In Season Now: Heirloom Tomatoes

Heirloom tomatoes are one of the highlights of summer produce here at Union Market, but what does “heirloom” mean anyway, and why are these funky looking tomatoes so special?

Heirloom refers to varieties of tomatoes whose seeds have traditionally been handed down from generation to generation of farmer and culled from each year’s harvest. Heirlooms are by definition open-pollinated, meaning they’re not hybrid breeds that have been developed specifically to resist disease and preserve shelf life.


Recipe: Tomato Tarte Tatin

Summer tomatoes are just starting to come in here in the Northeast, and if you’re looking for something to do with them beyond simply slicing them and eating them in a salad (as delicious as that is!), try this delectable tomato tarte tatin.

Our summery, savory variation on the classic French apple tart uses a store-bought puff pastry crust, so it’s is a cinch to make. The natural sweetness of the tomatoes gets a boost from a hint of caramel, and a lovely savory depth from a dash of vinegar, some ground pepper, and a sprinkling of fresh thyme.


Recipe: Berry and Saffron Clafoutis

Summer berries need so little help to make them shine, and we think this simple and elegant French clafoutis is the perfect vehicle for their intense, fruity sweetness.

Half-custard and half-cake, clafoutis is a breeze to make, cooks in less than half an hour, and is light enough to justify adding it to your regular baking rotation this summer.


Join us for a Summer Tasting Social this Saturday!

Kick off summer fun (and eating!) at our Summer Tasting Social this Saturday, June 23, 11am to 4pm, at our new Grand Army Plaza location. Stop by to say hello, check out our largest store in Brooklyn, enter to win a $150 gift card and discover something new by sampling some of the delicious local foods we feature in our stores.

Just look for the bright blue truck! We’re thrilled to be the very first stop when Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream’s Sweet Treats truck hits the streets of New York City for the first time in six years. Jeni’s will be scooping ice cream from the truck, parked out in front of our store and packed with signature and seasonal flavors during our Summer Tasting Social. To celebrate, Jeni’s pints will be on special for $2.00 off through July 4 in all of our store locations.


Recipe: Wilted Lettuces with Fresh Fava Beans

Fava beans are one of the great gifts of spring once warm weather arrives. These tender little beans have a nutty, fresh flavor and their lovely bright-green color is the perfect addition to any salad, pasta, or stir-fry.

In this recipe we’ve paired them with a colorful medley of lettuces which we briefly sauté in hot oil before tossing them all in a zesty, herby vinaigrette that makes a great side dish to serve alongside meat or seafood fresh from the grill.


Let the Grilling Begin!

As we gear up to celebrate the unofficial start of summer this Memorial Day weekend, one question looms large: what to throw on the grill? Not to worry, we’ve got lots of options and ideas to make your cookout complete, from meat to seafood to veggie-driven dishes.

Of course, there’s classic cookout fare, like BBQ chicken, baby back ribs, and hot dogs and burgers of all kinds. When it comes to burgers, we’re delighted to now offer ready-to-cook turkey burger patties from family-run local favorite DiPaola Turkey Farm, available Fridays through Tuesdays at all five of our store locations. These turkey burgers are unbelievably fresh and juicy—plus they’re easy to throw on the grill and they’re on special $3.00 off per pound this weekend!


Grand Opening Specials at Grand Army Plaza

To celebrate the opening of our fifth location this week, we’re delighted to offer these grand opening specials at the Grand Army Plaza location and at our flagship store on Union Street in Park Slope from May 16th until May 30th, in addition to our regular biweekly specials.

Scroll down to see all of the deals we’ll have available, and we hope you’ll join us for the festivities on opening day, Wednesday, May 16th. Our doors open at 342 Flatbush Avenue at 11AM—see you there!


Recipe: Pickled Spring Vegetables

It’s finally the time of year when beautiful multicolored radishes are popping up and things are beginning to look colorful again in the produce aisle.

This recipe for bright and delicious refrigerator pickles is the perfect way to highlight the best of the season’s produce, and our technique eliminates the need for processing the preserves without steamers, special jars, or vacuum-sealed lids.


Our Market Picks: Spring Edition

Every so often we like to give our shoppers a little peak at all the things we’re most excited about at our stores—seasonal produce, popular new products, or something different and intriguing that we think you’ll love.

In this installment of Our Market Picks we showcase lovely spring produce, from a whole rainbow assortment of radishes to fiddlehead ferns and ramps, plus we’ve put together a list of what’s delicious and new at our stores, including a spectacular American-made prosciutto, an award-winning new cheese, and unbelievably good coconut-based desserts.