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10/26/09-11/1/09

Dear Local Gourmands,

New Amsterdam Market was as busy as ever yesterday– teeming with Jake Dickson’s sausages, Anne Saxleby’s cheese, pumpkin ice cream from the Bent Spoon, and Maine lobster and shrimp rolls from Luke’s Lobster Pound– not to mention the throngs of beaming shoppers. I took home more orange blossom honey from Basis Farm to Chef, and couldn’t help myself when it came to Liddabit’s salty caramels. Stuffed full of cheese samples, I biked back to Brooklyn and up to Rooftop Farms to catch the last few hours of the rooftop field’s first season. Though farm volunteer hours are over for the year, one last market will pop up again on Eagle St. on Nov. 22, like the next New Amsterdam Market (the same day), just in time for Thanksgiving shopping which as you know is any local gourmand’s favorite holiday.

Happy feast planning,
Jeanne

Monday, October 26, 6pm
A conversation with Glynwood and the 2009 Harvest Award Winners
French Culinary Institute
462 Broadway at Grand Street
*Free

The Glynwood Center presents a panel of chefs and award-winning sustainable ag activists who will discuss the future of local and sustainable food. Panelists inclue: Howard Straub (Triple H Farms, Michigan), Eat ‘n Park Hospitality Group, Pennsylvania, Plow to Plate at New Milford Hospital (Connecticut), Cody Hopkins and Andrea Todt (Falling Sky Farm, Arkansas). The panel will be followed by a cocktail reception featuring Hors d’oeuvres by FCI graduates whose restaurants source locally grown food– Chef Sean Rembold, Marlow & Sons; Chef Shanna Pacifico, Back Forty, and Chef Josh Eden, Shorty’s 32.

Tuesday, October 27, 6:30
Screening of FRESH
Lincoln Center
Tickets

Filmmaker Ana Sofia Joanes will join David Haight, New York Director of American Farmland Trust; Hudson Valley Farmer Cheryl Rogowski (winner of a 2004 MacArthur Fellow Genius Grant), and Jacquie Berger, Executive Director, Just Food for a discussion and reception following the screening. Jen Small, of AFT and Flying Pigs Farm, will moderate.

Tuesday, October 27, 7pm-12am
The Brooklyn Farmers Ball
The Food Security Roundtable
The Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 4th Avenue
Tickets, $12-$25 (buys you a local, seasonal dinner, music, and dancing)

Eat, drink, and celebrate Brooklyn’s Urban Agriculture and Food Justice Community with the Food Security Roundtable. All proceeds support the New York Delegation to the Growing Food and Justice Initiative gathering in Milwaukee, WI.

Tuesday, October 27, 7-9pm
NYC Beekeeper’s Association Monthly Meeting
Seafarers & International House, on 123 East 15th Street.
*$3 members, $5 general public

Natural Resources Defense Council attorney Vivian Wang, will speak about NRDC’s campaign to stop approval of a new pesticide that is known to harm honeybees. Following her call to action, Ross Conrad, renowned organic beekeeper and author, will speak on chemical- and drug-free beekeeping. After the meeting, wash down all that new information next door at Shades of Green to imbibe and trade tales of swarms and stings.

Wednesday, October 28, 6-10pm
Taste of Greenmarket
Studio 450 Penthouse
450 W. 31st St. (Corner of 10th Ave.)
Tickets, $150 in advance

A slew of the city’s most renowned chefs band together to put on a spread for the markets they depend on to keep their kitchens in local produce, meat, fish, and cheese. The proceeds from Taste of Greenmarket benefit CENYC’s youth education programs which enable 5,000 city youth to learn about the benefits and availability of local food each year.

Thursday, October 29, 6:30-9:30pm
Brooklyn’s Bounty
The Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont St.
Tickets, $125

Local Brooklyn flavor show’s what’s good at a fundraiser for the Brooklyn Historical Society. Catch up with Blue Marble, McClure’s Pickles, pretzels from Frankie’s and celebrate the current culinary moment in Brooklyn, which sure to make history.

Thursday, October 29, 7-9pm
Just Food Honey Swap
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E 7th Street

If you’re still skeptical of New York’s nectar, come to Jimmy’s and join Just Food for a local honey tasting. If you’ve harvested your own honey in the city and would like to share, please bring two 1/2 pound jars of your product– one for tasting, and one for swapping. It’s $4 to trade, or $8 to taste if you don’t have any honey to share (yet).

Thursday, October 29
Finger on the Pulse Presents: A Dinner Party

The crew who lured you out to locales all over Brooklyn for well-tuned barbecues this summer is now calling revelers inside to a dinner party proper. The illustrious David Colston from Prime Meats will be presiding over the stoves, while Garrett Oliver from Brooklyn Brewery will be pouring delicious beers from their special (and unreleased) reserves for a five-course pairing menu. As always, Finger On The Pulse will be on the decks, pairing tasty tunes with thoughtful treats. Space is limited and going quickly, so please contact us at music@fotpnyc.com for reservations.

