News Roundup: Bruckner Food Hall Update, Baldor Fights Food Waste



Real estate developer Keith Rubenstein—whose investment projects include South Bronx Italian restaurant La Grata, Filtered Coffee, and fashion boutique 9J—gave updates on his planned food hall at 9 Bruckner Boulevard in an interview with the Commercial Observer. We first reported on the Bruckner food hall last summer but heard little of it since. Rubenstein says that they are currently designing it and it will include a big brewery, tasting room, and rooftop beer garden. They are also interviewing food vendors, though they have their own food concepts and lounges planned as well. [Commercial Observer]

Bronx-based business Baldor Specialty Foods was featured in a recent article by Popular Science on entrepreneurs fighting food waste in innovate ways. The company’s subsidiary Baldor Fresh Cuts supplies kitchens with cut-to-order produce. The resulting waste like carrot tops and peels, onion skins, pineapple cores, romaine leaves and watermelon rinds are given to chefs who make them into healthy cookies, juices, nutritional supplements, and croutons. Baldor’s food waste program is called SparCs (“scraps” spelled backwards). The company also designed a nutritional supplement made from dehydrated and pulverized leavings from twenty different vegetables sold under its private label, Urban Roots, that can be sprinkled on roasted vegetables and added to other foods . [Popular Science]

Marble Hill is the latest Bronx neighborhood to get its own food garden. The garden is located across the street from the Marble Hill Houses. Tenants from the NYCHA buildings can grow foods of their choice, like lettuce, spinach, cauliflower, eggplant, and pumpkins. The project is intended to not only feed residents, but to also educate them about where their food comes from and the benefits of investing in their community. The plants are expected to be ready by September when   residents plan to have a community harvest and potluck. [Bronx News 12]


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Help Make ‘The Bronx Salad’ a Menu Item: Donate!

Community gardens are a common topic of conversation here on the site, and we think they’re also an essential ingredient in growing a healthier, more sustainable community uptown, and beyond. For anyone who can’t enjoy garden-grown produce in their neighborhood, or make it to a farmer’s market on the weekend, The Bronx Salad is making the fresh tastes and health benefits of the borough’s vegetables more accessible. The Bronx Salad is a collaborative.. Read More

News Roundup: 2 New Bx Dining Halls Coming, Bronx Hot Sauce Now Selling in PR

A South Bronx warehouse will be the location of The Bronx’s first food hall and market, similar to the Gansevoort Market in the Meatpacking District and the Chelsea Market. The ‘Bruckner Market’ is being built by developer Keith Rubenstein, who is also developing a residential complex across the street from the new market. Plans are still being finalized, but, according to The Real Deal, Rubenstein says he “envisions a fresh food market, food.. Read More

Meet the Vendors of the 2016 South Bronx Farmer’s Market

On 138th street, between Willis Avenue and Alexander Avenue, a string of vendors have laid out farm-picked herbs and vegetables, and baked goods. Even if they can’t tell the difference between broccoli rabe and callaloo amaranth, the bright greens and reds are enough to attract passersby’s to further inspect the tables and crates under the tents at the South Bronx Farmer’s Market. The market is only in its third year, but it opened.. Read More

Yoga & Chill: Outdoor Fitness Events to Attend & Where to Eat Healthy After

July is here even though a lot of our summer bodies aren’t. However, now that the temps in New York are hitting a high for the summer, it’s time to start wearing less and going out more, which is probably the best reason to do outdoor fitness. You’re gonna sweat anyway. You might as well earn it by burning a couple calories, and enjoying the open air, greenery, and company of new friends at.. Read More

News Roundup: One Bx Urban Farmer’s Story, SoBro Gets Nutrition Pamphlets

Karen-W.jpgKaren Washington is a black Urban Farmer in The Bronx and the subject for one of six documentaries on American Changemakers by NationalSwell in partnership with NBC Universal. What began as a curious pursuit, starting with a community garden alongside neighbors, has turned into a career, with Washington also serving on serval boards and other admirable projects in the works. [Huffingtonpost]

Two nurse practitioners are targeting obesity and and a lack of nutrition education in the South Bronx and East New York by creating pamphlets that address these issues. The pamphlets provide simple nutritional information and will be available in primary care settings, where there is currently a lack of similar material for patients in low income areas. [Advanced Healthcare Network]

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News Roundup: A Cab Driver Farm Thrives, Public Schools Getting Healthy Food


Photo Credit: Christian Hansen for The New York Times

What started out as few tomatoes and beans along a thin patch of land 15 years ago is now a thriving community farm of corn, pumpkins, black beans and more a quarter mile long. The farm, located near the Riverdale section of The Bronx, is a marvel to residents and even the community of cab drivers who take care of it. [NYTimes]

FoodCorps, a national service program that connects kids to healthy food in school, announced a partnership Tuesday with Edible Schoolyard NYC to bring the program to 20 New York City public schools, giving students in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan hands-on nutrition lessons and the opportunity to grow, cook and taste fruits and vegetables in school gardens.” [NBC New York]

Fordham Road held its second Food Truck Extravaganza for the summer last weekend, when residents got another taste of cuisines from all over the world. [News 12]

The South Bronx’s first Starbucks is set to open on 161st in Melrose. Unsurprisingly, feelings are mixed since many see the arrival of the coffee giant as a precursor to the borough’s gentrification. However, it will have competition from The Bronx Museum’s newly opened XM Cafe which is supported by mom and pop coffee shop Morris Perk, as well as a few other small business cafes that are set to open in coming months. [Welcome2TheBronx]

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Bronx Food & Farm Italian Culinary Tour, Saturday Sept 5



“We will begin at the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden at The New York Botanical Garden for a walk through the Global Gardens and vegetable plots with cultural themes. Next up, at historic Arthur Avenue, an Italian culinary gem, we’ll learn about cheese-making at Mike’s Deli. Finally, we’ll drop in on the annual, citywide Harvest Festival for community gardeners, this year at the Garden of Life and Health.” —Bronx Food & Farm Tours


TOUR GUIDES: Frank Russo and Sara Katz, Bronx Green-Up of The New York Botanical Garden



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News Roundup: City Island Pops on July 4th, Bx Foodie Finds Gochujang


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City Island was the place to be this past 4th of July holiday weekend. The area was full of diners as the outdoor seating, waterfront views and extensive seafood menu options made it the ideal destination for anyone skipping the predictable backyard bbq this 4th. [News 12]

Bronx-bred 28-year-old Phillilp Caputo just introduced the newest, natural flavor millennial foodies might love — Korean chili paste, gochujang. [Bloomberg]

Another star has emerged in the south Bronx’s urban farming movement. Tanya Fields recently built the 4,500 sq Libertad Urban Farm in the Hunts Point section of The Bronx to address racial, social and economic justice in the borough. Still in its first growing season, the farm plans to offer fruits, veggies, whole grains, meats, cheeses, and eggs to fill the void left by poorly stocked local supermarkets. In addition to providing residents healthy food options, Fields hopes to create jobs and teach community kids sustainability through growing food. [Madamenoire]


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