When I was living in DC I went to farmers’ markets a lot, often more than once a week. Here are the best things.
Drinkable Yogurt from Clear Spring Creamery at the Dupont Circle Farmers’ market- This is one of the more expensive market in town, but they have wonderful, magical things. This yogurt is incredibly addictive. There strawberry is really rich. Their seasonal pumpkin flavor is like drinking a pie.
GoldRush Apples from Licking Creek Bend Farm at the Columbia Heights Farmers’ Market- This is the ultimate apple. It can range from quite tart to outrageously sweet all in one apple. They can be found at a couple other markets around the city too.
Piedmont Cheese from Everona Dairy at the Penn Quarter Farmers’ Market- This is one of the priciest stalls in the DC farmers’ market scene, but they also sell some of the best cheese in the city and encourage you to try every last bit of it.
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Late-Harvest Tomato Sauce from The Copper Pot at the U Street Farmers’ Market- This is so incredible rich and delicious it tastes like it’s filled with cream or cheese or something. Somehow though, its only ingredient is tomatoes.
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Horseradish Mustard from Hickory Lanes Farms at the Adam’s Morgan Farmers’ Market- Replace your unhealthy mayo with some incredible mustard. This is one of the greatest condiments I’ve ever had.
Free Samples at the Capital Harvest on the Plaza Farmers’ Market- Sure, a lot of Farmers’ Markets give out free samples, but this one brings in professional and sometimes famous chefs each week to do a demonstration and make something delicious for everyone. There’s been lentil soup, gnocchi, sage-ade, and many many more.
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Any Dip from Gypsy Hill Dips and Rubs at the Vienna Farmers’ Market- Alright, so this one can’t actually be found within the city, but it’s worth mentioning. You but a spice packet, mix it with some sour cream and some mayo, let it sit for a few hours, and dig it. It makes some of the best creamy dips I’ve ever had.