Sunday, May 03, 2009

Franklin at Sterling Flea Market Kicks Off

Like a fool, I left my camera at home this weekend, but that didn't keep me from swinging by the new flea market at Franklin and Sterling. Organized and hosted by Bristen's Eatery, the market will run from 9am-6pm all summer long and feature a wide variety of vendors. Nostrand Park spoke with Bristen's about their long term plans on Friday, which include bringing in an organic farmer to sell produce and having local musicians perform.

I wandered up at the end of the day as the market was winding down, and had a long, pleasant chat with Jason, a vendor selling his homemade, small-batch sauces under the label "The Pour Gourmet." He had three sauces on offer, two of which (his standard 14-spice barbeque sauce and a variant with lavender) had sold out. The third, which I sampled, was his latest creation, a tangy pineapple and sweet pepper sauce that was fantastic with the plantain chips he had for tasting.

A 20-year veteran of the restaurant industry, Jason told me that all of his sauces were made in his home kitchen a block away, with ingredients that he had purchased within a mile radius. "The Prospect Park Greenmarket is as far as I'll go" he said, adding that he loves the living and working in the neighborhood. He's planning to expand his line of sauces and marinades, and is hoping the flea market will help him gauge and meet demand for products in the area. "One person told me that they can't find a really good honey mustard dressing anywhere nearby," he noted. "I can do that."

Each batch of Jason's handiwork only produces about 10 jars of sauce, which disappeared this Saturday at $5 a pop. Check out the Pour Gourmet at the Franklin at Sterling Flea Market for the rest of the summer.

UPDATE (5/4): Jason's partner Ayelet keeps a blog on her life and times (and neighborhood) here. Check it out!

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