Including opening dates and everything you need to know for marketing through the year.

We spent months compiling our favorite market finds, interviewing chefs about their go-to vendors, collecting tips for buying and storing produce, and combing the stalls for new and interesting items.

We've compiled a directory of the major farmers markets in our area and those mentioned in the May issue. It's tempting to visit vendors closest to home—that is, after all, the truest form of shopping local—but we encourage you to explore the many vibrant marketplaces Washington has to offer.


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DC

Bloomingdale Farmers' Market First and R sts., NW; Sunday 9 to 1; May 13 through November 18. A local producer-only market that attracts vendors within a 150-mile radius selling produce, meats, and premade goods.

Broad Branch Farmers' Market Lafayette School, 5702 Broad Branch Rd., NW; Saturday 9 to 1; Year-round. You'll find items such as croissants from Bonaparte Breads, Father-Daughter Roasters coffee, and fruits from Nob Hill Orchard at this community market.

Capital Harvest on the Plaza 13th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., NW (at the Ronald Reagan Building); Friday 11 to 3; Opening date TBD. You'll find the likes of smoked seafood from Neopol Savory Smokery, MeatCrafters sausages, and more at this downtown market.

Columbia Heights Community Marketplace 14th St. and Park Rd., NW; Saturday 9 to 1; May 4 to December 14. A large, vibrant market with everything from produce to pickles and charcuterie.

DOT Farmers Market Third St. between M and Tingey sts., SE; Tuesday 11 to 2; May through November. Produce and baked goods are the focus of this market near the Capitol Riverfront.

Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market 20th St., NW, between Massachusetts and Connecticut aves.; Sunday 8:30 to 1 (April through December); 10 to 1 (January 6 to March 31); Year-round. The District's biggest and busiest market boasts a wide variety of vendors, from organic farms to flower vendors and wood-fired pizza makers.

Eastern Market Outdoor Farmers' Market 225 Seventh St., SE; Tuesday 3 to 7; Saturday 7 to 6; Sunday 9 to 5; Year-round. Capitol Hill's historic indoor market also has an al fresco component, with vendors selling local produce and foodstuffs.

Foggy Bottom FreshFarm Market 23rd and I sts., NW; Wednesday 3 to 7; April 17 to November 27. A convenient location right next to the Foggy Bottom metro makes this a popular market with vendors like Soupergirl and Sunnyside Farm.

14th & U Farmers' Market 14th and U sts., NW; Saturday 9 to 1; May 7 to November 19. You may spot a number of 14th Street chefs browsing the stalls for produce, eggs, and meats at this market.

Glover Park-Burleith Farmers' Market Wisconsin Ave. and 34th St., NW; Saturday 9 to 1; May 11 to November 16. Canines and kids are both welcome at this market, which often features live music, face painting, and food truck fare alongside vendors.

H Street FreshFarm Market 13th and H sts., NE; Saturday 9 to noon; April through November. McCauley Peppers and Shells Yes! Crab Cakes are among the new vendors at this popular neighborhood market.

Mt. Pleasant Farmers' Market Lamont Park (btw 17th and Mt. Pleasant sts., NW); Saturday 9 to 1; April 6 to December 21. Grab a Pleasant Pops popsicle and browse the produce, breads, and meats at the market.

Palisades Farmers Market 48th Pl. and MacArthur Blvd., NW; Sunday 9 to 1; Year-round. A variety of items can be found at this grower's-only market, which also features live music from the Sherier Mountain Boys.

Penn Quarter FreshFarm Market Eighth St., NW, between D and E sts.; Thursday 3 to 7; March 21 to December. You'll find a variety of produce, flowers, breads, and meats at this popular Penn Quarter chef haunt.

Union Market 1309 Fifth St., NE; Wednesday through Friday 11 to 8, Saturday and Sunday 8 to 8; Year-round. More than just a place for produce, a whole range of artisans have set up shop at this new development. You'll find everything from home goods at Salt & Sundry to fresh-shucked bivalves and cocktails from Rappahannock Oyster Co. and Trickling Springs dairy.

