Buying Fresh: Farmers’ Market Guide

Residents of the Greater Washington area are passionate about local products and supporting local businesses. There are numerous opportunities to buy fresh every week in DC, MD, and VA, with farmers’ markets located everywhere from Annapolis to Penn Quarter to Silver Spring. Producers offer a diverse range of goods that are fresh, healthy, and affordable for individuals of all income levels.

Many of the vibrant farmers’ markets in the area are presented by FRESHFARM Markets. Their goal is to educate the public about food and the environment while providing local farmers with vital economic opportunities.

For any of the markets you choose to explore, try to bring cash and reusable shopping bags. This will allow you to pop in and out with ease and to avoid disappointment if a vendor does not accept credit card. Below are some spotlighted markets out of the many that the area has to offer:

Dupont 

20th St. NW between Massachusetts Ave. and Hillyer Pl.

Located in one of Washington, D.C.’s most vibrant neighborhoods, the Dupont market is open year-round. One of the best features of this market is that almost all the vendors offer samples of the products so that you can try before you buy.

Eastern Market

225 Seventh Street, SE

Eastern Market is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is open Tuesday through Sunday with fresh produce from local farms. On Saturday and Sunday, the market has a pop-up artisans section, where you can find everything from soap to towels and linens.

CityCenterDC

I Street NW (between 10th and 11th Streets)

This market is open on Tuesday afternoons and provides incredible lunchtime options. Due to its close proximity to downtown offices, CityCenter is a fun stop for a lunch break with friends or co-workers, as well as a great place for busy professionals to shop for dinner ingredients.

Foggy Bottom

23rd and I St. NW Walkway

One of the smaller markets in the Greater Washington area, this Wednesday afternoon market is conveniently located right outside the Foggy Bottom Metro stop. You will find traditional farmers’ market goods here, and it is perfect for grabbing a quick snack on your commute home.

Union Market

1309 5th Street NE

The Union Market building is open all week and year-round, but the farmers’ market only takes place on Sunday. The market features small storefronts from entrepreneurs and well-known restaurateurs, and is definitely fit for foodies. This is the best market to drive to: they have a free parking lot.

Mt. Vernon Triangle

5th & K Streets NW

This Saturday market is community-centered. It features live performances and chef demonstrations. Go to Mt. Vernon Triangle with your whole family; the crafts and games provide a perfect atmosphere for going with children.

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