As our own Rachel Wharton reported earlier this week in the New York Times, Bill will retire next month. We’re long time fans of his work and even had the great honor of publishing one of his stories back in 2010.
When you hit the Greenmarket this weekend, pick up some Farmer Ground Flour (sold at the Cayuga Pure Organics stands) and try this earthy, rustic pound cake from June Russell, farm inspection manager for the Greenmarkets. Made of cornmeal, buckwheat and wheat, it’s a cross between cake and cornbread and makes a wonderful winter treat.
Yesterday the Department of Sanitation and Grow NYC dropped some pretty heavy news on New York City: since they introduced collections at Greenmarkets in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island in 2011, they’ve collection ONE MILLION POUNDS of compost.
The impact of Hurricane Sandy was measured in many ways: feet of water, billions of dollars, days of school closures. At Added Value, the Red Hook community farm fueled by the work of youth volunteers, it was measured in pounds of sweet potatoes.
As an enlightened eater, going out for sushi–once a weekly indulgence–has become a guilt-inducing task I try to avoid. Gone are the days of blindly consuming shrimp tempura and eel avocado rolls. Spicy tuna? Forget it. But this week, with a little help from my local Greenmarket, we made a sushi feast even a locavore could be proud of.
For Michael Hurwitz, director of GrowNYC’s Greenmarket program, the arrival of September means it’s time for two things: harvest and football. Put those two together and you get Sunday Short Ribs in Cider and Tomatoes, which he serves during halftime.
While we’d advocate for everybody shopping at farmers markets year round, there’s truly no time like summer to appreciate the bounty of local goods at our fingertips.