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USDA Farmers Market at Night is Back - Every Friday, June to September, 4-7 P.M.

Posted by Lee Cliburn, Assistant Market Manager, Agricultural Marketing Service in Food and Nutrition Farming Initiatives
Feb 21, 2017
People at the market's community table
Folks grab a seat at the market’s community table. The Farmers Market at Night is a great place to try new foods and enjoy the sights and sounds of the National Mall. USDA Photo by Richard Tyner.

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

Soap Maker: 

Georges Botanique Aromatiques

Baker: 

Black Pearl Tarts

Emma's Bakeshop

Lynnette's Cakes and Catering

Second Rising

The Cookie Jar DC

Specialty: 

Greca Terra

Undone Chocolate

Food Truck: 

Ball or Nothing

Dirty South Deli

Far East Taco Grill

Federal City Brothers

Value Added Food Producers: 

Number 1 Sons

PinUp Preserves

Senzu Juicery

She Peppers

Food Concessions: 

Eat 170

Thunder Beast

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.

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Jeff Carnahan
Jun 02, 2016

Looks like a great way to relaxed and spent an evening.

Jennifer Vasiloff
Jun 02, 2016

Will you also still have the farmers market on Friday's from 9 - 2?

Ben Weaver
Jun 02, 2016

@Jennifer Vasiloff - Jennifer, yes, the USDA Farmers Market is open every Friday from 9am – 2pm.

jimntess
Jul 17, 2016

Looking for farmers markets on 46835 Fort Wayne, Indiana

Ben Weaver
Jul 20, 2016

@jimntess - The <a href="https://www.ams.usda.gov/local-food-directories/farmersmarkets&quot; rel="nofollow">National Farmers Market Directory</a> makes it convenient to find farmers markets in your area. You can search just markets in Indiana and look for those in Ft Wayne. You can also search by zip code: <a href="https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/local-regional/food-directories-listi…; rel="nofollow">https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/local-regional/food-directories-listi…;