Farmers Markets: The Bounty Within Our County

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Contrary to the industrial-size bags of rock salt stacked in your garage, spring is on the horizon! While spring might feel like a distant fantasy, producers at our farmers’ markets have been prepping for the season all year long.

Our three farmers markets—in Indian Head, La Plata, and Waldorf—showcase the bounty within our county. From April through November, farmers and artisans sell their wares, share a laugh, and invigorate our sense of community. While many vendors create revenue through agritourism, internet sales, and traditional storefronts, farmers markets sustain their success. According to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture study, farms selling products directly to consumers increased their likelihood of staying afloat. From baked goods to strawberries straight from the field, farmers market offerings keep the food you buy—and the dollars you hand over—entirely local.

La Plata is home to our veteran farmers market, open for over 40 seasons and counting. The Indian Head Farmers Market is the newbie on the scene, and the Waldorf Farmers Market just celebrated its 10th season last year. Here are the basics you need to know for the upcoming 2019 season.

La Plata Farmers Market

Wednesday, 8 am to 5 pm

Saturdays, 8 am to 3 pm

April 6 to November 30, 2019

Talbot Street, La Plata, MD 20646

Facebook: La Plata Farmers Market

Town of Indian Head Farmers Market
Thursdays, 11 am to 6 pm
April 4 to October 3, 2019
Village Green Park, Indian Head, MD 20640
Facebook: Town of Indian Head Farmers Market

Waldorf Farmers Market

Saturdays, 9 am to 1 pm

May 4 to November 23, 2019

10385 O-Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD 20603
Facebook: Waldorf Farmers Market

If farmers market goods aren’t part of your grocery run, here’s food for thought. Food produced locally retains its taste far better than food transported thousands of miles away. And while farmers market shopping supports local businesses, talking with farmers gives something back to you. Learning about their process—and their passion—is an education in and of itself.

To learn more about local agriculture, or to find out what’s in season on our latest farmers market rack card, click here. See you at the market!

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