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As our readers and Facebook friends are well aware, we’re pretty obsessed with the UrbanSpace garden.  We even call it the “rooftop farm” when we’re feeling fancy.  Side note: you can work here too.

Anyway, imagine our excitement when Julie, the UrbanSpace Market Director, came clean about her secret green thumb by harvesting  some enormous zucchinis from her garden plot.  Don’t take my word for it, check out the  image after the jump for evidence of said enormity.

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Optimized-Plants!

It’s HOT.

We’re staying cool by making frequent trips out to the rooftop garden to water our plants; and, in the process, spilling freezing cold water on ourselves. Read More

Searching for some of the best quality, local jerky in town?  Visit the “Little Brooklyn” section of the Union Square Holiday Market, where you’ll find King’s County Jerky Co.

King’s County Jerky Co. puts quality first; their locally sourced beef comes from Simply Grazin’ Organic farm in Skillman, NJ.  Farm owners Mark and Lynne Faille raise their animals on 220 acres of green pasture, where the cattle roam and graze in a peaceful, stress-free environment.  When the animals are fully grown, they’re brought to Bringhurst Meats, a family-owned and certified organic butcher, who follow Animal Welfare Approved’s strict standards for humane processing.

Once a week, fresh beef is delivered to the King’s County kitchen, where they break down the cuts to ensure the leanest possible product.

Their jerky comes in a variety of flavors, including Classic, Sichuan Ginger and Korean BBQ.  There is no corn syrup, nitrates, MSG or artificial flavors added to any of the jerky.

Packaged jerky makes a great stocking stuffer or gift for a friend, colleague or loved one. Enjoy!

Welcome to August in New York City – land of smoothies, salads and green juice. The last thing we’re craving is a heavy meal. That being said, we decided on a vegetarian meal that can easily be made vegan for this month’s recipe. Centered around quinoa, the complete protein superfood, this meal is hearty yet refreshing.

We started with market fresh heirloom tomatoes from our friends over at Marlow & Daughters, and stuffed them with a nutritionally dense pilaf of quinoa, black beans, red onions, cremini mushrooms, summer squash and chia seeds. Chia seeds are total nutrition superstars, boasting complete protein, omega 3 oils and fiber! They’re totally flavorless but can add so much to the nutrition profile of a dish.

We spiced things up with our favorite summer seasoning blend. Conceived by our recipe tester, it’s a delicious and fool-proof combination of sweet and spicy. After scooping out our gorgeous tomatoes and stuffing them with the mouthwatering mixture, we topped one or two off with an egg, because, well, a sunny-side egg makes everything better.

Egg yolks contain choline, which aids heart health, and vitamin B-12, which reduces stress and increases focus. The yellow centers also contain magnesium, calcium, iron and potassium, and it’s hard to deny the rich flavor they add to this rather light dish.

The secret star of this meal was the dressing – a special pesto made of fresh basil, seeds of your choice, olive oil, green hot sauce and salt. Swipe the pesto underneath the tomatoes when plating or drizzle on top – get creative and enjoy!

 

Ingredients

3-5 large heirloom tomatoes

3-5 organic farm fresh eggs

 

filling

1 cup quinoa

1 cup black beans

1 small red onion

10 cremini mushrooms

2 summer squash

¼ cup chia seeds

3 tablespoons hot sauce of choice

2 tablespoons dark agave nectar

salt to taste

 

pesto

1 cup seeds of choice

2 bunches basil

green hot sauce

½ cup olive oil

salt to taste

 

Email Lula@urbanspacenyc.com with any health or recipe questions!


The team at Build It Green! NYC, Gowanus, Brooklyn.


Imagine walking into a 21,000 square foot warehouse filled with leftover furniture, appliances and decorations from your dream apartment. At the brand new Build It Green! space in Gowanus, this is the reality. From sturdy hardwood tables to toilets, sinks and lamp fixtures, this gold mine is an antique furniture junkies dream.

BIG! is a reuse team that recovers materials from construction sites and sells them, keeping them out of landfills. What results is real materials, made out things like hardwood rather than plywood. We met the team about two years ago, when they donated salvaged scaffolding lumber to our very own Dekalb Market, which was used to build our garden beds:

“Making more durable stuff has a positive effect on the environment because less gets thrown out and fewer natural resources like trees and minerals are consumed.” (Justin Green, Build It Green! Founder)

Build It Green! opened in Astoria in 2005 with an 18,000 square foot warehouse. After realizing that half of their clientele were making the hour-long trek from Brooklyn to Astoria to purchase materials, they opened a new Gowanus space in 2011. They knew this would be the perfect second location, since the area is bursting with artists and environmentalists.

Last year alone, the team kept 900 tons of material out of landfills. With their new warehouse buzzing, they know they’ll be able to double their reuse efforts this year. Considering the 16  to 19 thousand  tons of construction demolition heaped on landfills each day, every bit of counteractive effort helps:

“The model here is to demonstrate all the valuable materials that otherwise would have been thrown out … to push for a different model of handling construction demolition waste.” (Justin Green, BIG! Founder)

The team at BIG! actually goes in and carefully disassembles sites that otherwise would have been recklessly destroyed by contractors, who are usually only interested in speedy demolition – few contractors have the environment in mind. BIG! offers green training programs onsite at their warehouse, for those interested in learning about the extremely laborious yet vital process of recovering materials.

