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Monday, September 10, 2012

Photos of Union Market & The Florida Market

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I took a few photos of this weekend opening of Union Market this weekend, and I've now added those shots to my large wholesale food district Flickr set that I've been building for the last several years. It's 683 photos (I'm sure some of those are black and white conversions). It's really interesting to look at the photos of the Union Market building today, versus what it looked like about five years ago when it was the DC Farmers Market building. Take a look at the differences below.
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 In case you were curious the new photos are: #1, 3, 5, 7, and 9. All others are several years old.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Were these taken on Sunday? I went on Saturday, right after the storm, and there weren't nearly as many vendors. Pretty much everyone was clustered around the oyster place.

Anonymous said...

@Anon 1:29 - I had the same experience but was there before the storm. Not many vendors and everyone was around the oyster spot. It will be interesting to see this place with a lot more vendors. For now, I will continue to visit Eastern Market and the H st farmers market.

Anonymous said...

was there on sunday. bought two sandwiches (already prepared) from the A. Literi booth, and some caramel corn from the ice cream people. there were actually a lot of vendors. i think it's going to be a great addition to the neighborhood!

Anonymous said...

I think the photos with lots of vendors are from when it was the old Farmers' Market. I liked it better then, more choices, much better prices. I was there Saturday and paid $5 for about
4 oz. of seltzer, a drop of syrup and a cupful of ice! I hope it morphs into a little bit of both the old and the new but I am not getting my hopes up.

DCJaded said...

Man, umm, slight demographic change in customer base.

Dave B said...

Thats going to be the cinder block that breaks the gentrification-resisting camel's back.

I felt weird being there, like somebody just built an amusement park on a graveyard or something.

inked said...

3:29,
Here's the photo breakdown:

In case you were curious the new photos are: #1, 3, 5, 7, and 9. All others are several years old.

Trinidaddy said...

I felt great. The crowd was diverse, the selection was extensive and the vibe was positive and awesome. Pictures don't do it justice. This was Saturday. Maybe Sunday was different but I doubt it. Haters gon hate...

Anonymous said...

I really like the new market. That said though, the demographic shift is noticeable. Not sure why or what that means for the long run, but I too had the "amusement park built on a graveyard". How many people of color are in the above photos?

Anonymous said...

Wow, this place got a white people transplant.

Anonymous said...

The photos are deceiving that are posted. The "new" market does not have nearly as many vendors as displayed in the photos. I went to the market on Sunday and many longtime residents that I spoke with were truly disappointed that there was a mixture of the old and new. Although the structure is appealing visually, it lacks a variety of goods for comsumers.

poo said...

i was there on saturday at around 1:00 p.m. there weren't that many vendors yet, but there's certainly room for more than what i saw inside.

on the way home, as i was getting into my car, some older women getting into the car next to me were clearly agitated and practically yelling, 'errrbody in there drinkin' liquor an that's about it!"

she was clearly not happy.

inked said...

12:09,
I see exactly 6 vendors shown in the pictures of the new market. Off the topic of my head I can think of at least 21 different vendors that were at Union Market at least part of Saturday or Sunday:
1. the soda shop;
2. the beer and wine stand set up at the future home of the wine bar;
3. an artisan cheese spot (I think they were giving out samples);
4. the flower stall;
5. The oyster bar;
6. The smoked goods vendor (Neopal);
7. the lamb guys;
8. Litteri's;
9. the spice woman;
10. the juice people;
11. Trickling Springs creamery;
12. Eco-Friendly food stall;
13. Oh Pickles!
14. Perigrine Espresso;
15. Endless Summer;
16. Lyon Bakery;
17. Produce vendor #1;
18. Produce vendor #2;
19. stand selling banana bread and preserves.
20. Co Co;
21. All Things Olive.

Not every vendor was there both days (or at least not all day both days).

Don't believe me? Check out this larger photo set from Caroline Angelo.


inked said...

Or this nice set from Boarderstan.

inked said...

Here's a corrected version of that link to Caroline Angelo's photo set.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if any vendors from the old market are selling goods in it now? Specifically, I miss the pork/chicken farmers from Gettysburg.

DCJaded said...

Where are all the butchers? Some of the stuff looks neat and all, but if I am having a BBQ, or just want some chicken, pork, beef, etc., will they have these? I didn't see any in the pictures.

inked said...

Some butchers were there, but mostly very high end and finished product. I suggest Caribbean Crescent and US Beef for basic stuff.

Anonymous said...

Two butcher shops are announced so far: Red Apron & Harvey's (which was in the market before the fire).

Both will be open by November.

Anonymous said...

That milk was good. I have to go back to return the empty bottle, but I hope more vendors show up and remain open till closing time.

caroline said...

Inked, thanks for linking to my Flickr set! The funny thing is, most of the vendors you listed were not there when I went on Saturday (but they had signs up, indicating they'd be there someday).

The flower stall, oyster bar, Trickling Springs creamery, Peregrine Espresso, banana bread and preserves stand, one produce stand, and All Things Olive were operational.

The soda shop, beer and wine stand, artisan cheese spot, smoked goods vendor, lamb guys, Litteri, spice woman, juice people, Oh Pickles!, Endless Summer, Lyon Bakery, and Co Co had placeholder stands with no one and nothing at them yet. If you look at my Flickr set you'll notice that the only photos I have for these vendors are of their signs.

My experience was the same as the first two commenters-- nearly everyone was at the oyster bar because there wasn't much else to see or do. It's a gorgeous space though.

inked said...

Caroline,
Hmm...Maybe I just got lucky with the times that I visited. I ate the lamb sausage, tasted Co Co's chocolate covered bacon, sampled stuff from the spice lady, & bought smoked seafood salad from Neopol. I think more of the places appear in Borderstan's photo set.

Anonymous said...

my husband summed it up by saying "where did all of these white people come from?"

inked said...

For the record, these are the places you can see in my photos of Union Market (you have to click through to Flickr to see them all):

1. Blue Iris flowers;
2. Lyon Bakery;
3. Eco-Friendly Foods;
4. One of the produce stands;
5. The banana bread/preserves people;
6. Trickling Springs;
7. Perigrine;
8. Co Co;
9. A Litteri;
10. The soda shop;
11. The oyster bar;
12. the lamb sausage guys;