A Big Bite of Brooklyn Flea Market

 

Tortillas heating up Brooklyn Flea; the crowds that eagerly await them.

Tortillas heating up Brooklyn Flea; the crowds that eagerly await them.

When my cooler-than-he’ll-admit friend Michael, the man behind style and design site A Continuous Lean, suggested we bike over to the Brooklyn Flea Market in Ft. Greene, I knew well enough to get there hungry.  I heard that the now legendary food vendors from the Red Hook ballfields had relocated here, and that this giant outdoor market was filled with some pretty delicious artisanal food offerings.  

The sun shone, the birds sang and the food vendors set up shop alongside surprisingly well-curated booths carrying vintage clothing, jewelry, antiques, art, records, books and things.  Rows and rows of things, and if it weren’t for the pit stops to pick up a bite or two along the way, I might have gotten lost among endless arrays of pendant necklaces (I bought one with an awesome magnifying glass!)

Let me tell you right now, these are no dirty-water-dog stands.  You will not find stale pretzels and unless the kebabs are made with grass-fed meat from a local farm, no kebabs.  You might sample fresh key lime pies, a nice sharp New York cheddar, soups, brat, etc. It’s all local, artisanal food made by people who are real proud of their product.  We sampled Elsa’s empanadas (filled with beef, raisins and olives) before deciding it was pupusa time; unfortunately everyone else thought it was pupusa time too, resulting in a line looked like Shake Shack’s.  Check out pics from our food tour below.  One of the highlights was a decadently creamy strawberry ice cream made the night before- it had just set and literally melt in my mouth.

 

Elsa's Empanadas, which were super tasty but sadly served cold :(

Elsa's Empanadas, which were super tasty but sadly served cold :(

Fresh-baked cookies at Choice

Fresh-baked cookies at Choice

Major Pupusa Action

Major Pupusa Action

Rick's many pickled options- I went for a jar of pickled green tomatoes

Rick's many pickled options- I went for a jar of pickled green tomatoes

Making open-faced ricotta, arugula and sopressata sammies at Salvatore Bklyn

Making open-faced ricotta, arugula and sopressata sammies at Salvatore Bklyn

Mmmmmm

Mmmmmm

Delicious little cupcake bites for $1

Delicious little cupcake bites for $1

Baked goods from Choice

Baked goods from Choice

Belgian Waffles from Wafels Dinges (you probably see their street truck around town)

Belgian Waffles from Wafels and Dinges (you probably see their street truck around town)

Blue Marble ice cream- umm, INCREDIBLE.

Blue Marble ice cream- umm, INCREDIBLE. Thanks MW for pic.

 

The World We Live In... yesterday I'm happy to report, was pretty awesome.

The World We Live In... yesterday I'm happy to report, the world we live in seemed pretty awesome.

 

Brooklyn Flea Market: On Saturdays from 10-5PM in Ft. Greene, on Lafayette between Clermont and Vanderbilt. Read a short food article from nymag.com here.

Get more information on the flea market at www.brooklynflea.com

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