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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Happy Autumn!

FYI – Our CSA is on Thursdays (except the week of Thanksgiving where it’s on Wednesday) from 3:30pm to 7:30pm (if you need to come after 7:30pm call the CSA at 631-385-1079 on Thursdays from 3pm to 7:30pm to make last minute arrangements for alternate pickups).

Bulk Certified Organic Paste (Roma) Tomatoes available from our farm…$45 per 20 lb box (to place an order, call the farm at 631-726-1900 between 9am to 5pm and be ready to pay with a credit card).

Here’s some Tomato talk from the folks at the NYC Greenmarkets…
Forget proper storage, eat this fruit immediately! We suggest tomato sandwiches, mozzarella and tomato salad, tomato soup, tomato pie, salsa, gazpacho, tomato sauce, tomato juice, fried green tomatoes and plain old tomatoes eaten as is, or with a dash of salt. If you get a little overwhelmed by this steady diet, follow the lead of Greenmarket staff and host a tomato canning party at your house. Each September we pile into our co-worker's Brooklyn backyard and set up an assembly line to scald, peel, seed and can as many flats as we can get our hands on. If a perfect, local tomato is a treat in September, it's a bona fide treasure in the middle of March!

We could use a LOT more CSA members! If each of us (we’re now 56) managed to find three more members our farmer would be VERY happy. We now have till the week after Labor Day to accept new members. After that, we’re talking April of 2013. If each of us got one more member to join, that would be great, and if THEY got one more member…you get the idea. Even ideas of where to leave CSA brochures or posters, and where to do lectures about CSA would be helpful. So far this season I participated in the 1st LI CSA Fair, the 2nd LI Small Farm Summit, and a health fair at the Vitamin Shoppe in Melville, gave a lecture to the Holistic Moms Network about eating local and just put an ad (VERY reasonably priced) in the brochure for a charity auction for the local Montessori School.

This week’s email includes…

1. Your CSA does not need you this week, however…
2. Heritage Turkey talk and tasting this Saturday in Plainview and Westbury
3. Bags and you
4. This week’s list…subject to change without notice (farming is like that)
5. Click the “Make the Right Choice” tab on San J Tamari’s Facebook page to get coupons and possibly win a $250 gift card to Whole Foods…
6. Fun, Cool & Interesting Stuff to Do (new events added weekly)
7. Click here and help change our world!
8. Notes from the Farm
9. What you actually got last week
10. And now…for something completely different


1. Your CSA does not need you this week, however…

You can ALWAYS stop by the CSA a little before 3:30 or 5:30 to offer to help in case someone doesn’t show up (or is late) without letting anyone know…life happens! 

If you didn’t get a confirmation email from Judi (occasionally it’s me), you’re not scheduled to work this week.



2. Heritage Turkey talk and tasting this Saturday in Plainview and Westbury

Talk to Danny Williamson, farmer and Turkey breeder, and sample heritage Turkeys that you might want to order this upcoming holiday season…

11am to 12:30pm
Fairway, Westbury

1pm to 2:30pm
Fairway, Plainview

Fairway is collaborating with Heritage Foods USA (a great organization… http://www.heritagefoodsusa.com/heritage/index.html ) and Good Shepherd Ranch.

For more info:
http://www.fairwaymarket.com/news-events/



3. Bags and you

The short story is make sure to bring bags to pack your CSA food as the CSA does not provide them.

Suggestion…put bags (paper/plastic/cloth) in EVERY vehicle you own. Put them in the glove compartment, trunk, wherever, and make sure to replenish them when the supply is running low or you’re out of them. That way it will be hard to forget them.

And, if someone is picking up for you, please remind them about bringing bags with them.



