Food and the City: On the Farm

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Brooklyn writer Melanie Rehak looks at the sometimes-complicated process of feeding New Yorkers in her book, Eating for Beginners: An Education in the Pleasures of Food from Chefs, Farmers, and One Picky Kid.  Each week in November she shares what she's learned -- this week: the farm. 

For next week: Share your tips for feeding picky eaters here.


Melanie Rehak

Comments [12]

gaetano catelli from Taylor, MS (pop. almost 300)

what's better than Cheerios!!!

Nov. 08 2010 07:14 AM
Carola from Brooklyn

Because the Pk Slope Food Coop is full to overflowing, they are assisting 'satellite' coops forming in other Brooklyn neighborhoods, including Ft.Green/Clinton Hill/Bedford Stuyvesant, Sunset Park, Bushwiick, and others.

Nov. 05 2010 09:29 PM
sogol from brooklyn

most people want to eat locally and ms rehak has a great point about joining a csa. not only do you support a local farm and farmer, but you support the earth by supporting green and organic farming procedures. i really recommend checking out http://www.justfood.org which is a listing of csa's by neighborhood. and there is a green market in nyc every day of the week, so check out their site to find one that is most convenient for you. and if you want to really get involved, may i recommend slow food nyc? help them practice their mantra of "good, clean and fair" by visiting http://www.slowfoodnyy.org.
just a couple of ways to make it easier to be a locavore!

Nov. 04 2010 11:05 AM
Carola Burroughs from Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

Because the Pk Slope Food Coop is full to overflowing, they are assisting 'satellite' coops forming in other Brooklyn neighborhoods, including Ft.Green/Clinton Hill/Bedford Stuyvesant, Sunset Park, Bushwiick, and others.

Nov. 04 2010 11:04 AM
Sheree from Manhattan

Here's the link to the Just Food website:

Nov. 04 2010 11:03 AM

re us vs. china organic garlic --

I bugged the heck out of my store managers to get local organic garlic -- which had been off their radar -- and now they stock it. just bug them continuously and spread the word, if it's wegmans and even some whole foods they'll actually mention it to the farmers themselves.

Incidentally -- much of the garlic farms in cali have been turned into housing, whilst the organic garlic from china (the label on it is the us importer, it often doesn't even say china on it) sounds a bit iffy to me. anybody who's been to china quickly realizes that their farms often are surrounding filthy factories.

Best reason, as the guest said, is to make sure that the remaining farms around our own bergs and burbs stay green!

Nov. 04 2010 11:01 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

People need to check information on non-organic apples. Less carbon foot print, but what’s a little cancer.

Nov. 04 2010 11:00 AM
Sheree from Manhattan

Anyone interested in joining a CSA should visit the Just Foods website; there's everything you need to know there.

Nov. 04 2010 11:00 AM
Madeline from Manhattan

I buy locally almost exclusively. I have become particularly addicted to the weekly New Amsterdam Market at the Seaport and have been stocking up on meat for the winter and anything dried (beans and grains). Meanwhile I am enjoying the camaraderie and creativity one finds at markets where you meet the producers directly. My sister and I have also purchased a chest freezer and will be getting a whole pig and half a cow from a local farmer come the end of this month.

Nov. 04 2010 10:58 AM
Robert from NYC

I understand a little more is acceptable but some of the farmers charge more than many of us can afford these days. When your weekly food budget is $20 or less you can spend that on 2 or 3 items at the farmer's markets. I buy what I can afford. So if they expect to even sell the produce they might consider the all-American compromise we hear about these days. After all the farmers don't pay exorbitant rents that store owners do.

Nov. 04 2010 10:57 AM
Cleo from Jersey City

I am ashamed for your ignorance. Farming isn't the only part of the American life sausage factory we don't see. Everything from our clothes to our electronics are made in ways Americans would never put up with.

Nov. 04 2010 10:53 AM
Sara from LES

As an American I am ashamed it is only 2010 and we have people "rediscovering" ways of life that we were only using years before.

One word: Lazy.

What's next a book on how to sleep on cheap sheets? I grew up in Pennsylvania and people there (shocker) still live season to season. Get over yourselves!

Nov. 04 2010 10:51 AM

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