Dear Local Gourmands,
Even from the looks of the FDR I could tell the ride to the farm was going to take longer than expected. I’ve blocked out the gridlocked details, and by the time we arrived at Bloominghill Organic Farms in Blooming Grove, we had at least worked up a fantastic appetite. Brunch at the farmstand had just closed down, but we got the last few jars of lemonade and leftover pastries, bought a carton of blueberries, some local cheese, a pile of greens and stole the plate the samples of roasted potatoes had been served on. Under an umbrella in the garden we marveled at how much it all felt like California– the weathered wooden barn converted into a CSA pick-up/market/café where neighbors milled about filling baskets with bushy carrots (nearly black on the outside, and peach-colored when you bit into them), beets, and the greens and garlic the farm is famous for. By the time we polished off our mid-day feast the staff were taking down the garlic that had been hung to dry, and methodically draping the next harvest from the rafters. Mason jars with bouquets of allium decked every windowsill and side table, out in the garden you could pick your own raspberries. Guy Jones has been farming for the last 27 years, and when we got around to introductions and shaking hands he insisted that we drive up the road to his house and take a walk through the woods. He sent us on our way with a hand drawn map and a jug of lemonade. We counted Daddy Long Legs and deer, told stories of travels, talked about learning to identify trees, and let our lunch digest. When we found a creak, we hopped in, marveling all the while at the pleasures of summer and just how sweet it really is. After all that rain, it seems we’ve finally arrived.
I hope you’re taking summer in full-force, and for goodness sake, don’t skimp on the cherries!!
Wednesday, July 15, 10am
Brooklyn Kitchen August Classes Announced
Have your fingers poised to sign up– these classes sell out fast! The Brooklyn Kitchen brings you knife sharpening, pickling, canning, baking, ice cream making, etc. courses to improve your skill behind the cutting board. Check in on the morning of to see what will be revealed for the August line-up.
Wednesday, July 15, 12:30-1:45pm
Gotham Goes Green
Bryant Park Reading Room
Gabrielle Langholtz, editor of Edilble Manhattan, Vanessa Farquharson, author of Sleeping Naked Is Green, Tom Szaky, Revolution in a Bottle and author Novella Carpenter, Farm City: the Education of an Urban Farmer, pay a visit to the Bryant Park Reading Room to chat up the many ways our city is transforming with the green revolution.
Wednesday, July 15, 7:30pm
The New Deal: a Progressive Supper Club
Bridget Tasting Room
20 Broadway at Kent, Williamsburg
Tickets, $22 in advance ($25 cash only at the door)
Come to Bridget for a three course Mexican dinner prepared by Rabbit Mafia (a project that works with arts organizations and local food) and Sweet Potato Bakery (supplier of sweet nothings to the V-Spot, Tiny Cup, and Organic Heights). The menu boasts lime soup, fresh corn tacos, nut chili, and spiced chocolate mousse. Bridget Wine Bar pours flights from Long Island vineyards paired with your oh-so-New York State supper.
Saturday, July 18, 1-6pm
4th Annual Hot Dog Cook-off
Benefit for City Harvest
529 Waverly Avenue, Brooklyn
The 4th Annual Hot Dog Cook-off, sponsored by Brooklyn’s Kelso Brewery, benefits City Harvest and expands past a backyard affair so all can enjoy this iconic NY food. $25 buys you a taste of no less than 19 gourmet ‘dogs fashioned by amateur cooks who know their place is by the grill.
Of note a few weeks down the road…
Tuesday, July 21, 4-8pm
The Good Beer Seal
Water Taxi Beach, LIC
“The great “Local Grill-off” will be the signature event of the first annual NYC Good Beer Month. The “Local Grill-off”, at Water Taxi Beach, will benefit the Slow Food NYC Harvest Time and Snail Buck programs. At the Grill-off, determined, aspiring chefs will battle it out for the title, “Good Beer Month Grill-off Champion”, preparing traditional, and not so traditional, takes on grill fare..burgers, hot dogs, and sausages..produced from sustainably and humanely raised animals. The contestant chefs will be joined by ringers from local restaurants. And, Six Point Brewery will offer their stellar brews.”
Wednesday, July 29
Good Beer at BAM
The Good Beer Seal
Edible Brooklyn, Edible Manhattan
“On Wednesday, July 29, Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan magazines, in partnership with the just-launched Good Beer Seal, July Good Beer Month and GreatBrewers.com, will throw a sudsy soiree at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, complete with Gramercy Tavern homebrew and weiners, beer cocktails and the marriage of Brooklyn-brewed beer and Queens-raised pork (who knew?). Driven by the conviction that our great beer town deserves an annual bang-up beer bash, well serve up the best brews and, of course, top eats, too. Join us for this evening of beer and food and get to know your food community. Because everyone deserves good beer.”