Apr 30, 2010: Local Shopping National Renown

"We're a local market with a regional clientele and a national reputation." That's the conclusion of Flea Market at Eastern Market Manager Tom Rall after analyzing response to an EasternMarket.net gift certificate promotion.
The popular web site, which Rall owns, gave away 52 Twenty-Five Dollar certificates to the first respondents to a newsletter offering earlier this month and three consolation prizes of $50 and $100 each to winners whose names were drawn from a hat during Sunday Music in the Yard performances.
Thirty-six percent of the respondents tallied came from Washington, DC zip codes, the majority of these within walking distance of the market, Rall said. "And not surprisingly, Virginia and Maryland zip codes trailed close behind with 31 and 23 percent respectively."
The majority of these were from inner suburbs close to Metro subway stations. "In particular, locations such as Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia, were heavily represented," Rall continued, noting that both cities are along the Orange and Blue lines, which have stops at the Eastern Market station, just a block from the flea market.
Among the remaining ten percent were 2 winners from West Virginia and one each from New Jersey, New York and Trena Armstong from Nashville, TN, who wrote, "I travel to DC every year just for the Flea Market!"
Six other states, including Missouri, Utah and California were represented in the overall response.
Winners of $50 certificates were Lisa French, DC; Natalie McIntyre, Arlington; and Susan Kurikeshu Smith, Woodbine, MD. Winners of $100 certificates were Alyssa Briggs, DC; B. Knievel, Rockville, MD; and Sheila Kasindorf, College Park, MD. Both French and Briggs live on Capitol Hill within walking distance of the market, Rall said. 

Besides our own "Music in the Yard" series which runs through November in our entertainment tent, the Capitol Hill Community Foundation recently announced "Eastern Market Music," its Spring and Fall series, Sundays from May 2 through June 27 and September 5 though October 10 on the corner of 7th Street and north Carolina Avenue SE.
The series "presents a sampling of the Washington area's best blues, bluegrass, jazz, contemporary and international musicians" booked by coordinator Donna Fletcher. Two different sets are offered weekly; at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Bluegrass and Americana group Dead Men's Hollow kicks off the series Sunday followed by the classic blues sound of Memphis Gold & Jay Summerour at 1.
The complete schedule can be found here.  
Also Sunday, Folk and Acoustic Guitar Artist Ellen Cherry, always popular with flea market patrons, will perform two sets beginning at Noon. The upcoming "Music in the Yard" schedule can be found at EasternMarket.net

The new Capitol Riverfront Market, offering fresh produce and locally prepared foods, will open Thursday, May 6th and operate from 3 pm to 7 pm weekly through November 18th at the intersection of New Jersey Ave., SE & M St., SE, adjacent to the Navy Yard Metro (New Jersey Ave exit). Entrance to the market is on M St., SE.
Every Thursday, the Capitol Riverfront will transform into a festive marketplace with more than a dozen local farmers and vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables, breads and baked goods, herbs and spices, pickles, olive oil, jams, honey,  flowers, prepared foods and more. The fresh food market is presented by the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District and Diverse Markets Management (DMM), in partnership with The Donohoe Company. DMM is a Flea Market at Eastern Market related company.
"The goal of this new market is to feature fresh produce and locally prepared foods, create awareness of local specialty products, and emphasize the importance of supporting local farmers," explained DMM Market Manager Mike Berman. "The Capitol Riverfront Market will be the perfect place to buy items for a fresh summer dinner, or for packing a picnic to take to Thursday outdoor movies in Canal Park or a Nationals baseball game."
The first 50 customers to attend the farmers market on Thursday, May 6th will be given a $5 off coupon for any purchase at the market. Coupons will be handed out at the entrance to the market. The duo of guitarists/vocalists Dave Chappell and Jim Stephanson will perform lively roots music during 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. sets prior to the Nationals-Braves game that starts at 7:05 p.m. in the nearby stadium.
Learn more about the  Capitol Riverfront neighborhood.  Farmers and producers can get more info and apply to participate online or  at info@diversemarkets.net or 202-543-
3370.   Get more news, updates and information on DMM and information on Donohoe Company .