Eco Chick Eats! Billyburg Brooklyn's Saturday Food Crawl

The new Williamsburg food flea market is open from 9-5 on Saturdays between North 6th and North 7th at the East River [image via Smorgasburg website]

All week I had been planing a trip to visit the Williamsburg (BKLN) flea market. I counted on spending the afternoon scavenging for goodies to bring home and some to give away, but unbeknownst to me I arrived to find in place of handmade boxes, seventies dresses, and rows and rows of food!

Starting last week was Smorgasburg! Named so because of its location, this food flea market takes place Saturdays with 100+ food vendors catering local foods as well as bona fide GrownNYC Green Market.

In short, after months and months of searching for a food crawl…one had quiet literally fallen directly into my path. I was ready to eat and eat I did! Located in the same place as the Sunday flea, its right on the water making it a beautiful place to sit and chow down with the city as your backdrop.

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One of the hundred+ food booths [image via Greg Morabito for NY Eater]

Food is one of the most difficult things to describe to a reader, but when done well it makes your taste buds water. The decadent delights of food, while difficult to convey, are numerous, so here I determine to share my version of actually eating food (taboo?!):

I swallowed. First touch the ice cream melted between my newly white teeth (what I relief to lose the metal-just got my braces off!). It was like all the joys of life molded into one flavor – mint chocolate chip. Oh! I was in some degree of food heaven, where summer aways shined, and the joyous laughter of children surrounded each step I took.

Next, my tongue relished the bites of a lobster roll. Lobster, then bun, and a combination of flavor fresh from the sea. It was almost like biting into the ocean herself. It seems so sensual, so complex, to be concentrating so hard on a task we often take for granted, always on the run, always working. I bit down further. Delicious.

Lastly, lemonade to clear the palate. Though there was a flavor of hibiscus and the sheer delight of iced lemonade on a hot humid almost summer day made the actual sips all the better.

My food crawl was a complete success and I can’t wait until I visit again.

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The enormous crowd at the market [image via Greg Morabito]

For a full list of vendors check out their website, and make sure to visit the flea on Sundays. See you there!

Haley Sherif holds a B.F.A. in creative nonfiction writing from Emerson College. Born & raised in Manhattan, she's currently living in Brooklyn pursuing her dream to write. As an eager fourteen year old she originally joined the Eco-Chick team as an intern, several years later she's happy to be back. Her writing and design projects can be found on her personal site, haleykamilla.com, as well as on The Culture-ist and later and in Perversion's June, 2016 issue.