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Thursday, May 27, 2010

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!

Happy spring!
We still have about 60 spots to fill, hopefully, by June 1st! Attached to this email is the contract for new CSA members who’d be starting to pick up at the CSA on June 3rd, and the CSA brochure. Please feel free to pass this on to friends, neighbors, co-workers and relatives who might be interested in joining the CSA this season! If we all were able to find one person to join…we’d be done in a minute. Please feel free to suggest places to leave the CSA brochures or names of individuals/groups to contact about CSA (either just to give info or to give a talk about CSA/local eating).
Does anyone who lives in East Northport or Northport have any interest in sharing pickups with someone from Kings Park? There’s a woman who’d join the CSA but only if she can rotate pickups. She knows about the CSA from the Montessori School in Centerport (I think that’s the one) as her son goes there. If so, let me know and I’ll contact this person.
This email includes…
1. Your CSA doesn’t need you! At least not this week  .2. Updated version of The Meatrix!3. What you’re getting at the CSA this week (subject to change without notice…farming is like that!)4. Please tell the Senate that GMOs won’t help feed the world5. Order now for Honey in June!6. How fat cat speculators inflated the market and drove food prices up around the world…7. BRING BAGS!8. Here are some more very important armchair activist activities dealing with cloned animals and labeling GMO foods…9. Order Certified Organic Plants/Seedlings (grown at Green Thumb Farm) for your garden this season…10. Want to end hunger in America and around the world?11. What you actually got last week12. Remember the movie Supersize Me? 13. Event Calendar 14. Pay whatever you want at Panera!

1. Your CSA doesn’t need you! At least not this week  .
If you were sent an email from Judi or myself, you are scheduled to work this week. If not, you’re not. However…you can always just show up a little before 3:30 or 5:30pm at the CSA and offer to work if help is still needed…you never know!

2. Updated version of The Meatrix!
CSA member (and UUFH member), Frances Whittelsey, submitted this updated website of The Meatrix (if you haven’t seen this yet…it’s very cool), giving you a complete toolbox for fighting factory farms…in 50 languages!
The new Meatrix site and Meatrix Presentation Kit offer free movies, buttons, stickers, postcards, magnets and lots and lots of informative handouts on issues ranging from food safety to slaughterhouse practices.
http://www.themeatrix.com/
While developed nations, including the United States, struggle with the devastating effects of factory farms on jobs, communities and the environment, the biggest agri-businesses are racing to build more in nations where they can operate in a strictly unregulated fashion. Among the countries currently experiencing some of the most rapid proliferation of factory farms are Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Mexico, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Taiwan and Thailand.
For additional information or to use The Meatrix in your work or classroom, please contact Director Destin Layne at info@themeatrix.com or 212-991-1834

3. What you’re getting at the CSA this week (subject to change without notice…farming is like that!)
May 27, 2010Week #6
1. Spring Onions2. Sorrel3. Kale (last week till the fall)4. Tat Soi (greenhouse grown)5. Mustard Greens (greenhouse grown)6. StrawberriesTotal Items: 6 (?)

4. Please tell the Senate that GMOs won’t help feed the world…"At the end of the day, GE crops don't have much to offer farmers in the developing world," notes WhyHunger colleague Dr. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, senior scientist at Pesticide Action Network. "Recent UN reports point to agroecological farming for more promising solutions to world hunger."http://action.panna.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=2901
Here are some other armchair activist campaigns to click on…http://action.panna.org/
Sign up so you can get them directly (in case I miss any…which I do).

5. Order now for Honey in June!
What…Honey - not organic…organic Honey is not really doable…ask me to explain if you want to know…however she is using biodynamic and organic beekeeping techniques to keep the bees healthy –
Where…not local - the Honey is from NY waaayyyy up north by the St. Lawrence River in a rural area – so if you’re using it for allergy issues, this is too far away…but for anything else…yum!
Who…the beekeeper is the daughter of Bill Halsey, our farmer…he is trying to get her back to the farm by supporting her beekeeping project and I think he’d like her to come home and be the beekeeper on the farm
How…$10 per 1 lb glass container…pay by check made out to Halseys Green Thumb OR in cash…bring to the CSA Sign-In desk and leave with the person there
When…last day to order will be June 10th. When will it arrive? By the end of June.
Why…bees are dying and it takes good natural beekeepers like Bill’s daughter to help replenish the bee population

6. How fat cat speculators inflated the market and drove food prices up around the world…
Stop gambling on hunger!http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6241/t/8183/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=2223

7. BRING BAGS!
What more can you say about this?
At the CSA, we bag our own food. I’d suggest to bring a selection of plastic bags (especially for things that are dripping wet like Lettuces and other Greens which we get later in the season when they are picked from out in the fields…as opposed to the greenhouse where they are probably coming from now) AND paper bags (for things that don’t like plastic like Tomatoes…the moisture that plastic attracts will make them rot faster).
Keep a stash of bags in every vehicle you own, and replenish when the stash gets low! That way you’ll never be without. AND, if anyone is picking up for you…please tell them about needing bags!

