For over 100 years, Essex Market has served as a meeting place for the Lower East Side community. It is a public market made up of many smaller vendors who pride themselves on getting to know their customers.
Its friendly vendors offer a unique array of products in a welcoming, community-oriented environment. You can be on a first-name basis with your butcher, cheese monger, grocer, and fishmonger. And if you’re in the mood to nosh, its prepared-food merchants and restaurants can satisfy any appetite.
The Essex Market vendors all have an individual story and distinctive personality that add flavor to their already delicious offerings. These are the people that give a true and genuine neighborhood feel to this historic public market. From coffee to cheese to seafood to beer and so much more, check out the full list of vendors here.
Celebrate the vendors of this public market at the 2nd Annual Deck the Stalls Holiday Market. On December 8th in the Seaport District, and from December 13th – 15th at Essex Market, enjoy a special celebration of small businesses and local vendors that represent the unique cultures of New York City. Come shop, listen to live music, explore the market and get to know so many of the city’s vendors.
Essex Market favorite, Porto Rico Importing Co., will be one of the local vendors represented during Deck the Stalls. They are a small family owned coffee roasting and tea importing company with a main store in Greenwich Village, New York and roasting facility in Brooklyn. They where founded in 1907 as a retail store supplying the many Italians in the area with products they where used to in Italy: coffee beans, teas leaves, botanicals, herbs, Italian bitters like Fernet Branca, dried mushrooms, olive oil, espresso coffee makers, teapots and brewers as well as coffee, cups teacups and general housewares.
They roast all of their own coffee and supply some of the best cafes and coffee bars in New York City. They import directly from small farms, the two most notable being Finca Los Angeles in Il Salvador and Kona Star farm on the Island of Kona.