Ugh, I know. Where is summer? Console yourself with these events, indoor and out:
Flower Arranging Classes
Sat. 05/06 | 11 to 3:30 pm @ Taproot, 893 Bergen Street, between Classon Avenue and Franklin Avenue, Crown Heights, Brooklyn
This florist, which sources local flowers, is having two classes this Saturday on flower arranging: vase designs and bouquets. Review different techniques (tape grids, chicken wire, etc.) for creating vase arrangements, choose from a wide selection of gorgeous, local spring blooms to create your own arrangement or bouquet.
Bike Ride + Picnic
Sun. 06/07 | 10 am @ Central Park at W. 67th St. and West Drive (near Tavern On the Green)
In this ride by Bike New York, you’ll meet for coffee and a light breakfast in Central Park, then head over to the 79th Street Greenmarket—where you’ll get to speak with a local farmer and shop for picnic provisions—and then ride up through Riverside Park to enjoy a picnic at the Little Red Lighthouse, the last extant lighthouse in Manhattan. Then turn around and head back to the start for an 18-mile round trip ride.
Pre-register online or bring $25 cash to register on the day-of.
FAVE PICK: Rooftop Farm Yoga
Every Mon. | 6:30 to 7:30 pm @ Brooklyn Grange, Navy Yard, Brooklyn
Every Monday head to the roof for some fresh air and loosen up with Sarah Schumann of Prospect Heights’ Shambhala Yoga and Dance Center. These asana sessions are open to practitioners of all levels. Classes will be held on the Brooklyn Grange’s spacious paved patio at dusk, so that attendees can enjoy the herb-scented breeze as the sun sets behind the Manhattan skyline.
Fresh Cheesemaking with Sprout Creek Farm
Tues. 06/09 | 6:30 pm @ Brooklyn Grange Flagship Farm, 37-18 Northern Blvd, Long Island City, Queens
Allison Toepp from Sprout Creek Farm will take you through the entire process of cheese making, from pasture to plate, she’ll walk you through the cheese making process, explaining how things like grazing and aging ultimately create those tastes and textures you’re after. After learning the basics of cheese making, you’ll try your hand at whipping up a batch of fresh ricotta to take home and finish class by sampling some the beautiful aged cheeses of Sprout Creek Farm.
Summer Cooking With Brooklyn Grange
Fri. 06/12 | 6:30 to 9 pm @ Brooklyn Grange Farm, Navy Yard, Brooklyn
Learn about seasonal produce and urban farming. The night will start off with a walking tour of the Farm, that will be led by the team at Brooklyn Grange. They will share their knowledge of what is growing, and what you’ll be eating. You’ll then prepare a raw foods meal together with other attendees with vegetables straight from the Farm. The menu will consist of a shiso, avocado & citrus salad, over arugula accompanied with a summer grain salad featuring mint, radishes, and pea shoots. Refreshments will be handed out for the farm tour, and served with dinner. After the meal, enjoy a refreshing sorrel popsicle as you watch the sun set over the city.
Starting Sat. 06/13 | 1 to 4 pm and thereafter bi-weekly on Saturdays
The natural and organic beauty store Bottega Organica is hosting complimentary mini facial treatments at their West Village flagship store! These 10-minute skin-soothing facials are customized according to skin type (also performed by a local licensed esthetician) and will leave you looking positively radiant. They’ll include a free lip balm of your choice (soothing St. John’s wort, refreshing peppermint, or nourishing vanilla) with any $200+ purchase on each Saturday they do these treatments. Plus, they’ll provide organic Chardonnay from their sister restaurant Quartino and their signature organic herbal hot teas.
To book your appointment, send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Mini facial appointment!” with a preferred time.
Fourth Annual Spirits of New York
Mon. 06/15 | 7 to 9 pm @ McCarren Hotel Rooftop Lounge, 160 North 12th Street (btn Berry & Bedford), Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Slow Food NYC and The McCarren Hotel bring you the fourth annual Spirits of New York Event, featuring spirits made in New York, with most ingredients grown and produced in New York or, otherwise, fair/direct traded. Selected regional producers’ beverages — vodka, gin, shine, white brandy, rye, Bourbon, and jack — will be served up neat and in tantalizing, season and place-inspired cocktails for truly local libation. This is your opportunity to taste some of the best booze in the state and also meet their makers. Distillers include Astoria Distilling, Cacao Prieto of Red Hook, Breuckelen Distilling, Van Brunt Stillhouse and many more.
The Seed Experience
06/20 and 06/21
This two-day festival will be filled with leading national brands and best-of-class local merchants featuring, sampling and selling their delicious plant-based foods, and environment-friendly, cruelty-free products and services. And the most inspirational roster of speakers yet will be presenting and holding workshops that will empower and introduce you to a plant-based way of life, and answering any of your questions.
Sustainable Seafood Week
06/22 thru 06/28
Village Fishmonger and Future of Fish are putting together this year’s third annual Sustainable Seafood Week (SSW), including everything from an oyster farm tour to a sushi pop-up. Some events are free, including a Bluemarket at Union Square Greenmarket on the evening of the 26th. Most of the dinners range from $45—$85, and there’s something for everyone: programming ranges from oyster trivia to a local seafood class. Tickets and more info about each event can be found here. Some highlights:
- Widow’s Hole Oyster Farm Tour (Greenport, Long Island)
- Supper Club at Luke’s Lobster (Manhattan)
- Sustainable Seafood Showcase with Mayanoki Sushi Pop-Up
- Wednesday, June 24: “Bait to the Plate” Lecture and Tasting Hosted by Chef Kerry Heffernan and Author Paul Greenberg
- Cooking Local Seafood Class With Natural Gourmet Institute, Sea to Table and Chef Mirijana of Wild Feast Foods
- The Bluemarket at Union Square Park with GrowNYC
Plant Styling with Tess Palma-Martinez of Forage + Sundry
Tues. 06/23 | 7 to 9 pm @ Bhoomki Home, 237 Fifth Avenue (b/n President and Carroll), Park Slope, Brooklyn
Ever wondered how to make a stunning hanging terrarium? Tess can show you how at a class at the sustainable home boutique, Bhoomki. You’ll leave with 3-4 air plants in a 6″ x 6″ glass orb, and all the sundries that go with it like decorative accents, foraged bark and twigs, and hanging rope. Plus, you get 10% off all full-price merchandise at Bhoomki Home.
Clean Green Your Whole Life
Wed. 06/24 | 7 pm @ 92Y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd St
We hear it all the time: the secret to optimal health, staying slim and disease prevention is to cut out processed foods and eat more greens. But aside from picking up a pricey green juice a few times a week—just how do we make our diets, and lives ‘greener’ in a way that is compatible with our everyday resources, and most importantly our taste buds? Join chef and health journalist Candice Kumai, “one of the most recognizable names in clean eating” (Prevention Magazine) as she discusses how you can effortlessly live a cleaner, greener lifestyle. Joining Candice are ‘clean, green’ experts; nutritionist, Keri Glassman, green makeup artist, Kristen Arnett and celebrity trainer, Natalie Uhling, who will discuss what steps you can take to feel and look better right now!
If there’s anything I forgot, let me know in the comments!