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A Guide to DC’s Farmers Markets: Eating Fresh and Local

A Guide to DC’s Farmers Markets: Eating Fresh and Local

Washington, DC, is not only the nation’s capital but also a hub for some of the best farmers markets in the area. These markets offer a unique opportunity to eat fresh, support local farmers, and enjoy a diverse array of products. Here’s a comprehensive guide to the most popular and unique farmers markets in DC, along with the benefits of shopping at these vibrant community spots.

Popular Farmers Markets in DC

  • Eastern Market: Located in the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood, Eastern Market is one of the oldest and most beloved farmers markets in DC. It operates year-round, offering fresh produce, meats, artisanal cheeses, and more.
  • Dupont Circle Farmers Market: A favorite among locals, this market is known for its wide variety of organic and locally sourced goods. It’s a great place to find everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to baked goods and flowers.
  • Union Market: Though not a traditional farmers market, Union Market is a must-visit food hall that hosts several local vendors selling fresh produce, meats, and specialty foods.

Unique Farmers Markets in DC

  • USDA Farmers Market: Located at the USDA headquarters, this market promotes local agriculture, featuring cooking demos by top chefs and offering organic produce, artisan cheeses, and fresh flowers.
  • Trinidad Farmers Market: In the Trinidad neighborhood, this newer market is known for its vibrant atmosphere and focus on providing fresh, affordable food in an underserved area.
  • Capital Harvest on the Plaza: Located at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, this market emphasizes sustainability, with a mix of organic vegetables, specialty meats, live music, and seasonal events.
  • Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market: Nestled in the heart of the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood, this market is known for its community vibe and diverse selection of goods, including locally sourced honey and artisanal bread.

Benefits of Shopping at Farmers Markets

Shopping at farmers markets in Washington, DC, has numerous benefits:

  • Freshness: Produce at farmers markets is often picked at the peak of ripeness, ensuring you get the freshest and most flavorful fruits and vegetables.
  • Supporting Local Farmers: By shopping at farmers markets, you’re directly supporting local agriculture and contributing to the sustainability of small farms.
  • Health Benefits: Eating fresh, locally sourced produce is not only tastier but also healthier, as it’s less likely to be processed or contain preservatives.
  • Community Engagement: Farmers markets are great places to meet people and engage with your community, fostering a sense of belonging and connectedness.

Washington, DC’s farmers markets are treasure troves of fresh produce, unique products, and vibrant community life. Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor, exploring these markets is a delightful way to eat fresh food, support local farmers, and experience the city’s diverse culture.


Thompson-Markward Hall’s Impact

Thompson-Markward Hall (TMH) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the academic and professional success of young women. Located in the heart of Washington, DC, TMH offers safe, affordable, and convenient housing for women working, attending school, or interning in our nation’s capital. Included in the room and board rates are utilities, free high-speed Wi-Fi, breakfast and dinner, and a diverse, welcoming community.

In addition to offering a wonderful place to call home in DC, we provide useful information to residents and prospective applicants as a resource to help them become familiar with DC and be successful in all of their endeavors. Whether you’re currently looking for a place to stay in DC, planning for a potential future here, or simply looking to learn more about the DC area, TMH is here to help!

Learn more about our accommodations or to submit an application today to start enjoying all of the benefits of living at TMH! You can also make a donation to support the crucial work we do!

Resident Resources

Room and board is due on the first of every month. TMH does not issue payment notices. A $20.00 late fee is charged everyday beginning at 9:00 pm on the 5th day of the month until the room and board payment is received. If you are unable to make your monthly payment for any reason, please speak to management immediately.

Room and board includes the first day of the month until the morning of the last day of the month or until the morning of the day of check-out, whichever day comes first.

In the event that a resident does not stay the entire month, rent will be prorated within the same month. To view the pro-rated fee schedule and a list of other fees—click here: TMH Pro-Rated Fee Schedule 6-1-2022


Each resident is asked to abide by the TMH House Rules and Regulations stipulated here: House Rules and ProceduresRule-packet-Emergency-Procedures-Updated-12-2019. Please read this document to become familiar with TMH policies and procedures such as guest policies, meal times, smoking areas, printer and copier use, Internet and telephone use, damage charges, and much more.

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Commuting: Metro stops within walking distance are Union Station, Capitol South, and Eastern Market. Refillable SMARTRIP cards are available for purchase at all metro stops. For more information on public transportation visit WMATA.

Parking: TMH does not offer parking and street parking is limited. Most areas offer 2 hour parking from 7:00am-8:30pm and unlimited overnight parking without a permit. However, if you do not have a Residential Parking Permit and your car is seen in the area repeatedly within a 30-day period you may be ticketed for not obtaining proper tags.

Union Station is the nearest public parking garage. There is generally a wait list for obtaining a parking space. Click here to visit their website to obtain up-to-date information.

Temporary Parking Permits: DC offers Reciprocity Parking Permits in special situations. Click here to see if you qualify. If you meet the requirements, you can obtain a Proof of Residency form from the front office.

Registering Your Vehicle in DC: If you do not meet the requirements for a temporary parking permit, you may choose to register your vehicle in DC. Click here for specific instructions.

Other Transportation Information:

  • Voting: To become a registered voter in the DC area, visit the Board of Elections & Ethics. Please note that you must unregister from your current voting state in order to register as a voter in DC.
  • DC One Card: DC has a new initiative to incorporate multiple cards into one all-inclusive card. The DCOne Card is a library card, Metro card, and can grant access to Public Parks programs. Click here to register or get more information.
  • DC Plastic Bag Policy: Washington DC’s Skip the Bag, Save the River Initiative requires a $0.05 fee per bag from businesses selling food and alcohol. Be sure to take reusable bags with you to the grocery store to avoid the fee.
  • DC Emergency Alerts: The DC Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Response has an alert system to notify residents of severe weather, police activity, road closures, and school and government closings. Notifications can be received via email or text message and can be specified to neighborhoods or work areas. For text alerts sign up here.
  • DC Metropolitan Police Resources: DC Metro PD offers several resources as well as an anonymous tip line for security concerns. You can find the tip line number as well as other important emergency phone numbers here.