Best Farmers’ Market

Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market
17th and Lamont streets NW, Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Photograph by Darrow Montgomery

The best farmers market in D.C., with few exceptions, is the one an easy walk from your apartment, a lunchtime stroll from your office, or a Metro stop away. But among those worth a trip from afar, Mount Pleasant’s Saturday morning market wins handily.

Start with coffee and a donut at Heller’s before walking to the market, in a tree-lined square. When it comes to vendors, Mount Pleasant has choice without being overwhelming. Truck Patch is the place to beat for sausage and steaks, Reid’s and Quaker Valley Orchard will keep you in peaches and grapes, and the only consistently reliable bread game in town—Atwater’s—is there with enviable loaves. Market manager Rebbie Higgins brings an effortless energy to making sure that everyone who passes through considers buying at least one vegetable they have never heard of.

Mount Pleasant also offers a street food array to rival a weekday lunch hour at Farragut Square. The steamed duck buns from weekly fixture People’s Bao are not to be missed, and V Picnic Club serves up vegan takeout every other Saturday. The market also hosts occasional one-off stands—last summer featured a made-on-demand juice that I still dream about.

Add to that a bike clinic, regular music performances, and presentations on everything from knitting to how to weatherize your home, and you have a market that lives up to the ideal that markets should not just serve, but create community.