We thought we would follow up on Joe’s post about Union Market’s opening in September. Astrid and I have visited a number of times since then, and every time there is something new and improved. I simply love going there. Everything about the place is so fresh, bright and inviting. If you haven’t checked it out, I recommend stopping by. There are activities and events happening all the time. For example, the Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Fair is relocating there on Saturday November 10th. Salt & Sundry will open their doors on Novembr 9th. Also, Union Market will be open 5 days a week after next weekend. One of the nicer improvements over time is the increase in prepared food vendors, such as several food trucks turned food stands like DC Empanadas, Curbside Cupcakes, and TaKorean; making it a great place to eat and shop. The one downside is that I find it quite pricey. But, I’ll qualify that by saying that I think this is due to the very high quality and craftsmanlike/artisanal approach of the vendors. For example, the meats are so fresh and come from “happy” free range animals, not mass production facilities. Because of this, we have generally stuck to our regular grocery shopping routine, we simply can’t afford to use Union Market as our weekly stock-up spot, plus a lot of the mundane basics you need in life, think – canned goods, breakfast cereal – simply aren’t there. So,thus far, the market has fallen into 3 categories of use for us 1) a source for amazing dinner party menu ideas and ingredients. The meats, spreads and flowers will make any guest or host super impressed 2) a few “splurge” items like a nice hunk of fine cheese, or the oh-so-incredible smoked salmon bagel sandwich pictured below and 3) a great place to wow your out of town guests, especially those coming from far away places, like NW Washington DC. Union Market is located at 1309 5th Street NE. Check out their website here.