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A Guide to D.C.-Area Farmers Markets

Have you heard about local farmers markets and wondered what they have or where are they located? Listed below are a few markets with local vendors and food that was cultivated in the Chesapeake Bay area within a 200-mile radius of D.C.

Eastern Market (225 7th Street SE) is easy to find. The market is open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, and is closed on Mondays. It is accessible by Metro, car, and Capital Bikeshare.

Here you will find indoor merchants such as Blue Iris Flowers, known for its floral arrangements and gifts.

“For Mother’s Day, customers can get flower arrangements of lilies, traditional flowers, peonies, tulips, or French Williams instead of roses this year,” said one staff member.

You can find pictures of their Mother’s Day arrangements on their website (easternmarketflorist.com).

The Eastern Market has everything that you need, including Bowers Fancy Dairy Products and Calomiris Fruits and Vegetables for produce, nuts, juices, honey, olive oil and pastries.

“I come here once a month basically to get my meats and some goodies, too,” said Northwest resident Deborah “Mama D” Stevens, who also goes to the 14th & U Street Farmers Market (2000 14th St NW) on Saturdays to purchase her produce.

Every weekend vendors set up tents in the streets and plazas surrounding the market. A few of those vendors includes Trofina Joy Fashions that sells African clothing with print designs for men and women; Habeebah’s Herbals for natural skin care products; Jacqueline Bryant Campbell for African-American handmade cloth dolls and art quilts; K’Owino Batiks for East African artwork and Mildred Baldwin Fine Art and Crafts for handcrafted bags, totes and accessories.

“Our nation has the gift and curse of always having whatever produce, meat or food available at all times — that’s not quite how this nation began or other nations currently operate,” said Rabia Kamara, owner of Ruby Scoops, local retailer of premium small-batch ice creams, sorbets, sherbets, and desserts made from scratch. “It’s nice to get back to basics and eat what’s in season, support local farmers and makers. I’ve really enjoyed getting to support local creators and [they] support me. I really enjoy building relationships with customers and other vendors.”

You can find Ruby Scoops in D.C. at FreshFarm Market (812 Vermont Ave NW) on Thursdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and USDA Market (12th St SW) on Fridays from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.

The Farmers Market SW and Market SW is located outside of Waterfront Metro Station.

Market SW is an art market that is open every other Friday evening 4 p.m.-10 p.m., starting May 4 and ending Oct. 19. The Farmers Market SW is open every Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., from April 21-Nov. 17.

At this market you can find local produce, herbs, pasture meats, eggs, cheese, fresh breads and pastries, cut flowers, plants, local coffee, hot prepared foods and more. This market accepts SNAP/food stamps and WIC/Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program and offers a Produce Plus Program. With Produce Plus, D.C. residents who have SNAP/food stamp benefits can go to farmers markets twice a week to get $10 worth of fresh fruit and vegetables.

To find nearby farmers markets, go to https://www.localharvest.org.

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