USDA Farmers Market 12th St. and Independence Ave., SW; Friday 10 to 2; June 1 to November 16. The US Department of Agriculture is in its 18th season of hosting a market in its parking lot with items like local honey, produce, and soaps.

White House FreshFarm Market Vermont Ave., NW, between H and I sts.; Thursday 11 to 2:30; Opens May 2. Michelle Obama is one of the many fans of this downtown market, with mid-afternoon hours perfect for grabbing a market lunch or nabbing items for dinner.

Maryland

Annapolis Freshfarm Market 100 Compromise St.; Sunday 8:30 to noon; Opens May 5. A picturesque waterfront market with vendors like Baywater Greens, Eve's Cheese, and the Bread Ovens at Quail Creek.

Cheverly Community Market 6401 Forest Rd., (at the Cheverly Community Center); Alternating Saturdays, 8 to noon, Several Saturdays each month, May through December. Named one of the top 20 favorite (small) farmers markets from American Farmland Trust, you'll find over 20 vendors with a variety of offerings.

Bethesda Central Farm Market Arlington Blvd. and Old Georgetown Rd.; Sunday 9 to 1; Year-round. Vendors are joined by wineries leading tastings, live music, and kid's activities at this active market.

Gaithersburg Farmers Markets Main Street Farmers and Artists Market (301 Main St.); Saturday 10 to 2; May 4 through November 23. Fulks Corner Farmers Market (Rt. 355 and Fulks Corner Ave.); Thursday 1 to 6; May 2 through November 21. These two markets run by the City of Gaithersburg combine a range of vendors selling fresh produce and premade goods, and local artists and craftspeople.

Hyattsville Farmers Market 3505 Hamilton St.; Tuesday 2 to 6; June 12 to October 23. Organic fruits and vegetables, baked goods, soaps, and breads are all available at the market.

Kensington Farmers' Market Howard Ave. at Kensington train station; Saturday 8 to noon; Year-round. A larger market with fresh pastas, barbecue from Geppetto Catering, and seafood from Salt River Lobster.

Milk Lady Farmers' Markets Multiple Montgomery County locations. A series of producer-only markets serving Burtonsville, Shady Grove, Wheaton, and White Oak on various days.

Montgomery County Women's Cooperative Market 7155 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda; Indoor market: Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 7 to 4; Outdoor market: Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday 8 to 5; Saturday 7 to 5. Started by a group of women during the Great Depression, this centrally-located Bethesda market continues to offer a mix of foodstuffs and flea market finds.

Olney Farmers & Artists Market Route 108 and Prince Philip Drive; Sunday 9 to 1; May 12 to November 2. A very large market where farmers and food vendors are joined by a rotating group of artists selling paintings, jewelry, photography, pottery, and more.

Pike Central Farm Market Rockville Pike between Old Georgetown and Montrose rds., Rockville; Saturday 9 to 2; Opens April 13. Look for specials programs like cooking classes and demonstrations, outdoor yoga, and an annual oyster festival at this eclectic market.

Potomac Village Farmer's Market 9808 S. Glen Rd. (in the Potomac United Methodist Church parking lot); Thursday 2 to 6:30; May through October (and sometimes November). You'll find a number of farmers at this market from Maryland as well as southern Pennsylvania.

Riverdale Park Farmers Market 4650 Queensbury Rd.; Most Thursdays 3 to 7; Check the website for posted dates. Everything from glass jewelry to fresh produce is available at this producers-only market in Prince George's County.

Rockville Farmers Market Rockville Town Center; Saturday 9 to 1 (May to November). Montgomery and Maryland aves.; Wednesday 11 to 2; (June to September). The market may change locations, but you'll find a consistent array of produce, plans, breads, and more.

