Next month on September 27, Sotheby’s will be auctioning off some heirlooms that are quite different from the ones they usually showcase: tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, and other edibles from local New York City area farms! Called The Art of Farming, the event will be the auction house’s second annual event to promote and support local sustainable farming and delicious food.
After discovering a mutual love of legumes, Brent Ridge, Hudson Valley goat farmer and co-star of “The Fabulous Beekman Boys” on Discovery Channel and Amy Todd Middleton, Sotheby’s worldwide director of marketing, created this philanthropic event last year to benefit GrowNYC and the Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm. GrowNYC assists immigrants and under privileged individuals in starting their own economically and environmentally sustainable small farm while the Sylvia Center teaches children about healthy eating and sustainable farming through hands-on experiences on Katchkie Farm.
With crates of vegetables and even live heritage ducks and geese selling for thousands of dollars last year, the event raised $250,000 in total. This year, celebrities, philanthropists, chefs and local farmers will enjoy a gala dinner before the auction made with only heirloom vegetables by Dan Kluger of ABC Kitchen, Alexandra Guarnaschelli of Butter, and Jeremy Bearman of Rogue Tomate. In the weeks leading to the event, Sotheby’s will also be hosting a pop-up weekly greenmarket outside of their York Avenue office building.