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Albemarle’s International Farmer’s Market
The International Rescue Committee works to improve the lives of refugees in the Charlottesville area and provide them with access to nutritious foods.
The IRC sponsors the New Roots program, in which refugees from countries such as Bhutan, Burma, Burundi, Ethiopia, Syria and Colombia have the opportunity to grow produce for their homes and to sell in local farmers’ markets.
Produce from the New Roots farm is sold at the Michie Market on Michie Drive on Thursday evenings and the first and third Saturdays of each month during the City Market season. New Roots farmers also sell their produce to local restaurants, including Orzo.
Ian Pasquarelli, a family and consumer sciences agent with the Virginia Cooperative Extension, was at the Michie Market with two interns doing cooking demonstrations for a fennel and fruit salad.
“Our main goal is to take fruits and vegetables that are being sold [in the Michie Market] and use them in a recipe and incorporate different food items — maybe food items [customers] may not be as familiar with and things that grow well here in Virginia — so we’ve got peaches here today,” he said.
To read more about the Michie Market on Thursday evenings, see the rest of the article online at: http://www.cvilletomorrow.org/news/article/24598-refugees-finds-new-roots-in-charlottesville/.
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Situation Analysis Report, Albemarle County / City of Charlottesville, 2013