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20 Best Farmers Markets in Washington DC (Including Dates, Times & Locations)

20 Best Farmers Markets in Washington DC (Including Dates, Times & Locations)

Looking for the best Washington DC farmers markets? You’ve come to the right place! One of the best things about the Nation’s Capital is the fact that there are plenty of markets not only in the city center but also in the neighborhoods.

Visiting a farmers market in DC is not only about shopping for locally grown produce; it’s also about meeting up with your friends and establishing a sense of community. It’s definitely a delightful way to spend a few spare hours – and the good news is that there are quite a few markets that operate year-round.

Let’s check out some of the best farmers markets in Washington DC.

Our Favorite Washington DC Farmers Markets

Monday Markets

1. Union Market

Where: 1309 5th St NE

When: Year-round; Monday-Saturday, 8:00 AM-9:00 PM; Sunday, 8:00 AM-8:00 PM

Why visit:

The modern-day Union Market is located in the same building that featured one of the largest markets in the city back in 1871. You can easily spend the whole day in the district, as here you’ll get to discover not only what over 40 vendors have to offer but also popular retail brands, wonderful restaurants, and much more.

Even though the market is open year-round and works every single day of the week, the vendors might have their own schedules. So, if there are a few that you’re particularly interested in, make sure to check if they’re open the day of your visit beforehand.

At this location, you’ll also get to explore La Cosecha – a contemporary market that celebrates Latin American culture. Shop for desserts from an internationally acclaimed chocolatier from Venezuela and taste the flavors of the Peruvian coast.

Tuesday Markets

2. Eastern Market

Eastern Market

Where: 225 7th St SE

When: Year-round; Tuesday-Friday, 7:00 AM-7:00 PM; Saturday, 7:00 AM-6:00 PM; Sunday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Why visit:

This popular community hub has been up and running since 1873. By the way, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This is a large Washington DC farmers market where you’ll find practically anything you can think of.

For example, the large indoor main hall is filled with vendors who sell cheeses, meats, baked goods, flowers, and seafood. During the season, local farmers set up open-air stalls in the streets surrounding Eastern Market. Weekend visitors will also get to explore what the local artists have to offer, as well as listen to live music.

Tip: Don’t forget to try the famous blueberry buckwheat pancakes.

3. FRESHFARM CityCenterDC Market

Where: 1098 New York Ave NW

When: May-October, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM

Why visit:

This lunchtime market is conveniently located in the Park at CityCenter, in the middle of the luxurious shopping district. It’s a lovely place to grab something to enjoy for lunch (everything is made using the freshest local ingredients). Or you can always fill your baskets and take some local produce back home.

FRESHFARM CityCenterDC Market was founded in 2014, and it has been coming back each year ever since. The market features only around 18 vendors, but you’ll be able to find all the veggies and fruits that are in season here, as well as yummy ready-to-eat options, like empanadas or wood-fired pizza, for example.

4. New Morning Farm Market at Sheridan School

Where: 36th St & Alton Pl, NW

When: June-September, 3:00 PM-7:00 PM; food trucks, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM only

Why visit:

New Morning Farm is a 95-acre certified organic farm located in south-central Pennsylvania. The founders have been farming organically for nearly 50 years. New Morning Farm hosts plenty of markets throughout the city and aims to bring the locals the best-quality produce from their own farm and the neighboring farmers.

The market takes place at Sheridan School on Saturdays and on Tuesdays. The latter is a scaled-down version of the Saturday market. It also conveniently takes place in the evening, so you’ll have plenty of time to buy everything you need after a busy day at work. You’ll get to shop for seasonal produce, freshly cut flowers, honey, brown eggs, and cider. By the way, plenty of street parking is available at the location.

Wednesday Markets

5. Foggy Bottom FRESHFARM Market

Where: 901 23rd St NW

When: April-November, 3:00 PM-7:00 PM

Why visit:

Another Washington DC farmers market presented to you by FRESHFARM. The market, established in 2005, works on Wednesdays year-round, but the months from spring through fall are the best time to shop for local produce.

