A couple of times during the year, I get to see one of my favorite individuals. We met when we were Public Allies together in DE and consequently became best friends after several carpools. Alas, our term ended and we migrated to different cities; I went off to NYC and Jenna to Washington D.C. where she interned with a food policy think tank. Distance doesn’t mean a thing though- we still share recipes and stories despite our locations! I’m sure you have a friend like that as well!
The first full day of our adventures began with a trip to the American Museum of Natural History to see the Global Kitchen exhibit. I was very pleased with the set up- it started you off with montages of food in various stages of production. Then there’s a video that introduces you to the several points of that production. Food is much more than what’s on our plates- it’s an environmental, social and economical factor in our lives. The exhibit leads you through the process, including a cooking demo, smell stations and historic and cultural facts about food. We were in our element.
After a trip to the Strand and the Union Square greenmarket, we trekked back to Brooklyn to work in the garden. The entire front area near the gate was overrun by weeds and we knocked those suckers out! We scurried back to the apartment, whipped up a quick salad and had a lovely picnic on the roof.
All in all, it was a very productive and fun day. Really though, who goes on vacation and then volunteers in a garden? Jenna, that’s who! When she continued to D.C. post NYC, she volunteered for a day at the Common Good City Farm.
The trip was too short but oh so wonderful. You should check out Jenna’s blog, Eat Your Veggies, for more interesting food outings, learnings and recipes. Hope you enjoyed reading about our weekend!