This week we’re highlighting the Brooklyn Grange! Whether you’re looking to have an educational Saturday afternoon or to get produce for some delicious farm to table cooking, the Grange offers it all.
Start your trip off by picking up a Revel in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, or Bushwick. If you’re new to Revel, make sure to watch our instructional video and sign-up for a free in-person lesson if needed. Once you’ve strapped on your helmet (included with every ride), you’re ready to #RevelAndGo.
We recommend taking this trip on a Saturday as the farm hosts an open house and farmers market from 11 AM – 4 PM every Saturday, May through October.
Back in 2010 the Founders of Brooklyn Grange, a farm in New York City, set out to create a more sustainable way to eat produce and to make use of empty city space. Contrary to the name, the flagship location is in Long Island City, Queens and located at 37 Northern Blvd. The founders, Ben Flanner, Anastasia Cole Plakias and Gwen Schantz, have taken urban-farming to a new scale, opening a second space at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Between the two spaces, the farm now grows on 2 acres of New York City rooftop and produces over 50,000 pounds of veggies each year.
Beyond produce, the Brooklyn Grange has a lot to offer. Some of the best skyline views of the city are paired with their unique programming. Here you’ll find everything from their annual Pepper Fest (September 22nd) to Monday Evening Yoga. With patches of sunflowers and egg-laying hens on-site, the farmers set out to “transform bare roofs into [complete] ecosystems.” With the cityscape as their backdrop, they’ve created an astonishing place.
All the food is delivered and consumed within a few miles of the farm. If you can’t make it to the LIC Brooklyn Grange during their public hours, you can also find their produce weekly at the Greenpoint Farmer’s Market. The Grange’s sustainable approach and high-quality produce is catching on and can be found at acclaimed restaurants like Balthazar, Augustine, and Roberta’s.
While you’re visiting the LIC location, you can pause your ride with Revel for only 5 cents a minute. Just remember to drop your Revel back off in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, or Bushwick when you’re done!