The new Capitol Riverfront Market, offering fresh produce and locally prepared foods, will open Thursday, May 6th and operate from 3 pm to 7 pm weekly through November at the intersection of New Jersey Ave., SE & M St., SE, adjacent to the Navy Yard Metro (New Jersey Ave exit). Entrance to the market is on M St., SE.
Every Thursday, the Capitol Riverfront will transform into a festive marketplace with over ten local farmers and vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables, breads and baked goods, herbs and spices, pickles, olive oil, jams, honey, desserts, flowers, prepared foods and more. The fresh food market is presented by the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District and Diverse Markets Management, in partnership with The Donohoe Company.
This is very exciting news for the residents of this area who haven’t really been served very well in terms of local markets. There are some fast food places, a nearby gourmet foods store and a bar/cafe just opened up, but the best options for produce have been either Eastern Market or the new Safeway at the Waterfront Metro station. Neither one is far away, and both make for a great walk on the weekend when you’ve time to spare, but in terms of an after-work shopping trip, navigating the metro can be a bit of a pain–dealing with commuting crowds when you just want to pick up some items for dinner!
I’m optimistic with a drop of pessimism. The Capitol Riverfront BID has tried a market before and it didn’t do so well. In fact, it didn’t even last a day. That market was aimed more at general shopping–gifts for the season, etc.–than just food, but I’ve seen at least one merchant at another market and he seemed hesitant to give them another try. Still, this area has plenty of residents and I hope they can make this a success. I know I’ll be stopping by to check it out next Thursday!