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2016 North Brooklyn CSA Roundup

via Lancaster Farm Share.
via Lancaster Farm Share.

It’s really easy to get all your veggies this spring and summer in North Brooklyn with the vast variety of CSAs. CSAs (which stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and CSAs are also sometimes called farm shares) are a great way for people to have access to local, fresh vegetables, fruit, and other food directly from the farms. Participants purchase a “share” for a season—shares are based on items, delivery regularity, or size—paying in winter or spring for a box of locally delivered goods. By providing financial support to the farmer early on, you support the farmer no matter what the weather—and you get to be treated to the bounty of whatever the weather provides. Best of all, you don’t have to deal with worrying about oversleeping and missing the good stuff at the farmers’ market!

Because you generally don’t get to pick which kinds of vegetables and fruit, and you are often exposed to new kinds of fruit and vegetables, it’s a great chance to learn how to cook new veggies. Many of the CSAs also provide a website or Facebook group with recipes; be sure to inquire.

If you’re interested in signing up for a CSA, you should get a move on. Some have already closed for the season, and many are nearing capacity.

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Craft Beer, Haiku, Strawberry Gin, Face Painting, Electric Wildflowers, 60+ Vendors, & more!!! Spring Market (4/26)

Spring-Market_noaddress_235pxThe late great Robin Williams once said “Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘Let’s party!'”  So we’re thinking this year’s brutal winter overstayed its welcome as nature’s cue for a massive celebration.

Celebrate Spring with us on Sunday, April 26th, 2015, 1-7PM at the Greenpoint Loft (67 West St, 5th Fl).

We’ll have plenty of Strawberry Gin courtesy of Brooklyn Gin and craft beer by Greenpoint Beer & Ale on the ready for toasting throughout the day. Specially brewed for this market is “Rabbit Island,” a modern New Zealand inspired pilsner with tropical fruit notes and white grape.  It will be served alongside “Fisticuffs,” a malty, creamy, easy day drinking English dark mild with hints of cocoa and bread crust.  Continue reading

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Non-Toxic Birthday Party at Brooklyn Groove Promises Free Mini Facials! (11/15)

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Can you believe it has been one year since Brooklyn Groove (102B Nassau Ave) opened in Greenpoint? It’s been said that retail stores are disappearing and soon everything will be delivered by drones. This might is true for computer parts, but not for beauty products. Brooklyn Groove’s customers want to touch, smell, sample and talk about their skincare products with the added benefit of making friends at the store’s fun events. (Last time I checked drones are not BFF material.)

Brooklyn Groove sells the best quality beauty products because it searches for hard to find, organic, natural cosmetics. They knows your health is important to you, which is why they offer the most pure and unprocessed skin care products you can find anywhere. The selection is growing and now they carry the best organic lines on market such as: RMS Beauty, Vapour Organic Beauty, Dr. Hauschka, REN Skincare, CV Skinlabs, Sopwalla, 100 % Pure, S.W. Basic, Griffin Remedy, Ecobrow, Angel Face Botanicals, Meow Meow Tweet, Badger, Acure. And next week they will be receiving Intelligent Nutrients.

Celebrate Brooklyn Groove’s 1 Year Birthday this Saturday, November 15th. They will offer FREE mini facials with Dr. Hauscha products from 12-3pm. (Please book in advance.) Special guest Rachel Winard, the founder of Soapwalla, will be in the store talking about her inspiration for her organic skincare line after quitting her corporate job to start her own business. If you haven’t tried it, her natural deodorant is a bestseller!

And don’t forget the complimentary wine, free makeup consultations and real people.

See you there!

Sponsored post courtesy of Brooklyn Groove.

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Autumn News from the McGolrick Park Farmers Market

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McGolrick Park Farmers Market

Happy Autumn, Greenpoint, from Down to Earth Markets, the crew behind the McGolrick Park Farmers Market. We’re writing with the latest market news, including an important announcement: On Sunday, November 30th, the market will move indoors to the Lutheran Church of the Messiah! The church is located at 129 Russell Street, between Driggs and Nassau Avenues. This will be our second winter in this location, and we thank Pastor Amy Kienzle and the church community for hosting us during the chilly months. The market will be held every Sunday, from 11 am to 4 pm, throughout the winter, including over the holiday weekends.  Continue reading

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Expanded Cooper Park Farmers Market Opens Sunday 5/25!

