NYC’s vegan pop-up market: The Seed
The Seed: Market might sound like somewhere you could stock up on gardening supplies, but it’s actually a monthly pop-up market in New York City dedicated to all things vegan. It’s located in The Altman Building on West 18th Street. I stopped by last weekend to have a look and a taste.
Local maker markets have gained a lot of popularity around New York in the past few years, with the emergence of the Brooklyn Flea, Smorgasberg and the LIC Flea & Food to name a few. The Seed: Market has a lot in common with these markets, offering food vendors, plus beauty and clothing sellers as well. In addition to the vendors, you can also attend yoga classes (donation suggested) and cooking demos.
I chowed down on delicious faux-meat tacos with excellent dairy-free crema, while my vegetarian friend dug into vegan lasagna from Spanky’s Kitchen. There are plenty of healthy juice vendors, and a number desserts from vegan bakers including Gone Pie and Sweet Maresa’s. The one thing I really felt lacking was a good place for customers to sit and eat.
The Seed also hosts a number of other vegan events, including the an annual expo called The Seed: Experience in June and the all-dessert day dubbed Sweet Treats in May. The next The Seed: Market will be held on April 18, from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Entrance to the market is free, but you can reserve a ticket and ensure you get a spot in the yoga sessions on Eventbright.