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Dear Local Gourmands,

As much as I adore the crisp air of autumn, this year I find myself dragging my heels to get into the swing of fall. ‘It can’t be fall already,’ I keep thinking, ‘I didn’t eat enough peaches, I didn’t eat enough tomatoes! Where did the summer go??’ Even though the temperature is dropping and I had to put another quilt on my bed, there are still (thankfully) plenty of peaches and tomatoes at the markets. They are perfect for, say, peach salsa which I had seconds and thirds of at a friend’s pot luck party on Saturday night. Maybe I just need more parties to get me into the swing of things. If you are not busy volunteering for a certain presidential candidate, and you’re looking for a good hootenanny, I’d suggest the Stone Barns Harvest Festival in Tarrytown this coming Saturday. Next Saturday The Yard holds their own harvest festival along the Gowanus Canal, and the weekend after that Added Value will hold their harvest fest in Red Hook. In the face of so much uncertainty and so much work to do before the election, I hope we don’t forget to appreciate our vegetables!

Best,
Jeanne

Tuesday, September 30, 7pm
“About as Local as Local Gets!”
Applewood
Meet the Farmer Dinner with Ian Marvy of Red Hook’s Added Value Farm
$85 per person plus tax and gratuity*

We are really excited to be hosting this four-course tasting menu featuring varied and delicious produce grown right here in Brooklyn, with wine pairings to complement each course. This is a unique opportunity to meet the people who devote their lives to growing sustainable, organic produce. Learn about how they decide what to plant, how they care for their crops, and what it’s like to be a small, organic farmer, not only in Brooklyn, but in a world of commercially-produced and marketed foods. Also, meet Chef David Shea and learn all about the farm-restaurant connection. Find out why Applewood chooses to work almost exclusively with small, local farms, and what you can do to shop, eat, and live more sustainably!
As always, there will be plenty of opportunity for Q&A during, and after, the meal. These events are seated communally and tend to sell out quickly. Be sure to call us soon (718.768.2044) to reserve your spot!

Wednesday, October 1, 6pm
Soybean Wars: Militarization, Agribusiness Exploitation, and Community Resistance in Paraguay
CUNY Graduate Center, Room 9204
365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street

In the midst of a global food, energy and climate crisis more and more people are challenging the destructive industrialized agricultural model by constructing local and regional alternatives with a vision for food sovereignty worldwide. Come hear directly from Leticia Galeano, an inspiring young leader from the Movimiento Agrario y Popular (a peasant organization in the department of Caaguazú) and university student in Asuncion, Paraguay. Leticia will speak about militarization in Paraguay, criminalization of social movements, local resistance to soy expansion and about the role of U.S. agribusiness giants like ADM, Bunge and Cargill in the soybean wars. Leticia will be joined by additional speakers.

Saturday, October 4, 9am-3pm
Tickets are for sale on-line
Harvest Fest 2008!
Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
Rain or Shine

Our 5th annual Harvest Fest will feature music & entertainment by Jay & Molly & Friends, a large farmer’s market full of goodies to satisfy every appetite, hay rides, workshops & farm demonstrations for children & adults & much, much more! Tickets: Stone Barns Center members have access to pre-sale tickets beginning on August 18. As always, members receive a 10% discount. General ticket sales begin on September 2. Tickets may be purchased online only. Stone Barns Center members will receive an email with ticketing information on August 18. On September 2, ticketing information will also be posted on the Stone Barns Center website. Tickets purchased by September 24 will be mailed; tickets purchased after September 24 will be held at will-call.

Adults $30 ($27 members)
Youth ages 6-14 $20 ($18 members)
Children ages 2-5 $10 ($9 members)
Children under 2 FREE

Saturday, October 4, 9:30am-4:30pm
NY Coalition for Healthy School Food presents:
The Politics of School Food Conference
Kimmel Center Rosenthal Pavilion at NYU
60 Washington Square South

Speakers will include David Berkowitz, ED of NYC DOE, School Food Services; Ann Cooper, Director of Nutrition Services, Berkeley Unified School District; Marion Nestle, PHD, MPH, Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at NYU, and author; Michele Simon, JD, MPH, Research and Policy Director at the Marin Institute; and more.
Admission: $35 which includes lunch featuring healthy organic and local foods
NYU Students: Free with ID
All Other Students: $15
Limited scholarships available; visit website or call for registration information

Saturday, October 4, 10am-2pm
Bed-Stuy Garden Tour

The Brooklyn Community Gardeners’ Coalition presents the Green(e) with Envy Tour. Join us for this guided tour of community gardens in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, beginning with a 10am breakfast at the Cedar Tree Garden on Greene near Classon, then walk, bike, or ride the tour bus through the rest of the tour. The gardens included on the tour are: Cedar Tree Garden, Jane Bailey Memorial Garden, Greene Acres Community Garden, Family Affair Neighborhood Park, Target Community Garden, Spencer St. Block Association Community Garden, Hattie Carthan Community Garden, NYCHA Garden Womens mural, Greene Ave. Neighbors Association Garden, and Clifton Place Memorial Park & Garden. The Parks Department is generously providing bus transport for this tour! But space is limited, so please RSVP to 718-636-4273, or e-mail joncrow@earthlink.net. The Brooklyn Community Gardeners’ Coalition presents the Green(e) with Envy Tour.

Sunday, October 5, 6-9pm
Green Edge Collaborative Autumn Supper Club
Working Vacation on Organic Farms
Housingworks
126 Crosby St.
$5

Summer vacation just ended, but you’re already in need of another break from the city? Founding and current board member of WWOOF-USA (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms), Ryan ‘Leo’ Goldsmith, is coming to inspire and inform us on how to spend anywhere from 3 days to 3 months (or more) living and volunteering on an organic farm in exchange for 1/2 days labor and accommodation, and experienced organic farm volunteer, Rebecca Bullene, will be giving her first hand account of working in exchange for food and accommodations in both Panama and Costa Rica. Sounds like the type of escape from the city that is too good to be true? You can do it too – anywhere in the world, even without having to leave the state. Come find out how. Bring a seasonal, local dish to share for dinner at 6, or join us at 7:15 for speakers.
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Of note a few weeks down the road…

Wednesday, October 8, 6:30-9:30
Taste Buds NYC
Drop Off Service
211 Avenue A between 13th and 14th Street

Drink, talk, and be merry! Taste Buds NYC is a community for those of us who work in the food biz and those of us who just love food. Whether you work behind the scenes on food security issues, toil at the sauce station, are planning the next Farm to Table, or regularly use “grassy” and other snobby adjectives to describe your favorite cheese, this is your opportunity to expand your network and community.

Friday, October 10 ACTION ALERT
Last day to register to vote in New York state! If you think you’re registered, don’t remember where you’re registered, or want to request an absentee ballot, please visit Vote for Change and sign up ASAP.

Saturday, October 11, 11am-9pm
The Gowanus Harvest Festival at The Yard
388-400 Carroll St., Brooklyn
Advanced tickets $10
Day of show $12

Brooklyn! Fall! Brews! Bounty! Yes, it’s that time of year again. The Yard is once again hosting a fall-themed celebration of Gowanus proportions. Come to the banks of the canal to enjoy farm fresh food, live music, local vendors, pumpkin carving contests, pony rides, delicious brews and other triumphs of sustainable urban living. Enjoy the wonders of Autumn on Brooklyn’s most charismatic waterfront. A percentage of the proceeds benefit Just Food! Buy tickets here.

