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  • Writer's pictureKaren Seiger

Artisans + Farmers = A Match Made in Heaven (well, Gowanus actually)

I have been thinking about Valentine’s Day, for obvious reasons.  So I thought I would write about a very happy union in Brooklyn:  the Makers Market and Community Markets at the Old American Can Factory.

The Makers Market is a great destination if you are seeking finely crafted handmade products.  And now you can buy your veggies for the week there too!   During this freezing winter season, the Makers Market and Community Markets have joined forces to create an indoor artisan and farmers’ market for the Gowanus/Park Slope neighborhoods.  Community Markets runs farmers’ markets throughout Westchester and Rockland Counties, as well as New York City.  Normally, many of their markets close for the winter season.  So it is a great service and resource for the local communities to have easy access to fresh, delicious and locally grown produce.

The farmers include Breezy Hill Orchard, Gajeski Produce and Phillips Farm.  You can pick up a delicious loaf of bread from the “oven artisans” at Orwasher’s Bakery.  They also sell their miche, levain and focaccia and more at Citarella, Dean & Deluca, and Zabar’s.  Get a taste of pungent pickle goodness from Dr. Pickle. I got half a dozen great ideas for canapés for our next dinner party, starting with pepperoncini stuffed with goat cheese.  Yum. And don’t pass up Buddhapesto or their tempting tray of samples.  Their artisanal basil pesto is delicious, so go ahead and “enlighten your tastebuds.”

There is wine at the markets too, from Brooklyn Oenology.  I bet you didn’t know there is a winery headquartered in Williamsburg/Greenpoint.  The actual winemaking is done in Long Island, but their wines carry the artisanal spirit of the borough.  For a tasty and healthy dessert, Tierra Farm sells chocolate covered nuts and fruits, as well as dry roasted products.

The artisans share the large welcoming space that originally served as a loading dock for the Old American Can Factory.  The white walls and steel pillars provide a beautiful setting for these extremely talented people to sell their creations.  I wrote about some of these artisans over the holidays.  May Luk Ceramics, or “Take Me Homeware,” brings art and wit to your table.  (See the photo of her “Saucy” bowl, which I gave to my sister Andrea for Christmas.)  Parable Ink creates T-shirts that tell a story (they keep selling out of their gorgeous Blue Elephant design in my size!).  If you’re looking to spruce up your sweaters, Shaya NYC, Christine Vasan and Ed Ledner all sell wonderfully unique handmade jewelry.

And there are the comfortable and fashionable clothing designs by ANgeLRoX Apparel.  The ANgeLRoX reversible “turtles” keep your neck toasty and come in beautiful accent colors.  You will find beautiful poetry books from Ugly Duckling Presse; preserves, chutneys and more from SchoolHouse Kitchen; beautiful and thought-provoking fine artwork by Nicola Ginzel; and so much more.

Community Markets Park Slope Indoor Farmers’ Market and Makers Market:  Sundays 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, 232 Third Street (at Third Avenue) through March 2010.


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