8. Here are some more very important armchair activist activities dealing with cloned animals and labeling GMO foods…http://cfs.convio.net/site/PageServer

9. Order Certified Organic Plants/Seedlings (grown at Green Thumb Farm) for your garden this season…
Check out the attachment for instructions and plant list. This one has the phone number to the farm.

10. Want to end hunger in America and around the world?
Check this out…http://usfoodcrisisgroup.org/node/7

11. What you actually got last week (and a few before if you’re keeping track!)…
May 20thWeek #5
1. Scallions – 1 bunch - $2.502. Asparagus – ½ lb - $2.753. Mustard: Green OR Red (greenhouse) – 1 bunch - $2.754. Kale: Siberian, White – 1 bunch - $2.755. Oregano – 1 bunch - $2.256. Mibuna (greenhouse) – 1 bunch - $2.757. Jerusalem Artichokes - .4 lb - $2.00
Total Items: 7Total Amount: $17.25
Herb ShareWeek #1
Oregano AND Thyme
May 6thWeek #3
1. Asparagus – ½ lb - $2.752. Scallions – 1 bunch - $2.503. Kale: Russian, White – 1 bunch - $2.754. Mustard, Red – 1 bunch - $2.505. Burdock – 1/3 lb - $2.506. Mizuna (greenhouse) – 1 bunch - $2.507. Cinantro – 1 bunch - $2.25
Total Items – 7Total Amount - $17.75
April 29thWeek #2
1. Asparagus – ½ lb - $2.752. Kale Raab (Rabe/Rape), Green OR Sprouting Broccoli, Red – 1 bunch - $2.503. Turnip Greens – 1 bunch - $2.254. Collard Greens – 1 bunch - $2.755. Mustard, Red – 1 bunch - $2.506. Chives – 1 bunch - $2.257. Beans, Black Turtle – ½ lb - $2.25
Total Items - 7Total Amount - $17.25
12. Remember the movie Supersize Me?
If not, rent it immediately…it’s a classic! If you do remember it, I found this on the Morgon Spurlock (the director and star/guinea pig of the movie) Facebook page…
We are working on the Supersize Me 6th Anniversary DVD and wanted to hear what questions you'd like answered in the extras - we'll pick the 10 most asked questions and put them in the bonus material. Email your questions to jj@warrior-poets.comhttp://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Morgan-Spurlock/182171696782

