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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Huntington CSA Thursday, September 19, 2019 Week #15


Happy Summer (till September 22nd)!

The CSA is OUTSIDE this week (Folk Music Society of Huntington has an event that’s bumping us out of the Sky Room Café at the Cinema Arts Centre which also means the Sky Room Café will be closing around 4pm…though there will be popcorn and snacky things still available at the alternate concession stand next to the Box Office). So, the weather looks nice enough for us to be outside the Café in the garden. While the Café won’t be available for phone calls, if need be you can still call the Cinema Box Office and have someone come outside to get a CSA member to take your message.

CSA weather report…cool to chilly.

Important…if you call the Box Office to have a bag packed for a late CSA pickup (by 10pm), do NOT leave messages at the Box Office and expect the CSA to get them. It doesn’t always happen (it didn’t last week…not good). You MUST speak directly to someone from the CSA. The call can easily be transferred to the Sky Room Café where someone from the CSA can take the phone call (or if the CSA is outside or in another location, they can still get a CSA member to come to the Box Office to take the call).

Also important…if you send anyone to the CSA to pick up food, please tell them to BRING BAGS!

It’s time to weigh our CSA food!

  1. Please be aware that it may take a little more time for you to collect your CSA share when weighing is part of the experience, so plan accordingly.

  1. Check the CSA Wall Chart that our farmer brings in every week before taking any food so you know what you’re taking and how much to take…assume nothing and please feel free to ask questions!

  1. Bring your reading glasses, or ask someone to help if you can’t see the numbers on the scale clearly.

  1. PLEASE DO NOT GO OVER THE AMOUNT STATED on the Wall Chart.

Please err on the under side of the weight posted…NEVER over. It may not seem like much to you, but we have 35 CSA members this week, and if every person is over by ONE OUNCE (for crying out loud! It’s only an ounce!!!) …that means we’ll be short over 2 POUNDS of produce and 1 or 2 CSA members (and one of them could be you) won’t get the food they paid for.

  1. IF you are asked to weigh more than one food item at the same time (and you probably will at some point in the CSA season)…please follow the directions given to you, and weigh in the order you are asked (you might not think there’s any good reason to be doing this but our farmer does, and that should be enough of a reason right there but if you want a further explanation – ask someone working at the CSA or contact suzanne…there is always a method to the madness)

This email includes…

  1. What you need to know
  2. Fall superfoods for an immune system boost!
  3. Vary your veggies and eat the rainbow! 😊
  4. Click activism – you don’t have to do much, or spend any money, to help make a positive change in the world
  5. What you actually got last week
  6. Our tax dollars NOT at work…
  7. And now, for something completely different 😊

Anything in these emails not directly related to the functioning of the CSA feel free to take or leave at your discretion, and anything related to health issues always consult with your physicians before taking any action.


1.What you need to know (will be either new info to first time CSA members, or reminders/old hat to returning CSA members)…

Before you leave the houseBRING BAGS to pack up your food (CSA members are responsible for packing up their own shares) – canvas/plastic/paper…bring whatever suits your fancy. The CSA does NOT provide bags for CSA members.
Time – 3:30pm to 7:30pm
IF you need to pick up later than 7:30pm, call the Cinema Arts Center Box Office between 3pm to 7:30pm at 631-423-7610 xt 0 and ask to speak to someone from the CSA. We can pack a bag for you and leave it at the Box Office but it MUST be picked up before the Box Office closes (call the Box Office to check the time…lately it’s been 9:30pm). If not, it won’t be there on Friday. And do not leave a message at the Box OfficeYOU MUST SPEAK TO SOMEONE FROM THE CSA (otherwise the CSA will not be responsible if your food doesn’t get packed and left for you).
Place – Sky Room Café in the Cinema Arts Centre at 423 Park Ave, Huntington
Parking – park in the all the way around at the back of the building by the day care center (you’ll see a fenced in playground area with a sandbox)
When you arrive at the CSA
  1. Check in at the desk with our friendly CSA worker
  2. Read the Wall Chart that tells us every week what we’re getting, how much we’re getting, and what the farm charged us for it…some weeks it’s take one of everything but SOME WEEKS IT’S NOT!!! So you have to make sure you read the Wall Chart every week, and not assume anything. You can also ask your fellow CSA members that are working that day what the story is for the day (they should have name tags on).
Before you leave the CSA – Make sure you have everything on the list! If you get to talking with people, have kids with you, etc., it can be easy to be distracted and if you get home and find out you don’t have everything that was on the list, you’re out of luck because at 7:31pm the food is donated to a local food organization that’s waiting to pick it up and get on their way.

