COVID-19's Impact on Farmers Market Sales in the Washington, D.C., Area

Jeffrey K. O'Hara, Timothy A. Woods, Nony Dutton, Nick Stavely

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We use a sales database of farmers market vendors in the Washington, D.C., area to estimate how first half 2020 sales were impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We use 2019 data as a counterfactual for sales that would have occurred in 2020 in the absence of COVID-19. For neighborhood weekend markets that were able to remain open during the pandemic, the change in 2020 average sales between the winter and spring is between 75% and 79% lower than in 2019. Other farmers markets, particularly weekday markets in business districts, experienced delayed openings or were closed for the entire year.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-109
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Applied Economics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2021

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:


  • COVID-19
  • data collection
  • farmers markets
  • local foods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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