13. Fun, Cool & Interesting Stuff to Do (new events added weekly)
If you don’t mind trekking into the city, these are two email lists to get on that have a lot of very cool food-based (local/organic) events…http://brooklynbased.net/http://www.eatingintranslation.com/
Friday, May 28th
9am to 10:30am
Morning Meditation with Rev. RatzlaffUUFH109 Browns RdHuntington, NYFREE
CSA member, Rev. Paul Ratzlaff conducts a morning sitting meditation every Friday. The schedule is as follows…9am to 9:45am – silent meditationBell is rungPoem or Buddhist reading is read aloudCheck in with everyoneReading a selection out of a collection of Buddhist stories and discuss itThe end!
Saturday, June 12th
The HotlineTerry G’s Steak & Seafood Grill354 Main StFarmindale516-854-9300
CSA member, John Morina is the drummer for The Hotline. If you like Blues, Rock, R & B or Funk The Hotline might be the band for you! They rock and provide a rockin’ good time….seriously  !
Saturday, June 19th
The HotlineGunther’s Tap Room84 Main StNorthport631-754-9659
Saturday, June 26th
Green Thumb CSA Member’s Annual Strawberry Farm TourDetails to be announced
Saturday, July 17th
The HotlineGunther’s Tap Room84 Main StNorthport631-754-9659
CSA member, John Morina is the drummer for The Hotline. If you like Blues, Rock, R & B or Funk The Hotline might be the band for you! They rock and provide a rockin’ good time….seriously  !
Saturday, July 24th
The HotlineGiacomo Jack’s248 S Ketcham AveAmityville631-691-2722
CSA member, John Morina is the drummer for The Hotline. If you like Blues, Rock, R & B or Funk The Hotline might be the band for you! They rock and provide a rockin’ good time….seriously  !
Saturday, August 13th to Sunday, August 15th
The 36th NOFA (Northeast Organic Farmer’s Association) Summer ConferenceUniversity of Massachusetts AmherstN Amherst, MAFor more info and to register…http://www.nofasummerconference.org/
Be there or be squarer than square! Featured speakers this year are Sally Fallon of the Weston Price Institute and Dr. Fernando Funes, father of the Cuban organic agriculture movement.
Saturday, August 28th
The HotlineGunther’s Tap Room84 Main StNorthport631-754-9659
CSA member, John Morina is the drummer for The Hotline. If you like Blues, Rock, R & B or Funk The Hotline might be the band for you! They rock and provide a rockin’ good time….seriously  !
Saturday, September 4th
12:30pm to 3:30pm
Wildman Steve BrillSunken Meadow ParkParking lot by the Sunken Meadow BathhouseSuggested Donation: $15, under 10 years old $10For more info and to reserve a spot…http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/
If you’ve never experienced Wildman Steve Brill and you like eating locally and/or organically…this is a must! You will leave with interesting things to cook for dinner, and may start to look differently at the “weeds” that come up in your backyard. You MUST read his website carefully and follow the instructions if you are to maximize your experience by dressing properly and bringing what you need to bring on this adventure. I’ve been told he’s corny…well, that’s true…but he’s also brilliant, and knows about eating and foraging in the wild like nobody’s business. Since he’s a fairly recent father, the event is a family friendly experience.
Saturday, October 16th
Green Thumb CSA Member’s Annual Tractor-pulled Hayride & Pumpkin Picking Farm TourDetails to be announced
Sunday, October 24th
12:30 to 3:30pm
Wildman Steve BrillSunken Meadow ParkSuggested Donation: $15, under 10 years old $10For more info and to reserve a spot…http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/
If you’ve never experienced Wildman Steve Brill and you like eating locally and/or organically…this is a must! You will leave with interesting things to cook for dinner, and may start to look differently at the “weeds” that come up in your backyard. You MUST read his website carefully and follow the instructions if you are to maximize your experience by dressing properly and bringing what you need to bring on this adventure. I’ve been told he’s corny…well, that’s true…but he’s also brilliant, and knows about eating and foraging in the wild like nobody’s business. Since he’s a fairly recent father, the event is a family friendly experience.

14. Pay whatever you want at Panera!
Panera does good work! Hormone free chicken is used in some of their recipes…http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/2010-05-18-panerabread18_ST_N.htm
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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Happy spring!

Congratulations to everyone on filling the spring session of the CSA season! Now we have about 60 spots to fill, hopefully, by June 1st! This is the link to the contract for new CSA members who’d be starting to pick up at the CSA on June 3rd http://www.tiny9.com/u/CSA_June_2010_Contract , the CSA brochure http://www.tiny9.com/u/CSA_Brochure and the
Seedlings FOR SALE http://www.tiny9.com/u/Seedlings_FOR_SALE_June_2010. Please feel free to pass these on to friends, neighbors, co-workers and relatives who might be interested in joining the CSA this season! If we all were able to find one person to join…we’d be done in a minute. Please feel free to suggest places to leave the CSA brochures or names of individuals/groups to contact about CSA (either just to give info or to give a talk about CSA/local eating).

This is a great post submitted by Jeff Tanenbaum, keeper of the CSA blog…
http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/05/10-secrets-tips-for-making-the-most-of-your-csa.html

This email includes…
1. Your CSA doesn’t need you! At least not this week  .
2. What you’re getting at the CSA this week (subject to change without notice…farming is like that!)
3. Order now for Honey in June!
4. BRING BAGS!
5. Order Certified Organic Plants/Seedlings (grown at Green Thumb Farm) for your garden this season…
6. What you actually got last week
7. Event Calendar
8. CSA member, Lisa Valentine is the founder/organizer for the one-year-old LI Single Parents Meet-up Group!
9. Hope you’re not offended but…
10. Win a new fridge…
11. Everything you always wanted to know about Burdock (if you still have some lurking in the back of your fridge)
12. Kale recipe submitted by CSA member (and UUFH member) Dove Thomas
13. CSA member Lisa Fascilla has a tip about cooking Greens and for Asparagus…


1. Your CSA doesn’t need you! At least not this week  .

If you were sent an email from Judi or myself, you are scheduled to work this week. If not, you’re not. However…you can always just show up a little before 3:30 or 5:30pm at the CSA and offer to work if help is still needed…you never know!