Veggie info sheets added as needed. This is the link to the: Veggie Info Sheets. Print out, put in a notebook and you end up with a cookbook at the end of the CSA season. Also there are good tips on storage, prep, and nutrition.

The list…this is a general list and you’ll be sent another email within the next week with the detailed list after I get it (which isn’t till the day of the CSA…the list is subject to change without notice because farming is like that!  J . However, most of the time it’s accurate and if it’s not…usually only one food item will be changed)…


CSA words to live by…when trying any new food that you’ve never eaten before…START SLOW!  Read up about it (make sure it doesn’t interfere with any medications you might be taking or any health conditions you might have), see what traditional/conventional ways it’s prepared (cultures that have been eating certain foods for many years basically have a good idea what they’re doing and we can learn from that), try a small portion, see how your body/digestive system reacts, and proceed from there. Then try preparing in different ways and see what you come up with, and feel free to ask for suggestion/info/recommendations!

Paraphrased wise words by a nutritionist that I read and don’t remember where I read it or who said it, BUT it’s pretty smart info regarding eating seasonally in our part of the globe…
Spring… is all about detoxing (what we get from the CSA at this time is a lot of green things that are really good to help clean us out from whatever we accumulated during the winter)
Interesting piece about spring greens (out of the 14 listed, we get 12 of them with our CSA…watercress nutritionally and botanically similar to Peppercress) and detoxing…
Summer is all about being hydrated (the popular summer foods are all full of water…Tomatoes, Lettuces, Summer Squashes, etc.)
Fall/winter is all about storing energy (we get all the dense vegetables…Sweet Potatoes, Winter Squashes, etc…. that are energy powerhouses to fuel us through the winter) to get you through the winter to make it to…Spring!


Week #15
September 19, 2019

  1. Broccoli* – ? – read CSA Wall Chart for details
  2. Kale** – 1 bunch
  3. Peppers, Sweet*** – ? - read CSA Wall Chart for details
  4. Tomatoes, Mini**** – 1 pt.
  5. Lettuce – 1 head

Total Items: 5

Flower Share - #11
The End!!!


*Broccoli is one of the world’s healthiest foods (good info and recipes)!

**Kale is one of the world’s healthiest foods (good info and recipes)!

***Shishito Peppers – they’re both Sweet and Hot (1 out of every 10…maybe…are spicy/hot but you can’t tell before unless you rub a cut part against your finger and give a taste…I’d only bother checking after cooking the whole batch since most won’t be hot at all…and then again – I don’t mind the heat 😊)…
Basic recipes…
More ambitious…
Sweet Peppers are one of the world’s healthiest foods (good info and recipes)!
And so are Hot Peppers…

****Tomatoes are one of the world’s healthiest foods (good info and recipes)!



2.Fall superfoods for an immune system boost!

Out of this list of 29 fall superfoods, over the years our CSA has provided us with 18 out of 29 (however Green Peas are NOT a fall food in this neck of the woods…it’s a spring thing). The 11 that we don’t get are fruits (4 locally grown, 4 not grown in this neck of the woods), nuts (don’t know of anyone selling locally grown nuts), mushrooms (we used to have a Mushroom Share and if our membership climbs high enough again, it could be looking into as a possible option), and the last one (Ginger) they’re growing at our farm and MAYBE we’ll get it at our CSA this year…

  
3.Vary your veggies and eat the rainbow! 😊

A varied diet is a healthier diet and eating the rainbow is part of that concept (been saying this for decades 😊 ), and here’s someone else talking about some of the WHYs…

Here’s some tips on HOW to get more vegetables (and more varieties) on your plate…
I may be prejudiced but they should have mentioned joining a CSA! 😊
  

4.Click activism – you don’t have to do much, or spend any money, to help make a positive change in the world

Tell our government officials to top the use of Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs)…



5.What you actually got last week

Week #14
September 12, 2019

  1. Broccoli* – 1 head – $3.00
  2. Beans, Snap (same as Green Beans): Dragon Tongue** – ¾ lb. – $3.50
  3. Peppers, Sweet: Bell, Purple/Cubanelle/Romanian Wax*** – 1 lb. bag - $4.25
  4. Tomatoes, Mini: Sungold**** – 1 pt. - $5.50
  5. Lettuce: Crisp, Green – 1 head - $3.50
  6. Eggplant***** - 1 - $2.25

Total Items: 6
Total Amount: $22.00
(We pay $20 per week for our CSA share…some weeks we get a bit more, and it adds up over the course of the season. This week it was $2.50, and so far it’s a grand total of $20 which is an extra CSA share! We seem to always get at least one CSA share’s worth of food every year that we didn’t pay for…some years two, and some between one and two…it’s all good! 😊)

Flower Share - #10
Sunflowers

Herb Share – September 1A
Cilantro****** AND Sage*******


*Broccoli is one of the world’s healthiest foods (good info and recipes)!

