A Brief Look at the Top Farmers Markets in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland
Even though fall is quickly approaching, farmers market season is just ramping up. Over the next month or so, the farmers markets in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland will offer some of the great local and seasonal produce that we’ve come to love in Metro D.C., and here’s a brief look at where you can find it.
The Arlington Farmers Market is operated by Community Foodworks, which also runs the markets in Columbia Heights and the Shaw Farmers Market at Old City Farm & Guild to name a few. They have many charitable aspects of their organization and have a focus on introducing families to local food. The Arlington Farmer’s Market is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.
The Downtown College Park Farmers Market is open on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market began in 2011 as a way to increase healthy eating and fresh produce consumption for residents of both College Park and the University of Maryland. The market features weekly events such as chef demos, educational events, and children’s activities.
The Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market is credited with teaching Washingtonians how to love their fruits and vegetables. It was named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the top farmers markets in the nation, and during peak season, there are more than 50 farms offering conventional and Certified Organic fruits and vegetables, pastured meat, poultry and eggs, farmstead and artisan cheeses, sweet and savory baked goods (including gluten free options), fresh pasta, pickles, locally roasted coffee, District-made spirits and beers, wood-fired pizza, handmade dumplings, soups and sandwiches, cut flowers, potted plants, soaps, and more. It is open on Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. from April through December, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. from January through March.
Eastern Market is often called Washington, D.C.’s original food and arts market. Located in Capitol Hill, it is a community destination for fresh food, events, farm-fresh produce, arts, and crafts. There are both an indoor and outdoor sections with vendors including meat, cheese, and other recently harvested foods from the region. Aside from Monday, it is open every day of the week.
Also affiliated with the FRESHFARM organization, the Union Market Farmstand is located in the heart of the foodie-centric Union Market. It is run by Chicano Sol Farm, but other produce is hand selected from other regional farmers and producers including grass-fed meats from Garden Path Farm; pastured eggs from Hare’s Valley Growers; farmstead cheeses from Keswick Creamery; jams, jellies, and shrubs from Tait Farm Foods; sweet and savory baked goods from Atwater’s and Talking Breads; and additional produce, ciders, and canned goods from Three Spring Fruit Farm and Quaker Valley Orchards and Guest House. Also be sure to look for Buffalo & Bergen, Almaala Farms, and Arepa Zone to round out your experience at the Union Market. It is open seasonally on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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There are roughly 200 farmers markets located throughout the Metro Washington, D.C. areas including northern Virginia and southern Maryland. No matter where you’re at in relation to the Beltway, though, you can visit the Alto-Hartley foodservice equipment showroom to find the equipment you need to put your ingredients to the test.
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