This is our last market for the season. Our first year has been a huge success with setting up infrastructure, setting up our fields, and growing over 120 different varieties of vegetables. We are anticipating our restaurant, Agricola, opening next year. It has been challenging working in the fields recently. We have to wait for the frost to thaw off our plants and then hurry up and harvest them while the daylight decreases. The arugula has made it through a hurricane and a snow storm. We have a limited amount, but this tender green is worth all of the care. Thank you to everyone who has come out to purchase at the McGolrick Park Farmers Market. Swing on over this Sunday and stock up.
Hurricane Sandy is predicted to hit today. Yesterday was our market and I was unsure if we should attend because people have been worked up into a survival frenzy. After some thought we decided to attend the market and it worked out great. We almost sold out of everything, which has only happened one other time. Over the course of the season we have been growing relationships with our market customers. Selling vegetables can be tricky at a market. Sometimes you have to educate people on how to prepare the vegetable and other times I turn into a salesman. I have no shame in being a vegetable salesman because in the end it turns someone on to a healthy vegetable they have never tried before. After a couple of suggestions, if successful, then a dialogue and relationship is formed. Slowly we can chip away at the industrial food system and make real relationships between producer and consumer viable. Thank you to everyone that came out yesterday and every week!
Tomato season is in full swing. We have been giving tastings at the market to show the varying flavors of our heirloom tomatoes. It is a great time of year to shop at the market!
The heat has set in and every plant on the farm is thriving…including the weeds! We are reaching a fever pitch of work from mulching our tomatoes with hay (yes hay, not straw, we harvest it from our land), weeding, planting, and harvesting. The farmers market in Greenpoint is moving along and we are establishing some new connections with local restaurants. Soon to come will be our “Vegetable Share” for local delivery.
We will be bringing the freshest vegetables full with flavor every Sunday from 11am- 4pm at McGolrick Park in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. There is an amazing amount of energy in Brooklyn and it is great to be a part of it. Come visit us at the market and ask us how to use the produce we bring. We love to talk about food!