Saturday, October 31-Sunday, November 1
It Takes a Village to Make a Sausage
Smithereen Farm and Greenhorns
“Rufflands” 160 Milan Hill Road
Red Hook NY 12571
Tickets, $125

Part fundraiser, part butchering workshop, part barn party, quit the city for a raucous weekend of back yard fun where revelers will prepare and enjoy Smithereen Farm’s two Tamworth pigs. With butcher Bryan Mayer and Daniel Meyer of Brooklyn’s The Green Grape. Suggested donation of $125 includes workshops, all meals and coffee, train pickup and piggy feast. Sliding Scale – we accept work trade. RSVP is a must: anne.dailey@gmail.com 845 758 1155 and cell 415 299 1436. Take Amtrak to Rhinecliff. Bring warm clothes, beverages, waterproof boots, extra socks, a cooler for meat, potluck items (particularly greens + grains) and whatever you need to sleep comfortably in the 18th century hayloft. Questions? Call 845-758-1155.
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Of note a few weeks down the road…

Sunday, November 15, 1-5pm
Chocolate Cook-off
The Bell House
149 7th St., Gowanus
Tickets, $20 (includes a beer)

With all the bean to bar chocolate enthusiasm that’s come about of late, it’s fitting that the cook-off crazed have picked up on the trend and chosen to focus in on the serious achilles heal: chocolate.
Competitive cook-off pros Theo Peck and Nick Suarez team up with Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs of Food52 to bring the borough the Brooklyn Chocolate Experiment. Amateur chefs are challenged to bring their most delicious chocolate-based dishes ranging from sweet to savory to chocolate beverages. The audience and guest judges (including Bon Appetit’s Andrew Knowlton and Ben Van Leeuwen) will award prizes and cold hard cash to their favorites. Visit www.thefoodexperiments.com for more info or e-mail info@thefoodexperiments.com if you think you’ve got what it takes to participate.

Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4
Young Farmers Conference at Stone Barns

Registration is now open for this year’s Young Farmer’s Conference at Stone Barns.

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Dear Local Gourmands,

This weekend I spied none other than Tom Mylan and his crew from the forthcoming Meat Hook serving three meat chili at the Brooklyn Flea. The spicy combo of beans, lamb, beef, and pork warmed me to the core and couldn’t have made me happier. The Meat Hook opens in early November, but you can pick up a bowl of chili at the New Amsterdam Market this Sunday. To stave off your hunger and curiosity until then, this afternoon Nelson Harvey’s new series on sustainable meat airs on Heritage Radio Network. Over the next three weeks, the series will explore the history and future of raising livestock and serving meat at the table. You can listen online at heritageradionetwork.com, or download a podcast by searching “Heritage Radio Network” through the i-Tunes store. The broadcast schedule follows:

Episode 1: The Farm Tuesday, October 20th, 2pm
Guests: Judith Labelle, president, the Glynwood Center farm and advocacy group, and Daniel Welch, of the Cornell Small Farms Program.

Episode 2: The Slaughterhouse
Tuesday, October 27th, 2pm
Guests: Kathleen Harris, livestock farmer and coordinator for the Northeast Livestock Processing Service Company, and Lowell Carson, operator of a slaughterhouse in Altamont, New York.

Episode 3: The Butcher Shop Tuesday, November 3rd, 2pm
Guests: Roger Horowitz, historian and author of the 2006 work “Putting Meat on the American Table,” and Jake Dickson, proprietor of Dickson’s Farmstand Meats, a meat proprietor and butcher shop based in Manhattan.

All the best,
Jeanne

October 20, 7:30-10:30pm
Bacon and Beer Tasting
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. 7th St.

Jimmy’s brings back Josh Ozersky for another round of beer ‘n bacon pairings. Revel in locally sourced favorite fatty cuts, and no less than five “rare and unusual beers” which will include at lease one smoked beer brought to you by Jon Lundbom of B. United Beers.

October 21, 7pm
Tastebuds NYC Cheese and Beer Tasting
RSVP for location
Tickets, $25

Chris Munsey of Murray’s Cheese regales Tastebuds NYC with the stories behind five different American cheeses. He’ll pair up his picks with five of our nation’s best beers, all for your snacking pleasure. RSVP to Heidi@tastebudsnyc.com with the subject line “cheese” to reserve your place.

Saturday, October 24, 10am-4pm
5th Annual Red Hook Harvest Festival
At the Red Hook Community Farm
370 Van Brunt St.

Celebrate the harvest at Red Hook Community farm with neighborhood restaurants the Good Fork, iCi, Rice, Kevin’s, the Angel Family, and Cynthia’s Soul Food Kitchen. Kids activities, an expanded farmers market, music, and performances throughout the day.

Sunday, October 25, 11am-4pm
New Amsterdam Market

This month’s New Amsterdam Market will take place once again in the old Fulton Fish Market stalls down by the South Street Seaport. Look for locally sourced and produced snacks, sustainably raised meat, artisanal cheese, bread, beer, and a vibrant community of local food purveyors and supporters. In addition to the outstanding cornucopia of local foods, programming for the day includes two master butchers taking on a half a pig, and a regional beer sampling event that will follow the market. Plus Bowery Lane Bicycles provides valet bike parking. See you there!
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Of note a few weeks down the road…


Monday, October 26, 6pm
A conversation with Glynwood and the 2009 Harvest Award Winners
French Culinary Institute
462 Broadway at Grand Street
*Free

The Glynwood Center presents a panel of chefs and award-winning sustainable ag activists who will discuss the future of local and sustainable food. Panelists inclue: Howard Straub (Triple H Farms, Michigan), Eat ‘n Park Hospitality Group, Pennsylvania, Plow to Plate at New Milford Hospital (Connecticut), Cody Hopkins and Andrea Todt (Falling Sky Farm, Arkansas). The panel will be followed by a cocktail reception featuring Hors d’oeuvres by FCI graduates whose restaurants source locally grown food– Chef Sean Rembold, Marlow & Sons; Chef Shanna Pacifico, Back Forty, and Chef Josh Eden, Shorty’s 32.

