Arlington has many wonderful farmers markets. View a list of all the farmers markets in our county.
Information for All Vendors
Vendors who sell only whole, uncut fruit and vegetables AND/OR those who offer primarily packaged food products or samples (e.g., prepackaged fruit pies, prepackaged roasted nuts, prepackaged meats) must have ONE or more of the following official items to operate at a Market:
- Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) inspection and approval
- Jurisdictional agency inspection of a manufacturing plant such as the United States Department of Agriculture
- Exemption from the Virginia Board of Health Regulations
- Exemption from VDACS
Vendors who have one of the official items above, will no longer need a permit from Arlington County Public Health Division (ACPHD) to operate at a farmers market.
Call ACPHD’s Environmental Health Program at 703-228-7400 with any questions or concerns about farmers market licensing. You may also visit the Virginia Department of Health webpage to learn more.
Vendors who do not have one of the official items above and prepare/serve food for immediate consumption, must apply for a temporary food service license in order to participate in a farmers market. Applications must be submitted to 2110 Washington Blvd, Ste 350, Arlington, VA 22204 at least ten days before participating in a farmers market.
Become a SNAP Retail Merchant
Increasingly, farmers market vendors are accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits as a payment for products. This can be a win-win-win situation as it gives you direct access to new customers, gives SNAP recipients access to healthy food, and encourages consumption of locally grown produce. Click here for information on the steps needed before you can accept SNAP.