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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Happy Summer!

SO CLOSE AND YET SO FAR!!! We still need to fill 45 spots to have the CSA filled for the year!!! You will be hearing about this until either they’re all filled or until Labor Day (when Farmer Bill stops accepting new CSA members) whichever happens first! Attached to this email is the contract for new CSA members, the CSA brochure AND a CSA fee sheet for the rest of the season. 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). I’m happy to do whatever is needed.

This email includes…

1. Your CSA needs you!! We’re looking for ONE (1) person to be there from 3:30pm to 5:30pm and TWO (2) folks from 5:30 to 7:30pm
2. CSA member, Frances Whittelsey is the Executive Director of the Long Island Community Agriculture Network (LICAN) and needs your help this weekend!
3. What you’re getting at the CSA this week (subject to change without notice…farming is like that!)
4. CSA member Dave Kandell (and others) speaks his mind about the closing of the Cold Spring Harbor spring!
5. BRING BAGS!
6. Order Certified Organic Plants/Seedlings (grown at Green Thumb Farm) for your garden this season…
7. What you actually got last week
9. Event Calendar


1. Your CSA needs you!! We’re looking for ONE (1) person to be there from 3:30pm to 5:30pm and TWO (2) folks from 5:30 to 7:30pm

If you were sent an email from Judi or me, you are scheduled to work this week. If not, you’re not.

IF you can work, please 1) respond to this email, 2) call 631-421-4864 and leave a message before 1pm OR 3) just show up a little before 3:30pm and offer to help out. You can always 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! Everyone that’s scheduled doesn’t always show up on time…or at all.



2. CSA member, Frances Whittelsey is the Executive Director of the Long Island Community Agriculture Network (LICAN) and needs your help this weekend!

A brand new community garden, called the Gateway Community Garden, is being created this weekend and needs the help of many hands on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm. Any amount of time given would greatly be appreciated. Only heavy rains will cancel the work. This project is also partnered with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington/UUFH (and Reverend Paul Ratzlaff of UUFH is also a CSA member).

For details and more info…
http://uufh.org/bowcommunitygarden.html



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

June 24, 2010
Week #10

1. Lettuce
2. Sorrel
3. Peas, Sugar Snap
4. Swiss Chard
5. Greens, Mustard
6. Peas, Shelling
Total Items: 6



4. CSA member Dave Kandell (and others) speaks his mind about the closing of the Cold Spring Harbor spring!

Check this out…
http://www.youtube.com/user/jonathancreates



5. 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!



6. 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 AND I put it as a PDF because some folks couldn’t open the Word version.



7. What you actually got last week…

June 17, 2010
Week #9

1. Radishes – 1 bunch - $2.25
2. Strawberries – 1 pt - $3.50
3. Peas, Snow – .5 lb - $3.50
4. Mint – 1 bunch - $2.25
5. Lettuce: French Crisp, Red – 1 head - $2.25
6. Beets – 1 bunch - $3.00

Total Items: 6
Total Amount: $16.75



8. 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, June 25th

9am to 10:30am

Morning Meditation with Rev. Ratzlaff
UUFH
109 Browns Rd
Huntington, NY
FREE

CSA member, Rev. Paul Ratzlaff conducts a morning sitting meditation every Friday. The schedule is as follows…
9am to 9:45am – silent meditation
Bell is rung
Poem or Buddhist reading is read aloud
Check in with everyone
Reading a selection out of a collection of Buddhist stories and discuss it
The end!


Saturday, June 26th

10am

Gateway Community Garden
NY Ave and Lowndes Ave
For more info:
http://uufh.org/bowcommunitygarden.html

Volunteers needed to construct the garden beds. Only heavy rain will cancel the work. Any amount of time put in would be greatly appreciated. (see #2 above as well)

10pm

The Hotline
Chesterfields
330 NY Ave (corner of Main St/25A)…up the stairs
Huntington
http://www.chesterfieldsblues.20fr.com/
For more info:
631-425-1457

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  !


