By Caroline Spivack
The Ridge is going green!
The weather is getting gorgeous, so Bay Ridge Nights is taking in some sunshine and swapping the usual boozy intake for some palate-cleansing greenery.
Kick off your green weekend on Saturday with an opening day visit to the Bay Ridge Green Market (9408 Third Ave. at 95th Street), located in the parking lot of Walgreen’s. You can pick up an array of farm-to-table products, including fresh fish, raw cow milk, and apples straight from the orchard. Peruse organic nosh from upstate vendors, and step up your cooking game with recipe demos from farmers and chefs. Stands include Williams Fruit Farm, Wager’s Cider Mill, and from Goodale Farm, which gets our personal endorsement for its fresh veg. Vendors set up shop today — and every Saturday until Nov. 18 — from 8 am to 3 pm.
Once you’ve gathered your ingredients for dinner, take a stroll to the Narrows Botanical Garden (Shore Road at 70th Street) and get some herbs to spice up your meal. At the horticulturists’ annual spring plant sale, you can pick up some mint for your lamb — or your mojito — along with popular favorites basil and cilantro. The group’s organic tomatoes are always a best seller — be sure to show up early if you want to grab a batch. Conservationists will dole out the greens from 10 am to 3 pm. And if you’ve made good time, you can take the short walk to Owl’s Head Park (67th Street at Colonial Road) and help spiffy up the green space with volunteers from the Owl’s Head Horticulture Group. You can bond with your fellow green-friendly Ridgites while picking up litter from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.
Finally, reward yourself for all this clean living with one more green stop — at the Greenhouse Cafe (7717 Third Ave. between 77th and 78th streets), where the band Positive N-ergy will get the crowd dancing, starting at 10 pm.
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