Here at AWA, we’ve been thinking a lot about this special holiday and how we may have more in common with our ancestors than we think. Upon arriving in America, the early pilgrims ate what was locally available (granted, they didn’t have an alternative!). This happened to be animals that ranged and foraged in the woods and pastures, eating a diet specific to their natural needs and free from non-therapeutic antibiotics or added hormones. Sounds like a Certified AWA farm, doesn’t it? Meat, dairy, and eggs from animals raised outdoors on pasture or range is better for you, better for farmers, and better for the planet all great reasons to give thanks.
Taste of Greenmarket is a celebration of the harvest season with some of the best chefs in NYC. Proceeds from this fundraising dinner will go towards supporting family farmers and educating children about our food systems. Animal Welfare Approved is proud to help sponsor this event (see us on the Taste of Greenmarket website!) and we look forward to meeting the chefs, farmers, guests and organizers who are making this possible. Kelly Choi of “Eat out in NY” will serve as Master of Ceremonies, and featured speakers include Christine Quinn, Council Speaker and food advocate, Adrian Benepe, Commissioner of NYC Department of Parks and Recreation (and son of Greenmarket founder Barry Benepe) and Christopher “Kim” J. Elliman, founder of the Open Space Institute. Contributing chefs include Dan Barber, Michael Anthony, and Mary Cleaver, among others.
Greenmarket is a part of The Council on the Environment of NYC (CENYC), a hands-on non-profit that has been improving New York City’s environment for over thirty years. Greenmarket is the largest and most successful open-air farmers markets program in the country and connects local farmers with city residents by delivering fresh healthy produce to all five boroughs. By directly connecting farmers and producers to New Yorkers, Greenmarket supports family farms, preserves farm land, delivers fresh healthy produce to those who need it most, and reduces the environmental effects that result from food traveling across the country or world (adapted from the Greenmarket website).
The event will take place Wednesday, October 29, 2008 and begins at 6 p.m. with a private tasting, followed by the main event and silent auction. For tickets and more information visit the Taste of Greenmarket website at: http://www.cenyc.org/greenmarket/tasteofgreenmarket