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Union Market Brings Local Food Artisans to Northeast

Union Market is a year-round food market with 40 local artisans located between Gallaudet University and New York Avenue on 5th Street in Northeast DC.  It’s also near the H Street Corridor and Trinidad neighborhoods. 

What can you find inside the 47,000-square-foot warehouse that is Union Market?  Fresh vegetables, cheese, meats, oysters, tacos, empanadas, breads, beverages, olive oils, vinegars, pickles, gelato, cupcakes, home decor, and more.  Maybe I should have asked what you can’t find there!

The culinary destination opened in September and is curated with a selective process to find the best food artisans.  The vendors have a mix of experience from well known restaurant owners to brand new entrepreneurs.  Some will be permanent vendors, while other stands will rotate with pop-up artisans.  

It looks like Eastern Market isn’t the only game in town anymore.  While Eastern Market specializes in a grocery-shopping experience, Union Market has more foods that are ready to eat and drink. 

Union Market has a long and storied history starting with Centre Market, which opened in 1871.  After years of success, Centre Market was replaced by the National Archives building.  So the market vendors created a new venue called Union Terminal Market in 1931.  This eventually transitioned into an indoor space in 1967, which is the same building as our current renovated Union Market.

The developers hope that today’s Union Market will be about more than just food.  They see it as a market of culture and commerce to include music, retail, hotel, residential, incubator, and wholesale space surrounding Union Market.

EDENS, the developer of Union Market, introduced the project with a bang by inviting DC’s foodie royalty to an official James Beard Foundation benefit dinner last June.  The evening was a huge success and left the foodies raving!  See if your taste buds get the same excitement when you visit Union Market.

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