Find a complete guide to area farmers markets at washingtonpost.com/food.
Bike to work
The annual Bike to Work Day is May 20. Organized by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and Commuter Connections, the event is expected to draw more than 10,000 people, says WABA Outreach Coordinator Greg Billing.
There will be 49 “pit stops” across the D.C. area where registered riders can pick up a free T-shirt and some food. The hours vary, but most will open by 6 or 6:30 a.m. (a little later in the District) and close around 8:30 or 9 a.m.
If you’re new to biking in the city, visit the WABA site to find the route of one of 20 “commuter convoys” being led by WABA members that day. Convoys leave various locations between 6 and 7:30 a.m. and end at Freedom Plaza downtown. You can just show up and wait to join a pack when it passes by.
Register for free and find more information about WABA.
Whole Foods Market has partnered with the Maryland Department of Agriculture on a weekly local-produce subscription program at four Maryland stores, starting May 21. For $25 a week, shoppers at the stores in Silver Spring, Rockville, Annapolis and Baltimore (Mount Washington) will secure a bag containing six to 10 varieties of freshly picked produce from a handful of area farms. Members also receive an e-mail telling what’s in the bag that week and tips on how to use the food. May’s bags will feature strawberries, broccoli, cauliflower, salad greens, spinach, tomatoes and asparagus.
Matt Ray, produce coordinator for Whole Foods, says the Maryland’s Best program “is not a moneymaker for us. It’s really to support local agriculture and farms near us and help them grow.”
Why just four stores, all in Maryland? The program was the state agriculture department’s idea, Ray says: “We decided to do it as a small rollout and expand from there.”
Walk it off
Walking, of course, is one of the best ways to get exercise and manage weight. Recent research has found that regular walking can also ward off dementia and slow its progression among those with mild cognitive impairment or even early Alzheimer’s disease.
If you need an excuse to go for a stroll, consider a beginners-friendly Weight Watchers Walk-It Challenge 5K. The weight-loss company is sponsoring walks across the country on May 22. (You don’t have to be a member to take part.) Local walking or running groups are organizing events in Alexandria and on Hains Point in the District. (Walks in College Park and on Theodore Roosevelt Island in Arlington are sold out.)
Registration is $25 to $30 plus a $2.50 sign-up fee. More information available at the Walk-It Challenge Web site.