Editor’s Note: Dekalb Market feels a little like something out of a Mad Max film – a futuristic-yet-rustic (and totally charming) bazaar featuring an array of artisanal food and craft shops housed in recycled shipping containers. The stacked containers are arranged like circled wagons around a fledgling urban farm project and communal space, as if to protect this funky outpost of culture from the distopia of neighboring Flatbush Avenue and Downtown Brooklyn. When the apocalypse comes, you might want to hole up here.
Valery Rizzo photographed the market this month. Enjoy.
Dekalb Market is a new community destination in Downtown Brooklyn which is housed in a collection of salvaged shipping containers.
The market brings together Brooklyn's creative entrepreneurs in a community setting that includes an incubator farm, events and performance venue, and a collection of eateries and work-sell spaces.
Joe, the coffee aficionados, serve hand-roasted coffees and grind espresso to order. Ron Johnson, owner of Mrs. Dorsey's Kitchen, makes a 3 Cheese grilled sandwich, with mozzarella, pepper jack and cheddar cheeses with fresh tomato on whole wheat bread.
Kalisa Martin of the Kujichaguilia plot (a farm project of MXGM.org) at the Dekalb Farm, cooking fresh lamb's quarters at a free workshop about edible weeds and their culinary uses.
Purslane and pigweed from the "Edible Weeds" workshop. The Dekalb Farm is a collaborative project for members of New York City's urban agricultural community, and provides an educational experience to visitors.
Jars of organic herbal teas from Tea by Tiffany. Tiffany holding jars of Imperial Rou Gui Dolong and Get Baby teas (contains red clover and red raspberry leaf which promote fertility).
Try the Allergy Tamer at Nile Valley Eco Juice and Salad Bar, which is made with fresh organic kale, beets, carrots and celery.
Owned by Brian and wife Melissa, Nile Valley is 100% vegan, vegetarian and everything is made with certified organic and non-GMO ingredients.
Nile Valley's raw chocolate cheese cake served with assorted fruit, so good it's hard to believe it's not baked.
Rows of shops housed in a shipping containers. Alicia P, a jewelry designer and fine artist, sells handmade, one of a kind pieces of jewelry.
Ron DeCavalcanti is co-owner of Trop Pops, ripe, frozen tropical fruit dipped in dark couverture chocolate.
Husband and wife Nicola and Nina Maurello own Pasticcio, which serves delicious traditional Italian food such as panini, bruschetta, pasta and more.
Pasticcio's speck with arugula and pecorino cheese and wild mushroom bruschettas, served with herbs and tomatoes just picked from the Dekalb Farm...Yum!
Shorty Tang & Sons making and serving up amazing fresh sesame noodles for the market's Night Bazaar event.
Bite Size Kitchen preparing their popular short rib lettuce wraps for the masses. Tee's selling outside the Brooklyn beats record shop.
Brooklyn beats specialize in new and rare Hip-Hop, Funk, Soul and Jazz vinyl, domestic and international CD's and other merchandise including limited addition apparel, books and magazines and even have a DJ.
Eva Scofield is co-owner of Maiden Preserves which offers marmalades, confitures, jams and preserves made from what is seasonally available in beautiful combinations like grapefruit + hibiscus and plum + rose.
Inspired by the night markets of South Asia, crowds of people packed the market for its Brooklyn Night Bazaar event to enjoy a night of culture, commerce and entertainment.
Dekalb Market provides an economic opportunity for (and connects the community with) independent entrepreneurs and creative people in four categories: Makers, Artists, Farmers, Chefs.
Making their first appearance at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Jason Krugman's "Lighting Objects" are still hanging around...literally.
All photos © Valery Rizzo. All rights reserved.
Valery is a Park Slope-based professional photographer with a love of good food and all things Brooklyn. You can find more of her work on her website, and you can follow her food adventures on her photo blog, Eating Brooklyn.