The spot is conveniently located right next to the Foggy Bottom metro stop. Here, you can shop for fruits, vegetables, organic meats, eggs, savory and sweet baked goods, goat cheeses, jams, crab cakes, juices, pizza, bubble tea, paella, and so much more.

If you’re a fan of kimchi, then this is where you’ll find ‘the real deal’ brought to you by a lovely mother-daughter duo from Tae-Gu Kimchi.

6. Rose Park Farmers Market

Where: 1404 26th St NW

When: May-October, 3:00 PM-7:00 PM

Why visit:

This is a dog-friendly farmers market in Washington DC. Even though you’ll get to chat with only a few vendors (there are rarely more than 10 farmers selling their produce at the market), you’ll have a wonderful time browsing the market and enjoying the views.

The market is organized by the non-profit Friends of Rose Park and is powered by neighborhood volunteers. Though you may not be able to find dozens of different veggies here, the incredible variety may surprise you. For example, you can get your hands on the freshest seafood from Lobster Maine-ia or unique tea blends from Pearl Fine Teas.

Thursday Markets

7. Penn Quarter FRESHFARM Market

Where: 801 F St NW

When: April-November, 3:00 PM-7:00 PM

Why visit:

If you’re spending your day in the lively Penn Quarter neighborhood, then it’s definitely worth paying a visit to the farmers market once you’re done in one of the shops or the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Historically, this area was home to the Center Market, where Washingtonians could shop for their fresh veggies and fruits for over a century. FRESHFARM decided to bring the neighborhood back to its roots and set up a weekly market with fresh produce, meats, eggs, cheeses, soups, crab cakes, empanadas, sauces, local beer, and a lot more.

Also Read: The Best Farmers Markets in the USA

8. By the White House Farmers Market

Where: 810 Vermont Ave NW

When: May-November, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM

Why visit:

Yet another farmers market brought to you by FRESHFARM – a non-profit based in Washington DC, trying to create a sustainable and resilient food future. The market by the White House is the perfect place to stop for lunch and then stock on some goodies that can be prepared later on for dinner.

The place features a wide range of freshly prepared foods, so everyone will find something to their liking. The market has everything: dumplings, tacos, falafel, hot dogs, and cold-pressed juices.

If you’re looking for something that’ll inspire you to experiment in the kitchen, get some fresh veggies, fruits, meats, mushrooms, and eggs. This is also the spot where you can buy delicious locally roasted coffee from Zeke’s Coffee or gluten-free hard cider from Capitol Cider House.

Friday Markets

9. Capital Harvest on the Plaza

Where: 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

When: May-November, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Why visit:

Located right in front of the International Trade Center and the Ronald Raegan Building (where underground parking is available), Capital Harvest on the Plaza is a weekly farmers market that features an array of artisanal goods and farm-fresh foods.

You’ll have a chance to shop seasonal offerings, as well as eat some yummy food on-site and enjoy chef demos and samplings. By the way, the market is also open on select Wednesdays, so check the updated schedule.

There are over 25 vendors presented at the market, and some offer a few unique items. Jarabe Gourmet Pops, for example, focuses on Mexican-style gourmet pops and has over 20 flavors for you to choose from.

10. USDA Farmers’ Market

Where: 12th St SW

When: May-October, 9:00 AM-2:00 PM

Why visit:

This Washington DC farmers market is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s very own ‘living laboratory’ that offers over 30 farmers, small businesses, and ranchers from across the state an opportunity to sell their products directly to the locals.

There are plenty of spots where you’ll be able to have a delicious breakfast or lunch (depending on how early you decide to come to the market). It is also a great place to shop for local produce, cheeses, homemade bread, fresh-cut flowers, and much more. The market is located just outside the USDA headquarters on the National Mall.

Saturday Markets

11. 14th and U Farmers Market

Where: 2000 14th St NW

When: May-November, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Why visit:

Our first Saturday farmers market in Washington DC, is located in the very heart of the buzzworthy U Street Neighborhood. The streets transform into a vibrant and fun marketplace whenever the tents go up.

