In one of the most increasingly developing historic districts in the county, a farmers market should be at the center of weekend activity. New restaurants and shops are operating with a committed small-business community who value an event like the farmers market. Why don't we see consumers valuing it, too?
The burrito bar at Jumpin' Java (109 W. Washington St.,
Charles Town) is the area's best-kept secret.
It's not just the farmers market missing traffic in this area. It's the hip coffee shop that's also a standout burrito bar and regularly features the work of area artists. It's the Mediterranean Cafe who gives young musicians a stage and makes patrons as comfortable in its booths as on their couches. It's the wine shop that defies snobbery with bargain-priced bottles and free weekly tastings. It's the restaurant who serves food from area farms and focuses on seasonal ingredients. Everybody along Washington Street in downtown Charles Town seems to be suffering.
True, the economy drives more and more consumers toward discount stores like Wal-Mart, who continues to prove that big-box stores are killing small businesses dead. But with a number of second-hand shops, one would think Washington Street would see a little more traffic.
The Mediterranean Cafe (132 W. Washington St., Charles
Town) is a home away from home with a very diverse menu.
A wine shop that caters to the budget-minded oenophile,
Albert & Arnold's (207 W. Washington, St., Charles Town).
Write to Jefferson County Agricultural Development Officer, Shep Ogden (firstname.lastname@example.org). Tell him what can make the market better. Share your ideas and let him know what's going to work for you, and, inevitably, your community.
A town's vitality depends on its residents. Please make an effort to see this one thrives.