We often joke around Nona that Brooklyn today is to food what San Francisco was to music in the 1960s. When we see events like the 3-weekend long Farm City series — put on by the FIAF (French Institute Alliance Francaise…yeah, really) — we start to really believe it.
A quick glance at the 9-page event brochure might be enough to induce dizziness in even the most hardcore urban farmer or food lover, or at least encourage one to start carbo-loading for the event. Billed as a “celebration of urban agriculture,” the series will feature a mile-long list of local tours, art expos, films, forums, and more (the full series brochure can be found here).
While we’d love to attend most of these events, we think we’ll focus on the food. On Sunday, Sept 12th from 11am – 5pm, the series will host the Farm City Fair, focusing on local food, farmers, artisans, brewers, and chefs. The event will take place at The Invisible Dog Art Center (51 Bergen St b/n Smith St and Court St in Carroll Gardens). Here’s a few of the highlights taken from the official Farm City site if you’re into the edible art:
Farmstands from Brooklyn farms such as Added Value, Rooftop Farms, and Bk Farmyards will sell their produce and explain its provenance.
GreenThumb will host a Premium Blue Ribbon Contest for gardeners to show off their produce and reveal the range of possibilities for home growing in the city.
Brooklyn Food Coalition will present a day-long series of workshops on how to make or grow food at home, from canning to under-counter compost.
Greenpoint Food Market will curate the best of Brooklyn’s small-batch vendors, including Anarchy in a Jar preserves and Brooklyn Kombucha.
The Food Experiments, created by Theodore Peck and Nick Suarez, will select competitive chefs to respond to their Brooklyn roots, using one or more ingredients grown or made in Brooklyn in a cook-off.
A Bar of Brooklyn Brews, Wines, and Cocktails will offer Brooklyn-made libations during the Fair.
Chefs from The Meat Hook, Marlow & Sons, Ted & Honey, Egg and others will serve up delicious eats made in Brooklyn in collaboration with urban farms.