First Lady Visits D.C. Farmer's Market, Promotes Healthy Eating

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 (UPI) — First lady Michelle Obama, as part of her focus on healthy eating, celebrated the opening of an independent farmer’s market in a Washington neighborhood.

“I have never seen so many people so excited about fruits and vegetables,” she said told visitors of the FreshFarm market in Lafayette Park Thursday.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack also spoke during the event.

Mrs. Obama also spoke of the White House vegetable garden, noting it was “one of the greatest things that I’ve done in my life so far.”

When tackling some of the biggest health issues facing the country, “I’ve realized that little things like a garden can actually play a role in all of these larger discussions,” Obama said. “They (gardens) make us think about these issues in a way that maybe sometimes the policy conversations don’t allow us to think.”

At the farmer’s market, Obama picked up some black kale, eggs, cherry tomatoes, mixed hot peppers, pears, fingerling potatoes, cheese and chocolate milk.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International

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