The Tradesman bar on Bushwick Avenue will host farmer’s market this spring

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Ordering a bloody Mary isn’t the only way to get some veggies in a bar.

The new Bushwick Avenue bar the Tradesman will open up its patio to a farmer’s market this spring, allowing Brooklynites to get everything they need to make a vodka sauce while getting sauced on vodka.

“For a lot of young people, the bar is where they lead a lot of their lives,” said bar co-owner Larissa Varges. “It’s a part of the community and we want to play a role in that community — not just help get people wasted.”

As crops start coming into season, the Tradesman will work with Blooming Hill Farms, an organic grower upstate in Orange County, to stock kale, spinach, shallots and apples on either Saturdays or Sundays.

Varges also plans to invite borough food-sellers to peddle their goods.

“I want to find Brooklyn people who are making amazing honey or charcuterie or baked goods and give them a table,” she said.

The idea to mix a bar with a farmer’s market came after Varges used a table in the front of the pub to sell extra produce intended to be used as ingredients in mixed drinks and the few food items offered at the Trademan.

Neighborhood produce fans are thrilled an organic farmers market is coming to the area, which has fewer green-sellers than Williamsburg, or Bushwick around the Morgan Avenue L train stop.

“There’s a very small farmers market over by the post office. I’ve been going to that one for two years,” said Erica Lopez, who lives on Manhattan Avenue. “If there were one that offered more things and had more organic products or more variety, I would be very happy.”

This isn’t the first time the bar has held events that aren’t very, well, bar-like. Last summer, the Tradesman hosted a small food stand in front of the bar, and in the fall the watering hole was home to a pop-up Ethiopian restaurant called Bunna Cafe.

“The bar is a great canvas for doing things,” said Sam Saverance, one of the owners of Bunna Cafe. “It’s clean and spacious and Larissa is very open-minded. It’s good to have a place like that around.”

The Tradesman [222 Bushwick Ave. between Meserole Street and Montrose Avneue, (718) 386–5300,

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Updated 5:38 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Mickey Shea from Greenpoint says:
Enough already with the vegetable fetishes.
Jan. 16, 2013, 8:36 am
Enough with the hipster baiting from This paper is a joke says:
Enough already
Jan. 16, 2013, 8:39 am
BunnynSunny from Das Hill says:
When I go to a bar I want a shot not a rutabaga.
Jan. 16, 2013, 9:03 am
Pat I. from 70's Brooklyn says:
YAH....We're joing forces with the Hudson Valley Fixie Collective via Brooklyn based Brooklyn Steel Drum Farm Co-op in conjunction with The Breast Milk Cheese gallery which is underwritten by The Bushwick Rooftop collard Green Liberation front and sponsored by Hot Cross Nuns Hip-steria Mutli-media live/work space to bring you the some f**cking root veggies available at the local Key Food in Conjunction with the Canklesuarus SAY NO TO RAZORS milita.

What a bunch of a**weeds.
Jan. 16, 2013, 11:14 am
Pat I. from 70's Brooklyn says:
Whoa - this chick reeks of "MFA in Women's Studies"
Jan. 16, 2013, 11:17 am
diehipster from you know says:
Every f***ing thing with hipsters and Bushpointburg is always about art-bars-veggie-coffee-art-bars-veggie-coffee-art-bars-veggie-coffee-art-bars-veggie-coffee-art-bars-veggie-coffee-art-bars-veggie-coffee. I've never seen such a sterile group of annoying mother-effers playing themselves out so badly for so long. How is it possible? How did this pussified lifestyle not end in the last decade?
Jan. 16, 2013, 11:20 am
JAZ from snapping Ethan sticks says:
Just a few questions that need answers about this new farmers market/performance space:

Are the veggies sustainable? Are they locally sourced? Are they rooftop certified? Will they be offering an Iphone app where their carbon footprint details will be posted? Is there a place where I can sit and play my hand-cranked record player with a smug expression on my face? Penny Farthing parking? Ukelele tuning station? Finger painting booths? Will they be screening locally filmed independent movies on the walls? Childbirth performance art stage? Kale latte foam classes?

Jan. 16, 2013, Noon
ty from pps says:
Sort of amazing how the local idiot brigade reacts to such a simple business idea... two businesses partnering to drive traffic to both.

How is this a bad thing? A local farm looking for business... and local bar looking for business... They work together and increase their business.

