Farm to Table, 2011-2013
Quail Hill Farm, Amagansett, NY, Charnews Farm, Southold, NY, Dumbo Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY, and New Amsterdam Market, NYC. The popularity of the eat local movement provided an opportunity to explore farm aesthetics via cultivation design, photography, branding, and display of eighteen strains of nine varieties of garlic not readily available in the region.
As part of Heather Hart's Bartertown project at the 2012 Dumbo Arts Festival, I traded garlic education for visitors' time and raw garlic tasting for their interest. At the 2013 BarterTown event, in exchange for fresh garlic cloves, I asked visitors to work for me, the farmer, by cleaning, tagging or bundling garlic for the following day's market sales.
The process culminated in two New Amsterdam Market days at the old Fulton Fish Market in downtown NYC, where Hudson Clove garlic found its way to the kitchen tables of hundreds of people. Many additional tables were reached via website sales at HudsonClove.com. Many thanks to the hard work of the Peconic Land Trust, New Amsterdam Market, Heather Hart's Bartertown, the now defunct Dumbo Arts Festival, and the many garlic-loving customers of Hudson Clove.