- Eastern Market opened in 1873 as one of the many produce and farm goods markets which served Washington DC's neighborhoods. Designated as a National Historic Landmark, this proud brick building is the only one to have continuously operated as a farmer's market. Tuesday through Sunday the permanent merchants sell fresh meats, poultry, seafood, fish sandwiches, crabcakes, baked goods, flowers, fruits, vegetables, pastas, deli items and cheese. On weekends the market overflows into the neighboring schoolyard with an arts & crafts market, flea market and Farmers' Line. The Farmers' Line presents produce harvested from Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. Local (but established) photographers, painters and other artists set up weekend booths. Breakfast and lunch is served at the Market Lunch counter. The crabcakes are particularly popular. Additionally there are many great restaurants in this Capitol Hill neighborhood. A weekend visit to Eastern Market captures the DC neighborhood experience as people of all ages and backgrounds hang out, relax and gather food for their tables. Eastern Market is one block from the Eastern Market Metro station (blue/orange lines). Street parking is available but you may have to walk a few blocks. Eastern Market suffered a major fire in April 2007 but an impressive temporary structure houses the vendors next door while restoration is underway. Meanwhile, Market attendance is as strong and festive as ever.
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