OUR FAVORITE FARMERS MARKETS IN THE WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA

by McEnearney on May 22, 2018

It’s that time of year, when farmers’ markets open their stalls en masse to share the abundance of locally-grown fresh fruit and vegetables. Not only can you buy your favorite grocery necessities and goods not found in other stores, but your purchases help support local farmers—and, in many cases, community food equity nonprofits.

The farmers market scene in the DMV is certainly impressive. From mobile markets like Arcadia ensuring that underserved communities have fresh produce, to many of the other 200+ markets in the area serving residents, you can always find a market to serve your needs. It may be tempting to go to the nearest and most convenient option, but instead, consider checking out another market in an area you’ve been meaning to visit or go a bit out of the way for a historic or fresh new market.

Check out some of our favorite picks in each category below. For more details, including specific locations, parking, and more, click on the market name or visit their Facebook page.

If you’re looking for more market options, bookmark our comprehensive list of area farmers’ markets here.

Cover featured photo courtesy of Mosaic Farmers’ Market.

 


 

Brookland Farmers Market Produce and Food
Photos courtesy of Brookland Farmers Market’s Facebook page.

 

Fresh New Picks

 

Brookland Monroe Street Farmers Market | Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm (April through the beginning of December)

Besides being a great place in a newly-hip neighborhood to get your shopping underway, this convenient stop near Catholic University also features weekly live entertainment (bring a blanket to lounge and enjoy!) and other programming, like yoga. | Facebook
The Arts Walk, Monroe Street, NE, Washington, D.C.

 

Farmers Market SW | Open Saturdays 9 AM – 1 PM (April 21 – November 17)

Now in its third season, Market SW on Saturday mornings offers a wide variety of local produce, meats, dairy, bakery treats, and more. Come back on alternate Fridays now through October 19 to catch arts, live music, and a beer garden. Even if this market isn’t the most convenient to your house, a trip out of the way is well worth it when paired with a visit to all the attractions of the nearby Wharf. | Facebook
Lot at 4th and M Streets, SW, near Waterfront Metro (Green/Yellow Lines), Washington, D.C.

 

FRESHFARM at City Center | Tuesday, 11 am – 2 pm (May through October)

If you’re working, shopping, or sightseeing in the area, stop by this relatively new lunchtime market, now in its third year. While you can still get a selection of grocery necessities, this market is uniquely tailored for visitors to purchase prepared and cooked meals from lunch vendors. Grab a bite to eat and enjoy the scenery! | FRESHFARM D.C.’s Facebook
Park at City Center, 1098 New York Avenue, NW, Washington D.C.

 


 

Alexandria 1
Photo courtesy of Visit Alexandria.

 

Historic

 

Old Town Farmers’ Market | Saturdays, 7 am – 12 pm, Year-Round

If you’re planning a stroll around scenic Old Town on a Saturday this summer, be sure to stop by this popular market—which also boasts the distinction of longest-running market in the country that has been held continuously on the same site since 1753. While it was a bustling site 200 years ago, today it is still one of the largest markets in the region, with more than 70 vendors during peak season. | Facebook
Market Square, 301 King Street, Alexandria, VA

 

Eastern Market | Indoor market open Tuesdays through Sundays, hours vary; Outdoor market open Saturday 7 am – 6 pm and Sunday 9 am to 5 pm

Conveniently located just Southeast of Capitol Hill, Eastern Market has been in continuous operation since 1873. Prior to this location, the market was located in Navy Yard since 1805. In its current red brick building, it is one of only a few historic public market buildings still standing in D.C.—and the only one that retains its original function as a market. Recently restored in 2009, the market building is certainly worth checking out for your grocery purchases. Plus, if you stop by on a weekend, a host of outdoor vendors are ready for all of your other needs! | Facebook
225 7th Street SE, Washington, D.C.

 

USDA Farmers’ Market | Fridays 9 am – 2 pm (May 4 – October 26)

For a more modern chunk of “history” in the making, check out the USDA Farmers Market—dubbed the Department’s “living laboratory”—going strong in its 23rd year. The Agricultural Marketing Service (the arm of the USDA that hosts the market) also offers grants to producers and farmers to help them bring their product to market—all the while studying the efficacy of food chains and food hubs. If you’re in the area on a Friday morning or work nearby, it is worth checking out!
Corner of Independence Avenue and 12th St, SW (Smithsonian, Blue/Orange/Silver lines), Washington, D.C.

 


 

four mile run combined
Photos courtesy of Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market 
Facebook page.