4. This week’s list…subject to change without notice (farming is like that!)

Week #23
September 27, 2012

1. Tomatoes – up to 2 lbs
2. Squash, Summer **
3. Lettuce – 1 head
4. Snap Beans, Green
5. Peppers, Sweet*
6. Tat Soi – 1 bunch

Total Items: 6

Herb Share – Sept 2B
Dill AND Sorrel

*Dr Weil says eat your Peppers!
http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/TIP04552/3-Reasons-to-Eat-Bell-Peppers.html

** Can be made with any type of Summer Squash…and you can do it without the Basil…or if you made Pesto this summer you could put a drop of that on top…
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/26/dining/a-little-zucchini-for-your-grated-cheese-a-good-appetite.html?ref=dining&_r=0



5. Click the “Make the Right Choice” tab on San J Tamari’s Facebook page to get coupons and possibly win a $250 gift card to Whole Foods…

https://www.facebook.com/SanJTamari



6. Fun, Cool & Interesting Stuff to Do (new events added weekly)
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Saturday, September 1st to Sunday, September 30th

The 3rd Annual NY Locavore Challenge!
For more info and to register:
http://www.nofany.org/events/ny-locavore-challenge

Challenge yourself to eat more local foods and get active, or more active, in the locavore world that’s all around you!


Thursday, September 27th

10am to 11am

iEat Green
http://prn.fm/shows/lifestyle-shows/i-eat-green/

iEat Green is hosted by Slow Food Huntington’s Bhavani Jharoff. Listen to this internet radio show either live or if you miss this show, you can listen to it on the archives and it’s available for downloading on iTunes for your iPhone.

Today’s guest will my guest will be David Orr, author of "Earth In Mind: On Education, Environment and the Human Prospect." This was the first book I read in graduate school that inspired me to re-think how we are educating our children.

7pm

Forks over Knives
The Ethical Humanist Society of LI
38 Old Country Rd
Garden City
$10

Movie about healthy vegetarian/vegan eating hosted by Judy Griffin, founder of Nourishing Solutions 4 LIfe.


Saturday, September 29th

10am

14th Annual LI Naturally Environmental Fair
Manor Farm
210 Manor Rd
Huntington
For more info:
http://www.starflowerexperiences.org/12flyer.pdf

Music, games, community yard sale, info on green living.

10am

9th Annual LI Garlic Festival
Garden of Eve
4558 Sound Ave
Riverhead
$3/Children under 6 FREE
For more info:
http://www.gardenofevefarm.com/garlic-festival.htm

Food, crafts, music, theater and….GARLIC!


Sunday, September 30th

10am

9th Annual LI Garlic Festival
(see Saturday, September 29th)

5:30pm

Potluck Across New York
Glenwood Church
70 Grove St
Glenwood Landing
FREE (bring a dish to share…it’s a potluck)
For more info:
https://sites.google.com/site/seacliffcooperative/home/events

As part of the 3rd Annual NY Locavore Challenge (organized by NOFA-NY), Slow Food Huntington (co-founder is CSA member Ann Rathkopf), Sustainable Sea Cliff Cooperative, and the Glenwood Arts group organized a potluck! Please join us for an evening of conviviality and lively discussion. Topics will include our industrialized food system, GMO's, fracking, our own community garden and how we can create and support a healthy, local food system.


Monday, October 1st

World Vegetarian Day
For more info:
http://act.ran.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=3791&First_Name=[[First_Name]]&Last_Name=[[Last_Name]]&Zip=[[Zip]]&Email=[[Email]]


Tuesday, October 2nd

7pm

Huntington Food Share – Food Not Bombs
Fairground Ave and E 6th St (outside of All Weather Tires)
Huntington Station
For more info and to get involved:
http://www.lifnb.com/chapters/huntington_food_share

Distribution of food and clothing to all who attend and are in need.


Wednesday, October 3rd

6pm

Genetic Roulette
South Huntington Public Library
145 Pigeon Hill Rd
Huntington Station
FREE
For more info:
http://www.meetup.com/SavelongIsland/events/81752862/

GMO documentary by GMO expert Jeffrey Smith, with a Q & A with Bhavani Jharoff of iEat Green.

