Let’s not lie to ourselves: while we love fresh produce and other organic sundries, we sometimes can’t stand the crowds at weekend farmer’s markets. There are only so many indecisive individuals you can wade through before you snap, and trust us, if you start throwing fresh-picked tomatoes at people, you’re doing yourself as much of a disservice as you are the clean-up crew. Those could’ve made such a lovely sauce. So, save your frustration for something really worthy of a tomato-throw (the @#$^&* driver who nearly kills you on your bike ride home) and instead hit-up one of DC’s weekday farmer’s markets. All the produce, none of the crowd.
Brookland Farmer’s Market
Located next to the Brookland Metro station, this Tuesday market runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. starting in May, and will be supplied by Licking Creak Bend Farm, a 60-acre oasis of awesome in Needmore, Penn. What you’ll find: tomatoes (to be eaten, not thrown), bell peppers, summer squash, cucumbers, apples, melons, pears, potatoes, onions and more exotic veggies like kohlrabi and tomatillos.
Bethesda & Chevy Chase Y.M.C.A.
Another Tuesday market, this one, run by Twin Springs Fruit Farm out of Orrtanna, Penn., happens all year from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 9401 Old Georgetown Rd. in Bethesda. And while the fresh fruit is definitely a highlight (they’ve got over a dozen varieties of peaches alone), the veggies and treats are top-notch, too. Try the homemade apple butter.
Capital Harvest on the Plaza
Taking place this year for the first time this Friday at 13th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., NW, this weekly market runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is supplied by a variety of local vendors, ranging from butchers to bakers (alas, no candlestick makers). This market also hosts cooking demos, including one this Friday from RIS Chef Sarah Biglan. Don’t forget to buy the popcorn from Kettle Korn of Maryland. It's got more fiber than candy and tastes just as good.
D.C. Open-Air Farmers Market at RFK Stadium
While many opt for this market on Saturdays, the best day of the week to go is Thursdays between 6 a.m. (OK, that’s a little early) and 4:15 p.m. Open year-round, this is a low-key place to pick up produce straight from the farmer who grew it. Plus, because this market is one of the least crowded you’ll find in DC, it’s a great place to get your agricultural nerd on and get advice for your personal garden.
Georgetown Farmer’s Market in Rose Park
Starting May 2, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Wednesday, Georgetowners can forget about waiting in line at their pricey grocers and instead head down to this all-volunteer community market to pick up fresh veggies and produce to cook at home, as well as a variety of ready-made meals to eat right there. Check out anything by the Praline Baking Company.
Fresh Farms Markets in Various Locations
From the same people who bring you the popular Dupont Circle farmer’s market every weekend are three weekday markets scattered about town. Get everything you need to make just about any meal you can think of. Bison? Check. Here are their weekday locales:
Crystal City, Virginia
Crystal Dr., between 18th and 20th St.
Tuesdays, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., starting May 1
By the White House
810 Vermont Ave., NW, between H and Eye St., NW
Thursdays, 11 a.m to 2:30 p.m., starting May 3
Eye St., between New Hampshire Ave. and 24th St., NW
Wednesdays, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., already underway!