Several very exciting things have been going on! First, I am thrilled to have my very first Guest Chef contribute a wonderful story about shopping in a food and produce market in Fethiye, Turkey. You probably know Chef Ross Hutchison from his Bacon Marmalade days. Read about what he and his equally awesome wife have been up to in this story about connecting and communicating through food. And watch the video above of market women making delicious flatbread for Ross’s lunchtime gozleme.
Additionally, Edible Brooklyn has published my list of 10 Fall Markets not to be missed in Brooklyn this month! Stay tuned for Manhattan!
Plus a heads up! I will be publishing my 2014 Holiday Markets Guide on November 15th! If you have a market you think I need to know about, please send me the information asap!
Weekend Market Picks:
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Flea Marqueta and Harlem Seoul: The great thing about this venue is that the market artisans are set up throughout the Urban Garden Center. So you are surrounded by plants and garden supplies, even in this weather, and you are protected from the elements by the LIRR elevated rails overhead. Harlem Seoul has built a second smoker, and the BBQ is out of this world. They’ll have fire roasted pretzels too. I’ve had them. They’re awesome. 2:30PM – 6PM, 1640 Park Avenue, Manhattan
Saturday & Sunday, November 8 & 9 , 2014
Brooklyn Flea Winter Market: NEW! The Brooklyn Flea has moved to it’s new indoor location in Crown Heights! It looks like a really great, large space with enough room to accommodate their famous flea market vendors, local handmade artisans and several food vendors to keep you happy as you shop. The market is nearby Berg’n, the Brooklyn Flea’s new food and beer hall. So you never have to leave! 10AM – 6PM, 1000 Dean Street (between Classon & Franklin Streets), Brooklyn
Hell’s Kitchen Flea: The flea market vendors at Hell’s Kitchen are what it’s all about. They work hard to gather clothing, jewelry, accessories, decorative items, tabletop treasures, and general artifacts from the past, and then the spend all weekend in the markets so that we can find some of the coolest things ever made or designed. Rain, shine or wind, Hell’s Kitchen Flea is a classic. 9AM – 5PM, West 39th Street between 9th & 10th Avenues, Manhattan
Nolita Market: This picturesque market along St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral’s ancient brick wall on Prince Street is a great place to kickstart your holiday shopping. You’ll meet world-class jewelry designers, t-shirt designers, and even a hat maker who is setting head wear trends right there on the sidewalk. 11AM – 6PM, Prince Street between Mulberry & Mott Streets, Manhattan
The Market NYC in Williamsburg: The Market NYC has had a large and cozy space on Bleecker Street in Manhattan for several years. They have now opened up a new artisan and designer market in Brooklyn! Located inside the Mini Mall on Bedford Avenue, the market features clothing, jewelry, accessories, eyewear and art. It feels like a good fit for the neighborhood. Open Wednesday – Friday 12PM – 7PM, Saturday & Sunday 11AM – 7PM, 218 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn
Out to See: I went to this event last weekend, and it was lovely. You can wend your way through the historic streets of South Street Seaport, stopping to look at handmade jewelry on Front Street, tasting truffles or picking up a new handmade leather bag inside the Melville Gallery, and wandering through to the newly established Fulton Stall Market. It’s a great effort to revitalize this area of the city that was badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy. All it needs is you! 11AM – 9PM, South Street Seaport, Manhattan
West Beth Flea Market: The West Beth was established as an affordable residence for working artists in the West Village. It’s a pretty cool place, filled with creative people making art. They also put on a groovy flea market. It takes place in the basement of this huge building. So you can wander through the halls and find furniture, clothing, books, records, kitchenware, and much much more. I found a soft, mossy green cashmere sweater there. 11AM – 5PM, 55 Bethune Street, Manhattan
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Greenflea Market: This market has been around for decades, setting up every Sunday in a schoolyard on the Upper West Side. You’ll want to go there while the outdoor vendors are still abundant, although you can find some fascinating vintage and antique objects inside the cafeteria and along the hallways. It is mostly vintage and fleas, but you can find some high quality local craft artisans as well as several food vendors with excellent snacks. 10AM – 5:30PM, Columbus Avenue between 76th and 77th Street West, Manhattan
79th Street Greenmarket: You can’t go to the Greenflea without strolling through this beautiful farmers market (and vice versa). The farmers’ tents go up on Columbus Avenue right next to the Natural History Museum. It has a large number of vendors selling seasonal local produce, fish, meat, baked goods, pretzels, flowers — everything you need to eat beautiful, healthy food all week long. 9AM – 5PM, Columbus Avenue between 78th & 81st Stree, Manhattan
Vendy Plaza: Have you been yet? If you love street food vendors, food trucks and market food purveyors, you have to go to Harlem for this event. The Vendy Awards are the equivalent to the Academy Awards in the street food world. In other words, the food in this market is literally award winning. This is the first event of its kind, and it runs every Sunday through November 23. 12PM – 6PM, La Marqueta, 1590 Park Avenue, Manhattan
~Karen Seiger, Markets of New York City
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