On Sunday, I attended the Just Food:CSA in NYC conference and I was impressed with the great turnout. The Meat and Egg Share workshops connected NYC CSAs with pasture-based farmers in the NYC region. The panelists and attendees discussed the logistics of getting the products from their farms to the various NYC CSAs - from the best refrigerated truck delivery service for the farmers to use down to how much product each CSA member could reasonably contain in their small NYC refrigerators. I had already been talking or emailing with many of the farmers at the conference and was so glad to be able to put faces to their voices and names. It was also great to put a face and voice to the blogging/emailing voice of Kerry Trueman from Eating Liberally. Thanks for stopping by the table Kerry. Thanks also to everyone who signed up for our listserv. I’m so glad Just Food set up our table next to the wine tasting from Martha Clara Vineyard. It certainly made for a steady flow of attendees at the Animal Welfare Approved table. And to all of the farmers I met at the conference, I hope we'll be in touch soon.
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