It’s that time of year! Daffodils, blossoms, tulips, Farmers Markets! We are entering that few-week period where the weather is beautiful, the birds are chirping, and the temperatures are perfect before the swampy heatwave of summer sets in. While some markets run year-round, many DC area markets are just starting back up for the season.
So coffee roasters- they’re not farmers. FreshFarm Markets, which run 9 markets in DC alone plus more in the DMV area, made a big move last year to allow locally roasted coffee at their venues. Many farmers markets allow “value added” vendors to sell wares at their markets, even if the products are not 100% sourced in the DMV area (for example bakers who use flour from other parts of the country).
Especially now that we are so much more conscious of farmers, producers, and all the people that touch our coffee from crop to cup in the Third Wave, it makes sense that local roasters be allowed to highlight their exceptional coffee at local markets. It is a great way to promote local business after all!
Many locals favorites got their start at Farmers Markets – Zeke’s Coffee, Vigilante Coffee, Qualia Coffee and Harrar Coffee are the four roasters that we know currently sell at local markets – anyone we missed (like the Guatemalan Coffee vendor at the Old Town Market in Alexandria – anyone have the deets)? Below are the days and locations you can get a cup of joe and some freshly roasted beans in the area.
FDA Farmer’s Market, Tuesdays, 11am-2pm
Riverdale Park Farmer’s Market, Thursdays, 3pm-7pm, 4650 Queensbury Road, Riverdale Park, MD
Penn Quarter, Thursdays, 3 pm – 7 pm, 801 F St, NW
White House, Thursdays 11 am – 2 pm, 810 Vermont Ave, NW
CHoP @ the Reagan Building Plaza, Fridays, 11am-3pm, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
USDA Farmers Market, Fridays 9 am – 2 pm, Independence Avenue and 12th St, SW
Arlington Farmers Market, Saturdays 8am – noon (winter market starts at 9am), N.14TH ST AND N. COURTHOUSE RD, Arlington
Columbia Heights Community Marketplace, Saturdays 9am – 1pm, 14TH ST NW AND PARK ROAD NW
Rhode Island Row, Saturdays, 10 am – 2 pm, 2350 Washington Pl NE
Adams Morgan Farmers Market, Saturdays, 10 am – 2 pm, 18th St and Columbia Rd NW
Qualia Coffee/Pagoda Coffee:
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market, Saturdays, 9 am – 1 pm, 3210 Mount Pleasant St NW
Brookland Farmer’s Market (Monroe St. Mkt), Saturdays, 10am-2pm, 716 MONROE ST NE
Southwest Waterfront Station, Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm, 399 M Street SW
14th & Kennedy Street Farmers Market, Saturdays, 9am – 1 pm, 14th & Kennedy St NW
H Street, Saturdays, 9 am – 12:30 pm, 800 13th Street NE
City of Rockville Farmer’s Market (Jury Lot), Saturdays, 9 am – 1 pm, Route 28
and Monroe Street
Pike Central Farm Market, Saturdays, 9am-1:30pm, 915 Meeting St.
Harrar Coffee Roastery:
Petworth Community Market, 9 am – 1 pm. 9th & Upshur St NW
Shaw Farmers Market at Old City Farm & Guild, Sundays 10am to 2pm, 925 Rhode Island Ave NW
Dupont Circle Farmers Market, Sundays, 8:30am-1:30pm, 1500 20th Street NW
Bethesda Central Farm Market, Sundays, 9am-1:30pm, 7600 Arlington Rd, Bethesda
Greenbelt Farmer’s Market, Sundays, 10 am – 2 pm, 25 Crescent Road, Greenbelt
Olney Farmers’ and Artist’s Market, Sundays, 9am-1pm, 2801 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd, only MD
Mosaic Central Farm Market, Sundays, 9:30am-2:30pm, 2910 District Avenue
Capitol Riverfront, Sundays, 10 am – 2 pm, 200 M Street SE
Eastern Market, Saturdays, 10 am – 5 pm, 225 7th St SE
Looking forward to seeing everyone out at the markets!