Harvest Festival 2012

Added Value will be hosting our Seventh Annual Red Hook Harvest Festival this coming Saturday, October 20th. The Farm opens at 10am and will close at 4pm.

As always this event is free and open to the public.

We like to think of our gathering as New York meets New England.

As is our tradition great local chefs from our restaurant partners iCi, The Good Fork, Fort Defiance, Kevin’s and Home/Made will be preparing special treats for festival goers. The pumpkin patch will be the place to be as live music is played by Bomba Yo! Children and families can spend time with Llamas and other animals. Milk Not Jails and the Community Farm Workers Alliance will performing, educating and advocating for a more just and sustainable world.

Of course you can shop at our expanded farmers market for produce grown right here in our neighborhood and by our friends in the region like Wilklow Orchards, John Glebocki, Mark Phillips, Nestor Tello, Bread Alone, and Ronnybrook Dairy.

While you shop you can learn from local organizations that willl be promoting health and wellness, urban agriculture and justice as hundreds of your neighbors surround you in celebration of the power of the sun, the soil, plants and people.

If you haven’t been to the festival, or would just like to get excited about returning to this special community event we have some videos of past festivals:

2011 http://vimeo.com/31026841

2010 http://vimeo.com/16033945

and some great children’s voices from past festivals at


Hoping to see you Saturday October 20th!




Red Hook Harvest Festival on Saturday!

Come visit the farm Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for this year’s Harvest Festival, featuring a supersized farmers’ market, music, food from four local restaurants, children’s activities, pumpkins, animals, and more!

As Kristen puts it: “Please come out to support us and bring all of your friends. Really, all 483 Facebook friends.”

In addition to the festivities, the distribution will be different. CSA members will receive a voucher to be spent at the  farmers market in the amount of your share value for this week. You will be able to spend that voucher on any Added Value or Phillips Farm produce.  The vouchers can ONLY be spent on produce — not on eggs, dairy, grains, fruit, or cheese.

The fruit and egg shares will also be available and will be set aside separate from the market just for CSA members to pick up. Please check in with Kristen or the CSA member managing the market to get your  voucher and also be directed towards the fruit/eggs/cheese if you have that share. To clarify, these vouchers may ONLY be spent on produce, and not eggs, dairy, grains, fruit, or cheese.

The last farmers’ market of the season will be Oct. 29, and the last egg-share make up vouchers will be distributed then.

Photo by Moriah Simmons.

2 Tasty Ways to Support the Farm

Thank you to everyone who was able to come out to the Harvest Festival last weekend. There was such amazing support from the entire community despite the hail damage that destroyed the crops earlier this month.

The Farm is still trying to rebuild and recoup from that freak storm. So for those of you who like to eat for charity, there are upcoming dinners at two of Brooklyn’s best restaurants: Ici and the Good Fork.

See you there!

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Hailstorm Collard Gratin

Most of us have probably already heard about the devastation the hail storm unleashed on the farm; NY1 has a report from the scene.

When I went Saturday to pick up my share at the Harvest Fest (LIVE CHICKENS! I was like a little kid when I spotted them; I’ve probably never been that close to a live chicken before. They are way cuter than pigeons.), I saw the giant bins of shredded “take me I’m free” collards and chard. It’s heartbreaking to see so much of the crop torn down — but I wanted to take a stab at putting at least a bit of it to use. So I loaded up a bag with mangled chard, and set out to find a recipe that would make use of odds-and-ends bits.

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