2. What you’re getting at the CSA this week (subject to change without notice…farming is like that!)

May 20, 2010
Week #5

1. Scallions
2. Asparagus
3. Kale: Russian, White
4. Mibuna (greenhouse grown)
5. Oregano
6. Jerusalem Artichokes
7. Greens, Mustard: Green OR Red
Total Items: 7



3. Order now for Honey in June!

What…Honey - not organic…organic Honey is not really doable…ask me to explain if you want to know…however she is using biodynamic and organic beekeeping techniques to keep the bees healthy –

Where…not local - the Honey is from NY waaayyyy up north by the St. Lawrence River in a rural area – so if you’re using it for allergy issues, this is too far away…but for anything else…yum!

Who…the beekeeper is the daughter of Bill Halsey, our farmer…he is trying to get her back to the farm by supporting her beekeeping project and I think he’d like her to come home and be the beekeeper on the farm

How…$10 per 1 lb glass container…pay by check made out to Halseys Green Thumb OR in cash…bring to the CSA Sign-In desk and leave with the person there

When…till Bill tells me to stop but I imagine we can order for the next two weeks and when will it arrive? By the end of June.

Why…bees are dying and it takes good natural beekeepers like Bill’s daughter to help replenish the bee population



4. BRING BAGS!

What more can you say about this?

At the CSA, we bag our own food. I’d suggest to bring a selection of plastic bags (especially for things that are dripping wet like Lettuces and other Greens which we get later in the season when they are picked from out in the fields…as opposed to the greenhouse where they are probably coming from now) AND paper bags (for things that don’t like plastic like Tomatoes…the moisture that plastic attracts will make them rot faster).

Keep a stash of bags in every vehicle you own, and replenish when the stash gets low! That way you’ll never be without. AND, if anyone is picking up for you…please tell them about needing bags!



5. Order Certified Organic Plants/Seedlings (grown at Green Thumb Farm) for your garden this season…

Check out the attachment for instructions and plant list.



6. What you actually got last week…

May 13th
Week #4

1. Leeks – 1 bunch - $3.50
2. Asparagus – ½ lb - $2.75
3. Swiss Chard – 1 bunch - $2.75
4. Kale – 1 bunch - $2.75
5. Tarragon, French – 1 bunch - $2.25
6. Tat Soi – 1 bunch - $2.75

Total Items: 6
Total Amount: $16.75

Herb Share
Week #1

Oregano AND Thyme



7. Fun, Cool & Interesting Stuff to Do (new events added weekly)

If you don’t mind trekking into the city, these are two email lists to get on that have a lot of very cool food-based (local/organic) events…
http://brooklynbased.net/
http://www.eatingintranslation.com/


Saturday, June 26th

Green Thumb CSA Member’s Annual Strawberry Farm Tour
Details to be announced


Saturday, August 13th to Sunday, August 15th

The 36th NOFA (Northeast Organic Farmer’s Association) Summer Conference
University of Massachusetts Amherst
N Amherst, MA
For more info and to register…
http://www.nofasummerconference.org/

Be there or be squarer than square! Featured speakers this year are Sally Fallon of the Weston Price Institute and Dr. Fernando Funes, father of the Cuban organic agriculture movement.


Saturday, September 4th

12:30pm to 3:30pm

Wildman Steve Brill
Sunken Meadow Park
Parking lot by the Sunken Meadow Bathhouse
Suggested Donation: $15, under 10 years old $10
For more info and to reserve a spot…
http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/

If you’ve never experienced Wildman Steve Brill and you like eating locally and/or organically…this is a must! You will leave with interesting things to cook for dinner, and may start to look differently at the “weeds” that come up in your backyard. You MUST read his website carefully and follow the instructions if you are to maximize your experience by dressing properly and bringing what you need to bring on this adventure. I’ve been told he’s corny…well, that’s true…but he’s also brilliant, and knows about eating and foraging in the wild like nobody’s business. Since he’s a fairly recent father, the event is a family friendly experience.


Saturday, October 16th

Green Thumb CSA Member’s Annual Tractor-pulled Hayride & Pumpkin Picking Farm Tour
Details to be announced


Sunday, October 24th

12:30 to 3:30pm

Wildman Steve Brill
Sunken Meadow Park
Suggested Donation: $15, under 10 years old $10
For more info and to reserve a spot…
http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/

If you’ve never experienced Wildman Steve Brill and you like eating locally and/or organically…this is a must! You will leave with interesting things to cook for dinner, and may start to look differently at the “weeds” that come up in your backyard. You MUST read his website carefully and follow the instructions if you are to maximize your experience by dressing properly and bringing what you need to bring on this adventure. I’ve been told he’s corny…well, that’s true…but he’s also brilliant, and knows about eating and foraging in the wild like nobody’s business. Since he’s a fairly recent father, the event is a family friendly experience.



