On September 12th, Bergen Street between Smith Street and Boerum Place in Brooklyn will be turned into a county fair for the day. The Farm City Fair is sponsored by FIAF (French Institute, Alliance Française).
I have seen no publicity for this event, but know about it through Christina Kelly, the artist responsible for Maize Field, whom I met through an interview I did with her for the Fall edition of edible Brooklyn (out soon).
Christina came over today to drop off a pork belly from Flying Pigs Farm upstate and a bag of shortnose white corn that she grew in Prospect Park last year, so that I can turn them into an unctuous (I hope) pozole for her stand at the Farm City Fair on Sunday. We will be handing out little tastes to firstcomers.
She also told me about the Blue Ribbon Competition:
Greenthumb is hosting a Harvest Competition. Read the rules for entering vegetables and flowers (also listed below, from their site). Entries must be presented between 10.30am and 12pm on the 12th at the Greenthumb stand near the Invisible Dog Art Center at 51 Bergen Street.
The rules state that the competition is open to NYC Community Gardeners and NYC Roof Gardeners. I have no idea how they check the entrants' bona fides, or why legions of in-ground gardeners seem to have been left out of the mix. So I left a message at Greenthumb and Edie Stone, the Director of Greenthumb wrote back and said: "All gardeners will be competing in the same category."
I take that to mean that if you are a New York City gardener, you are eligible. [This has since been confirmed. If the rules on the site have not been updated, ignore them.]
So if you have a fire escape cherry tomato, rooftop eggplant patch, windowsill basil hedge or back 40 bean tepee, collect your crop, dust it off, make it pretty and bring it on down on Sunday.
I know at least one gardener who could sweep the awards...
My hopes of entering my beautiful roof farm eggplant have been dashed as they must be entered in pairs...Perhaps I'll take it, in case. However the coiled and hefty cucuzza might be a contender for heaviest squash and of course, there are all the cherry tomatoes. It sounds like fun.
Greenthumb Harvest Festival Competition Rules
All entries must be free of soil, spots, cracks, splits, sores, insects, and disease. Entries should be fresh, firm, and mature or ripe. Extra credit will be given for entries specifying variety. Entries will be judged on condition and quality.
A BEANS (bush or pole) 2 pods, 1/2" stems
B CUCUMBERS 3 fruits, 6-8" long
C EGGPL ANTS 2 fruits, 1" stems
D GREENS (collards, kale, chard, etc.) whole stalk
E OKRA 3 pods
F ONIONS 3 bulbs, 2" stems
G PEPPERS (sweet bell) 3 fruits, 1" stems
H PEPPERS (hot) 3 fruits, 1" stems
I PEPPERS (frying) 3 fruits, 1" stems
J SQUASH (summer) 3 fruits, 1" stems
K SQUASH (zucchini) 2 fruits, 8-10" long
L SQUASH (largest by weight) 1 fruit, 2" stem
M SQUASH (largest by length) 1 fruit
N SUNFLOWER (largest) 1 flower
O TOMATO (standard) 3 fruits, no stems
P TOMATO (plum) 5 fruits, no stems
R TOMATO (largest by weight) 1 fruit, no stems
S TOMATO (best tasting) 1 fruit, no stems
All entries must be free of soil, insects, and disease damage. Foliage should be left on and will be considered by judges. Containers will not be judged.
T DAHLIA single bloom or cluster
U MARIGOLD single bloom or cluster
V ZINNIA single bloom or cluster
W ROSE single bloom or cluster
III. ART FROM NATURE
All entries must be free of soil and disease damage. Entries will be judged on creativity & imaginative use of vegetables, herbs, or flowers to achieve overall artistic effect.
X BASKET at least 5 varieties of home-grown veggies.
Y GARDEN BOUQUET at least 5 varieties of home-grown flowers.
Z HERB BOUQUET at least 5 varieties of home-grown herbs.
IV. CULINARY CATEGORY
AA PIE any savory or sweet pie prepared with ingredients from your garden [a ten strawberry pie??]
BB HERB RECIPE any herb recipe prepared with ingredients from your garden.
V. CHILDREN’S CATEGORIES - OPEN TO KIDS UNDER 12
CC CREEPY CRITTERS creatures or objects made of plant materials, cut-up or whole.
DD PINT- SIZE POSIES at least 5 varieties of home-grown flowers in a pint milk or juice container.
EE BOUNTIFUL BASKET JR. at least 5 varieties of fruits or veggies.
See you there?
Bergen Street between Smith and Boerum Place
Sunday, 12 September, 10.30 onwards