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Posted at 6:35 PM ET, 02/ 5/2010

Eastern Market packed Friday, closed Saturday

By Washington Post editors

Eastern Market management told vendors midday on Friday that they should not open for business on Saturday. Bill Glasgow of the Union Meat Company said he understood.

"It's an opportunity for people to spend time at home and cook for their families," he said. Besides, "It's been too busy to keep up with keeping the case full."

He said the big sellers have been ground beef, stew meat, and "bacon, for a nice snowy breakfast tomorrow."

Customer Kelly Cousineau bought bags of fish, chicken, and fresh vegetables.

"I came here to avoid the crazy scenes at grocery stores," Cousineau said. "Trying to buy fresh food so I don't end of eating junk food all weekend."

Leon Calomiris of Thomas Calomiris and Sons, which sells fruits and vegetables, said the crowds were "Nuts! It's just nuts. People are just buying whatever they see in front of them."

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He said they sold out Thursday night, and since the delivery was running slow Friday, crowds of people were accumulating around their shop throughout the day waiting for the next shipment to come in.

"Then, when the food comes, I haven't even had a second to put it on the shelves," Calomiris said. "People have been grabbing armfuls out of the boxes."

Best sellers: bananas, potatoes and broccoli!

Jenny Glasgow, owner of the Fine Sweet Shop, also said the day had been "really crazy."

"Triple the normal business," she said.

"Of course we have been selling out of our bread, but what cracked me up yesterday was all the people buying out our cupcakes!"

She said they usually get people who buy one or two cupcakes for a treat, but Thursday and Friday people bought them by the dozens.

"Guess people need that sweet treat when they're boarded up inside," Glasgow said. "One customer bought a huge loaf of raisin bread and told me he was going to sit in front of the TV all day with a raisin bread on his lap. Thought that was a good plan."

--Ann Uhls

By Washington Post editors  | February 5, 2010; 6:35 PM ET
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