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.
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