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A city teacher learns to eat from local, organic farms

In order to imagine a meal from the future, I'm going to refer to a list presented by two NYC environmental activists, Anhthu Hoang and James Suvudhi, from WE ACT. In the March 24, 2010 Green Times (NYC), they describe their "Top 10" ways for NYC "to reduce GHGs [Green House Gases] and improve the quality of food for all New Yorkers to combat the growing obesity and diabetes epidemics." Essentially their recommendations "coalesce into knowing your farmer, being fresh, going organic."

In 2020 I'm still living in Washington Heights on the northern tip of Manhattan, a neighborhood where there are three easily accessed Green Markets
  • On Friday mornings in front of Ft. Washington Collegiate Church on the corner of Ft. Washington Avenue and W. 181st Street
  • On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in the W. 168th Street area, sponsored by the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
  • And on Saturdays and Sundays, there's the Inwood Greenmarket on Isham Street, near where my boys used to play baseball.
My wife and I enjoy shopping at these markets, and it's more than shopping. We meet our friends there and with the farmers, we keep abreast of the latest local and global environmental news. And what's best to eat at any given time. Over the years the farmers at these markets have become our friends, and they help us to find the freshest organic fruits and vegetables. It's become pretty obvious when it's good to buy particular things from these folks.

Most Sundays after the greenmarkets close, our farming friends and others join us for community dinners. We all pitch in something and we enjoy together. When my sons visit with their children, they say our Sunday dinners remind them of when we used to do this when they were children. But the food is much fresher and tastier than it was back then.

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Comment by Nick Heyming on April 20, 2010 at 4:45pm
Mmmm... Community dinners. I love other people's cooking. The future needs to have more of them.


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