8. CSA member, Lisa Valentine is the founder/organizer for the one-year-old LI Single Parents Meet-up Group!

It’s free to join so check it out! They have over 130 members and the group gathers for parent dinners, socials and also kid-friendly cultural and recreational events.

http://www.meetup.com/LI-singleparents



9. Hope you’re not offended but…

Got this recipe for this week…includes Asparagus/Leeks (if you have one from last week)/Oregano…
http://www.recipe.com/mushroom-asparagus-fettuccine/

from this interesting website (if you’re not happy with foul language…don’t go here!)…
http://www.whatthefuckshouldimakefordinner.com/



10. Win a new fridge…

And check out these “healthy” snacks for your kids (or you!)…
http://snack.maketimeforchange.com/index.html



11. Everything you always wanted to know about Burdock (if you still have some lurking in the back of your fridge)

In Japanese it’s called Gobo and is considered medicinal in Asian medicine (especially as a blood cleanser).

My fave, and classic, way to serve it…
I julienne the carrots and burdock and just use a vegetable scrubber to clean both and pull off the hairy bits off the burdock.
http://japanesefood.about.com/od/vegetable/r/kinpiragobo.htm

I like this recipe better as the Sesame Oil will make it taste really good…
Good source of funky food (the kind the CSA gets) recipes…
http://nymag.com/restaurants/recipes/inseason/16765/

different and yet the same…I’d put the spicy stuff on it...it’s called togarashi something or other…
http://www.mitoku.com/recipes/index/burdockkinpira.html

new website to bookmark!
http://www.japanfoodaddict.com/vegetables/kinpira-gobou/

Not sure if they are talking more about supplements or large doses but I’m very curious to ask a Japanese person if they know about eating Burdock during pregnancy or not. The problem with us Americans is that we always think that if something is good, we should eat a lot of it or eat it all the time which may cause some of the problems mentioned here. This is from the federal government…
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/patient-burdock.html

This is from a very respected source of natural medical info…notice what book this is from…interesting…
http://www.herbcompanion.com/herb-profiles/Burdock-Does-It-All.aspx



12. Kale recipe submitted by CSA member (and UUFH member) Dove Thomas

Dove tried and liked…CSA member tested…
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/21/health/nutrition/21recipehealth.html?_r=2

AND the general recipe section which I never knew about (thanks Dove!)…Recipes for Health…good for CSAers…
http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/health/series/recipes_for_health/index.html?scp=1-spot&sq=recipes%20for%20health&st=cse



13. CSA member Lisa Fascilla has a tip about cooking Greens and for Asparagus…

Hi friends! Just sauteed some of my greens to be served under my steak from dines farms...can't wait to dig in. Just wanted to let you know a little tidbit of advice when preparing greens with garlic & olive oil. You may know already, but if not, add a good pinch of nutmeg--it brings out the nutty earthyness in the greens. Going to throw leftovers into a omlette for lunch tomorrow--yummy!

Also, truffle salt really good on asparagus!

See you all soon--Lisa

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Happy spring!

Another basic email. Hoping to get one out over the weekend as it’s good to get two out every week.

This email includes…
1. Your CSA doesn’t need you! At least not this week  .
2. What you’re getting at the CSA this week (subject to change without notice…farming is like that!)
3. BRING BAGS!
4. Event Calendar


1. Your CSA doesn’t need you! At least not this week  .

If you were sent an email from Judi or myself, you are scheduled to work this week. If not, you’re not. However…you can always just show up a little before 3:30 or 5:30pm at the CSA and offer to work if help is still needed…you never know!



2. What you’re getting at the CSA this week (subject to change without notice…farming is like that!)

May 13, 2010
Week #4

1. Leeks
2. Asparagus
3. Kale
4. Mibuna OR Tat Soi (greenhouse grown)
5. Tarragon, French
6. Swiss Chard
Total Items: 6



3. BRING BAGS!

What more can you say about this?

At the CSA, we bag our own food. I’d suggest to bring a selection of plastic bags (especially for things that are dripping wet like Lettuces and other Greens which we get later in the season when they are picked from out in the fields…as opposed to the greenhouse where they are probably coming from now) AND paper bags (for things that don’t like plastic like Tomatoes…the moisture that plastic attracts will make them rot faster).

Keep a stash of bags in every vehicle you own, and replenish when the stash gets low! That way you’ll never be without. AND, if anyone is picking up for you…please tell them about needing bags!