Here, you’ll find eggs, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, preserves, pastries, meats, juices, pieces, cookies – practically anything you can think of! The market is only a couple of blocks from the U Street metro, so you can conveniently pay a visit to the place even if you don’t live in the area.

12. Mount Vernon Triangle FRESHFARM Market

Where: 499 I St NW

When: Year-round, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Why visit:

This market has become a Saturday morning favorite for the locals living in the Mount Vernon Triangle. It takes place at Milian Park (you can buy a few goodies at the market and then have a little picnic with great views).

The market features all the ‘classics’, such as fruits, veggies, meats, cheeses, eggs, and baked goods. But here, you’ll also find cider, coffee, dog treats, and plenty of other wonderful products.

Some ready-to-eat options include tacos, empanadas, oven pizza, and Chinese food. Do remember that some vendors appear at this FRESHFARM market on a rotating basis. So, check this week’s schedule if you’re interested in someone in particular.

13. Mount Pleasant Farmers Market

Where: 3213 Mt Pleasant St NW 2nd Fl

When: Year-round; January-March, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM; April-December, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Why visit:

There are not that many year-round neighborhood farmers’ markets, but the market located on the Plaza is a wonderful exception. It provides the Mount Pleasant neighborhood with local produce, dairy, bread, meats, plants, cakes, and prepared foods, rain or shine.

The meat and dairy offered at the market are free-range. Some vendors are also certified organic. If you have any questions, make sure to ask the friendly farmers; they would be happy to tell you more about their chemical-free methods of growing fruits and veggies.

All the producers presented at the market are located within 125 miles of Washington DC. In fact, the yumminess that you will be buying was most likely picked that same day. By the way, the volunteers at the market are also ready to collect your veggie compost.

14. Chevy Chase Farmers’ Market

Where: 5601 Connecticut Ave NW

When: Year-round, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Why visit:

Chevy Chase Farmers Market is operated by the Lafayette Community Inc. (a non-profit located in Washington, DC). It is a woman-run organization that supports female-owned businesses. In fact, about half of the businesses presented at the market are woman-owned or co-owned, and nearly 30% are BIPOC-owned.

This decade-long neighborhood fixture is located just across from the Broadbranch Market. You might spend quite a few hours on a Saturday morning exploring what both of these markets have to offer.

The farmers featured at Chevy Chase come from Virginia and Maryland. They offer all the usuals and amazing oysters during the fall-winter season. You can also discover quite a few prepared food options, starting from Japanese cuisine and ending with Belgian waffles.

15. H Street NE FRESHFARM Market

Where: 800 13th St NE

When: April-December, 9:00 AM-12:30 PM

Why visit:

You’ll find the market spread across a portion of the H Street Corridor in Northeast Washington, DC. Even though this particular FRESHFARM farmers market is relatively small, you’ll still be able to buy plenty of goodies.

Around 15 merchants and farmers offer fruits and veggies (conventional and certified organic), meats, eggs, baked goods, pickles, sandwiches, fresh flowers, and a lot more.

There are quite a few chairs and tables available at the spot. So, you can get something to snack on (like the Turkish and Mediterranean prepared foods from Ozz Catering) and enjoy your Saturday to the fullest.

16. Downtown Silver Spring Market

Where: 890 Ellsworth Dr, Silver Spring

When: Year-round; April-December, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM; January-March, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Why visit:

Silver Spring is located directly north of Washington, DC. It is a cultural hub of Montgomery County and is home to beautiful performance venues and colorful murals. Silver Springs can become the perfect destination for the weekend if you’re looking for a romantic getaway.

Here, you will also find a FARMFRESH farmers market near Washington DC. By the way, it is the second-largest producer-only market in the non-profit’s network. The market features 45 vendors from DC, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia.