Sunday, June 27th

10am

Gateway Community Garden
NY Ave and Lowndes Ave
For more info:
http://uufh.org/bowcommunitygarden.html

Volunteers needed to construct the garden beds. Only heavy rain will cancel the work. Any amount of time put in would be greatly appreciated. (see #2 above as well)


Monday, June 28th

7:30pm

Food, Inc.
East Meadow Public Library
1886 Front St
East Meadow
FREE
For more info:
http://www.eastmeadow.info/

CSA member Dylan Skolnick hosts a monthly film series and this one’s the wonderful Oscar nominated Food, Inc. If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s an opportunity to see it for free on a screen possibly bigger than your home tv (maybe yes, maybe not). Speaking with the film will be Green Thumb CSA - Huntington founder and organizer, suzanne j zoubeck.


Saturday, July 17th

The Hotline
Gunther’s Tap Room
84 Main St
Northport
631-754-9659

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 Hotline
Giacomo Jack’s
248 S Ketcham Ave
Amityville
631-691-2722

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  !


Thursday, July 29th

7:30pm

Let’s Eat! Films on Food presents…The World According to Monsanto
Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Avenue
Huntington, NY 11743
www.cinemaartscentre.org

An event co-presented by Slow Food Huntington and the Cinema Arts Centre…more info to come!


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.


Thursday, August 26th

7:30pm

Let’s Eat! Films on Food presents…The Botany of Desire
Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Avenue
Huntington, NY 11743
www.cinemaartscentre.org

An event co-presented by Slow Food Huntington and the Cinema Arts Centre…more info to come!


Saturday, August 28th

The Hotline
Gunther’s Tap Room
84 Main St
Northport
631-754-9659

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 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, June 17, 2010

Happy spring!
SO CLOSE AND YET SO FAR!!! We still need to fill 46 spots to have the CSA filled for the year!!! You will be hearing about this until either they’re all filled or until Labor Day (when Farmer Bill stops accepting new CSA members) whichever happens first! It’s not like I won’t be doing anything to achieve this. I’ve often wanted to keep track of the time I spend on the phone talking to people, sending emails, distributing brochures and talking to business owners, and doing public speaking but I haven’t…yet. I could use some help (and some of you do a darn good job of wrangling new members). Attached to this email is the contract for new CSA members, the CSA brochure AND a CSA fee sheet for the rest of the season. 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). I’m happy to do whatever is needed.
This email includes…
1. Your CSA needs you!! We’re looking for ONE (1) person to be there from 3:30pm to 5:30pm2. Notes from the Farm…Strawberry Picking Rescheduled!3. What you’re getting at the CSA this week (subject to change without notice…farming is like that!)4. Order now for Honey in June!5. BRING BAGS!6. Order Certified Organic Plants/Seedlings (grown at Green Thumb Farm) for your garden this season…7. What you actually got last week 9. Event Calendar
1. Your CSA needs you!! We’re looking for ONE (1) person to be there from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
If you were sent an email from Judi or me, you are scheduled to work this week. If not, you’re not.
IF you can work, please 1) respond to this email, 2) call 631-421-4864 and leave a message before 1pm OR 3) just show up a little before 3:30pm and offer to help out. You can always 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! Everyone that’s scheduled doesn’t always show up on time…or at all.

