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 other unique goods, but your purchases help support local farmers—and, in many cases, community food equity nonprofits.
The farmers market scene in the Washington, D.C. area is certainly impressive. With over 200 markets and everything from year-round locations to special events, you can always find a local market to serve your needs. Even mobile markets like Arcadia are out, ensuring that underserved communities have fresh produce. Instead of opting for the nearest and most convenient option, consider checking out a farmers market in an area you’ve been meaning to visit or go a bit out of the way for a historic or hidden gem.
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If you’re looking for more market options, bookmark our comprehensive list of area farmers’ markets here.
Photos courtesy of Brookland Farmers Market’s Facebook page.
This convenient stop near Catholic University is ideally located in the newly-hip Brookland neighborhood. Get your shopping underway while soaking up the weekly live entertainment (bring a blanket to lounge for a while) and other programming, like yoga. | Facebook
The Arts Walk, Monroe Street, NE, Washington, D.C.
The FRESHFARM at NoMa was such a hit in 2018 that it’s now back for a second season. You’ll find a wide variety of organic and conventional produce, meats, dairy, artisanal bakery treats, flowers, and unique prepared foods. Just steps from residences, shops, and restaurants, the NoMa market is sure to be your new favorite Sunday stop. | Facebook
1100 2nd Street NE, Washington, D.C.
On the corner of 2nd and L Streets NE
(NoMa-Gallaudet U New York Ave Station, Red line)
A perfect evening stop after working, shopping, or sightseeing in the area! As a mid-week evening market, it’s a perfect stop for residents or commuters looking for a unique dinner or fresh, local produce. Grab a bite to eat and unwind after a long day!
Central Place Plaza, 1800 N. Lynn Street, Arlington, VA
(Rosslyn Station, Blue/Orange/Silver lines)
Photo courtesy of Visit Alexandria.
If you’re planning a stroll around scenic Old Town on a Saturday this summer, be sure to stop by this popular market. The Old Town Farmers’ Market also boasts the distinction of the longest-running market in the country, held continuously on the same site since 1753! Just as 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
Conveniently located just Southeast of Capitol Hill, Eastern Market has been in continuous operation since 1873. Prior to its current location, the market was located in Navy Yard since 1805. Its current red brick building 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. Eastern Market is certainly worth checking out for your grocery purchases and an abundance of other goods. | Facebook
225 7th Street SE, Washington, D.C.
(Eastern Market, Blue/Orange/Silver lines)
Since 1791, the historic Hagerstown farmers market has provided a delightful selection of goods for Maryland residents. Although smaller than the Old Town or Eastern Market, there’s no shortage of fresh produce, baked goods, sweet treats, and artisanal crafts. In addition to the vendors, this historic city market includes three areas for breakfast and lunch service.
25 W Church St, Hagerstown MD
For a more modern chunk of “history” in the making, check out the USDA Farmers Market, dubbed the Department’s “living laboratory”, this farmers market is going strong in its 24th 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, Washington, D.C.
(Smithsonian, Blue/Orange/Silver lines)
Photos courtesy of Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market Facebook page.
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. You’ll also frequently find a dog grooming truck for your furry friend. | Facebook
4800 Brenman Park Dr, Alexandria, VA
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. This farmers market, now in its eleventh season, has successfully grown from 4 vendors to about 20. In the past, local restaurant fundraisers and “Sip Local” beer tasting events have given the market a higher profile. Don’t forget to catch the free yoga classes starting at 9:30 every market! | Facebook
6401 Forest Road, Cheverly, MD
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
Photo courtesy of Arlington Magazine.
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. | Facebook
City Hall Parking Lot, 300 Park Ave., Falls Church, VA
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
Now in their fifth 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. In addition, farmer suppliers are guaranteed a multiple-stream source of income. It’s a win-win! Check out Community Foodworks’ 14 other locations (available for retail and subscription) in Washington, D.C. at Monroe St NE, Rhode Island Ave. NE, Minnesota Ave. NE, Quarels St NE, Cesar Chavez (Parkside Place, NE), Glover Park, Uptown (Colorado Ave NW) and in Virginia at Courthouse in Arlington, Chantilly, Gainesville, Oakton, Reston, Springfield, and Tysons. | Facebook
Columbia Heights, 1400 Park Road, NW, Washington, D.C.
(Columbia Heights, Blue/Green/Yellow lines)
Photo courtesy of Takoma Park Market.
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 variety of farmers, florists, and local coffee merchants, you’ll come across some unique vendors. For example, you’ll 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
This bustling market is the second largest of the FRESHFARM producer-only markets. Now in its 22nd season, FRESHFARM markets operate 15 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
(Silver Spring, MARC line)
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 2nd, and the Garlic Festival scheduled for July 14th. You even have all summer long to prepare yourself for the Pie Eating Contest in September! | Facebook
On Laurel Avenue, Takoma Park, MD
This Lafayette Community market, running since 2002, is also 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 certainly a community hub for residents year-round! | Facebook
Lafayette Elementary School, 5701 Broad Branch Rd, NW, Washington, D.C.
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