We all know you think vegetables should be genetically modified and wrapped in styrofoam and it's wrong to know where your food comes from, but not everyone agrees with you.
Jan. 16, 2013, 12:51 pm
"Interloper" from Kent Ave says:
I mean it's very obvious that all of you that commented above (besides ty) need more fiber in your diets based on your b*tching and moaning over something as non-threatening and arbitrary as locally grown organic produce...
Jan. 16, 2013, 1:17 pm
EverybodyRelax from Bushwick says:
Until the day when you are forced by government decree to eat a raw turnip upon ordering a drink at your local bar, your complaining is a waste of breath.

This is a ridiculous subject to preach against. Let hipsters be hipsters -- if you were really confident about your own lifestyle you wouldn't give two sh*ts about what they do.
Jan. 16, 2013, 1:30 pm
diehipster from Pure Brooklyn says:

I give the —— about them having doubled rents almost borough-wide over the last decade. Now do you get it? The rest of the ridicule is just for fun.

Ty and interloper: it's not the business idea it's that art-bars-veggie-coffee-art-bars-veggie-coffee-art-bars-veggie-coffee-art-bars-veggie-coffee-art-bars-veggie-coffee-art-bars-veggie-coffee is being constantly shoved in people's faces that don't care or don't need so much of it in the neighborhoods they were in before the hipsters "discovered" Brooklyn.
Jan. 16, 2013, 1:38 pm
ty from pps says:
diehipster -- It must be hard being you.
Jan. 16, 2013, 1:49 pm
diehipster from Pure Brooklyn says:
No Ty its not hard. You're on one team, I'm on the other. You enjoy being surrounded by try-hards and pseudo-zaniness and homogenized living. I don't. See, you dislike or disassociate yourself with normal pre-hipster New Yorkers (including people with generations of history or immigrants); and I guess that's your right as it is my right to point out how ridiculous and self-centered you hipster/yupsters are.
Jan. 16, 2013, 2 pm
manposeur from brokelynland says:
Easy there diehipster, you about to break a blood vessel. Besides pre-hipster NYC was sooo racial balkynized. True the hipsters may be culturally homogonized but necessasirly racially. I love to see interracial action between the white hipster the blipster & the AZN's.
It definitely irritates the old school guidos and jersey shore types that they cant participate on the fun.
Jan. 16, 2013, 2:05 pm
EverybodyRelax from Bushwick says:
diehipster: I'm sure it's fine being you.

Rents doubling -- yeah that sux. But that includes a whole lot of factors including the influx of hipsters but more likely because of general influx from Mhtn due to disproportionate price increases there in the 90s/00s.

Ehh whatever, don't have time for a lengthy debate about it -- Poke fun, if you want. But I'll say this: having been to Tradesman many times, it is NOT an imposing hipster bar. It's totally a neighborhood joint, with all types of blue collar/white collar/artist folks. The owner is an appreciator of locally grown and sustainable food practices and so she promotes them in her bar. But the place itself is a total free-for-all. You should check it out! Just ignore the veggie stand in the corner.
Jan. 16, 2013, 2:09 pm
EverybodyRelax from Bushwick says:
ty, manposeur:

Totally not helpful. Your elitism does you about as good as the people you put down making fun of what they do not understand.
Jan. 16, 2013, 2:13 pm
Joey Bots from B-Town says:
When wil I be recognized for my musical talent?
Jan. 16, 2013, 2:26 pm
BunnynSunny from The Hill says:
I'd rather be drinking at the Famer's Market in the spring.
Jan. 16, 2013, 3:13 pm
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
Excuse me, but it is very hard and takes too long for me to get to this area. Thank you, though.
Jan. 16, 2013, 3:19 pm
Mickey Shea from Greenpoint says:
Heh heh, this place is a freakshow...I love it !
Jan. 16, 2013, 4:07 pm
ty from pps says:
Yep... my "elitism" is just oozing in my comment above.
Jan. 16, 2013, 4:11 pm
common sense from bay ridge says:
Sounds like a fun place to check out this spring. I'm glad it's close to the subway.

I can't stop laughing at the artery clogged keyboard warriors raging against veggies and bloody marys.
Jan. 16, 2013, 5:39 pm
common sense from bay ridge says:
@diehipster: How can anyone that grew up here not understand that how long you have lived here doesn't matter and never has. Transplants and immigrants moving here is not anything new, as you should know.

