Georgetown has six farmers’ markets within easy reach. All have managers, strict hours and neighborhood agreements. They all feature locally grown organic food. They also all have different fall schedules. Three are open year-round.
The Glover Park-Burleith market at 35th Street and Wisconsin Avenue, across from Safeway, is open year-round on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It features vendors offering mainly organic fresh produce. Sheri and Allan Rivlin of Whirled Peas Kitchen sell “world healthy real food” prepared dishes to take home, including very interesting homemade kale chips (that, for some, may taste better than they look).
The Dupont Circle market is the largest. Next to the Metro on Q Street, its 50-some vendors sell on Sundays year-round. The hours are 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the warmer weather and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. January through March.
The Palisades Market at 48th Place and MacArthur Boulevard is open year-round on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The new Georgetown Neighborhood Farmers’ Market at P Street and Wisconsin Avenue — open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays — will end its season sometime in November. The market’s six booths offer organic seasonal fruits, vegetables, meats, pastries, meats and hot beverages. Orders will be taken soon for organic-grown Christmas trees and wreaths.
The Wednesday afternoon Rose Park Farmers Market at O and 26th Streets, open 4 to 7 p.m., will close at the end of October and open again in the spring. The 12-vendor market is supported by the Friends of Rose Park.
The Georgetown University Farmers’ Market, on campus at Red Square, is different. It is run by a student board of eight. Only two of the dozen or so venders sell fresh local vegetables and fruit. The others offer a unique range of on-site prepared food — from somosas, an Indian street food of cooked potatoes and peas in a pastry with a spicy cilantro sauce, to French sweet and savory crepes and Belgian waffles. The market also offers natural fruit ice pops, ice cream sundaes on top of just-made hot cookies and home-made ginger beer and root beer floats. Crowds of students and neighbors can be seen stuffing their bags and faces with these delectables on Wednesdays from noon to 5 p.m., April until mid-December.