Silver Spring FreshFarm Market Ellsworth Dr. between Fenton St. and Georgia Ave.; Saturday 9 to 1 (April to December); 10 to 1 (January 5 to March 30); Year-round. You'll find a garage with free market parking at this market in downtown Silver Spring, convenient for loading up on breads, cheeses, and produce.

Takoma Park Farmers Market Laurel Ave. between Eastern and Carroll aves.; Sunday 10 to 2; Year-round. A local pioneer in the producers-only market movement, this large market offers goods from over 20 vendors.

West Frederick Farmer's Market 110 Baughman's Ln., Frederick; Saturday, 10 to 1; May 4 to November 16. This large market just outside downtown Frederick offers the full spectrum of market finds, from produce to bagels.

Virginia

Fairfax County runs 11 different farmers markets, not all listed here. Visit the Park Authority page for times, dates, and vendor listings for each.

Annandale Farmers Market 6621 Columbia Pike; Thursday 8 to noon; May 3 to November 1. You'll find berries, vegetables, breads, and more at this downtown Annandale market.

Arlington Farmers Market N. Courthouse Rd. and 14th St. N.; 8 to noon (April through December); 9 to noon (January through March); Year-round. A large list of vendors includes Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms, Blue Ridge Dairy, Toigo Orchards, and more.

Burke Farmers Market 5671 Roberts Pkwy.; Saturday 8 to noon; May 4 to November 23. In addition to vendors, you'll find a master gardener plant clinic to answer all your green thumb questions.

City of Falls Church Farmers Market 300 Park Ave.; Saturday 8 to noon (April through December); 9 to noon (January through March). One of the largest area markets with over 50 vendors during peak season and monthly cooking demonstrations from local chefs.

Columbia Pike Farmers Market S. Walter Reed Dr. and Columbia Pike, Arlington; Sunday 9 to 1 (April 28 to November 24); Year-round. A rotating cast of local artisans join vendors like Twin Springs Fruit Farm, Borekg Homemade Turkish Food, and more.

Crystal City FreshFarm Market 251 S. 18 and Bell Street, adjacent to the Crystal City metro; Tuesday 3 to 7; April 30 to November 26. A number of vendors include the Farm at Sunnyside, Gunpowder Bison, Capitol Kettle Corn, and more.

Del Ray Farmers' Market East Oxford and Mount Vernon aves.; Saturday 8 to noon; Year-round. You'll find over 20 vendors at this neighborhood market, such as Tom's Amish Cheese, Kudzu Cookies, fish from the Lee Brothers, and more.

Frying Pan Farmers Market 2709 West Ox Rd., Herndon; Thursday 3:30 to 7; May 3 to October 25. Make it a day at Frying Pan Park by stopping at this market for fruits, vegetables, and more.

Old Town Farmers' Market 301 King St., Alexandria; Saturday 7 to noon; Year-round. Early birds fancy this market in the heart of Old Town, which offers a full spectrum of produce, meats, and seafood.

Reston Farmers Market Lake Anne Plaza; Saturday 8 to noon; May 4 to November 2. Over 25 vendors gather to sell various edibles, plus you'll find another bevy of artisans at the craft market.

Smart Markets Inc. Multiple Northern Virginia locations. Founded by longtime Fairfax resident Jean Janssen, this series of producer-only markets serve Springfield, Reston, Oakton, Manassas Park, Lorton, and Bristow on various days.

Vienna Farmers' Market 301 Center St. S.; Saturday 8 to noon; May 4 to October 26. A sizable market that includes the likes of fresh meats and sausages from Ole Pioneer's Kitchen, sweets by Savagely Good, Mexican breakfast foods at Ruben's Crepes, and more.

Westover Farmers Market Washington Blvd. and N. McKinley Rd., Arlington; Sunday 8 to noon (May through November); 9 to noon (December through April); Year-round. This local, producer-only neighborhood market attracts vendors like Mac's Donuts, Shell Yes! Crab Cake Company, Chef Eloy's Kickin' Salsa, and more.

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