6pm

Let Us Eat Local
The Altman Building
135 W 18th St
NYC
$175 (before October 3rd…after $200)
For more info and to get tickets:
http://luel.eventbrite.com/

This event is a benefit for Just Food, the group that organizes CSA in all five boroughs of NYC, in addition to being involved in the City Chickens project, City Farms and getting more local food into food pantries as well as being involved in fighting hunger in NYC. They do great work and are a great bunch of folks. This will be a locavore’s delight if you see the list of participating restaurants.


Thursday, October 4th

10am to 11am

iEat Green
http://prn.fm/shows/lifestyle-shows/i-eat-green/

iEat Green is hosted by Slow Food Huntington’s Bhavani Jharoff. Listen to this internet radio show either live or if you miss this show, you can listen to it on the archives and it’s available for downloading on iTunes for your iPhone.

Today’s guest will my guest will be Amie Hamlin. Amie is the Executive Director of New York Coalition for Healthy School Food (NYCHSF). NYCHSF is a statewide nonprofit that works to improve the health and well-being of New York's students by advocating for healthy plant-based foods, comprehensive nutrition policy, and education to create food and health literate students.

7pm

Nutrition for Children’s Health
Holistic Moms Network Monthly Meeting (Huntington, NY Chapter)
Elwood Public Library
1929 Jericho Tpke (on the northeast corner of Jericho and Elwood Rd…in the strip mall where a Blockbuster used to be)
E Northport
FREE
For more info:
www.holisticmoms.org
Email: huntingtonhmn@aol.com
Check them out on Facebook…
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Holistic-Moms-Network-Suffolk-County-Huntington-Area-NY-Chapter/399399243443967

Join CSA member Vickie Muller (co-founder of this chapter) at this month’s meeting with featured speaker David Pollack, DC, from the Creating Wellness Center in Commack.


Saturday, October 6th

7am

Plant & Sing
Sylvester Manor
Shelter Island
$25 Adults/$10 Students (8 to 21)/FREE Children 7 and younger
For more info and to get tickets:
http://www.plantandsing.com/wp/

A weekend of workshops, music (Bela Fleck), good food and fun for the whole family!


2pm to 5pm

Growing Backyard Fruits, a Workshop and Tasting
387 Springtown Rd
New Paltz, NY 12561
$35
To register:
Mail a check to Lee Reich at the above address and include your email address and phone number in case of the need to cancel due to severe weather
Questions:
Email Lee: leeareich@gmail.com
Call Lee at 845-255-0417

Join fruit master, Lee Reich, in his garden. You can harvest DELECTABLE, ORGANIC, NO-SPRAY FRUITS right in your own BACKYARD. This workshop will cover which hardy fruits are best and easiest to grow, and how to grow them. Participants will also get to taste luscious fruits such as pawpaws, persimmons, hardy kiwifruit, and whatever else is ripe (grapes?, pears?, aki-gumi?, lingonberry?, medlar?)!
Check out his blog and website for other events…
http://leereich.com/
http://leereich.blogspot.com/


Sunday, October 6th

7am

Plant & Sing
Sylvester Manor
Shelter Island
$25 Adults/$10 Students (8 to 21)/FREE Children 7 and younger
For more info and to get tickets:
http://www.plantandsing.com/wp/

Garlic planting day!


Tuesday, October 9th

7:30pm

Let’s Eat! Food on Film presents…Sushi: The Global Catch
Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Ave
Huntington
$10 Members/$15 General Public (includes reception)
For more info, to watch the trailer, and get info about purchasing tickets in advance (these events often sell out):
http://www.cinemaartscentre.org/event/sushi-the-global-catch/

CSA members Dylan Skolnick (Cinema Arts Centre) and Ann Rathkopf (Slow Food Huntington) are co-presenting this important documentary. Sushi is more popular than ever, and no fish is more beloved by connoisseurs than Blue Fin Tuna, but that fish and many other favorites are in danger of being over-fished to extinction. This fascinating new documentary explores how we can all enjoy this delicacy and preserve the ocean.


