As the weather warms up trade your local supermarket for a fun outdoor one. You’ll get higher quality produce, prepared foods, and other goods and you’ll get a nice tan while doing it! We’ve compiled a list of our favorite farmers markets in the D.C. metro area, now all you need to do is grab your favorite reusable bag and go!
The Dupont Circle FRESHfarm market is consistently named one of the best farmers markets in D.C. and after visiting, we know why. This farmer’s market features over 40 vendors that sell delicious area products from gelato to geraniums. Of course the Dupont market has the typical fruits and vegetables you expect from farmers markets, but they also strive to offer some of the best ready-to-eat foods from local vendors.
Another plus side to shopping at Dupont FRESHfarm market is that all FRESHfarm markets are producer-only. Producer-only markets feature stands that are run by the actual producer of each product. This means there’s no middle man and vendors are only allowed to sell the produce and products that they produce themselves. The good news is: this means fresher food for you!
The Community Foodworks farmers market in Arlington makes our list mostly due to it’s convenient location. The market takes place every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. next to the Arlington County Courthouse parking lot.
This market features over 30 vendors. This Arlington market has some of the best sweet treats we’ve seen. They regularly host Nicecream Factory, a freshly churned ice cream company. You can’t leave without picking up a donut from Mac’s, some fresh bread from Girardot’s Crumbs, and you can never go wrong with Café Delice.
Eastern Market, located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, is probably the most well known farmers market’s in the city. Maybe it’s the long history the market has (it’s been on Capitol Hill since 1873) or the indoor and outdoor space the market offers but Eastern Market is always seen as a prototype of a great D.C. market.
At Eastern Market’s South Hall market you’ll find an indoor space that houses meats, seafood, pasta, baked goods, cheeses, and the list goes on. This space is open 6 days a week, every day except Monday, and always features the highest quality products from local vendors.
If you visit Eastern Market on the weekend you’ll be able to stroll around the outdoor market. The outdoor market runs each weekend and hundreds of local artists and crafters flock to the market each weekend with their best new projects for sale. Eastern Market has too many great local vendors at both markets to mention here; you’ll have to explore for yourself!
What is your favorite farmers market? Let us know in the comments below.