4. Fun, Cool & Interesting Stuff to Do (new events added weekly)

If you don’t mind trekking into the city, these are two email lists to get on that have a lot of very cool food-based (local/organic) events…
http://brooklynbased.net/
http://www.eatingintranslation.com/


Thursday, May 13th

5:30 to 7pm

An Evening of All-American Beer and Cheese
Nick & Toni’s Restaurant
East Hampton
$25
For more info and to make a reservation:
http://www.ediblemanhattan.com/edible-calendar/2010-05-13/an-evening-of-all-american-beer-and-cheese-at-nicktoni-s.htm

If you choose to stay for dinner after the tasting, you will receive a 15% discount.
Beer selections: Lighthouse Ale and Red Wagon from Fire Island Beer, selections from Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, selections from McNeill's Brewery in Brattleboro, Vermont, and Leelanau Brewing in Leland, Michigan, courtesy of American Beer Distributors.
Cheese offerings specially selected by Lucy Kazickas, owner of Lucy's Whey East Hampton, will feature American artisanal cheeses including Long Island's Mecox Bay Dairy and New England's Vermont Butter and Cheese.

Tuesday, May 18th

7 to 10pm

History & Overview of Our Marine Environment and the Connections We Have Had to It
Brightwaters Public Library
1 South Country Rd
Brightwaters
FREE

Christopher Clapp A native Long Islander grew up enjoying the creeks, marshes, and sound along the north shore and surf and bays along the south shore. His love for the outdoors inspired a great deal of respect for the marine life around him and led him to pursue an undergraduate degree in biology and not long afterwards a graduate degree in Marine and Environmental Sciences from Stony Brook's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. His current career with The Nature Conservancy on Long Island began in 2004 as a seasonal hire and has continued to grow to incorporate research and restoration projects from Cape Cod to Long Island. The talk will begin with a brief history and overview of our marine environment and the connections people have had to it. This will be followed by an assessment of where we currently are at and what the Nature Conservancy is doing to Protect what is still in good shape and restore what has been degraded.


Saturday, June 26th

Green Thumb CSA Member’s Annual Strawberry Farm Tour
Details to be announced


Saturday, August 13th to Sunday, August 15th

The 36th NOFA (Northeast Organic Farmer’s Association) Summer Conference
University of Massachusetts Amherst
N Amherst, MA
For more info and to register…
http://www.nofasummerconference.org/

Be there or be squarer than square! Featured speakers this year are Sally Fallon of the Weston Price Institute and Dr. Fernando Funes, father of the Cuban organic agriculture movement.


Saturday, September 4th

12:30pm to 3:30pm

Wildman Steve Brill
Sunken Meadow Park
Parking lot by the Sunken Meadow Bathhouse
Suggested Donation: $15, under 10 years old $10
For more info and to reserve a spot…
http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/

If you’ve never experienced Wildman Steve Brill and you like eating locally and/or organically…this is a must! You will leave with interesting things to cook for dinner, and may start to look differently at the “weeds” that come up in your backyard. You MUST read his website carefully and follow the instructions if you are to maximize your experience by dressing properly and bringing what you need to bring on this adventure. I’ve been told he’s corny…well, that’s true…but he’s also brilliant, and knows about eating and foraging in the wild like nobody’s business. Since he’s a fairly recent father, the event is a family friendly experience.


Saturday, October 16th

Green Thumb CSA Member’s Annual Tractor-pulled Hayride & Pumpkin Picking Farm Tour
Details to be announced


Sunday, October 24th

12:30 to 3:30pm

Wildman Steve Brill
Sunken Meadow Park
Suggested Donation: $15, under 10 years old $10
For more info and to reserve a spot…
http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/

If you’ve never experienced Wildman Steve Brill and you like eating locally and/or organically…this is a must! You will leave with interesting things to cook for dinner, and may start to look differently at the “weeds” that come up in your backyard. You MUST read his website carefully and follow the instructions if you are to maximize your experience by dressing properly and bringing what you need to bring on this adventure. I’ve been told he’s corny…well, that’s true…but he’s also brilliant, and knows about eating and foraging in the wild like nobody’s business. Since he’s a fairly recent father, the event is a family friendly experience.

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Happy spring!

Hooray! We have filled our spring session for the CSA! By next week there’ll be a new contract made up specifically for those folks who’ll be starting CSA pickups on June 3rd (our next available starting date) and will send it out to everyone in case you know anyone who might be interested in joining this season.

This email will be brief as I’m under the weather. I should be back on track in the next day or two and you’ll be getting a longer (and more entertaining and informative) email then.