Saturday, October 18
Added-Value Harvest Festival

Annual festival featuring foods from local restaurants, live music and performances, kids’ activities, pumpkin patch, raffle & contests, Farmers’ Market, Farm tours.

Saturday, October 18, 3-7pm
The 2008 Vendy Awards
Tobacco Warehouse, DUMBO

The Vendys are:

-An intense cook-off between the best sidewalks chefs in New York City.
-A festival of respect and gratitude for all vendors and everything they provide us-from your morning coffee (half-and-half, two sugars) to the $2 umbrella when you get caught in the thunderstorm.
-A fundraiser for the Street Vendor Project, a membership-based non-profit organization that stands up for vendors’ rights.

The Vendy Awards is a fundraiser to support the Street Vendor Project of the Urban Justice Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a voice for the thousands of people who sell food and merchandise on the streets of our city.

Wednesday, October 29, 6-10pm
Taste of Greenmarket

Enjoy Greenmarket-inspired fare presented by NYC’s finest chefs, celebrate the leaders who are making farm fresh, locally grown food available to all New Yorkers, and bid on fabulous silent auction prizes. All proceeds from ticket sales and auction items will benefit CENYC’s Greenmarket program in its efforts to preserve family farms, bring fresh produce to all five boroughs and educate children about our food systems. Chefs presenting tastings of signature dishes from their favorite Greenmarket ingredients include: Dan Barber of Blue Hill, Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern, Marco Canora of Hearth and Insieme, Peter Hoffman of Savoy, Bill Telepan of Telepan, Mary Cleaver of The Green Table, Aaron Sanchez of Centrico and Paladar, Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter, and many more. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets.

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Dear Local Gourmands,

What’s the saying…”many hands make light work”? With the election looming, and tomatoes falling off the vine, my in-box indicates that there are more than enough ways to lend your carpal tunneled wrists and key-pad bound fingers to the community. Give your thumbs a rest. Organizing on the web is great, but sometimes we need to get off the computer and out to the field to get in on the action. In the words of a favorite food activist of mine “We’re non-partisan, but we are young farmers for young presidents.” Same goes here. If you’re not raising funds for presidential candidates at bake sales or going door to door registering voters, maybe you want to help out at the upcoming Added Value Harvest fest on October 18. If you’re interested please see below.

All best,
Jeanne

Harvest Festival volunteers needed! We’re looking for folks to help in the week leading up to the event, and that day (Oct 18th). If you’re interested in lending a hand with outreach, kids activities, setup and cleanup, photography pumpkin patch, or general preparation, please email Andy at:harvestfest2008@added-value.org (with the subject heading: “harvest festival volunteer”).


Monday, September 22, 1-6pm
Fifth Annual “Sagra del Maiale”
or “Swine and Dine”
Il Buco
47 Bond St. btwn Bowery and Lafayette
$20
Il Buco celebrates its 14th anniversary today with their traditional birthday pig roast. $20 will buy you a piece of pork from the 200-pound Ossabaw pig that will be roasting over a wood fire on Bond Street. Ticket also covers porchetta panino from Flying pigs Farm, an apple-and-hot-pepper sausage, an array of salads, dessert, and iced tea or lemonade. Beer and wine will be for sale separately.

Monday, September 22, 6pm
M.F.K. Fisher: Poet of the Appetites
New School
Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang Building, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor (enter at 66 West 12th Street)
$8; free to all students and New School faculty, staff, and alumni with ID
In the year of the centennial of her birth, a panel of distinguished guests celebrate the life of Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher, master food writer, and discusses her relationships with other American food celebrities, including Julia Child, James Beard, and Alice Waters. Panelists include Amanda Hesser, editor, New York Times and author of the foreword to M. F. K. Fisher Among the Pots and Pans: Celebrating Her Kitchens; Judith Jones, author of The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food; Joan Reardon, author of M. F. K. Fisher, Julia Child, and Alice Waters: Celebrating the Pleasures of the Table; Poet of the Appetites: The Lives and Loves of M. F. K. Fisher, and M. F. K. Fisher Among the Pots and Pans: Celebrating Her Kitchens; and Kennedy Golden, Associate Dean, Mills College, and the daughter of M.F.K. Fisher. Andrew F. Smith, editor of the Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink, moderates. This event is offered in conjunction with a short course, MFK Fisher: Poet of the Appetites, beginning September 15; please visit the food studies for more information. Sponsored by The New School Food Studies Program.

Wednesday, September 24, 6-8pm
Town Hall Meeting on Supermarkets
TAG school on E. 109th St.
An Environmental Justice Interagency Task Force established by Governor Patterson has organized a Food Working Group that will produce a report out lining policy recommendations for integrating environmental justice into the policies, programs, and regulations of all state agencies that have anything do to with food. The purpose of this event is to both inform community members about these current initiatives and to gather ideas and recommendations from the community for new supermarkets.

Wednesday, September 24, 7pm
Jae Steele author of Get It Ripe
Bluestockings
172 Allen St.

Vegan meals should be the most delicious, simple and healthful. Come meet Jae Steele, the author “Get It Ripe: A Fresh Take on Vegan Cooking and Living” and hear her take on health, good eating and seasonal cleansing – all gained from her day-to-day experiences working as a nutritionist, farmer and baker.

Thursday, September 25, 6pm
NY Food Museum Fundraiser
Seaman’s Church Institute
241 Water Street

A cocktail party to raise money for the NY Food Museum, which does not yet have a headquarters, and the Gotham Center for New York City History, a division of the graduate center of CUNY, will be held on Sept. 25 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Seamen’s Church Institute, 241 Water Street (Peck Slip). Directors of the organizations, historians and other food figures will speak. Reservations, $100: (212) 817-8471.

Thursday, September 25, 6:30pm
Foodie Book Club
The Brooklyn Kitchen
616 Lorimer St.
Brooklyn, NY

This month’s pick is Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Please join in to discuss the book and share some food. Please bring a dish to share that was inspired by the book.

Friday, September 26, 4-6pm
Education of a Chef:
What does French training mean for chefs today?
NYU Maison Francaise
16 Washington Mews (at University Place)
New York, NY 10003
212-998-8750

A round table discussion with Olivier Muller (DB Bistro Moderne), Alexandra Guarnaschelli (Butter Restaurant), Peter Hoffman (Savoy Restaurant), Cynthia Billeaud (HR Director for the Restaurants of Daniel Boulud), Mitchell Davis (Vice President, The James Beard Foundation), Marvin Taylor, (moderator; Director, Fales Library and Special Collections NYU).

Saturday, September 27, 12-6pm
Chile Pepper Fiesta
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

Be a part of music history with a rare public performance by Pete Seeger, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, Guy Davis together in a Special Family Concert. Brooklyn’s young steel drum champs, the Sesame Flyers Steel Pan Orchestra, get the party sizzling amid a whirl of feathered dancers and fast and furious Caribbean rhythms. The Sauce Boss brings it to a boil with his famous gumbo spiced with foot-stomping Florida swamp blues and blistering slide guitar. Bombay songstress Falu blends her own “indie Hindi” sounds into a spicy masala of classical Indian music and alt rock. Throughout the afternoon, MCs Robbins & Ringold fire up audiences with flame eating, fire juggling, and other daring deeds. Plus, enjoy Indian chutney making, piquant pickle classes, and other spicy cooking demonstrations and tastings, chile pepper tattoos, red hot kids’ activities, and a visit with renowned garden expert the Chile Goddess. You can also pick up organically grown plants and chile-inspired gifts and tingle your taste buds with spicy food and cold beer.