**Snap Beans (Green Beans) are one of the world’s healthiest foods (good info and recipes)!

***Sweet Peppers are one of the world’s healthiest foods (good info and recipes)!

****Tomatoes are one of the world’s healthiest foods (good info and recipes)!

*****Eggplant is one of the world’s healthiest foods (good info and recipes)!

******Cilantro is one of the world’s healthiest foods (good info and recipes)!

*******Sage is one of the world’s healthiest foods (good info and recipes)!



6.Our tax dollars NOT at work…

The FDA knew back in 2017 that the pesticide glyphosate (linked to causing cancer) has been in our food supply. If the FDA isn’t telling us, how can we avoid carcinogenic chemicals in our food? Buy certified organic everything…or as much as you’re comfortably able to…it’s not a perfect solution BUT it’s the best option to avoid carcinogens other than growing ALL your own food (after you’ve had your soil extensively tested…you might be unpleasantly surprised what’s already in your soil that can make its way into food grown in your garden/yard)…



7.And now, for something completely different 😊

While not a fan of monocropping (planting nothing but one crop in a large swath of land), this does look pretty amazing (photoshop was involved)…

Events…both near and far


Monday, September 16th to Sunday, September 22nd

Love is Medicine Project (online documentary series)
FREE
To register and for more info…

Recommended by doctor of functional medicine, Dr. Mark Hyman…publisher of naturopathic medicine journals, Razi Berry, gathers experts in the field of wellness to take us on a journey to discover the power of healing that’s within each of us.


Monday, September 16th to Sunday, October 6th

Unleash Your Inner Healer

This was recommended to me by Dr. Joel Kahn, one of my fave holistic cardiologists (a vegan but omnivore friendly 😊 ), and he’ll be one of the speakers. Tools for optimal healing, vitality and stress reduction, while living a happier life.


Thursday, September 19th to Wednesday, October 2nd

Healthy Aging Workshop with Deepak Chopra
FREE
For more info and to register…

In this 4 part workshop (hosted by Deepak Chopra and Dr. Sheila Patel), you’ll be empowered to take control of your health, regain joy and energy, and learn about the ancient healing method of Ayurveda.


Thursday, September 19th

10am to 11pm

IEatGreen radio show
To listen to the show live (or listen to the archived programs)…

Hosted by Long Islander Bhavani Jharoff. Older shows can be accessed in archives.

6pm to 8:30pm

The End of Mental Illness
109 E. 50th St., 3rd Floor
NYC
FREE
To register:

Join holistic psychiatrist, Dr. Daniel Amen, in his discussion about a new paradigm of dealing with mental health issues based on a brain-based whole person program rooted in neuroscience and hope. Knowing a bit about Dr. Amen, diet will be a significant part of the program (and he will be talking about eating organic).

6pm to 9pm

VIP Jambon de Bayonne Tasting Event
Salt Drift Farm Street Food by Hamptons Aristocrat
203 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Tpke.
Bridgehampton
FREE
To RSVP…

Tasting of a hand-crafted dry cured French ham (used in the hors d’oeuvres) along with cocktails, beer & wine.


Friday, September 20th

Noon to 5pm

NYC Climate Strike w/Greta Thunberg
Noon – assemble and march - Foley Square, 1 Federal Plaza
2:30pm to 5pm – rally - Battery Park
For more info and to RSVP…

6pm to 7pm

Green Inside and Out
WUSB-FM/90.1 FM

Long Islander Beth Fiteni us the host. Rotates with Healthy Planet radio with Huntington resident Bob DiBenedetto.


Saturday, September 21st to Wednesday, October 2nd

Regain Your Brain (online docuseries)
FREE
To register…

Speakers include holistic psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. Dale Bredesen (author of The End of Alzheimer’s), Micheal Breus (sleep expert), neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter and many others. You know eating organic produce is going to be part of this protocol.