Tuesday, October 27, 7pm-12am
The Brooklyn Farmers Ball
The Food Security Roundtable
The Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 4th Avenue
Tickets, $12-$25 (buys you a local, seasonal dinner, music, and dancing)

Eat, drink, and celebrate Brooklyn’s Urban Agriculture and Food Justice Community with the Food Security Roundtable. All proceeds support the New York Delegation to the Growing Food and Justice Initiative gathering in Milwaukee, WI.

Wednesday, October 28, 6-10pm
Taste of Greenmarket
450 W. 31st St.
Tickets, $150

A legion of the city’s most renowned chefs band together to put on a spread for the markets they depend on to keep their kitchens in local produce, meat, fish, and cheese. The proceeds from Taste of Greenmarket benefit CENYC’s youth education programs which enable 5,000 city youth to learn about the benefits and availability of local food each year.

Thursday, October 29
Finger on the Pulse Presents: A Dinner Party

The crew who lured you out to locales all over Brooklyn for well-tuned barbecues this summer is now calling revelers inside to a dinner party proper. The illustrious David Colston from Prime Meats will be presiding over the stoves, while Garrett Oliver from Brooklyn Brewery will be pouring delicious beers from their special (and unreleased) reserves for a five-course pairing menu. As always, Finger On The Pulse will be on the decks, pairing tasty tunes with thoughtful treats. Space is limited and going quickly, so please contact us at music@fotpnyc.com for reservations.

Saturday, October 31-Sunday, November 1
It Takes a Village to Make a Sausage
Smithereen Farm and Greenhorns
“Rufflands” 160 Milan Hill Road
Red Hook NY 12571
Tickets, $125

Part fundraiser, part butchering workshop, part barn party, quit the city for a raucous weekend of back yard fun where revelers will prepare and enjoy Smithereen Farm’s two Tamworth pigs. With butcher Bryan Mayer and Daniel Meyer of Brooklyn’s The Green Grape. Suggested donation of $125 includes workshops, all meals and coffee, train pickup and piggy feast. Sliding Scale – we accept work trade. RSVP is a must: anne.dailey@gmail.com 845 758 1155 and cell 415 299 1436. Take Amtrak to Rhinecliff. Bring warm clothes, beverages, waterproof boots, extra socks, a cooler for meat, potluck items (particularly greens + grains) and whatever you need to sleep comfortably in the 18th century hayloft. Questions? Call 845-758-1155.


Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4
Young Farmers Conference at Stone Barns

Registration is now open for this year’s Young Farmer’s Conference at Stone Barns.

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Dear Local Gourmands,

Over the weekend I joined the Greenmarket Brooklyn Bike tour which started out high above Greenpoint on Annie Novak and Ben Flanner’s Rooftop Farms (I enjoyed the space so much that I went back on Sunday to help harvest baby greens), then headed to the Williamsburg, Ft. Greene, Borough Hall, and Grand Army Plaza markets. Along the way we met various members of the Wilklow Orchard family clan, community composters, new farmers benefitting from Greenmarket’s New Farmer Development Project, and learned about the expansion of Greenmarket’s EBT program. Hop on the bandwagon and get a ticket to this Saturday’s tour which will lead riders around Manhattan, stopping at various markets along the way.

On the note of Rooftop Farms, make sure to visit their Sunday market (10am-4pm Sundays on Eagle St. in Greenpoint) before it closes for the season. (You can pick up green tomatoes, baby greens, delicata squash, and farm-made hot sauce among other offerings.) Lucky for us, Brooklyn will get another rooftop farm next spring when Roberta’s breaks ground on a 1-acre project that will supply their resto with homegrown, local ingredients (the very best kind). You can support their skyward expansion on Tuesday (see deets below) at what will surely be one heck of a fundraising party.

Happy grazing,
Jeanne

P.S.
Just now listening to NPR which is broadcasting this story about Hispanic farmers fighting the USDA.

Tuesday, October 13, 6:30pm
Global Kitchen: The Magic of Pickling
American Museum of Natural History
79th St and Central Park West
Tickets, $20 (includes tasting)

Nearly every culture seems to have a pickling tradition– from Indian pickled mangoes, to Moroccan lemons preserved in salt, to kosher dills. In this panel pickle master Bob McClure and Lucy Norris, author of Pickled: Preserving a World of Tastes and Traditions, discuss pickling methods and recipes from around the globe, and answer questions about how to make your own sours.

Tuesday, October 13, 7-9pm
Hot Dog and Sausage Tasting
Lily’s Restaurant in the Roger Smith Hotel
501 Lexington Ave.
Tickets, $25

Bruce Kraig, author of Hot Dog: A Global History breaks out some of his favorite links to share with guests at a sausage-tasting fest. Copies of his book will be $10 with purchase of ticket to the event.

