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  • Writer's pictureKaren Seiger

Weekend Market Picks, October 6 & 7, 2012 + Van Houten Farms

Seriously – what’s fall without pumpkins? I visited the Greenmarket on Friday, and I fell in love with every single pumpkin and gourd, in all their round, orange, green, and yellow glory. Some of them are lumpy and bumpy, and I love them too. And then I spotted this tiny gem under the Van Houten Farms tent.

It is call it a Pokemon Pumpkin, and someone took the time to turn it into a beautiful, tiny centerpiece for a weekend dinner party, or simply something to brighten up your desk or your kitchen. Van Houten Farms, in Orangeburg, New York, has been growing plants, fruits and vegetables for over 60 years. Visit them year round every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at the Union Square Greenmarket.

Here are this weekend’s fall Market Picks! There are some wonderful markets going on up in Harlem, so if you’re going up there, visit them all!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Brooklyn Flea Fall Record Fair at Smorgasburg: The Brooklyn Flea’s Smorgasburg is hosting the 5th Annual Fall Record Fair! 32 vendors and 4 record labels will be there selling music, including many new releases. Special guest DJs, plus craft brews and spirits and the regular fantastic local food vendors make this event virtually irresistible to music and food lovers. And who doesn’t love music and food? 11AM-6PM, inside Smorgasburg, 27 North 6th St. between Kent Ave. and the East River

La Marqueta in Harlem: I can’t even tell you how happy I am to see the renaissance of this market over the past two years. It is growing all the time, featuring food and produce vendors. It is the home of a great incubator kitchen for small food businesses, managed by our good friends at Hot Bread Kitchen, who just opened their own almacen in the market. 8AM – 6PM, Open daily except Sundays, 1590 Park Avenue at 115th Street, Manhattan

Saturday & Sunday, October 6 & 7, 2012

Autumn Crafts at Lincoln Center: This weekend marks the 23rd anniversary of this fine crafts festival in the lovely setting outside Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. 400 juried displays from across the country feature jewelry, fiber arts, fashion design, glass art and other lovely objects to this event. You can also find some tasty snack foods inside this market to keep your shopping energy up. Saturday 11AM – 8:30PM, Sunday 10AM – 6:30 PM, 64th St. at Columbus Ave., Manhattan

Fall Crafts on Columbus: I know it’s fall when this event rolls around every year. Luckily, it runs for three weekends in October, starting now, alongside the Museum of Natural History. Some of our best local crafters and artisans from around the country participate in this event each year. Note that the 77th St. Greenmarket will be moving in with the Greenflea in the schoolyard across the street while Crafts on Columbus is under way. 10AM – 5:30PM, Columbus Ave. from 77th to 81st St., Rain or Shine

Harlem Treasure Chest Flea Market: This neighborhood flea market is fairly new, and it seems to be sticking. I aim to get up there very soon to check it out. And on Thursday, October 11, it is hosting GrowNYC’s Harlem Pop Greenmarket, the organization’s first night-time market! 6AM – 6PM on the corner of Frederick Douglass Blvd. and 117th street. Manhattan

Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market: The Malcolm Shabazz Market is a great place to find African handmade crafts, jewelry, and fashion, and there are also some fine custom craftspeople there. The last time I was there, there were people who could make you custom belt buckles and gorgeous handmade leather bags. This is also the place to come for shea butter! You can buy it by the tub, which is great for the coming weather. Open 10AM Daily, 52 116th between Lennox & 5th Ave., Manhattan

Queens County Farm & Apple Fest: New York City’s only working historical farm open 7 days a week, and on Sunday it is hosting a wonderful seasonal Apple Fest. You don’t even need a car to get there! Bring the kids for hayrides, food and games, and an awesome Maize Maze! Enjoy shopping for collectibles, and edibles to take home. They will be baking the Nation’s Largest Apple Cobbler too, a worthy endeavor in my opinion. And don’t leave without a pumpkin! Daily 10 AM – 5PM, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, Queens

See you at the markets!

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