Ramp Season 2017
Ramp Season is the best!
Ramps are wild leeks. They grow naturally on our regional farms, and so our farmers get to harvest them without having to cultivate them. They are lovely and mild, and they add a wonderful flavor to almost any savory dish. I like like them sauteed in butter with eggs, or mixed into mashed potatoes. Mostly, though I love ramp butter. I have a secret recipe for the bunch of ramps in my fridge right now. This weekend we’ll make our own butter, and I’ll have an excellent supply of ramp butter to take me well beyond the all-too-brief Ramp Season.
Meanwhile, Happy Earth Day! I’ll see you at the March for Science!
And while I have you, James and I are running to raise funds for the ALS Therapy Development Institute on behalf of our friend Sarah Coglianese, who is living with this terrible disease. Please check out our fundraising page, share the link, or make a contribution if you can! Thank you!
Weekend Market Picks
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Hester Street Fair’s Earth Day: This lovely food, handmade, and vintage market on the Lower East Side is hosting a special Earth Day event with 596 Acres and the Sixth Street community Center. Sign up for workshops, and enjoy the day! 11AM – 6PM, Hester Street at Essex Street, Manhattan
Morningside Park’s Down To Earth Market: This winder market uptown in Manhattan brings dairy, proteins, produce, and prepared foods, like pickles and baked goods to the neighborhood. It’s picturesque and would be a lovely market to come across while you explore this part of the city. 11AM – 2PM, Corner of 11th Street and Manhattan Avenue, Manhattan
Pompeii Artisan and Flea Market: GRAND OPENING! I bet you’ve walked by this sweet market on Bleecker Street so many times. This week, take a few minutes to stop and really check it out because it’s filled with handmade and vintage treasures! 9AM – 7PM, Bleecker Street between Carmine & Leroy, Manhattan
Queens Night Market: GRAND OPENING! New York’s only regular night market is back for a new season of food from around the world, music, fun activities, and the beer and wine garden! Local handmade artisans and artists will be there too. $5 Admission this weekend and next. 6PM – 12 Midnight, New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Corona, Queens
Ridgewood Market: This excellent market is celebrating its 4th birthday already! I remember when it was a newborn market in the community space at Gottscheer Hall. It features outstanding local artisans, plus food and beer. So bring your friends and make an evening of it! 5PM – 11PM, Gottscheer hall, 657 Fairview Avenue, Queens.
Stop ‘N’ Swap: This weekend, GrowNYC’s swap event is in Mott Haven. Bring “reusable, portable items such as clothing, house wares, games, books, and toys” to swap for anything on the tables, all free! You do not have to bring an item to take an item home with you! I’ve found some real treasures! 12PM – 4PM, Get Green South Bronx Earth Fest, St. Mary’s Park, St. Ann’s Avenue and 147th Street, Bronx
Saturday & Sunday, April 22 & 23, 2017
Essex Street Market: One of the original indoor markets created by Mayor Laguardia in the 1940’s, the Essex Street Market is a community center with excellent groceries and prepared foods, coffee, a beer shop, an art gallery, a barber shop, and much more. Stroll through, grab lunch or a snack, and bring home excellent quality staples for the coming week! Just a short walk from the Hester Street Fair on Saturdays. 8AM – 7PM Mondays – Saturdays, 10AM – 6PM on Sundays, 120 Essex Street, Manhattan
FAD Market: GRAND OPENING! FAD stands for Fashion, Art, and Design, and these are just what you will find at this weekend’s event at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Shop from 45 talented local artists and designers of jewelry, clothing, body products, art and homeware, as well as local food and drink purveyors. 11AM – 6PM, Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn
Sunday, April 23, 2017
79th Street Greenmarket: This beautiful market alongside the American Museum of Natural History serves the Upper West Side all year long. On Sunday, it is hosting the Greenmarket Regional Grains Project. Stop by and stock up on locally grown whole grains, beans, and flours! They also have clothing collection and food scrap composting, all just across the street from the Grand Bazaar NYC. 9AM – 5PM, Columbus Avenue between 77th and 81st Street, Manhattan
The Seed Vegan Pop Up Market at Grand Bazaar NYC: Remember The Seed Market? It’s an amazing market featuring all vegan and cruelty-free products. This Sunday, The Seed is collaborating with the Grand Bazaar NYC. Don’t miss all the vegan food and design products, as well as the Bazaar’s regular collection of amazing vintage and handmade vendors. 10AM – 5:30PM, 100 West 77th Street at Columbus Avenue, Manhattan’
~Karen Seiger, Markets of New York City
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