Tuesday, October 13, 7-10pm
An Evening with Jasper Hill Farm
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. 7th St.

Diane Stemple from Jasper Hill Farm visits the East Village to talk about five of her artisanal cheeses, made in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. The tasting will be paired with craft beers selected by Jimmy’s No. 43.

Tuesday, October 13, 7pm
Farm Fundraiser for Roberta’s
Tickets, $150

Roberta’s (of Bushwick pizza fame and backyard radio studio fun) throws a fundraiser to drum up $$ for a one-acre rooftop farm they’ll break ground on next spring. Joe Bastianich and Mark Ladner join a host of local foodies and farmers to show support for a delicious cause.

“Next spring we’re breaking ground on a one-acre rooftop farm in North Brooklyn. Ben Flanner of Greenpoint’s Rooftop Farm and the resourceful and creative entrepreneurs that brought us Roberta’s have committed to build the first ever commercially-viable rooftop farm in the world. Based on low-input, bare bones efficiency and high-yield organic methods, the farm will offer fresh produce to the community downstairs, bringing food and people closer together in order to address the growing environmental, economic and health problems that face our city and our world. In 2010 we will build one farm, but our vision is for others to replicate our model and thousands of acres of rooftop throughout the city to be put into agricultural use. This is a call to arms: invest in our farm now, and help us plant the seed for New York’s food future.”

Wednesday, October 14, 6:30-9:30pm
TastebudsNYC
Flatbush Barn
76 St. Marks Ave.

This month’s TastebudsNYC meet-up takes place in Brooklyn at Flatbush Bar(n). Enjoy locally-sourced beer and bar snacks while chatting up fellow foodies, food justice activists, and enthusiastic home cooks.

Thursday, October 15, 4-6pm
Food Show: When Performance Becomes Lunch and Why We Finally Have an Appetite for a New Sort of Cooking Show
Fales Library in NYU’s Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South, 3rd fl
$10 suggested donation

Panle discussion features Delores Custer, food stylist; Harold McGee, author, professor, and New York Times columnist; Florent Morellet, restaurateur and community activist; Sara Moulton, author and TV chef; and Fabio Parasecoli, author and NYU Food Studies faculty member. Clark Wolf, food and restaurant consultant, moderates. Reception with bread and local cheese to follow.

Wednesday, October 14, 6:30pm
“Is There a Midwestern Cuisine? Culinary Identities of the American Heartland:
Fish Boils, Fish Fries, the Cudighi and Runza, Ohio Mango, the Coney and Big Baby”
Culinary Historians of New York
Park Ave. United Methodist Church
106 East 86th Street
(between Park and Lexington)
Tickets, $40 non-members and guests, $25 CHNY Members, $22 CHNY Senior & Student Members

Internationally recognized food historian and founding president of Culinary Historians of Chicago Bruce Craig speaks on the topic of Midwestern cuisine. “Contrary to popular belief, Midwestern foodways express a rich cuisine that defines cultural identity as much as Southern fried chicken or a New England clambake.”

Friday, October 16-October 22
Food Beware: the French Organic Revolution
A film by Jean-Paul Jaud
Quad Cinema
34 West 13th Street

Food Beware begins with a visit to a small village in France, where the town’s mayor has decided to make the school lunch menu organic and locally grown. It then talks to a wide variety of people with differing perspectives to find common ground – children, parents, teachers, health care workers, farmers, elected officials, scientists, researchers and the victims of illnesses themselves. Revealed in these moving and often surprising conversations are the abuses of the food industry, the competing interests of agrobusiness and public health, the challenges and rewards of safe food production, and the practical solutions that we can all take part in. Food Beware is food for thought – and a blueprint for a growing revolution.

Saturday, October 17, 8am-3pm
Manhattan Greenmarket Bike Tour
Starting Point: Tribeca Greenmarket, Greenwich St. btwn Chambers & Duane
End point: Abingdon Square Greenmarket, W. 12th and 8th Avenue.
RSVP: lcarollo@greenmarket.cc
Tickets, $10

Take Manhattan by bike with Greenmarket for the ultimate local foodie tour of the borough. Start out at the Tribeca Greenmarket, where you can nosh on coffee and pastries and get a free bike tune-up. “We’ll head up the west side to the 57th Street Greenmarket to hand press fresh cider from Toigo and Breezy Hill Orchards’ new crop apples, then continue up to the Tucker Square Greenmarket for a fresh market based lunch with cheesemaker Nina White of Bobolink Dairy and Ron Binaghi of Stokes Farm. The tour will wind around to Abingdon Square Greenmarket for a wine tasting with Paumanok Vineyards, and a meet and greet with up-and-coming young farmer Dave Siegel of Muddy Farm.”

Saturday, October 17, 6-9pm
Craig Murphey Memorial & Hummus Cook-Off
Hope Lounge
10 Hope St., Williamsburg

As part of the third annual Craig Murphey Memorial Party, a hummus cook-off will be held as in his honor. A $5 donation at the door supports the Craig Murphy Memorial Fellowship fund. Taste several amateur chefs’ best takes on the dip, which may include any type of beans in the hummus and any food to dip with. Top winners will receive various prizes donated by local businesses. To enter the cook-off as one of the chefs, write to hummus@craigmurphey.com by October 16. You will receive a confirmation email once you have been registered, along with further rules.
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Of note a few weeks down the road…


October 20, 7:30-10:30pm
Bacon and Beer Tasting
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. 7th St.

