With peak produce season under way, I am so excited to write about my favorite farmers’ markets in the DMV area. In addition to fruits and vegetables, you will find artisan breads, butchers, sauces, preserves, and other baked goods. What I love about these markets is that they can easily be your one stop shop for produce and meat needs for the week. Besides farmers markets, we also love visiting nearby farms where you can pick your own fruits and vegetables.
Please support these local businesses! (Check with each market for updates before visiting).
Eastern Market was completed in 1873 and is the only building in Washington, DC that has retained its original public market function. The Eastern Market building is designated as a National Historic Landmark.
Where: 225 Seventh Street, SE Washington, DC 20003
When: Indoor market is open Tuesday through Sunday 8AM to 6PM. Outdoor market is open Saturdays and Sundays 8AM to 5PM
What: Flowers, dairy products, deli, meats, poultry, fruits and vegetables, pottery, baked goods, seafood, and pastas. On Saturdays and Sundays you will also find arts and crafts, furniture, baby clothing, and more!
Shop seasonal offerings from a list of over 25 local farmers. You can also have lunch (choose from steamed buns, smoked BBQ, empanadas, or crepes) or grab dessert (churros, pies, ice cream, or phyllo dough pastries). Learn to cook with chef demos and grab healthy recipes.
Where: 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, DC 20004
When: Fridays 10AM to 2PM (May 13 – November 18, 2022)
What: Fresh, local fruits and vegetables, premium dry-roasted nuts, spices, microgreens and edible flowers, roasted coffee, meats, poultry, eggs, and kimchi!
Named by The Wall Street Journal one of the top farmers markets in the country.
Where: 1600 20th Street, NW Washington, DC 20009
When: Sundays 8:30AM to 1:30PM (year round)
Thursdays 3PM to 7PM (May – October)
What: More than 50 farmers and vendors offering fruits and vegetables, meats, poultry, eggs, cheeses, baked goods, fresh pasta, pickles, coffee, spirits and beers, flowers and plants, jams, honey, and more!
What makes this farmers market unique? Besides fresh, local, and seasonal produce, enjoy live music, bike clinics, and community compost.
Where: 3210 Mount Pleasant Street, NW Washington, DC 20010
When: Saturdays 9AM to 1PM (Winter 10AM to 1PM)
What: Producers are all located in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, offering local fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, bread, cakes, flowers, plants, and prepared foods.
Second largest of the FRESHFARM network of producer-only markets. Located in downtown Silver Spring, with over 45 farmers and producers, you will go home with everything you need to host a dinner party.
Where: 1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD 20910
When: Saturdays 9AM to 1PM (Winter 10AM to 1PM)
What: Silver Spring market has it all! From wine and beer to fresh meat and produce, flowers, oysters, and handmade crab cakes.
Perfectly located at the Historic Train Station and surrounded by antiques shops, vintage furniture shops, and dozens of small, one-of-a-kind, owner-operated shops and restaurants.
Where: 3701 Howard Ave, Kensington, MD 20895
When: Saturdays 9AM to 1PM (year round)
What: Baked goods, beer, dairy and eggs, coffee and tea, flowers, mushrooms, seafood and meats.
The market features table seating, music, local Maryland winery and brewery tastings, kids activities, and a special Tuesday Thanksgiving market on November 22 (10Am to 2PM).
Where: New location: Bark Social Parking Lot—935 Prose Street, North Bethesda, MD 20852
When: Saturdays 9AM to 1:30PM (April 30 – December 17)
What: Over 30 vendors, including: bonsai trees, mushrooms, pet food and treats, hydroponically grown microgreens, fruits and vegetables, artisanal cheeses, ciders, cold-pressed juice and nut milk, handmade hummus, fresh pasta, salt blends, pastries and baked goods, seafood and meats, and handcrafted candles and personal care products.
Takoma Park farmers market has been operating since 1983 with the mission of offering only fresh, local food to the Takoma Park friends and neighbors.
Where: 6931 Laurel Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912
When: Sundays 10AM to 2PM (year round)
Bakeries, plants and small trees, fruits, vegetables, herbs, hemp products, milk, butter, yogurt, artisanal cheeses, grass-fed meat, fermented foods, mushrooms, flours, poultry, eggs, plus pop-up vendors on special dates.
Besides offering local products, Olney farmers market provides a community oriented space featuring a children’s tent, a music tent where musicians can perform for free, and a big picnic area.
Where: 2801 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd, Olney, MD 20832
When: Sundays 9AM to 1PM (year round)
What: Fruits and vegetables, hydroponic lettuce, local mushrooms, ground beef, poultry, eggs, milk, butter, bacon, sausage, empanadas, Vietnamese skewers, crepes, omelets, scones, croissants, gluten-free baked goods, falafel and more. Also, handmade gifts, jewelry, cutting boards, pottery and stained glass.
Year round farmer’s market with excellent selection of farm-grown produce, cheeses, meats, and baked goods.
Where: Marshall High School 7731 Leesburg Pike Falls Church, VA 22043
When: Sundays 9AM to 1PM (January – March), 8:30AM to 1PM (April – December). Closed – Thanksgiving weekend
What: Locally grown seasonal produce, cold pressed juices, mushrooms, wine, pizza, wild-caught salmon, bread, cheeses, olive oils, as well as prepared foods such as donuts, pastries, and even dog treats. You will also find fresh flowers and local artist crafts.
Voted “Best Farmers Market in NoVA”, Reston Farmers Market has been supporting regional agriculture for the past 25 years.
Where: Lake Anne Village Center parking lot, Reston, VA
When: Saturdays 8AM to 12PM (April – December)
What: 30+ vendors offering fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants, dairy products, baked goods, seafood, meats, and eggs. Other notable products include: kettle corn, gelato, maple syrup and New Zealand savory pies. Also, check out the Reston Farmers Market Facebook page with lots of helpful information, like how to store asparagus.
Fun fact: George Washington sent his produce from Mount Vernon to be sold at the Old Town Farmers Market. This is the oldest farmers market in the country.
Where: 301 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
When: Saturdays 7AM to 12PM
What: More than 70 vendors offering fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, cheeses, breads, baked goods, fresh pasta, seasonings, teas, pickled vegetables, flowers, plants, handmade products, jewelry, and art. You can print a map here or search by product here.
Located inside the shopping district of Mosaic in Fairfax, and surrounded by many restaurants and family-friendly spaces and activities, Mosaic farmers market is a place where you can spend all your day.
Where: 2920 District Ave, Fairfax, VA 22031
When: Sundays 9AM to 2PM (April 3 – December 18). 10AM to 2PM (January – March)
What: Fresh, local produce, nuts, hemp products, salmon, olive oil, dairy products, mushrooms, herbs and flowers, juices, ethnic foods, microgreens, bagels, empanadas, chocolates, macarons, pickles and ferments, and smoked and cured meats.
Do you have a favorite farmers markets in the area? Tell us in the comments!