Union Market is Open
The wait is over. Union Market officially opened its doors to the public this weekend and it was met with excitement, energy, and most of the food community who has been waiting anxiously for the arrival of this new culinary gem.
The original Union Market opened in Washington in 1871 and was torn down in 1931 and transitioned into the Union Terminal Market where many stalls sold meats, produce, and other goods. In 1962 the city banned the outdoor sale of certain food products and therefore it once again transitioned to an indoor market. In the late 1980's Union Market slowly phased out and has been closed until this past weekend of September 8, 2012. We are thrilled to welcome it back to Washington and see the revitalization of a food mecca that can now thrive again.
Union Market features many artisan stalls such as Lyon Bakery, Peregrine Espresso, Rappahannock Oysters Co., and Trickling Springs Creamery. While not everything is open just yet, the market looks extremely promising filled with high quality ingredients and a sophisticated clientele. Today I was able to snack on a savory cheese pie from Neopol Savory Smokery which was nothing short of decadent. The pie was made with gouda, swiss, fontina, ricotta, artichoke hearts, and topped with tomatoes in a savory buttery crust. What a treat! I also was able to admire the gorgeous Blue Iris Flowers, and sample a cookies and cream concrete from the Goodie's Frozen Custard food truck. There is so much more to come in the upcoming weeks as Union Market opens in its entirety, but it is already a wonderful addition to the NoMa neighborhood. Looking for something to do next weekend? Head over to Union Market.