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The best new place to get homemade, specialty and ethnic foods isn’t some fancy gourmet place, but a church cafeteria.

The recently launched Greenpoint Food Market at the Church of the Messiah is a food lover’s dream, with about 30 vendors hawking Chinese pancakes, kimchee, ginger syrup, red velvet cupcakes, soup, architecture-inspired cookies from Sugarbuilt, jellies from Anarchy in a Jar and more.

The food market is the brainchild of writer Joann Kim, who was dissatisfied with other markets when it came to selling her own baked goods.

“I started thinking about a market catering only to food — made by locals and people from their home,” she said.

To liven up the mood for food connoisseurs, the market will also have live music and art. “I wanted the market to be a multi-sensory experience,” said Kim, “where a visitor will walk in and taste and smell the food, and at the same time can view the artwork that references food. It’s kind of an all-around experience that can stimulate all kinds of reactions from a visitor.”

Greenpoint Food Market at Church of the Messiah [129 Russell St. in Greenpoint, (646) 696-0154], every Saturday, noon–5 pm.

Updated 5:14 pm, July 9, 2018
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