Throwback Thursday: The Salad Days of NYC Greenmarkets

 

 

Locavores and foodies alike love the hub of New York City's Greenmarkets. With winter on the way, we are lucky to say we can still get local produce all over the city, all year round. About two decades ago, however, this was hardly the case.

 

A look back to our 1995 July/August issue of Beard House Magazine proves so, with what was, at the time, an impressive list during the peak season of summer. Brooklynites, prideful of their pioneering as a food center today, may be shocked to discover that their borough used to be home to only three markets! And in Queens? Forget about it! There were zilch during that time. Today, NYC boasts about four times as many greenmarkets. During the summers you’ll find 20 markets in Brooklyn alone, which is more than in Manhattan and Brooklyn combined in the summer of ’95!

 

So, although these upcoming days may be cold and grey, at least we can easily get some greens.

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Eat Your Way Through Queens

 

When it comes to food, Queens is the unsung hero of New York City. Home to one million immigrants and hundreds of distinct cuisines, the borough is a treasure trove of under-the-radar ethnic eateries and beloved mom-and-pop shops. "Manhattan and Brooklyn get all the food glory, but when you're eating in Queens there's so much to choose from," says Andrea Lynn, Astoria resident and author of Queens, A Culinary Passport: Exploring Ethnic Cuisine in New York City's Most Diverse Borough. "Just in my neighborhood alone I can find Middle Eastern lamb tagine... Read more >

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What We're Reading: September 30, 2014

 

Is New York City water really that much better? [Narratively

 

A Sabbath standard with a scandalous past: the history of Manischewitz. [Modern Farmer

 

A home front campaign during WWII urged Americans to eat more organ meat. [The Atlantic

 

A look at what exactly those PLU codes on your fresh produce mean. [Mother... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 25, 2014

 

The story behind Wimbledon’s favorite cocktail, the Pimm’s Cup. [Food Politic]

 

Classic NYC restaurants face closure in the wake of huge rent hikes. [NYT]

 

The Broccoli Cleanse: cruciferous vegetables could be the key to detoxing the body. [NPR]

 

Public health advocates push for labeling energy drinks as a step towards safer consumption. [... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: June 6, 2014

 

States struggle with inadequate infrastructure to reach their goals of recycling food waste. [WSJ]

 

NYC revives the fight for a soda size cap, and this time it’s going all the way to the State Supreme Court. [Bloomberg]

 

Moms Across America takes on Monsanto over the potential dangers of Roundup. [Reuters]

 

Donkey milk production is on the... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of May 4

Photo by Ken Goodman

 

Here's what's happening at the Beard House: 

 

Monday, May 5, 6:00 P.M. 
The 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards
The “Oscars of the food world” is getting louder! Our 2014 Awards theme, Sounds of the City, will celebrate the enduring relationship between music and food. From Nashville to New Orleans and Austin to Seattle, our lavish gala will highlight chefs from America’s favorite musical cities to create a delicious double bill of music and food. With JBF Award winner Ted Allen as the master of ceremonies and JBFAward winner and culinary icon Mario Batali leading the stellar team of chefs, this year’s event is sure to strike a high note.​

 

Wednesday, May 7, 12:00 noon
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On the Menu: Week of March 23

 

Here's what's on JBF's calendar next week:

 

Sunday, March 23, 5:00 P.M.  

Sunday Supper at the Chelsea Market 

Set in a historic factory, Manhattan’s Chelsea Market is now home to some of the city's finest epicurean shops and restaurants. For our sixth annual Friends of James Beard Benefit, we've culled a formidable group of chefs to prepare a convivial family-style feast, which will be served in the market’s main hall.  


This year's Sunday Supper at Chelsea Market will raise funds to benefit the James Beard Foundation, Wellness in the Schools, and other charitable initiatives of the Jamestown Charitable Foundation. 

 

Monday, March 24, 7:00 P.M.  

Virginia Luxury Escape 

Perhaps it’s the Inn at Willow Grove’s Southern charm or its picturesque 40-acre estate that first... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Daniel Boulud

 

JBF Award winner Daniel Boulud is a world-renowned restaurateur with over a dozen acclaimed restaurants around the globe, including Daniel, his flagship property in New York City. On today's episode of Taste Matters, the French-born icon joined JBF's Mitchell Davis to discuss his career trajectory, his upcoming cookbook, and the 20th anniversary of Daniel. Listen below to learn more!

 

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