I will mention this only because it’s a timely thing…if it could wait, I would. CSA member, suzanne j zoubeck (yup, it’s me) is participating in a Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build project (an all women crew and volunteer staff) starting next Tuesday. Participants are asked to solicit donations to help pay for the building materials to construct the home. I met the woman getting this house and she’s a lovely single mom with two children…a daughter around 10 and a son around 7. The home owner and her daughter will be participating in the Mother/Daughter day of the build. If you’re interested in supporting this endeavor, checks would be made out to…Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk, and could be left at the Sign-In desk at the CSA. I imagine cash is ok too. I emailed about getting a receipt for cash but haven’t gotten an answer yet. My first day of work is next Tuesday (framing and wallraising) and I’m hoping they’ll want me to be there for the entire build (if my body is up to the task  ) with the exception of Thursdays (the CSA) and Saturdays (when most people want to/are able to volunteer). Wish me luck, strength, and an accident free experience!

This email includes…
1. Your CSA doesn’t need you! At least not this week  .
2. What you’re getting at the CSA this week (subject to change without notice…farming is like that!)
3. BRING BAGS!
4. Event Calendar


1. Your CSA doesn’t need you! At least not this week  .

If you were sent an email from Judi or myself, you are scheduled to work this week. If not, you’re not. However…you can always just show up a little before 3:30 or 5:30pm at the CSA and offer to work if help is still needed…you never know!



2. What you’re getting at the CSA this week (subject to change without notice…farming is like that!)

May 6, 2010
Week #3

1. Scallions
2. Asparagus
3. Kale: White Russian
4. Mizuna (greenhouse grown)
5. Cilantro
6. Greens, Mustard: Red
7. Burdock
Total Items: 7



3. BRING BAGS!

What more can you say about this?

At the CSA, we bag our own food. I’d suggest to bring a selection of plastic bags (especially for things that are dripping wet like Lettuces and other Greens which we get later in the season when they are picked from out in the fields…as opposed to the greenhouse where they are probably coming from now) AND paper bags (for things that don’t like plastic like Tomatoes…the moisture that plastic attracts will make them rot faster).

Keep a stash of bags in every vehicle you own, and replenish when the stash gets low! That way you’ll never be without. AND, if anyone is picking up for you…please tell them about needing bags!



4. Fun, Cool & Interesting Stuff to Do (new events added weekly)

If you don’t mind trekking into the city, these are two email lists to get on that have a lot of very cool food-based (local/organic) events…
http://brooklynbased.net/
http://www.eatingintranslation.com/


Saturday, May 8th

Early AM

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
The front of your house

How about donating healthy (and/or organic) food choices?
Place food donations at your mailbox in a bag before your letter carrier arrives with the day’s mail. It will be delivered to a local food bank or pantry.
Food donation suggestions…MUST be non-perishable, NO glass containers, NO expired foods and suggestions are…canned meats and fish, canned soup, juice, pasta, vegetables, cereal, rice

1pm to 4pm

Wildman Steve Brill
Muttontown Preserve
4 Muttontown Lane
East Norwich, NY
Suggested Donation: $15, under 10 years old $10
For more info and to reserve a spot…
http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/

If you’ve never experienced Wildman Steve Brill and you like eating locally and/or organically…this is a must! You will leave with interesting things to cook for dinner, and may start to look differently at the “weeds” that come up in your backyard. You MUST read his website carefully and follow the instructions if you are to maximize your experience by dressing properly and bringing what you need to bring on this adventure. I’ve been told he’s corny…well, that’s true…but he’s also brilliant, and knows about eating and foraging in the wild like nobody’s business. Since he’s a fairly recent father, the event is a family friendly experience.

6:30pm

24 hour Play Festival!
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington (UUFH)
109 Browns Rd
Huntington, NY
$8.00
For more info:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=103891739641163
To buy tickets:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/109527

This is a benefit for the UUFH. They may still be looking for an extra director or two. 1 host, 5 topics, 5 writers, 5 directors, 20 actors, 24 hours to put it all together! Be there to witness and enjoy the world premiere of five 15 minute One Act plays!

Here's how it goes:

Writers begin the 24 hours on Friday May 7th and the performances on Saturday May 8th at 7 pm will close it all out.

At 7 pm on Friday night:
Teams will be randomly assembled 1 writer, 1 director, and random # of actors per team.
The writer for each team will be given the parameters, including the number & gender of actors, then have the next twelve hours (give or take) to write a play.

Saturday morning 10 am:
Playwrights arrive with completed scripts.
The playwrights and the directors will have 15 minutes to talk amongst themselves.
Then the directors will take their actors and the scripts and do the rest of the work block, costume, memorize parts, that sort of thing. Dress rehearsals will take place around 4 pm.

