We can’t think of a better way to spend time after a long day of work then by relaxing on the National Mall with good food, good company and good music. That’s why after piloting the first ever USDA Farmers Market at Night last year, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has decided to bring back the USDA Farmers Market at Night! It’s an opportunity for people all ages to connect with food and agriculture in a very unique setting.
Visitors can purchase food and enjoy a picnic right next to the market in the Headquarters People’s Garden. The garden is tended to by USDA employee volunteers and produces vegetables and fruits for donation to a local community kitchen. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket but don’t worry if you forget – seating as well as picnic blankets are available in the garden.
The now regularly scheduled night market will take place every Friday starting this Friday, June 3rd through September 30th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The market is located in a parking lot on the corner of Independence Ave and 12th Street, SW across the street from the Metro exit for the Smithsonian Station (Blue, Orange or Silver Line).
The USDA Farmers Market at Night vendors include farmers, food trucks, bakers, and specialty producers selling an assortment of jellies, pickled foods, fresh juices, soaps, and much more. All of our vendors including small food businesses from the DC-based food incubators Union Kitchen and Mess Hall are either growing their own product or sourcing ingredients from farms, the majority within the Chesapeake Bay region.
Stop by the USDA Farmers Market at Night to meet our vendors:
|Farmers and Growers:
Eco Friendly Food, Moneta, VA
Good Sense Farm & Apiary, Washington, DC
Quaker Valley Orchards, Biglerville, PA
Ryan’s Fruit Market, Timberville, VA
TLV (Triadelphia Lake View) Tree Farm, Glenelg, MD
Georges Botanique Aromatiques
Black Pearl Tarts
Lynnette's Cakes and Catering
The Cookie Jar DC
Ball or Nothing
Dirty South Deli
Far East Taco Grill
Federal City Brothers
|Value Added Food Producers:
Number 1 Sons
Timber Pizza Company
|Dairy Product Maker:
Ruby Scoops Ice Cream
The USDA Farmers Market during the day began its 21st year in May and operates every Friday through October from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. After the day market closes, vendors depart and new vendors set-up for the night market. More information about both markets is available online at www.usda.gov/farmersmarket or follow us on Twitter @USDA_AMS #USDAFarmersMkt.