The Top Farmers' Markets in DC
A weekly ritual for many shoppers, farmers' markets are one of the oldest forms of direct marketing by small farmers. As shoppers look for fresh food that improves health, the economy, and the environment all at the same time, these markets are becoming increasingly popular in the DC area. Key to a successful farmers' market is the mix -- ideally, the market should not be limited to just greens or fruit. A market that includes jams and fresh sauces, a meat stand, a couple of cheese stands, and a bakery are all good additions to fruit and vegetable mainstays. A food truck selling homemade tacos or waffles for a decadent post-shopping treat can be another nice touch as is any sort of music or live entertainment. Placement of the different stands so shoppers can easily stroll around surveying all the different wares before making a selection is important as is the weather. Hot, sticky days are no more enticing than a sleety, frigid scenario. Either way, shopping at a farmers' market is a great way to meet local farmers while picking up fresh, flavorful produce.
Find the best farmers' markets near you below:
625 H Street, NE
The H Street Farmers' Market is on the smaller side, featuring approximately two blocks of fresh produce from local vendors. Specialties include bottled sauces, homemade preserves, handmade cheese and amazing croissants if you get there early enough.
Saturdays 9:00 am to noon, April to November.
Dupont Circle Freshfarm Market, 1500 20th Street, NW
Targeted toward the foodie, the Dupont Circle market features the obligatory fresh fruits and vegetables but also a number of specialty items such as vegan yogurt, different varieties of flaky baklava pastry, gourmet popcorn, fresh made pastas, and homemade cheeses, among other signature finds. The market is located in the adjacent parking area of PNC Bank.
Sundays 9 am - 2pm April - December
Eastern Market, 225 7th Street, SE
One of the older Farmers' Markets in the area, "Fresh Tuesdays" at Eastern Market on Capitol Hill feature a line of farmers outside of the formal market where they empty their trucks with recently harvested fruits and vegetables direct from farms in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. The peaches in season are a local favorite while inside the market buzzes with more than 100 different vendors of fresh flowers, ethnic foods and exhibitors of handmade arts, craft, jewelry and antiques.
Tuesdays 3pm -7pm, year round
Glover Park-Burleith Farmers Market, 1819 35th Street, NW
Known for its friendliness - from the farmers to the local patrons to the pet-friendly environment -- this market is a mainstay of the Glover Park community. Offerings range from veggies, fruits, and meats to plants, homemade cheese, fresh flowers, and baked goods. A portion of the market's proceeds are used to fund a non-profit to promote farm education in DC schools.
Saturdays 9-1 May 11-November 16, Harley Middle School Parking lot
Mount Pleasant, 3210 Mount Pleasant Street, NW
Compact and cozy, this market in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood offers everything from grass-fed finished lamb and poultry to crusty bread, craft beers and organic ice cream. The twang of a banjo and acoustic guitar is a frequent accompaniment to shoppers perusing the fresh goods.
Saturdays 9-1, April 6-December 21
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