Make it to Market

One of our favorite things about Spring is the super fresh and delicious, seasonal produce, and luckily for us there are dozens of farmers markets in Brooklyn to choose from. The below are open right now, so do some research on the seasonal specialties, grab a tote and head to market!

 

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A Green Point
Greenpoint never disappoints, with farmers markets held on Saturdays year-round in McCarren Park. These much-loved markets are enjoyed by the vibrant, growing Williamsburg community and the longtime Greenpoint Polish community. Shoppers mingle with friends and neighbors, bring their dogs to run around at McCarren Park and enjoy live music by local artists and cooking demonstrations by local chefs. Since 1997 this market has stayed true to its loyal customers who are encouraged to learn about featured produce and take home recipes.
North 12th St & Union Ave, Brooklyn. Saturdays, 8am-3pm (Year-Round).

 

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On Sundays the Down to Earth Farmers Markets land in Park Slope. This is how we to like to start our Sunday mornings! Founded in 2004 the markets include dozens of vendors who sell plants, flowers, fruits, vegetables, eggs, dairy, honey, baked goods, meat, poultry and more. In the market for the freshest of fresh produce? Check the website to see what’s in season. Right now we’re sea’ing seafood and ciders! This weekend (5/15) there will be a textile recycling program from 10am-5pm. The Market is now also open on Wednesdays if you’re planning a mid-week grocery shop!
5th Ave between 3rd and 4th St, Park Slope. Sundays, 10am-5pm (4/24 – 12/18); Wednesdays, 3pm-7pm (5/11 – 11/16).

 

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Founded in 1989, the Grand Army Plaza market is appropriately named, and is the grandest and largest Brooklyn market in the Greenmarket program. On Saturdays year-round these markets treat market-goers to a huge array of farm-fresh produce. A mix of shoppers, runners, dog walkers, families, foodies and more from Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights and beyond come together to enjoy the numerous stalls. If you’re checking these markets out, why not make a day of it and explore the nearby beautiful Prospect Park, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, Brooklyn Public Library or Brooklyn Museum.
Prospect Park West & Flatbush Avenue, Northwest corner of Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Saturdays, 8am-4pm (Year-Round).

 

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We’re sold on the Cortelyou Greenmarket, located on lively Courtelyou Road in Flatbush on Sundays. Since 2003 market-goers have filled their bags and baskets with specialty Mexican produce and herbs, eggs, chicken, fresh pasta, orchard fruit and juices, seafood, mushrooms, grass-fed beef, goat cheese and locally-grown vegetables. Is your mouth watering yet? Cooking demonstrations, seasonal celebrations, family-friendly activities like singalongs and the open adjacent schoolyard ensures a festive atmosphere, located among a thriving shopping strip in the heart of South Brooklyn.
Cortelyou Road between Argyle & Rugby, Flatbush. Sundays, 8am-3pm (Year-Round).

 

 

Brooklyn Spring Flings

Not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket… Spring is here! We’ve rounded up a bunch of the best Brooklyn sunny season happenings.

 

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Groundbreaking, we know… But Cherry Blossom Season is in full Spring swing throughout March and April at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and you won’t want to miss it. For serious floral fanatics, check out the cherry blossom status map and plan your visit accordingly to get the full impact of these blossoming beauties.

 

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Soak in the Folk

Do you long to boogie to the banjo, or have an urge to throw one into a river? You can do both at the 8th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival, taking place the second weekend of April at St. Ann’s Church in Brooklyn Heights. Compete in the Banjo Toss, take a fiddle workshop or just get your Spring swing on to string-bands, bluegrass, Balkan music, blues and more at the three-day festival.

 

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Senegal Sway and Sing

Now in its 39th year, the nation’s largest festival dedicated to African dance, DanceAfrica takes place the last weekend in May at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House. This year the celebrations focus on the dance and music traditions of Senegal, with performances, African fashion, artwork, film screenings and community events.

 

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The Tastea Time You’ve Bean Waiting For

Ceylon, Cortado, Rooibos, Ristretto… If we’re speaking your language, then we know there will be some pep in your step as you head to the 11th Annual Coffee & Tea Festival at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint. On March 19-20 over 60 exhibitors from around the globe will pour tastings of their finest, newest and award-winning caffeinated brews.

 

Quirks of a Cooler City

As New York morphs into the winter wonderland we’ve all been expecting, take advantage of the freezing fun only available during the first months of the year.

 

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Leading the way in community and environmental programs, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s Winter Talks is set to return. Participants will be able to walk the walk and talk New York as guides share some of the borough’s best stories. The Walentase family who purchased Jane’s Carousel and brought it from Ohio to Brooklyn in the 80s won’t be horsing around as they personally take participants on a walk back in time to the 20s during America’s carousel crescendo.

Other talks include a green treet for those looking for insights on winter tree pruning, a workshop to help your stargazing go from woes to pro, a cool canine adventure and more.

Tours are from January 27 to March 5. Tickets are available for purchase. $5 for Conservancy Members and $10 for Non-Members.

 

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Floating floral will descend onto Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Steinhardt Conservatory through to January 24. The winter pearls will feature Bromeliads and other vibrant plants in a display of kokedama, the crown jewel of the BBG’s annual holiday exhibit.

Designed and constructed by Margarita Poulson, Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s curator of Interior Displays & Washington Avenue Gardens, the installation is a mosaic celebrating the diversity of indoor bonsai with the plants encased in a sphere of moss-covered soil – suspending in the air or displayed in a shallow container.

Admission is free on weekdays through to February.

 

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Brooklyn Flea has been a magnet for hipsters and families alike and in the winter months, New Yorkers have gravitated towards groovy indoor spaces. Drawing the crowds are top vendors in furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles and antiques as well as jewelry, arts and crafts produced by local designers.

The institution is entering new terrain this winter and as one 5-star Yelp reviewer put it, “Amidst the broken sidewalks, and the mobs of wholesale shoppers of Costco, exists a wonderland called Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea.”

From now until March, Brooklyn Flea and its scrumptious sibling, Smorgasburg (the city’s iconic giant artisan food market), will call Industry City home in Sunset Park. Hours will be from 10am to 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays.