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USDA Farmers Market

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.

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Hours and Location

Fridays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (May 3 through Oct 25)

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 wmata.com. The Capital Bikeshare stations located near the USDA Farmers Market are Bike Stations 31248 and 31217.

2019 USDA Farmers Market Participants

Farmers

Big Joe’s Honey
Diaz Berries & Veggies
Douglas W. Woerner
Kilmer’s Farm Market
Villa de Alpacas Farm

Growers

Elda Gardens
Valley Roots Farm

Ranchers

Tall Cotton Farm
Hillcrest Farm

Producers

Bakers

Call Your Mother
Grace’s Pastries
Great Harvest Bread Company
Yufka Bakery

Beverage Makers

LemonadeLove

Fisherman/Waterman

Bay Pearl CC LLC

Food Concessions

Bun’d Up
Capitol Kettle Corn & Popcorn
Cowbell Kitchen
DMV Empanadas
Hilana Cuisine
Manos De Maiz
Puddin’ (Food Truck)
Swizzler
Timber Pizza Company
VegHeaven

Frozen Dairy Product Makers

Ruby Scoops

Specialty

Fresh Off the Roast (Qualia Coffee)
Pearl Fine Teas
Spoil Me Rotten Dog Biscuit Co.
The Neighborgoods

Value Added Food Producers

Henry’s Hot Sauce
Langdon Woods Maple Syrup

Participate in the USDA Farmers Market

Step 1: Do You Qualify?

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.

Step 2: Read the 2019 Rules and Procedures and Operating Guidelines

All participating farmers, growers and producers must adhere to the USDA Farmers Market 2019 Rules and Procedures and Operating Guidelines (PDF, 370 KB). This document is used to ensure the integrity of all products sold.

Step 3: Apply

To be considered for the 2019 market season, all new and returning market participants must submit their completed application and required documentation by midnight Eastern Time on March 7, 2019.

We strongly prefer that all farmers, growers and producers apply online at ManageMyMarket. Applications will not be reviewed unless complete. An application is not considered complete without the inclusion of all applicable permits for all products. Review the USDA Farmers Market 2019 Rules and Procedures and Operating Guidelines for the complete application process. If you require a paper application and/or assistance with your application at any time please contact us at (202) 690-1300.

For additional questions, contact, Lee Cliburn, at (202) 720-7667 or lee.cliburn@ams.usda.gov.

VegU

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VegU is a popular fruit and vegetable education program at the market that teaches shoppers how to grow, pick, prepare, and store 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.

Get VegU-cated

What’s in Season?

You can check out the schedule for available produce at the market.

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.

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?

For updates about the USDA Farmers Market, follow us @USDA_AMS on Twitter and Instagram and look for #USDAFarmersMkt.

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 usdalocalfooddirectories.com.