Jimmy’s brings back Josh Ozersky for another round of beer ‘n bacon pairings. Revel in locally sourced favorite fatty cuts, and no less than five “rare and unusual beers” which will include at lease one smoked beer brought to you by Jon Lundbom of B. United Beers.

October 21, 7pm
Tastebuds NYC Cheese and Beer Tasting
RSVP for location
Tickets, $25

Chris Munsey of Murray’s Cheese regales Tastebuds NYC with the stories behind five different American cheeses. He’ll pair up his picks with five of our nation’s best beers, all for your snacking pleasure. RSVP to Heidi@tastebudsnyc.com with the subject line “cheese” to reserve your place.

Saturday, October 24, 10am-4pm
5th Annual Red Hook Harvest Festival
At the Red Hook Community Farm
370 Van Brunt St.

Celebrate the harvest at Red Hook Community farm with neighborhood restaurants the Good Fork, iCi, Rice, Kevin’s, the Angel Family, and Cynthia’s Soul Food Kitchen. Kids activities, an expanded farmers market, music, and performances throughout the day.

Sunday, October 25, 11am-4pm
New Amsterdam Market

This month’s New Amsterdam Market will take place once again in the old Fulton Fish Market stalls down by the South Street Seaport. Look for local produce, locally produced, sustainably raised meat, artisanal cheese, bread, beer, and a vibrant community of local food purveyors and supporters.

Saturday, October 31-Sunday, November 1
It Takes a Village to Make a Sausage
Smithereen Farm and Greenhorns
“Rufflands” 160 Milan Hill Road
Red Hook NY 12571
Tickets, $125

Part fundraiser, part butchering workshop, part barn party, quit the city for a raucous weekend of back yard fun where revelers will prepare and enjoy Smithereen Farm’s two Tamworth pigs. With butcher Bryan Mayer and Daniel Meyer of Brooklyn’s The Green Grape. Suggested donation of $125 includes workshops, all meals and coffee, train pickup and piggy feast. Sliding Scale – we accept work trade. RSVP is a must: anne.dailey@gmail.com 845 758 1155 and cell 415 299 1436. Take Amtrak to Rhinecliff.
Bring warm clothes, beverages, waterproof boots, extra socks, a cooler for meat, potluck items (particularly greens + grains) and whatever you need to sleep comfortably in the 18th century hayloft. Questions? Call 845-758-1155.

October 28, 6-10pm
Taste of Greenmarket
Studio 450 Penthouse
450 W. 31st St. (Corner of 10th Ave.)
Tickets, $150 in advance

A legion of the city’s most renowned chefs band together to put on a spread for the markets they depend on to keep their kitchens in local produce, meat, fish, and cheese. The proceeds from Taste of Greenmarket benefit CENYC’s youth education programs which enable 5,000 city youth to learn about the benefits and availability of local food each year.

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Dear Local Gourmands,

Last Sunday, I rode over to the annual NY International Pickle Day fest to sample sours and say ‘hi’ to all my pickle-making pals. As I toured around the Lower East afterward, my thoughts wandered to my great, great grandma, Ida, who immigrated to this country from Russia alone at the age of sixteen. She lived on Hester St. and worked in a garment factory, and while I’m not sure she made pickles, I’d like to imagine that she might have, or that maybe she shopped on Orchard St. with its many pushcarts.

A few days before, I’d been in the neighborhood at a screening of STAGES, a film my friends at Meerkat Media made. STAGES tells the story of a group of young and elder members of two different community centers on the LES who get to know each other through the collaborative process of writing and performing a play. The doc explores the purpose of community-building, and the importance of sharing stories across generations and cultures (catch a screening of STAGES at Anthology this Sunday at 6:15). I tend to go to the Greenmarket when I need to check in with my community, or I have friends over for dinner. Many join CSAs and community gardens for the same reason, or they pick a restaurant and become a regular. I don’t know how Ida found her niche in New York when she arrived. (Maybe she made her neighbors pickles?) STAGES will leave you teary, inspired, and grateful to be a part of New York and the many communities within that make the city feel like home.

Jeanne

Tuesday, October 6, 7pm
Screening of Fresh
BAM
30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn
Tickets

If you haven’t had a chance to see the documentary Fresh yet, make your way to BAM where a screening of the flick that celebrates farmers, thinkers, and business people who are re-inventing our food system will be followed by a panel moderated by Edible Brooklyn’s editor, Gabrielle Langholtz. Panelists include Ana Joanes (Director and Producer of Fresh), Reverend Jackson (Brooklyn Rescue Mission), David Shea (Chef, Applewood Restaurant), and Letitia James (District 35 Council Member).

