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Charles Town Address

PO Box 542 
Charles Town, WV 25414


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Why does local cost more?

This is probably one of the most asked questions of farmers markets and local groceries. There are a couple of good answers to this.

One is that prices are based on the true price of producing food, unaided by government subsidies of commodity crops, cheap oil, and underpaid (and under-benefited) workers. We pay more for our food than we realize because at tax time we pay for those subsidies. Small family and organic farms rarely get subsidies, and they often pay their workers a living.                              

Another reason for the cost difference is that larger farms have the “economy of scale” on their side. No matter the size of the farm, certain costs are fixed—including installation, equipment, financial interest—so, the larger the farm the lower the cost-per-acre to simply run that farm.

What are the benefits of buying local?

There are many reasons to shop local. Here are just a few…

  • BUILD COMMUNITY! The casual encounters you enjoy at neighborhood-scale businesses and the public spaces around them build relationships and community cohesiveness. They’re the ultimate social networking sites!

  • STRENGTHEN YOUR LOCAL ECONOMY! Each dollar you spend at independent businesses returns 3 times more money to your local economy than one spent at a chain (almost 50 times more than buying from an online mega-retailer) — a benefit we all can bank on. 

  • SHAPE OUR CHARACTER! Independent businesses help give your community a distinct personality. 

  • YOU CAN BUY IT WHERE YOU TRY IT! Local stores enable you to try on and try out items before you buy — and get real expertise — saving your time and money. 

  • CREATE A HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENT! Independent, community-serving businesses are people-sized. They typically consume less land, carry more locally-made products, locate closer to residents and create less traffic and air pollution.

  • LOWER TAXES! More efficient land use and more central locations mean local businesses put less demand on our roads, sewers, and safety services. They also generate more tax revenue per sales dollar. The bottom line: a greater percentage of local independent businesses keeps your taxes lower. 

  • GET REAL VALUE FOR YOURSELF! Reader surveys by the Consumers Union repeatedly show independent businesses beating their chain competitors in overall customer satisfaction (and often save you money). 

  • ENHANCE CHOICES! A wide variety of independent businesses, each serving their customers’ tastes, creates greater overall choice for all of us. 

  • INCREASE WEALTH OF RESIDENTS! The multiplier effect created by spending locally generates a lasting impact on the prosperity of local organizations and residents. 

  • OPPORTUNITIES! Not only do independent businesses employ more people directly per dollar of revenue, but they also are the customers of local printers, accountants, wholesalers, farms, attorneys, etc., expanding opportunities for local entrepreneurs. 

  • GIVE BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY! Small businesses donate more than twice as much per sales dollar to local non-profits, events, and teams compared to big businesses. 

  • ENHANCE LOCAL DEMOCRACY! Local ownership of business means residents with roots in the community are involved in key development decisions that shape our lives and the local environment. 

  • ENHANCE HEALTH OF RESIDENTS! Research shows a strong correlation between the percentage of small locally-owned firms and various indicators of personal and community health and vitality. 
What are the best market shopping practices?

Be Prepared

Dress comfortably and wear walking shoes. Remember your sunglasses and sunscreen because you will be shopping outdoors. Leave plenty of time to browse through the different stands. Bring your own reusable bags with handles. Make large purchases shortly before leaving so you won’t have to carry them around.

Make a Day of It

Going to the farmers’ market is a wonderful thing to do with the family. There’s plenty to do and see, new foods to try, and little wares that keep the kids happy. Plan at least an hour or two to properly peruse the grounds. It’s fun to relax and enjoy the culture and atmosphere, live music, and street food.

Visit the information tent

At the information or market tent, the market staff or volunteers will have info about community events, meetings and gatherings. There will often be literature, flyers and rack cards, city maps, and maybe even that town’s newspaper or magazine! Whether you’re a tourist or local, market folk are in touch with their community. This is where you can find out about SNAP, Senior vouchers and other programs

Make a Loop First

The best way to tackle a farmers’ market is by making a loop around the entire market first. Stay on the outskirts of the crowd and take mental notes of which booths you want to come back to. Then, after you’ve seen all the market has to offer, you can better decide how you want to spend your money. If you expect to spend a good deal of time at the market, make large purchases shortly before leaving so you won’t have to carry them around.

Bring Cash

While some vendors might be able to accept credit cards or checks, cash is king when it comes to shopping at the various booths and plan to pay with small bills and change. Please tip the musicians.

Ask Questions/Talk to the vendors

While a grocery store worker doesn’t always know where the beef came from, it’s a vendor’s job to know everything about the products he or she sells. You’ll find that most vendors are more than happy to answer your questions. They know that the more confident you feel about their products, the more likely you will be to head back for more in the future.

Try Something New 

One of the best parts of farmers’ markets is sampling new products and foods that you might have missed at the grocery store. Keep an open mind– your new favorites might surprise you.

Bring your own reusable bags  

While vendors generally have plastic bags for you, they cost the vendor and add to the landfills. Insulated bags are recommended if you plan to purchase cold or frozen foods. By bringing your own reusable bags you help cut the cost to the small business owner, you also help cut down on overuse of plastic.

Dogs at market 

Policies about dogs at markets vary from market to market. At CTFM we love to see our furry four-legged friends. Please make sure they are vaccinated, on a non-retractable leash and well behaved. Do not allow pets to urinate on tables, tents or signs. If aggressive behavior happens, please move your dog away from the area. Please clean up after them.

