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Top 11 Weekend Market Picks March 19 & 20, 2016: The Rugged Rutabaga

Did you know that the Rutabaga may have originated as a cross between a cabbage and a turnip?


Spring officially begins on Sunday with the vernal equinox! We’ve had a beautiful week, and I’ve definitely felt a change in the season coming on, despite the snowstorm predicted for Sunday. (Make sure you check the markets’ websites and Facebook pages for weather updates!)

This picture of rutabagas is the result of my hunt for complementary colors in the greenmarket. I loved the purple and yellow root vegetables, and their rugged surfaces. I hate to admit it, but I don’t think I’ve ever cooked a rutabaga. I did find these recipes from Martha Stewart, and I may just choose on this weekend to try.

Enjoy these great markets this weekend! And please support this crowdfunding project I’m a part of for Mr. Cory’s Cookies!

Weekend Market Picks:

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket: Brooklyn’s flagship greenmarket, Grand Army Plaza is a destination for neighbors and tourists alike. Find veggies, breads, cheeses, proteins, and even ostrich and emu eggs (which are a beautiful green color, although I don’t know what they taste like). Textile recycling and compost collection too. 8AM – 4PM, Prospect Park West & Flatbush Avenue, Northwest corner of Prospect Park, Brooklyn

GrowNYC Stop-N-Swap: These events are really great for getting rid of things you don’t need anymore, and maybe finding new things you do need! I found some super great Buffalo China plates at one, which I swapped for a cool jacket that was brand new but too big. Clean, reusable, portable items only, like clothing, housewares, electronics, books and toys. 12PM – 7PM , 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan

New York City Postcard Expo: Check out postcard, photography and ephemera vendors from around the world at this annual event. (Admission $7). 10PM – 5PM, Holiday Inn Hotel Midtown, 440 West 57th Street, Manhattan

Saturday & Sunday, March 19 & 20, 2016

Chelsea Market: I’m always writing about the great designer and flea market events going on inside Chelsea Market, but let us not forget this amazing food market itself! Go hungry and bring a big tote bag because you will want to eat and shop all afternoon in this beautiful market. 7AM – 9PM Saturdays, 8AM – 8PM Sundays, open all week, 75 9th Avenue, Manhattan

Grand Central Market: Looking for something fresh and delicious to eat, or special ingredients to cook at home? Grand Central Market has everything you want: fishmongers, cheese mongers, bakers, chocolate makers, spice vendors. Make a point of visiting this beautiful market. 10AM to 7PM Saturday, 11AM – 6PM Sunday, Open all week, inside Grand Central Terminal, 89 E 42nd Street, Manhattan

The Market NYC on Bleecker:  One of the Market NYC’s 3 locations, this one features multiple floors of local handmade artisans and vintage purveyors, all in the heart of Greenwich Village. Visit this one and stroll to the nearby Nolita location that opened recently. 11AM – 8PM Saturdays, 12PM – 7PM Sundays, open  159 Bleecker Street, Manhattan

Urbanspace Vanderbilt Food Hall: If you’re in Midtown East or at Grand Central specifically, visit the latest member of Manhattan’s amazing group of food halls! Vanderbilt features some of New York’s tastiest food entrepreneurs. Check out all the amazing brunch items on Sunday! 10AM – 5PM, 45th Street & Vanderbilt Avenue, inside The Helmsley Building at 230 Park, Manhattan

Sunday, March 20, 2016 (Subject to weather conditions!)

Astoria Market at Bohemian Hall: More beer and handmade products in Queens! The Astoria Market is hosting its spring event on Sunday jewelry, clothing, accessories, baked good and more at the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden. 12PM – 6PM, 29-19 24th Avenue, Astoria, Queens

The Market at Finback Brewery: What could be better than a beer tasting at one of Queen’s outstanding breweries, some things to nosh on, and a handmade artisan market? 1PM – 6PM, 78-01 77th Avenue, Queens

Park Slope Down To Earth Farmers Market: What’s in store for us this weekend at this lovely neighborhood farmers market? Seafood and other proteins, farm fresh produce, jams, jellies and sauces, baked goods, and a special guest – Neversink Spirits with NY State Apple Brandy! 10AM – 4PM, 4th Street at 5th Avenue, The Old Stone House, Brooklyn

Grand Opening! Rock ‘n Shop at the Paper Box: Discover Meadow Street, starting with Rock ‘n Shop, a market of makers, plus food, drinks and live music.  10AM – 7PM, at The Paper Box, 17 Meadow Street off the Morgan Ave. L station, Brooklyn

~Karen Seiger, Markets of New York City

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