Well…that was kind of easy: In January, Greenpointers began signing a petition to bring a farmers market to McGolrick Park. A few weeks later they had upwards of 700 signatures. A few weeks after that they had a permit from the community board, and last Sunday, they had their first market. Is this, then, how democracy is supposed to work!?
While they were at it, since no one in Brooklyn should have to walk more than, say, six blocks to purchase food directly from the people who grow it, the market organizers decided threw in another new one – at Cooper Park, a few blocks east of McGolrick, on the other side of the BQE in East Williamsburg. The Cooper Park market debuted last weekend as well.
Both markets are hosted by Community Markets, the organization behind the Park Slope Farmers Market, held year-round on Sundays on 4th Street, off 5th Avenue.
The McGolrick Park market will run every Sunday through November 18th, from 11am to 4pm, on the Russell Street side of the park.
Here’s the current McGolrick vendor lineup:
- Feather Ridge Farm (local cage-free eggs)
- Brooklyn Cured (sausage and charcuterie made with local, pasture-raised meats)
- The Amazing Real Live Food Company (probiotic cheeses, ice cream and kombucha from upstate)
- J. Glebocki Farms (vegetables, from upstate)
- Horman’s Best Pickles (yep…pickles)
- Orwashers Bakery (artisanal breads from the Upper East Side. Actually artisanal, not like Domino’s or Sargento cheese.)
- Brooklyn Grange (organic sky vegetables from the planet’s largest rooftop farm)
- Garden of Eve Farm (organic ground vegetables from eastern Long Island)
- BeePharm, (raw honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly, and all kinds of therapeutic fruits of the hives)
- Tierra Farm (organic vegetables from the finger lakes region. Organic nuts, seeds and nut butters too)
- Mortgage Apple Cakes (apple cakes)
- Anarchy in a Jar (seasonal jams, made in Brooklyn)
- New Confectioner (vegan ice cream from the Hudson Valley – it’s made with coconut milk)
- Great Road Farm, (organic vegetables and meat from a small farm in New Jersey)
- Pie Lady & Son (seasonal pies from Rockland County)
- Valley Shepherd Creamery (sheep milk cheese from New Jersey)
The Cooper Park Market is also on Sundays, from 11am to 4pm, through November. Their vendors include:
- The Amazing Real Live Food Company
- J. Glebocki Farms
- Horman’s Best Pickles
- Alex’s Tomato Farm (vegetables from upstate New York)
- Tierra Farm
- Anarchy in a Jar
- Migliorelli Farm (produce from the Hudson Valley)
- Wave Hill Breads (artisanal breads from Connecticut)