5 Local Things to Do This Summer

There are only a few short days left in the month of April, which can only mean one thing. Summer is coming! Summer is my favorite season because New York City seems to come alive all over again. The trees are blooming, the grass is green, and people are trading in their parkas for smiles. There’s just nothing like it.

If you’ll be in New York City this summer, I encourage you to take some time to explore. Make time for adventure each week. If you’re willing to look for it, there are plenty of remarkable New Yorkers doing what they can with what they have to make their communities better places to call home. During the summer months, many of these remarkable people find ways to involve the public in their work. These people are creatives and intellectuals, volunteers and professionals, old and young. This summer you have the opportunity to take part in the work they are doing. I encourage you to do so!

Here are my five recommendations that will help you get involved in NYC’s local movement this summer.

Visit Brooklyn Grange for An Event

Brooklyn Grange is a breathtaking urban oasis in Brooklyn. Aside from growing approximately 50,000 lbs. of produce each year, this farm is always finding fun and innovative ways to make their rooftop space a gathering place. It’s what I love most about them. This summer, I recommend trying Monday Evening Yoga or a Sunday Morning Workshop. All events require an RSVP and a small registration fee. They also sell out quickly so do not hesitate to visit their website today.

Take a Day Trip to Lavender by the Bay

Located in East Marion, New York, this family owned farm is only a short trip from Manhattan. In April and May, they are open on weekends from 9AM-5PM for exploring, pictures, and lavender picking. June through September, they are open seven days a week.

Volunteer at Eagle Street Rooftop Farm

Every Saturday from 12PM – 4PM, Eagle Street Farm hosts an open market during the summer months. If you’re missing nature and wanting to meet new people, volunteering on an urban farm is a great place to start. And, with no long-term commitment to help out from week to week, it’s a risk-free way to try something new.

Have a Picnic with Friends Using Only Local Ingredients

Y’all know how much I love farmers’ markets. In my opinion, the summer is the perfect time to try new local ingredients with friends. The weather is perfect for outdoor grocery shopping and every New Yorker seems to venture outside for picnics and community dinners. Personally, I plan to spend most weekends with local fruits, veggies, and breads on a picnic blanket. You should do the same!

Try a Restaurant with Locally-Sourced Ingredients

If you’re looking for a fun and relaxing way to gather with friends, as a New Yorker, you’ll mostly go out to eat. This summer, be intentional about trying restaurants that use seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients. It’s easier than you think and, in my experience, it is more delicious too!



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