What is the Farm to School program?

If school staff, parents, and community partners, together, take a whole school approach to connect Cafeteria, Curriculum, and Community, students will have a better understanding of where their food comes from, and make better food choices. To find out more go to our Farm-2-School page.

What is the history of Charles Washington Hall?

A Brief History of Charles Washington Hall…

At the historic four corners of George and Washington Streets given to the City for public use by the Washington family, we embrace the vision of Charles Town’s founder, Charles Washington. This renovation renews the true intent of Charles Washington Hall by creating a gathering place to serve the residents of Charles Town and our greater community.

Though the original building was destroyed during the Civil War, plans were established in 1873to rebuild a structure on the Market House Square, as it was referred to during the period. In1874, this building was erected and named “Charles Washington Hall”, as an ode to the founding father of Charles Town, and as a tribute for Charles Washington’s charitable donations of land and public buildings to the residents. 

Charles Washington Hall was originally envisioned in a typical Virginia Market House format. A variety of market space options encompassed the first floor, showcasing wares and goods from across the community. As the community grew, Charles Washington Hall adapted and offered many other public uses. Many of these uses required slight modifications to the building.

In 1891, the Charles Town Post Office rented a portion of the building, which required the need for additional space. That requirement led to one of the three additions located at the rear of the original structure and still remains a part of the facility today.

In the early 1900’s, changes to the front facade of the Charles Washington Hall were alsoimplemented. During this time, the second floor housed a performance venue known as theOpera House, which provided cultural entertainment to Charles Town and existed until today’sOld Opera House was completed in 1911.

In the 1950’s, the New Central Restaurant took residence on the first floor of Charles Washington Hall. An extension of the front facade took place with the New Central’s occupancy and remained until our current renovation began in 2015. This new renovation and restoration removed the historically inaccurate addition from the Charles Washington Hall’s front façade and returned it to its original glory.

The newly renovated Charles Washington Hall is once again a community space; an anchor in the arts and culture district of downtown Charles Town. This renovation is dedicated to Charles Washington and his vision.

As we venture into this restored piece of American history, it is our hope that Charles Washington Hall will be celebrated by the people of Charles Town and neighboring communities for generations to come.

Does it have to be “Certified Organic” to be organic?

No, it doesn’t. Many small farmers practice organic methods but can’t afford the certificates. One of the benefits of farmers markets is you can get to know your farmer. Most are happy to tell you how they do it. Ask.

What does it take to be a vendor at CTFM?

Are you a local or regional farmer or think you might fit in with what we offer at the market? If you’re a local nonprofit or a Charles Town business interested in one of our weekly spots reserved for community awareness, send an email to or go to How to Become a Vendor for more info.

What is considered local?

There are many definitions of what local means. Each market has to decide for themselves.  The Jefferson GAP Coalition defines local as within 50 miles of Jefferson County.                                    

How do I get my product into Bushel and Peck?

Are you a local or regional Grower, Artisan or Producer? Or have an interesting idea or product, please send an email to

How do I find out about renting the upstairs of CW Hall?
The second floor of Charles Washington Hall is a beautiful and accommodating place to have a variety of events. Renting the space is handled by the city. For more information, go to:

City of Charles Town

Or call 304-725-2311, Monday – Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM 
What can SNAP buy?

Any food for the household, such as:

  • Fruits and vegetables;
  • Meat, poultry, and fish;
  • Dairy products;
  • Bread and cereals;
  • Other foods such as snack foods and non-alcoholic beverages; and
  • Seeds and plants, which produce food for the household to eat.

For more information go to: Stretch Dollars Market Poster

How do market bucks work?

At the Charles Town Farmer’s Market, we have our own currency called “Market Bucks”. You can swipe your debit/credit card at the info booth and use it just like regular money. They come in one-dollar increments, all vendors take them and they can only be used at CTFM. They don’t expire So if you can’t get to the ATM before market or bring a large bill (like a $50 or $100 dollar bill. A major market no-no, by the way) that a vendor can’t change, you can get market bucks to shop with. Some folks just think its fun.

Is SNAP/EBT accepted at CTFM and Bushel & Peck? And what are SNAP bucks?


It is excepted at both places; though the Double, Stretch and Kids programs only apply at CTFM.

At CTFM. Go to Info tent in the center of the market and ask any volunteer on duty, they will be happy to help you.

You can swipe your EBT card and receive up to 4 times the value of what you swipe for.

You will be issued up to four kinds of currency.

At Bushel & Peck it works just like any grocery store.

What are the Charles Town Farmers Market season and hours?

The Charles Town Farmers Market runs from the second week in April thru the end of October. 8 am to noon.

The address is the 100 block of South Samuel St, Charles Town.

What special events do CTFM and Bushel & Peck do?

Both CTFM and Bushel & Peck have regular special events.

CTFM offers Health & Wellness Day, Kida Day, Dog Day, 2 special craft days, Walk with the Doc and Market Explores.

Bushel & Peck offers meal deals, meet the vendor, kids day and a variety of special events.

Please check our calendar for dates and times.

I have a question not answered here. Who do I contact?

Questions about the Charles Town Farmers Market should be emailed to

Questions for Bushel & Peck should be emailed to

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