Hester Holiday Market

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One of the most fun places to get all of your holiday shopping done in NYC is at the pop-up holiday markets. There are a handful of great ones, like Artists and Fleas in Williamsburg, that I’ve vended at, but one worth checking out is the Hester Holiday Market at One Penn Plaza. 

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There are about 30 amazing vendors there at the convenient and famous 34th Street right near Macy’s, Penn Station and Madison Square Garden. There are booths selling handmade jewelry, accessories, art and artisanal foods and beverages.  I’ll be there selling my Squish Marshmallows (follow on Twitter and Instagram to see what dates I’ll be there) there, by the bag, holiday gift boxes, and even by the piece with the option to have your marshmallow roasted. 

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I’ll also be sharing my booth with two other amazing vendors. There’s Jam Jar Bakery, selling all natural, made from scratch, pies in little mason jars. They’re ready to eat and super delicious. I even wrote a a previous post here

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Also at at the booth is JLR, fun, whimsical pop-art paintings and designs. These are beyond fun and adorable and make incredible gifts for others, or, great artwork for you to hang up in your own space. 

You can find a full list of all the other great vendors here.

The Shorts:
Name: Hester Holiday Market
Location: One Penn Plaza (between 33rd and 34th Street and 7th and 8th Avenues), NYC
Dates: December 1st-21st

Jam Jar Bakery

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On the past few weekends, I’ve been vending Squish Marshmallows at the local flea markets and food fairs in NYC. It’s been a blast, and it’s also allowed me to get introduced to some amazing, local food talent. Most recently, I got to try Jam Jar Bakery. 

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The signature item is their Jar Pie, a small mason jar filled with a complete little pie, layered in for eating on-the-go. And, no need to worry about finding a spoon, one comes strapped right on to the little jar. All the pies are made with natural ingredients, and thoughtfully crafted flavors. 

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I tried Monkey Madness (layered with a short bread crust with Toffee, Candied Pecans, topped with Banana Cake soaked in a light Amaretto Syrup). Now, I love bananas, so, this one was right up my alley. What I thought was really unique, is, you might see some other small businesses doing mason jar desserts, but what sets this one apart is the flavor profile, craft, and natural ingredients. I really enjoyed the banana cake approach, putting a different spin on the expected, standard pie. The toffee here was so clutch, almost like a sweet custard that married the cake and cookie crumble crust really nicely. 

The Shorts:
Name: Jam Jar Bakery
Location: Online and NYC locations 
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure. And, if you can’t make it out to the NYC markets, they sell online too.
Would I recommend it? Yes, who doesn’t like a little dessert on-the-go?