Farm fresh fixtures fill local markets with delights dorms desire

August 28, 2014

Shalina Chatlani

Here at the Voice we know how satisfying it is to get your hands around a pair of firm, juicy tomatoes––organic, of course! If in the midst of your frantic move to campus, you briefly betrayed your inner hippie with embarrassing Safeway runs, don’t fret. There are a number of farmers’ markets nearby, with interesting people and eclectic stalls that you and your sustainably grown friends can walk or ride to on your vintage bikes.


Glover Park and Burleith Neighborhood Market

Nothing in life makes sense until you try peanut butter and chocolate goat cheese fudge. This delicious delicacy is from Spriggs Delight Goat Milk Cheeses, a vendor from Maryland that participates in the Glover Park and Burleith Farmers’ Market. The market’s assistant manager, John Little, explains that the best part of this local farmer’s market is “being able to meet new people who have gathered together to support local businesses and small farms.” Only a 15 minute walk away, Burleith’s fresh produce is within easy reach. Although quite small, this particular gathering of local farmers and foodies has a lot to offer, including homemade baked goods from Bonaparte Breads, organic eggs and dairy products from Happy Hen’s Barnyard, and even some live music.


Wisconsin Ave. and 35th St. NW, opposite Safeway

Saturdays 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., 

May 10- Nov. 22 


Dupont Circle “FRESHFARM” Market

Bev Eggleston, the founder of Eco-Friendly Foods and an organic food vendor from rural Virginia, explains that the connection between farm and table, consumer and vendor is the fundamental essence of the farmer’s market, and it is captured perfectly at Dupont’s “FRESHFARM” Market. It brings together over 100 farmers and producers and organizes a series of markets throughout the D.C. metropolitan area. Definitely much larger than the market in Burleith, the Dupont farmers’ market, albeit very conventional, is a lot more crowded. It has a greater range of vendors for those looking to purchase more than just fruits and vegetables, but also some other specialty products. Only a few minutes away from campus by GUTS bus, it is eggsactly the type of convenience Georgetown students are looking for!


20th St., between Mass. Ave. and Hillyer Place

Sundays, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

March – Dec.


Eastern Market

Eastern Market captures the internationalism of the District, as the enigmatic Nigerian vendor, Emmanuel Babatunde, explained. Eastern market, he said, is a wonderful place to work because, “it’s beautiful … and you can meet all kinds of people from different walks of life … who show their culture in the stuff they sell.” Despite its distance from campus, Eastern Market is one place that all Georgetown students should visit. Expansive and comprehensive, Eastern Market offers everything from fruits and vegetables to kaftans at the outdoor stalls, lobster rolls at the indoor meat market, and aromatic chicken curry in the food court. Well-priced products from all over the world––what could be better?


7th and C St. SE

Sundays 10 am to 5 pm

Year round


Let’s be honest, all Georgetown students, particularly the couch potatoes among us, need the occasional escape from Leo’s and the District’s farmer’s markets promise good food and, occasionally, some bazaar people.


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