Market Watch

The D.C. area is fortunate to have a dedicated organization like FreshFarm Markets making it easier for city folk to support local farms. What sets the six FreshFarm Markets apart is their commitment to the region. They are producer-only markets, meaning participating farmers and producers "must grow, raise, catch, produce and hand-craft what they bring to market," according to the organization.

And next week, the markets around town get into full swing.

First up, the Dupont Circle market enters its 10th year (congrats!) on April 1. Vidalia chef RJ Cooper will be on hand for a cooking demonstration at 11 a.m. The Foggy Bottom market gets going April 4, and the following day, April 5, the Penn Quarter market opens its season with a cooking demo by PS 7's chef/owner Peter Smith at 5 p.m.

FreshFarm's H Street Northeast and Silver Spring markets kick off May 5.

The Dupont market runs Sundays year-round in the 1500 block of 20th Street, between Massachusetts Avenue and Q Street. Regular season hours, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., start Sunday.

The Foggy Bottom market takes place Wednesdays, April 4 to Nov. 14, from 2:30 to 7 p.m. on I Street between New Hampshire Avenue and 24th Street.

Penn Quarter's market is held Thursdays, April 5 to Nov. 15, from 3 to 7 p.m. on Eighth Street NW between D and E streets.

Beyond the wonderful FreshFarm markets, check out this post from DCist for mentions of a few more.

(Photos courtesy FreshFarm Markets.)