After four years in New York, Danny Macaroons will be coming to DC later this month, selling macaroons in flavors like salted caramel and chocolate almond. They'll be available in markets like Retrospect Cafe and La Colombe.
Dressing It Up Dressing
Dressing It Up Dressing is a year-old business out of the Bethesda Green Incubator. They're selling all-natural vinaigrettes based on classic olive oil, vinegar, mustard, and garlic versions, with different flavor variations like chocolate, red wine, apple cider, and champagne.
Gordy's Pickle Jar
Sheila Fain from the popular DC-based pickle artisans Gordy's Pickle Jar was on hand with a selection of their most popular flavors, including Hot Chili Spears, Thai Basil, Jalapeño, and Sweet Chips.
Small batch granola hand-made in Baltimore with flavors like Pumpkin Spice (of course), Cinnamon Raisin, and Cherry Chocolate. You can find Michele's Granola in popular coffee shops around DC, like the Big Bear Cafe, Peregrine Espresso, and Chinatown Coffee Co.
One of the first-time vendors at District Flea, chocolatier Abderrahmane Neggaz brought hand-made truffles that he's been making in Guatemala since 2005. Some of his most popular flavors are the more exotic ones, like the wasabi and cardamom pictured.
Uncle Brutha's Hot Sauce
Brennan "Uncle Brutha" Proctor has been selling his award-winning hot sauce in DC for the better part of 10 years. Proctor started out in Eastern Market in 2004, but after the fire in 2007, he's been selling his hot sauces in smaller markets in DC, like Smucker Farms, and more widely in Whole Foods mid-Atlantic. Uncle Brutha was on hand at District Flea showing off his Chili Verde and Four Chilies sauces.
No outdoor gathering would be complete without good beer, and ChurchKey has the southeast corner of District Flea staked out to provide just that. Bringing eight rotating taps each Saturday, ChurchKey will be pouring a characteristically diverse set of brews, including previews from its own upcoming brewery, Blue Jacket, like a galaxy-hopped Kolsch.
DC Puddin has slung comfort food like their Brown Butter Bourbon Bread Puddin' (pictured) and shrimp and grits out of Eastern Market for three years. Grab a heaping cup of the stuff to keep your energy up while perusing vintage furniture.
A not-quite 100% vegan bakery, Uncle Chip's employs alternative baking methods. Their cookies are made without any eggs, but are just as rich and flavorful as those with. The bakery was on hand with chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, and peanut butter cookies, plus brownies, too.
Another representative from the Neighborhood Restaurant Group at District Flea, Red Apron will be serving hot dogs each Saturday. A recurring favorite has been the Kaiser-a-brat, with bacon-braised kraut, and spicy mustard.
Before District Flea, Chaya's tacos have only been available at the White House Farmers Market on Thursdays at lunch. Now you have twice as many opportunities to grab one of their three tacos: creamy kale, summer squash, and mushroom.
Another visitor from New York, Frittering Away is at District Flea, but instead of their usual fritters, they're selling booze-infused sauces and jams, as well as flavored lemonades (strawberry basil and watermelon jalapeño).
District Flea is Juice Love's first official commercial outing. A brand-new company specializing in healthy juices with ingredients sourced from Tuscarora Farms in Pennsylvania, their flavors included beet, apple, and carrot; kale, apple, celery, and cucumber; and carrot and apple.
Number One Sons
Number One Sons specializes in fermented foods (pickles, kimchi, sauerkraut) and adding fermented ingredients to other foods. They supply small organic markets in DC like Smucker Farms and Glen's Garden Market, but were making grilled cheese sandwiches and half smokes at District Flea. Of course, both included kimchi and "kraut cheese."
Liz Eggleston moved from Texas to DC a few years ago with the singular drive to bring breakfast tacos to the Nation's Capital. District Flea is her first official foray toward meeting this goal, and her carnitas and potato tacos on handmade tortillas have already been selling out. Come earlier in the day if you want a taste of a Texas for breakfast.
Handmade in Bethesda, Piemonte is sold at a few locations around DC and in coffee shops in New York.
One of the DC heavyweights at District Flea, Dolcezza was on hand to cool visitors down with gelato.
One of DC's up-and-coming coffee roasters, Chris Vigilante and his team had a full espresso and pour-over bar running. Vigilante will be bringing unique beans each week, like last Saturday's muni mokka—the smallest coffee bean in the world, grown commercially on only one farm in Lahaina, Maui.
Paisley Fig at Room11
Lizzie Evelyn of Paisley Fig brought an assortment of her Room11 partnership goodies to District Flea, from honey goat cheesecakes to popcorn.
Food vendors line up along the south side of District Flea's lot.