The world's fourth oldest auction house is turning their attention to food for the inaugural Tri-State Heirloom Vegetable auction, The Art of Farming, which is being held today. The event will celebrate edible heirlooms and the art involved in their creation, and all proceeds will go to the GrowNYC New Farmer Development Project. Read more below:
The event is supported by a few leaders and visionaries in the sustainable food and farming movement, including Eric Ripert, Ruth Reichl, Martha Stewart, Bette Midler, Dan Barber, Liz Neumark, among others.
More info from the Sotheby's website:
The Art of Farming evening will begin with a cocktail reception with "local" hors d'oeuvres by renowned restaurant Rouge Tomate, which strives to address social and environmental issues, taking pride in farm to table cuisine and implementing sustainable practices such as their firm dedication to composting. Jamie Niven, Chairman of Sotheby's North America, will lead a live auction of Heirloom vegetables from more than 40 local farmers from the tri-state area, including Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell of Beekman 1802, John Gorzynski of Gorzynski Ornery Farms, Russell Glover of Consider Bardwell, Tom Culton of Culton Organics, and Richard Ball of Schoharie Valley Farms. All seeds for the produce on sale have been donated to the farmers by Landreth and Seed Savers.
Tickets to the auction cost $250. For more information, click here.