Saturday, September 21st and Sunday, September 22nd

11am to 6pm

37th Annual Queens County Fair
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
Floral Park, NY
$10 (advance)/$15 (door) - $5 (advance)/$8 (door) 12 and under *additional fees for hayrides/corn maze and other attractions
For more info and tickets…

Traditional agricultural fair. Music, food, farm stuff and fun!


Saturday, September 21st

Noon to ???

Farm Aid
Alpine Valley Music Theater
East Troy, WI
To get tickets and for more info…

If you can’t attend, you can usually watch the concert live online! And if you want to donate, go to the website and contribute, OR support Farm Aid by buying stuff from their store. Think I’ll treat myself to an organic cotton bandana! 😊


Monday, September 23rd to October 28th

6:30pm to 10pm

Chefs Against Hunger
Tellers
605 Main St.
Islip
$175
For more info and to buy tickets:

This is a dinner series (5 course meal plus wine/spirit) featuring some of Long Islands top chefs as a benefit for Long Island Cares. The dates are 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28.


Monday, September 23rd to Wednesday, October 2nd

Hacking Your Healthcare with Dr. Mark Hyman (online course)
FREE
To sign up…

Learn top strategies to work with your doctors to get the healthcare you need. Find out which tests matter and why the results are critical to improving your health. Topics covered…what is functional medicine, nutrition, hormones, diabetes, inflammation, heart health, metabolism, detoxification, and digestion.


Tuesday, September 24th

11:30am to 2:30pm

Taco Tuesdays (ongoing)
South Fork Kitchens Cafe
East End Food Institute
39 Tuckahoe Rd.
Southampton
For more info…

Authentic local Mexican food by Chef Esther priced under $10.

3pm

Lawncare Tuesdays (thru October)
Bridge Gardens
36 Mitchell La.
Bridgehampton
FREE

Get free sustainable lawn and landscape management (rain or shine) from Paul Wagner of Greener Pastures Organics! This is in partnership with The Perfect Earth project

7pm - Volunteers/8pm – Food Distribution

Community Solidarity Food Share Distribution
Fairground Ave & E. 6th St.
Huntington Station
For more info and to sign up to be a volunteer (though you can also just stop by)…

This is the group that Green Thumb CSA – Huntington has partnered with for the last number of years to donate produce remaining at the end of the night from our CSA.

8pm to 9pm

Green Street Radio
WBAI – FM/99.5 – FM
For more info and to listen online…

Listen to Nassau County residents, Patti & Doug Wood (founders of the only all organic greenmarket in NY…Port Washington), talk about environmental issues effecting us all. Shows are archived on WBAI and available as a podcast here… http://www.greenstreetradio.com/ . The last show was about getting glyphosate (Round-Up) out of NYC Parks. They alternate with a show called Eco-Logic.


Wednesday, September 25th

7 to 9pm

Citizens for 5G Awareness
Huntington Hilton
598 Broadhollow Rd
Melville
For more info contact Debbie:

Join a group of people that are active regarding educating the public about the health concerns around 5G wireless technology.


Thursday, September 26th

6pm to 8:30pm

Cocktails in the Cloister
Rosary Hall Chapel at the Cloister
555 Albany Ave.
Amityville
$200
To register and buy tickets…

A benefit for Homecoming Farm (a project of the Sisters of St. Dominic), the evening is a farm-to-table dinner created by the chefs of Besito/The Shed with live music, raffles and wine.


Saturday, September 28th and Sunday, September 29th

10am to 5pm

Hudson Garlic Festival
Cantine Field
Washington Ave. Extension
Saugerties, NY
$10 (cash only)
For more info…

If you like Garlic, this is the mamajama Garlic Festival in New York. The years I’ve gone, bought 3 to 4 lbs. of Garlic (certified organic…not all of it is), stored it properly, and had it last till March!


Saturday, September 28th

11am to 7pm

Chili Pepper Festival
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
455 Flatbush Ave
990 Washington Ave
Brooklyn
$30 – General/$25 – Seniors (65 and over) & Students (12 and over with student ID)/FREE – BBG Members & children under 12
For more info and to buy tickets…

Music, food, kid friendly, demos. Rain or shine.


Wednesday, October 2nd

7pm to 9pm

The Read Truth about Health Conference planning meeting
Hilton Hotel
598 Broadhollow Rd.
Melville
FREE
For more into about the conference…

Vegan food will be provided.


Sunday, October 6th

12:30pm to 7pm (fireworks at 7pm)

AIA’s (Association of Indians in America) 32nd Deepavali
Southstreet Seaport
200 Water St.
NYC
FREE
For more info…

There will be a booth by World Vegan Vision so there should be vegan food available (and some Indian food is vegan anyhoo).


