Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Here's your chance to join a CSA

Sara Grady who runs the wonderful Gradywood sent out a newsletter a few days ago announcing a Ramp Foraging expedition and the rare opportunity to join a CSA (community supported agriculture) weekly food from the farm you can pick up at one of 4 convenient locations from Paisley Farm. It's $500 for a season of fresh, local produce, you can't beat it! So hurry and join up now while space is still available.

Gradywood also gives you all the information on Sarah and her chef partner Jason Wood who do have supper club nights every now and then, often as benefits for good causes like the Queens County Farm Museum.

The Queens county farm is someplace I've only become aware of in the last couple of months and am going to make it a point to go visit this summer. Here is the description from their website:

The Queens County Farm Museum's history dates back to 1697; it occupies New York City's largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland and is the only working historical farm in the City.

How cool is that? The more I discover NYC the more I realize how vast and diverse it is. Just the other day I went to breezy point in Brooklyn with my friend Jane who has had a house out there in a small beach community for years. Yes, you read that correctly beach community at the edge of Brooklyn, on one side is the Atlantic Ocean on the other is Jamaica Bay. It's not far from the Rockaways and Reise Park, where else can you go from historic working farm to white sandy ocean beach all on a subway or bus?

Just last night my friend Draper was telling me about a recent visit to Coney Island and how it's been cleaned up and the beach there is delightful.

In these tough economic times it is nice to know that this year if you have a staycation you need not feel like you have to do without, there is so much to do and all you need is a metro pass! Well and a picnic and a nice cool bottle of white wine ;-)

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