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Outdoor Food and Design Market Sets Up Shop in Gowanus

By Leslie Albrecht | October 11, 2012 1:17pm

GOWANUS — Vegan candy and necklaces made of tiny terrariums are among the local products that shoppers can choose from at a pop-up market this month in a Gowanus empty lot.

Gowanus Girls, a mostly female group of independent food and design vendors, will hawk their wares at Gowanus Grove, the outdoor space on Carroll Street and the canal best known for hosting the weekly dance party Mister Sunday.

The market will run from noon to sundown on two Saturdays, Oct. 13 and Oct. 27.

Products for sale will include women's clothing, handmade jewelry, leather goods, cards, calendars, stationery, soap and bath products. The food line-up includes pie, jam, pickles, Argentine alfajores, and olive oils.

Gowanus Girls was organized by the two women who head Curious Jane, a Gowanus-based company that leads after-school programs and summer camps for girls. The market timed to coincide with this weekend's Gowanus Open Studios, when the public is invited to tour the studios of neighborhood artists.

"There's so much fabulousness and creativity happening in Brooklyn right now," Curious Jane's Melisa Coburn told DNAinfo New York when she was first organizing the market in August. "To focus on all-female designers and food, it's something that makes sense for Curious Jane families and for our audience, but it's also something that will draw people to the neighborhood and allow them to see the creative energy that's here right now."