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Morningside Almanac: Week of 9/5
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Hooray for greens!

It’s baaaacckkkkk.  Well actually, you’re back–the Greenmarket’s been holding down the fort while you were out.  The Columbia Greenmarket is on Broadway between 114th and 116th every Thursday and Sunday.  Here are this week’s highlights:

  • Lavender By The Bay is back, get something that smells nice!
  • Thanks to the weather and season, there’s tons of delicious melons, tomatoes, corn, peaches, pears, summer squash, eggplants, and on and on
  • Stop by the managers’ table today to learn about the real meaning of families…of plants
  • Textiles are collected for recycling from 8 am to 3 pm.
  • Food scraps are collected for compost from 8 am to 1 pm.
  • Visit Market Information for a reusable bag
  • The Greenmarket is also looking for interns!  Read on:
Are you an outgoing, enthusiastic individual interested in local food, sustainable agriculture and education that’s looking for a fall internship? If so, then you should apply to Greenmarket Youth Education’s Fall Internship Program! For more info look for the “Youth Education Internship” description on our website.
The market accepts credit, debit, and EBT–and Health Bucks are available; you get $2 for every $5 you spend on EBT.  WIC+ Greenmarket shoppers using WIC Vegetable and Fruit checks receive additional Greenmarket Bucks to spend.
Not the Columbia Greenmarket but close enough via littleny/Shutterstock
Morningside Almanac: Week of 12/6

The humble mustard seed

It’s market time again! Go improve your quality of life during the dark days of finals studying with some delicious market goods. The Columbia market is open year-round on Sundays and Thursdays and as always, accepts credit, debit, and EBT.

On Sundays ONLY, the market collects food scraps for compost from 8am to 1pm, and textiles for recycling from 8am to 3pm. Forgot to bring a shopping bag with you to the market? Never fear! Visit the Market Information table and find a reusable bag at the Take a Bag/Leave a Bag collection.

Here are the highlights for today:
  •  The Hawthorne Valley butchers and bakers have been busy recently! Stop by their stand on Thursday to check out their organic beef  selection; and while you’re at it, grab their newest treat, a decadent cinnamon bun!
  • Holiday Gift Ideas: new mustards from Beth’s Farm Kitchen. The garlic rosemary whole grain mustard  will take your sandwiches up a few notches!

Soon-t0-be a delicious mustard via Wikimedia

 

Morningside Almanac: Week of 11/29

Keep those vampires away

The Columbia Greenmarket is positively abuzz with activity this week. You’re going to want to drop by the information station to meet new market manager, Kelly Faust. Bwog will definitely be there, trying to make a good impression. As always debit, credit and EBT are accepted, so go check out these new arrivals:

  • A garlic/ pesto producer
  • Lavender by the Bay
  • Madura’s Mushrooms
  • Beth’s Farm kitchens’ mustards, made with organic mustard seeds
  • Cayuga Pure Organics

Also, there are only a couple of more weeks left in the season for Lani’s Farm, so stock up on greens! Bwog has also been advised of the excellence of Buone Pane’s Focaccias and Hawthorne Valley’s little chocolate cup cakes. Mmm….

Garlicky goodness via Wikimedia

Morningside Almanac: Week of 11/15

Help out hurricane victims this Sunday!

Well, it’s that time of week again — time to stock up your cupboards with delicious locally-farmed food. The Columbia market is open year-round on Sundays and Thursdays and as always, accepts credit, debit, and EBT.

  • Thanksgiving week schedule change - The market will be open Sunday, November 18 and Tuesday, November 20. The market will be closed the day of Thanksgiving. Come on out to do your holiday shopping, and make your Thanksgiving a local one!
  • There will be NO FOOD SCRAPS COLLECTION this Sunday. But food scraps ARE being collected at Union Square and Inwood Greenmarkets. Visit http://www.grownyc.org/compost for more information.
  • There WILL BE textile recycling as usual, on Sunday from 8am to 3pm.
  • Sunday, November 18: Donate-a-Bag: Want to lend a hand to those affected by Hurricane Sandy, but don’t know how? We’re taking food donations at the market! Buy a little extra as you’re shopping with your favorite farmers, and drop it off at our Donate a Bag station. Support your farmers, help your fellow city dweller; it’s a win-win! We are collecting apples, pears, potatoes, onions, carrots, hearty greens, and bread. Visit http://www.grownyc.org/blog/donate-a-bag/ for more information.

