Georgetown will be flush with fresh vegetables this summer thanks to a collaboration between Sweetgreen and FreshFarm Markets, which will bring a big new salad shop and weekly farm stand to 1044 Wisconsin Avenue, Northwest (at Grace Street) in late July.
The fast-casual salad chain, which has received millions in funding and grown nationally, got its start nearly ten years ago in a tiny Georgetown storefront on M Street (the shop is temporarily closed for renovations). Founder Nicolas Jammet says the team is celebrating their roots, both literally and figuratively, with the new Sweetgreen location—their biggest yet in DC—and two projects with FreshFarm, one of their early partners.
“FreshFarm is how we met our first farmers,” says Jammet. “I still remember [FreshFarm co-founder] Ann Yonkers walking me around to every single vendor in Dupont and saying ‘this guy is starting a restaurant.’”
The new two-story Sweetgreen, just blocks from the waterfront, will have a larger menu, indoor/outdoor seating, and a FreshFarm stand on Saturdays in an adjoining parking lot (open July 29th, 10 AM to 1 PM). Shoppers can get seasonal fruits and vegetables, dairy and eggs, and a variety of meats like lamb, chicken, and beef from Hillside Meadow Farm—a fifth-generation family farm in Southern York County, Pennsylvania. Jammet says the market may eventually grow pending interest from the neighborhood.
When the Georgetown Sweetgreen opens the first week of August, the inaugural sales will support another new FreshFarm project: a low-cost CSA that will operate out of Anne Beers Elementary School in Southeast, DC. Boxes of certified-organic produce from Rainbow Hill Farm in Charles Town, West Virginia will be available for all in the Ward 7 community at $10 per week. FreshFarm teachers will be onsite for cooking demonstrations, samples, and recipes.
Georgetown Sweetgreen and Farm Stand. 1044 Wisconsin Ave., NW