Susan Hardy and Maureen Knapp, Organic Valley dairy farmers from upstate New York, have formed an ongoing relationship with The Earth School, an eco-minded public school on East 6th Street. Two weeks ago, the farmers paid the schoolkids a visit.
At Cookshop, sourcing locally is serious business. From a strict Made-in-America-only cheese policy to the grand six-foot chalkboard displaying the names of the farmers who provide the restaurant’s ingredients, every touch celebrates our local foodshed.
Here’s a pleasure that’s even better: wild blueberries you’ve picked yourself, for free, in a breathtakingly beautiful nature preserve.
Meanwhile, Citymeals-on-Wheels, the nonprofit that provides hot weekend meals to the homebound elderly, has teamed up with GrowNYC to deliver fresh fruit and vegetables.
These days, everyone’s abuzz over the arrival of spring at the Greenmarket. I’ve seen triumphant tweets about asparagus and fiddleheads and obsessive instagramming of duck eggs and ramps. But my personal favorite Greenmarket goods, which returned to Union Square last week, aren’t actually ready to eat.
Jeanne Hodesh of Greenmarkets tells us what green goodies to look for while we’re waiting for spring produce to arrive.
If you haven’t signed up for a CSA yet, you should consider joining one of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger’s sites, which make healthy, organic, fresh vegetables particularly affordable and accessible to community members of all income levels.
Hungry? Our events calendar has loads of Edible events around the city, like Opening Day of the Down to Earth Farmers Market at McGolrick Park. Stop by for fresh fish from American Pride Seafood and pastured beef, lamb, goat meat and pork from Stone & Thistle Farm. Here’s what’s happening this week.
Educators at the Learning Garden on Randall’s Island work to help kids born in a land of pavement understand that most food starts in the dirt, not the supermarket. Beyond the usual carrots and tomatoes, they decided in 2010 to add one of the world’s most ubiquitous foods to the crops they grow: rice.
Urban gardeners found themselves in that position in 2001, when a drought inspired the folks at GrowNYC to help them harvest a vital new crop: rain.
Last year along, the paddy produced about 30 pounds of rice, and immeasurable quantities of enlightenment.
How Americans developed a taste for one of the greenest ingredients in the sea.