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USDA’s Farmer’s Market Night
July 17, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
It’s hot, hot, hot outside. Cool down at the third USDA Farmers Market at Night on Friday, July 17 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This month’s theme is Hot & Cold. Highlights include Brazilian dance music, free blueberry ice cream and tips for a food safe summer.
Musical act DC Choro, a Brazilian band will heat things up by playing the best of Samba, Bossa Nova, Forro, and Choro. Food trucks participating this month include Carolina Q, Dirty South Deli, Fava Pot, Greatest American Hot Dogs, Randy Radish, and Sang on Wheels. More than 10 members of Union Kitchen, a DC-based food incubator, and other local food businesses will offer delicious dinner options along with fresh fruits and vegetables, cut flowers, breads and baked goods, cheeses, and specialty items — all perfect for an evening picnic on the National Mall.
There is no better way to cool down on a hot day than with ice cream. Join us in celebrating the 100th birthday of the blueberry and its journey from farm to table with the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. To celebrate Ruby Scoops will give away 100 cones of blueberry honey cheesecake ice cream. Frozen blueberry dog treats from Spoil Me Rotten will also be available. Did you know? July is peak season for blueberries in North America and National Blueberry Month.
Hot or Cold?
While the warmer weather may be ideal for outdoor picnics and barbeques, the summer months typically see a spike in reports of foodborne illnesses. USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) wants to make sure your fun in the sun doesn’t get cut short. The educational component of this month’s night market teaches that whether you are in your kitchen or enjoying the great outdoors, there are food safety principles that never change. Explore the FSIS food safe kitchen exhibit and meet Thermy™, Fight BAC!, and food safety experts to learn four important food safety steps: Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill.
USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has managed the USDA Farmers Market for 20 years and is piloting the USDA Farmers Market at Night this year. Night markets are scheduled for May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18, and October 16. The USDA Farmers Market at Night is located at the corner of 12th Street and Independence, Ave SW in Washington, DC. For details throughout our market season, follow us on Twitter @USDA_AMS. Look for the #USDAFarmersMkt hashtag for updates about both the day and night markets or visit us online at www.usda.gov/farmersmarket.