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Weekend Market Picks May 27 & 28, 2017: I Yam What I Yam

Behold the Yam

Behold the Yam

Behold the sweet potato. It seems like a non-descript root, but bake it in the oven, and it magically softens and even caramelizes itself. And they are positively loaded with nutrients: vitamin A ( beta-carotene), vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6, plus potassium, dietary fiber, niacin, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and phosphorus. See? They deserve to be respected and savored. Pick up some plump ones in your neighborhood farmers market.

Weekend Market Picks: 

Saturday May 27, 2017

Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket: One of the most picturesque markets in the city, this one is also one of the longest-operation ones too  – over 25 years and still going strong. Pick up early summer produce, plus baked goods, dairy products, wild-caught seafood, and NY state honey. 8AM – 5PM, on the plaza at Court Street and Montague Street, Brooklyn

Hester Street Fair’s Lobster & Beer: It’s a magical combination: ice cold beer and savory lobster al fresco! Hester Street Fair is hosting Burger & Lobster with their signature Seven Samurai Lobster Rolls, Tijuana Picnic Lobster Tacos, and Claw Daddy’s Souther boiled chilled lobster, along with Bronx Banner Ale and many other fabulous food and artisan vendors. 11AM – 6PM, Hester Street at Essex Street, Manhattan

Queens International Night Market: Food, artisans, music, and adult drinks (with IDs) – sounds like a great way to celebrate a long weekend to me! Bring friends and family and enjoy the evenings before it gets too hot! 6PM – Midnight, New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Corona, Queens

Saturday & Sunday May 27 & 28, 2017

DanceAfrica 2017 Bazaar: I love this event because it’s so great walk through 150 vendors selling amazing products from Africa, the Caribbean, and the rest of the Diaspora – food, fashion, crafts and more, plus music and dance! Runs through Monday. Sat 12PM – 10PM, Sun-Mon 12PM – 8PM, Ashland Place / Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn

Chelsea Flea Market: Stroll through tent after tent of amazing antiques and vintage ware. You’ll find art, lamps, glass–everything you’d need to spruce up your apartment, plus jewelry and accessories to spruce up yourself. $1 admission and probably the earliest opening market in the city. 6:30AM – 6PM, West 25th Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue, Manhattan

Rijs Park Beach Bazaar & EatShopSurfRock: What better way to celebrate the beginning of beach season than a day strolling on the boardwalk, eating great food, listening to amazing tunes, hanging out at the beach, and shopping from local artisans, nor to mention special events happening all day! The day is sponsored by Rockaway Business Alliance. Rijs Park Beach Bazaar is now open 7 days a week! 9AM – 7PM, Rockaway Beach, Queens

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit: Back for its 86th year, this sidewalk art sale features dozens of extremely talented fine artists and craft artisans. Back in 1931, Jackson Pollock and Willem DeKooning needed to pay their rent, so they sat out on the sidewalk with their paintings, and the rest is history. Open this weekend and next. 12PM – 6PM including on Monday, University Place, starting at East 13th Street and continuing south along the east side of Washington Square Park to West 3rd Street, Manhattan

Sunday May 28, 2017

Arlene’s Flea: I’ve never been to an event at Arlene’s Grocery, which is actually a restaurant/bar/performance space, but this flea market sure sounds like it’s worth swinging by! They’re promising “things from local brands and local artisans,” as well as half-price beer and well drinks. 3PM – 8PM, 95 Stanton Street, Manhattan

Hudson Valley Artisan Pop-Up Market: I’ve admired the Hudson Valley artisans in general for a long time, but it’s not always easy to get to their events. So I’m so happy to see many of them hosted at the Grand Bazaar NYC this weekend. 10AM – 5:30PM, 100 West 77th Street at Columbus Avenue, Manhattan

Marketplace MAYnia: Vegans, vegetarians, and those who love them will appreciate this lovely plant-based food market, featuring vegan pizza, cheese, baked gooods, and even Color Me Chad, maker of wonderful vegan lipsticks that I adore! This event is also a benefit for Planned Parenthood. 12PM – 4PM, Haymaker’s Corner Store, 176 Ainslie Street, Brooklyn

~Karen Seiger, Markets of New York City


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