Archive for the ‘Vegetables’ Category

So Far, So Good

January 18, 2010

LORIMER STREET, Brooklyn: Potatoes, apples & squash from the Greenpoint farmer’s market. I am keeping good on my word to visit the market every Saturday through the winter, and purchase the majority of my produce there.

Find Brooklyn Farmer’s Market listings here:
www.nyfarmersmarket.com

I am excited to report that Boneshaker’s brunch menu now includes potatoes from the Greenpoint Farmer’s Market, deliciously and simply roasted with olive oil, salt and pepper. Oops, I just gave away the secret recipe.

There are a lot of good posts coming soon… I have so many links to share, and was in the studio audience for Martha Stewart’s “Blogging” show on Thursday – which was a completely surreal experience, that I am still collecting my thoughts on – so coverage of that is happening sometime this week. In the mean time, stay warm and happy growing!

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That’s a lot of green…

November 14, 2009

HUMBOLDT STREET, Brooklyn: With such a cloudy summer this year the tomatoes around these parts are taking forever to ripen. However, I am very pleased with the production of my plants this year! This is the most fruit I’ve seen yet, I just hope the frost stays away and the sun comes out long enough to get these babies rosy.
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A Tomato Grows in Williamsburg

October 20, 2009

BEDFORD & N. FOURTH, Brooklyn: Take a closer look at what is going on here…

IMG_1507IMG_1508My coworker thinks someone must have lost a slab of tomato off their sandwich back in the spring. I suspect the seed blew in on the breeze. Any way you slice it, a seed was sewn between the sidewalk and a construction site on the corner of Bedford and N. Four – go see for your self – if it hasnt been trampled to death by the hordes of 20 somethings, the fruit may be getting ripe enough to pick!IMG_1509IMG_1510

and just so you can really see what I’m talking about… with flash! (it was getting dark when I took these…) YES IT IS A real live TOMATO PLANT fighting to survive! 

IMG_1511The discarded cig butt really completes the composition.

I Promised You Pickles

October 16, 2009

09-1023_Garden 034HUMBOLDT ST, Brooklyn:  Fresh pack pickling is the easiest method, in my opinion, because you don’t need any equipment that you wouldn’t otherwise have in the kitchen. It’s so easy! Anyone can do it! The other cool thing people seem to forget is pickling is not limited to cucumbers. Pick any fruit or vegetable!

I recently purchased the book Preserved written by Nick Sander & Johnny Acton. Although I found it predominately meat based and a bit vague in the text, the photos are divine and it really did a good job reminding me of all the possibilities that exist for food besides instant gratification. The fate of our grocery store purchases or garden bounty is not limited to that same week. But I am getting off topic – especially considering unsealed fresh-pack pickles should be eaten within a week… Here is what you will need…

Very clean glass jars with lids (I recommend boiling them in water first)

Cucumber (depends on size, but consider how many will fit into your jars once cut)

Jalapeno (approx. 1/2 per jar)

Garlic Cloves (2 – 4 per jar)

Peppercorns (1 teaspoon per jar)

Dill (fresh whole stalks)

Here is the liquid ratio to boil:

1-1/2 cup vinegar

1/2 cup water

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon kosher salt

Slice your cucs and jalapeneo how you like them best – dimes or spears (something in between??) Make sure you give them a good wash if they are store bought, often there is a thin layer of wax on the skin. Put all the veg in the jars and once your liquid has come to boil fill em up to the top. Cover loosely with the lid while you leave out to cool. Once room temp (or warm to the touch is ok) make sure the lid gets screwed on tight and refrigerate. They can be eaten in a few hours! Lasts a week or two. Experiment with the ingredients to get them just how you like them… saltier, sweeter, dillier. PICKLE PARTY!

Finding Paradise (on the outskirts of Bushwick)

October 16, 2009

HUMBOLDT ST, Brooklyn: It’s good to have a garden. When you hunker down close to the earth you can almost feel like you’re somewhere else. Radishes gone to flower…

IMG_1219…taken the end of August.

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Veggies Don’t Wait for Blogs

September 10, 2009

HUMBOLDT ST, Brooklyn: We interrupt the regularly scheduled coverage of my adventures in Goshen to bring you an update of the Brooklyn homestead. Considering vegetables don’t sleep (do they?) that means things keep growing and yet again I can hardly keep up. We have been consistently harvesting a generous handful of beans every week. Also the first two heirloom tomatoes that I started from some Baker Creek Seeds way back the beginning of the season finally got red enough to pluck. With more tomatoes on the way i am so stoked right now to be growing food. The zinnias aren’t too hard on the eyes either.

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IMG_0962In the next few weeks stay tuned for posts on pickling and the always stellar Roberta’s. If I only had a little more time in the day!

Justice is Served.

July 19, 2009

HOME, Brooklyn: Finally got my new camera and can show off the detail of my beautiful beans. Behold!

IMG_0084From the Baker Creek Heriloom Seeds 2009 Pure Seed Book: “Rattlesnake Pole #BN108 – This pole beans is easy to grown and produces lots of green pods that have purple streaks. Good flavor and very tender; the speckled seeds are popular in soup. This variety is great for hot humid areas.”

We are very happy with the results!

I’m sorry, beans.

July 17, 2009

HOME, Brooklyn: The injustice – I know. Unfortunately until my new camera comes, this is all I have to show. The dreaded cell phone pics. yikes. This was the first harvest this year:

IMG00096-20090706-1931Here is the second harvest, right around July 13:

mime-attachmentThe beans are quiet beautiful, green with purple markings. More to come upon the arrival of my new camera (Canon PowerShot SX10 IS, woo!)

’08 – Go Beans!

July 13, 2009

 

HOME, Brooklyn: The beans are so beautiful and growing growing growing, but I have no camera! What bad timing to have my picture taker go kaput!

Well I figured while I wait for the replacement equipment to show up in the mail I would share my first bean harvest EVER (well not ever since I think I must have planted my first bean seed when I was about 3,  but of my adult life at least. Since I have been trying, I guess.) It all started last year when Bradley and I moved in together and were lucky enough to find a spot in Brooklyn with a “yarde.” This was the first harvest:

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We are growing a different variety this year. We’ve already harvested a round (delish) and are far surpassing last year in both quantity and size. We are also watching some pretty plump cucs show up. Stay tuned for photos of our beauties. Also send along what you’ve got growing! igrewthis@gmail.com!