The Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization has asked farmers market patrons to leave their dogs at home, the Sun Gazette reports. Pets had previously been welcome at the market, but after a complaint made to the county health department, market organizers are changing course.
Dogs aren’t specifically banned but rather discouraged from the market. “If that is not an option,” writes market coordinator Amy McWilliams in an email to the community, “at the very least we’d appreciate it if you keep them out of vendor booths and away from tables that have food on them.”
Are we headed for a world of dog-free farmers markets? Maybe. Markets in Adams Morgan, Bloomingdale, Chevy Chase, Foggy Bottom, Penn Quarter, and Eastern Market continue to allow doggies, but the threat of Fido pooping too close to the produce or sending some child into allergic shock remains. Three of the region’s strongest markets (Takoma Park, FreshFarm Dupont Circle, and Arlington) have already declared pups personae non gratae, and dogs hanging around Adams Morgan are liable to get shot.