The farmers and producers offer vegetables, fruits, meats, eggs, poultry, baked goods, butter, milk, yogurt, cheeses, pickles, jellies, jams, oysters, crab cakes, honey, ciders, beers, Maryland-made wines, soaps, plants… Practically anything you can think of!

The market is situated right in the heart of downtown. There, you will also find a public garage that offers free parking.

17. Adams Morgan Farmers Market

Where: the junction of Euclid Street, Champlain Street, and Columbia Road, NW

When: June-December, 8:30 AM-1:00 PM

Why visit:

The market is conveniently located in Unity Park. It began as one of the first neighborhood markets in the city over 50 years ago with an aim to provide fresh produce to the local community.

Adams Morgan Farmers Market is self-managed, which allows the vendors to offer the most competitive prices for their products all season long. A lot of the farmers presented at the market are also committed to growing only pesticide-free produce.

Some of them, like the Licking Creek Bend Farm, even host annual farm-visit days during which every customer has an opportunity to find out more about the place where the produce is sustainably grown.

18. Ward 8 Farmers Market

Ward 8 Farmers Market
Flickr/Elvert Barnes Photography

Where: 1901 Mississippi Ave SE

When: June-November, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

Why visit:

When the only grocery store in the ward closed in 1998, the Congress Heights residents decided to set up a farmers market so the locals could choose healthy food options.

Thankfully, the market is no longer the only place in the area where you can buy fresh produce, but it has become a pleasant Saturday tradition for the majority of residents ever since.

Ward 8 partners with farmers and growers within 100 miles of DC to ensure you get the freshest produce possible. The market also provides a low-cost venue for the vendors to sell their products, so you will be pleasantly surprised by the prices as well.

By the way, you’ll have a chance to learn more about the vendors while doing your weekly shopping and volunteer at the gardening program if you feel like it.

Sunday Markets

19. Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market

Where: 1600 20th St NW

When: Year-round, 8:30 AM-1:30 PM

Why visit:

Established in 1997, this is one of the most popular Sunday farmers markets in Washington DC. It is located in one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the city and, during the high season, gathers together over 50 farmers who offer practically everything imaginable.

The market location is also open on Thursdays from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM, but it’s definitely much smaller than its Sunday ‘brother’. Shop for all the classics, as well as fresh pasta, locally roasted coffee, spirits and beers made in the district, dumplings, soups, and so much more.

Fun fact: The Wall Street Journal once named Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market one of the best markets in the country.

20. Palisades Farmers’ Market

Where: 48th Place and MacArthur Boulevard

When: Year-round, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Why visit:

The market has been offering herbs, flowers, meat, eggs, fruits, and vegetables from local farmers and producers since 2008. Here, you’ll also find plenty of artisanal specialties, like charcuteries, cheeses, breads, and pasta, as well as a wide range of artisan street food. The spot is managed and operated by the Palisades Community Association. Most markets feature a community tent where you can discuss any community-related issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the biggest farmers’ market in DC?

Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market is the largest Washington DC farmers market.  It receives over 450 applications each year and usually features over 50 vendors every Sunday (there are days when more than 75 farmers and producers set their tents up in the buzzing neighborhood).

What are the good Washington DC Farmers Market Saturdays?

14&U Farmers’ Market, Ward 8 Farmers Market, and H Street NE FRESHFARM Market are some of the Saturday markets that you might want to pay a visit to.

What are the good Washington DC Farmers Market Sundays?

Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market and Palisades Farmers’ Market are really nice markets that take place every Sunday. Both are year-round, by the way.

What are the famous Washington DC farmers’ markets?

Eastern Market, Union Market, and Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market are among the most well-known markets in DC.

Wrapping Up

Perhaps, you’ll be able to pick your favorite Washington DC farmers market only after you manage to pay a visit to every single one of them (which is certainly a pleasant challenge). Exploring a farmers market in Washington DC is a great way to find out a little more about the people who grow food for you and, ultimately, to provide some support to these wonderful businesses. Visiting a market during the season can become a cherished tradition and a healthy habit, so make sure to not miss out on what such lovely places offer.

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