Saturday, September 27, 12-4pm
Wyckoff House & Association Annual Apple Festival

Celebrating fall and everything apple! Enjoy apple cider fresh from the press, watch a performance by Caroline Copeland of the New York Baroque Dance Company, and celebrate fall, apples and the Wycoff Farmhouse Museum, New York City’s oldest structure. Apple fritters, jug bands, and more.
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Of note a few weeks down the road…

Tuesday, September 30, 7pm
“About as Local as Local Gets!”
Applewood
Meet the Farmer Dinner with Ian Marvy of Red Hook’s Added Value Farm
$85 per person plus tax and gratuity*

We are really excited to be hosting this four-course tasting menu featuring varied and delicious produce grown right here in Brooklyn, with wine pairings to complement each course. This is a unique opportunity to meet the people who devote their lives to growing sustainable, organic produce. Learn about how they decide what to plant, how they care for their crops, and what it’s like to be a small, organic farmer, not only in Brooklyn, but in a world of commercially-produced and marketed foods. Also, meet Chef David Shea and learn all about the farm-restaurant connection. Find out why Applewood chooses to work almost exclusively with small, local farms, and what you can do to shop, eat, and live more sustainably!
As always, there will be plenty of opportunity for Q&A during, and after, the meal. These events are seated communally and tend to sell out quickly. Be sure to call us soon (718.768.2044) to reserve your spot!

Wednesday, October 1, 6pm
Soybean Wars: Militarization, Agribusiness Exploitation, and Community Resistance in Paraguay
CUNY Graduate Center, Room 9204
365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street

In the midst of a global food, energy and climate crisis more and more people are challenging the destructive industrialized agricultural model by constructing local and regional alternatives with a vision for food sovereignty worldwide. Come hear directly from Leticia Galeano, an inspiring young leader from the Movimiento Agrario y Popular (a peasant organization in the department of Caaguazú) and university student in Asuncion, Paraguay. Leticia will speak about militarization in Paraguay, criminalization of social movements, local resistance to soy expansion and about the role of U.S. agribusiness giants like ADM, Bunge and Cargill in the soybean wars. Leticia will be joined by additional speakers.

Saturday, October 4, 9am-3pm
Tickets are for sale on-line
Harvest Fest 2008!
Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
Rain or Shine

Our 5th annual Harvest Fest will feature music & entertainment by Jay & Molly & Friends, a large farmer’s market full of goodies to satisfy every appetite, hay rides, workshops & farm demonstrations for children & adults & much, much more! Tickets: Stone Barns Center members have access to pre-sale tickets beginning on August 18. As always, members receive a 10% discount. General ticket sales begin on September 2. Tickets may be purchased online only. Stone Barns Center members will receive an email with ticketing information on August 18. On September 2, ticketing information will also be posted on the Stone Barns Center website. Tickets purchased by September 24 will be mailed; tickets purchased after September 24 will be held at will-call.

Adults $30 ($27 members)
Youth ages 6-14 $20 ($18 members)
Children ages 2-5 $10 ($9 members)
Children under 2 FREE

Sunday, October 5, 6-9pm
Green Edge Collaborative Autumn Supper Club
Working Vacation on Organic Farms
Housingworks
126 Crosby St.
$5

Summer vacation just ended, but you’re already in need of another break from the city? Founding and current board member of WWOOF-USA (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms), Ryan ‘Leo’ Goldsmith, is coming to inspire and inform us on how to spend anywhere from 3 days to 3 months (or more) living and volunteering on an organic farm in exchange for 1/2 days labor and accommodation, and experienced organic farm volunteer, Rebecca Bullene, will be giving her first hand account of working in exchange for food and accommodations in both Panama and Costa Rica. Sounds like the type of escape from the city that is too good to be true? You can do it too – anywhere in the world, even without having to leave the state. Come find out how. Bring a seasonal, local dish to share for dinner at 6, or join us at 7:15 for speakers.

Wednesday, October 8, 6:30-9:30
Taste Buds NYC
Drop Off Service
211 Avenue A between 13th and 14th Street

Drink, talk, and be merry! Taste Buds NYC is a community for those of us who work in the food biz and those of us who just love food. Whether you work behind the scenes on food security issues, toil at the sauce station, are planning the next Farm to Table, or regularly use “grassy” and other snobby adjectives to describe your favorite cheese, this is your opportunity to expand your network and community.

Saturday, October 18
Added-Value Harvest Festival

Annual festival featuring foods from local restaurants, live music and performances, kids’ activities, pumpkin patch, raffle & contests, Farmers’ Market, Farm tours.

Saturday, October 18, 3-7pm
The 2008 Vendy Awards
Tobacco Warehouse, DUMBO

The Vendys are:

  • An intense cook-off between the best sidewalks chefs in New York City.
  • A festival of respect and gratitude for all vendors and everything they provide us-from your morning coffee (half-and-half, two sugars) to the $2 umbrella when you get caught in the thunderstorm.
  • A fundraiser for the Street Vendor Project, a membership-based non-profit organization that stands up for vendors’ rights.

The Vendy Awards is a fundraiser to support the Street Vendor Project of the Urban Justice Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a voice for the thousands of people who sell food and merchandise on the streets of our city.

Wednesday, October 29, 6-10pm
Taste of Greenmarket
Enjoy Greenmarket-inspired fare presented by NYC’s finest chefs, celebrate the leaders who are making farm fresh, locally grown food available to all New Yorkers, and bid on fabulous silent auction prizes. All proceeds from ticket sales and auction items will benefit CENYC’s Greenmarket program in its efforts to preserve family farms, bring fresh produce to all five boroughs and educate children about our food systems. Chefs presenting tastings of signature dishes from their favorite Greenmarket ingredients include: Dan Barber of Blue Hill, Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern, Marco Canora of Hearth and Insieme, Peter Hoffman of Savoy, Bill Telepan of Telepan, Mary Cleaver of The Green Table, Aaron Sanchez of Centrico and Paladar, Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter, and many more. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets.

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Dear Local Gourmands,

Hot diggity, it’s harvest season! Canning efforts are in full effect, marvelous displays of produce abound at the market, and as the weather turns, folks seem to be headed back to the kitchen to cook up some grub and invite the friends who had dispersed for the summer back to the table. Likewise there are plenty of harvest festivities in the city. Meet your neighbors on Tuesday at the restaurant walk down 7th Ave. in Park Slope. Everything but apple pie? Sing the praises of the fall fruit on Saturday night at The Brooklyn Kitchen. And if you’ve been hankering for a good old fashioned county fair you’ve got options– the East New York Farms! fest is on Saturday and the Queens County Fair is all weekend. Dig out your boots and get ready for cider season– it’s time to celebrate!

May your beans be snappy,
Jeanne

Week of September 12-21
NY Craft Beer Week

September 12-21 is your chance to experience a wide range of breweries, beers and activities during NY Craft Beer Week! Opening and closing Craft Beer Week are the 3rd Annual NY Brewfest and the 2nd Annual Manhattan Cask Ale Festival featuring a selection of beers that is rarely equaled in a similar context anywhere else in the country.

