With spring approaching, the Vegan Shop-up is back this month with fresh treats sure to get you out and enjoying the sun. To give you a taste of what’s in store at the market, we’ve talked with Michael Schwarz of Treeline Cheese and Lauren O’Connor of Cake Thieves. These two are included in a lineup of 20 vendors selling locally made, vegan-friendly goods at the Shop-Up this Saturday, an event you don’t want to miss. Michael’s vegan cheese is made of cashews and comes in all sorts of delicious varieties such as smoked and cracked pepper. Lauren’s baked goods are both mouthwatering and animal-free. We caught up with them to find out their plans for spring and what they’ll be selling at the Vegan Shop Up.
Spring is two weeks away! What are you excited for?
I’m excited for bike riding weather and having vegan picnics in McCarren Park with my buddies!
Spring break is not just for college kids! So, what are you big plans for the upcoming break?
I take a break by baking, which works out because ironically it’s also my job. Outside of that, just exploring the general northeast region, such as going to visit New Jersey for family poker day or taking road trips up and down the coast.
What are some things we can expect you to sell on Saturday?
On Saturday, I’ll be selling my specialty cinnamon buns, jars of homemade caramel sauce and doughnuts!
Spring is a time of fresh beginnings. What’s new in your life that you’re excited about?
The opening of Treeline’s new cashew cheese manufacturing facility in Kingston, NY.
Spring breaks are wasted on the youth, but tell us, what are you doing to take a break from the daily life.
No breaks for me. There’s vegan cheese to be made.
Tell us about one item you’ll be selling on Saturday.
Style Soft Cheese. Treeline Cracked Pepper crusted cheese.
Preview the Market!
Saturday, March 9th, noon – 5pm
Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn