A participant in Greenmarket's New Farmer Development Program loads up produce headed to city farmers markets.

On Monday Night: Eat, Drink and Help Immigrant Farmers

Monday night we’ll be getting down for a great cause at a fundraiser for the New Farmer Development Project, and you should too. Presented in partnership with Gourmet Latino, tickets are $75. What, you ask, is the NFDP? An inspiring Greenmarket effort, it helps immigrant farmers set up their own farms in the NYC area. (In-the-know urban eaters seek them out especially for seldom-seen herbs like papalo and pepiche.)

Martin Rodriguez of Mimomex Farm in Goshen, NY loads up calabacitas bound for city farmers’ markets, thanks to the NFDP.

Monday night we’ll be getting down for a great cause at a fundraiser for the New Farmer Development Project, and you should too. Presented in partnership with Gourmet Latino, tickets are $75.

What, you ask, is the NFDP? An inspiring Greenmarket effort, it helps immigrant farmers set up their own farms in the NYC area. (In-the-know urban eaters seek them out especially for seldom-seen herbs like papalo and pepiche.) The project helps with everything from land identification to microloans, plus emergency assistance when a natural disaster wipes out substantial crops—as Hurricane Irene did. But don’t take my word for it—watch a video on the project here.

Monday’s benefit bash will be held in Chelsea at restaurant Sueños, and guests like me will feast on superb regional Mexican fare by chef Sue Torres plus John Keller of Viktor & Spoils Joseph Macchia of Vynl NYC and one of my own favorite cooks in town, Jacques Gautier of Palo Santo. The menu includes the likes of Toluca Chorizo & Potato Sopes with Cilantro Salsa, and Rajas & Cheese Empanadas with Salsa Ranchera, all showcasing ingredients grown by NFDP farmers, plus heritage pork donated by Flying Pigs Farm. Delicioso!

There will be wine aplenty, but I’m looking forward throwing back a few a produce-kissed cocktails by the AKA Winegeek Team or sipping El Tinieblo Mezcal straight.

In between eating, drinking and dancing to the rollicking Mexican polka of farmer Fily Angel’s Norteña duet, guests can bid on the silent auction—including everything from CSA shares of that unique Mexican produce to a cooking class and sangria lunch for 8 with chef Torres.

And the best part: All party proceeds will help NFDP farmers recover from Hurricane Irene, which devastated over 50% of their crops. You’ll be able to talk to NFDP farmers, meet the folks who run the project, and learn more about the cause you’re so generously supporting. While eating, drinking and dancing. See you there!

The Deets:
Monday, Jan 30th 6 to 9 pm
Sueños – 311 W 17th Street (btw 8th & 9th Ave.)
Tickets $75

 

 

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Gabrielle Langholtz

Gabrielle Langholtz is the editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. Her background includes many projects at the intersection of gastronomy and ecology: She ran communications for the Greenmarket office, wrote the teacher's guide to Michael Pollan's Botany of Desire, worked on a Catskills vegetable farm, volunteered at The Edible Schoolyard and taught a food systems course at NYU. Now married to the head livestock farmer at the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, she has visited dozens of local farms, milked cows and sheep, played midwife to ewes, castrated piglets, tapped sugar maples, foraged ramps, got in the way of swarming bees, helped slaughter turkeys and has planted and picked more varieties of fruits and vegetables than most Americans eat in a lifetime—which admittedly isn’t saying much. While she wants to change the food system one reader/eater at a time, she prefers using carrots to sticks.