Thursday, September 18, 7-10pm
7th Ave. Restaurant Tour
From Flatbush all the way to 16th St. in Park Slope, Brooklyn

Join a stroll along 7th Avenue, between 16th and Flatbush where your favorite restaurants (and maybe a few you haven’t yet discovered) will be sampling some of their signature dishes. The samples are free, so bring your friends and your appetite. For a list of participating restaurants ( and growing fast every day) and more info contact Buy in Brooklyn or call 718-303-4364.

Wednesday, September 17, 12pm
Beard on Books:
Laura Schenone
The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken: A Search for Food and Family
The Beard House
167 West 12th Street
*Free with student ID

JBF Award-winning author Laura Schenone undertakes a quest to retrieve her great grandmother’s ravioli recipe, reuniting with relatives as she goes. In lyrical prose and delicious recipes, Schenone takes the reader on an unforgettable journey from the grit of New Jersey’s industrial wastelands and the fast-paced disposable culture of its suburbs to the dramatically beautiful coast of Liguria—the family’s homeland—with its pesto, smoked chestnuts, torte, and, most beloved of all, ravioli, the food of celebration and happiness. Schenone discovers the persistent importance of place, while offering a perceptive voice on immigration and ethnicity in its twilight. Along the way, she gives us the comedies and foibles of family life, a story of love and loss, a deeper understanding of the bonds between parents and children, and the mysteries of pasta, rolled into a perfect circle of gossamer dough.

Wednesday, September 17, 6:15pm
Epicurious’ Third Annual Dine, Wine, Donate
Irving Mill
116 East 16th St.
with Chef Ryan Skeen and Fatty Crab’s Zak Pelaccio
price: $125

Join Tanya Steel, editor-in-chief of Epicurious.com, celebrated chefs, and select local farmers and purveyors for an evening of fine wine, delicious farm-fresh creations, and the company of your fellow foodies. Your ticket price will help feed the hungry, as proceeds from these events benefit America’s Second Harvest, the nation’s largest network of food banks.

Saturday, September 20, 9am-5pm
East New York Farms Greenthumb Harvest Festival
New Lots Avenue
(between Hendrix and Barbey Streets) Brooklyn
take the #3 train to Van Siclen, the B15 bus, or the B83

Join East New York Farms in celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the East New York Farmers Market. East New York Farms will hold its Anniversary party in conjunction with the Greenthumb HarvestFestival. There will be musical performances, a vegetable competition, games for kids, garden tours, a cooking competition, free ice cream and other give-aways and the freshest local produce at the best prices. East New York Farms has a lot to celebrate! The market began in 1998 with one dedicated gardener, Johanna Willins, selling some surplus produce from a table on the sidewalk. Building on the commitment of vision of community members, the farm has grown to operate the one of the largest community-run farmers markets in the country. More than 50 local gardeners have grown over 60,000 pounds of fresh organic food right in East New York. Over 100 young people have participated in paid internships offering agricultural training, leadership development, and social justice education.

Saturday and Sunday, September 20 & 21, 1-4pm
The Big Potato Dig!
Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park

Come to Lefferts Historic House to harvest, cook, and eat the potatoes that visitors planted back in May! Churn butter, run potato sack races, and see how flax is spun into linen thread.

Saturday and Sunday, September 20 & 21, 11am-6pm
26th Annual Queens County Fair
Queens County Farm Museum

A traditional county fair with blue ribbon competitions in livestock, produce, home crafts, arts and crafts, and more. Enjoy the Amazing Maize Maze, pie-eating and corn-husking contests, Big Apple Circus Variety Acts, make-your-own-scarecrow, hayrides, petting zoo, carnival rides, and midway. Visit our Bavarian Garden , Irish and German bands, craft and food vendors. Fun for the entire family!
Admission: Adults $6.00; children (12 and under) $3.00
To enter the blue ribbon competitions in: Arts, Crafts, Vegetables, Baking, Canning,

Floral Arrangements, Junior Arts and crafts please e-mail your mailing address and request a fair entry journal or access the journal through this link: County Fair Competition Entry Journal. The journal will list specific categories and entry information: info@queensfarm.org

Saturday, September 20, 5pm
First Annual Apples: Anything But the Pie Cook off
The Brooklyn Kitchen
616 Lorimer St.
Brooklyn, NY

Hey there cook-off-ers, we are ready to announce our newest brilliant cook-off idea. In the spirit of the season, we are hosting our First Annual Apples: Anything but Pie cooking contest!
Entries can be sweet or savory, baked, fried, raw, or freeze-dried (bring it!). We only have two rules:

1) Must contain apples

2) Must not be Pie

All entries must arrive ready to serve, there will be no heating or cooling available at all. We recommend you bring enough to provide the three judges, and enough to impress lots of people and win the popular vote!!

We are doing this to rise money for the Greenpoint Reform Church’s Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry, so the entry fee is $10. You can sign up by going here. LINK UPDATED!!

As always, it promises to be interesting, if not delicious! Lay tasters always welcome, to help judge the popular prize!

Sunday, September 21, 12:45pm-3pm
Green Boroughs Walking Tour: Lower East Side
Green Edge NYC
Adult $25 pre-payment, $30 day of Pay Now.
Student $15 pre-payment, $20 day of Pay Now.

The Green Boroughs Walking Tour of the East Village and Lower East Side will show you the newest, coolest, greenest retail stores, restaurants, green affordable apartment buildings, community gardens, and other places that are green and sustainable in New York City. We will start our tour at Birdbath Bakery, 223 First Avenue near East 13th Street at 1 pm. This bakery not only uses organic and locally grown ingredients in its products but it was completely constructed from sustainable and recycled materials. For example, the insulation under the counter is made from recycled denim, the paint is non-toxic milk paint, and the floor is made from reclaimed cork. Another stop on the tour is the 6BC Botanical Garden. It is one of many wonderful community gardens operated by volunteers in the East Village. We will also see an example of green affordable housing, visit fantastic green retail stores, and learn some history along the way. You don’t want to miss this tour!

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Of note a few weeks down the road…

Monday, September 22, 6pm
M.F.K. Fisher: Poet of the Appetites
New School

Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang Building, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor (enter at 66 West 12th Street)
$8; free to all students and New School faculty, staff, and alumni with ID In the year of the centennial of her birth, a panel of distinguished guests celebrate the life of Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher, master food writer, and discusses her relationships with other American food celebrities, including Julia Child, James Beard, and Alice Waters. Panelists include Amanda Hesser, editor, New York Times and author of the foreword to M. F. K. Fisher Among the Pots and Pans: Celebrating Her Kitchens; Judith Jones, author of The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food; Joan Reardon, author of M. F. K. Fisher, Julia Child, and Alice Waters: Celebrating the Pleasures of the Table; Poet of the Appetites: The Lives and Loves of M. F. K. Fisher, and M. F. K. Fisher Among the Pots and Pans: Celebrating Her Kitchens; and Kennedy Golden, Associate Dean, Mills College, and the daughter of M.F.K. Fisher. Andrew F. Smith, editor of the Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink, moderates. This event is offered in conjunction with a short course, MFK Fisher: Poet of the Appetites, beginning September 15; please visit the food studies for more information. Sponsored by The New School Food Studies Program.

