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Weekend Market Picks March 21 & 22, 2015: We’ve Sprung A Leek!


Happy Spring! Despite the entire day filled with snow on Friday, it was also the beginning of a new season. The weekend is looking a little more reasonable weather-wise, so it’s okay to get your hopes up for brighter days ahead.

Another reason to be optimistic is that it is also leek season! I do adore leeks. Julia Child’s Potage Parmentier (leek and potato soup) may be the simplest recipe after boiling salted water. I put leeks into almost anything savory: soups, eggs, stews, tarts. They are flavorful yet mild. And I love the way they go from bright green to yellow-green and then white as you cut through their layers. Just make sure you rinse them thoroughly because nobody likes gritty soup.

Enjoy the new season at these amazing markets!

Saturday & Sunday, March 21 & 22, 2015

Chelsea Flea Market: Not to be confused with the food market in West Chelsea, this market is one of the great Manhattan flea and antique venues. You can shop here for art, furnishings, vintage clothing, decorative items and historic objects.9AM – 6PM, Uptown Side of West 25th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue, Manhattan

Chelsea Market: One of  New York’s premier food emporia, Chelsea Market is more bustling than ever. I recommend getting there early (i.e. before 10AM) these days to avoid the crowds and enjoy the beauty of the market. It’s a great place for breakfast, lunch, dinner and shopping. Don’t miss Chelsea Market Baskets or Artists & Fleas. Mondays – Saturdays 7AM – 9PM, Sundays 8AM – 8PM, 75 9th Avenue, Manhattan

Essex Street Market: Did you see the recent story about this market in the New York Times? If we want this and other markets to thrive, we need to shop there. Go support this gem-filled food market for all your cravings and ingredients. Seriously. It’s awesome. Monday – Saturday 8AM to 7PM, Sunday 10AM to 6PM, 120 Essex Street, Manhattan

Gansevoort Market: Once the High Line is open for the season, this market is going to be so busy. So stop by now and scope out your favorite food kiosks, from Greek yogurt to Asian street food, and The Bruffin. 8AM – 8PM, 52 Gansevoort Street, Manhattan

Grand Central Market: Grand Central Market has something for everyone – breads, cheeses, meats, seafood, chocolate, pudding (see #10 here), so it’s a great place to grab a snack on the go when you’re in midtown with friends or family. Open all week, Grand Central Terminal, Manhattan

Nolita Market: This outdoor artisan and designer market opened for the season last weekend. The artisans set up their umbrellas along the church yard fence on Prince Street, and they’re tables are covered with beautiful treasures. 10AM – 7PM, Prince Street between Mulberry & Mott, Manhattan (weather permitting)

The Market NYC: This market, now with both Manhattan and Brooklyn locations, offers artisans a permanent home for their small boutiques. Shop here for the new season: clothing, accessories, shoes and body products. Manhattan: Wednesdays – Sundays, 159 Bleecker Street. Brooklyn: Wednesdays – Sundays, 218 Bedford Avenue (Check website for times)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Astoria Market Spring Event: Check out this early spring artisan market in Queens! Shop from local makers of jewelry, body products, toys, tees and even artisanal foods. Then visit the Beer Garden for some refreshments. 2PM – 6PM, Bohemian Hall, 29-19 24th Avenue, Astoria, Queens

Brooklyn Pop Up Market: The organizers of this market event keep doing such innovative things to make their events special, unique and always worth going back. I’ve found some amazing food and artisan vendors there, and this week they are featuring a new vendor with food from West Africa. Pop by and see what’s new! 11AM – 7PM, 49 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn

Jackson Heights Greenmarket: If you’re looking for a great Sunday farmers market, this is it. You’ll find a large selection of produce, dairy, eggs, honey, seafood, breads and grassfed beef. 8AM – 2PM, 34th Ave at 78th St, Queens

~Karen Seiger, Markets of New York City

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