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BUY LOCAL: 16 GO-TO FARMERS MARKETS IN WASHINGTON, DC

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MEGHAN BARTLETT

JUL 14, 2020

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Steaming empanadas, freshly-sweet tomatoes, and homemade apple doughnuts. Yup, it’s market season. Spring is rolling out the warmer weather and that means local farmers are ready and waiting to set up their stalls and stock them with fresh, local produce. To make it even easier, we’ve compiled a go-to guide to the best farmers markets in DC, and chances are there’s one in your neighborhood!

So grab your reusable bag and head for the door — you’re a just few steps away from enjoying all the delicious (and healthy!) goodies from the areas farmers and artisans.

From May to November, consider this eco-friendly market on Woodrow Wilson Plaza your go-to for farm-fresh veggies, artisanal pizza, cold-pressed juice, and all sorts of healthy eats. Grab a snack from one of the vendors serving up delicious food made right in front of you, and stock up on groceries straight from the source. And since this market takes place on a Friday, you'll be able to grab all your snacking essentials for the weekend ahead.

This year-round Upper Northwest community market hosted by the Palisades Citizens Association aims to provide the neighborhood with high-quality, delicious ingredients while supporting farmers from all over the region. And they’re doing just that. Swing by on Sunday mornings for fruits, veggies, herbs, and oysters from farmers and producers hailing from DC, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

From locally-bottled kombucha to homegrown produce, cured meats, and baked goods, this mid-week farmers market on the Georgetown University campus has a little bit of everything. Whether you stop by for fresh-picked veggies, a wood-fired pizza, or a healthy lunch in the summer sun, you’ll always feel welcome at this neighborhood hot spot. Fitt Tip: they're only open during the spring and fall, so plan accordingly!

If you’re walking on 14th or U Street N.W. on a Saturday morning, you won’t be able to miss this market. Located in one of the most hopping neighborhoods in the District, this seasonal operation offers locally-harvested herbs and microgreens and tons of products sourced from area purveyors (think goat milk cheese and grass-fed meat)! Seriously, they've got everything you could possibly need or want. Head over from May to November to check it out.

The BFM (as the locals lovingly call it) in Bloomingdale is rain or shine, which means no matter the weather, you can count on the amazing weekly vendors to be there waiting for you. Market-goers can stop by on Sundays from May to November to pick up a number of goods from local producers, including items like seasonal veggies, fresh pastries, breads, and pies! And on particularly hot days, make sure you stop by Bri's ice cream for a pint of ice cream. Fitt Tip: she gives out samples.

Situated in the revived CityCenter neighborhood, this lunchtime market is perfect for people who work and live downtown! In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, the market offers a number of healthy lunch options for those looking to escape the office for a bit, including handmade Chinese dumplings and vegan salads. So if you're meal prepping this week, go ahead and skip Tuesday, the market has you covered.

One trip to this year-round Sunday farmers market and you’ll forget all about the crowded morning commute that usually defines Dupont Circle. Dupont’s sprawling market—which has been called one of the best in the country—offers organic fruits and veggies, and lots of local purveyors, including local bakeries, seafood supplies, coffee, and cheese shops!

No list of farmers markets would be complete without a mention of Eastern Market. It’s DC’s oldest continuously-operated fresh food public market, tucked inside the North Hall building. On weekends, the market overflows outside into the streets as roughly 100 vendors set up shop under bright white tents — it just might be the only place in the city where you can score perfectly-ripe tomatoes, artwork from a local painter, and an antique bench all in one place. Also not to be missed: the blueberry pancakes at Market Lunch, located inside the market.

No need to pack a lunch on Thursdays if you’re close to this FRESHFARM market. It not only features staples like local fruits and vegetables, grass-fed beef, pastured eggs, and artisan bread but it also has a wide variety of freshly-prepared meals that are ready to eat! Stop by from April to November for cold-pressed juice, falafel, tacos, and veggie po'boys.

Stop by this market for an afternoon treat, or grab fresh ingredients for dinner on the way home! Conveniently located right by the Foggy Bottom metro stop, this Wednesday market is impossible to miss (and even harder to stay away from)! Not only that, it's probably got some fo the friendliest vendors in the city, so don't be surprised when if, while you're deciding which bunch of bok choy or bundle of cucumbers to buy you end up swapping recipes and tips with your local farmer.

This insanely popular Saturday market is located in the trendy H Street NE Corridor. Bring those reusable, eco-friendly bags because you’ll be going home with handmade yogurt, fresh flowers, and locally-made pastries. Taking place from April to December, this is the move whenever you're in the mood for fresh-cut flowers to brighten your living room or locally-made pickles and sauerkraut.

Tucked back in the cozy Mount Pleasant neighborhood, this market is not to be missed. Make the trip to this friendly neighborhood to buy products from local farmers, orchards, and creameries from April to December. Plus, this market frequently has live music, so you can jam out while you pick out your weekly grocery items.

The Mount Vernon Triangle market is truly a community event. The market features organic produce and products sourced from all around the area, along with live music and incredible prepared foods like savory empanadas, locally-made ciders, and bagels. It takes place on Saturdays from May to November, so it might just become your new favorite weekend brunch spot.

Seasonal soups, fresh pastries and breads, local produce, and fresh-cut flowers are staples at the Penn Quarter market. Its prime location makes it a must-stop market for Washingtonians (especially those who work downtown) on their way home from work. Fitt Tip: they sell a variety of local beers and spirits, so next Thursday, skip happy hour at the bar and swing by the market instead.

Head up to the quaint neighborhood of Petwork to feast your eyes on a neighborhood-focused market with fruits, vegetables, local meats, and regional purveyors you won't find anywhere else. Along with stalls stocked with all your grocery essentials, this Saturday market also features entertainment, music, and arts and crafts!

While not your traditional farmers market, Union Market is open year-round and is home to over 40 local vendors. The setup features a wide variety of local artisans, including up-and-coming businesses and world-renowned restaurateurs. In just one stop, you can grab lunch, curated meats, a bottle of wine, freshly-brewed coffee, and unique home goods.

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