Thursday, September 25, 6:30pm
Foodie Book Club
The Brooklyn Kitchen
616 Lorimer St.
Brooklyn, NY

This month’s pick is Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Please join in to discuss the book and share some food. Please bring a dish to share that was inspired by the book.

Saturday, September 27, 12-6pm
Chile Pepper Fiesta
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

Be a part of music history with a rare public performance by Pete Seeger, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, Guy Davis together in a Special Family Concert. Brooklyn’s young steel drum champs, the Sesame Flyers Steel Pan Orchestra, get the party sizzling amid a whirl of feathered dancers and fast and furious Caribbean rhythms. The Sauce Boss brings it to a boil with his famous gumbo spiced with foot-stomping Florida swamp blues and blistering slide guitar. Bombay songstress Falu blends her own “indie Hindi” sounds into a spicy masala of classical Indian music and alt rock. Throughout the afternoon, MCs Robbins & Ringold fire up audiences with flame eating, fire juggling, and other daring deeds. Plus, enjoy Indian chutney making, piquant pickle classes, and other spicy cooking demonstrations and tastings, chile pepper tattoos, red hot kids’ activities, and a visit with renowned garden expert the Chile Goddess. You can also pick up organically grown plants and chile-inspired gifts and tingle your taste buds with spicy food and cold beer.

Saturday, September 27, 12-4pm
Wyckoff House & Association Annual Apple Festival

Celebrating fall and everything apple! Enjoy apple cider fresh from the press, watch a performance by Caoline Copeland of the New York Baroque Dance Company, and celebrate fall, apples and the Wycoff Farmhouse Museum, New York City’s oldest structure. Apple fritters, jug bands, and more.

Tuesday, September 30, 7pm
“About as Local as Local Gets!”
Applewood
Meet the Farmer Dinner with Ian Marvy of Red Hook’s Added Value Farm
$85 per person plus tax and gratuity*

We are really excited to be hosting this four-course tasting menu featuring varied and delicious produce grown right here in Brooklyn, with wine pairings to complement each course. This is a unique opportunity to meet the people who devote their lives to growing sustainable, organic produce. Learn about how they decide what to plant, how they care for their crops, and what it’s like to be a small, organic farmer, not only in Brooklyn, but in a world of commercially-produced and marketed foods. Also, meet Chef David Shea and learn all about the farm-restaurant connection. Find out why applewood chooses to work almost exclusively with small, local farms, and what you can do to shop, eat, and live more sustainably! As always, there will be plenty of opportunity for Q&A during, and after, the meal. These events are seated communally and tend to sell out quickly. Be sure to call us soon (718.768.2044) to reserve your spot!

Saturday, October 4, 9am-3pm
Tickets are for sale on-line
Harvest Fest 2008!
Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
Rain or Shine

Our 5th annual Harvest Fest will feature music & entertainment by Jay & Molly & Friends, a large farmer’s market full of goodies to satisfy every appetite, hay rides, workshops & farm demonstrations for children & adults & much, much more! Tickets: Stone Barns Center members have access to pre-sale tickets beginning on August 18. As always, members receive a 10% discount. General ticket sales begin on September 2. Tickets may be purchased online only. Stone Barns Center members will receive an email with ticketing information on August 18. On September 2, ticketing information will also be posted on the Stone Barns Center website. Tickets purchased by September 24 will be mailed; tickets purchased after September 24 will be held at will-call.

Adults $30 ($27 members)
Youth ages 6-14 $20 ($18 members)
Children ages 2-5 $10 ($9 members)
Children under 2 FREE

Saturday, October 18
Added-Value Harvest Festival

Annual festival featuring foods from local restaurants, live music and performances, kids’ activities, pumpkin patch, raffle & contests, Farmers’ Market, Farm tours.

Wednesday, October 29, 6-10pm
Taste of Greenmarket

Enjoy Greenmarket-inspired fare presented by NYC’s finest chefs, celebrate the leaders who are making farm fresh, locally grown food available to all New Yorkers, and bid on fabulous silent auction prizes. All proceeds from ticket sales and auction items will benefit CENYC’s Greenmarket program in its efforts to preserve family farms, bring fresh produce to all five boroughs and educate children about our food systems. Chefs presenting tastings of signature dishes from their favorite Greenmarket ingredients include: Dan Barber of Blue Hill, Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern, Marco Canora of Hearth and Insieme, Peter Hoffman of Savoy, Bill Telepan of Telepan, Mary Cleaver of The Green Table, Aaron Sanchez of Centrico and Paladar, Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter, and many more. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets.

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Dear Local Gourmands,

I was green with envy when my friend Jessy, a farmer in Santa Cruz, revealed the contents of her cupboard: rows of pickles, jams, and preserves all made from the produce she’s been growing this season. Little city darling that I am, I got plenty of funny looks riding a mountain bike around Santa Cruz in the only shoes I brought on vacation– a nice pair of stacked pumps. But we biked out to the farm anyway to pick the last of the season’s peaches and then brought them home to bake a pie.

Back in New York two days later, I was still longing after Jessy’s wealth in preserved summer fruit. I’ve hardly been home enough in August to cook meals, let alone put up preserves for the winter. I will also say that it can be financially trying to fund serious jam making projects when one hasn’t grown the fruit herself. Trying, but not impossible. On Friday afternoon I hit the market late in the day to capitalize on the $1 bags of peaches and tomatoes. I bought enough to satisfy my own urban dreams of canning, though the peach jam and tomato sauce I made is so good, it’s hard to wait and save the results for a winter day. Trading peaches for my tip money isn’t quite the same as picking them from the tree myself, but when I told the farmer I was going to make peach ice cream he said I’d better watch out ’cause there was someone who wanted to follow me home. I don’t get much dirt under my nails shopping at Greenmarket, but at least I get to make some friends in the city along the way. After all, we are living in a city, and luckily one with a very vocal appetite. Edible Manhattan launches this week– don’t wait to pick up a free copy at Whole Foods.

To the turning of the seasons,
Jeanne

Tuesday, September 9, 6:30PM
Edible Manhattan Launch Party
Eating Manhattan at Back40
James Beard Foundation Greens

Edible Manhattan, a seasonal publication celebrating all things gastronomic in Gotham, debuts on magazine racks this fall. What better occasion to feast on local fare? Peter Hoffman and Shanna Pacifico of Back Forty will prepare a dinner inspired by foods that grace the pages of Edible Manhattan’s premier issue.

Tuesday, September 9, 6:30pm
Food Writing: Gastronomica
New School
Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang Building, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor (enter at 66 West 12th Street)
$5; free to all students and New School faculty, staff, and alumni with ID

The Writing Program and the Food Studies Department at New School are pleased to host a reading and discussion on the leading publication Gastronomica, the Journal of Food and Culture, which seeks to encourage thoughtful reflection on the history, literature, and cultural impact of food. Featuring Darra Goldstein, founding editor of Gastronomica, cookbook author, and the Francis Christopher Oakley Third Century Professor of Russian at Williams College; with magazine contributors Sarah A. Odisheo, writer and professor of English at Columbia College in Chicago, and Arlo Crawford, whose work has appeared in the New York Times magazine and is currently working on a project about his family’s farm in Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, September 9, 12:30-2pm
Open Networking Meeting hosted by CENYC
YouthMarkets
brown bag lunch at noon
Cornell Cooperative Extension
16 E 34th Street, 8th floor

Join us Tues, September 9th for an Open Networking Meeting hosted by Council on the Environment of NYC dedicated to discussing the development of YouthMarkets as an opportunity for skill development, environmental education, and community building. David Saphire with Greenmarket’s “Grow It, Learn It, Eat It” campaign will join us to discuss the innovations, successes, and challenges Greenmarket has faced with expanding the educational scope of their YouthMarket program, now wrapping up its third season. David will also share with us a short CBS feature on the program and accept questions. For more information on Greenmarket’s YouthMarket program, click here.