Wednesday, October 10th

6:30pm

Plant a Healthy School Lunch…
The NY Coalition for Healthy School Food’s Fall Gala
NY Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Ave (at 103rd St)
NYC
$100
For more info about NY Coalition for Healthy School Food:
http://www.healthylunches.org/
For more info about the gala:
http://www.healthylunches.org/events.htm

Ex-Long Islander Amie Hamlin is the Executive Director of this organization, and Joy Pierson (of Candle Café and Candle 79) is their board chair. A lot of the food at this event will be organic, local, vegan and raw (check the website and look who’d providing it).


Saturday, October 13th

8:30am

Holistic Moms Network presents…
9th Annual Natural Living Conference
Chicago, IL
$80 Member/$90 General Public/$45 child over 3 (lunch included)
For more info and to register:
http://register.holisticmoms.org/2012_HMN_NLC.pdf

Celebrate holistic parenting with special guests Andrea Beaman (natural foods chef, author, tv host and Top Chef contestant..and she cured herself of thyroid disease thru diet and natural methods) and Barbara Loe Fisher (National Vaccine Information Center Co-Founder). Learn…share…connect!

10:30am

Green Thumb Farm CSA Annual Farm Tour and Pumpkin Picking
829 Montauk Hwy
Water Mill
FREE
To make your reservation:
631-726-1900 (M to Su from 9:30am to 4:30pm)

Tour schedule: 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, and 1:30pm.

We do a riding tour on a farm wagon pulled by a tractor. We ride around the farm stopping to see our fall crops, some of our farming equipment, then up to a field where each person that comes can pick up a Pumpkin to take home (FYI - they are not organic and they are not grown on the farm). There is no charge for the tour or Pumpkin, but reservations are required since seating is limited on each wagon. Our tour is open to current CSA member and their immediate families only! If you are sharing a CSA share with someone, only one person/family can attend and you need to use the name of the person that is the CSA member. This is the last chance in 2012 to see a part of our farm, talk to farmer Bill, and ask any questions you might have about the farm, the food, and any gardening questions you might have (for starters you could ask why the Pumpkins aren’t organic and why they aren’t grown on the farm ).


Friday, October 19th

6pm

The Healthy Planet Radio Program
WUSB-FM 90.1FM
Or listen online:
http://www.wusb.fm/stream


Tuesday, October 23rd

6pm

Taste of the Harvest
Crest Hollow Country Club
Jericho Tpke
Woodbury
$295
For more info and to buy tickets:
http://www.islandharvest.org/page.aspx?name=fundraisingevents&eventid=123

Island Harvest is celebrating 20 years of service fighting hunger and touching lives, and honoring Stop and Shop.


Wednesday, October 24th

Food Day!
For more info and to get involved…
http://www.foodday.org/

5pm

The Future of Food: 2050
US Capitol Visitor Center
Washington, DC
For more info and to get involved…
http://www.foodday.org/
To reserve a seat…
http://www.foodday.org/2012_marquee_event?utm_campaign=rsvp_marquee_ev&recruiter_id=109&utm_medium=email&utm_source=foodday
• Dr. Michael Jacobson, Executive Director, Center for Science in the Public Interest
• Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, Director, USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture
• Eric Meade, Vice President and Senior Futurist, Institute for Alternative Futures
• A.G. Kawamura, farmer, former California Secretary of Agriculture
• Dr. Catherine Badgley, Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan
What will we be eating in the year 2050? How will that food be produced? Where is the food movement going? Food Day’s national marquee event conference will bring together forward-thinking experts on agriculture policy, nutrition, and sustainability to discuss the future of Americans’ diet and food system.


Thursday, October 25th to Sunday, October 28th

Salone del Gusto & Terre Madre
Turin, Italy
For more info and to get tickets:
http://salonedelgustoterramadre.slowfood.com/

This is Slow Food’s biannual international event in the land where the organization Slow Food began…Italy! CSA member Ann Rathkopf (one of the founders of Slow Food Huntington) will be attending, and she’s been there before, so ask her if you have any questions.


