A guide to the District’s farmer’s market scene

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Founded in 1997, the Dupont Market houses 57 vendors and is packed from open to close every Sunday.

To spice up your weekly shopping run, check out D.C.’s farmer’s market scene for fresh and sustainable grocery options.

Supporting local and sustainable food practices can be hard on a college budget, but D.C.’s farmer’s market scenes provide plenty of options for students to try out. Most D.C. neighborhoods host their own markets, making local produce, meat and seafood, prepared food and flowers available to you throughout the week.

The next time you’ve got a free morning, check out one of these farmer’s markets around the city:

For specialty coffee and treats:

Columbia Heights FRESHFARM Market
Within walking distance of the National Zoo, this market is a great pit stop for lunch or to grab groceries for dinner post-sightseeing. Before visiting, place an order for Qualia coffee beans, which are roasted in-house every three days. Other vendors range from JustJuice smoothies to Jarabe Gourmet Pops artisan popsicles. Multiple produce vendors sell items like varied mushrooms, Alaskan salmon and assorted vegetables. Pre-order whole wheat sourdough ($7.50), jalapeño cheddar bread ($7) or vegan nutty apple cake ($6.50) from D.C.’s organic Ravenhook Bakehouse. Visit El Sabor del Taco food truck for tacos wrapped in a homemade tortilla and house mole sauce.

Park Rd. NW and 14th St. NW. Open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Runs through Oct. 13.

For the Instagrammable farmers market:

FRESHFARM Dupont Circle Market
Founded in 1997, the Dupont Market houses 57 vendors and is packed from open to close every Sunday. Located in the heart of Dupont circle, this market is a walkable stop for groceries or a fun Sunday morning stop for coffee and a snack. You can also pick up goodies from the market and enjoy them with friends in the park around the Dupont fountain. Long lines in front of Zeke’s, Call Your Mother Deli and Little Austria bakery booths are often filled with college students, families and cute dogs. Pick up fresh dairy products from Clear Spring Creamery or Shepards Manor Creamery or a bucket of flowers from Wollam Gardens. Purchase fresh flaky Baklava ($15 for 6 pieces) from Mastiha Artisan Greek Bakery, which is only located at the Dupont market or browse the vibrant produce from Potomac Vegetable Farms.

1624 20th St. NW. Open Sundays 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Year-round.

To explore the city:

Brookland Monrow Street Farmer’s Market

Head out of Northwest D.C. and check out this 18-vendor market to find sweet treats and drinks to enoy your morning with. Founded in 2014, this market is a hub for residents in the Northeast to pick up local produce and sip on coffee. The next time you’re in Ward 5, check out this market for produce from Diaz Veggie and Berries, which supplies fruits and vegetables from a farm in Colonial Beach, Va., just 66 miles from the District. If you’re still feeling peckish, place your order at DMV empanadas, which got its start serving the savory pastry at the market in 2014 before opening its own storefront in Gaithersburg, Md. in 2019.

716 Monroe St NE. Open Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Year-round.

For fresh fruits and veggies:

H Street Northeast Market

For a small but mighty array of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, head to H Street Northeast for the farmer’s market the next time you’ve got a free Saturday morning. Start the day by pursuing produce from Deep Roots Farm in Upper Marlboro, Md., which is just 20 miles from D.C., before grabbing a sweet treat at Caputo Brothers Creamery.  Close out your morning by grabbing a few bottles of hard cider for later in the night at Capitol Cider House.

800 13th St. NE. Open Saturdays 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Runs through Dec. 18. 

For the quick trip:

Palisades Farmers Market
Head to the Palisades neighborhood for this market that is organized and run entirely by the Palisades community. Though smaller than the markets in Dupont, more than 25 vendors selling both prepared food and fresh produce line the street. Groff’s Content Farm attracts market-goers interested in hormone- and antibiotic-free meat and eggs. Stroll through the market with a cup of Zeke’s cold brew or vegan Gemma Gelato. Finally, grab dumplings for an easy dinner from the Chinese Street Market.

48th Place NW and MacArthur Blvd NW. Open Sundays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Year-round.

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