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Eastern Market, seven blocks east of the Capitol, is one of the oldest farmer's markets in the United States. After suffering a fire that gutted its original building, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty made it a priority to get the market up and running again, and a temporary structure was quickly put in place to house the vendors while the building was being restored. In June 2009, the beautifully restored market building reopened for business. Many DC locals love the market for its fresh produce, fish, meat, and poultry. If you ask, the vendors are eager to tell you exactly where your food came from. Market Lunch is renowned for its blueberry pancakes and crab cakes. Get there early and stand in line for the best Eastern North Carolina pulled pork BBQ in town.
On the weekends, you'll also be able to enjoy the flea market in the adjacent parking lot. Weekly finds include fair-trade clothing & gifts, antique furniture, paintings, photography, and countless jewelry artists. Prices and quality vary widely, and everyone from the college student to the senator's wife will find something to love. In addition to crafts, food vendors outside the market sell such varied items as homemade pickles, crepes, donuts, and kettle corn.
On Sundays, Eastern Market Flea sponsors Music in the Yard, featuring blues, swing, bluegrass, and other traditions.
While you wander the market, munch on a fresh pastry from the Marvelous Market or one of the other vendors selling baked goods. For the kitchen aficionado, the new Hill's Kitchen is your haven for every kitchen gadgetand ingredient that you didn't know you needed! It's next to the metro stop. Eastern Market is a bustling place with lots of local character, and not a tourist bus in sight!
The Capitol Hill neighborhood around Eastern Market is a fine walking destination as well, with restored century-old townhouses and well-tended gardens along tree-lined residential streets. A wide selection restaurants lines 8th St., SE (Barracks Row) and Pennsylvania Ave., SE.
The market is one block north of the Eastern Market metro stop on the blue & orange lines.