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The Garden Spot, Week 12

A Forest of Chives

Twelve weeks of gardening, and I can finally enjoy the fruits of my labor! Well, not so much fruits as herbs.

A few days ago I went out onto the balcony and plucked basil, rosemary, and chives, all ready to be chopped up and thrown into a lovely herb crusted chicken dish – which I of course, forgot to take a picture of.

However, now that food-eating season is upon us, I plan to start including lots of my favorite recipes and tutorials. After all, I grew these plants for a reason! And that reason is for them to be in my mouth.

Some of my favorite summer recipes are things like simple Caprese salads, grilled corn with lots of butter, asparagus (by the way, RIP my asparagus, they did not like it outdoors), and most kinds of mojitos. What are some of yours? Are you picking up what they are putting down at the new McGolrick farmer’s market? Tell me everything @everydaycaitlin

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McGolrick Park Farmers Market Mania!

Look at all the goodness I picked up at the first ever McGolrick Park Farmers Market yesterday! It’s going to be a good week in my kitchen.

If you missed it, it’s every Sunday from 11am-4pm until November on Russell St between Driggs and Nassau. And if you are closer to Cooper Park, there is one there, too!

“I am so excited about this,”  I overheard a Greenpointer say as she examined the gorgeous bounty. Everyone was buzzing about, finding fresh local treasures.

Joe Lentol & his wife

While the sidewalk on Russell St proved to be a little cramped, it was a great day to bump into neighbors, like artist/terrarium teacher Claire TypaldosLincoln Restler, and Joe Lentol and his wife, who live right on Russell St.

Lauren, of Farm to Baby, was hard at work picking up fresh local veggies for her baby food, which she will deliver right to your door.

Lauren Utvich

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First McGolrick Park Farmer’s Market – This Sunday, June 3rd!

I am not going out of town this weekend (even though I need to get out of this sweaty city!) so I can be here for this awesome day, the first day of the first season of the McGolrick Park Farmers Market. And it’s every Sunday until November! I feel so lucky that I can walk around the corner from my home and find fresh local fruits and vegetables, and lots of other delicious goodies. Greenpoint just got awesomer. Check out the vendor list, here. See you there!

McGolrick Park Farmers Market
Sundays 11am-4pm
Russell St Between Driggs & Nassau

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SCOOP: FARMER’S MARKET VENDORS

Sometimes this gig makes me feel like a real journalist. Nicole Reed, our McGolrick Park Farmers Market hero, sent me an email that started out with, “K, you’re our VERY FIRST member of the press to get this info!” (I don’t think people in the press use quite so many exclamation points)
Well, It’s happening! Next weekend, take a stroll to McGolrick Park on Sunday, June 3rd for the very first Farmer’s Market which will be on Russell St. There are pies! If you’re closer to Cooper Park, there will be a Farmers Market there, too. I don’t know about you but I am going to double fist.

McGolrick Park Farmers Market

When: Begins Sunday, June 3rd, and runs every Sunday through November 18th, 2012, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where: Along the sidewalk on Russell Street, off of Nassau Avenue (Street Address: 130 Russell Street)

Who: The vendors for the inaugural 2012 season: Feather Ridge FarmBrooklyn CuredThe Amazing Real Live Food Company, J. Glebocki Farms, Horman’s Best PicklesOrwashers BakeryBrooklyn GrangeGarden of Eve Farm, BeePharm, Tierra FarmMortgage Apple CakesAnarchy in a JarNew ConfectionerGreat Road FarmPie Lady & Son, and Valley Shepherd Creamery

Cooper Park Farmers Market

When: Begins Sunday, June 3rd, and runs every Sunday through November 18th, 2012, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where: Along the sidewalk on Maspeth Avenue at Olive Street (Street Address: 114 Maspeth Ave)

Who: The vendors for the inaugural 2012 season: The Amazing Real Live Food Company, J. Glebocki Farms,Horman’s Best Pickles, Alex’s Tomato Farm, Tierra FarmAnarchy in a JarMigliorelli Farm, and Wave Hill Breads.