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Mom & Popsicles

Can you believe that the Cooper Park Down to Earth Farmers Market, which open this Sunday 5/25, is entering its 3rd year?! You will be delighted to know that the market is thriving just like the East Williamsburg community that it serves.

Let us introduce to you the expanded line-up (that keeps growing) in Cooper Park:

Full Circle Farm's Eggs!

· Full Circle Farm: Located in Dutchess County, NY, farmers Shelle Bailey and Jesse Mandel grow vegetables, as well as keep Americana chickens and bees. On Opening Day, they will bring rhubarb, salad mix, herbs, eggs, and honey – with much more to come.

· Mom and Popsicles: Brooklyn-based popsicle company, featuring delicious popsicles with seasonal ingredients, sourced from local farms. Continue reading

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Since We’re Tawking Cawfee… What the hell is sustainable fair trade coffee anyway?

A lot of the 100s of emails we receive at Greenpointers are things like infographics, which are viral marketing images. When they come from places called “Top Management Degrees,” like a good Sicilian, I’m extremely untrusting. I usually take a peek and learn a thing or two, but most of the time I get about a 1/4 of the way down (because they are long) and then lose interest.

Rianna, the sweet robot student who sent this to me addressed me with “Dear Matt,” but this infographic was actually engaging until the end.

And since we throw around the terms, “local sustainable, fair trade, organic” like they are going out of style – I figured I’d share. Please let me know in the comments whether you learned anything or think this was a complete waste of time and bandwidth. (Remember I am not a robot and do have feelings.) Click continue reading to see the entire (9 million pixel long) graphic for the whole story.

Otherwise, maybe you will find Top Management Degrees’ spectacular office slides more interesting.

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Recipe: Fava Fava Fava Pasta (VIDEO!)

Fava beans are the most delicious bean to eat, but the biggest pain in the ass to peel. It is a two step process. First you take them out of the shell, then you have to remove the skin. But it is well worth it for my favorite summer pasta dish. Here is 20 Seconds Fava Pasta, a time lapse video I created to illustrate the process in music video form. Fava beans are only available fresh at the local farmers markets for a limited time so scoop them up before the season is over!

After you have shelled the fava beans, sautee some garlic, onions and bay leaf in olive oil. Add some chopped fresh tomatoes, then the fava beans. Cover with water and simmer until the beans are soft. Boil your spaghetti and combine with the fava sauce. Top with grated cheese and fresh ground pepper. Fresh herbs like oregano or thyme are lovely, too. Enjoy!

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The Garden Spot, Week 16

So, um, do you guys have a favorite herb?

In my post-college life, my favorite leafy green substance has to be basil. I seriously cannot get enough of it. I put that shiz on everything!

Last week I did a major overhaul of the garden and decided to sow some seeds that seemed to be flourishing on my balcony. I now have the beginnings of what just might be more basil than I know what to do with.

Maybe I should start a small business?

Basil for days!

Do you have any plants that are doing particularly well? I want to hear your success stories!

 

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The Garden Spot, Week 15

If I’ve learned anything about small scale gardening in the last 15 weeks, its that you really do get what you give. This past weekend I attacked my garden for a few hours, pruning and weeding, and saying goodbye to some bolting radish plants and sad looking lettuce. It was a rewarding process, as now my garden is in tip top shape.

I now know which plants really thrive in the space/light I give them — summer squashes, basil, kale, and sunflowers. I decided that I can never have too much basil, so I combined some of my squash plants in a larger container, and used their old pots to plant some more of the delicious green stuff (pesto for days!).

I also did a fair bit of harvesting, which I cooked up that same night in the style of a salad from my beloved Anella. All fresh, all local, all totally grown by me. It was truly a beautiful thing.

Are you eating anything from your garden yet? I want to hear all about it!

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