I've talked about the Sherwood Hall Lane Farmer's Market already, but there's no lack of farmer's markets in the DC area---and no excuse for not checking them out! There are more real farmers at the Old Town Alexandria Farmer's Market than ever before. It's not just a social occasion anymore: there are four or five new farmers, and it's really getting good! I've been going for a month now, and I'm really impressed with their vendors this year.

The Old Town Market is open on Saturdays, starting at 5:30am and ending at 11. The prime time for shopping is between 6 and 8, so set your alarm!

Then there's the Midweek Farmer's Market in Alexandria---the little one, a stone's throw from King Street Metro (and three blocks from my shop!). I call it the convenience store of farmers markets---it's great for when you're making dinner and you realize you've forgotten an onion, a zucchini, or a basket of strawberries.

It runs until October, on Wednesdays from 3 to 7.

The city's newest farmer's market has a unique claim to fame: it was started by the First Lady. I've only been a few times, but it is great for a mid-size market.

You can find it near the McPherson Square Metro on Thursdays from 3 to 7.

Then there's the big daddy of all DMV farmer's markets: the Dupont Circle Farmer's Market---my favorite!! All the top chefs I know go to it. It reminds me of the Santa Monica Farmer's Market in California, where all the stars shop, and the Brooklyn Farmer's Market in New York.

The Dupont market opens at 8:30 and closes at 1:00 every Sunday morning. I recommend arriving before 10.

Maybe I'll even see you there!