Delicious canned goods via Shutterstock

Morningside Almanac: Week of 11/8

Nutrition

Greetings produce enthusiasts. Although the weather has been horrific lately, and it’s understandable if you don’t want to leave your room ever again, you still do need to eat your greens. So, here’s your market news for this week:

  • There will be NO FOOD SCRAPS COLLECTION this Sunday. You can, however, take your scraps to Madison Square Park at 25th Street & Broadway and Inwood Greenmarkets. Visit http://www.grownyc.org/compost for more information.
  • There will be textile recycling, as usual, on Sunday from 8 am to 3 pm.
  • Come out today to welcome a NEW FARMER, Fertile Grounds, to the lineup. Visit www.fertilegroundscsa.com for a sneak peak.
  • In preparation for Thanksgiving, the Greenmarket will be open on Tuesday 11/20 for all your holiday shopping needs. Preorder a turkey from either Sawkill farm or Dipaola’s Turkey farm.
  • The Greenmarket will be closed on 11/22, Thanksgiving day.

Component of a balanced diet via Shutterstock

Morningside Almanac: Week of 11/1

It’s this nice outside. Get yourself to the Greenmarket.

It appears that most of our favorite farms made it through Sandy unscathed. The Columbia Greenmarket is up and running as usual today. As always, check it out on Broadway between 114th and 116th every Thursday and Sunday. The market accepts credit, debit, and EBT.

The market is open as usual!

Sunny skies via Wikimedia Commons

Morningside Almanac: Week of 10/25

Last year’s giant pumpkin with its two sons and their weird squash cousins.

Come support the local farmers and eat delicious food! The Columbia market is open year-round on Sundays and Thursdays and as always, accepts credit, debit, and EBT. Here’s some additional information on this week’s farmer’s market bonanza:

  • On Sunday you can stop by to drop your food scraps (for compost) and textiles (for recycling). Hooray for the environment!
  • New York Magazine has confirmed something we knew every fall. Epic Meal Time is probably angry, but the Columbia Greenmarket has tons of events to celebrate the pumpkinness.
  • A giant pumpkin will be at the Market Information Table on Sunday; be sure to stop by to guess its weight. It won’t be offended, and closest guess gets a bag of market goodies.
  • Since it’s Halloween, the market is having pumpkin decoration on Sunday to celebrate. Buy a pumpkin from any farmer, bring it to the Market Information Table, and decorate it for free between 11AM and 1PM.
2Girls1Snack: Sipping Cider
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For Bwog, the arrival of fall means only one thing: time for hot apple cider. This week, the ladies of 2Girls1Snack apply their passion for steaming things in cups to review our local cider options.

Joe

Some things at Joe are worth the 20-minute line—the coffee, the cupcakes, the inexplicably large number of well-dressed Europeans. Which makes the apple “cider,” which tasted more like warmed-up apple juice, that much more of a disappointment. Expect to spend $3.00 and an extra ten minutes (supposedly spent “frothing” the drink) waiting for an overpoweringly sweet cup of cider with no added spices. Joe’s version may be good for chugging on the way to lecture or during a midterms-induced breakdown/regression to childhood, but just doesn’t deliver the fall-in-a-cup feeling that 2Girls looks for in a good apple cider.

Rating: 2/5
Price: $3.00 for small

Hungarian Pastry Shop

Hungarian’s cider is something of an acquired taste. Some will call the more muted apple flavor “watery”; some will call it “subtle.” It’s definitely more complex than the sugary version at Joe and goes better with a sweater, a scarf, and a tome of Jewish intellectual history. Hungarian also offers to add cinnamon to the cider, which complements the apple flavor nicely—though snackers are advised to proceed with caution, since the baristas are prone to overdoing the spice, resulting in an undrinkable, Cinnamon Challenge-esque brew. Order an oversized hamentaschen with your drink to help you power through your CC reading and partake in the people-watching, since that’s probably why you’re at Hungarian anyway.

Rating: 3/5
Price: $2.50 for a small

Oren’s Daily Roast

Oren’s seasonal offering is, like Joe’s, sweet, intensely apple-y and fairly unsophisticated. It also clearly comes from a plastic jug of questionable origins, which made 2Girls skeptical of the relatively hefty price point. What sets this version apart, though, is the optional addition of caramel. Although though the added flavor might freak out some diehard cider purists, it was a new and delicious angle on an old favorite.

