Farmers markets are opening for the season across D.C., including markets returning to Van Ness and Glover Park-Burleith with new offerings.
Starting May 20, the Van Ness Farmers Market will be open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the University of the District of Columbia’s law school at 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW.
This year’s market brings in several new vendors including The Cookie Jar DC; Yinibini Baby, selling infant clothing and accessories; Brainfood Homegrown, offering savory popcorn and granola; and Eat 170, serving collard green egg rolls. Patrons will also find fresh local seasonal produce, along with eggs, fish, baked goods and more provided by the National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association.
The market will also host regular performances from musicians and bands, like Hawaiian music from Moe Nelson and Friends and rumba rock/Latin folk from Sonic Castaways. Opening day will feature John Henry the Guitar Playing Man.
The University of the District of Columbia, along with Van Ness Main Street, runs the market, which operates through Nov. 25. Updates are available at vannessmainstreet.org.
Meanwhile, the Glover Park-Burleith Farmers Market just opened for the season on May 13. The Saturday market runs weekly from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Hardy Middle School, at 1819 35th St. NW.
New vendors include Paella-to-go; Dimitri Olive Oil; Southern Cross Bakery, serving New Zealand-style savory pies; and Country Country, selling wild Alaskan seafood.
The Glover Park-Burleith market is run by Community Foodworks, which hosts several other farmers markets in the region. More information, including opportunities for volunteering, can be found at community-foodworks.org/glover-park.