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RECIPE: SOUTHWEST SALAD REDUX

I love go-to recipes that are as easy as cutting out them of the newspaper. Growing up we always ate NY Times Stew, which was a stew recipe my Grandfather found in the 60s, which is still a weekly Sunday dinner item my Mom makes. Recently I came across this NY Times Southwest Sweet Potato Salad recipe and it’s now in the weekly meal rotation.

Any great recipe can be made with substitutions. It would be too complicated explain why, but we had 50lb of brussels sprouts and carrots that we were inventing ways to eat before they rotted. Instead of using roasted sweet potatoes in this recipe, I substituted roasted brussels sprouts and carrots and it was just as good, if not better! This is a salad that is hearty and you don’t get bored in the middle of eating it. Plus it is so easy to make!

Southwest Carrot & Brussels Sprouts Salad

Roast a bunch of carrots & brussels sprouts (or peeled sweet potatoes) in a pan coated in olive oil, salt and pepper at 425 degrees until tender. Set aside to cool.

Chop a red onion, a red pepper and a bunch of cilantro.

In a blender combine a few jalapeños, 1-2 limes, a few garlic cloves, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.

In a big bowl combine the chopped red onions, red peppers, cilantro and roasted brussels sprouts and carrots, along with a can of drained black beans.

Cover in the jalapeño, lime, garlic dressing.

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Poland Farms Fruit & Vegetable

© Jen Galatioto

Find excellent farm fresh produce in Greenpoint, right off the Greenpoint Ave G at Poland Farm Fruit & Vegetable.

With a quick glimpse, it looks the same as any other produce stand. You’ve got to hop inside this dingy little market to really appreciate its quality. Now I mean “dingy” as a positive – there’s something unsettling about grocery store racks of artificially colored produce, reminds me of plastic fruit my grandmother used to have in Dollar Store bowls on her end tables.

The greens are crunchy, the fruit is ripe, and everything is inexpensive. The market also offers a small selection of canned goods, herbs, beer and other cold drinks, cheese, yogurt, Polish snacks (with names I won’t attempt to pronounce), fresh breads delivered daily, and lots of tea!

My first trip here was due to a sudden urge to boil a huge pot of vegetable stew. During one visit, I was able to purchase everything (carrots, potatoes, celery, tomato paste, onions, etc.) for under $14. You might catch a wilted head of lettuce or mushy avocado occasionally, but for $0.99, who is gonna complain?!

Watch out for “Mimi” – resident cat and guard of Poland Farm Fruit & Vegetable. Make sure to avoid any foot-on-paw incidents, which I did not. She’s a bad enemy to have.

Eat healthy, and frugally, thanks to Poland Farm Fruit & Vegetable!

Poland Farm Fruit & Vegetable
889 Manhattan Ave @ at the corner of Manhattan & Greenpoint

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McGolrick Park Farmer’s Market Update

NYC - Brooklyn - Greenpoint: McGolrick Park - McGolrick Park Shelter Pavilion
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After seeing this article on Brownstoner, I called Community Markets, a company that  according to the article, “gained approval from Community Board 1” to develop a Farmer’s Market at McGolrick Park.

GP: “Is it true that the Farmer’s Market will begin on Sunday June 3rd?”

Community Market: “Yes,” then, “hold on,” then “everything should be buttoned up by next week. We’ll call you back.”

I called Community Board 1 and spoke to Marie (great Brooklyn accent) who said they “support the conceptual plan” but cannot approve it. Community Markets’ next step is to gain approval from the Park’s Department, who owns the property.

After speaking to the Park’s Department, the Farmer’s Market in McGolrick Park is “still in discussion,” as well as a proposal for a farmer’s market in Cooper Park.

So I am going to just go ahead and get everyone’s hopes up and be optimistic that this will happen, but I will keep you updated.

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STOP AND SIGN THIS PETITION

You can’t usually find gorgeous romanescu cauliflower in the supermarket! Wouldn’t it be amazing to stroll into Winthrop/McGolrick on a Sunday morning and buy gorgeous produce, local honey, scrumptious bread, fresh seafood, pastured eggs, a plethora of mushrooms, hormone-free milk and sustainably raised meat? Support small farms, talk to your farmer, and make the planet and Greenpoint better by shopping at a Farmer’s Market right around the corner.

Sign this petition and make this a reality! 

 

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