This time of year, everybody is living on salads, wraps, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Whether you’re looking for the perfect homegrown tomato or a selection of artisan preparations, you can find something you’ll love at one of the many farmer’s markets set up this time of year throughout DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland.
FRESHFARM: FRESHFARM is currently celebrating 20 years of education and advocacy for farmers in the region. With a variety of markets located throughout the DMV, FRESHFARM offers markets at many different days and times, so you’re almost always able to do your shopping conveniently. Because their farmer’s markets are open during the week as well, they are a great option for delicious lunches if you find yourself close by. Check out their many market locations for dates, days, and times near you.
Eastern Market: The grandaddy of DC farmer’s markets, Eastern Market has been a fixture on Capitol Hill since 1873. Offering everything from meats, pastas, and baked goods to pottery, paintings, and jewelry, Eastern Market is open every day but Monday so you are sure to find time in your schedule to stop in. Tuesdays and weekends feature the open air fresh produce market, but there’s always something fantastic to sample. And with community events like the Potluck Supper, you never know who you’ll find to share your supper with.
Arcadia Mobile Market: Offering a variety of produce from local grower Arcadia Farms throughout the metro area, Arcadia Mobile Market seeks to provide great produce to areas which are underserved by traditional retailers. This provider promotes healthy eating and sustainability by working with neighborhood partners and community groups.
USDA Farmer’s Market: Open Fridays May through October, the USDA Farmer’s Market is a “living laboratory” for US farmer’s markets, offering farmers, ranchers, and other food providers an opportunity to market their products, including prepared foods, flowers, dog treats, and the more expected produce and meats. Located outside the USDA building, this market also feature Veg-U where burgeoning gardeners can learn a little something to improve their home gardening efforts as well.
14th and U Street Farmer’s Market: Open Saturdays May through November, the 14th and U Farmer’s Market is a quintessential in-town market with a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, prepared foods, flowers and more. A local favorite in this hippest of DC neighborhoods, you can’t go wrong with a stop here on your way to brunch.
Capital Harvest on the Plaza: Open Fridays May through November, the Capital Harvest on the Plaza Farmer’s Market is located at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue and features a variety of artisanal food vendors alongside the produce stands. And with everything from juices to crepes to spices to coffee roasters, you may find that this is the only place you’ll have to go to fill out your shopping list.
Mt. Pleasant Farmer’s Market: Saturday mornings April through December you’ll find your neighbors at this charming farmer’s market “on the plaza, under the trees.” This is a producer-only market, meaning the vendors are also the growers and makers, so you’ll always know what you’re buying. With local talent shows, facepainting, and dogs and kids running around, it’s more like a neighborhood fair that happens each week, making it a highlight of life in this homey DC neighborhood.
Community Foodworks: With markets in Shaw, Columbia Heights, Arlington, Glover Park, Kenilworth, and Monroe Street, Community Foodworks offers a variety of locations at a variety of days and times to suit your shopping schedule. And with their Market Share CSA, you can buy fresh from the farm all year long.
With a variety of markets open at different times of year, different days of the week, and in different neighborhoods, there is always something on offer and somewhere to find the freshest local produce, prepared foods, and more in the area. Whether you are longing for a taste of home or are just trying to eat clean, you’re sure to find that these resources help. In addition, by supporting local farmers, artisanal chefs, and other local producers, you’re supporting the expansion of healthy food to communities throughout the area.
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