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8 Farmers’ Markets You Should Visit in Washington, DC
For local produce and welcoming neighborhood vibes, head to these DC spots
Did you know there are about 200 farmers' markets in and around Washington, DC? Whether you are looking for local vegetables or prefer to catch a chef demo and score some samples, there’s something for everyone.
Open year-round, the Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market is located in one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. During peak season, there are more than 40 local and regional farmers offering fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, cheeses, fruit pies, breads, fresh pasta, cut flowers, potted plants, soaps and herbal products. View their tasty posts on Twitter at @FRESHFARMDupont.
Located just seven blocks east of the U.S. Capitol, Eastern Market is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. From Tuesday through Sunday, guests can visit South Hall Market, where merchants serve everything from meats and pasta to baked goods. On Saturdays and Sundays, local artists (think painters, woodworkers, potters) set up tents around the market so you can stroll, taste and shop. Last but not least, the buckwheat pancakes at The Market Lunch must be part of your excursion.
Located in the heart of one of DC’s most buzzworthy neighborhoods, the 14th and U Farmers Market shows off the goods every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (through Nov. 19). The market serves up an array of fresh produce, beautiful flowers and plants and delectable offerings from Whisked, a local bakery that specializes in handmade pies, quiches and cookies.
On Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mount Vernon Triangle hosts this open-air farmstand curated by Chicano Sol Farm. Through Oct. 29, scope out field produce from Chicano Sol and peruse all of the other farm products on-hand, including grass-fed meats, baked goods, jams and jellies, farmstead cheeses, ciders and much more.
If you’re in the mood for tacos, head to the Columbia Heights Farmers Market at Civic Plaza on 14th Street and Park Road NW from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturdays, or from 4 – 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Established in 2010, this farmers' market serves fresh produce, cheese, bread, seafood, empanadas, ice cream…we could go on, but you should check it out for yourself. A must-try: java from Qualia Coffee.
Located at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, CHoP is open from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Fridays from spring through fall. During your visit, you’ll find plenty of farm-fresh deliciousness and artisanal crafts, as well as recipes and tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Check out the full list of vendors to start planning your haul.
No need to make note of specific dates: the Palisades Farmers Market in Upper Northwest is open on Sundays year-round from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. This community-minded market promotes freshness, nutrition, taste and variety, using farmers and producers from all over the area. Seriously, the list spans from DC proper all the way out to Tappahannock, Va. and Sharpsburg, Md. The market also hosts Neighbor’s Corner, where local organizations and interest groups can inform you on how to get more involved with communal efforts.
Lovingly known as “BFM” to locals, this Sunday market (9 a.m. – 1 p.m. through Nov. 20) can be found on R Street between 1st Street and Florida Avenue. The market strictly abides by a local producer-only policy, and features DC restaurants on-site during certain weekends. You can expect quite the gathering each weekend, and the reasons are obvious: The market serves up a wide variety of cheeses, fruits, eggs, preserves, breads, grass-fed meats and yes, Whisked serves up its treats here, too.
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