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The Essex Street Market is a utopia of gourmet cheese shops and cheap produce-and-Goya stands, all operating side by side in food-vending harmony. There's only one thing wrong with it: It's closed on Sundays, a policy that has always struck us as supremely counterproductive, considering when people tend to go grocery shopping. So we were thrilled to learn that for the month of December, the market (on Essex between Rivington and Delancey) will open its doors every Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Writes market cheesemonger Anne Saxelby: "Back in the day, the Essex Market, like much of the neighborhood, was closed on Saturdays. At some point in the last twenty years or so, the current switched and the day changed to Sunday. Over the past few years, customers and vendors alike have been voicing their desire to have the market open on Sundays and slowly but surely, the EDC responded!" Let's hope that they keep the new schedule for 2009. [Racked Inbox; The Feed]