Green Jeans Farmery demonstrates how space can both create and define community.
Even if that community is temporary, and even if we’re calling a concrete pad “the Green,” the shared feeling of participation in an urban adventure is real in the upbeat, diverse, all-ages crowd of families, beautiful people, tourists and locals. This assembly of upcycled burgundy, emerald, lilac and lime painted shipping containers is this summer’s coolest place to hang out.
Unabashed people watching and a luxury of choices make GJF seem like part boardwalk, part state fair, and part food truck extravaganza. Several eateries will be familiar from other locations as food trucks or cafes, but this is no ordinary food court.
Be prepared, as it’s a bit of a quest to get there. And parking can be hellacious in the crowded lot, or, alternatively, getting there may require a long walk, particularly on a weekend evening.
However, the voluptuous ice cream at Chill’Ns, made in small batches of pure ingredients with organic berries and exotic toppings like Himalayan salted caramel, is worth the effort. There’s a dairy-free coconut, and a chocolaty java chip, plus a mango sorbet with Chimayó chile. Green tea matcha pistachio, anyone?
The entertaining show of injecting the ingredients with 320 below zero nitrogen produces icy clouds worthy of a scene from Harry Potter. Meanwhile, fresh waffles are coming off the press for cones and waffle bowls. About $4.50 a scoop.