Rating: 3.5/5
Price: $3.26 for a small

Breezy Hill Orchard

The farmer’s market just seems like the most appropriate place for a hot apple cider and, surrounded by fresh produce and a plethora of apple-flavored baked goods, Breezy Hill’s rendition of the fall favorite didn’t disappoint. Where the coffee shop varieties cooled off after a few minutes in the nippy air, this drink stayed piping hot. The fresh, intense, apple flavor and delicate blend of spices made 2Girls want to stroll through Riverside looking at the leaves and then go on a hayride, or something. In any case, it’s worth a between class trip on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Sundays.

Rating: 4.5/5

Price: $2 for a small

Morningside Almanac: Week of 10/3

It’s decorative gourd season…

In addition to today’s Columbia Greenmarket, tonight our neighborhood will receive the prestigious honor of playing host to NYC’s first nighttime farmer’s market. Check out the Harlem Pop-Up Greenmarket, 4 – 9 p.m. at W. 117th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard. It looks extremely tasty. 

Attending Greenmarket Producers:

  • King Ferry Winery – Wine by the glass from Cayuga County, New York
  • Valley Shepherd Creamery – Sheep’s milk cheese, yogurt and gelato from Morris County, New Jersey
  • Hot Bread Kitchen – Multi-ethnic artisan breads and tortillas from New York County, New York
  • Breezy Hill Orchard – Pears, apples, cider and baked goods from Dutchess County, New York
  • Glebocki Farm – Vegetables from Orange County, New York
  • Ronnybrook Dairy Farm – Milk, yogurt, butter and ice cream from Columbia County, New York
  • Nolasco’s Farm – Vegetables, Mexican specialty produce and herbs from Warren County, New Jersey
  • Andrew’s Local Honey – Honey and honey products from Fairfield County, Connecticut
  • Pumpkin Patch sale provided by Nolasco’s Farm.


Soon-to-be-jack-o’-lanterns via Wikimedia Commons

Morningside Almanac: Week of 9/13
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Mesmerizingly pretty

Get yer locally grown organics on at the Columbia Greenmarket.  On Broadway between 114th and 116th every Thursday and Sunday.  As always, here are ze highlights:

  • On Sundays the market collects food scraps for compost from 8 am to 1 pm and textiles for recycling frim 8 am to 3 pm
  • Thursdays, ongoing: volunteers needed!  Are you looking for a fun, interactive volunteer opportunity helping to bring fresh, local food to city residents? Look no further than your neighborhood Greenmarket! We’re in need of an at-market volunteer for a few hours every Thursday. For more information, please contact Market Manager Caroline at chiteshew@greenmarket.grownyc.org, or swing by Market Information and introduce yourself.
  • This Thursday Lavender by the Bay is back!  Pick up a fragrant bouquet to brighten up your whitewashed concrete walls and Fight Club poster.
  • Ever wondered what a chutney is?  Join Beth Linskey of Beth’s Farm Kitchen on Sunday for Chutney 101 to learn how to make and cook with versatile, delicious chutney.  On the menu: paninis and soup.  From 11 am to 1 pm.
  • Take a Bag/Leave a Bag Collection: Did you pledge to reduce your plastic use, but forget to bring your reusable bag? Or, are reusable bags coming out of your ears? Never fear! Swing by Market Information to pick up a used bag, or drop off extras. This collection is ongoing.

Credit, debit, EBT are loved here.

Loveliest thing you’ll see all day via Wikimedia Commons

Morningside Almanac: Week of 9/6
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Get your arts & crafts on

Upperclassmen rejoice: it’s your first Columbia Greenmarket of the year!  (No, stumbling past the tents in a hungover daze on Sunday after your first night back doesn’t count.)  The market is here every Thursday and Sunday on Broadway between 114th and 116th.  Bwog has your highlights:

  • On Sundays, the market collects food scraps for compost from 8 am to 1 pm and textiles for recycling from 8 am to 3 pm
  • This Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm the Mobile Textile Lab will be at Market Info to teach you how to dye textiles using natural ingredients found in the market.  It’s just like arts and crafts!
  • Swing by Market Info at noon today to learn how to cook locally grown edamame from Samascott Orchard–and even grab a free sample
  • Stop by Market Info to pick up a used bag or drop off extras in the ongoing Take A Bag/Leave A Bag Collection
As always, the market accepts credit, debit, and EBT.
Childhood memories via Wikimedia Commons
Morningside Almanac: Week of 8/30
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An apple a day...