Saturday, October
10th, 8:30am-3:30pm
Brooklyn Greenmarket Bike Tour
Starting point: Rooftop Farm, 44 Eagle St., Greenpoint
End point: Prospect Park
RSVP: lcarollo@greenmarket.cc
Ticktes, $15

Work up an appetite biking through Brooklyn from market to market with Greenmarket’s Liz Carollo.
“The tour begins at the Greenpoint Rooftop Farm, where farmer Annie Novak will give us a tour of this stunning 6,000 sq foot farm sitting atop a warehouse in industrial Brooklyn. Afterward, we’ll head to the McCarren Park market for coffee, breakfast and bike tune-ups (provided by NYC Bikes) before riding to the Brooklyn Borough Hall market for some cider pressing and cider doughnut eating. Next we’ll go to the Ft. Greene market for a worm bin composting demonstration by the Ft. Greene Compost Project folks. We’ll end our insider’s tour at Brooklyn’s largest Greenmarket, Grand Army Plaza, with a cooking demonstration hosted by Jacques Gautier of Palo Santo and market-inspired lunch in the park with a couple of Greenmarket farmers.”

Saturday, October 10, 11am-3pm
Corner of Marcy Avenue and Clifton Place (Market lot next to garden)
Call or e-mail for more information: 718-638-3566, hattiecarthangarden@yahoo.com

Hattie Carthan Community Farmers Market will hold their Oktoberfest and dedication of a mural painted by neighborhood youth this Saturday. Fall harvest cooking demos, composting workshop, and activities will fill the day. Check out the Garden’s new composting system, its hoophouses and market beds. “The Hattie Carthan Community Farmers Market opened this season on July 11th and has been building a space where local food producers sell food grown in their gardens or farms, local community chefs host cooking demonstrations and healthy eating programming. Conversations about food and food issues are spurred and supported and culturally appropriate foods are considered vital to community nutrition. The Farmers’ Market is also a community’s effort to reclaim its agricultural heritage and contribute to the cultural, social and economic vitality of Central Brooklyn.”

Sunday, October 11,
Fierce and Sweet: a Brooklyn Bake Off to Benefit New York Cares
East River Bar
97 S. 6th St., Williamsburg

A gang of intrepid bakers feed a crowd of hungry guests and an esteemed panel of celebrity judges at one raucous, delicious, party to benefit New York Cares. Taste the contending treats in the running for categories like Best “Green” Goodies, Sexiest Baker, and Most Surprising Ingredients. Dalia Jurgensen, executive pastry chef at Dressler in Williamsburg, and the author of Spiced: A Pastry Chef’s True Stories of Trials by Fire, After-Hours Exploits and What Really Goes on in the Kitchen, Richard Muszynski, owner of Ricard Chocolat, as well as competitive cook off gurus, Theo Peck and Nick Suarez will preside.
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Of note a few weeks down the road…

Tuesday, October 13, 7-9pm
Hot Dog and Sausage Tasting
Lily’s Restaurant in the Roger Smith Hotel
501 Lexington Ave.
Tickets, $25

Bruce Kraig, author of Hot Dog: A Global History breaks out some of his favorite links to share with guests at a sausage-tasting fest. Copies of his book will be $10 with purchase of ticket to the event.

Tuesday, October 13, 7-10pm
An Evening with Jasper Hill Farm
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. 7th St.

The East Village gets a visitor from Vermont when Diane Stemple from Jasper Hill Farm talks about five of her artisanal cheeses. The tasting will be paired with craft beers selected by Jimmy’s No. 43.

Tuesday, October 13, 7pm
Farm Fundraiser for Roberta’s
Tickets

Roberta’s (of Bushwick pizza fame and backyard radio studio fun) throws a fundraiser to drum up $$ for a one-acre rooftop farm they’ll break ground on next spring. Joe Bastianich and Mark Ladner join a host of local foodies and farmers to show support for a delicious cause.

“Next spring we’re breaking ground on a one-acre rooftop farm in North Brooklyn. Ben Flanner of Greenpoint’s Rooftop Farm and the resourceful and creative entrepreneurs that brought us Roberta’s have committed to build the first ever commercially-viable rooftop farm in the world. Based on low-input, bare bones efficiency and high-yield organic methods, the farm will offer fresh produce to the community downstairs, bringing food and people closer together in order to address the growing environmental, economic and health problems that face our city and our world. In 2010 we will build one farm, but our vision is for others to replicate our model and thousands of acres of rooftop throughout the city to be put into agricultural use. This is a call to arms: invest in our farm now, and help us plant the seed for New York’s food future.”

Wednesday, October 14, 6:30-9:30pm
TastebudsNYC
Flatbush Barn
76 St. Marks Ave.

This month’s TastebudsNYC meet-up takes place in Brooklyn at Flatbush Bar(n). Enjoy locally-sourced beer and bar snacks while chatting up fellow foodies, food justice activists, and enthusiastic home cooks.

Friday, October 16-October 22
Food Beware: the French Organic Revolution
A film by Jean-Paul Jaud
Quad Cinema
34 West 13th Street

Food Beware begins with a visit to a small village in France, where the town’s mayor has decided to make the school lunch menu organic and locally grown. It then talks to a wide variety of people with differing perspectives to find common ground – children, parents, teachers, health care workers, farmers, elected officials, scientists, researchers and the victims of illnesses themselves. Revealed in these moving and often surprising conversations are the abuses of the food industry, the competing interests of agrobusiness and public health, the challenges and rewards of safe food production, and the practical solutions that we can all take part in. Food Beware is food for thought – and a blueprint for a growing revolution.