Saturday 7 pm:
A paying audience has filled the chairs; the actors begin the performances, while the directors and playwrights hold their breath. After all the shows are performed the audience will vote and everyone can breathe a sigh of relief until . . . the awards ceremony WITH prizes!


10pm to 2am

The Hotline
Terry G’s Steak & Seafood Grill
354 Main St
Farmingdale
For more info:
http://www.thehotline.net/Site/Welcome.html


CSA member, John Morina, will be playing drums with his band, The Hotline. I’ve seen them…they rock (and play blues and funk) hard!


Thursday, May 13th

5:30 to 7pm

An Evening of All-American Beer and Cheese
Nick & Toni’s Restaurant
East Hampton
$25
For more info and to make a reservation:
http://www.ediblemanhattan.com/edible-calendar/2010-05-13/an-evening-of-all-american-beer-and-cheese-at-nicktoni-s.htm

If you choose to stay for dinner after the tasting, you will receive a 15% discount.
Beer selections: Lighthouse Ale and Red Wagon from Fire Island Beer, selections from Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, selections from McNeill's Brewery in Brattleboro, Vermont, and Leelanau Brewing in Leland, Michigan, courtesy of American Beer Distributors.
Cheese offerings specially selected by Lucy Kazickas, owner of Lucy's Whey East Hampton, will feature American artisanal cheeses including Long Island's Mecox Bay Dairy and New England's Vermont Butter and Cheese.

Tuesday, May 18th

7 to 10pm

History & Overview of Our Marine Environment and the Connections We Have Had to It
Brightwaters Public Library
1 South Country Rd
Brightwaters
FREE

Christopher Clapp A native Long Islander grew up enjoying the creeks, marshes, and sound along the north shore and surf and bays along the south shore. His love for the outdoors inspired a great deal of respect for the marine life around him and led him to pursue an undergraduate degree in biology and not long afterwards a graduate degree in Marine and Environmental Sciences from Stony Brook's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. His current career with The Nature Conservancy on Long Island began in 2004 as a seasonal hire and has continued to grow to incorporate research and restoration projects from Cape Cod to Long Island. The talk will begin with a brief history and overview of our marine environment and the connections people have had to it. This will be followed by an assessment of where we currently are at and what the Nature Conservancy is doing to Protect what is still in good shape and restore what has been degraded.


Saturday, June 26th

Green Thumb CSA Member’s Annual Strawberry Farm Tour
Details to be announced


Saturday, August 13th to Sunday, August 15th

The 36th NOFA (Northeast Organic Farmer’s Association) Summer Conference
University of Massachusetts Amherst
N Amherst, MA
For more info and to register…
http://www.nofasummerconference.org/

Be there or be squarer than square! Featured speakers this year are Sally Fallon of the Weston Price Institute and Dr. Fernando Funes, father of the Cuban organic agriculture movement.


Saturday, September 4th

12:30pm to 3:30pm

Wildman Steve Brill
Sunken Meadow Park
Parking lot by the Sunken Meadow Bathhouse
Suggested Donation: $15, under 10 years old $10
For more info and to reserve a spot…
http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/

If you’ve never experienced Wildman Steve Brill and you like eating locally and/or organically…this is a must! You will leave with interesting things to cook for dinner, and may start to look differently at the “weeds” that come up in your backyard. You MUST read his website carefully and follow the instructions if you are to maximize your experience by dressing properly and bringing what you need to bring on this adventure. I’ve been told he’s corny…well, that’s true…but he’s also brilliant, and knows about eating and foraging in the wild like nobody’s business. Since he’s a fairly recent father, the event is a family friendly experience.


Saturday, October 16th

Green Thumb CSA Member’s Annual Tractor-pulled Hayride & Pumpkin Picking Farm Tour
Details to be announced


Sunday, October 24th

12:30 to 3:30pm

Wildman Steve Brill
Sunken Meadow Park
Suggested Donation: $15, under 10 years old $10
For more info and to reserve a spot…
http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/

If you’ve never experienced Wildman Steve Brill and you like eating locally and/or organically…this is a must! You will leave with interesting things to cook for dinner, and may start to look differently at the “weeds” that come up in your backyard. You MUST read his website carefully and follow the instructions if you are to maximize your experience by dressing properly and bringing what you need to bring on this adventure. I’ve been told he’s corny…well, that’s true…but he’s also brilliant, and knows about eating and foraging in the wild like nobody’s business. Since he’s a fairly recent father, the event is a family friendly experience.

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