Farmers markets are an integral part of the urban/farm linkage and have continued to rise in popularity, mostly due to the growing consumer interest in obtaining fresh products directly from the farm. Farmers markets allow consumers to have access to locally grown, farm fresh produce, enables farmers the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with their customers, and cultivate consumer loyalty with the farmers who grows the produce. Direct marketing of farm products through farmers markets continues to be an important sales outlet for agricultural producers nationwide. As of National Farmers Market Week, (the first full week in August), there were 8,144 farmers markets listed in USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory. This is a 3.6 percent increase from 2012.
USDA FARMERS MARKET
Now in its 19th year, USDA’s farmers market is a living demonstration of USDA’s dedication to supporting local and regional food systems and increasing consumer access to fresh, healthy foods in our community.
2014 OUTDOOR MARKET SCHEDULE
Join us for the opening of USDA’s 2014 Outdoor Farmers Market
on Friday, June 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate our military veterans and American agriculture. Learn more…
Location: USDA parking lot, corner of 12th Street & Independence Avenue, S.W.
Dates: Every Friday from June 6 to November 21 (except July 4)
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.