City Guides,  Culinista Kitchen®

A Buyer’s Market

by The Culinistas

Some people love shopping for shoes; we love shopping for Fuji apples and fresh flowers. (Okay, we also love shopping for shoes, too.) To get us acclimated with our newest, ahem, market, we asked our incredible new D.C. chefs where they go for the good stuff. 

Here’s the inside scoop. 

The Fresh Farm farmers market in Arlington has been around since 1979 and is home to more than 30 vendors. Check out Wollam Gardens flowers for the perfect dinner party decor.

One of the best things about the Eastern Market on Capitol Hill is that you can shop online! A section of the market is also indoors if you’re looking to get out of the cold. Stop by Bowers Fancy Dairy Products and pick up a raclette lamp for the person on your Christmas list who has everything. (Then ask us for our special raclette menu.)

The year-round Fresh Farm farmers market at DuPont Circle has been around since 1997 and hosts more than 50 vendors. Come early, come hungry, and don’t leave without picking up a bag of Zeke’s coffee. 

Stachowski Market in Georgetown is a “chef-driven butcher shop, deli and grocery store.” Come for the housemade charcuterie, stay for one of their epic deli sandwiches.

If H Mart, the largest Asian supermarket chain in America, isn’t on your radar, you’re missing out. With numerous locations around the greater D.C. area, a visit to this grocer is equal parts productive and adventure. Don’t miss the produce section. 

A. Litteri, “the anchor of Union Market since 1926,” is located in the heart of D.C. and is your one-stop-shop for all things Italian, from fresh pasta to the finest oils and vinegars. Whatever you came for, good luck walking away without one of their fresh balls of mozzarella, which is made in house. Earth N Eats CSA delivers a variety of goods from eggs & jam to meat & mushrooms to DC twice a week from a farm co-op in Waynesboro, PA. It’s as close as you can get to having a garden in your own backyard.