A Day at the Farm

IMG_3321As I mentioned yesterday was going to be spending the day at the Growing Heart Farm at a yoga retreat which also included a farm tour, meal and 4 hours on Metro North.

I know this is going to sound bad, but every year or so when I think about doing something like this and then I actually do it I always come back home thinking the same thing: I am so glad I live in the city.  There is a reason this blog is called Urban food guy as I really don’t like leaving town and going to the country.  Sure it’s pretty and I certainly appreciate the hard work that goes into farming, but the country, farms, epic journey’s in cars or on public transit: not for me.  It holds no appeal at all – which is good to know, this way I can embrace my urban sensibilities fully without wondering what I might be missing: I know exactly what I am missing and surprise I’m actually not missing anything.  I’m happiest in a big city and if I go away I want to get on a plane and go somewhere foreign and explore a different culture. There you have it different strokes…

The great thing about a city like NYC is that I can live in an urban environment and still support farmers by going to one of any of the amazing markets here any day of the week. Hell the Union Square market is open all year!

One of the most interesting features about Growing Heart Farm is their real dedication to farming sustainably which extends to their very smart irrigation system which is mostly water pumped from a spring and their use of solar energy to power, well just about everything.  Really admirable. And I see no reason why more buildings in NYC couldn’t use solar to offset traditional fossil fuel power sources.

The meal served at the end of the day was vegan made mostly from the delicious vegetables grown at the farm. Suffice to say I am not a big fan of veganism and would have appreciated some butter, salt and protein.  Luckily, being the hard-core urbanite I am I was able to come home and go out for dinner!  I was starving.

Growing Heart Farm is still very young (only 4 years old) and have a burgeoning CSA which I encourage you to join so you can get fresh organic (and beyond) produce which is delivered to the city every week. Check out their site for more info.

Here’s a little photo journey of my day at the farm:IMG_3365IMG_3397IMG_3392IMG_3361IMG_3369IMG_3384IMG_3379IMG_3356IMG_3344IMG_3342IMG_3339IMG_3334IMG_3401IMG_3400

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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2 Responses to A Day at the Farm

  1. Mark,
    The farm looks bountiful! The colors, the textures–summertime in the Northeast.

  2. Cynthia Stanhope says:

    Happy you went…it looks marvelous Mark!

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