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A Saturday afternoon at the District Flea Market

 

Looking to get away from College Park for the day, but not sure where to go in DC?  Have you already visited all of our Capital’s museums and landmarks? Here’s a fresh idea for you!

If you love nomming on some fresh food or shopping for vintage clothing, artwork, furniture and other accessories, be sure to visit the District Flea Market before it closes for the season on October 19.

Just six stops from the College Park metro station, District Flea is the perfect Saturday activity for days when you want escape from the CP scene and take advantage of our proximity to the nation’s capital. The market is about a five-minute walk from the U Street metro station, right off the green line.

Since September 14, District Flea has been open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 945 Florida Ave. NW – a few blocks from the 9:30 Club.

It’s the latest venture of the creators of the Brooklyn Flea Market — And if the market here in the District popularizes as much as it did in Brooklyn, District Flea may be here to stay.

Some of the vendors have been returning every Saturday, but there are also lots of new sellers each weekend.

Despite the heat, lots of D.C. area visitors of all ages were drinking beer, trying local businesses’ foods and shopping for all sorts of collectibles at yesterday’s market. If you’re interested in unique jewelry that no one else will be sporting on campus, then this market is for you. There were some vendors selling jewelry for just $10 or $20, but there are pricier handmade pieces, as well.  

In addition to the shopping, come ready to try some delicious fresh food. Dolcezza artisanal gelato, Vigilante coffee and Red Hook Lobster Pound are a few of many vendors selling their food and drinks. I tried The Ravioli Revolution’s sweet potato ravioli and Portobello mushroom ravioli, and they were melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

The Ravioli Revolution is a young family business that began in New York City about seven months ago. October 5 was the Porzios’ third time at the District Flea, and co-owner Dan Porzio says it continues to attract lots new faces and District Flea veterans.  

With shrimp and polenta, and Hawaiian braised short rib, these raviolis are far from your traditional cheese or beef.  

“College students are the ones we’re looking for,” Dan Porzio says.  “After they’re getting into their careers, they’re the ones we want to be in these markets and experience them and get out and tell people about.”

So, venture to the District Flea on Saturday October 12 or 19 to try small businesses’ foods and find unique pieces to add to your fall closet!

 

Journalism & Environmental Science and Policy Double Major
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