Wednesday, October 9th to Sunday, October 20th

Alzheimer’s – The Science of Prevention (online docuseries)
FREE

Dr. David Perlmutter (neurologist) brings over 20 experts in the field of brain health (including Dr. Dale Bredesen author of The End of Alzheimer’s).


Thursday, October 10th

6:30pm to 9:30pm

Dinner with Dr. Andrew Weil, author of The Anti-Inflammatory Diet
The Bouley Test Kitchen
31 W. 21st St.
NYC
$179
For more info and to buy tickets…

This is a five course meal created by Chef David Bouley based on Dr. Weil’s “inflammation diet” with wine.  Includes a lecture with a Q & A.


Wednesday, October 16th

7 to 9pm

Citizens for 5G Awareness
Huntington Hilton
598 Broadhollow Rd
Melville
For more info contact Debbie:

Join a group of people that are active regarding educating the public about the health concerns around 5G wireless technology.


Saturday, October 19th

10:30am, 11:30am & 12:30pm (times from last year and will confirm)

Annual CSA Pumpkin Picking Farm Tour
Green Thumb Farm
Montauk Hwy.
Water Mill
FREE
Call to RSVP:
631-726-1900 (M to Su 9:30am to 4:30pm)

This tour is for CSA members and immediate family only (sorry, but if you share a CSA share with someone, only the person listed on the contract is a CSA member…however, if the CSA member isn’t coming, you can show up and use their name to RSVP). Last time to get a behind the scenes tour of our farm and talk to our farmers (Got a garden? Got questions? These are the guys to ask 😊 ).

This is a hayride tour of a different section of the farm than we toured in June during our Strawberry picking farm tour.

Also, there’s usually a discount at the farm stand for those attending the farm tour (will check on that).


Saturday, October 25th

10am to 5pm

Long Island Vegan Extravaganza
Sisters of St. Joseph
1725 Brentwood Rd.
Brentwood
For more info…

Food, kids activities, music and fun stuff!


Wednesday, November 6th

7pm to 9pm

The Read Truth about Health Conference planning meeting
Hilton Hotel
598 Broadhollow Rd.
Melville
FREE
For more into about the conference…

Vegan food will be provided.


Wednesday, November 20th

7 to 9pm

Citizens for 5G Awareness
Huntington Hilton
598 Broadhollow Rd
Melville
For more info contact Debbie:

Join a group of people that are active regarding educating the public about the health concerns around 5G wireless technology.


Saturday, November 16th

9am to 5pm

Beekeeping for the Future
The Pfeiffer Center
260 Hungry Hollow Rd.
Chestnut Ridge, NY
$95
For more info and to register…

If you’re thinking of getting Honeybees next spring, now is the time to prepare. If you’ve been beekeeping for a year or two, this is a good place to ask questions and learn new things. This is where I’m going to take classes if I ever get around to being able to have Bees in my backyard.


Wednesday, November 20th to Sunday, November 24th

2019 Biodynamic Conference
Sagamore Resort
Lake George, NY
For more info and to register…

The theme of the conference this year is Cultivating Relationships: Earth, Cosmos, Community. There’s a children’s program, and they also offer scholarships and give discounts to volunteers.


Wednesday, December 4th

7pm to 9pm

The Read Truth about Health Conference planning meeting
Hilton Hotel
598 Broadhollow Rd.
Melville
FREE
For more into about the conference…

Vegan food will be provided.


Wednesday, December 18th

7 to 9pm

Citizens for 5G Awareness
Huntington Hilton
598 Broadhollow Rd
Melville
For more info contact Debbie:

Join a group of people that are active regarding educating the public about the health concerns around 5G wireless technology.


Wednesday, January 8th

7pm to 9pm

The Read Truth about Health Conference planning meeting
Hilton Hotel
598 Broadhollow Rd.
Melville
FREE
For more into about the conference…

Vegan food will be provided.


Friday, January 17th to Sunday, January 19th

NOFA-NY’s 38th Annual Organic Farming and Gardening Conference
Oncenter
Syracuse
For more info and to register…


Friday, January 24th to Sunday, February, 2nd

The Truth About Health
Hilton Long Island
598 Broadhollow Rd.
Melville
FREE
For more info and to register (though registration for 2020 isn’t posted yet)…
If you’re interested in being a sponsor of this event (if you have a business or service you’d like to promote)…

Vegan meals/snacks are provided. More info as it gets closer to the event. Lots of speakers on lots of topics regarding health and the environment.


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