I sure missed the year round green market in McCarren Park when I moved up here. Paradoxically, closer to the source of many delicious foods, I did not know how to get them. There’s a goat farm, a winery, fine bakers, actual farms all nearby. It requires a bit more effort than the stroll with the dog to the park. However, there is something really special going on here: Community Supported Fisheries.
You know about the CSA concept where you pay up front to the farmer to get a share of the harvest every week, whatever it might be? This is the same but for fish. Organized by the wonderfully named Gloucester Fisherman’s Wives Association, you are guaranteed 3-4 lbs a week of environmentally responsible fresh and local fish. This is their first season and they have been completely overwhelmed by the response, people love this idea. Take that, Bittman.
I think this is also an example of effective microlending in the U.S. This week Kiva.org started lending to U.S. borrowers and there has been a debate raging, at least amongst the “Lending Librarians” on the appropriateness of this. I think there are much more effective ways to work with poverty in the U.S. and lending money to local fishermen is a great way to support your neighbors and get something you want and otherwise couldn’t. Start where you are, I say.