Growing local food from compost.

Drop Off Program

Do you need a solution for time-to-time food scrap dropoffs? We’ve partnered with Freshfarm Markets to offer compost dropoffs at their Dupont Circle market. Just bring your scraps to the market and drop them off at our stand. We charge a $2 fee for each dropoff, which helps defray our staff and on-farm composting costs. To see the market schedule and directions, find them at


Market FAQ:

What hours can I drop off?

We accept compost drop-off during all regular market hours throughout the summer, but adjust during winter months. We’re there every week April through Thanksgiving (spring-fall market), and every other week from Thanksgiving through March (winter market). Our first “off-week” for the winter market is always the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

We will be accepting compostables at Freshfarm’s Dupont Circle Farmers Market on these dates for the 2016-17 winter season:

Dec 4, Dec 18, Jan 1, Jan 15, Jan 29, Feb 12, Feb 26, Mar 12, Mar 26

How Does It Work?  

You collect your food scraps in your own container, and then drop them off with us at Market. We recommend keeping your scraps in a container in the freezer to best manage odors or rotting. We will then process those scraps into compost at a local farm, garden or composting center. That’s it!

What Can I Compost?

  • All fruit and vegetable scraps – including rinds, cores, & seeds.
  • Bread, cookies, crackers, pasta – pretty much anything made of flour.
  • Grains, cooked or uncooked – rice, oats, barley, wheat, etc.
  • Coffee grounds, tea bags  (no staples, please), filters.
  • Herbs and spices.
  • Egg shells (crushed well).
  • Nuts and nutshells (except black walnuts).
  • Food-Soiled paper napkins and paper towels.
  • Cut flowers ( cut the stems into small pieces)

What Can’t I Compost?

  • Meat, poultry, or fish, including bones, fat, gristle, skin, etc.
  • Dairy products, including cheese, butter, yogurt, sour cream, etc.
  • Grease, oil, or sauce of any kind.
  • Eggs ( but eggshells are great!)
  • Compostable packaging, paper, personal care items.

How do I Optimize Scraps for Composting?

  • The smaller the pieces, the quicker they’ll break down in the compost pile, so please snap that corn cob in half and cut up those whole fruits and veggies.
  • Remove stickers, twist ties, elastics, and all plastic wrappings and bags.

How Should I Transport Food Scraps?   

You can bring your compostables in whatever container works for your space, but here is our order of preference:

  • Compostable Bags.
  • Reusable container, like a bin or tupperware container that you can take back with you.
  • Paper Bags.
  • Regular Plastic Bags.

Do I get any compost back?  

Nope. Sorry. We don’t have a soil exchange option for market dropoff composters. But we do usually have bags of finished compost and worms castings for sale at market.

How do I sign up?  

Signup is not required, drop off as needed.


We’re seeking more opportunities to build compost drop off sites like the one at Dupont Circle Farmers’ Market. If you know of a good location / event please let us know at

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