Weekly event makes arena a place daytime events

Greenmarket sprouts at the Barclays Center

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The Barclays Center is now a hub for basketball, entertainment — and farm-fresh produce.

A new weekly greenmarket hosted by the Barclays Center launched Wednesday on the Flatbush Avenue side of the 18,000-seat arena between Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Street.

“I’m very excited to have something at the stadium that serves the whole community,” said Prospect Heights resident Jessa Zinn as she bought a case of blueberries at the opening day.

The marketplace’s location stands on the spot of the borough’s first-ever greenmarket, which started in 1977.

“Since that market’s opening, our organization has evolved and grown enormously, just as Downtown Brooklyn has,” said Michael Hurwitz, the director of Greenmarket, which is run by the GrowNYC organization.

Vendors said they were hopeful for good business considering the heavy foot traffic around the area.

“We love it! It’s an exciting opportunity for us,” said market manager Jason Durham of Rick’s Picks. He added that the farmers market gives new daytime purpose to the Barclays Center, where events are typically held at night.

“During the day it’s like a big building that’s just sitting here, so it’s nice to give it a human touch during the day,” he said.

The nine-vendor marketplace includes fish from American Seafood; honey from Apple State Hilltop Family Farm; breads and baked goods from Artisan Oven; vegan goodies from Body and Soul Bakery; vegetables and dairy products from Goodale Farm; veggies, fruit, and herbs from Jersey Farm Produce; produce from John D. Madura Farm; artisanal pickles from Rick’s Picks; and orchard fruit from Terhune Orchard.

The greenmarket will be open every Wednesday from 8 am to 4 pm through November 27.

“It’s another great thing that’s piggybacking on the Barclays Center,” said Sam Forman of Bedford-Stuyvesant. “I’m excited it’s here.”

There will be another opportunity in the near future for foodies to get tasty eats outside the arena. A food truck event will be held on September 7 from 11 am to 5 pm.

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Updated 10:13 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

The Chooch from Choochinellos Farm Fresh Mootzarello says:
Starting now we will squeeze the junk food out of the Flatbush valley! We will lean on the mook food chain. We shall deliver this last avenue of force-fed mookery to the Amish, to Bohemian Zion, to the Arugula Nation!
July 19, 2013, 8:34 am
Charles from Bklyn says:
Forget about all the jobs and affordable housing promised, here's some expensive food that only the most wealthy can afford. Barclay's Arena: All take and no give. But hey, the public financed most of the cost anyway! Middle class, wake up.
July 19, 2013, 9:11 am
the Chooch from Choochinellos Farm Fresh Mootzarello says:
Meh! But we'll have homemade soup and artisanal chocolate from Williamsburg. Rooftop honey and arugula. The North Brooklyn hipster food economy will expand! It will become the norm throughout Brooklyn, and thousands if new jobs will be added through the new economy. It's a changing of the guard, that's all. You'll get used to it. As for the higher prices, eat less, and eat better.
July 19, 2013, 9:37 am
ty from pps says:
Farmer's market vegetables are "expensive food that only the most wealthy can afford"?!!?

July 19, 2013, 9:57 am
the Chooch from Choochinello's Artisanal Pizza says:
A farmer's market is more expensive than Key Food and McDonalds. And of higher quality. But you don't want people with nine per-diabetic kids shopping in Brooklyn. You want gay couples with one adopted child. Preferably an Estonian supermodel.
July 19, 2013, 10:34 am
Elvis from Nawcostella says:
Charles-were you born retarded or is it something that crept up on you over time?
July 19, 2013, 10:55 am
the Chooch from New Bohemia says:
Barclay's Center. Best thing since sliced bread! And now the best thing since artisanal sliced bread!
July 19, 2013, 11:23 am
judahspechal from bedstuy says:
people just doesn't know when the fight is over. Arena is built. Your fight for affordable housing should have been long ago when the top Politicos were glad handing ea. other. Some obstruct their way into the recession.
If this started in 2003, which I think was the plan, there would be no reason for no affordable housing on site.
To there credit, I think they are eventually revolutionizing affordable housing construction with Modules.
July 19, 2013, 12:40 pm
Northside Ned from GPT says:
I do not believe Charles was born retarded. His thoughts are more of an emotional response to a long string of personal failures.
July 19, 2013, 12:48 pm
bkmanhatman from windsorpeak says:
Affordable housing does not mean projects.
July 19, 2013, 1:52 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Judah, the new plan is holding Ratner accountable for his promises that he made. If he doesn't keep them, he will be showing his true colors on this. The reason the project was delayed so much originally was not because of the opposition in which you and many of those hardcore fanatics on places like Nets Daily believe, it was because of the setbacks by FCR and the ESDC themselves that did it. As for the affordable housing, there were really questions on how it would really be affordable and what defines, while using modular construction does raise a lot of concerns. BTW, the plumbers union is suing the DOB on the use of such construction as the Daily News has mentioned recently.
July 19, 2013, 2:34 pm
Valerian from 11249 says:
Chooch, you and have the most bizarre socially eugenic dream for Brooklyn. Who would have thought that an aging hipster could craft some half-baked, pro-gentrification philosophy into such a vile, racist agenda. The Kombucha Tea Party. It suits you.
July 19, 2013, 4:16 pm
the Chooch from Bohemian Eugenics says:
Valerian, I'm an aging Bohemian Goombah, not a hipster. Too old to be a hipster. Your consummate lack of humor about the Chooch's much needed provocations belies your own tired discourse. Is the thin spot on top of your head perhaps the source of your own anxiety about aging, the Chooch wonders, for it gives you away under myriad pseudonyms. We seem to have chased the greeezy Lothario back into some sort of closet. But there are other habits that give you away.

