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Weekend Market Picks May 14 & 15, 2016: Don’t Miss Ramp Season!

Don't Miss Ramp Season 2016

Don’t Miss Ramp Season 2016

I couldn’t let spring go by without a picture of ramps! We have maybe 2 weeks left of ramp season, and I want to make sure you don’t miss it!

For those who haven’t seen the light, ramps are wild leeks. They have a mildly onion-like taste, and they add a mild zing to any dish. They grow wherever they want in forests and fields, and our farmers harvest them by hand. They bring the ramps to the greenmarkets while they are available, and it is a happy, brief, and happy time.

You can use the entire ramp, except the tips with the roots. I chop up the entire things all the way to the tips of the feathery leaves, and saute them in butter. I cook them with eggs, eat them over pasta, roast them with chicken, and many more things because they are so lovely. My favorite ramp recipe, though, is ramp butter, which is amazing on bread, potatoes, and pretty much any savory thing you can think of to eat. Look for ramps in your local farmers market, and please share your recipe with me!

Weekend Market Picks

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Brooklyn Flea Record Fair at SmorgasburgNeed some vinyl in your life? The Record Fair is back for its 9th season, with 50 vendors, plus DJs, a beer garden, and Smorgasburg food market right next door. 11AM – 6PM, 90 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn

Hester Street FairGrand Opening! Welcome back to Hester Street Fair for a new season of handmade crafts, curated vintage, and outstanding food vendors!    11AM – 6PM, Hester and Essex Streets, Manhattan

Perry-phernalia: The Perry Street Block Association holds this fabulous stoop sale. Meet the neighbors on this bucolic Village street, and take home some very cool objects. One of my favorite events of the year! 10AM – 6PM,  Perry St. between Bleecker and West 4th Streets, Manhattan

Stop ‘N SwapBring clean and reusable items, like kitchenware, clothing, books and more, and take home some cool new-to-you treasures too. I really dolove these events. 12PM – 3PM, MS 113, 300 Adelphi Street between Dekalb and Lafayette Avenues, Brooklyn

Vegan Shop Up: This beloved all-vegan market pops up on Saturday in Bushwick. Eat delicious food, shop for vegan products! Plus, enjoy some drinks at the bar while you eat and shop. 12PM- 6PM, Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan Street, Brooklyn

Saturday & Sunday, May 14 & 15, 2016

9th International Avenue Food Festival: We’re talking 15 city blocks of food and entertainment! The foods are from around the world, and range from traditional street fare to artisanal purveyors. I love this event because it highlights Hell’s Kitchen restaurants and shops. 10AM – 6PM, 9th Avenue between 42nd and 57th Street, Manhattan

Crafts On ColumbusFinal Weekend! Shop from a wonderful over 100 diverse and talented craft artisans for the final weekend this year.  10AM – 6PM, Columbus Avenue between 77th and 81st Street, Manhattan

 New York Bike Jumble:  It’s a bike flea market! Find new and used bikes, parts, helmets, bikc clothing, bike related art — basically anything to do with biking and bicycles. 10AM – 4PM,  Old Stone House at Fifth Avenue and 4th Street, Brooklyn

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Fabulous 5th Avenue Fair: Enjoy a local foods, craft artisans, entertainment, fun for kids – enough to do for the whole day in Brooklyn. 12PM – 6PM,  5th Avenue between Sterling and 12th Street, Brooklyn

Greenflea Market: While you are at Crafts On Columbus on Sunday, visit the Greenflea for fine vintage and antiques in the cafeteria, and flea and artisan vendors in the schoolyard. 10AM – 5:30PM, 77th Street and Columbus Avenue, Manhattan

79th Street Greenmarket: Every Sunday, this lovely farmers market near the Greenflea brings fresh produce, baked goods, and much more to the Upper West Side.  It is temporarily relocated  to accommodate Crafts on Columbus, but it will be back on the avenue next week. 9AM – 4PM, North Side of West 77th Street between Columbus Avenue & Central Park West, Manhattan

Stop ‘N Swap: The second Stop ‘N Swap for this weekend is the PS9 schoolyard. Just like Saturday’s event, bring clean and reusable homeware, clothing, books,  and other items (no furniture), and take  home a treasure of your own. You do not have to bring an item to take something home! 11AM – 2PM, PS9 Schoolyard, 80 Underhill Avenue, Brooklyn

~Karen Seiger, Markets of New York City

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