Saturday, October 17, 8am-3pm
Manhattan Greenmarket Bike Tour
Starting Point: Tribeca Greenmarket, Greenwich St. btwn Chambers & Duane
End point: Abingdon Square Greenmarket, W. 12th and 8th Avenue.
RSVP: lcarollo@greenmarket.cc
Tickets, $10

Take Manhattan by bike with Greenmarket’s Liz Carollo for the ultimate local foodie tour of the borough. Start out at the Tribeca Greenmarket, where you can nosh on coffee and pastries and get a free bike tune-up. “We’ll head up the west side to the 57th Street Greenmarket to hand press fresh cider from Toigo and Breezy Hill Orchards’ new crop apples, then continue up to the Tucker Square Greenmarket for a fresh market based lunch with cheesemaker Nina White of Bobolink Dairy and Ron Binaghi of Stokes Farm. The tour will wind around to Abingdon Square Greenmarket for a wine tasting with Paumanok Vineyards, and a meet and greet with up-and-coming young farmer Dave Siegel of Muddy Farm.”

Saturday, October 31-Sunday, November 1
It Takes a Village to Make a Sausage
Smithereen Farm and Greenhorns
“Rufflands” 160 Milan Hill Road
Red Hook NY 12571
Tickets, $125

Part fundraiser, part butchering workshop, part barn party, quit the city for a raucous weekend of back yard fun where revelers will prepare and enjoy Smithereen Farm’s two Tamworth pigs. With butcher Bryan Mayer and Daniel Meyer of Brooklyn’s The Green Grape. Suggested donation of $125 includes workshops, all meals + coffee, train pickup and piggy feast. Sliding Scale – we accept work trade. RSVP is a must: anne.dailey@gmail.com 845 758 1155 and cell 415 299 1436. Take Amtrak to Rhinecliff.

Bring warm clothes, beverages, waterproof boots, extra socks, a cooler for meat, potluck items (particularly greens + grains) and whatever you need to sleep comfortably in the 18th century hayloft. Questions? Call 845-758-1155.

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Dear Local Gourmands,

This weekend, as I was strolling through the market in Fort Greene, the air was sweet with the scent of concord grapes. I’ve been eating them from a bowl on the kitchen table ever since and am stunned every time by just how much flavor each little bite reveals. With its shifting light, perfect temperatures, and golden leaves, I wish September would last forever. The grapes seem to be the embodiment of the month itself– the surprise of their sweetness after summer has passed makes them all the more more delightful– a way to stretch out the season just a little bit longer.

All the best,
Jeanne

September 27-October 4
Edible Eat, Drink, Local Week

Edible East End, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens have teamed up with CENYC and chefs and restaurants who love the local food movement as much as we do for a big ol’ edible celebration of what’s good around town. Participating restaurants will serve prix fixe meals featuring the best of the local bounty, and donate a portion of the proceeds to CENYC’s all-important Greenmarket program. Fall in the city is tasting mighty fine this year.

Tuesday, September 29, 5:30-7:30pm
Unconventional Farming: Perspectives From Two Exceptional Women
Savoy (70 Prince St., at Crosby St.)
$30 (exclusive of tax and tip), includes hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine
Reservations: Call 212-219-8570

As part of the Greenmarket and Edible magazines’ Eat Drink Local Week (September 27th-October 4th), on September 29th, Savoy Executive Chef-Owner Peter Hoffman will host a reading by Lisa M. Hamilton, the author of Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness. Annie Novak of Rooftop Farms in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, will then join Hamilton to talk about how maverick farmers are changing the shape of American agriculture. Hors d’oeuvres made from ingredients grown on Novak’s rooftop farm in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, will be served along with Long Island wines and Brooklyn brews.

Wednesday, September 30, 7-8:30pm
The Changing Role of American Farmers
McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince St. (btwn Lafayette & Mulberry Streets)

“Over the past decade, our relationship to food and how it’s grown has transformed. But what about our relationship to the people who grow it? There is hope in the legions of new, young, and urban farmers cropping up around the United States, and yet overall, our country’s agricultural community is shrinking by the day. How is the role of farmers in our society and in our lives shifting? And what still needs to change? Moderator Lisa Hamilton, author of the recently published “Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness,” will be joined by organic pioneer Fred Kirschenmann, a Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University and President of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York; the New York Times’ Verlyn Klinkenborg, author of “The Rural Life”; and New York farmer Mary-Howell Martens.”

Thursday, October 1, 6-10pm
Local Beer and Local Oyster Night
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. 7th St.

Every Thursday $5 buys you a plate of three local oysters at Jimmy’s No. 43. Pair ’em up with local beer and be glad you live right where you do. 25 cents from each oyster sold will be donated to the Peconic Land Trust, which aims to preserve the working farms and working waters of the East End of Long Island.

Friday, October 2, 6-8pm
Slow Food for the Urban Kitchen:
Nourishing Local Food from the Slow Cooker
Just Food
Judson Memorial Church
239 Thompson St.
Registration, $30

Just Food and the Weston A. Price Foundation NYC present a community food education workshop with Jessica Prentice, Maggie Gosselin, and Sarah Klein, creators of the Local Foods Wheel for the NY Metro area on how to eat locally through the fall and winter, three meals a day.

