On Saturday, the good people at Farmbox are hosting a fundraiser to support the building of edible gardens at several Brooklyn schools. They’re also in the final stages of a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to get their farmboxes into neighborhoods, schools and homes throughout Brooklyn and NYC. If you like what they’re trying to do, make a donation today – the campaign expires tomorrow.
theCOMPOUNDbrooklyn at Atlantic Lofts, 1281-1287 Atlantic Ave. (btwn. Nostrand & New York Aves.) from 3pm-midnight
Farm City Fair
On Sunday, Derek Denckla and the French Institute Alliance Francaise are staging the ‘Farm City Fair’ – a Brooklynized take on the good-ol’ traditional County Fair. The event will showcase the bounteous produce from Brooklyn farms and food and drink from local artisan producers, as well as the work of local artists exploring the culture of urban agriculture, and all kinds of workshops and contests. The only thing missing is a greased pig chase. Next year perhaps? … No? … Ok.
Highlights on the food front: Brooklyn Farms including Added Value, Eagle Street Rooftop Farms and BK Farmyards will be on hand selling the localest of produce and chatting about urban farming; Green Thumb will host a produce contest in which local gardeners can face off for coveted blue ribbons; Greenpoint Food Market will be curating a marketplace including products from some of Brooklyn’s best artisanal producers; Chefs from Egg, Ted & Honey, Marlow & Sons and more will serve dishes made in collaboration with Brooklyn’s urban farms; A bar will feature Brooklyn beers, wines and cocktails … and there’s lots lots more.
For more on the Fest, see Food Systems NYC’s interview with organizer and activist Derek Denckla here.
Sunday, September 12 from 11am-5pm at The Invisible Dog Art Center , 51 Bergen St (btwn Smith & Court)
Good Food Fest
Also on Sunday, the Brooklyn Food Coalition is hosting a street fair to raise awareness about sustainable living and healthy, delicious and affordable food. Stop by for great local food, cooking demos and competitions, canning and beekeeping workships, live music and more.
Sunday, September 12 from 12-3pm on Myrtle Avenue between Vanderbilt and Clinton Avenues in Ft. Greene.
Foraging in Prospect Park
If fairs and fests frighten you or just aren’t your thing, here’s a good alternative this weekend: On Sunday, Leda Meredith leads another foraging expedition in Prospect Park: “Come learn about, and gather, wild, edible plants growing in our own backyard, Prospect Park, with extreme locavore, Leda Meredith. Rain or shine, you’ll forage with Leda and then make your way to Slow Food Snail of Approval winner Beer Table to taste the products of Leda’s expeditions and, at your option, enjoy craft beer specially selected for the occasion by Beer Table owner, Justin Philips.”
Sunday, September 12 – 1:30pm to 5:30pm. Mett at Grand Army Plaza park entrance. Tickets $25 for Slow Food members, $35 for non-members.
Brooklyn Kitchen Can’t Be Stopped
The Brooklyn Kitchen is hosting all kinds of crazy-good classes and events this week. Highlights include a star-studded launch party for the new Brooklyn Cookbook, A Sushi class with Cathy Erway, an Ice Cream tutorial with SCRATCHbread’s Matthew Tilden, Pig Butchering, Homebrewing, and a seminar on what it takes to start a local food biz. You can find all the details here.
Ici restaurant is hosting an evening dedicated to local efforts to make breads using organic and local grains and ingredients. Panelists include Lynne Christy Anderson, author of “Breaking Bread: Recipes and Stories from Immigrant Kitchens,” Jessamyn Waldman, foinder of Hot Bread Kitchen which helps people break into the bread business; and June Russell, a Greenmarket staffer who is working to restore NY State wheat production by fostering relationships between local bakers and upstate farmers.Thursday, September 16th – 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at iCi Restaurant – 246 DeKalb Avenue (btn Clermont and Vanderbilt Aves.). $25 for Slow Food Members, $35 for non-members.