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An Agency's Own Farmers Market

People line up at the fresh smoothie stand during the opening day of the market last May. People line up at the fresh smoothie stand during the opening day of the market last May. OPM

Unlike most federal agencies, the Office of Personnel Management is fortunate enough enjoy “home delivery” of fresh farm products. Every Wednesday in season an array of local farmers and food vendors sets up booths at the entrance to OPM’s main building at 19th and E Streets NW in Washington.

Everything from ripe red tomatoes to made-on-the-spot fruit smoothies to empanadas is available to employees and visitors entering and exiting.

One of the biggest fans is OPM Director John Berry, who bought his lunch there on Wednesday after chairing a monthly meeting of the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations. Berry even promoted the farmer’s market to his high-powered colleagues on the council, though he was careful to say he’s not supposed to favor one vendor over another.


Charlie Clark joined Government Executive in the fall of 2009. He has been on staff at The Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, National Journal, Time-Life Books, Tax Analysts, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and the National Center on Education and the Economy. He has written or edited online news, daily news stories, long features, wire copy, magazines, books and organizational media strategies.

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