Relax, sit back and enjoy the freak show.
Jan. 16, 2013, 5:59 pm
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklny says:
common sense from bay ridge
If you had any common sense you would realize that it's pretty small minded to assume you know what I eat because I disagree with you. DH is wrong only because he forgot to add "foodie-bike lane" to his mantra of "art-bars-veggie-coffee". You people are all the same. immigrants come form other countries, transplants come from Ohio. You live here, you are not "from here". You never will be from here. What high school did you go to transplant? Not one around here. Now get off the subway and put your pants back on.
Jan. 16, 2013, 7:20 pm
diehipster from Pure Brooklyn says:

I've said it a million times on my site to people like you who accuse me of that and it's in the FAQ section of it as well: I have nothing against immigrants and transplants; just the HIPSTER VARIETY. Huge difference when someone come here to raise a family, pursue a real career, escape from certain conditions, etc VS everything I ever complained about these attention starved perpetual kidults who are worth nothing yet prance around as pretend farmers, rock stars , artists, environmentalists, activists, etc.

Hope this clears things up for you.
Jan. 16, 2013, 8:04 pm
common sense from bay ridge says:
@swampyankee: I have no idea what your diet is like, just like you have no idea that I grew up here, and my family has been here for many generations. That never seems to stop you from setting up your strawman argument to engage in mindless hipster bashing.

I just don't get the hatred for someone opening a place offering healthy food options. It sure sounds better than buying rancid cold cuts at the corner bodega.
Jan. 17, 2013, 10:59 am
common sense from bay ridge says:
@diehipster: Fair enough. I tend to find those you describe as amusing, and sometimes entertaining, not people to stew in anger about. YMMV.
Jan. 17, 2013, 10:59 am
Brooklyn gal 100% from Williamsburg says:
Strange bedfellows...Healthy eating, organic concern and booze! The not-so-small farmers market on Cook Street and Graham Ave. (a blk from the post office) open July to Oct. on Sat & Sun...offered certified organic last year...savvy buyers know most of their stuff was already grown to max out health. If you come there they will expand to your taste...sorry no booze-maybe wine! Let em know what you
Jan. 17, 2013, 11:45 am
sticks from Meserole Street says:
That strip of Bushwick Ave has been a no-mans-land forever and is finally getting some amenities. As obnoxious as this article is, this is a good thing for our neighborhood
Jan. 17, 2013, 12:36 pm
Joey Bots from B-Town says:
Why was I blessed with this musical talent? It is a tough thing to live with!
Jan. 17, 2013, 1:29 pm
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
Common Sense:
"rancid cold cuts at the corner bodega" what stereotype is next someone wearing a wife-beater coming out of Roll N' Roasters dragging Tina by the hair?
Jan. 17, 2013, 6:45 pm
"Interloper" from Kent Ave says:
SwampYankee, diehipster and all you other "old time", "I've been here since before Christopher Columbus", "brooklyn is ruined" blowhards...

You all obviously don't get it. You didn't "make" this neighborhood. I sincerely hope that you don't own property and get priced out. If you do own, congratulations for doing nothing to earn the property values you now possess. You're all boring anyways and obviously have low self-esteem, no social skills and probably a bad case of hemroids given your uppity nature.

Your ideals and way of life are no longer societal norms in this community. I hear that Staten Island is nice this time of year, why don't you move there.

I'm not even a hipster and I would rather hang out with the most stereotypical skinny jeans, vegan, fixie riding bearded poet / barista than the likes of you.


Everybody who moved here around 2004 - 2008 who REALLY "made" this neighborhood what it is today. Sorry you lose.
Jan. 17, 2013, 8:12 pm
common sense from bay ridge says:
swampyankee: It's not a stereotype, it's an accurate description of the food choices in many parts of Brooklyn without a decent supermarket nearby.
Jan. 17, 2013, 9:16 pm
Brooklyn gal 100% from Williamsburg says:
Call me corny...but Nabes change...that's NY always has been...always will be...hipsters, bodega crowds, whatever...we need
to work together... improve things for ALL of us...pointing fingers...blaming games aren't going to fix things. Learn from each other..share...and you'll find we're really not so different.
Jan. 18, 2013, 12:34 pm
scott from park slope says:
swampyankee, pat, diehipster, I've read soy can help you manage your estrogen levels. maybe you should check this bar out and see if their organic produce can ameliorate your PMS.
Jan. 19, 2013, 12:26 pm
Matt from Metro says:
To all —— heads hipster haters. You just a human waste, no class, no life, no ideas. Just die already, please.
Jan. 26, 2013, 10:01 am

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