2. Notes from the Farm…Strawberry Picking Rescheduled!
June 4, 2010
Welcome back for another CSA season! Our growing season is in full swing. Many of our crops are in the ground and ahead of schedule from last year. Our Strawberry crop was the earliest since we’ve been growing them that I can remember (over 45 years). We have never picked berries before the 1st of June – but this year we have!
Because of this, our Annual CSA Spring Farm Tour & Strawberry Picking will be moved up one week to Saturday, June 19th . It is open to all our CSA members and their immediate families (if you have someone you are sharing your share with, sorry but they cannot come along…if you want them to come instead of you they must use your name as the farm does not acknowledge anyone but the name on the contract as a CSA member…we have too many CSA members to do otherwise). A walking tour of one of our early fields with Peas, Lettuces, Squashes, Asparagus and Beans will be followed by Strawberry picking - 1 quart per person. There is no charge for the tour or the Strawberries. Directions are - take the 2nd right after our farm stand (at 829 Montauk Highway, Water Mill) and this is Rose Hill Road. Our field is the first one on the right. We will meet at the gate. The first walk will begin at 10am and then every hour until the last walk at 1pm. For more information call 631-7265-1900 between 9 and 5pm daily. We hope all can come out to meet and talk to Farmer Bill and pick some Strawberries. It’s a rain or shine event so dress accordingly.!
This June we will be bringing in, besides Strawberries and Lettuces, some different types of culinary herbs. These can be stored for long term use by drying or freezing. To freeze, wash, and then cut or chop the herb, and then freeze on a flat cookie sheet. Then store in Zip Loc type bags for later use. To dry, just hang herb in a dark, airy space until dry and then crumble and store in a jar.
We will also be bringing in many types of Salad Greens such as Curly Cress and Upland Cress, and some that can be sautéed or used raw such as Swiss Chard, Green & Red Mustard, Mizuna and Mibuna.
Toward the end of the month Peas…Snow, Snap & Shelling…will arrive as well as Fennel, Beets (Striped Chiogga, Red & Gold), Baby Carrots and Scallions.
So, enjoy the seasons and the ever changing bounty they bring!
Organically Yours,Farmer Bill (Halsey)

3. What you’re getting at the CSA this week (subject to change without notice…farming is like that!)
June 17, 2010Week #9
1. Lettuce2. Mint3. Peas, Snow4. Beets5. Radishes *6. StrawberriesTotal Items: 6
*We get these at the CSA…not sure if we’ll get them this week but if not today…another time…http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2010/06/radishes_with_butter_salt.html

4. 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

5. 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!

6. 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 AND I put it as a PDF because some folks couldn’t open the Word version.

7. What you actually got last week…
June 10, 2010Week #8
1. Greens, Mustard: Red – 1 bunch - $2.502. Strawberries – 1 qt - $6.503. Lavender – 1 bunch - $2.504. Cilantro – 1 bunch - $2.005. Lettuce: Leaf, Red – 1 head - $2.006. Escarole OR Frisee – 1 head - $2.00
Total Items: 6Total Amount: $17.50
Flower ShareWeek #3Yarrow
Herb ShareJune 1ALavender AND Mint

