The Greene Grape Blog

Get Cultured at Annex!

Join us as we host award winning author Cheryl Sternman Rule, author of Yogurt Culture: A Global Look at how to Make, Bake, Sip and Chill the World’s Creamiest, Healthiest Food, as she talks all things yogurt with local makers Homa Dashtaki of The White Moustache, and John and Angela Fout of Sohha Savory Yogurt.


New York Times Food columnist Melissa Clark
will be moderating this discussion with time for questions, book signings and of course tastings to follow!

This FREE event will start promptly at 6pm on Monday, May 4th at the Greene Grape Annex (753 Fulton Street).

We can’t wait to see you there!

Honey, We’ve Got You Covered

Whether you’re winding down or turning up, we’ve got you covered with local honey!

Collected in Park Slope by Union Street Honey, you can grab a jar from the early or the late season of last year’s harvest. Like the Riesling of honey, these jars are filled with a nectar that is fruity and bright- perfect for a cocktail, mocktail or evening cup of tea!

Not only is this honey delicious, but it also comes to us from a well cared for hive of bees that live right around the corner on a Union street rooftop.  This honey helps keep a local beekeeper in business and it helps protect the declining honeybee population.

Sourced and harvested locally, this honey is a true taste of Brooklyn!

We Give It Away and You Bring It Back!


Come into Provisions on Earth Day – Wednesday, April 22nd – as we promote earth friendly shopping habits with a free re-usable tote for purchases of $25 or more!
And while you’re here- pick up a coloring page with an emphasis on sustainability. We created an image for Earth Day to serve as reminder of the beautiful systems that are created by sustainable farms where biodiversity is respected and where natural processes are left intact. Color to your hearts content and bring it back to be proudly displayed on our walls!
With your help Fort Greene, we’re getting even greener… one bite at a time!

 

Celebrate Earth Day the Brooklyn Way

Join us as we work to build a Greener Grape!

We’re kicking it off this Saturday at Habana Works’ Annual Earth Day Expo!
We’ll be stationed at this celebration of urban environmentalism at Habana Outpost between 11am-2pm.

Learn from our agriculture expert, Mickey Davis, what it means to be a sustainable farm. To help explain some complex ideas, we’ll have a host of coloring pages (for kids and adults alike) that break it all down. We’re also calling all crafty foodies to join us at our “Ugly Produce Decoration Station.” Afterwards, come by our shop and explore all of the Sustainability Do’s and Dont’s that we practice every day!

Then come in on Earth Day – Wednesday, April 22nd – as we give back to the neighborhood and promote earthy friendly shopping habits with a free re-usable bag give-a-way all day!

We’d like to give many thanks to our community here in Fort Greene- we’re working hard to help create a greener future and we couldn’t do it without all of you.

Supporting Local Farms… from Afar!

With Earth Day around the corner, we have been taking stock of our environmental impact. The most basic way to make sure our carbon footprint stays low is to support local farms businesses whenever possible. But in order to provide pantry staples year round, we sometimes need to go outside of that 250 mile radius. Let’s look at two staples, rice and beans, and consider how companies we source from can keep us committed to supporting small and sustainable farms!

 

We carry many varieties of Rancho Gordo beans. While they travel from California to get to us, the company’s commitment to growing heirloom beans and working with local growers is without comparison.

Heirloom varieties are important for preserving genetic diversity and they also remind us that our food doesn’t have to look uniform! The Rancho Gordo-Xoxoc Project creates a market for small farms in Mexico to grow heirloom beans indigenous to their areas. These beans also taste amazing! You’ll find a creaminess and earthiness in each bag that is impossible to replicate out of a can.

 

Lotus Foods brings us rice from afar in order to support small and family farms in areas of the world where rice as a commodity crop leads to overproduction and damages local environments and economies.

By providing market incentives for small sustainable farms in these regions, Lotus Foods creates a system that encourages environmentally friendly growing practices. The heirloom varieties of rice that we carry come from Indonesia and China. Volcano Rice has a dark color that reflects the high concentration of minerals such as magnesium and zinc, found in the volcanic soils where it grows. Forbidden Rice comes from a farm that uses a System of Rice Intensification that reduces water use while boosting production.

 

So try out an heirloom bean or two, marvel at their colorful complexity, enjoy a bowl of Volcanic Rice and stay tuned for more info on our sustainable buying practices. It’s not always easy being green, but we’re getting there one bite at a time!

 

Read more about Rancho Gordo here

Read more about Lotus Foods here