When I first discovered PS 11's Wednesday morning farm stand last year, it was nominally open 8 till noon, and I could drop by at 11 and still find terrific fruits and vegetables at great prices.
But word has spread, and now most stuff is gone by 10--some things sell out earlier.
Half the fun of shopping at the stand is being served by 3rd graders, watching them absorbing lessons in customer service along with arithmetic. The kids also learn about their wares--from the certified organic Stoneledge farm in the Catskills--how they're grown and how to cook them.
The stand operates from early June through late September, and this year, the kids have been there every week I've gone, even during vacation.
What I got this week: a bunch of scrumptious summer spinach ($1.50), 3 peaches($1), a cucumber (50 cents), and 2 peppers on their way to red ($1). I still had a patty pan squash from last week, when I bought other summer squash, eggplant, tomatoes, and a bunch of young leeks.
You'll find the stand in front of the school, at 320 W. 21st St. I understand the chefs show up by 8:00.
For further information about the stand, the farm, and recipes, check out: