If you want to feel like a local in Washington, D.C. and you happen to be here on a Sunday, plan a trip to Dupont Circle to visit this very charming farmers market. Operated by local nonprofit FRESHFARMS, the Dupont Circle farmers market happens every Sunday in the heart of this historic neighborhood, shutting down streets so locals can shop for organic produce, baked goods, and so much more. It's open all year round, but during the warm months of the year, you'll find more than 50 farmers setting up stalls here to sell their fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, and dairy. Beyond trying samples of peaches or tomatoes, you can also eat a full meal here—either get here early for breakfast (as in freshly made bagels), or go for options like wood-fired pizzas for lunch. This is also a great place to shop for souvenirs to take home since many local food and alcohol businesses like Supreme Core Cider or One Eight Distilling set up stalls at the Dupont Circle farmers market too.
This market's garnered international acclaim too. According to FRESHFARMS, the Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times of London named the market one of the top farmers markets in the country.
The Dupont Circle farmers market has been happening in Washington, D.C. for more than 20 years. The market began in 1997 as FRESHFARM's very first farmers market to launch in the District. Even though FRESHFARM now operates more than a dozen farmers markets in the Washington, D.C. area, locals still consider Dupont Circle as the region's premier market.
How to Get There
This market is located on 20th Street NW between Massachusetts Avenue and Hillyer Place. Parking in the Dupont Circle neighborhood can be difficult, so taking the Metro to the Dupont Circle stop on the Red Line is probably the easiest way to get to the market. That metro stop will take you right there.
What To Buy at the Market
Shop for fresh food and veggies with the seasons at Dupont Farmers Market, where more than 50 farmers in the Mid-Atlantic region sell both conventional and organic produce like heirloom tomatoes, gourmet lettuces, cut flowers, and much more. You'll also be able to load up your cart with pasture-raised meat, poultry and eggs, cheese, preserves, honey, cider, kombucha, pickles, fermented vegetables, soaps, potted plants, and maple syrup. This is a great place to find made-in-D.C. products like Gordy's Pickle Jar or New Columbia Distillers small-batch gin.
Besides filling up your fridge and pantry, this is an excellent place for a meal. Shoppers will be able to browse everything from Pinch gourmet Chinese dumplings, Soupergirl soup, Zeke's Coffee, or seasonal sorbet flavors from Dolcezza Gelato.
For a complete list of farmers and producers you can find at the Dupont Circle farmers market each week, head to FRESHFARM's site here.
When to Visit
The Dupont Circle farmers market is open all year round, every Sunday. The opening hours are Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Things to Do Nearby
This is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Washington, D.C., and there's much to explore here after a visit to the Dupont Circle farmers market.
- The neighborhood is home to several small museums that touch on topics from art to history and beyond. Walk through the National Geographic Museum and take in exhibits about the natural world and the explorers and photographers behind the famous magazine. See priceless works of art from Mark Rothko, Claude Monet, and many more famed artists at modern art museum the Phillips Collection.
- There are also many historic mansions in the Dupont Circle area that are interesting to see, like the Anderson House or the Woodrow Wilson House. Or take a walk down Embassy Row and see the mansions that countries around the world use as their home base in Washington D.C.
- If you're still hungry after a trip to the farmers market, there's no shortage of restaurants in Dupont Circle. Find a list of restaurant options in the neighborhood here and bar and nightclubs here.