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Visit the USDA Farmers Market  


The USDA Farmers Market is the Department’s own “living laboratory” for farmers market operations across the country. The market supports the local economy, increases marketing opportunities for farmers and small businesses, provides access to an assortment of local and regionally sourced products, and increases access to healthy, affordable food in the District of Columbia’s Ward 2.

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has operated this outdoor market for 20 years. Each year AMS helps hundreds of agricultural food businesses, including farmers markets, food hubs, wholesale markets, retailers, State agencies, community planning organizations, and other agri-food focused groups, enhance their local food marketing efforts through the combination of research, technical services, and grants.


Fridays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (May to October)
Closed July 3rd


In a parking lot outside USDA Headquarters on the corner of Independence Avenue and 12th St, SW, Washington, DC 20250.

Nearest Metro: Smithsonian (Orange/Blue Line). For more public transportation options, see

Not in Washington, DC?

AMS connects consumers to producers at over 8,380 farmers market across the country. You can find locally-grown food near you by searching the National Farmers Market Directory.


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The USDA Farmers Market is accepting applications from March 20th until April 9, 2015

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 2015/2016 Rules and Procedures and Operating Guidelines

All participating farmers, growers and producers must adhere to the USDA Farmers Market 2015/2016 Rules and Procedures and Operating Guidelines. This document is used to ensure the integrity of all products sold.

Step 3: Apply

To be considered for the 2015 market season, all new and returning market participants must submit their completed application and required documentation by midnight Eastern Time on April 9, 2015.

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 2015/2016 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 more information:
Phone: (202) 577-7462


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