Saturday, October 3, 10am-12:30pm
Slow U: Coffee
THINK Coffee
248 Mercer St.
Tickets, $20 for Slow Food members, $25 for general public

Teresa von Fuchs of Dallis Coffee, and Anne Nylander of NYC coffee consultant, TampTamp Inc., delve into the social, political, and economic complexities of how coffee is grown, sourced, and processed in a Slow U seminar on the elixir we depend on to speed us up. Learn how you can support small, traditional, sustainable coffee farms by electing the best caffeine of choice. Coffee tasting to follow.

Saturday, October 3, 2-4:30pm
Preserving the Local Harvest with Lacto-Fermentation
Just Food
Judson Memorial Church
239 Thompson St.
Registration, $30

In another community food education workshop, learn how to preserve the best of the fall harvest with lacto-fermentation, a healthy and inexpensive way to stretch the season’s bounty. Learn how to make sauerkraut, kimchee, chutneys, salsa, and sauerruben. Kombuchas, ginger bug, and whey-based sodas will also be discussed.

Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4, 2:30-4:30pm
Music in the Markets
Morningside Park Greenmarket (Sat)
Park Slope Greenmarket (Sun)

The upstate New York folk group Railbird sweeps through the city on a two-day tour singing songs about the lives of local agrarians.

Saturday, October 3, 10am-3pm
Stone Barns Harvest Festival
Tickets, $30

Come out to the farm to revel in its October glory– hayrides for all, “farmer olympics,” workshops on cooking and gardening, live music, and the Sixth Annual Pie Bake-Off! Seasonal food and beverages, including Stone Barns Centers famous Berkshire pig roast, will be available for cash purchase all day at the Harvest Market, as will nibbles from BobbySue’s Nuts, Balthazar Bakery, Red Jacket Orchards, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, and more.

Saturday, October 3, 4-10pm
Brooklyn Farmacy Open House
Corner of Henry and Sackett in Carroll Gardens

Over in Carroll Gardens, a neighborhood farmstand of sorts is taking root. If you enjoyed cavorting at the Farmacy last spring for a Greenhorns fundraiser, or if you missed it and have been curious ever since, come by the Farmacy’s open house this Saturday. Classic Brooklyn egg creams and beer will be on hand for drinking, oysters and Maine lobster will be available for eating. Connect with some good food friends and hear about the upcoming plans for the Farmacy of the future– think skill shares, farm internships, urban gardening know-how, and trowels to be shared among the growing community of Brooklyn-based ag enthusiasts.

Saturday, October 3, 12-4pm
Sixpoint Pizza Pairing
Co.
230 Ninth Ave., btwn 24th and 25th St.
Pairing, $35

Brooklyn’s own Sixpoint craft beers make their way to a pizza party on Ninth Ave., hosted by Jim Lahey’s resto, Co. Follow suit, and get ready to make some introductions: Brownstone Ale, meet veal meatball pies. A happy acquaintance, and the pleasure will be all yours.

Saturday, October 3, 12-6:30pm
Chile Pepper Fiesta
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
1000 Washington Ave., Brooklyn

A chocolate and chile takedown, music from the Bayou, and a demo in the art of Indian chutney making are among the many draws to this year’s Chile Pepper Festival. On Saturday, throngs of those who can never have their food spicy enough will flock to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to get their pepper on.

Sunday, October 4, 11am-4:30pm
9th Annual New York International Pickle Day
Municipal Parking Lot on Broome Street

This year’s NY International Pickle Day takes up a new location on the LES to accommodate the thousands who flock to the annual festival that celebrates the neighborhood’s pickling history. As usual you’ll be able to get on line for a pickle on a stick from Gus, and sample all the brined goodness from city faves like Rick’s Picks, McClures, and the Pickle Guys, as well as newcomers to the scene like Brooklyn Brine.

Sunday, October 4, 2pm
Lamb Takedown
Highline Ballroom
431 W. 16th St.
Tickets, $15

20 home cooks vie for the people’s choice and judges awards, and try to win you over with their best lamby recipes. Sponsored by the American Lamb Board, and hosted by the indefatigable Matt Timms.
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Tuesday, October 6, 7pm
Screening of Fresh
BAM
30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn
Tickets

If you haven’t had a chance to see the documentary Fresh yet, make your way to BAM where a screening of the flick that celebrates farmers, thinkers, and business people who are re-inventing our food system will be followed by a panel moderated by Edible Brooklyn’s editor, Gabrielle Langholtz. Panelists include Ana Joanes (Director and Producer of Fresh), Reverend Jackson (Brooklyn Rescue Mission), David Shea (Chef, Applewood Restaurant), and Letitia James (District 35 Council Member).

Sunday, October 11,
Fierce and Sweet: a Brooklyn Bake Off to Benefit New York Cares
East River Bar
97 S. 6th St., Williamsburg

A gang of intrepid bakers feed a crowd of hungry guests and an esteemed panel of celebrity judges at one raucous, delicious, party to benefit New York Cares. Taste the contending treats in the running for categories like Best “Green” Goodies, Sexiest Baker, and Most Surprising Ingredients. Dalia Jurgensen, executive pastry chef at Dressler in Williamsburg, and the author of Spiced: A Pastry Chef’s True Stories of Trials by Fire, After-Hours Exploits and What Really Goes on in the Kitchen, Richard Muszynski, owner of Ricard Chocolat, as well as competitive cook off gurus, Theo Peck and Nick Suarez will preside.

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