May 17, 2013: The Flea Market's Website Gets New Look

EASTERNMARKET.NET GETS MAKEOVER
Launch of an upgraded EasternMarket.net by The Flea Market at Eastern Market was announced today by Michael Berman, president of Diverse Markets Management (DMM), owner of the web site.

"We've needed a technology platform upgrade for a few years and incorporated several new features into the site in the process," Berman said. "Primarily, we've added photographs of the products and people who make the market successful and added a whole new section featuring our permanent exhibitors.

"Additionally, we added a market history section, chronicling our 30-years service to the Capitol Hill community where we're located, and to the city itself. We added a 2013 "Faces of the Market" photo essay link to the history section page and also links to press generated through the years, and reports on our positive economic and social contributions," Berman continued.

The site redesign was spearheaded by DMM Graphic Artist Chul Park, "who has pretty much been web and logo design master for a few years now," Berman said. "And Jeff Heimerman, husband of glass artist exhibitor Sarah Bauer, gets most of the photo credits for the new Faces," versions of which were previously published in 2003 and 2009. "We've retained links to both those photo essays as well, because we really believe the exhibitors are the people who make the market."

EasternMarket.net was started by an AOL staffer who lived on Capitol Hill in the late 1990s and was purchased by DMM Director Tom Rall in 2000. "I had been an investor in the site start up and believed Eastern Market should continue having a web presence. At that time EasternMarket.net was the only site promoting the whole market. It later became pretty much solely devoted to The Flea Market at Eastern Market, which was purchased by DMM in 2010," Rall recounted.

The flea market, which operated around the historic Eastern Market between North Carolina Ave. and C Street SE in 1984 through 2008, is now located across the street. The flea market is held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Sunday on the former Hine School playground at 7th & C Streets SE, just a block from the Eastern Market station on Metro's orange and blue line.

The revised site with detailed information about The Flea Market at Eastern Market here: EasternMarket.net.  Information about Diverse Markets Management here: DiverseMarkets.net  

CAPITOL RIVERFRONT FARMERS MARKET
OPENS TUESDAY

Berman also announced The Capitol Riverfront Farmers Market at Canal Park, offering fresh produce and locally prepared foods, will open Tuesday, May 21 and operate from 4 pm to 7 pm weekly through October at 2nd & M St., SE, on the new Canal Park, just a short block from the Navy Yard Metro (New Jersey Ave. exit).  The market will be managed by DMM for The Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District (CRBID).

"We're really excited about this new collaboration with CRBID," Berman exclaimed. "We've all been waiting for the completion of the new three-block park, a real gem of urban design. And the farmers market will occupy a small portion of the premier block in space between the recently-opened Park Tavern restaurant and the busy M Street SE."

A dozen local farmers and vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables, breads and baked goods, herbs and spices, pickles, olive oil, jams, honey, roasted coffee beans, teas, desserts, flowers, prepared foods and more are expected to participate on a rotating basis.

"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 producers," Berman said. "The Capitol Riverfront Farmers Market will be the perfect place to buy items for a fresh summer dinner or a picnic in Canal Park before a Nationals baseball game."

Among sellers familiar to the neighborhood will be Pete Lund, from Waldrof, MD; Bernadette Mayo, from Columbia, MD; and Arondo Holmes from D.C. all of whom sold at a previous DMM-CRBID farmers market.

Information about Capitol Riverfront BID here: CapitolRiverfrontBID 
Information about Canal Park here:  CanalParkDC 

FLEA MARKET EXHIBITOR NEWS
The Baltimore Sun recently featured Flea Market Exhibitors Nevan and Doug Wise, Annapolis potters who are customer favorites at the market. The lengthy article about the couple, complete with a photo of Nevan at her potter's wheel in their workshop and a discussion of what sells best in markets they do around the region, can be found here:
From lumps of clay, Annapolis couple made pottery a full-time business

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A NEW STOIRE OPENS
Long time exhibitor Hiranji Shakya recently opened his first store in Alexandria. Dorjebajra Tibet Shop is a Tibetan owned, Fair-Trade company established in 2006, importing handmade crafts mainly from Nepal. The company benefits Tibetan women associations in Nepal. Located at 110 S. West Street, more information about the store can be found here: MyTibetShop.com