First Lady Speaks, Shops at Farmers Market

First lady Michelle Obama talks to people in the crowd as she picks some fresh produce from a stall at the opening of the Freshfarm Market's new farmers' market on Vermont Avenue near the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) AP

First lady Michelle Obama bought cheese, fingerling potatoes, eggs, black kale and other items Thursday at the launch of a new farmers market blocks from the White House.

Before shopping, Mrs. Obama spoke about the importance of healthy eating to about 300 shoppers gathered in the drizzling rain.

"I have never seen so many people so excited about fruits and vegetables," she told the cheering crowd. "The kind of food that we put into our body gives us the energy to get through the day."

Mrs. Obama praised farmers markets as places where Americans can learn more about how their food is produced.

"Get to know the people who grow your food how they do it, who they are as people," she said.

Farmers markets play an especially important in neighborhoods where access to healthy options are limited, she added.

The first lady has been promoting locally grown food and healthy eating with a popular vegetable garden at the White House.
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