8. 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, June 17th
7:30pm
Let’s Eat! Films on Food presents…Two Angry Moms (film/book-signing & reception)Cinema Arts Centre423 Park AvenueHuntington, NY 11743For more info and to get tickets:http://www.cinemaartscentre.org/010/010JUNE/CAC-LetsEat.html#twoangry$9 Members/$13 General Public
An event co-presented by Slow Food Huntington and the Cinema Arts Centre…timely, controversial and cutting edge, Two Angry Moms, the film and the movement, address an issue of great concern to parents across the country: what is happening to the health of our children and, how does school food factor in?
Our very special guest, Dr. Janet Poppendeick, Professor of Sociology, Hunter College, will be speaking and signing her new book Free for All: Fixing School Food in America. Bookforum’s review states this book is: “Meticulously researched, patiently explicated, potentially groundbreaking. . . . Should be required reading for everyone who eats food, buys food, has kids, or cares about nutrition.”
Friday, June 18th
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 it The end!
Saturday, June 19th
10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm
Green Thumb Annual CSA Member Spring Farm Tour & Strawberry Picking829 Montauk HwyWater MillFREE
See “Notes from the Farm” for further details
10:30am to 12:30pm
Vic Skolnick Memorial ServiceCinema Arts Centre423 Park AveFor more info:http://www.cinemaartscentre.org/010/VicsMemorialTributePage.htm#Tribute
Long time CSA member, Vic Skolnick (husband of Charlotte Sky and father of CSA member Dylan Skolnick), and co-founder/co-director of the Cinema Arts Centre, passed away last Thursday and all who knew him are invited to attend this memorial service.
10pm
The HotlineGunther’s Tap Room84 Main StNorthport631-754-9659
Monday, June 28th
7:30pm
Food, Inc.East Meadow Public Library1886 Front StEast MeadowFREEFor more info:http://www.eastmeadow.info/
CSA member Dylan Skolnick hosts a monthly film series and this one’s the wonderful Oscar nominated Food, Inc. If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s an opportunity to see it for free on a screen possibly bigger than your home tv (maybe yes, maybe not). Speaking with the film will be Green Thumb CSA - Huntington founder and organizer, suzanne j zoubeck.
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!
Thursday, July 29th
7:30pm
Let’s Eat! Films on Food presents…The World According to MonsantoCinema Arts Centre423 Park AvenueHuntington, NY 11743www.cinemaartscentre.org
An event co-presented by Slow Food Huntington and the Cinema Arts Centre…more info to come!
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.
Thursday, August 26th
7:30pm
Let’s Eat! Films on Food presents…The Botany of DesireCinema Arts Centre423 Park AvenueHuntington, NY 11743www.cinemaartscentre.org
An event co-presented by Slow Food Huntington and the Cinema Arts Centre…more info to come!
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.
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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Happy spring!
We still need to fill 47 spots to have the CSA filled for the year!!! You will be hearing about this until either they’re all filled or until Labor Day (when Farmer Bill stops accepting new CSA members) whichever happens first! It’s not like I won’t be doing anything to achieve this. I’ve often wanted to keep track of the time I spend on the phone talking to people, sending emails, distributing brochures and talking to business owners, and doing public speaking but I haven’t…yet  . I could use some help (and some of you do a darn good job of wrangling new members). Attached to this email is the contract for new CSA members, the CSA brochure AND a CSA fee sheet for the rest of the season. 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). I’m happy to do whatever is needed.
This email includes…
1. Your CSA doesn’t need you…at least not this week . However, read on…2. Notes from the Farm…Strawberry Picking Rescheduled!3. What you’re getting at the CSA this week (subject to change without notice…farming is like that!)4. Order now for Honey in June!5. Stop Toxic Chemical on Strawberries!6. BRING BAGS!7. Order Certified Organic Plants/Seedlings (grown at Green Thumb Farm) for your garden this season…8. What you actually got last week 9. Event Calendar
1. Your CSA doesn’t need you…at least not this week . However, read on…
If you were sent an email from Judi or me, you are scheduled to work this week. If not, you’re not.
You can always 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! Everyone that’s scheduled doesn’t always show up on time…or at all.

2. Notes from the Farm…Strawberry Picking Rescheduled!
June 4, 2010
Welcome back for another CSA season! Our growing season is in full swing. Many of our crops are in the ground and ahead of schedule from last year. Our Strawberry crop was the earliest since we’ve been growing them that I can remember (over 45 years). We have never picked berries before the 1st of June – but this year we have!
Because of this, our Annual CSA Spring Farm Tour & Strawberry Picking will be moved up one week to Saturday, June 19th . It is open to all our CSA members and their immediate families (if you have someone you are sharing your share with, sorry but they cannot come along…if you want them to come instead of you they must use your name as the farm does not acknowledge anyone but the name on the contract as a CSA member…we have too many CSA members to do otherwise). A walking tour of one of our early fields with Peas, Lettuces, Squashes, Asparagus and Beans will be followed by Strawberry picking - 1 quart per person. There is no charge for the tour or the Strawberries. Directions are - take the 2nd right after our farm stand (at 829 Montauk Highway, Water Mill) and this is Rose Hill Road. Our field is the first one on the right. We will meet at the gate. The first walk will begin at 10am and then every hour until the last walk at 1pm. For more information call 631-7265-1900 between 9 and 5pm daily. We hope all can come out to meet and talk to Farmer Bill and pick some Strawberries. It’s a rain or shine event so dress accordingly.!
This June we will be bringing in, besides Strawberries and Lettuces, some different types of culinary herbs. These can be stored for long term use by drying or freezing. To freeze, wash, and then cut or chop the herb, and then freeze on a flat cookie sheet. Then store in Zip Loc type bags for later use. To dry, just hang herb in a dark, airy space until dry and then crumble and store in a jar.
We will also be bringing in many types of Salad Greens such as Curly Cress and Upland Cress, and some that can be sautéed or used raw such as Swiss Chard, Green & Red Mustard, Mizuna and Mibuna.
Toward the end of the month Peas…Snow, Snap & Shelling…will arrive as well as Fennel, Beets (Striped Chiogga, Red & Gold), Baby Carrots and Scallions.
So, enjoy the seasons and the ever changing bounty they bring!
Organically Yours,Farmer Bill (Halsey)

