Wednesday, September 02, 2015

News From The Carroll Gardens Greenmarket

(photo credit: Carroll Gardens Greenmarket)

The Carroll Gardens Greenmarket, which is held every Sunday from 8 am to 3 pm on Carroll Street between Smith and Court Streets, has continued to bring fresh produce to the community throughout the summer and is now gearing up for a great fall season.

Gabriella Stern, the Greenmarket Manager and Outreach Coordinator, sent us some updates about our neighborhood's market. She writes:

"This season, we have an explosion of vegetables and fruit at the Carroll Gardens Greenmarket. The market should be your one-stop-shop for juicy and colorful heirloom tomatoes, fragrant herbs, fresh peppers, summer squash, and of course, fruit! Come shop now and take advantage of the end of the summer produce, because before you know it, we'll be back to eating winter squash.

Not sure what to do with all those tomotoes? In the midst of the hot summer nights, I've been avoiding turning on the stove. Instead, I marinate a few sliced heirloom tomatoes in salt, cumin, and coriander. I then serve them on toasted pita bread with a herbed yogurt sauce and cucumbers. It's an easy, quick and tasty summer dinner or lunch.

New to the market is Nolasco Farm who is selling fresh cut and potted flowers. It's still not too late to start an indoor, windowsill garden! If you're looking to get the most out of your outdoor grill, be sure to pick up some grassfed beef, pork, pasture raised chicken, or wild caught fish from Haywood's Fresh and Seatuck Fish!

The Annual Carroll Gardens Greenmarket Clam Bake will be on Sept 20th! Seatuck Fish will be dishing out samples of a tasty clams with stewed market vegetables. We are asking for a small donation per sample. The event will be held from 10:30am-1pm at the CG Greenmarket."

So make sure to stop by the market and don't forget to bring your compost.

Carroll Garden's Greenmarket info: 
Carroll St, between Smith and Court Sts, Brooklyn
Open Sundays, year-round
Market Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

GrowNYC's Textile Recycling: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
GrowNYC's Compost Collection: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Cobble Hill Health Center To Host "Adopt-A-Grandparent Carnival"

The Cobble Hill Health Center , a "skilled nursing facility offering compassionate and forward thinking Alzheimer’s care and short term rehabilitation therapy to over 300 patients" at 380 Henry Street  has come up with a wonderful way of pairing people from the community with individual residents
For the fourth year, the Center will be hosting a wonderful street carnival to celebrate their Adopt-a-Grandparent program.  The event will be held on Sunday, September 20th, from 11:00 am-3:00 pm.  Children of all ages are welcome.  The carnival will feature free rides, popcorn, cotton candy, pony rides, a clown and a strolling magician.
Here is more information on the program and the event:

"Cobble Hill Health Center is sponsoring a street carnival for children of all ages to celebrate their Adopt-a-Grandparent Program on Sunday, September 20, 2015 from 11:00 am-3:00 pm. The Carnival will be held on Congress Street between Hicks and Henry Streets.

The free event will feature fun things guaranteed to please every kid: rides, popcorn, cotton candy, a dog show, pony rides, a clown and a strolling magician. During the carnival, community members will have an opportunity to meet some of Cobble Hill’s residents and sign up for their Adopt-a-Grandparent Program, which pairs people from the community with individual residents.

This is the program’s fourth year and there are over 50 relationships that came out of the last event held in 2012. “Grandchildren” visited, called on the phone, sent birthday cards and made sure to keep up with their “grandparent.”

This program is only one of many that Cobble Hill Health Center runs to bring the community into the facility. “We continuously strive to find unique ways to create a fulfilling experience for the elderly and infirm,” said Tony Yang-Lewis, Cobble Hill’s Administrator. “Many of our residents are all alone in the world. This program adds a very important dimension to their lives, the warmth of friends and family.”

Several volunteers commented to Karen White, the Director of Volunteers that they felt they got more than they gave. “There are so many kind people in Brooklyn who are seeking ways to give back to our senior community,” says Ms. White. “This program gives our residents a chance to tell their life stories to others and connect with the community in a safe and loving way. But it also enriches the lives of our volunteers.”

