The Town of Herndon is celebrating 30 years of keeping green with its Herndon Farmers’ Market and the town’s arborist program.
Although the local farmers market has gotten slightly smaller over the years, the weekday market has seen an increase in the variety of products sold, including empanadas, fresh pasta and pickles. Other vendors are not offering different types of fruits, vegetables, meats and breads. Nearby competition from other markets has strained the reach of the local market.
John Dudzinsky, the town’s community forester, says the town is looking to find “value added” vendors as well as more organic options.
Last week, the town distributed reusable totes and coasters to celebrate the milestone.
The town is also celebrating Dudzinsky’s position, which aims to maintain the health of the town’s trees and urban forest. Although this duty has remained the forester’s central task for the last three decades, the forester now manages the market, offers horticulture services to town residents and helps with environmental tasks like stream monitoring.
The Town has also maintained its Tree City status, which is given to comunities that meet standards of sound urban forestry management.
“The Town’s leadership has always been supportive of the Community Forestry program. Along with the support of our town citizens. With everyone’s’ support and assistance the Town has been able to maintain our Tree City USA status,” Dudzinsky said.
The designation is given by the Arbor Day Foundation, which is a nonprofit conservation and education organization founded in 1972.
The market is held on Thursdays from April to November from 8 a.m. to 12:30 on Lynn Street. Information about this year’s vendors is available online.
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