WASHINGTON -- Thursday's season opening of the White House Farmers Market on Vermont Avenue marks the unofficial start of open-air produce markets in the nation's capital.
For consumers that want to support local agriculture, there's no better option than shopping at the city's various farmers markets.
Want to enjoy all the goodness that comes with farmers market shopping? Plan ahead. Most take both cash and credit cards but all have limited supplies of produce.
Check out the slideshow below to find out what D.C. market might be best for you.
This <a href="http://www.freshfarmmarket.org/farmers_markets/markets/white_house.php" target="_hplink">downtown market</a> located near the White House at 810 Vermont Ave. NW, targets the lunch crowd. It's open Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. until Oct. 25. The market is a nice, weekly chance for downtown office workers to stock up on produce. Seen here are first lady Michelle Obama, right, and White House chef Sam Cass, at the White House Farmers Market in 2009.
The <a href="http://www.mtpfm.org/" target="_hplink">Mount Pleasant Farmers' Market</a> is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until November 17. Located at Lamont Park, the market has been going strong since 2003. The market offers producer-only fruit and vegetables, flowers, herbs, eggs, meat, dairy products, fresh bread, sweets, and other baked goods. In addition cash and credit, the market accepts EBT, WIC and Farmers' Market coupons. Dogs and kids welcome. Donated produce goes to <a href="http://www.loavesandfishesdc.org/" target="_hplink">Loaves and Fishes</a>. <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cristinabe/5905084733/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">cristinabe</a></em>
Open Saturday mornings until mid-November, <a href="http://www.marketsandmore.net/" target="_hplink">this market</a> is relatively small but easily accessible to those living near the U Street corridor and Logan Circle. <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/29544956@N06/3669754593/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr photo by Adam Gurri</a>
A long running market, the <a href="http://www.freshfarmmarket.org/farmers_markets/markets/dupont_circle.php" target="_hplink">Dupont Circle market</a> draws tourists and locals. With more than 40 participating farmers, there's a reason this market runs year-round. The market, on 20th Street NW adjacent to the Q Street entrance to the Dupont Circle Metrorail station, is open on Sundays, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., April through December. The market opens at 10 a.m. from January through March. <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ncindc/2773664173/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr photo by NCinDC</a>
The <a href="http://dcgreens.org/at-market/" target="_hplink">Glover Park-Burleith Farmers' Market</a> begins on Saturday, May 12 and runs until Nov. 17. Each week features a food truck, live music and bike clinics in addition to vendors. The market is located in the parking lot of Hardy Middle School at 34th Street NW and Wisconsin Avenue, opposite the Social Safeway. <em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ncindc/2773664173/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">Flickr photo by NCinDC</a></em>
Located across the street from a chain grocery store and a chain everything store, the <a href="http://www.columbiaheightscommunitymarketplace.org/about#visit" target="_hplink">Columbia Heights Farmers' Market</a> is a welcome break for long lines, florescent lights and screaming children. The children still scream, but since you're outside it's not that bad. The market, located at 14th Street NW and Park Road, returns Saturday, May 12 and continues every Saturday until Dec. 15, making it one of the longest markets this season. <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/mr_t_in_dc/" target="flickr"> Mr. T in DC</a></em>
Another <a href="http://www.freshfarmmarket.org/farmers_markets/markets/penn_quarter.php" target="_hplink">downtown market</a>, this one is heavily populated by tourists and locals that might forget it exists. Open every Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m., it's good for picking up that one ingredient you forgot for dinner. Runs until Dec. 20 on 8th Street NW between D and E streets. <em>Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/f-oxymoron/" target="flickr"> [F]oxymoron</a></em>