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Weekend Market Picks October 1 & 2, 2016: Bija Bhar Super Foods

Sampling Bija Bhar's Decadent Energy Crunch at TECHmunch

Sampling Bija Bhar’s Decadent Energy Crunch at TECHmunch Food Blogger Conference

This Friday, I went to TECHmunch, the wonderful food blogger conference. It is held in several cities around the country. Every year, I learn so many new techniques to try, I meet so many inspiring people, and I eat so much great food.

One of the food exhibitors this year was Anjali Bharkava, Founder and Owner of Bija Bhar. Bija Bhar is a company that leverages organic and superfood ingredients to make products that “address modern needs with nutritional wisdom from around the world.” I tried the warm Resilience Instant Turmeric Elixir, which can be prepared and served as a hot or cold tea. It is great for reducing all kinds of inflammation. I also tried,

The Decadent Energy Crunch was delicious! It is a very gentle and flavorful snack made locally with sesame seeds, coconut, cacao agave nectar, chia seeds, flax seeds, and several other lovely ingredients. It gives a gentle crunch and a pleasantly sweet flavor. James and I are training for the Paris Marathon in April (!), and so we’re always looking for real food alternatives to the runners’ goos, gels, and predigested bars. I have a feeling that the Decadent Energy Crunch will become an important part of our training!

Weekend Market Picks

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Grub Street Food Festival:  One of the premier food markets of the year, Grub Street is always worth going to, rain or shine! Hosted by the Hester Street Fair , Grub Street 2016 will feature another incredible lineup of local food entrepreneurs, serving comfort foods like grilled cheese sandwiches and pie, to Korean pancakes and chilaquiles. 11AM – 5PM, Hester Street Fair, Hester Street at Essex Street, Manhattan

Harlem Grown Harvest Fair:  Harlem Grown is an organization that aims to “inspire youth to live healthy and ambitious lives through mentorship and hands-on education in urban farming, sustainability, and nutrition.” This weekend is their Harlem Grown Harvest Fair with fun for the whole family, harvesting, and free veggies! 11AM – 3PM, Harlem Grown, 118 Est 134 Street Farm, Manhattan

Saturday & Sunday, October 1 & 2, 2016

Art.Mart: As part of Bushwick Open Studios (below), Art.Mart is an art market featuring “the latest in design, visual art, food, fashion, and more. DJs and drinks too! 11AM – 7PM, 395 Johnson Avenue, Brooklyn

Autumn Crafts at Lincoln Center: This is the first of two weekends of fine American crafts at Lincoln Center. Shop from 280 juried craft artisans at this outdoor fair. Saturday 11AM – 8:30PM, Sunday 10AM – 6:30PM, Lincoln Center, 64th St at Columbus Ave., Manhattan

Bushwick Open Studios: Dozens of painters, illustrators, ceramics artists, installation artists, musicians, mixed media, and any other kind of artist you can imagine open their studio doors to the public throughout the weekend. It’s the 10th Anniversary of this event. 6PM – 10PM, Bushwick, Brooklyn

Bust Craftacular at the World Maker Faire: This is the 7th Bust Craftacular with the World Maker Faire in Queens this weekend. It’s such a cool event overall with science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM), all rolled into one weekend event. Tickets required. 10AM – 7PM, New York Hall of Science at the Old World’s Fair Grounds, 47-01 111th Street, Corona, Queens

Made in Ridgewood: Art certainly inspires art! This fine arts event just over the border with Brooklyn into Queens is open from October 1-15 and will feature the work of 60+ artists from the Ridgewood neighborhood as a neighborly part of Bushwick Open Studios. 12PM – 6PM, Outpost Artists Resources, Inc., 1665 Norman Street, Queens

Mad.Sq.Eats:  We have another week of this fabulous outdoor food market in the heart of the Flatiron District. It’s the perfect place to grab a tasty lunch or a an afternoon snack, and even better for meeting your friends after work for a beer and a nosh. 11AM – 9PM Daily through October 7, Worth square, 5th Avenue between 25th and 26th Streets, Manhattan

The Big Cheese Festival at the LIC Flea: Oh, for the love of cheese! The LIC Flea is holding a cheese festival this weekend! Meet artisanal cheesemakers, eat grilled cheese sandwiches and quesadillas, and learn a lot about cheese. 11AM – 6PM, 524 46th Avenue, LIC, Queens

Sunday, October 2, 2016

92nd Street Greenmarket: If you find yourself on the Upper East Side on a Sunday, walk yourself over to this pretty farmers market on the sidewalk along 1st Avenue. Neighbors greet each other, farmers have snacks for their customers’ doggies, and you can pick up lovely locally grown produce, proteins, baked goods, and ciders. 9AM – 4PM 1st Avenue btwn 92nd and 93rd Streets, Manhattan

~Karen Seiger, Markets of New York City

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