Local Goodies, Six Days a Week

Yesterday was opening day at Clarendon Farmers Market, located by the Clarendon Metro stop in north Arlington. It was slow going - with a small handful of vendors, a trickle of shoppers and a power outage for the musicians - but none of that mattered. The market was a reminder that the Washington area is brimming with local produce NOT just on the weekends, but six days a week. Farmers are bringing their goods into town every day but Monday (even they need a rest), so there's really no excuse not to shop locally this summer.

Clarendon Farmers Market produce
Early-season lettuces and other green goodies from Sunnyside Farms, at Clarendon Farmers Market

Below is a day-by-day list of area markets, abridged from the Food section's annual list of farmers markets in the Washington area. I've culled from their exhaustive resource to make the point that there's a good chance of a farmers market doing business near your home or office, on nearly every day of the week.

Although not comprehensive (please add in the comments area to any midweek markets I may have missed) this calendar-style list will give you a slice of what's out there depending on your schedule. For all the details covering all the nooks and crannies, do consult the Food section link above. And, to further sweeten the pot, the Food section is enhancing its farmers market coverage this year, with a first-hand report from each and every one. Stay tuned for that keeper later in June.

Tuesday

Bethesda Farmers Market, Norfolk and Woodmont Avenues, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Fairfax Farmers Market, 3730 Old Lee Highway, 8 a.m.-noon

Historic Brookland Farmers Market, 10th and Otis Streets NE, 4-7 p.m.

Mount Vernon Farmers Market, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, 8 a.m.-noon

Beginning June 6: New Morning Farmers Market
36th Street and Alton Place NW (Sheridan School parking lot), 4-8 p.m

USDA market at Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street SW (at plaza level), 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Wednesday

Beginning June 7: Anacostia Market, 14th Street between U and V Streets SE, 3-7 p.m.

Rose Park, 26th and O Streets NW, 4-7 p.m.

Annandale Farmers Market, 8100 Braddock Road, 2:30-6 p.m.

Clarendon Farmers Market, North Highland Street and Clarendon Boulevard, (at Clarendon Metro), 3-7 p.m.

Freshfarm Market at Foggy Bottom, I Street between New Hampshire and 24th Street NW, 3-7 p.m.

Frying Pan Park Farmers Market, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Vienna Farmers Market, 9601 Courthouse Road, 8 a.m.-noon

Thursday

Annandale Farmers Market, 6621 Columbia Pike, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Freshfarm Market at Penn Quarter, Eighth and D Streets NW, 3-7 p.m.

Beginning June 1: Gaithersburg Farmers Market, Fulks Corner Avenue at Route 355, 2-6 p.m.

Laurel Farmers Market, 300 block of Main Street, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Riverdale Park Farmers Market (at MARC parking lot), 3-7 p.m.

Beginning June 8: USDA Farmers Market at Beltsville, 5601 Sunnyside Avenue, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Friday

Beginning June 2: Ballston Farmers Market, Wellburn Square (near Ballston Metro), 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Kingstowne Farmers Market, (Kingstowne Center) 4-7 p.m.

McLean Farmers Market, 1659 Chain Bridge Road, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Beginning June 2: USDA market at Department of Agriculture, 12th and Independence Avenue SW, 10 .a.m. -2 p.m.


Saturday

Adams Morgan, 18th Street and Columbia Road NW 8 am-1 p.m.

Alexandria Farmers Market, 301 King Street (Market Square), 5 a.m.-11 a.m.

Arlington Courthouse, North Courthouse Road and North 14th Street (parking lot), 8 a.m.-noon

Del Ray Farmers Market, East Oxford and Mount Vernon Avenues, 8 a.m.-noon
Mount Pleasant, 17th and Lamont Streets NW9am-1pm

Falls Church Farmers Market, 300 Park Avenue (City Hall parking lot), 8 a.m.-noon

Freshfarm Market at H Street, 9 a.m.-noon

Freshfarm Market at Silver Spring, Ellsworth Drive between Fenton and Cedar Streets, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Beginning June 3: Ward 8 Farmers Market, Martin Luther King Jr. and Alabama Avenues SE, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.


Sunday

Bowie Farmers Market, 15200 Annapolis Rd., 8 a.m.-noon

Columbia Pike Farmers Market, Columbia Pike at South Walter Reed Drive, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Freshfarm Market at Dupont Circle (north side of Dupont Circle Metro, in bank parking lot), 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Takoma Park Farmers Market, Old Town section of Laurel Avenue between Eastern and Carroll, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Beginning June 4: Wheaton Farmers Market, Reedie Drive between Veirs Mill Road and Georgia Avenue, 8 a.m.- 1 p.m.

By Kim ODonnel |  May 25, 2006; 11:30 AM ET  | Category:  Farmers Markets
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I'm a newcomer to the metro area, and live in Arlington. I have to say I'm rather put off by the farmers' markets in Arlington. They seem really rather pricy. In my experience from living out West, the price of food at a farmers' market is generaly better than the price at a large chain store (like Safeway). Given that the income level in Arlington is rather high, perhaps they are just charging what the markets will bear?

Posted by: bobb | May 25, 2006 01:33 PM

I'm headed to the Penn Quarter Market this evening-- has anyone seen local strawberries yet this year?

Posted by: Metro Center | May 25, 2006 02:37 PM

Missed Burke, Va market Saturday mornings from 8am to noon in the VRE Parking lot of Roberts Road. Opened first weekend in May and has had strawberries since the first week.
I think produce in farmers markets aren't cheaper they taste better. I could buy tasteless tomatoes from Safeway or pay a little more and get flavorful ones at the market. The atmosphere is awesome too. There is nothing like an excited child pulling you though the stalls at 8am looking for fresh veggies. I couldn't be happier... Actually if I had 4 hands I would be happier but that is a Mom-thing.

Posted by: Momma Daria | May 25, 2006 03:28 PM

Columbia, Maryland, Thursdays, 2:30-6pm at the East Columbia Library on Cradlerock Road.

Yes, they have strawberries. And an egg lady, and really good tomatoes.

Going there now!

Posted by: Dynagirl | May 25, 2006 03:56 PM

There's nothing like taking home a load of veggies and fruit from the local farmer's market and serving them for dinner. On market days, that's all I put on the table (with a loaf of homemade bread) if the selection is good.

Posted by: veggieluv | May 25, 2006 04:06 PM

In my experience, the prices at farmers' markets are better than the prices at a Whole Foods or other high end grocer, but noticeably higher than a Safeway or Giant. You're paying for quality, for the fact that the farmers are bringing their produce directly to you, and yes, you're probably paying a premium due to the generally high incomes of the region. I can't say that I mind the higher prices, though, the quality is so VASTLY superior to the bland, mealy, industrially-grown produce that fills most grocery stores around here.

Posted by: Nate | May 25, 2006 05:15 PM

Saturday - Reston Farm Market (Lake Anne) Believe it's 8 to noon, but not positive. Also, eastern Loudon County has one on Sunday, somewhere off Rt 7 fairly near to the NVCC campus, but exact location and time??

Posted by: steve | May 26, 2006 02:16 PM

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