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Carolyn's picks this week include special holiday veggie and sustainable seafood harvests, a night market, a gingerbread block party, a latke festival and lots more. Photo by Valery Rizzo.

Local Roots Winter CSA
There’s still time to sign up for a Local Roots share to get you through the cold months. Hand in an application now, and start picking up your locally grown/raised/made goods on Tuesday at 61 Local, Brooklyn Farmacy or Harefield Road. Options include fruit, vegetables, eggs, milk, bread, meat, cheese, juice, and “artisanal” (rotating treats like cookies, pickles, or honey from Brooklyn purveyors).

Starts Tuesday, December 11. Pickup locations in Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens and Williamsburg.

Mermaid’s Garden Holiday Pop-up
Grace your holiday table with wild Alaskan smoked salmon, sustainably farmed Siberian sturgeon caviar, wild Maine Belon oysters, Florida Pink shrimp and more. All Mermaid’s Garden holiday items have been carefully sourced from sustainable fisheries and producers. Place orders here.

Submit your orders anytime now through Monday, December 17th, for pickup on Saturday, December 22nd at locations in Cobble Hill, Park Slope, Bushwick and Clinton Hill.

Gowanus Nite Market
The season of outdoor Fleas may be coming to a close, but fortunately after-dark markets are there to get us through the winter. The Brooklyn Night Bazaar made its return last weekend, and now a new spot makes its debut in a South Brooklyn warehouse: the Gowanus Nite Market. Each second Saturday, GNM will take over the space provided by Film Biz Recycling (a nonprofit that provides props for TV, theater and film). Expect a mix of local artists, jewelers, designers and other crafty folk selling their wares, plus food vendors such as grilled cheese cart Food FreaksSteve’s Ice CreamDaly Pie and more.

Saturday, December 8 at 540 President St between 3rd and 4th Aves (Gowanus)

Whiskey, Pickles & Jerky Pairing Weekend
Head to Brooklyn Oenology for a weekend-long celebration of a savory combo, featuring local producers. Pickleback and jerky pairings (or trios, rather) are just $5, or shell out $13 to try all three. Among the purveyors you’ll find Brooklyn Brine, Kings County BourbonField Jerky and many more—reps from many of the vendors will be on hand Sunday afternoon to talk tasting notes. Check out the full lineup here.

Saturday, December 8 (3pm to midnight) and Sunday, December 9 (noon to 10pm) at Brooklyn Oenology, 209 Wythe Ave between N 3rd and N 4th Sts (Williamsburg)

Roberta’s Holiday Market
If you haven’t gotten started on your holiday shopping yet, this might be the weekend to do it. Along with the night markets and the Brooklyn Flea Gifted Holiday Market, this Sunday Roberta’s is hosting its own festive marketplace in the garden, complete with pizza, boozy cider, and beer. You’ll be able to browse handmade gifts from over 20 local vendors, get a photo taken with “bad Santa,” and don’t forget to bring a new toy for the Sandy relief bin, which will be distributed to kids affected by the storm in the Rockaways. Oh, and the first 50 shoppers get goodie bags, so RSVP.

Sunday, December 9 from noon to 9pm at Roberta’s, 261 Moore St at Bogart St (Bushwick)

Gingerbread Block Party
Over the past few weeks, local chef Renee Bauman has been masterminding the construction of an entire Brooklyn street scene, made up of gingerbread brownstones. Come check out the finished product, made possible by lots of volunteer baker/builders, at 61 Local. At the end of the month, the piece will be auctioned off, with all proceeds going to City Harvest.

Sunday, December 9 at 4pm at 61 Local, 61 Bergen St between Court and Smith Sts (Cobble Hill)

Latke Festival
Hanukkah is almost here, which means it’s officially time for the crispy, potatoey holiday favorite, latkes. And what better way to enjoy them than by sampling riffs from all-star chefs? At this fourth annual cookoff, competitors from 16 restaurants around the city will throw their best pancake into the ring, including The Farm on Adderley‘s spud maccabee with pickled fennel jam and butternut squash, and the Vanderbilt‘s potato and yam latke with short rib, brussels sprouts and caraway kimchi. There’ll also be wine and beer, coffee from Brooklyn Roasting, sufganiyot (jelly donuts) from Dough and much more. Snag a ticket here.

Monday, December 10 at 6:30pm at BAM, 30 Lafayette Ave between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St (Fort Greene). $55.

Meet-the-Farmer Dinner
Applewood owners Laura and David Shea recently moved upstate to get their hands dirty on a two-acre farm. Some of their produce has made its way to the restaurant over the past few months, and now for the first time they’ll be serving a full six-course supper featuring pork raised on the farm, plus garlic, tomatoes, eggs and more. Call 718.788.1810 to reserve a spot (it’ll sell out fast) and read more about the Sheas’ farm adventures here.

Tuesday, December 11 at Applewood, 501 11th St between 7th and 8th Aves (Park Slope). $85.

The Food Experiments Best Bite National Championship
Cookoff fans, this is your Super Bowl. The Food Experiments crew has been traveling around the country with its ingredient-themed throwdowns, and now they’re bringing the audience winners from each city for a finale battle royale at Brooklyn Brewery. There are no rules this time—each amateur chef is challenged to create the “best bite.” Tickets include tastings of all 20 competitors’ dishes, plus unlimited Brooklyn Brewery beer. Get them here.

Sunday, December 16 at 1pm at Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N 11th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave (Williamsburg). $45.



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