Old Town Farmers' Market
Market Square, 301 King Street. (Map This)
Saturdays, 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. year round.
Free parking in the Market Square garage during Saturday hours of the Farmers' Market
*Accepts SNAP/EBT (Food Stamps)
People who come to Alexandria on Saturday mornings find themselves in a busy plaza where local farmers and artists have been selling their products since 1753. Old Town Alexandria's Market Square is thought to be one of the nation's oldest continually operating farmer's markets, serving as a primary way Alexandria residents have typically obtained their meat, dairy, fish, fruits and vegetables.
George Washington sent his produce from Mount Vernon to be sold at the Farmer's Market. Today, the market offers Alexandrians a way to reconnect to the past, while participating in an ongoing local and national tradition.
Please Note: The Old Town Farmers' Market is no longer accepting applications until further notice as there is currently an extensive waiting list.
Improvements to the Old Town Farmers Market
In October 2011, 72 Old Town Farmer’s Market vendors and 152 Old Town Farmer’s Market customers were polled regarding the hours of the Market and other ways to improve the Market. Based on the results of the survey, poll and further analysis, it was recommended that the hours of the Old Town Farmer’s Market be changed from 5:30a-11:00a to 7:00a-12:00p. On March 27, 2012, City Council approved the recommended change in hours of operation for the Market.
Since March 2012 with the change in hours of operation, the City has also implemented the following changes to the Old Town Farmer’s Market:
- Recruited and hired a new Market Manager;
- Transferred the responsibility of invoicing vendors for vendor fees to the City’s Finance Department (effective March 1, 2013). Payment, particularly cash, is no longer accepted by the Market Manager for vendor fees;
- Designed and received approval of a logo specific to the Old Town Farmer’s Market;
- Currently participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and now require that all vendors selling eligible foods at the Market participate in this program and accept Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) tokens in exchange for eligible foods;
- City Council, on June 21, 2013, in the context of the FY 2014 budget process, approved an increase in vendor/stall space monthly fees from $30/month to $45/month ($540/year) for permanent vendors and from $10 to $25 per week for temporary vendors which is consistent with surrounding markets and will now cover the City’s costs;
- City Council approved the change in the Market “season” from ten months to twelve months (the months actually paid for by vendors);
- City Council approved the establishment of a standard stall space for all vendors (8’X10’);
- Increased marketing including the establishment of social media accounts (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, etc.) for the Farmers’ Market;
- Use of the Market Plaza stage during Farmers’ Market hours of operation for cooking demonstrations; children’s programs and education; subdued live entertainment; established criteria for the use of the stage; and drafted an application for citizens to apply to use the stage;
- Revising the current Old Town Farmers’ Market Rules and Regulations for Vendors to include:
- Establishment of rules and penalties for vendor attendance and backfilling spaces vacated by permanent vendors that are on extended leave from the Market with temporary, or “Guest” vendors;
- Defining the make-up of the Farmers’ Market. Primarily returning the Market to a “Farmer’s Market” as defined by the USDA. The current market is 54% arts, crafts and non-food vendors and 46% food vendors (more arts, crafts and non-food vendors than food vendors).
- The goal is to achieve at least 60% farmers and food vendors.
- This goal will be achieved through attrition. No existing vendors will be asked to leave the Market.
- Detailed Health Department regulations
- Including what can be sold at the Market and safety of food products;
- Prohibit smoking by vendors within boundaries of the market;
- Establishment of lease agreements with vendors each market season;
- Will allow for more accurate record keeping of vendors and the products that the vendors are permitted to sell.
All of the changes to date will result in a better organized and more vibrant market that will benefit vendors, customers and visitors to the Market. City Staff will continue to develop additional ways to improve the Old Town Farmers’ Market for the benefit of our vendors, market customers, visitors and the community.
Old Town Farmers' Market Introduces Double Dollar Deal for SNAP/EBT (Food Stamp) Beneficiaries
Beginning Saturday, July 20, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) beneficiaries will be able to get more bang for their buck at the Old Town Farmers' Market. The City of Alexandria's Old Town Farmers' Market will begin participating in the Double Dollar program. All SNAP (formerly known as the food stamp program) beneficiaries have to do is visit the market, stop by the information booth to swipe their EBT card, and receive up to $10 in double dollar tokens to use with vendors.
The Double Dollar program is used as an incentive so that more families can shop at farmers' markets, and in turn, have access to healthier and locally grown foods.
The Old Town Farmers' Market has been participating in the SNAP program since April 2013. Since then, beneficiaries have been able to use their electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and other eligible food products at the market.
SNAP, a federally-funded program, is a win-win for Alexandria residents and retailers. For every $5 in new SNAP benefits used, the community receives almost double that amount in economic activity. Research has shown that low-income households participating in SNAP have access to more food nutrients, like proteins, and an array of essential vitamins and minerals in their home food supply. This initiative also helps increase the customer base at the market, creating an additional source of revenue for the vendors.
Implementing the SNAP program at the Old Town Farmers' Market was made possible with funding from the United States Department of Agriculture and through partnership with the Alexandria Childhood Obesity Action Network.
The Old Town Farmers' Market is located on in Market Square at 301 King St., and is open on Saturdays year round from 7 a.m. to noon.
For more information contact Market Master of the Old Town Farmers' Market at 703.746.3200, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Old Town Farmers' Market Welcomes SNAP/EBT Beneficiaries
Eligible low income households can now use their SNAP benefits to buy fresh, healthy and local foods at the Old Town Farmers' Market.
Beginning Saturday, April 27, the City of Alexandria's Old Town Farmers' Market will be participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. As a result, SNAP customers will be able to use their electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and other eligible food products at the market.
Del Ray Farmers' Market
Corner of East Oxford & Mount Vernon Avenues (Map This)
Saturdays, 8 a.m. - Noon, open year round
The Del Ray Market is producer grown, with fresh vegetables and fruits in season. All year round, this market offers meats, eggs, fresh pasta and sauces, Amish cheese, yogurt, bakery goods, eggs, jams and jellies, fancy nuts, and bakery goods. For more infomation, please email email@example.com.
Four Mile Run Farmers' & Artisans Market
4109 Mt Vernon Ave (Map This)
Sundays, May through November, from 8 a.m to 1 p.m.
*Accepts SNAP/EBT (Food Stamps)
The Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market brings fresh, nutritious food to people of all income levels, provide an opportunity for local artisans and producers of goods to bring their wares to market, strive to reflect the diversity of the community, and improve the quality of life for Arlandria residents and visitors. It is part of an overall vision to expand and improve Four Mile Run Park and the surrounding neighborhood. The market is located at the entrance to Four Mile Run Park, where every day, walkers stroll up the park and bikers whiz down the Four Mile Run Trail that connects to Crystal City, DC, Shirlington and the Mount Vernon Trail. The market is managed by the Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market Management Team, in cooperation with the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities.
Also participates in the Double Dollar Program for SNAP beneficiaries - English Flyer | Spanish Flyer
West End Farmers' Market
Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Brenman Park Drive (Map This)
Sundays, May through November from 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Multiple vendors lay out colorful displays of fresh, locally grown, in-season vegetables as well as sweet juicy berries, apples, pears, and seasonal peaches. A visitor can indulge in gourmet coffee, fresh-squeezed orange juice, fresh-baked pastries, and gourmet cheeses and yoghurts, while picking up a variety of fresh breads for the week.