Edgemere Farm Dinner – not to be missed

Located on 385 Beach 45th St. in Far Rockaway, the Edgemere Farm is a market garden for new and experienced farmers. Many local business such as Goody’s, Uma’s and Claudette’s have plots here, growing their produce locally.

Goody's - Edgemere Farm

I’ve been hearing great things about the dinner nights at the Edgemere Farm. We ordered tickets and finally visited last Thursday. The first thing I said after walking in was “Why is this the first time I’ve come all summer?”

Edgemere Farm Dinner

We checked in and found a table. They go fast, so come early. To save a spot you turn your plate over and place a rock over your plate. Beers from the Rockaway Brewing Co. are sold and BYOB is permitted. Glasses will be provided but it’s best to bring your own. Don’t forget a bottle opener for safe measure.

Once I was settled in with my seat secured and a glass of wine in hand, I started to explore…

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I found these… parrot chickens?!

Fresh Eggs Edgemere Farm

And the egg stand! The Edgemere Farm sells fresh eggs and produce every Saturday from 11-3pm. Cash only.

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It was almost dinner time and lucky for me it was Italian night! The chefs “ValentunaSalami” e Christina “ArugulaCraker”.

The menu: Raaviolini / Tortelliini (Stuffed with Spinach Ricotti and, on Butter, Walnuts and Herbs), Taqiatelle Al Pesto / Pappardelle Al Ragu Tuscan, Panzanella with Tomato Edgemere Farm Strawberries and Red Wine Zuccherro in Espresso with Optional

All the cooking was done on premise, center stage. They cooked all night and did an exceptional job. I couldn’t decide whether the spinach ravioli or the bolanos was my favorite. They were both delicious.

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We ate and then mingled till dark from table to table, saying hello to friends and meeting new ones. Whatta night!

A rating of 5 tomatoes without a question!

★★★★★

If your interested in this event, purchase tickets for the Edgemere farm dinner at edgemerefarm.org

Located in Far Rockaway, Queens, Edgemere Farm is a half-acre parcel that is a shared site for market gardeners and farmers looking to grow and sell their produce in New York City. The site is a farm incubator: a place where new farmers and growers can benefit from shared resources and collective marketing expertise.

The Nature Walk – Outside My Door

This is the first official “garden” post for our new location in Rockaway, Queens. I’ll post everything from a beach critter I find on the sand to the tomatoes growing in my backyard. Here’s the first post in The Nature Walk series!grasshopper

I discovered this beautiful Grasshopper the other afternoon. He was hanging out on my sunflower. This guy isn’t the only one enjoying these flowers, the bees are buzzing on them all day. In the spring, I ordered the Northeast Wildflower Seed mix which included sunflowers and other seeds that work in our area.

Next April I have big plans to start the garden officially. I  need to do my homework though, and find native flowers, shrubs and trees suited for the Rockaway landscape. This will insure my garden is lush and more importantly, it will provide appropriate habitat for the insects in this environment. John sent me the NYC Parks guide which I will reference when I start building out my gardens in the front and backyard.

Apple Tree - Rockaway Queens

There’s an apple tree that borders our yard. Yes, apple trees grow in Queens! Eric, our neighbor said we’re welcome to pick from the tree anytime we like . He also said that there are seven different varietals grafted onto this tree. The fruit is getting ripe then the bugs and squirrels are getting to the apples before me! I’ve eaten the unripe ones and they’re good, though tart, but I would love to try the ripe fruit too. Any info on apple tree care and pest prevention, please let me know?  I don’t know much about fruit trees, but I’m excited to learn more. I want to bake apple pies for my neighbors and get all June Cleaver-y!

secret garden path

On the side of our house there’s a small way for a path. It was overgrown with weeds so I decided to clear it out and use old stone and concrete lying around to start a walking path. In the city we have to use all of our space.

DIY Garden Path

I think it’s turning out nicely. On the wooden posts I’m going to drill down potted planters, In a few weeks, I’ll plant some mums there and update you on the pathway progress.

 

 

the basement challenge

The challenge: finish the basement by Sept. 1. As much as we would like to, we can’t stay at our dreamy beach front sublet forever. We’re moving into the basement of the house to save money while work on the upstairs continues. When they say construction takes twice as long as you anticipate, they actually mean three times as long!

Here’s where we started.

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We’ve cleaned, pealed and chipped off cement from the brick walls.

The biggest decision for the basement was whether or not to drop a ceiling or clean up the rafters and keep it exposed. After much debate, we decided to clean it up – to gain height and keep an industry look. To get it prepared for painting we de-nailed the beams and cut out old piping and wires. We hired workers to scrap the old paint off the ceiling. This was an intensive amount of work… phew, done!

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Our neighbor Christian is doing an awesome job with the masonry work for the entry ways and windows. In the area pictured above, we’re adding a beautiful stained glass window my father gave me years back. Christian also built a concrete wall so Pickle can have her own room when she moves in.

To finish by labor day: We need to block up gaps where the basement ceiling meets the first floor, finish concrete repairs, power wash everything, paint, seal lock the brick, add moldings and hang the windows and doors.

Where’s HGTV when you need them!

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Meet… Pickle

Welp, I’ve done it again. From the same location I found Fiver, I met Pickle.

Pickle the Cat I’m almost positive that Fiver and Pickle are related – that’s why I had to take her in. I met Pickle three days before we were moving to Rockaway, so things are more complicated this go around. Until we’re settled in, Uncle Al is watching Pickle at the studio in Ridgewood. He’s doing a great job socializing Pickle. In a month or so, we’ll start the Fiver/Pickle introduction process. I know in my heart that Fiver and his little sister will be life long friends.

Also… the facts are in our favor.  Fiver and Pickle, being of a different age and sex, should get along just fine.

It is best to introduce a cat that is different in age and sex to the resident cat. Fighting usually occurs between cats of the same sex and age, especially between toms. While cats of the opposite sex get along best, they should be spayed and neutered. Read More.

Pickle the Cat