Tuesday, September 9
Let Us Eat Local
Just Food
NYC Water Taxi Beach, Long Island City
www.justfood.org

Join us for an unforgettable evening of savoring a diverse sampling of all that is local, picked at the peak of harvest, and skillfully prepared by our region’s most sought-after chefs. This year Just Food inaugurates Let Us Eat Local, a tasting event and awards ceremony dedicated to the pursuit of our delicious mission: supporting local family farmers and ensuring that all city residents can find and afford to eat sustainable, seasonal food.

Wednesday, September 10, 6-10pm
Sixth Annual Taste of the Village
Benefit for Washington Square Park
General Admission $40

Three and four star restaurants from the neighborhood join the Village Alliance for a tasting event to raise funds for the completion of the park. Sample fare from the likes of Blue Hill, Café Spice, Elletaria, and many others.

Friday, September 12, 5-10pm
3rd Annual NY Brewfest
South Street Seaport

The 3rd annual NY Brewfest presented by Heartland Brewery will be held at South Street Seaport’s Pier 16 & 17. The festival is a celebration of Craft Beer and will showcase samplings from New York State’s outstanding breweries. Participating craft breweries have expanded this year beyond NYS’s borders to pay homage to outstanding breweries thorough the US with emphasis in the Northeast region.

Week of September 12-21
NY Craft Beer Week

September 12-21 is your chance to experience a wide range of breweries, beers and activities during NY Craft Beer Week! Opening and closing Craft Beer Week are the 3rd Annual NY Brewfest and the 2nd Annual Manhattan Cask Ale Festival featuring a selection of beers that is rarely equaled in a similar context anywhere else in the country.

Saturday, September 13, 7:30pm
Lazy Housewife Supper Club
$21
e-mail lazyhousewifebrooklyn@gmail.com for directions

Knock-your-socks-off dinner by Violeta Paltchick, featuring corn and yucca soup with pickled cactus, stuffed summer squash, and blueberry plum empanadas for dessert. If that article in the Times about secret diningrooms made you jealous, here’s your opportunity to be let in on the news.

Saturday and Sunday, September 13 & 14, 1-4pm
Harvest Days in Prospect Park: Apples, Apples, Apples!
Lefferts Historic House, Prospect Park, Brooklyn (map)

Nearly every farm in old Flatbush had apple trees and each fall, the harvest went on for many weeks. This weekend, join us and celebrate the 2008 harvest the same way Brooklynites did years ago. Work the cider press and help cook tasty apple fritters over the open fire. Lefferts Historic House. Free.

Sunday, September 14, 11:30-6pm
8th Annual New York City International Pickle Day
Orchard Street (btwn. Grand and Broome)
New York Food Museum

Get in on the goodness: “pickles from around the world and around the corner– music, exhibitions, demonstrations and FUN!”

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Of note a few weeks down the road…


Wednesday, September 17, 12pm
Beard on Books:
Laura Schenone
The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken: A Search for Food and Family
The Beard House
167 West 12th Street

JBF Award-winning author Laura Schenone undertakes a quest to retrieve her great grandmother’s ravioli recipe, reuniting with relatives as she goes. In lyrical prose and delicious recipes, Schenone takes the reader on an unforgettable journey from the grit of New Jersey’s industrial wastelands and the fast-paced disposable culture of its suburbs to the dramatically beautiful coast of Liguria—the family’s homeland—with its pesto, smoked chestnuts, torte, and, most beloved of all, ravioli, the food of celebration and happiness. Schenone discovers the persistent importance of place, while offering a perceptive voice on immigration and ethnicity in its twilight. Along the way, she gives us the comedies and foibles of family life, a story of love and loss, a deeper understanding of the bonds between parents and children, and the mysteries of pasta, rolled into a perfect circle of gossamer dough.

September 20 and 21 11am-6pm
26th Annual Queens County Fair
Queens County Farm Museum

A traditional county fair with blue ribbon competitions in livestock, produce, home crafts, arts and crafts, and more. Enjoy the Amazing Maize Maze, pie-eating and corn-husking contests, Big Apple Circus Variety Acts, make-your-own-scarecrow, hayrides, petting zoo, carnival rides, and midway. Visit our Bavarian Garden , Irish and German bands, craft and food vendors. Fun for the entire family!
Admission: Adults $6.00; children (12 and under) $3.00
To enter the blue ribbon competitions in: Arts, Crafts, Vegetables, Baking, Canning,
Floral Arrangements, Junior Arts and crafts please e-mail your mailing address and request a fair entry journal or access the journal through this link: County Fair Competition Entry Journal. The journal will list specific categories and entry information: info@queensfarm.org

Monday, September 22, 6pm
M.F.K. Fisher: Poet of the Appetites
New School
Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang Building, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor (enter at 66 West 12th Street)

$8; free to all students and New School faculty, staff, and alumni with ID In the year of the centennial of her birth, a panel of distinguished guests celebrate the life of Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher, master food writer, and discusses her relationships with other American food celebrities, including Julia Child, James Beard, and Alice Waters. Panelists include Amanda Hesser, editor, New York Times and author of the foreword to M. F. K. Fisher Among the Pots and Pans: Celebrating Her Kitchens; Judith Jones, author of The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food; Joan Reardon, author of M. F. K. Fisher, Julia Child, and Alice Waters: Celebrating the Pleasures of the Table; Poet of the Appetites: The Lives and Loves of M. F. K. Fisher, and M. F. K. Fisher Among the Pots and Pans: Celebrating Her Kitchens; and Kennedy Golden, Associate Dean, Mills College, and the daughter of M.F.K. Fisher. Andrew F. Smith, editor of the Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink, moderates. This event is offered in conjunction with a short course, MFK Fisher: Poet of the Appetites, beginning September 15; please visit the food studies for more information. Sponsored by The New School Food Studies Program.

Saturday, September 27, 12-6pm
Chile Pepper Fiesta
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

Be a part of music history with a rare public performance by Pete Seeger, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, Guy Davis together in a Special Family Concert. Brooklyn’s young steel drum champs, the Sesame Flyers Steel Pan Orchestra, get the party sizzling amid a whirl of feathered dancers and fast and furious Caribbean rhythms. The Sauce Boss brings it to a boil with his famous gumbo spiced with foot-stomping Florida swamp blues and blistering slide guitar. Bombay songstress Falu blends her own “indie Hindi” sounds into a spicy masala of classical Indian music and alt rock. Throughout the afternoon, MCs Robbins & Ringold fire up audiences with flame eating, fire juggling, and other daring deeds. Plus, enjoy Indian chutney making, piquant pickle classes, and other spicy cooking demonstrations and tastings, chile pepper tattoos, red hot kids’ activities, and a visit with renowned garden expert the Chile Goddess. You can also pick up organically grown plants and chile-inspired gifts and tingle your taste buds with spicy food and cold beer.

