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  • Writer's pictureKaren Seiger

Weekend Market Picks – June 8 + 9, 2013: Little Wrinkles Makes Exciting Raisins

Little Wrinkles Red Raisins

Raisins – they’re more exciting than you may think. Last weekend I discovered Little Wrinkles, raisins made from one ingredient only: grapes. The brainchild of two professional chefs, Stephanie Venetsky and Jose Alba, who now work at a private elementary school, Little Wrinkles raisins are packed with flavor.

In an effort to provide snacks that were healthy and appealing to the students, Stephanie and Jose decided to try making their own raisins. The results were so popular that they have launched a new raisin business!

I was so surprised at the flavor punch in a raisin that is made with care and not just dehydrated to death. Each different grape variety they use tastes completely distinct. You only need about 5 of the huge, sweet red raisins to make a satisfying snack. The musky raisins made from muscat grapes taste like the earth and vines from which they came. Their other raising varieties include golden, black and gold. They also rum raisins (great with vanilla ice cream), chocolate covered raisins, candied ginger and trail mix.

You can find Little Wrinkles on Sundays at the Fulton Stall Market in the South Street Seaport.

Weekend Market Picks

   Saturday, June 8, 2013

Crest Fest Art Show: The Crest Hardware Store has been sponsoring this arts and craft event since 1962! It’s actually more like a music festival and an art event, as well as a local craft market. There are lots of activities for kids as well. 1PM – 8PM, 588 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn

Perry-Phernalia: A much anticipated event, this neighborhood street fair is a combination of a large yard sale and a classic street fair. Definitely try and check it out this year! 10am-6pm,  Perry St. between Bleecker and West 4th Sts., Manhattan

Real Designer Market: This new market is only three months old, and they have been filling up their space with a wonderful group of emerging independent designers. I recently picked up an incredible handmade linen shirt that makes me feel wonderful. Go and see what treasures you find! 11AM – 7PM, 268 Mulberry Street, Manhattan

   Saturday & Sunday, June 8 & 9

Crafts at Lincoln Center:  This classic craft show, hosted by the American Concern for Art and Craftsmanship (ACAC), is back for its 37th year. It features almost 400 juried crafters. There is also food to keep you energized as you gaze into some amazing handmade works of art and design. This event runs this weekend and next. 12PM – 9PM Saturday, 10AM – 9PM Sunday, Lincoln Center on Columbus Ave & 64th Street, Manhattan

Nolita Market: Assuming the weather clears up (!), this outdoor market is worth spending your time strolling through. Jewelry, t-shirts, and some incredible men’s canvas and leather bags. 11AM – 6PM, Prince St. between Mulberry and Mott, Manhattan

   Sunday, June 9, 2013:

The Big Fat Flea This market is billed as “an all genders ‘fatshion’ rummage sale and fundraiser.” All clothing items are size L and above! There’s a $10 admission charge, which also includes art and music activities. 40 Washington Sq S, NYU Law School, Manhattan

Astoria’s Mini Pop Up: Queens Crafters + Cocktails! Really – what more do you need on a Sunday? Bring your friends to hang out and shop for fashion and accessories, all made in Queens. 1PM – 4:30PM, Winegasm Bar & Eatery, 31-86 37 St., Queens

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