The Finest Farmers’ Markets in Washington, DC

With summer upon us, the temperatures have been soaring recently and there is no better place to stroll around in the sun than Washington, DC. Indeed, some of our favorite farmers’ markets have started to pop up all over the place – and with some welcoming neighborhood vibes and fresh produce to enjoy, we thought we would list some of our favorite markets that you will find all over the city. 

Bloomingdale Farmers’ Market 

Sundays, 9am-1pm, May 7 – Nov 19

This market is well-known as BFM to locals and it takes place on R Street between 1st and Florida Avenue NW. The market itself sticks to a strict local produce policy but you will find certain DC restaurants on site on the occasional weekend. Speaking of the weekend, there will be quite the gathering at this market every Sunday with lots of cheese, fruits, breads and preserves available. 

A cheese stall at Bloomingdale Farmers Market (Image source: Bloomingdale Farmers Market Facebook)

Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market 

Sundays, 8:30am-1pm, April – December

Found in one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods, peak season attracts more than forty farmers, both regional and local, and there are vegetables, meat, fruits, cheeses, fruit pies and much more to look out for. Their Twitter account has a lots of info and you can check it out at @FRESHFARMDupont. Definitely worth checking out if you are in the area. 

Eastern Market

Tuesday to Sunday, various opening times, year round

There is everything from pasta to meats, and at the weekend this market is replaced with local artists such as painters and potters, so visiting through the week is recommended. The buckwheat pancakes at The Market Lunch are a particular favorite of ours and it really is just a very pleasant place to visit during the day. 

Just some of the stalls on offer at Eastern Market (Image source: Eastern Market Facebook)

Columbia Heights Farmers’ Market

Saturdays, 9am-1pm or Wednesday 4pm-7pm, year round

Most of us enjoy a good taco and Columbia Heights should be your one stop if you like this sort of food. This market is located at Civic Plaza on 14th Street and was established in 2010. You will find fresh produce, cheese, seafood and ice cream. An absolute must see for any tourist or local. 

Capital Harvest at the Plaza 

Fridays, 11am-3pm, May – November

Here there are plenty of delicacies as well as some crafts, recipes and other tips for staying healthy. There is plenty to see and do at this market and it is a little different to the ones that we have already mentioned. Worth a visit on a sunny afternoon. 

Palisades Farmers’ Market 

Sundays, 9am-1pm, year round

This market has a real community spirit and there are farmers from all over the country setting up stalls and selling produce at Palisades. There is plenty of produce, cheese, meats and much more to look out for. Additionally, this market also plays host to Neighbor’s Corner – a community-led initiative which attracts various interest groups aimed at promoting communal efforts. 

A selection of jams at Palisades Farmers Market

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