Dear Local Gourmands,
Just on the heels of June, AKA Dairy Month, July 1 is National Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day. How’s this for inspiration: yesterday at the Bent Spoon stand at the New Amsterdam Public I tasted blueberry maple ice cream that sent me into a whirling dervish kind of euphoria. Then I tasted their sweet basil and goat cheese ice cream. I thought I’d surely transcended some earthly boundary and passed to the other side. Marlow and Sons also offered up scoops of anise ice cream…I only stole a lick of my friend’s scoop, but it was just enough to clear my mind, and make me forget where I was for a moment…not that I will forget (nor would I want to!) the amazing turnout and good energy that was buzzing around the old Fulton Fish Market stalls yesterday. I ran into old friends and new, sampled honey from three seasons, munched on bread from Queens, cheese from the finger lakes, and rich nuggets of nearly pure cocoa truffles. There was a cured pork sandwich with pickle from Marlow and Sons that left me longing only for more, more, more. Across the river in Williamsburg, the Unfancy Food Show was a pulse of activity that wouldn’t quit even after two summer rainstorms. How we made room for cannoli, more cheese, more chocolate, more wonderful, I’ll never know. Today I’m catching my breath and thinking about what to bring to the 4th of July cookout.
May your watermelons be full of seeds, your teeth purple from blueberries, and your grills very smokey.
Here’s to summer,
Wednesday, July 2, 7pm
Reading: Kellogg & Pettigrew “Toolbox for Sustainable City Living”
172 Allen St (btwn Stanton and Rivington)
Please join co-founders of the Rhizome Collective for a reading from their book “Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-It-Ourselves Guide,” and in a discussion of the design of autonomous urban communities utilizing simple techniques such as rainwater harvesting, bioremediation, and worm composting.
Thursday, July 3 7pm-9pm
Free Urban Gardening Class, Optional Fee of up to $5
Open Road, 420 East 12th Street
SPONSORS: Green Sacs, Tri-State Food Not Lawns
In this class we will go over the details of planting several varieties of Summer season Vegetables. Additionally, we’ll be going into detail on harvesting, watering, and vegetable maintenance techniques during hot summer days. Adam Horwitch (Rooftop Gardener) and Ke Xu (Suburban Backyard Gardener).
Saturday, July 5
Bio-intensive Growing Talk
11th Street between 1st Avenue and Avenue A, behind the mosque
Bio-intensive, organic vegetable growing – building deep rich soil in inner-city garden plots with hand tools and people power, without fossil fuels or animals. We will discuss composting and soil-building techniques, compost teas, materials for raised beds, and green manure crops and cover cropping. Andrew Faust (firstname.lastname@example.org, www.homebiome.com) has studied and gardened extensively with some of the most productive biodynamic and organic farms and communities in the Northeast. He brings a wealth of experience to these workshops on how to grow a range of food, native and perennial plants in a cold climate. sponsored by: Tristate Food Not Lawns – Open Road – Sierra Club NYC Group www.tristatefoodnotlawns.org – www.openroadny.org – http://www.nyc.sierraclub.org
Of note a few weeks down the road…
Tuesday, July 8 6-10pm
Green Drinks NYC “Summer Garden Party”
Tavern on the Green
The professional environmental networking event is one of the few monthly events in New York City that provides a platform for developing and exchanging ideas, connecting employers and employees, promoting green products and services, and forming lasting partnerships and friendships. Wear your greenest summer attire to compliment the light jazz at Tavern on the Green’s majestic, lantern-laden garden overlooking Central Park. Attendees will include architects, lawyers, journalists, designers, health specialists, financiers, consultants, and many more professionals. David Bach, # 1 New York Times bestselling author of “Go Green, Live Rich” and “The Automatic Millionaire,” commented, “Any business that wants to reach ‘green connectors’ would be wise to join this community, its changing the world and having fun at the same time.” For additional information, contact Sarah Butsch at email@example.com visit http://www.greendrinks.org
Tuesday, July 8 12:30-2
Open Networking Meeting at SchoolFood
44-36 Vernon Boulevard, 4th floor
Brown bag lunch
ID required to enter government building
Please join us for a special Open Networking Meeting at SchoolFood headquarters in Long Island City hosted by Governing Board Member Jorge Collazo, Executive Chef, NYC Department of Education.We’ll be joined by the following special guests:
*Stephen O’ Brien – Manhattan District Coordinator, SchoolFood in the field, http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0017mzwHzbtpou2lB0Uff2rZfJqQwXDoULJUPx_8-GUGj6RZyJ3iIVKXzhDomxM8ZWc5vev-zR_vLQwyUBaahDwjBV9YSDtGlJyZZzzCdA2FLloWZgWjpeNtda34gf1Wutt>
working with advocacy groups, parents and school administration
*Paul Uffer – general procurement process
*Billy Doherty – local procurement initiatives; Garden to Cafeteria pilot
NOTE: You must RSVP by Thursday July 3rd to be placed on the guest list. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with “RSVP” in the subject line.
July 11, 2008
Sweet Deliverance at The Yard
Details are on the way!
Sunday, July 13 11am-7:30pm
Day Trip to Valley Shepherd Creamery
120 Essex Street
If your curiosity about American farmstead cheese extends beyond the reaches of the cheese counter, we have the antidote! Say bye-bye to hot sweltering New York and hello to the country with Saxelby Cheesemongers as we take you on a delicious day trip to the Valley Shepherd Creamery in Long Valley, New Jersey. We’ll see some sheep, soak up some sun, and have a grand old picnic on the farm! Valley Shepherd Creamery is a sustainable family farm producing farmstead cheese, yogurt, and gelato from their flock of East Fresian sheep. Our day trip will begin with a tour of the creamery guided by Eran, head honcho, reformed engineer, and cheese maker at Valley Shepherd. He’ll give us the skinny on the cheese making process from sheep to finished product, revealing what it takes to make great farmstead cheese. Next, we’ll take a little stroll through the pastures to hobnob with the sheep and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. In early summer, the sheep will be out a-grazing, and their lambs will be getting into plenty of mischief in the barn. After spending some quality time with the sheep, we’ll be treated to a private tour of Valley Shepherd’s aging cave, where their award-winning cheeses are matured to perfection. Well finish up our farm tour by hiking down the hill to the barn to catch a glimpse of the afternoon milking, the first (but most important!) step of the laborious cheese making process. As the afternoon begins to wane, we’ll picnic on the farm’s back porch, noshing on delectable farmstead cheese, freshly baked bread, along with salad and fruit culled from the Union Square Greenmarket. We’ll provide all the munchables… just bring a bottle of wine to round out the picnic, and get ready to enjoy a glorious summers eve!
Midsummer Rabbit Roast
Shelter Island (off North Shore of Long Island)
Brought to you by The Greenhorns
**more to come**
Predicted to be the “young agrarian event of the summer” I have no doubts these revelers will inspire anything short of magic.