Tickets are for sale on-line
Harvest Fest 2008!
Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
Saturday 10/4/2008
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Rain or Shine

Our 5th annual Harvest Fest will feature music & entertainment by Jay & Molly & Friends, a large farmer’s market full of goodies to satisfy every appetite, hay rides, workshops & farm demonstrations for children & adults & much, much more! Tickets: Stone Barns Center members have access to pre-sale tickets beginning on August 18. As always, members receive a 10% discount. General ticket sales begin on September 2. Tickets may be purchased online only. Stone Barns Center members will receive an email with ticketing information on August 18. On September 2, ticketing information will also be posted on the Stone Barns Center website. Tickets purchased by September 24 will be mailed; tickets purchased after September 24 will be held at will-call.

Adults $30 ($27 members)
Youth ages 6-14 $20 ($18 members)
Children ages 2-5 $10 ($9 members)
Children under 2 FREE

Saturday, October 18
Added-Value Harvest Festival

Annual festival featuring foods from local restaurants, live music and performances, kids’ activities, pumpkin patch, raffle & contests, Farmers’ Market, Farm tours.

Wednesday, October 29, 6-10pm
Taste of Greenmarket

Enjoy Greenmarket-inspired fare presented by NYC’s finest chefs, celebrate the leaders who are making farm fresh, locally grown food available to all New Yorkers, and bid on fabulous silent auction prizes. All proceeds from ticket sales and auction items will benefit CENYC’s Greenmarket program in its efforts to preserve family farms, bring fresh produce to all five boroughs and educate children about our food systems. Chefs presenting tastings of signature dishes from their favorite Greenmarket ingredients include: Dan Barber of Blue Hill, Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern, Marco Canora of Hearth and Insieme, Peter Hoffman of Savoy, Bill Telepan of Telepan, Mary Cleaver of The Green Table, Aaron Sanchez of Centrico and Paladar, Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter, and many more. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets.

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Dear Local Gourmands,

The week is almost over and I have just made it back to my dining room table/desk from Slow Food Nation and the wonders of the golden Left Coast. I was blogging about the festivities for Saveur, posts which headed more in the direction of tasty finds than in the social movement vain…the later was ever-present throughout the weekend, though, with activists like Vandana Shiva (Navdanya), Andrew Kimbrell (Center for Food Safety), and Van Jones (Green for All) delivering impassioned messages about how we must change the way this country produces and consumes food. After a panel on Edible Education I found a man in an Uncle Sam hat handing out copies of the Declaration for Healthy Food and Agriculture with an accompanying dotted line to sign on board. The Eat Well Guide handed out 20,000 copies of their new book, Cultivating the Web: high tech tools for the sustainable food movement. There were lectures and concerts, and many biodegradable forks. I ran into plenty of New Yorkers in the halls between film screenings, or at the Eat-in, a table set for 250 in Dolores Park for a Labor Day picnic. If you didn’t get a chance to go, check out some more press below.

All best,
Jeanne

SFN press:
Lancing a Slow Boil
Slow Food Nation: Taking America out to the Foodshed
Slow Food Festival Reaches out to the Uncommitted


Thursday, September 4, 5-8pm
The 2008 Classic Martini Challenge
The Gallery at the Astor Center
$25.00

Astor Center is proud to host the ultimate gin taste-off! You’ll be the judge as nearly twenty gins go head to head in this three hour, walk-around tasting event. Each gin will submit its best Martini (modern interpretations are heartily encouraged), prepared for you by some of the city’s top mixologists. You’ll also have the opportunity to blind taste each of the gins straight in our premium tasting facility (and we’ll give you a brief run-down on proper spirits tasting technique beforehand).

Saturday, September 6, 9am-3pm
Volunteer Day
Added-Value Farm

September is here, and on the Red Hook Community Farm we’re harvesting mountains of tomatoes, eggplants, basil, and greens. This Saturday, September 6th, we’re looking for your help! We need 30 volunteers to help us build roll-up sides on our greenhouse, finish our new canopy/outdoor classroom, pull weeds, and help get the Farm ready for fall. Bring a friend, bring your family, and come lend a hand! Everyone is welcome to drop in, but if you have questions or want to give a heads-up that you’re planning to come, you can reply to cloomis@added-value.org. It’s also a FIRST SATURDAY at our Farmers’ Market– so come by and purchase delicious Brooklyn-grown veggies, and NY State fruits, dairy, and meats. We’ll have live music performed by local folk musician Jean Rohe, cooking lessons from Conscious Cravers, and a wind-power info booth.

Saturday, September 6, 12-9:30pm
Hollenback Garden Sidewalk Sale, Community BBQ and Movie Night
Washington Ave btw Greene and Gates, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn (<a
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Join us in keeping the summer going beyond the limits of Labor Day at the fourth annual Triple Threat at Hollenback! A fundraising sidewalk sale and bake sale will begin around noon. Our free community BBQ will begin around 4pm. Our movie night will begin around sunset. Come check out our community composting system, our rainwater harvester and our solar powered composting toilet. Meet your neighbors, and our wonderful garden community. Bring your friends and family, and see (and eat) food growing in Brooklyn! (Please note there will be plenty for the herbivores, and plenty for the carnivores) Directions: We are 1 1/2 blocks north of the Clinton-Washington stop on the “C” train and 1 1/2 blocks south of the Clinton-Washington stop on the “G” train. For both trains, make sure to take Washington Ave exit. *** Raindate: Sunday September 7th

Saturday, September 6, 4:30-7pm
Green Edge Collaborative Eco-Tour Scavenger Hunt…Brooklyn
Eco-Tour Scavenger Hunt…Brooklyn!

Start point is Grand Army Plaza entrance to Prospect Park. We’ll meet near the gazebo on the right hand side of the street leading into the park. $7 pre-payment, or $10 cash/check the day of. The Eco-Tour Scavenger Hunt goes to Brooklyn! Grab a friend or meet a new one, get your clue sheet and…GO! You have two hours to find all of the clues for the greenest restaurants, businesses, buildings, parks, etc. in Brooklyn right now. Gift bags are provided for the most eco-savvy team. Bring your bike if you wish! The end point for this game will be the final showing of the Solar Powered Film Festival at Solar 1 in Manhattan. Please bring the following: A digital camera, Reusable bag to gather some goodies, Comfortable shoes, Water, Pen or pencil

Saturday, September 6, 8pm
Solar Powered Film Series at Solar 1
The Future of Food

The Solar-Powered Film Series is the first in New York City to use the power of the sun to construct an outdoor “eco-theater” like no other. Solar One’s independent film venue integrates natural and human-made components of our urban environment creating the city’s “greenest” motion picture showcase. About The Future of Food: There is a revolution happening in the farm fields and on the dinner tables of America — a revolution that is transforming the very nature of the food we eat. The Future of Food offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade. For more information, please visit the Solar-Powered Film Series site.

Sunday, September 7, 3-7pm
Tomato Festival
Food Systems Network Fundraiser
Tickets: $30 each; 2 for $50. Visit Brown Paper Tickets
Hilary Baum’s Garden
Directions provided upon ticket purchase

NYC members and friends are invited to Hilary’s Riverdale garden to support the Network by celebrating the season’s most sumptuous fruit: Tomatoes! Festivities will include a tomato tasting guided by grower Michael Grady Robertson of The Queens County Farm Museum, a spread of tomato dishes and beverages prepared by FSNYC members, and an heirloom tomato auction! Signed copies of the just-published “Heirloom Tomatoes: Garden to Table”, by Amy Goldman, will be available for purchase. Everyone is asked to bring along ready to serve tomato antidotes: bread, cheese, fruit or tums!