3. What you’re getting at the CSA this week (subject to change without notice…farming is like that!)
June 10, 2010Week #6
1. Lettuce, Leaf: Red2. Cilantro3. Escarole4. Greens, Mustard: Red5. Lavender (yes, this is edible OR you can use it as a flower OR you can dry it and use it for potpourri or culinary purposes)6. StrawberriesTotal Items: 6
Herb Share – don’t know what yet
Flower Share - maybe

4. 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

5. Stop Toxic Chemical on Strawberries!
CSA member, Jeff Tanenbaum says…stop carcinogenic gas on Strawberries and sign this petition before June 14th!http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/837/682/013?z00m=19850602
CNN article on pesticide connection to ADHD…http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/05/17/pesticides.adhd/index.html?hpt=T2
Jeff got the petition info from the Feingold Association…http://www.feingold.org/enews/05-2010.html

6. 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!

7. 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 AND I put it as a PDF because some folks couldn’t open the Word version.

8. What you actually got last week…
June 3rdWeek #7
1. Radishes: Easter Egg, French Breakfast, Red – 1 bunch - $2.252. Strawberries – 1 qt - $6.503. Beans, Black Turtle (dried) – ½ lb - $2.254. Cress, Curly – 1 bunch - $2.005. Lettuce: Romaine – 1 head - $2.006. Chives, Garlic OR Savory – 1 bunch - $2.00
Total Items: 6Total Amount: $17.00
Flower ShareWeek #2Peonies

