Editor’s note: We’re making every effort to provide you with the most up-to-date information. However, there may be last minute closures due to Covid-19. We highly recommend that you call ahead or check a market’s website before you pack your kids  (and all those snacks, and diapers…) and haul them across town. Stay safe!

Fresh air and fresh fruit. Does it get any better? Farmers Markets are a great way to get outdoors and fill your pantry while teaching your mini shoppers about where their food comes from. We searched the area for the best family-friendly farmers markets that are currently open and serving up farm-to-table delicacies in the DMV.

photo: Eric Scheel via Pexels 

Eat LoCo Farmers Market
Head to this Loudoun County Farmers Market for an afternoon of fresh foods and live music. Every weekend you can shimmy and dance your way from vendor to vendor. For a list of current performances, go here.

Open: Saturday, 1-5 p.m.

One Loudoun
Atwater Dr.
Ashbur, VA

Brambleton Farmers Market
Corner of Legacy & Olympia
Brambleton, VA
Online: https://eatloco.org/

Old Town Farmer’s Market
Miniature history buffs will get a charge out of visiting the Old Town Farmer’s Market. Not only is it the oldest continuous market in the good ol’ U S of A, but our first President himself used to send produce from Mount Vernon to be sold here.  There are more than 70 vendors so each member of the family can have fun walking around the market and trying out different things such as having your picture painted by Len Garon, grabbing some fresh juice from Senzu or checking out Lenard Dove’s gorgeous flowers. Old, new or seasoned visitor, there really is something for everyone!

COVID-19 Update: The Market is practicing social distancing, so come early to avoid the crowds (entry is limited to ensure spacing).

Open: Saturday, 5:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Market Square
King St.
Alexandria, VA
Online:
alexandriava.gov

Shlagel Farm
Strawberries, fresh asparagus, onions, and custom cut beef, pork and chicken await families visiting Shlagel Farm – a taste of the country with a bit of a city market hiding in the barns. Little ones can get their bellies (and faces!) full of strawberries and then head into the market where fresh produce and meat await to be taken home and turned into delicious “farm to table” meals. There’s a Strawberry Bench to Instagram your adventures and creates of strawberries to be picked. Sounds like the perfect getaway for a sunny afternoon.

COVID-19 Update: Curbside pick up is available. Masks are required in the building.

Open: May-Oct, Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon
12850 Shlagel Rd.
Waldorf, MD
301-645-4554
Online:
shlagelfarms.com

photo: Shohei Ohara via Pexels

Central Farm Market
Central Farm Market, with over 60 vendors, is known for outstanding prepared food. With three locations, your children will pine for pastries at Patisseries Poupon and wish for waffles at Les Caprices de Joelle, while grownups will appreciate lobster rolls and Zeke’s coffee. Headed to the Bethesda location? Grab your snacks and head to the Caroline Freeland Urban Park for a picnic, located a short five-minute walk down the road. Just beyond are the restaurants and shops along Woodmont and Bethesda Avenues for when your littles get their second wind.

Open: Sunday, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Bethesda Central Farm Market
7600 Arlington Rd.
Bethesda, MD

Pike Central Farm Market
6001 Executive Blvd.
North Bethesda, MD

NOVA Central Farm Market
7731 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA
Online: centralfarmmarkets.com

Arcadia Mobile Farmers Market
If you want your kids to have a side of kindness with their veggies, check out the Arcadia Mobile Farmers Market. The 28-foot green bus sells locally grown and sustainably produced fruits, vegetables, eggs, and meat. There are a number of locations to choose from, like Oxon Run Park on Fri. and Deanwood Rec. Center on Sat. But we like the Wed. market at Bellevue Library where you can pick up veggies and fruit with a side of books.

Open: Wed., 3-6 p.m. (alternating weeks)
115 Atlantic St SW
Bellevue
Online: arcadiafood.org

City of Falls Church Farmers’ Market
Quite possibly the best market in the area—the American Farmland Trust puts it in its top five medium-sized markets in the country—this market has it all: 50 vendors; a monthly series where chefs from area restaurants share tastes using local, seasonal food; and—wait for it—fresh doughnuts made on site! Donut Heaven fries up delectable dough right in front of your kid’s hungry nose. If doughnuts don’t do it for them (say what?), there’s Kate’s Crepes and Pops ‘n Chill, an artisanal handmade popsicle stand with fruity flavors like roasted peaches and cantaloupe.

COVID-19 Update: Pre-ordering is strongly encouraged at this Falls Church market.

Open: Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon
300 Park Ave.
Falls Church, VA
703-248-5024 (TTY 711)
Onlime: fallschurchva.gov

USDA Farmers Market
Pint-sized urban farmer wannabes should check out the USDA’s weekly farmer’s market and its Veg U program designed to teach peeps about growing, picking, and cooking their very own fruits and veggies. Classes are only about 10 to 15 minutes so they are perfect for short attention spans and wiggly kiddos. After your “veg-u-cation” peruse the aisles of seedlings, crops and sundries to get a jump start on menu planning AND keep the kiddos occupied before heading home to plant rows and rows of seeds and join Future Farmers of America. Bonus? Hungry hungry hippos can check out a bunch of food trucks parked during lunchtime – we’re particularly fond of DC Puddin’s red beans and rice.

COVID-19 Update: This Farmers Market is currently closed until further notice.

Open: May-Oct, Friday, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Independence Ave. & 12th St. SW
National Mall
(202) 720-5024
Online:
usda.gov

8027008325_c5247b5ab2_zphoto: Lily A. via Flickr

South Mountain Creamery/Karen’s Kountry Store
Families on the hunt for a fun Farmer’s Market on a random weekday should head up to South Mountain Creamery stat. This place puts the farm in farmer’s market! City kids can check out baby calves (springtime), feed the cows, and even watch Mabel, Bella, Cora, and others being milked! Farm fresh produce, ice cream and other treats are available in Karen’s Kountry store so you can have fresh from the field veggies, direct from the dairy milk, ice cream treats and no-nagging little ones. Sounds like heaven on Earth to us.

Open: Friday & Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m
8305 Bolivar Rd.
Middletown, MD
301-371-8565
Online:
 southmountaincreamery.com

—Meghan Yudes Meyers, Hilary Riedemann and Emily Coleman Dibella

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