The USDA Farmers Market on the National Mall is the Department’s own “living laboratory” for farmers market operations across the country. The market offers an opportunity to more than 30 farmers, ranchers and small food businesses to sell their products directly to those who work, live and visit the Nation’s Capital. Shoppers can find organic produce, fresh cut flowers, homemade breads, and locally made foods – from cheeses to dog treats. Breakfast and lunch options are plentiful, too.
Hours and Location
Fridays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (May 5 through October 27)
Special evening hours on Friday, June 23 and Friday, August 11, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Located outside USDA Headquarters on the corner of Independence Avenue and 12th St, S.W., Washington, DC 20250.
The market is easily accessible by public transportation using Metrobus, Metrorail or Capital Bikeshare. On Metrorail: Take the Metro to the Smithsonian Station (Orange/Blue/Silver Line). The USDA Farmers Market is across the street from either Metro exit. For more public transportation options, see www.wmata.com. The Capital Bikeshare stations located near the USDA Farmers Market are Bike Stations 31248 and 31217.
2017 USDA Farmers Market Participants
Diaz Berries & Fruits
Loblolly Organic Farm (Transitional–Organic Certification Pending)
Siwik Produce Farm (Certified Organic)
Stonyman Gourmet Farmer
Douglas W. Woerner
Tall Cotton Farm
Great Harvest Bread Company
Fresh Off the Roast (Qualia Coffee)
Greenheart Juice Shop
Bay Pearl Seafood & Catering
Capitol Kettle Corn & Popcorn
Puddin’ (Food Truck)
Timber Pizza Company
Frozen Dairy Product Maker
Ruby Scoops Ice Cream & Sweets
Cucino Al Volo
Dress It Up Dressing
Value Added Food Producer
Henry’s Hot Sauce
VegU is a popular fruit and vegetable education program at the market that teaches shoppers how to grow, pick, prepare, and store 26 different fruits and vegetables. Visitors can receive a "VegU-cation" by attending short 10-minute classes in the VegU tent between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who manages the market?
Since 1995, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service has operated the USDA Farmers Market at USDA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. AMS works to improve marketing opportunities for producers across the country through the combination of research, technical assistance, and grants.
How are vendors selected?
Participation in the market is for farmers and growers who sell what they grow, raise or produce on their farm, and for local producers who make products featuring agricultural foods from the Chesapeake Bay region (including the states of Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia), and preferably within a 200-mile radius of Washington, D.C. This year, small food businesses at the market are using local ingredients (75% or greater) sourced directly from farmers and ranchers in the Chesapeake Bay region.
Does the USDA Farmers Market accept SNAP, WIC and Nutrition Assistance Programs?
Yes. The USDA Farmers Market accepts SNAP, WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) coupons. Customers can swipe your EBT card at the information booth and receive tokens to spend with vendors. Spend your WIC or Senior Checks at a vendor booth.
We work with DC Greens, who carries out direct outreach to District residents to spread the word about farmers’ market nutrition incentive programs, Produce Plus, and community food resources citywide.
Are there Sign Language Interpreters available?
Yes. Every week American Sign Language interpreters are onsite at the information tent to interpret for deaf and hard of hearing people.
How do I find out about weekly activities and upcoming events?
Are dogs allowed in the Market?
We are excited to welcome you and your dog but ask that they remain on leash at all times and must be friendly to people and other dogs to shop at the market.
I'm not in Washington, DC. Where can I find a farmers market in my community?
AMS connects consumers to producers at over 8,600 farmers markets across the United States through the National Farmers Market Directory available online at www.usdalocalfooddirectories.com.