Washington, D.C. boasts some of the mid-Atlantic’s freshest farm markets. In addition to those located directly in the heart of D.C., there are several other surrounding farmers markets in the greater D.C. outskirts that offer delicious produce, products and other goods. Several operate year-round, with seasonal items always available. If you’d like to know where to find some of the best farmers’ markets near D.C., then you should consider visiting these versatile venues.
Four Mile Run Farmers And Artisans Market
4109 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22305
(804) 464-7861
www.4mrmarket.org

The quaint, neighborly setting of this farmers’ market is truly a good-hearted, as well as good for the heart, venue to visit each week. As a volunteer-run venture, the market’s mission is to provide fresh, nutritional goods to people of all income levels while also giving local artisans and small business start-ups a chance to market their goods and services. Here, you can expect to find local produce, baked goods, cheeses, coffee, handmade soaps, jewelry, kitted goods and so much more. All funds raised through the market’s volunteer efforts support the City of Alexandria and Four Mile Run Park. The market operates every Sunday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., year-round.

Takoma Park Farmers Market
Laurel Ave.
Takoma Park, MD 20912
(301) 891-6789
www.takomaparkmarket.com

You will find a year-round market in Takoma Park every week in the historic business district. Local vendors within a 125-mile radius of the town come out to present their freshest finds in fruits and vegetables, delectable baked goods, artisan cheeses, quality meats, eggs and more. In addition to farm quality goodness, the market also presents a social hub in entertainment performers and nonprofits. The market operates on Sundays between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Bethesda Central Farm Market
7600 Arlington Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 775-6402
www.centralfarmmarkets.com

Bethesda Central Farm Market debuted in 2008 as the premier Central Farm Market in what is now a series of markets around the region. Now, with more than 60 farm and artisan food vendors, Bethesda’s Central Market stands as one of the largest in the region. A year-round operation, market vendors present an expansive array of diverse goods and products, including fresh produce, preserves, specialty pickles, handmade chocolates and countless other options. Here, you’ll even find specialty products, kosher selections, vegetarian goods, fresh plants, cut flowers, quality crafts and countless other offerings, edible and otherwise. The market operates on Sundays between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

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Old Town Farmers Market
301 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 746-3200
www.alexandriava.gov/OldTownFarmersMarket

No pun intended, but Old Town Farmers’ Market holds the record for being the oldest farmers’ market in the country. The market once even vended produce that came directly from George Washington himself, from his home in Mount Vernon. As the market’s tradition continues for newer generations, it maintains an old-fashioned quality charm among residents, visitors and market vendors who bring a range of products to be presented. In addition to produce, you will find offerings of meat, cheeses, baked goods, fresh pasta, pickled vegetables, potted plants, soaps, cut flowers, art, jewelry and other products. The market operates year-round on Saturdays between 7 a.m. and noon.

Downtown Silver Spring Market
911 Ellsworth Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(202) 362-8889
www.ffm.org

The Downtown Silver Spring Market was established in 2005 as part of FARMFRESH Markets. The FARMFRESH mission is to increase and advocate nutritional knowledge and provide economic opportunities to farmers while also making the availability of fresh finds more readily available to the public. You will find a wide range of selections at this market, including produce, honey and preserves, baked goods, salsas, meats, cheeses, eggs and so much more. The market operates year-round on Saturdays, with operational hours from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. between January and March, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. between April and December.

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Laura Catherine Hermoza has a lifelong love for writing. In addition to serving as a contributor to various media publications, she is also a published novelist of several books and works as a proofreader/editor. LC resides in Baltimore County.