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.

Now in its 24th 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.

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Hours and Location:

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

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

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

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Participate in the USDA Farmers Market

The USDA Farmers Market is accepted applications from Thursday, February 7, 2019 until midnight EST Thursday, March 7, 2019.

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). 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 February 15, 2018.

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.


Lee Cliburn, Team Lead
(202) 720-7667