A Floating Food Forest Grows in Brooklyn
In this blog post, I will walk you through my day of foraging on a Brooklyn food forest, celebrating Boricua culture, a little fun in the sun, followed by some retail therapy, and closing out the evening with a lowkey date night sprinkled with Black History.
Wait, what? There's a floating food forest in Sunset Park, Brooklyn? Nooo. Wait, what IS a floating food forest anyway?? Well, I'm glad you asked. Swale is a food forest built atop a barge that lives on the piers of NYC, offers educational programming and allows visitors to forage herbs and veggies - for free. So no, it's not a forest in the traditional sense, but I think that's even cooler. A traveling self-sustaining ecosystem. Mind Blown, right?!
I love visiting the Swale whenever I can. It's a chance for me to sample new herbs and get reintroduced to old ones. During this visit, I tasted and fell in love with daylilies-which surprisingly, remind me of squash blossoms with just a smidge of garlic (if that makes sense). If you're in the Sunset Park area, it's worth checking them out. They offer educational classes and workshops on all things plants, permaculture and even green beauty (some of which have been hosted by yours truly *wink* ) They'll be expanding their programming to Governor's Island this season, where they will be also be hosting some Leafed Beauty products; just in time for the launch of my shampoo bars : ) So feel free to stop by and show Mary, Marisa and their team some love. They've done a beautiful job at making the barge feel welcoming for all that come aboard. I'm sure they'd love to meet you and talk all things perennial related!
After leaving the barge, I decided to take the ferry back to my side of Brooklyn. Mainly because the trains were ridiculously unreliable (as they typically are on the weekends, and also Mon, Tuesday, Wednesday...Thursday AND Friday) and boy, am I happy that I did! Not only did I have an enjoyable, breezy, uncomplicated commute back, but I ran into a Boricua festival taking place on the pier before boarding. I was able to indulge in a little salsa, Puerto Rican art pieces, and some bacalaito for my ferry ride home. Wepaaaa! I was even more pleased to know that proceeds were going to benefit victims of Hurricane Maria.
The ferry dropped me off at one of my fav hideouts on the water; Brooklyn Bridge Park. I wanted to give my feet a rest and just take in the sun, but not before indulging in sorbet from Neighbors Cafe. NOM NOM. Just what I needed to cool down on a 90 degree day. It also felt like the perfect guilt-free dessert after that fried saltfish *hangs head in shame* I digress...Hopped in my uber pool (because I'm on a budget aka #budgetbronfman) and made it to Marche Rue Dix, thee cutest, most beautifully curated boutique in Crown Heights. And Black-owned. Okuuuurt! I just had to check out the new D.I.D. Nail studio nestled inside the boutique. Wait, I can get an express mani AND shop unique one-of-a-kind finds from local designers?? Where do I sign up?! Right HERE. You're welcome.
Okay, so there was some foraging, salsa, sorbet, shopping and what's next?? Oh! Date night, of course. The Beau and I kept it chill for the rest of the evening. We had some din-din from Bunsmith, which almost ALWAYS includes their cauliflower nuggets. The texture, the flavor, the dipping sauce! Even the most carnivorous of carnivores could appreciate. We topped off the night with #saturdaysoulcinema and a Spike Lee classic, Malcolm X. *raises fist* A perfect end to my day.
Thanks for hanging with me, y'all. Until next time!