Since 1987, Dale City Farmers Market, run by the Prince William County Department of Parks & Recreation, has been at the forefront of serving Prince William County residents. With nearly the 50 vendors in the Summer and 20+ in the winter, we are one of the largest open-air markets in the region.
Our market is a producer-only market, meaning all products must be grown or made by the seller. This is great news for both our buyers and our sellers as consumers have access to produce, meats, plants and other goods locally-grown or create.
Walk-through Market is Open on Sundays Year Round
The winter market hours have begun. Open on Sundays, 10am-1pm.
Starting in April 2022, spring/summer/fall market hours will begin with opening at 8am until 1pm.
Meet our Vendors
Health & Safety Rules:
What You Can Expect from Us
- Anyone who is sick or been exposed to the virus will stay home.
- We will be sanitizing surfaces and electronics frequently.
- Hand sanitizer will be available at vendor or market manager tables.
What We Ask of You
- Do not attend the market if you are sick or have been exposed to the virus.
- Masks are optional.
- Be prepared to wait in line at vendor booths.
- If you have any questions during your visit, please look for onsite market managers in the yellow safety vests.
- Please be patient and kind to one another – we are all in this together!
History of the Dale City Farmers Market
The history of the Farmers Market traces back to real estate developer, Cecil D. Hylton. A sod farmer who began his career as a “huckster” – a young man who sold farm goods and produce at the farmers market in Washington, DC.
Hylton began construction of affordable homes, just 22 miles south of the nation’s capital, in 1968. Dale City, known as “The Friendliest Little Town”, quickly became one of the fastest growing, self-sustaining, communities in the nation.
In 1987, the county petitioned the Virginia Department of Transportation, for use of the Dale City commuter lot as a location for a Farmers Market, during the summer months. The market was so successful, permission was granted on a yearly basis. A number of community groups were involved in organizing the market, chief among them was the Dale City Sanitary District who actively campaigned for the Bond referendum that created the Dale City Recreation Center.
In 1993, Prince William Cooperative Extension, the Dale City Civic Association and the Dale City Sanitary District through the auspices of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, to establish an agreement for the operation of the Dale City Farmers’ Market.
The Dale City Sanitary District was dissolved in 1996 and the Dale City Recreation Center was turned over to the Department of Parks and Recreation (formerly Park Authority) along with the management and responsibility of the Dale City Farmers’ Market.