 

Hidden Gems

 

National Harbor Market | Sundays 10 am – 3 pm (begins June 10)

In the past, the produce here has been courtesy of Miller Farms, located in Clinton, MD, but check back for potentially updated information. According to this Facebook post from National Harbor, the market begins on June 10th this year. To make a full day of your trip to National Harbor, stick around the area for family movie nights at 6 pm on Sundays.
American Way (near the fountain), National Harbor, MD

 

West End Farmers Market | Sundays 8:30 am – 1 pm (May thru October)

It is hard to argue with the motto of this market: “Eat Well and Have Fun!” Head to the West End neighborhood of Alexandria for neighborly shopping and camaraderie. The market features mostly producer-only stalls, baked goods, coffee, florists, and more—and also frequently offers a dog grooming truck for your furry friend. | Facebook
4800 Brenman Park Dr, Alexandria, VA

 

Cheverly Community Market | Every Other Saturday 8 am – 12 pm (June through October)

Beginning June 2nd, head to this truly “homegrown” market. Began in 2007 by a local resident who wanted to heighten awareness of access to local food, the successful market now in its tenth season has grown 4 vendors to about 20 vendors. In the past, local restaurant fundraisers and “Sip Local” beer tasting events have given the market a higher profile. | Facebook
6401 Forest Road, Cheverly, MD

 

Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market | Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, Year-Round

Now that spring is here, “4MRMarket” boasts that they can “deliver the goods.” An Alexandria Beautification Award has allowed the market’s organization, along with their non-profit partner, the Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation, to run community events to clean up the area and revitalize the natural community for residents. The Market is 100% volunteer run and is proud to serve as an incubator for start-up businesses. | Facebook
4109 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA

 


 

community favorites
Photo courtesy of Arlington Magazine.

 

Community Favorites

 

Falls Church Farmers’ Market | Saturdays (April – December 8 am – 12 pm; January – March 9 am – 12 pm), Year-Round

Check out this impressive, two-street market that is significantly larger than most other markets in the Arlington and Alexandria areas. Multiple times—and as recently as 2016—the market has been rated in the top 3 in People’s Choice awards for farmers markets in Virginia, and has also ranked high in nationwide lists. While the adjacent City Hall is under renovation, the market is still operating (but some vendors may temporarily shift locations). | Facebook
City Hall Parking Lot, 300 Park Ave., Falls Church, VA

 

Fairfax Community Farmers’ Market | Saturdays 8 am – 1 pm and Sundays 10 am – 2 pm (mid-May through October)

This local favorite has been voted in the Top 3 Markets in Virginia by Virginia Living Magazine, ranked One of the Top 10 markets in the DC area by the Washington Business Journal. There’s a reason this market is such a big hit—go check it out for a top-notch, straightforward market shopping experience! | Facebook
10500 Page Avenue (Main and West Streets), Fairfax, VA

 

Columbia Heights Community Foodworks Market | Wednesdays 4 – 7 PM and Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm (other locations, times vary)

Now in their fourth season, Community Foodworks uses an innovative sales model that gives customers the option to subscribe for convenient, readily available produce or shop a la carte retail—and farmer suppliers are guaranteed a multiple-stream source of income. It’s a win-win! Check out Community Foodworks’ other locations (available for retail and subscription) in Washington at Monroe St, NE, Rhode Island Ave., NE, Minnesota Ave., NE, Quarels St, NE, Cesar Chavez (Parkside Place, NE), Glover Park, and in Virginia at Courthouse in Arlington, Springfield, Reston, Oakton, Tysons, Gainesville, Huntington in Alexandria, and in Chantilly. For more information on Community Foodworks, click here. | Facebook
Columbia Heights, 1400 Park Road, NW, Washington, D.C.

 


 

takoma park
Photo courtesy of Takoma Park Market.

 

Year-Round Picks

 

Del Ray Farmers Market | Saturdays 8 am – 12 pm, Year-Round

Operating since 1994 in one of Alexandria’s most vibrant neighborhoods, you can rest assured you will find a range of necessities at this community favorite. In addition to a range of farmers, florists, and local coffee vendors, you can also currently find Compost Alexandria on hand to collect and answer questions (pro tip: they are also at Alexandria’s other markets), as well as a bakery, Together We Bake, that uses proceeds to train women at a transitional house for workforce development. | Facebook
Pat Miller Square, 203 East Oxford Ave, Alexandria, VA

 

Downtown Silver Spring Market | Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm (opening times are for April to December, 2018)

This bustling market is the second largest of the FRESHFARM producer-only markets. Now in its 21st season, FRESHFARM markets operate 14 locations in Virginia, Maryland and D.C. The Silver Spring location was the second in the state of Maryland approved to accept SNAP.
Veterans Plaza, Ellsworth Drive between Fenton Street and Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD

 

Takoma Park Farmers Market | Sundays, 10 am – 2 pm, Year-Round

There will be several pop-up vendors each week, to include “distilleries, local breweries and vineyards, honey, spices and more!” We also love the fact that this market includes monthly events. This summer, look out for the Bee Festival coming up on June 3rd, and the Garlic Festival scheduled for July 22nd–and don’t miss the Pie Eating Contest in September! Check out the full calendar here. | Facebook
On Laurel Avenue, Takoma Park, MD

 

Chevy Chase Farmers’ Market | Saturdays, 9 am – 1 pm, Year-Round

This Lafayette Community market, running since 2002, is also now a 501 c (3) not-for-profit organization. They focus on the entire cycle of agricultural sustainability, with the goal of “boosting the local farming economy to preserve our agricultural heritage.” While it may be smaller than some other markets, it is a certainly a community hub for residents year-round! | Facebook
Lafayette Elementary School, 5701 Broad Branch Rd, NW, Washington, D.C.

 


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