Not ready to battle contractors and save the environment with your brute force just yet? The team at BIG! had a slew of suggestions for increasing environmental awareness in your daily life:

1. Eat less meat.

2. Compost! All it involves is designating a pile or bin in which to mix certain household waste with natural materials. Nature takes care of the rest!

3. Vote for eco-conscious politicians who may increase the number of eco-friendly units like recycling bins.

4. Stick to environmentally conscious restaurants that use organic food, solar panels and reused building materials.

BIG!’s latest project? A large mosaic made out of broken pieces of toilets and glass, depicting a sun, earth and cityscape, soon to be emblazoned with “Build It Green!” at the top. In addition, the team is about to install a new store front made of salvaged windows.

BIG! also hosts a CSA in partnernship with Full Plate Farm Collective, based in Ithaca, New York. The Gowanus team keeps the goods fresh in a walk-in cooler made with recovered air conditioners.

Stop by the warehouse next time you’re refurnishing, or just in the mood for some seasonal vegetables.

Warm Summer Salad with Seared Scallops

We’re celebrating summer with a delicious, easy recipe using organic ingredients. On a recent trip to our beloved Dekalb Market, we picked up kale and snow peas from Next Door Organics, our on-site CSA. What resulted was a bright summer salad with juicy seared scallops, bursting with flavor and freshness.


Ingredients:
3 cups kale
1 cup snow peas
1 yellow bell pepper
1 shallot
2 jumbo sea scallops
1 slice Niman Ranch bacon (pastured, hormone and antibiotic-free, 100% vegetarian diet)
2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and pepper
Chili flakes

Instructions:
Heat olive oil in large skillet and cook bacon until crispy. Remove bacon from pan and chop into small bits. Add shallot to same pan and cook until golden brown. Add yellow bell pepper until soft and caramelized. Chop kale, trim snow peas and add to pan. Let the vegetable mixture cook until soft, adding salt, pepper and chili flakes to taste. Add crumbled bacon towards the end of cooking.

In a separate pan, heat olive oil on very high heat. Clean scallops, dry with paper towels and salt generously on each side. Add scallops to pan and cook until golden brown. Flip and continue cooking until a beautiful crust develops on the other side. Top salad with seared scallops and enjoy!

Health Benefits

Kale is huge source of cancer-fighting antioxidants, iron and vitamins A, C and K.  Snow peas have an antibacterial effect on the body, boosting immunity. Onions reduce inflammation, and peppers add fiber. Sea scallops are a clean source of protein, packed with vitamin B12, which is key for cardiovascular health. The small amount of pastured bacon in the dish adds healthy saturated fat and iron. Delicious and nutrient-packed!

Come mid-fall 2012, our beloved Dekalb Market will be moving to a new location within the Brooklyn area. While some may see this as sad news, we couldn’t be more excited about this new opportunity to restructure our format  and streamline everyone’s access to all our top-tier vendors.

Although this shift is coming at an unexpected time for everyone, we are thrilled to reopen in a new location and continue showcasing all our esteemed retailers at the new and improved Dekalb Market. Celebrate the final months by heading to the 10th anniversary of The Rub this Saturday!

Stay tuned here for the latest news, and make sure to keep up with us on Twitter @UrbanSpaceNYC and Facebook.com/UrbanSpace.


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Dekalb Market Spring Weekender
APRIL 7 & 8 // 10AM-6PM
138 Willoughby Street
Brooklyn NY 11201

  • Beer & wine garden featuring Mimosa Morning with $1 mimosas til 2pm, Prosecco & local craft beers
  • Easter egg hunt at noon both days for kids and adults including a lucky golden prize egg!
  • Petting Zoo from 11am-2pm
  • Curated flower and garden market
  • Free butterfly & fairy face painting
  • Classes & workshops for adults and children centered around cooking, farming, gardening, and crafting offered by Family Cooks
  • Textile Arts Center weaving and natural dying workshop
  • Rooftop Farms offer their expertise on alternative urban farming

SATURDAY AT 3PM!
MICHAEL ARENELLA & HIS DREAMLAND ORCHESTRA!
(Full orchestra!)

The world’s premier Jazz-Age dance orchestra, steeped in the hot-dance band tradition of the 1920s and early 1930s. Their size ranges from a full dance orchestra to smaller incarnations. They play their “Hot-and-Sweet” music anywhere that fine and eclectic tastes meet.

SUNDAY AT 3PM!
NAOMI SHELTON & THE GOSPEL QUEENS!

Daptone Record’s Naomi Shelton is an unbeatable James Brown-shimmying, sequin-wearing, soul-singing powerhouse! Backed by her fantastic Gospel Queens and band, her performance is not to be missed!

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SAVE THE DATE: Dekalb Market’s new TWILIGHT MARKET begins on 4.28.2012!

It would be nice if everyone had a backyard, rooftop, or balcony for urban gardening, but now there’s an option for those who don’t. Windowfarms shares all the info necessary to make your own hanging window garden. The systems can be made for very low cost out of recycled materials, and many of the smaller gardens produce enough greens for a large salad every week. Sign up for the community at our.windowfarms.org to ask questions, share experiences, and download detailed plans.

It took months of hard work, but in 2007 Manny Howard successfully turned the 800 square ft plot behind his house in Brooklyn. His goal was to take the locavore movement to the extreme by relying exclusively on the food in his own backyard with decidedly mixed results, but the project shines a light on a lot of issues in the current state of food. Recently Howard published the book My Empire of Dirt based on his experience, which can hopefully be put to good use in spaces all over the city.

via McBrooklyn