Saturday, October 27th

7pm

Dr. Helen Caldicott…the medical and political implications of Fukushima
Healthy Planet
Sweet Hollow Hall
Gwynne Rd
Melville
$???
For more info, reservations and directions:
631-421-5591
http://www.healthy-planet.org/


Sunday, October 28th

2pm

A Harvest Homecoming
Dominican Village
565 Albany Ave
Amityville
$40 Adults/$10 Children
For more info and to purchase tickets:
516-842-6000 xt 307
Email: Sofiagardengrow@aol.com

Music, dancing, food, raffles, Chinese auction benefitting Homecoming Farm and Sofia Garden, and honoring Sister Ginny Maguire.


Thursday, November 1st

7pm

GMOs!
Holistic Moms Network Monthly Meeting (Huntington, NY Chapter)
Elwood Public Library
1929 Jericho Tpke (on the northeast corner of Jericho and Elwood Rd…in the strip mall where a Blockbuster used to be)
E Northport
FREE
For more info:
www.holisticmoms.org
Email: huntingtonhmn@aol.com
Check them out on Facebook…
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Holistic-Moms-Network-Suffolk-County-Huntington-Area-NY-Chapter/399399243443967

Join CSA member Vickie Muller (co-founder of this chapter) at this month’s meeting with featured speaker Kathleen Furey, trained by GMO expert Jeffrey Smith.


Thursday, November 15th

8:30am

Harvesting Opportunities in NY
Hotel Albany
40 Lodge St
Albany
$85
For more info and to register:
http://newyork.farmland.org/harvesting-opportunities

A conference to inspire and educate New Yorkers to support local agriculture, strengthen local farm and food economies, and get involved in protecting farmland.


Sunday, November 18th

9am

The NAVAL Expo
Huntington Hilton
Melville
$20
For more info (if you look at the last one they had in May you’ll get an idea of what they’ll have in November) and to buy tickets:
http://www.navelexpo.com/expo.php

All day alternative health expo with many lectures, demo, samplings, etc including Steve Meyerowitz, the Sproutman! More info TBA.

Afternoon (more info TBA)
Turkey Free Thanksgiving Dinner/Lecture
Healthy Planet
Sweet Hollow Hall
Gwynne Rd
Melville
$???
For more info, reservations and directions:
631-421-5591
http://www.healthy-planet.org/



7. Click here and help change our world!

Walmart worker found memo proving their concerns about safety issues are NOT unfounded as Walmart executives have said…sign here to support the workers request for safe working conditions…
http://takeaction.walmartwatch.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6643

Sign the Read Food, Real Jobs pledge…the sustainable food movement is starting to work for sustainable food jobs…this was forwarded to me by Elizabeth Henderson, godmother of CSAs in the USA (she started one of the first two CSA in the USA in the mid-1980s and I love her to bits)…
http://afl.salsalabs.com/o/5872/c/1247/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=4902

Tell Gov. Cuomo, no sham health studies…ban fracking NOW!
http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/cuomo_study/

Tell Trader Joe’s we want meat without antibiotics…
http://signon.org/sign/trader-joes-we-want-meat?source=mo&id=52455-620103-bxG8xux

Another petition about the GMO riders on the Farm Bill…sign them all!
https://secure3.convio.net/aahf/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1177

Tell the EPA to clean up a NY waterway!
https://secure3.convio.net/river/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=413

Sign as many as you can!!! I would have put the link for just one of these (9/19/12) but it came up with my name and there’s no “if this isn’t so and so” thing to click so…sorry! And yes, I did all of them…I wouldn’t ask any of you to do something I wouldn’t or didn’t do…once you’re in the system it doesn’t take long…
http://www.organicconsumers.org/action.cfm



8. Notes from the Farm

September 28, 2012

September is almost over all ready. It sure is hard to believe! It seems like we were just starting up our CSA a short while ago and now our season is more than half over.

