Best Organic/Alternative Grocery Stores in DC

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Eat Healthy and Support Local Farms!

Finding a grocery store in DC is easy. There’s Giant, Safeway, and so many more! But the real question is, where can you find organic and healthy grocery stores?

There are plenty of them around the city! With everything from grocery chains to and markets to small, independent stores, you’ll be able to find what works for you.

Eastern Market?

Eastern Market was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Why? Because of its status as one of only a handful of historic public markets in the area. The market caught on fire in 2007 but was restored to its original glory through a two-year project.

When it was first built, Eastern Market was supposed to be one of three markets throughout the city. Unfortunately, the Western and Central Markets did not take off, and Eastern Market is the only one of the three that remains.

Eastern Market has both indoor and outdoor stores. You can peruse rows of bakery products, flowers, cheese, and dairy products, and seafood in the main hall. You’ll also find Market Lunch, a famous spot for blueberry buckwheat pancakes.

If you’d prefer to hang out in the sunshine, step outside and browse the stalls of local farmers in the bustling streets. There are plenty of live bands that play in the area, as well as artwork and handicrafts available for sale.

No matter what you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it at Eastern Market!

Where?

Not sure where to find Eastern Market? It’s simple! The market can be found at 225 7th Street and is open from 7 am to 7 pm from Tuesday to Thursday. On Saturdays and Sundays, the hours are slightly more limited, and on Mondays, the market is closed altogether.

Glut Food

Glut Food is a lovely spot to visit for your groceries and produce. The market was founded in 1969 by conscious objectors to the Vietnam War. Today, the market continues to live out its motto of reform and social justice.

There are no “managers” at the store. Instead, all the members of the co-op have an equal say in how the store is run. When surplus income is obtained from the store, the earnings go into causes which the store believes in – For example, the Washington Peace Center.

This co-op is a nonprofit organization whose prices only cover the cost of the goods. That’s great news for you because it means you get the produce at seriously reasonable prices!

With just about anything you could want available, Glut Food is a great local spot to head to for your groceries.

Where?

Glut Food can be found at 4005 34th Street. It’s open Tuesday through Friday from 9 am to 8 pm and Saturday through Monday from 9 am to 7 pm. The only times the store is closed is on Federal Holidays!

Glen’s Garden Market

Locally grown produce, catering, and exceptional coffee all characterize this sweet little marketplace. Glen’s Garden Market believes in locally sourcing all products.

They also believe in growing small businesses and empowering women business leaders. Currently, Glen’s Garden Market works with 70 local vendors. Out of those 70, 40 of them are women-owned businesses.

You won’t just find great produce at this little grocery nook. You can buy gift cards, create an order to pick up, look up catering options and more!

Where?

If you’re ready to get your groceries, you’ll find the place open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 10 pm. Or, if you need to shop on the weekend, head down to 2001 S Street NW between 9 am and 9 pm.

Yes! Organic Market

These little gems are sprinkled all over the city, and they offer tons of little things that really set them apart. For instance, fresh sushi made in-house, juice presses and smoothies, fresh flowers, and more.

Despite it being a chain, Yes! Organic Market has taken some significant initiatives toward sustainability. All their stores are operated by solar power, and they offer savings if you bring your own shopping bags.

Yes! Doesn’t just focus on your groceries, either. They have regular wine tastings and beer tastings to bring the community together.

Where?

They have multiple locations all over the city, so be sure to see if they have one near you! No matter which of our DARO Apartments you live in, you’re sure to be close by to a Yes! Organic Market.

Union Kitchen Grocery

This little spot is a high-end grocery store full of special products. They also offer a classic breakfast/lunch diner counter all in one. It has luxury items that you won’t be able to find at other stores.

What’s neat about Union Kitchen Grocery is that they believe in growing local businesses. If you feel you’d make a good addition to the grocery store, you can check out their ACCELERATOR program. This program lets you partner with the kitchen to grow your company!

Every store in Union Kitchen Grocery is completely unique. They’ve got the Blind Dog Cafe to provide you with pastries, but they’ve also got beer and wine distributors with unique brews.

Where?

You’ll find the grocery at 1369 New York Ave NE, where you can sit down and enjoy a latte with a friend. Or, you can stock up for your extravagant dinner party this weekend!

Capital Supermarket

This little location didn’t start off selling organic fruit and veggies when it opened the early 60s. But, ever since 2008 it has been. This is also a great place to go if you are looking for fresh whole fish, clams, mussels, and even live blue crabs.

It might not look like much as you pass by, but this Korean-American family-owned business has garnered quite a reputation for itself. And, you should consider stopping by sometime to see if it has what you need.

Where?

Capital Supermarket can be found at 1231 11th St NW and is open daily from 9 am to 9 pm. It’s a very central location, making it not only a healthy choice for groceries but also a convenient one!

Are you ready to get out and get shopping? Well, you’re going to need a place to put all those groceries you bring home! Call us up at DARO Apartments and learn more about our different available rentals.

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