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Of note a few weeks down the road…

Tuesday, September 9 6:30pm
Food Writing: Gastronomica
New School
Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang Building, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor (enter at 66 West 12th Street)
$5; free to all students and New School faculty, staff, and alumni with ID

The Writing Program and the Food Studies Department at New School are pleased to host a reading and discussion on the leading publication Gastronomica, the Journal of Food and Culture, which seeks to encourage thoughtful reflection on the history, literature, and cultural impact of food. Featuring Darra Goldstein, founding editor of Gastronomica, cookbook author, and the Francis Christopher Oakley Third Century Professor of Russian at Williams College; with magazing contributors Sarah A. Odisheo, writer and professor of English at Columbia College in Chicago, and Arlo Crawford, whose work has appeared in the New York Times magazine and is currently working on a project about his family’s farm in Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, September 9, 12:30-2pm
Open Networking Meeting hosted by CENYC
YouthMarkets
brown bag lunch at noon
Cornell Cooperative Extension
16 E 34th Street, 8th floor

Join us Tues, September 9th for an Open Networking Meeting hosted by Council on the Environment of NYC dedicated to discussing the development of YouthMarkets as an opportunity for skill development, environmental education, and community building. David Saphire with Greenmarket’s “Grow It, Learn It, Eat It” campaign will join us to discuss the innovations, successes, and challenges Greenmarket has faced with expanding the educational scope of their YouthMarket program, now wrapping up its third season. David will also share with us a short CBS feature on the program and accept questions. For more information on Greenmarket’s YouthMarket program, click here.

Tuesday, September 9
Let Us Eat Local
Just Food
NYC Water Taxi Beach, Long Island City
www.justfood.org

Join us for an unforgettable evening of savoring a diverse sampling of all that is local, picked at the peak of harvest, and skillfully prepared by our region’s most sought-after chefs. This year Just Food inaugurates Let Us Eat Local, a tasting event and awards ceremony dedicated to the pursuit of our delicious mission: supporting local family farmers and ensuring that all city residents can find and afford to eat sustainable, seasonal food.

September 10, 6-10pm
Sixth Annual Taste of the Village
Benefit for Washington Square Park
General Admission $40

Three and four star restaurants from the neighborhood join the Village Alliance for a tasting event to raise funds for the completion of the park. Sample fare from the likes of Blue Hill, Café Spice, Elletaria, and many others.

Week of September 12-21
NY Craft Beer Week

September 12-21 is your chance to experience a wide range of breweries, beers and activities during NY Craft Beer Week! Opening and closing Craft Beer Week are the 3rd Annual NY Brewfest and the 2nd Annual Manhattan Cask Ale Festival featuring a selection of beers that is rarely equaled in a similar context anywhere else in the country.

Sunday, September 14, 11:30-6pm
8th Annual New York City International Pickle Day
Orchard Street (btwn. Grand and Broome)
New York Food Museum

Get in on the goodness: “pickles from around the world and around the corner– music, exhibitions, demonstrations and FUN!”

Monday, September 22, 6pm
M.F.K. Fisher: Poet of the Appetites
New School

Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang Building, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor (enter at 66 West 12th Street)
$8; free to all students and New School faculty, staff, and alumni with ID In the year of the centennial of her birth, a panel of distinguished guests celebrate the life of Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher, master food writer, and discusses her relationships with other American food celebrities, including Julia Child, James Beard, and Alice Waters. Panelists include Amanda Hesser, editor, New York Times and author of the foreword to M. F. K. Fisher Among the Pots and Pans: Celebrating Her Kitchens; Judith Jones, author of The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food; Joan Reardon, author of M. F. K. Fisher, Julia Child, and Alice Waters: Celebrating the Pleasures of the Table; Poet of the Appetites: The Lives and Loves of M. F. K. Fisher, and M. F. K. Fisher Among the Pots and Pans: Celebrating Her Kitchens; and Kennedy Golden, Associate Dean, Mills College, and the daughter of M.F.K. Fisher. Andrew F. Smith, editor of the Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink, moderates. This event is offered in conjunction with a short course, MFK Fisher: Poet of the Appetites, beginning September 15; please visit the food studies for more information. Sponsored by The New School Food Studies Program.

Saturday, September 27, 12-6pm
Chile Pepper Fiesta
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

Be a part of music history with a rare public performance by Pete Seeger, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, Guy Davis together in a Special Family Concert. Brooklyn’s young steel drum champs, the Sesame Flyers Steel Pan Orchestra, get the party sizzling amid a whirl of feathered dancers and fast and furious Caribbean rhythms. The Sauce Boss brings it to a boil with his famous gumbo spiced with foot-stomping Florida swamp blues and blistering slide guitar. Bombay songstress Falu blends her own “indie Hindi” sounds into a spicy masala of classical Indian music and alt rock. Throughout the afternoon, MCs Robbins & Ringold fire up audiences with flame eating, fire juggling, and other daring deeds. Plus, enjoy Indian chutney making, piquant pickle classes, and other spicy cooking demonstrations and tastings, chile pepper tattoos, red hot kids’ activities, and a visit with renowned garden expert the Chile Goddess. You can also pick up organically grown plants and chile-inspired gifts and tingle your taste buds with spicy food and cold beer.

Tickets are for sale on-line
Harvest Fest 2008!
Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
Saturday 10/4/2008
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Rain or Shine

Our 5th annual Harvest Fest will feature music & entertainment by Jay & Molly & Friends, a large farmer’s market full of goodies to satisfy every appetite, hay rides, workshops & farm demonstrations for children & adults & much, much more! Tickets: Stone Barns Center members have access to pre-sale tickets beginning on August 18. As always, members receive a 10% discount. General ticket sales begin on September 2. Tickets may be purchased online only. Stone Barns Center members will receive an email with ticketing information on August 18. On September 2, ticketing information will also be posted on the Stone Barns Center website. Tickets purchased by September 24 will be mailed; tickets purchased after September 24 will be held at will-call.

Adults $30 ($27 members)
Youth ages 6-14 $20 ($18 members)
Children ages 2-5 $10 ($9 members)
Children under 2 FREE

Saturday, October 18
Added-Value Harvest Festival

Annual festival featuring foods from local restaurants, live music and performances, kids’ activities, pumpkin patch, raffle & contests, Farmers’ Market, Farm tours.

Wednesday, October 29, 6-10pm
Taste of Greenmarket

Enjoy Greenmarket-inspired fare presented by NYC’s finest chefs, celebrate the leaders who are making farm fresh, locally grown food available to all New Yorkers, and bid on fabulous silent auction prizes. All proceeds from ticket sales and auction items will benefit CENYC’s Greenmarket program in its efforts to preserve family farms, bring fresh produce to all five boroughs and educate children about our food systems. Chefs presenting tastings of signature dishes from their favorite Greenmarket ingredients include: Dan Barber of Blue Hill, Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern, Marco Canora of Hearth and Insieme, Peter Hoffman of Savoy, Bill Telepan of Telepan, Mary Cleaver of The Green Table, Aaron Sanchez of Centrico and Paladar, Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter, and many more. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets.

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