For some, it doesn’t matter that the Brooklyn Flea is full of cool handmade jewelry, weird old apothecary jars and bottles, vintage clothes, eyeglass frames, records, furniture made from reclaimed wood, and countless other oddities. For some, it’s all about the rows of stands dedicated to food vendors. They head straight for them, barely glancing at all the other goods for sale, to chow down. For these insatiable single-minded folk, the founders of the Brooklyn Flea are introducing Smorgasburg, a food market.
The Brooklyn Flea was never meant to be foodie haven, say founders Jonathan Butler and Eric Demby. In fact, as they reveal on Brownstoner, they weren’t even sure it should have eats when they first planned the thing. Now, of course, the artisanal food vendors are a main attraction. So much so that they’re getting their own venue: the new Williamsburg lot where the Sunday markets take place. On Saturdays, starting May 21, it will be Smorgasburg, featuring more than 100 vendors, including such Greenmarket regulars as Brooklyn Grange and Hudson Valley Duck Farm. Now, let’s just hope Fort Greene doesn’t lose its arepas and lobster rolls to Williamsburg.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 20, 2011