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Excited about Smorgasburg!

Filed under: Brooklyn Food Shopping
Imagine this covered with people and food

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.

For a complete list of vendors check out NY Times coverage of Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea’s blog post about the opening day.


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    Awesome post, we tried to make the market vegan-happy! BTW, it’s called “Smorgasburg.” :-)

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    Olivia Lane

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    Ha! “Smorgasburg” Love it! Will correct!

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    Jason Das

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    Very cool, except for being in Williamsburg!

    I endorse the vegan offerings from Sprout Wellness and Asia Dog!

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    woodside bakehouse

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    Lots of vegan offerings at the Market Share Outpost too! Faux Gras from Regal Vegan, Cocomoons from Conscious Nosh, and vanilla extract, spicy peanut caramel corn, and organic granola bars from Woodside Bakehouse. A must stop!

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    Also there!
    Flour City Pasta is a rad, all-vegan, fresh made, dried pasta company! You can buy about 20 different types of different shaped and flavored pasta from them by the pound. So good.

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    Nanas’ chocolate has dairy in it. :( I couldn’t find the other banana place!

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    yay! i love flea market, especially if doing it for a good cause.

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    asiadog’s ginny topping isn’t vegan :( fish sauce in the kimchi, they told me. ito style (japanese curry and apples) is safe, though, and highly recommended!

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    Don’t forget me! Electric Blue Vegan Baking Co. Each week offers up a different vegan specialty. My first weekend it was pizza, today it was empanadas filled with homemade seitan chili…and baked donuts, too. Next weekend it’s homemade vegan sausages in a blanket!