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!

Views from Charles

#MyCharlesCounty and other ways to make a difference

Published: Thursday, September 5, 2019

For those who work in economic development, pointing out a community’s assets is part of the job.  But sometimes, it’s what its citizens say that makes a difference.  This is a true story told by a local businessman who’s now in Southern Maryland but moved here from another state. 

“Charles County is a great central location for us to have access to all of our customers. We do business with NSWC Carderock, Naval Research Laboratory, NAWCAD Patuxent River, NSWC Dahlgren, and Indian Head Naval Support Facility, to name a few.”

Scott Decker
Director of Operations

Cardinal Scientific

“We are proud to be a key part of Charles County’s future and we heartily encourage other, cutting-edge companies to join us.”

Doug Egan
Chief Executive Officer
Competitive Power Ventures

“Charles County is where we started our company and where we grew and expanded. We now operate our managed print and managed IT solutions in five states and provide custom apps all around the globe. Our headquarters is still in Charles County, an excellent place to conduct business and recruit highly skilled individuals for our ever growing team!"

Joshua Justice
President

Just Tech

 

“We are proud to be a key part of Charles County’s future and we heartily encourage other, cutting-edge companies to join us.”

Katharine Tate
 Executive Director of Provider Engagement and Community Relations

Righttime Medical Care

“Charles County is a great place for businesses to start, grow, and thrive! We've worked with over 100 businesses since we opened our doors in Charles County, and I've witnessed the majority of these businesses achieve all three.”

Darlene M. Breck

Owner

Southern Maryland Business Center

“Charles County is a great place to do business because of the passion of the business community and the residents who strive to make it the best that it can be."

Andrew W. Welburn

President

The Welburn Organization