Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Along the bank of the East
River, in the shadow of the Williamsburg Bridge, lies a small plot of land
that more resembles rural Tennessee than New York City. With rows of
flower beds and vegetable seedlings, the newly opened Farm on Kent repurposes
the former factory grounds of the Domino Sugar Refinery into a functioning
urban, organic garden. Walter
Wlodarczyk An oasis of green in the city, the farm is regularly
open to the public, with hot-ticket Sunday Suppers highlighting the produce
grown there.   "In order to ensure that our vegetables are free of
contaminants we [have] several separation barriers between the existing ground
and our farm soil, which is brought in from outside the city," cofounder Ryan
Watson told Gothamist of the project. "We also farm organically, which
ensures that our vegetables are much cleaner and healthier than conventional
produce you'd find at the supermarket that have been grown with toxic
pesticides and fertilizers. " In addition to serving its own veggies,
the organization is partnering with Food Karma Projects—the group behind the
annual Governor's Island Jazz Age Lawn Party and the NYC Hot Sauce Expo—on
a series of dinners pairing award-winning chefs (Robbie Richter, George Weld,
Evan Hanczor) with locally sourced ingredients from New York State farms.
Diners enjoy the meal at communal picnic tables or on blankets spread
throughout the park while local folk, bluegrass, and jazz musicians play on
the sunset. Walter Wlodarczyk
Upcoming events include a dinner hosted by Egg with dishes from the
chefs' new cookbook (7/30), a night of cider tasting with Andy Brennan and
Polly Giragosian from Andy Burr Cidery (8/6), and a pig roast paired with
whiskeys from Van Brunt Stillhouse in Red Hook (8/13). For tickets ($85),
up-to-date menus, directions, and other information, head over to
foodkarmaprojects. com. Caroline Hallemann is the associate digital editor
at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @challemann. More good
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