Carrot Top Pesto: Yet Another Reason (and Recipe) to Grow Your Own

We like to pride ourselves on using up every bit of a plant, gobbling up everything to young radish leaves, to pickled Swiss chard stems (a tip we learned from Michael Anthony at Gramercy Tavern) to the fresh roots of green garlic (that one was from Shea Gallante, of Ciano). But until we went with NY1 to The Bronx to visit Toby Adams, the manager of the 1.5-acre Ruth Rae Howell Family Garden at the New York Botanical Garden, we didn’t know that you could actually eat the tops of carrots.

Forget the Cookbook, What You Missed at Today’s Greenmarket was Cauliflower, in Two Colors

If you skipped the Edible Brookyn Cookbook sale and signing at Union Square Greenmarket today (that’s us below) no worries: The book’ll be back at Manhattan’s biggest market next month. (You can also score a signed copy at the Barnes & Noble tomorrow night in Park Slope, Brooklyn, or on Saturday at Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket.) But you also missed the cauliflower wizardry of market manager David Sherman. He’s there every Monday and Wednesday, and when some famous chef or cookbook author isn’t cooking for shoppers, he is.

Not Just Sewing and Sports at The Lower Eastside Girls Club, but a CSA, a Coffeeshop and a Cookie Academy

For 15 years The Lower Eastside Girls Club on 56 E. First Street has served as a place where inner city chicks between the ages of 8 and 23 can go to improve their bodies and minds and work on their resumes, through yoga, photography, filmmaking, museum trips, book clubs or working for the Club’s bakery and CSA program.

Been to Union Square Greenmarket Today? File a Post-Irene Crop Report

We haven’t yet had a chance to hit the Union Square Greenmarket — which opened as per its normal schedule this morning — so we’re wondering if any readers who have might fill us in on a crop report. Unlike farmers in Eastern North Carolina — who took a serious wallop to their fields — we’re hoping Irene spared our foodshed.