It’s been a few months now since I published my “10 Delicious Reasons to Visit Union Market This Weekend” post. Some of the reasons I listed are still relevant. It’s still great to support local food artisans, Gina Chersevani still makes a mean egg cream and Rappahannock Oysters still has the best crab cake in the city (the lamb and clams is pretty standout as well!). But I’d like to add in a few more reasons, delicious or otherwise, why you should visit Union Market before the end of the summer.
1) Gin and Tonic on Tap at Red Apron Butchery – Cocktails on tap are popping up all over the city (Sangrias at Hogo, Margaritas at Bandolero, Rickeys and Americanos at Teddy & the Bully Bar etc.) but there’s something about the house-made sage and green apple tonic that Red Apron Butchery uses that makes it a favourite of mine*. The Green Hat gin helps too 😉
2) FRESHFARM Markets is now running a farmers’ market at Union Market – From July 21 through October 2, there will be even more fresh produces and other artisanal local products (like McCauley’s roasted pepper relishes or draft only WildCraft Soda‘s botanical sodas) available at Union Market every Sundays, from 10AM-2PM! One of my current food obsession, Number 1 Sons, sells their pickles and kimchi at the new farmers’ market and that’s reason enough for me to go! (if you can’t make it to Union Market, Caitlin Roberts also sells her delicious kale kimchi and other fermented goodies at the Bloomingdale’s Farmers’ Market on Sundays as well…)
3) I ♥ macarons (updated) – you can no longer pick up a box of six DC Patisserie macarons at Righteous Cheese (though you can still pick up some amazing fromages – like burrata to pair with heirloom tomatoes…) but you can pick up a selection of Alexandrine’s macarons at Pearl Fine Teas. And while you’re there, try the moroccan mint ice mint too!
4) Meet A
Top Chef and Cookbook Author – I usually try to avoid stepping into Amanda McClement’s Salt and Sundry shop because, well, I want to buy everything and that’s just hard on my wallet! But occasionally, like when she also hosts fun events like the recent Red, White and Blueberry: an Afternoon of Sweets, Sips and Shopping (featuring Whisked‘s classic American pies) or book signings with notable local cookbook authors and then I venture in (while trying to resist buying 18 different bitters I really want but don’t really need). Coming up? A series of vegetables focused book signings starting with Joe Yonan, food and travel editor for The Washington Post and author of “Eat Your Vegetables“, on Saturday August 10th (1-2:30PM) and with Domenica Marchetti, author of “The Glorious Vegetables of Italy” on Saturday, September 7th, (1-2:30PM).
5) Get a Dose of 1950s and 1960s Nostalgia – Both Gina Chersevani’s Suburbia and Union Market‘s Drive in movie theater will transport you to a time you may or may not have known. Your last chance to attend the drive-in is actually this weekend, with the screening of No Way Out featuring Kevin Costner (Friday August 2, 9PM). While I’m eternally grateful to my friend DC Daybook and her boyfriend for letting me and my husband come with them in their jeep (I had a reserved parking spot, they had a car, it was a match made in DC double date heaven) you don’t actually really need a car to enjoy the experience. Come very early (like 6:30PM) to get a spot on the grass otherwise bring a chair and set it up on the parking lot in front of the cars. And while you’re waiting for the movie to start, grab a refreshing frozen drink at Gina’s Suburbia – a silver Airstream outfitted with frozen drink machines (open Friday through Sunday.)
Check in in another few months, I’ll probably have another set of 5 or 10 all new delicious reasons why you should visit Union Market 😉
* The Green Hat and Tonic with home-made sage and apple tonic was developed for Red Apron by Columbia Room mixologist JP Fetherston and co-owner Derek Brown. It’s now also available, on tap as well, at Shaw’s Mockingbird Hill.