Washington D.C. Local Foods

Guide to Great Food In and Around The District

No, it's not a state, but I have great affection for the foods of the District, as the locals call it, and sympathy for its state-less population. They deserve a "state" guide, too, even if they don't have proper representation in Congress.

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    Washington D.C. Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables

    Sweet Dumpling Squash
    Sweet Dumpling Squash. Photo © Getty Images, used with permission

    As Michelle Obama's much-covered White House garden has shown, plenty of delicious produce can be grown right in the city. Most local produce for the District, however, comes from farms in Maryland and Virginia. Find out what to expect at farmers markets with these guides to Maryland Seasonal Produce and Virginia Seasonal Produce.

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    Washington D.C. Farmers Markets

    Beets and Carrots at Market
    Beets and Carrots at Market. Photo © Molly Watson

    Washington proper has lots of neighborhood markets, most of which are listed in this Guide to Washington D.C. Farmers Markets. The markets run by Fresh Farm Markets assure that vendors grow or make their own goods and that everything comes from sustainable sources. Fresh Farm Markets also have chef demonstrations and other events.

    Also find a market near you with this Guide to Virginia DC Suburbs Farmers Markets and Guide to Maryland DC Suburbs Farmers Markets.

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    Washington D.C. Blue Crabs

    Blue Crabs
    Blue Crabs. Photo © Cavan Images, used with permission from Getty Images

    Luckily for its residents, Washington is close to the Chesapeake Bay and its famous blue crabs. You can buy crabs and boil them yourself, pick the meat, and serve with melted butter. Any extra picked crab meat can be used to make crab cakes.

    Or have someone else do all the work and check out one of the city's many Crab Restaurants.

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    Washington D.C. U-Picks

    Northern Spy Apples. Photo © Molly Watson

    Find a farm near the District where you can pick your own apples, cherries, flowers, pumpkins, and more:

    • Maryland U-Picks
    • Northern Virginia U-Picks
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    Washington D.C. Local Foods Resources

    Find great restaurants of all sorts,as well as food events and more from About.com's Guide to Washington D.C.. You can find ideas, inspiration, and like-minded people through Slow Food DC.