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Urban Farm, Winter Style

Last weekend I was lucky enough to get an off season visit to an urban farm in Brooklyn. My friend works at the Youth Farm at the High School for Public Service in Prospect Lefferts Garden. The farm is run by Green Guerrillas in conjunction with the high school. It is an educational production farm  that offers New Yorkers opportunities to increase their knowledge of the food system and build high level organic growing skills to share with their communities. The Youth Farm grows its produce and flowers on just one acre but it has made a big impact on the local community with a farmers market and CSA.

The Green House

The Green House

Given that much of the community has West Indian and Caribbean backgrounds, the farm grows some Caribbean produce to serve its shoppers at the Farmers markets.

Radicchio Growing through the Winter

Radicchio Growing through the Winter

The farm is quiet and mostly shut down for the winter, but there are still a few crops prospering. I got to eat some deliciously fresh green house micro greens, and I eagerly look forward to buying some next time around.

Mixed micro greens

Mixed micro greens

If you’re ever in New York, check out some of the urban farms throughout the city. There are lots of options and the farms all have different specialties. Its amazing to see how much can be produced from such small spaced.

For more information about the Youth Farm, check out their blog at http://hspsfarm.blogspot.com/p/about-farm.html

This City Mouse meets a Country Mouse

I nearly forgot about this picture. A bout a month ago, we left ventured out of the city to go apple picking at Terhune Orchards in Princeton, NJ. Its a lovely large farm which usually has a large variety of apples for picking and purchase.

Unfortunately for us, we visited on the last weekend of the apple picking season and the trees were largely picked pretty bare. So, it took some scrounging to find good choices. Even when we did find apples, we have to contend with locals that had gotten there first.

A Feasting Mouse

A Feasting Mouse

That’s the price you pay for organic, I guess. I’m just glad that I saw the mouse before I reached to grab the apple. I’m an animal lover, but I don’t need a field mouse on or in my hands.

Winter Farmer’s Market Blues

I stopped by the Green Market  at Grand Army Plaza this weekend and saw two things of note. The first was a crop of the largest carrots I’ve ever seen.

Those are some thick carrots

Those are some thick carrots

The second, was this sad scene of a cold farmers market worker all packed up and waiting to go home.

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Looks to me like winter’s here!