On weekends, it is impossible to avoid farmers markets in the D.C. area and now farmers markets are even finding their way into the workweek.
In most neighborhoods, you can find many local vendors. Farmers markets are growing in popularity. According to the USDA, in mid-2008, there were 4,685 farmers markets operating in the U.S, a 6.8 percent increase from 4,385 farmers markets in 2006.
Here is a guide to markets that will be open even as fall continues and winter encroaches.
(Note: The first four farmers’ markets on this list are Freshfarm markets, meaning that they are producer-only markets and only sell what they grow. These markets promote locally grown food from the Chesapeake Bay area. There are four locations in the D.C. area and four others in surroundings regions. For more information go to www.freshfarmmarket.org.)
Dupont Circle Market
20th St. & Massachusetts Ave NW
Sundays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (April-December)
Foggy Bottom Market
I Street between 24th Street & New Hampshire Ave NW
April 2 to November 26, 2008
Wednesdays, 2:30 to 7 pm
Penn Quarter Market
8th & E Sts NW
April 3 to Dec. 18
Thursdays, 3 pm to 7 pm
H Street Market
600 block of H Street NE
Saturday, 9a.m.-1 p.m.
Ellsworth Drive between Fenton Street and Georgia Avenue, Maryland
April 19 to Nov. 15
Saturdays, 9 am to 1 pm
Adams Morgan Farmers' Market
Columbia Road and 18th Street NW
May 4th to Dec. 21
Saturdays, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Open year-round, this Capitol market also has a flea market and indoor market that specializes in meats and seafood.
7th St. & North Carolina Ave SE
Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.- 6 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
All Souls Episcopal Church Farmers’ Market
Woodley Road & Cathedral Ave NW
May to December
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
1100 Maine Ave SW
Daily, 8 am-9 pm (year-round)
USDA Farmers Market
12th St. & Independence Ave NW
Tuesdays until Nov. 18
Chevy Chase Farmers Market Lafayette Elementary School
Broad Branch and Northampton Sts NW
Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
This is a producer only market, which hopes to promote sustainable agricultural practices.
DC Farmers Market
1309 5th St NE
Tuesday- Friday 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Georgetown Market in Rose Park
26th & O Street NW
Wednesday, 4-7 p.m.
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
Lamont Park, Lamont & 17th Sts NW
Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
D.C. Open-Air Farmers’ Market
Oklahoma Ave. and Benign Road NE
(RFK Stadium’s parking lot No. 6)
Thursdays & Saturdays, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; Year-round
Twin Springs Fruit Farm
All Souls Episcopal Church
Woodley Road, & Cathedral Avenue NW
May-end of December
Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
U.S. Department of Transportation
400 7th St NW
May 15th to mid-November
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Ward 8 Farmers’ Market
Old Congress Heights School
MLK Jr. Ave and Alabama Ave SE
June 16 to Nov. 17
Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wheeler Creek Estates Farm Stand
900 Varney St SE
Wednesday, 3-7 p.m.
Columbia Heights Community Marketplace
14th and Irving St NW (next to Metro station)
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.