Make sure to put this event on your calendar.

Get Ready For St. Paul's Annual Fall Rummage Sale

How about a great rummage sale to ease into fall?  St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 199 Carroll Street in Carroll Gardens will be holding its annual event on Saturday, September 12th.  Make sure to stop by.

"St. Paul's will be a holding their Annual Fall Rummage Sale on Saturday September 12, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It will be in the Church's Parish Hall and along the Carroll Street side of the church.
Come down and browse our goods. You will be pleasantly surprised at what you can find and buy at bargain prices. Stock up on some good reads in both hardcover and paperback or pick out a new frock to wear on your fall adventures from our vintage clothing racks. We also have an eclectic collection of CD’S and DVD’s to choose from, and the usual bricker brac, knick knacks you have come to expect from sales like this.
Our rummage sales are a neighborhood tradition. Come down, shop and visit with your friends and neighbors, we would love to see you. You never know what you are going to find there. St. Paul’s is located at 199 Carroll Street off of Clinton Street."

"Taste Makers: A Food Art Exhibit" At Court Tree Collective

To celebrate its second anniversary, Court Tree Collective, the small gallery and event space at 371 Court Street between Carroll Street and First Place here in Carroll Gardens, is hosting a food/ art exhibit entitled Taste Makers.  According to Stephen, one of Court Tree's co- founders, the show combines the gallery's two main focuses: food and art.
An opening reception will be held this Thursday, September 3rd from 7 pm to 10 pm.  It's free, so don't miss it.

Taste Makers a Food Art Exhibit
Court Tree Collective presents Taste Makers a Food Art Exhibit.
Opening reception on September 3, 7pm – 10pm.  Free

"September marks Court Tree Collective’s 2nd Anniversary and it reminds us of our beginnings. A simple passion for art & food. In celebration of this, Court Tree is kicking off this fall with an art and food exhibit. Taste Makers will feature artists who have depicted food in their artworks, some with strong messages about our responsibility towards food, others with visuals of how food relates to our senses. At the opening reception we will also have an array of different foods from chefs that we love and work with. Please bring an appetite visually and in your stomach.

Come celebrate with us as we continue to bring unique art and food events to Carroll Gardens."

Artists: Txelo, Anna and Naomi Otsu from We8that, SCUBA, Chris Leung, Hollow Brooklyn, Alex Cascone, Ben Garthus, Luisa Brimble,Pauline de Roussy de Sales, Stephen Lipuma, Sze Ngra.

Sponsors: Arthur Street Kitchen, The Art of Pho, Red Star Sandwich Shop, A Cheesemonger’s Daughter.

Back In Brooklyn!

Back in Brooklyn and to reality after a splendid summer.  I have spent the last few days unpacking, settling back in and weeding the garden.  During my absence, my back yard turned into quite a jungle, but all the flowers survived.
I will slowly begin posting about news from Carroll Gardens  starting today, so if you are back in town after the summer, make sure to stop by PMFA often.

Monday, August 31, 2015

After A Splendid Summer In The Auvergne, It Was Time To Say Good-Bye

The view of the famous Puy De Dôme volcano in the Auvergne
The stone farm house that has been in my family since 1971, when we lived in France
Built in 1866, we will have to celebrate its 100 years.
It was a very hot summer in Europe this year.
Finishing the tiling of the wood shed, which had been built last summer
Filling the shed with wood and kindling
My son and husband cutting up more wood.
My son taking out an old terrace so a new once can be put in in the future
Ready to whack some weeds.
Checking on the spark plugs of the old scooter
Building new wooden shutters for two windows
Making sure they fit and open
Hanging shutters so they can be stained from both sides at once.  ( My husband's ingenious idea)
Voila! Another job accomplished
Getting ready to sand an old wood floor
First, some boards needed to be changed and damaged areas filled with wood putty.
Back breaking work.
Applying tinted parquet 'oil', which lets the wood breathe better than polyurethane.
One half of the floor done.  The other half will have to wait.  The floor now looks splendid
One of the two flower beds in the front garden