9. 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, June 10th
5pm
Chef Emeril LagasseBarnes & NobleSmith Haven MallLake GroveFor more info: 631-724-0341
Signing copies of his new book…Farm to Fork: Cooking Local, Cooking Fresh
Friday, June 11th
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  !
Thursday, June 17th
7:30pm
Let’s Eat! Films on Food presents…Two Angry Moms (film/book-signing & reception)Cinema Arts Centre423 Park AvenueHuntington, NY 11743For more info and to get tickets:http://www.cinemaartscentre.org/010/010JUNE/CAC-LetsEat.html#twoangry$9 Members/$13 General Public
An event co-presented by Slow Food Huntington and the Cinema Arts Centre…timely, controversial and cutting edge, Two Angry Moms, the film and the movement, address an issue of great concern to parents across the country: what is happening to the health of our children and, how does school food factor in?
Our very special guest, Dr. Janet Poppendeick, Professor of Sociology, Hunter College, will be speaking and signing her new book Free for All: Fixing School Food in America. Bookforum’s review states this book is: “Meticulously researched, patiently explicated, potentially groundbreaking. . . . Should be required reading for everyone who eats food, buys food, has kids, or cares about nutrition.”Saturday, June 19th
10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm
Green Thumb Annual CSA Member Spring Farm Tour & Strawberry Picking829 Montauk HwyWater MillFREE
See “Notes from the Farm” for further details
10pm
The HotlineGunther’s Tap Room84 Main StNorthport631-754-9659
Monday, June 28th
7:30pm
Food, Inc.East Meadow Public Library1886 Front StEast MeadowFREEFor more info:http://www.eastmeadow.info/
CSA member Dylan Skolnick hosts a monthly film series and this one’s the wonderful Oscar nominated Food, Inc. If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s an opportunity to see it for free on a screen possibly bigger than your home tv (maybe yes, maybe not). Speaking with the film will be Green Thumb CSA - Huntington founder and organizer, suzanne j zoubeck.
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  !
Thursday, July 29th
7:30pm
Let’s Eat! Films on Food presents…The World According to MonsantoCinema Arts Centre423 Park AvenueHuntington, NY 11743www.cinemaartscentre.org
An event co-presented by Slow Food Huntington and the Cinema Arts Centre…more info to come!
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.
Thursday, August 26th
7:30pm
Let’s Eat! Films on Food presents…The Botany of DesireCinema Arts Centre423 Park AvenueHuntington, NY 11743www.cinemaartscentre.org
An event co-presented by Slow Food Huntington and the Cinema Arts Centre…more info to come!
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.
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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Happy spring!
We only need to fill 49 spots to have the CSA filled for the year!!! You will be hearing about this until either they’re all filled or until Labor Day (when Farmer Bill stops accepting new CSA members) whichever happens first! It’s not like I won’t be doing anything to achieve this. I’ve often wanted to keep track of the time I spend on the phone talking to people, sending emails, distributing brochures and talking to business owners, and doing public speaking but I haven’t…yet. I could use some help (and some of you do a darn good job of wrangling new members). Attached to this email is the contract for new CSA members 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). I’m happy to do whatever is needed.
This email includes…
1. Your CSA needs you!!! We’re looking for THREE (3) people for the 5:30pm to 7:30pm shift.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
1. Your CSA needs you!!! We’re looking for THREE (3) people for the 5:30 to 7:30pm shift.
If you were sent an email from Judi or me, you are scheduled to work this week. If not, you’re not.
Respond to this email by 1pm on Thursday or call 631-421-4864 and leave a message up till 1pm on Thursday. On Thursday, you can call the CSA after 3pm at 631-386-1079.
Also, 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!)
June 3, 2010Week #7
1. Lettuce2. Chives, Garlic3. Radishes4. Cress, Curley5. Beans, Black (dried)6. StrawberriesTotal Items: 6

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…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

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. This one has the phone number to the farm AND I put it as a PDF because some folks couldn’t open the Word version.

6. What you actually got last week…
May 27thWeek #6
1. Spring Onions – 1 bunch - $3.502. Strawberries – 1 qt - $6.503. Sorrel – 1 bunch - $2.254. Kale: Siberian, White – 1 bunch - $2.755. Mizuna (greenhouse) OR Tat Soi (greenhouse) – 1 bunch - $2.50
Total Items: 5Total Amount: $17.50
Herb ShareWeek #2Rosemary AND Savory
Flower ShareWeek #1Sweet Williams

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/
Friday, June 4th
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!
Thursday, June 17th
7:30pm
Let’s Eat! Films on Food presents…Two Angry Moms (film/book-signing & reception)Cinema Arts Centre423 Park AvenueHuntington, NY 11743For more info and to get tickets:http://www.cinemaartscentre.org/010/010JUNE/CAC-LetsEat.html#twoangry$9 Members/$13 General Public
An event co-presented by Slow Food Huntington and the Cinema Arts Centre…timely, controversial and cutting edge, Two Angry Moms, the film and the movement, address an issue of great concern to parents across the country: what is happening to the health of our children and, how does school food factor in?
Our very special guest, Dr. Janet Poppendeick, Professor of Sociology, Hunter College, will be speaking and signing her new book Free for All: Fixing School Food in America. Bookforum’s review states this book is: “Meticulously researched, patiently explicated, potentially groundbreaking. . . . Should be required reading for everyone who eats food, buys food, has kids, or cares about nutrition.”
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!
Thursday, July 29th
7:30pm
Let’s Eat! Films on Food presents…The World According to MonsantoCinema Arts Centre423 Park AvenueHuntington, NY 11743www.cinemaartscentre.org
An event co-presented by Slow Food Huntington and the Cinema Arts Centre…more info to come!
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.
Thursday, August 26th
7:30pm
Let’s Eat! Films on Food presents…The Botany of DesireCinema Arts Centre423 Park AvenueHuntington, NY 11743www.cinemaartscentre.org
An event co-presented by Slow Food Huntington and the Cinema Arts Centre…more info to come!
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.
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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

