Imagine this covered with people and food
I’m so excited about Smorgasburg, Williamburg’s new weekly flea market of local food which launches this Saturday (May 21st, 9am-5pm, at 27 North 6th St. between Kent Ave. and East River). The Brooklyn artisan-centric market is the most recent event invention of Eric Demby, founder and curator of Brooklyn Flea, which in just three years has managed to make itself a reflex-like weekend activity for both hipsters and breeders who manage to have money left over after brunch and are boozed up enough to happily spend it on pricey goods.
Though I wouldn’t describe Brooklyn Flea as even bordering on being a mecca for vegans looking to do some serious chowing, Smorgasburg seems to have a slightly wider variety of offerings. Here’s a list of some things that interested me personally:
- GrowNYC Greenmarket: A legitimate farmers’ market featuring over one dozen vendors hawking fresh veggies for home-cooked meals, as well as prepared food from folks like Body and Soul (my long-time favorite farmers’ market spot for baked goods and prepared foods from Manhattan).
- Rob & Anna’s: (Say the name out loud.) Emma Schwartz’s vegan, made-to-order frozen dessert is pure bananas, served with her own raw sauces: raspberry-date coulis, apple-cider syrup and peanut butter-agave-cinnamon.
- Grown in Brooklyn: Barry’s Tempeh, locally made.
- Nana’s: Frozen bananas covered in chocolate, with coconut, sprinkles, or sea salt from Cecile Dyer of Pies ‘n’ Thighs. (Note: Not certain chocolate is dairy-free. Will report back.)
- Radish: This Williamsburg shop will make seasonal fresh salads with Greenmarket produce and probably sell some packaged products from the store.
- Tin Mustard: Tin Dizdarevic, a veteran of Craftbar, launches his new whole-grain mustard. (Mustard makes everything better!)
- School House Kitchen: Mustards, spreads, chutneys and vinaigrettes, with some proceeds going to public schools.
- I dream of one day having the patience of waiting in the long line at Asia Dog so that I may finally try their veggie dog served Ginny-style (with kimchee and seaweed flakes).
I’m also looking forward visiting these vendor boths, even though their goods are clearly not for eatin’:
- Common Good: An organic cleaning-liquid maker from Williamsburg.
- Sprout Wellness: Adina George from Greenpoint makes small-batch skin-care products using many food-based ingredients.
- Etsy: A booth for Etsy sellers who make housewares, aprons, small foods, etc.