Best Independent Grocery Store

Smucker Farms of Lancaster Co.
2118 14th St. NW, (202) 986-7332
Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
Smucker Farms is serious about fresh merchandise. This farm-to-table hotspot delivers produce and artisan edibles from Southcentral Pennsylvania. (Think grass-fed beef, root vegetables, and creamy cheeses.) Part of the store’s charm is its ability to solve culinary problems. Need that one ingredient for your Tuesday night dinner? Chances are, it’s in stock. Making a special meal for a new paramour? Grab a bottle of Maryland wine, homemade noodles, sauce, and something sweet from Capital Candy Jar. Need a healthy snack on a Saturday afternoon? Check out the crates of Gala apples. In addition, a trip to this neighborhood grocery store will reveal food you never knew was produced nearby. Did you know Room 11 makes small, individual desserts? That a hot sauce is produced in Herndon? That small batches of dog biscuits are made at Union Market? Or that ‘CHUPS makes fruit ketchup here D.C.? The highlight of their offerings, though, can be found in their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Buy in, and you’ll be treated to a box of seasonal vegetables and goodies from an association of regional farmers.

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