And here is the second one after weeks of weeding and watering
The roses bloomed beautifully this year.
Though I really should not have expanded the garden because it is already too labor-intensive, I couldn't help myself.  i cleared the weeds behind the house and started a new flower bed using irises and day lilies that I thinned out of the other beds. So happy I did it.
I sprinkled some poppy seeds in between.  See the rocks?  They were all buried in the dirt, so I used them to make a little wall.
The linden tree in front of the house that my mother planted in 1975 has gotten way too big, so it will be pruned by someone in the village later this year.
We had some fun visitors this year.  Our neighbor stopped by with her horse one morning.
This little fellow punched on the bottle of hot sauce one morning.
And this unusual caterpillar seemed to have good taste in wines.
Though every summer, we have a list of projects that we need to get done or completed at our family's house in France during our stay,  the bulk of the work always seems to get done in the last few days.
With the help of our son, who joined us in the Auvergne for a short while, we were able to check off a few things off that list.  Some others will have to wait till we return, since we always run out of time or because more pressing issues have to be addressed.
On the list this summer where two sets of shutters, the roofing of the wood shed, which was built last year, and sanding of a wood floor in one of the rooms.  That last project got only half done,  but that is all right.  The house is a labor of love that will most probably never be finished.
Our french neighbors always seem bemused by the Brooklynites who spend so much time working on an old Auvergnat stone farmhouse.  Though it is hard work, it is so worth it.
As we closed the house after a glorious summer and headed to Paris to catch a flight, I must admit that I shed a few tears.  It is always hard to leave this place, but on the plane, my husband and I already planned our next trip back and talked about the list of jobs for next time.  The list of future projects just keeps on getting longer and longer.

Of Bourgogne, Beaune, And A Hospital Dating From The Middle Ages

Baune and Bourgogne wine country
Baune and Bourgogne wine country
Baune and Bourgogne wine country
Sculpture by Bruno Catalano
Baune and Bourgogne wine country
Baune and Bourgogne wine country
The courtyard of the Hospices De Beaune, founded in 1443
Baune and Bourgogne wine country
Baune and Bourgogne wine country
Baune and Bourgogne wine country
Baune and Bourgogne wine country
Baune and Bourgogne wine country
Baune and Bourgogne wine country
Baune and Bourgogne wine country
Baune and Bourgogne wine country
Baune and Bourgogne wine country
Baune and Bourgogne wine country
Baune and Bourgogne wine country
Baune and Bourgogne wine country
Baune and Bourgogne wine country
Baune and Bourgogne wine country
Baune and Bourgogne wine country
Baune and Bourgogne wine country
One of the highlights of our trip to France this summer was a trip to the Burgundy region, to Beaune, its wine capital, and to some of the famous wine producing villages right outside of town.

Beaune is a charming historical city with beautifully preserved architecture. Its most splendid building is the Hôtel-Dieu or  'Hospices de Beaune', founded in 1443 as a hospital for the poor by Nicolas Rolin, chancellor of Burgundy, and his wife Guigone de Salins.  Here, the Sisters of the Hospices de Beaune took care of patients and orphaned children until 1971, when patients were transferred to a newer facility.

The Hospices' spectacular 160 feet long grand hall still features some of the original sick beds, each with its own table and chair and a shelf for the patient's personal belongings.
A visit to the Hospices also includes the huge kitchen where the sisters prepared food for the sick, and a wonderful pharmacy, filled with herbs and potions in ornate jars.

The Hospices de Beaune charity owns 60 hectares (150 acres) of the region's finest vineyards in Côte de Beaune, Côtes de Nuits and Pouilly-Fuissé. The cru and grand cru wines produced on those vines is auctioned off in early November each year.

Beaune is surrounded by charming villages and vineyards, lots and lots of vineyards.  One can stop to sample wines almost everywhere,  which we did.  2015 was a particularly hot summer in France.  It will be interesting to taste the vintage once it is put in bottles.

Baune and Bourgogne wine country
Baune and Bourgogne wine country
Baune and Bourgogne wine country
Baune and Bourgogne wine country
Baune and Bourgogne wine country
Baune and Bourgogne wine country
Baune and Bourgogne wine country
Baune and Bourgogne wine country
Baune and Bourgogne wine country