return for its fourth year June 3, a week from today. The market will be open from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 13th and E streets SE.

New Morning Farm and the Tuscarora Organic Growers Cooperative in Pennsylvania will have more than a dozen fruits, vegetables and herbs for sale, said Emily Best, a New Morning Farm representative. The food includes kale, beets and cilantro, in addition to strawberries and lettuce.

The market is scheduled to continue its operations every Wednesday until the end of September. But it may still sell food later in the fall, as it has done in the past, Best said.

On school days, the market will run from 3:30 to about 7:30 p.m. When school is out, the market will open a half-hour later at 4 p.m.

Photo via New Morning Farm

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H Street FRESHFARM Market (Photo via Twitter/FRESHFARMHStNE)

Local farmers will return to the H Street corridor this weekend to sell fruit, vegetables and other food.

The H Street FRESHFARM Market will come to H and 13th streets NE on Saturday, after a four-month hiatus. The market is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday through Dec. 19.

Farmers will bring “the best of their local, seasonal bounty, including handmade cows’ milk cheeses, yogurt, organic and grass-fed meats, fruits, vegetables, eggs, pastries, sorbets, ice creams, flowers and more,” according to FRESHFARM Markets, which runs the H Street farmers market and others in the District.

Past food offerings have included blueberries from Blueberry Hill in Clear Spring, Md., pork from Cedarbrook Farm in Kearneysville, W.Va., and honey from Richfield Farm in Manchester, Md.

The H Street farmers market began in 2004.

Photo via Twitter/FRESHFARMHStNE

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Morning Rundown

Flowering tree in NoMa

Room for Nursing Mothers at Nationals Park — Hundreds of people have signed a petition asking Nationals Park officials to add a “comfortable and accessible” room for parents to nurse or bottle-feed babies. A Nationals representative said the team is working on creating a new space. [Washington Post]

Second Woman Charged After Murder of Hill Lawyer — A 19-year-old woman was arrested yesterday in connection with the death of Capitol Hill resident David Messerschmit, who was found stabbed to death Feb. 10 in a hotel on Thomas Circle. Dominique Johnson was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery. [NBC Washington]

The Old Slums of Capitol HillHill Rag has photos and historical accounts of when Capitol Hill alleys “overflowed with detritus and human waste.” Some slums existed well into the ’50s, the paper reported. [Hill Rag]

When the Farmers Markets Open — Seasonal farmers markets will operate again soon, including at 13th and H streets NE. [Washington City Paper]

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