No, I'm afraid the transients who seem to think being born somewhere is the sine non qua of legitimacy, are long overdue for a drubbing. The Chooch is here to drub. If you can't get the spirit of a provocative argument, and need to call time out every time one happens, then perhaps you need a better sparring partner. Your game is a little lackluster these days old chap. Just saying.
July 19, 2013, 11:37 pm
the Chooch from Bohemian Eugenics says:
Excuse me, sine qua non.
July 19, 2013, 11:43 pm
the New Jew from Planet Hipster says:
I think the Chooch is just making a point. If you can joke about a hipster holocaust, then surely you can also joke about seizing all of the land for Zion. A mutual exchange of constructive criticism, all in good fun. People have to lighten up.
July 19, 2013, 11:57 pm
Bohemian Goombah from the river to the sea says:
I'm tellin' yez, what Detroit could do with our problems!
July 20, 2013, 12:29 am
Pickles from East Flatbush says:
Sistahs be eatin' dat funky corn yo! HONEY !
July 20, 2013, 5:02 am
Colonel Sanders from Bushwick Plamtation says:
Sistah, ain't nobody owes y'all a livin' Y'all bes gets a brome an' sweep up some o' yo own trash around heah fo' once. I gots hipstresses movin' in around heah nex week. Y'all gets a job o' move along now. Dey siesta am ovah.
July 20, 2013, 9:05 am
Vajira Yogini from Ridgewood Ashram says:
"I know that taking responsibility means not blaming anyone or anything for my situation (and this includes myself). I also know that every problem is an opportunity in disguise, and this alertness to opportunities allows me to take this moment and transform it into a greater benefit."

-- Deepak Chopra
July 20, 2013, 10:06 am
Gros Bisoux from Right Bank says:
U writer's can live in a tuna fish can crawling w cockroaches as long as u have iPad and Internet access... Between them damn Jews with the curls and dirty while shirts, pr's stealing anything not nailed down, and those pissed ass drunken Pollocks that got pushed from n. 7th to under the bridge.... What a fiasco... Kiss it, kiss it good. Yeah I remember those pr's bringing their johns to Dunham right under the street light banging away... What a motley crew... I nicked name Dunham Place 'bobbing head row'... U bet I'm resentful jackass. I'm a big part of that change... Pocket, 2 cents change.
July 20, 2013, 12:58 pm
Nicole from Farthing Way says:
I love the pic Of the unattrative black holding a vegetable. Very unexpected.
July 20, 2013, 1:29 pm
Bohemian Goombah from Bobbing Head Row says:
It was Fort Apache down there! Back in the 80s? Yayzoos!!! Fuggedabout nails. Anything that wasn't WELDED down was ... recycled. I hope those Yankels say a mitzvah for us every day because they owe us. They owe us big time.
July 20, 2013, 2:42 pm
Mindy from Brooklyn says:
@Bohemian - I didn't realize fort apache was full of black people committing crimes. But I guess, if you say so!
July 20, 2013, 3:38 pm
Anna Watson from Fort Green says:
This is Trayvon Martin all over again - an innocent black man being chased by the police! Chased to his death.
July 20, 2013, 4:13 pm
the Chioch from Bohemian Brooklyn says:
Wait, who's being chased to their death? Wha?
July 20, 2013, 4:18 pm
The Chooch from that impeccable pseudonymity says:
How in the puck does this relate to Trayvon Martin? Having to move to Islip and actually get a job is hardly being "hunted to your death." A tad hyperbolic are we? It just means the gig's up. You had your chance and lost it. The hipsters and yuppies had their chance and took it.
July 21, 2013, 11:40 am
jt from 11249 says:
Chooch, the expression is the jig is up. Sorry to split hairs, but you seem as if you desire to be perceived as well educated and intelligent. When you use terms like sine qua non, just copy and paste it from the dictionary. The same with your use of idiomatic expressions. Google first, copy, then paste. You'll sound like you paid attention during that one year of college, and not sound quite so ESL. No offense to ESL speakers, btw. All offense intended to Ethan.
You're welcome!
July 21, 2013, 12:23 pm
The Chooch from Deyn hervorragenden Steytl says:
Drei- oder vier-sprechig tatsaechlich ist der Chooch. Ob zuerst oder zunaechst kommt English konne ich mich nicht mehr errinere. Allerdings ist der Chooch ihm verwirrt im Bereich eines halb-sprechigen Steytles. Alors, la parole tronqué de la damnes de la terre nous nous déborder de temps en temps sans doubt. Ausserdem ist mir geschmeicherlt überhaupt auf Kauderwelsch dem Lumpenheit mitzureden.
July 21, 2013, 1:02 pm
jt from 11249 says:
I saw your picture in the paper. You were almost famous.
July 21, 2013, 2:01 pm
The Chooch from the Bohemian National Home says:
I like the hair. Not into the greezy look myself.
July 21, 2013, 2:06 pm
Lothario from Los Sures says:
Chooch you racist cracker hijo de puta yuppie ass elitist gentrifyer. Guess what. I f*cked a hipster chick!
July 21, 2013, 2:20 pm
The Chooch from bullet-proof pseudonymity says:
Good for you, Lothario. Very well done. You're starting to get the hang of it.
July 21, 2013, 2:26 pm

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