5 Local Farmers Markets for Seasonal Shopping

Enjoy fresh produce, bakery treats, seafood and more while supporting Montgomery County's economy.

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Farm Markets: Where to Shop
Photo provided by Derwood Farmers Market // Sweet Pea Farm

When you shop at a farmers market, you’re doing more than bringing home the freshest, healthiest fruits and vegetables. You’re also helping family farms stay in business and supporting the local economy. Montgomery County is home to 20 farmers markets offering seasonal produce and locally made goods, including these five popular spots.

Freshfarm Downtown Silver Spring Market

1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring 
Open year-round
Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


This year-round market is home to over 45 local vendors specializing in everything from certified organic fruits and veggies, pasture-raised meats, baked goods, fresh dairy products, jellies and sauces, Maryland-made wines, flowers and handmade soaps. Free parking is available at the garage adjacent to the market.

Bethesda Central Farm Market

7600 Arlington Road, Bethesda
Open year-round
Sundays 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

With over 100 vendors and artisans, this market is one of the largest in the region. You’ll find a range of goods, including fresh produce, bakery treats, seafood and freshly prepared foods that can be eaten at the market’s seating area. Events include wine and beer tastings, kids’ club activities, chef demos and more. Free parking is available at Bethesda Elementary School and across the street at the County garage.

Derwood Farmers Market

16501 Redland Road, Rockville
Open April 18 – Sept. 4
Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Run by Milk Lady Markets, the Derwood Farmers Market features greens, meats, coffee, brick oven pizzas, plum cakes and art. Bop to live music while you shop, then grab a table and enjoy a snack. Free parking is available in the Neighborhood Church parking lot.

Takoma Park Farmers Market

6391 Laurel Ave., Takoma Park
Open year-round
Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The market’s summer vendors are back with seasonal produce, artisanal cheeses, fermented foods, mushrooms, jams and herb plants — all of which are sourced within 125 miles of Takoma Park. Enjoy pop-up street performers and visit the Community Corner to learn about local nonprofits. Free parking is available across from the market in the SDA Church Office lot accessed via Eastern Avenue.

Rockville Farmers Market

111 Maryland Ave., Rockville
Open May 15 – Nov. 20
Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Whether you’re looking for a fresh bouquet of flowers, jars of honey and preserves or your weekly produce, Rockville Farmers Market has all your farm favorites. To be extra green, leave the car at home and take the Metro’s Red Line or ride the 47 and 56 bus. Free parking is available.

This story originally appeared in our June/July 2021 issue.

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