Wondering what all those tents on Broadway between 114th and 116th are?  Wonder no more: it’s the Columbia Greenmarket!  Every Thursday and Sunday the market is here with tons of fresh goodies to augment your, ah, nutritious and filling John Jay/Ferris/Koronets diet.  Each Thursday, Bwog has the highlights:

  • It’s nearly September, meaning TONS OF DELICIOUS FRESH FOODS!  Tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, apples, pears, winter squash, the possibilities are endless!
  • Through November 15th Health Bucks are at the market.  Spend $5 with EBT and get a $2 coupon for fruits and veggies.  Visit Market Information to participate
  • From 9 am until supplies last today, visit Market Info for a free reusable bag–all you need to do is spend $15 at any one stand, turn in plastic bags for reuse, and sign the Pass on Plastic pledge
  • Hawthorne Valley Farm, a Sunday market staple, will be here today with certified organic and biodynamic produce, dairy, baked goods, and lacto-fermented vegetables from Columbia County
  • On Sunday at noon join Lori Weisenberg-Catalano, an accomplished cook and Gonzalez Farms CSA member, who will be cooking market fresh tomato sauce.  Learn and enjoy free samples
The market accepts credit, debit, and EBT.
Strange fruit via Wikimedia Commons
Morningside Almanac: Week of 4/19
Bwog can do a 30 second kegstand

The actual keg

Still haven’t stopped by the greenmarket this year?! What are you thinking!??!  Just 3 weeks before you’ve missed your chance, SENIORS.  As always, the highlights:

  • Welcome back Hodgson Farms today by checking out their plants, flowers, and more
  • BIG EXCITING NEWS: Stop by Mark’s stand this Sunday to order an Tundra Brewery KEG in time for your last party of the year!
  • Celebrate Earth Day on Sunday with compost, textile recycling, and plants.  Stop by market info from 11-2 to watch Rebecca of Stannard Farms demonstrate how to transplant her herb plants into a larger pot to up your homemade cooking game
  • Starting this Sunday the market will be collecting food scraps for compost from 8 am to 1 pm.  For a list of what can be composted, tips on storage, and more, check the site
  • Also starting this Sunday the market will be accepting clean and dry clothing, paired shoes, bedding, linens, hats, handbags, belts, fabric scraps 36″ x 36″ or larger and other textiles for recycling from 8 am to 3 pm.  Again, check the site.

Credit, debit, and EBT are accepted with smiling, happy faces.

Centerpiece for your next party via the greenmarket

Morningside Almanac: Week of 4/12
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Official composting poster

Every Thursday and Sunday from 114th to 116th on Broadway, the Columbia greenmarket comes ’round to provide a bit of stability to your hectic city life.  Likewise, every Thursday we’re here to give you the highlights:

  • Today Lani’s Farm will have bunches of asparagus.  Get to the market early for this first spring treat!
  • This week’s featured item is herbs.  Procure some for business or pleasure: they can be bought as a plant on your windowsill or freshly cut to be used in cooking.  Stop by market info for fun facts, recipes, instructions on making herb oils & butters, and a sample of the cooking demo.
  • Every Sunday starting April 22nd, the market will be collecting food scraps for compost from 8am to 1pm. Visit www.grownyc.org/compost for a list of what can be composted, tips on storage, and more.
Credit, debit, and EBT are accepted – stability, friends.
Composting poster via the greenmarket
Morningside Almanac: Week of 4/5
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The incredible, edible egg

Every Thursday and Sunday the Columbia Greenmarket serves as a staple of stability, holding camp on Broadway between 114th and 116th.  As always, we bring you the highlights:

  • Ah, spring, when cute baby animals are born and eggs are created.  And how good would that egg taste for your breakfast!  Hens have begun laying, so check out the market’s collection
  • Stop by Market Info today to learn more about eggs, taste a sample from the cooking demo, and pick up tips on how to decorate your eggs naturally this Easter using market ingredients
  • Celebrate Easter Sunday with your friendly neighborhood Greenmarket!  Samascott Orchards, Beth’s Farm Kitchen, Sawkill Farm, Hudson Valley Duck, Ardith Mae, Meredith’s Bread, Dan Madura with mushrooms, Hot Bread Kitchen, and Monkshood Nursery will all be at the market on Sunday
Credit, debit, and EBT will be eaten along with the eggs.  Just kidding, they’re totally accepted.
Masterfully dyed eggs via Wikimedia Commons