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Weekend Market Picks April 8 & 9, 2016: Blue Oyster Cultivation

Golden Oyster Mushrooms from Blue Oyster Cultivation

Golden Oyster Mushrooms from Blue Oyster Cultivation

Today, I walked through the Union Square greenmarket at lunch, despite the wind, sun, rain, and several other weather patterns fluttering about. I had the chance to stop for a chat with Joe Rizzo, Owner of Blue Oyster Cultivation. a family-owned mushroom farm near Ithaca, NY. Joe, formerly a botany teacher in Williamsburg, left New York City 7 years ago to raise gourmet mushrooms, and he is now back in town to sell his tasty mushrooms in markets on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays.

Today, Joe had these gentle golden oyster mushrooms. He advises cooking them simply in order to enjoy their natural flavors. Slice and saute them in butter for about 6 minutes and eat them with bread, or alongside farm-fresh eggs, which is how I like them. They are a good source of amino acids, like including  caratinoids, folic acid, fatty acids, and lovastatin, which is known to help lower cholesterol. It looks like they are pretty good for minerals and vitamins too.

You can meet Joe and learn more about his mushrooms Union Square Greenmarket on Mondays and Fridays, Sundays in Forest Hills and Park Slope, and Saturdays if you are up in Ithaca.

Weekend Market Picks*

*Check websites for closings due to the crazy April snow/rain/wind forecast!

Book Fairs This weekend:

  1. New York Antiquarian Book Fair: Friday-Sunday, Park Avenue Armory, Manhattan $25 general, $10 students

  2. NYC Book + Ephemera Fair: Saturday, Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, Manhattan $15

  3. Rainbow Book Fair: Saturday, 12PM – 6PM, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 534 West 59th Street just west of 10th Avenue, Manhattan

  4. Manhattan Vintage Book + Ephemera Fair and Fine Press Book Fair: Saturday, Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, Manhattan $15

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Greenpoint McCarren Park Greenmarket: This market has been open since 1977, and it has seen a lot of change in the neighborhood. Luckily, you can still find a diverse community and a grand selection of foods from local farms and bakeries. 8AM – 3PM, Union Avenue between Driggs and N. 12th Street, Brooklyn

Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show & Sale: Dozens of amazing vintage clothing sellers bring stylish and timeless threads for women and men. Equally intriguing are the people in the crowd sporting beautiful vintage outfits of their own. (Tickets are $15 online, $20 at the door.) 11AM – 6PM, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street between 6th & 7th Avenues, Manhattan

Saturday & Sunday, April 9 & 10, 2016

Chelsea Flea Market: The legacy of the great Manhattan flea markets lives on beneath the tents at the Chelsea Flea. Shop from fine vintage collections for vintage and antique artifacts, furniture, art, clothing and so much more. 6:30AM – 6PM, uptown side of West 25th Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue, Manhattan

ID Pop Shop: Don’t miss the last weekend of this month’s pop up featuring top independent designers. Find your new spring wardrobe, or some cool new accessories at the very least, and meet the people who actually made them. 10:30AM – 7:30PM, 75 9th Avenue inside Chelsea Market, Manhattan

Opening Weekend! LIC Flea: Back for another great season, the LIC Flea market is your Queens destination for vintage and handmade shopping, as well as outstanding food vendors. 11AM – 6PM, 5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, Queens

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Park Slope Down To Earth Farmers Market: Go see Blue Oyster Cultivation and two dozen farmers, bakers, picklers, and specialty food vendors at this sweet neighborhood market. It is indoors this weekend and next, and then the market moves back outside! 10AM – 4PM, The Old Stone House, 4th Street at 5th Avenue, Brooklyn

~Karen Seiger, Markets of New York City

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