As a Brooklynite and a mother of two teenage daughters — with one on the way — it seems only natural that I would want what’s best for my family, especially from my community, borough, city and state. Since the start of this year, I’ve adapted a more green approach to just about everything.
On Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, I spent the day with my family and embarked on a journey in the Clinton Hill/Forte Greene areas. We went to the Farmer’s Market, but we didn’t cry wee wee wee all the way home! You can acquire just about anything in season, of course, which are naturally grown (by mainly Long Island residents and business owners alike) and marketed on Washington Park between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street. As we strolled through the various vendors, I was amazed at the huge selection of tomatoes, my favorite being the heirlooms; peppers, such as jalapeno; concord grapes; apples (all types, even opalescence); fresh made breads, and more. The selection was endless.
The best part of the Farmer’s Market, is that for a devout greenie, as myself, or even people seeking freshness, this is finally an option since living in the city makes it next to impossible unless you own property that accommodates your desire to grow your own fruits and veggies.
The market accepts not only cash or credit/debit, but WIC checks specialized for the Farmer’s Market, even EBT (for every $5 you receive a $2 coupon, simply swipe your card and receive EBT coins). This was a very successful evening with my daughters, and we have officially agreed to scour Farmer’s Markets on the weekends as a family.