Chelsea Market

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – “To Market, to market!”  (posted by sarahsouthwest)
“Yes, today, my poetic friends, I want to go to the market with you. I love markets – is there anything more evocative of a place than its market? The place where local farmers bring their produce, where local craftsmen bring their work, where you can buy eggs and sausages and wild mushrooms and apples and cheap clothes and unbranded socks and local strawberries and baked goods and on and on and on.

So, today, let’s go to market. Wherever you are, I’m sure you have one near you that you’ve visited. Or maybe you’ve dropped into the fish market in Venice, or Grand Central Market in New York, or even Kirkgate Market in Leeds. Maybe you have happy memories of a small market in a nameless French provincial town, or a farmer’s market in Virginia.”

The Meatpacking district
gave way to high-end shops
and the opening of this
amazing cavelike market,
site of the old Nabisco Factory.

Cobblestones to tread on
and a waterfall in center.
Here you will find produce,
fishmongers, Italian specialty
store, Good Witch Brownies,
basket shops, kitchen
equipment, spices, rices,
oils, vinyl records,
clothing, artisans
of cheese and wine,
places in which to dine.
Stroll and eat, or sit
at one of the small
tables outside every
eatery. You will leave
with a smile, and many
shopping bags of things
you simply could not
live without. My only
advice is to visit
on a weekday, unless
you like millions of
people shopping at once.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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18 Responses to Chelsea Market

  1. Sabio Lantz says:

    Weekend visits is very good advice


  2. robtkistner says:

    This is excellent Sara. Very immersive write, made me want to visit – Tuesday afternoon perhaps! 🙂


  3. You really make me want to shop there


  4. msjadeli says:

    Sounds like your market has a little of everything. I love the photos you chose.


  5. Now I want Good Witch brownies, even though I have no idea what they are, I’m positive I need them! Great poem, thanks for sharing this market!


  6. lillian says:

    Great use of an old Nabisco factory! Oh yes….bags of those things one simply HAS to have 🙂


  7. I would love a market like that…. but I would have to belong to the weekend crowd.


  8. Truedessa says:

    I have been there several times and you definitely have brought it to life. They have some great tasting chowder.


  9. robtkistner says:

    Hi Sara! Very wonderful work! Honest expression shared openly. I am having an existential crisis tonight. I invite you to come visit me, cross my bridge of dreams, and listen to Joni sing like an angel!


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