DINES FARMs

Greetings!
BBQ season is upon us and it’s a time for friends and family to get together for graduations, celebrations, and for no reason at all beyond the fact that it’s summer, so if you want to grill anything from Dines Farm…you might want to pre-order so when you show up at the CSA this week whatever you want…Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Ribs, etc…is there waiting for you.
If you’re a vegan/vegetarian, consider emailing this email to your meat-eating friends & family. If you do eat meat, read on, and also consider forwarding this to potentially interested friends and family to support our other local farmer at the CSA, Jay Dines of Dines Farm. If you’ve never seen it, or it’s been a while, here’s the NY Times article about their Hot Dogs…http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/05/dining/05dog.html If you didn’t read this NY Times article on the safety of agribusiness Hamburger meat…this is a must read for anyone who eats meat (a good motivation for getting to know where your meat comes from) and for non-meat eaters (for yet another reason to not to)…http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/04/health/04meat.html The next delivery from Dines Farm is this Thursday, June 3rd. Pickup is at the CSA/UUFH from 3:30pm to 7:30pm (though traffic may cause them to show up later…you can always call the UUFH hall phone to see if they’ve arrived at 631-385-1079).
TO PRE-ORDER FROM DINES FARM… Please email your order by 12pm, noon, Tuesday, June 1st. However, you can try calling Larry at 914-403-5828 if you are ordering after noon and see if they’ll put it thru. Allow more time for special requests. Email your order to: dinesfarms@gmail.com In this email you MUST include:Your nameYour phone numberHuntington CSAOtherwise the farm won't know WHO placed the order, WHERE TO CALL in case you're running late or haven't shown up (it happens...people forget) and WHERE the order should end up. You should get a confirmation email. If you don't, call Larry to check on your order (914-403-5828). Also, call Larry if you have any questions or need help placing your order.
Payment is made when you pick up your order this week. Acceptable for payment are cash, a check, or a debit/credit card.
What: Prices are per pound or as designated.Prices are subject to change due to our increased costs for petroleum products and animal feed. If you don't see something you're looking for...PLEASE ASK! BEEFCocktail Franks - All Beef ($6.50)Ground Beef ($5.00)Hot Dogs - All Beef ($6.50)Steaks:NY Strip - Boneless ($13.00)Rib Eye - Boneless ($12.00)Stew Meat ($6.00) Other cuts are available - PLEASE ASK!
CHICKENI notice that there’s no price listing for Wings…give Larry a call (914-403-5828) if you want to find out the price before orderingEggs: Brown OR White, Extra Large ($4 per Dozen)Breasts, Boneless ($7.00)Chicken, Ground ($4.99)Chicken, Whole ($3.50)Leg & Thigh Quarters ($3.50)Thighs, Boneless - Marinated ($6.00)Thighs, Boneless - Plain($4.99) Sausage, Chicken ($7.99 per pound)Breakfast, MapleGarlic & SageItalian, HotItalian, SweetAdditional flavors will be available in the future (or ask)
DUCK
Breast ($13)Whole ($5.50)
LAMB
Chops ($14)Ground ($6.50)Leg, Bone In ($7.00)Leg, Boneless ($9.00)Stew ($6.00)
PORKBacon ($6.00)Chops,Pork Loin - Boneless ($7.00)Roasts, Pork Loin - Boneless ($7.00)Spare Ribs ($6.00) Why: The better business is for Dines, the more likely they will continue to travel from Albany to Huntington (especially in the cold weather having to sit outside in a truck!). Please spread the word amongst family and friends as you don't have to be a CSA member to buy from Dines Farm. ###