Markets Are Essential During COVID-19

We believe that farmers markets provide vital food access services to our community, and we will continue to do so as safely as possible. We STRONGLY ENCOURAGE shoppers to practice social distancing. We also encourage shoppers to prioritize essential food purchasing and do not use the market as a place for social gathering for the time being.

Statements from DC, Maryland, and Virginia governments regarding farmers markets:

Washington, DC



Why Keep Markets Open?

  • Farmers Markets Are Essential: Our open-air markets are important and necessary food outlets for community members from all economic backgrounds across the DC metro area to purchase healthy, fresh, nutritious food.
  • Farmers Markets Allow You to Shop Direct: Shopping at our markets means that you can purchase fresh, nutritious food from as close to the source as possible.
  • Farmers Markets Support Our Region: Farmers markets are essential to the livelihood of farmers and food producers. Shopping at farmers markets means you are supporting your local economy, which is especially critical in this time of uncertainty.

Our primary concern is the health and safety of our farmers and producers, market shoppers, and the community. We are taking guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the DC Department of Health as we shape our plan for market operations. 

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