Farms & Foodshed

      Winter-Schminter: Warm Up with the Latin Food and Boogaloo Dance Party at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

      Just because winter has set in doesn’t mean all signs of life have disappeared from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden–in fact, nothing could be farther from the truth. Especially on Friday, February 10 from 8pm to midnight, when you can be transported to Latin America at LUSH, an evening of tastes and sounds (and dancing) in celebration of BBG’s collection of 6,000 (and counting) tropical orchids.

      Change the Way We Eat… From the Comfort of Your Own Home

      This Saturday, January 21st, from 10:30 am to 5:45 pm, make yourself a some lunch and get comfortable in front of your computer for TEDxManhattan’s “Changing the Way We Eat,” a live simulcast from the TimesCenter in Times Square. Twenty speakers who know more than a thing or two about the subject of sustainable eating and farming (including Mitchell Davis, the Executive Vice President of the James Beard Foundation, Michelle Hughes, the Director of GrowNYC’s New Farmer Development Project, and Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States) will explore a variety of issues, and talk about our choices and their consequences.

      Win Two Tickets to Dinner with Glenn Roberts of Anson Mills on Wednesday Night

      Sadly we can’t claim Anson Mills as our own local producer, but we’re damn proud to eat the product all the same. Owner Glenn Roberts, the South Carolina miller who runs the company, has got to be one of the most cutting-edge guys in the country when it comes to finding, sourcing and saving heirloom and artisanal grains like corn, wheat and rice–including many varieties that were nearly impossible to find.

      Putting a Name to What Pops up in Prospect Park: City Room’s Mushroom Photo ID Series

      Foragers and fans of Prospect Park’s ravine know wet fall weather has led to a bumper crop of mushrooms, so much so that the New York Times City Room asked readers to send in photos of their finds. They tapped mycologist and New Yorker Gary Lincoff–he’s the author of the Audubon Society’s Field Guide to North American Mushrooms–to ID them, and the 19 photos from his first fascinating report are now up online right here.

      Heritage Meats Opens a Shop at the Foot of the Williamsburg Bridge

      Until now Brooklyn’s Heritage Foods only sold its meats directly to chefs and restaurants or online, serving as broker between small family farms who can’t afford to process their proteins and city customers who want sustainably sourced meat. Last week they moved into real brick and mortar digs, in what used to be Jeffrey’s Meat Market in the Essex Street Market.