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First Snow 2015

They city always looks so fresh and new after a snowfall. That is, until the snow turns to slush and the white fades into the sooty shades of gray.  Last week I was fortunate enough to be home right after a snowfall in Brooklyn and was able to enjoy Prospect Park while the snow was still fresh, white and largely untouched.

This first snow may have only been an  inch or two, but it was worth the wander through the cold. I hope you enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed the day.

Snow covered bridge

Snow covered bridge

Making paths

Making paths

The ducks found a small as yet unfrozen pond in the lake

The ducks found a small as yet unfrozen pond in the lake

Bridge and overlook

Bridge and overlook

The frozen lake

The frozen lake

Chilly waterfall

Chilly waterfall

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

Bryant Park Popsicle

Did I say winter was here in my last post? Apparently that was no joke. I cut through Bryant Park the other night on the way to the theater and caught site of this:

Frozen Fountain in Bryant Park

Frozen Fountain in Bryant Park

I worked in an office next to Bryant Park for over six years and I’ve never seen the fountain freeze. Usually the fountain has long been turned off by the time we get a sustained cold for long enough to freeze.

It looks like its going to be a long cold one. Bundle up people!

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!