Apr 28, 2012: Markets Blossom in May

As the outdoor market season bursts upon the urban scene, both The Flea Market at Eastern Market (FMEM) and other markets run by Diverse Markets Management (DMM) will be celebrating special events and openings.

Next Sunday, May 6, at Eastern Market, 7th and C Streets SE on Capitol Hill, will be especially entertaining. Not only will our own Music in the Yard tent be featuring the O Street Band in an early afternoon concert but also the Kennedy Center will launch a spring festival entitled "Look Both Ways: Street Arts Across America" throughout the Eastern Market grounds.

Beginning around 11:30 a.m., the festival "will be the first time that the Kennedy Center has produced an arts festival outside the walls of the Kennedy Center," according to Tim Prestridge, Manager of the center's "Performing Arts for Everyone" program. Among the performers will be stilt walkers Nana Projects, interactive strolling shows Bert the Nerd and Happenstance Theater; and a roving creature, Mouth Monster.

On Sunday April 29, Eleven time WAMMY award winner Patty Reese will perform her blues-rock show-stoppers. Following the Americana sounds of the O Street Band, will be acoustic blues, bluegrass, jazz and swing performances. Music in the Yard continues through October.  A full listing of acts is at our Music In The Yard page.

The WellnessWORKS Farmers Market, produced by DMM in partnership with the US Government, launches its 2012 season on Wednesday. The Market, now in its third year, is part of the WellnessWORKS initiative, a program to educate and stimulate federal government employees about health and wellness issues which was championed by U. S. First Lady Michelle Obama.

WellnessWORKS Farmers Market is located in the courtyard of the OPM Roosevelt Building at 1900 E Street NW in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood where I-66 becomes E Street. The market is intended to showcase and provide healthy foods and nutritional items.  Additionally, the intention is to highlight sustainability by featuring only locally grown or produced products.  The market will operate every Wednesday from 10am - 2pm through October. 

Along with several returning favorites, two newcomers to the market tents will be Tracy DeBernard, of C&T Produce from Fredricksburg, VA, and Kaushika Patel, of Catalyst Gourmet from West Bethesda, MD. DeBernard will offer "greenhouse tomatoes, cucumbers, field grown asparagus and fresh strawberries" along with other produce. Patel will bring "Artisan crafted global spice blends."

DMM President Michael Berman will manage the market along with FMEM Assistant Manager David Wright and Everett Hirt.

Initiating its second season, the market is situated in Mt. Vernon Triangle, at the corner of 5th and Eye Streets NW just north of Chinatown in downtown Washington.   Supported by the Mount Vernon Community Improvement District, ANC6C, Franklin Parking and the DC Office of Planning; the market will feature a diverse mix of art, crafts, imports, antiques, collectibles and furniture 10 to 4 every Sunday, beginning May 6.

The market will also highlight local prepared foods such as handmade chocolates and breads; and beverages, such as organic juices, teas and coffee. Twenty-four exhibitors have signed up for opening day to date. Among these are the popular food truck, Curbside Cupcakes and Bita Diomande, of Sarafina. Also expect to find handmade jewelry, vintage and contemporary clothing and accessories.

DMM Director and long time FMEM Assistant Manager William "Rudy" Coates will oversee the market, which will also offer some live entertainment by John Lewis and seating for the community.