Greenmarkets. My love of the fresh produce and friendly vendors runs deep; I typically find myself shopping there two or three times a week. Of course, summer is the hardest time to not buy everything! There's often too many fruits, vegetables, and flowers to choose from. And this past few Saturdays, I've been seeing little flyers at my local McCarren Park Greenmarket. Red Jacket Orchards and Ronnybrook are up to something!
Healthy Bodegas. This is a new program with a goal of bringing fresh, local produce to some of New York's most underserved neighborhoods, starting with Bushwick and Bed-Stuy, Broooklyn. Though I have the option and means to get my fresh produce, that isn't the story for all New Yorkers, and getting nutritious, healthy food into the stores these neighborhoods can access-specifically bodegas-can only help them and New York as a whole. But in order to get this program off the ground, Red Jacket needs some help monetary wise. Feel free to click here and give a few dollars, and spread the word. Their donating bonuses mean you can score some schwag.
Ronnybrook Farm Dairy is inviting everyone up to their farm on August 8th! Yes, you can visit the cows that help make their awesome milk and ice cream, and eat some food, and give your kids a day out of the city on a farm. After the 2 hour ride on the Metro-North to Wassaic, Ronnybrook'll get you from the train station so you can come hang out on the farm, and join in the celebration of their most recent accomplishment, solar panels. Everyone's going green, even cows! If you want to go, be sure to let them know here.
(P.S. I'm totally bringing the milk jar back soon! Blame it on the snap dragons that wouldn't fit in any of my other vases!)