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!
Tuesday, September 30, 7pm
“About as Local as Local Gets!”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
126 Crosby St.
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.
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.