It’s time for you to start planning to attend our fall farm tour and Pumpkin picking event. October 13th , Saturday, is the date. Times will be at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, and 1:30pm.

We do a riding tour on a farm wagon pulled by a tractor. We ride around the farm stopping to see our fall crops, some of our farming equipment, then up to a field where each person that comes can pick up a Pumpkin to take home (FYI - they are not organic and they are not grown on the farm). There is no charge for the tour or Pumpkin, but reservations are required since seating is limited on each wagon. Our tour is open to current CSA member and their immediate families only! If you are sharing a CSA share with someone, only one person/family can attend and you need to use the name of the person that is the CSA member. This is the last chance in 2012 to see a part of our farm, talk to farmer Bill, and ask any questions you might have about the farm, the food, and any gardening questions you might have (for starters you could ask why the Pumpkins aren’t organic and why they aren’t grown on the farm).

We hope you all come out and spend some time to see the farm. We meet at our farm stand at 829 Montauk Highway, Water Mill.

Call for reservations at 631-726-1900, between 9:30am and 4:30pm any day of the week.

Thanks again!

Organically yours,
Farmer Bill (Halsey)


9. What you actually got last week

Week #22
September 20, 2012

1. Tomatoes, Mini: Cherry, Red OR Grape, Red OR Sungold – 1 pt - $4.25
2. Squash, Winter: Butternut – 1 - $2.00
3. Soybeans – ½ lb - $3.25
4. Mizuna – 1 bunch - $2.75
5. Squash, Summer: Costata Romanesco, Cousa, Eight Ball, Gold, Patty Pan – Green, Patty Pan – Yellow, Yellow, Zucchini – up to 2 lbs - $4.50
6. Snap Beans: Wax/Yellow – ½ lb - $1.75

Total Items: 5
Total Amount: $18.50 (We pay $17.50 per week to our farmer for the food we get every week. Today we’ve gotten $1.00 extra, making the total extra that we’ve received from our farmer [over and above the $17.50 we pay per week] for the year so far $26.50 – doesn’t include Aug 9th)



10. And now for something completely different…

I know the Jewish high holy days are over but just thought you might want to read this one…

Do you know about the tradition of swinging a live chicken over your head???
http://forward.com/articles/162292/swinging-the-chicken-for-the-first-time/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=The%20Forward%20Today%20%28Monday-Friday%29&utm_campaign=Daily_Newsletter_Mon_Thurs%202012-09-24
As it says in the article…you can substitute coins, and there is a movement afoot that says STOP SWINGING THE DARN CHICKENS…it can’t be much fun for the chickens.


Check out the video Sugar is Killing Us (I bet you’ll like it and if you do…spread it around)…
http://www.facebook.com/#!/SugarIsKillingUs/app_208195102528120

If you like the video, like the Facebook page…
http://www.facebook.com/#!/SugarIsKillingUs

In my research it looks like this is an extremely subtle commercial for water called “Fred Water” but you know what? It’s still a cute video with a good message (sorry to say for the makers of the video…I probably won’t be buying this brand of water).

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Happy Summer!

Sad to say that no one found the missing Leeks (no, not links…Leeks!) so the CSA (us, not the farm) will pay our two members for their missing food. Please read the CSA wall chart and check your bags on the way out to make sure you didn’t take too much…or too little. And, if someone is picking up for you who’s never been to the CSA before, please have them tell someone to help them get it right and make sure they bring bags to pack the food.

FYI – Our CSA is on Thursdays (except the week of Thanksgiving where it’s on Wednesday) from 3:30pm to 7:30pm (if you need to come after 7:30pm call the CSA at 631-385-1079 on Thursdays from 3pm to 7:30pm to make last minute arrangements for alternate pickups).

If you can’t use these wood chips, do you know anyone who might? CSA member Sonam Kushner (and Homeopath extraordinaire) still has a bunch of wood chips for the taking. Take what you want on a tarp in the back of your car, or rent or drive a truck for larger quantities! If interested, respond to this email and I’ll put you in touch with Sonam. She’s suggesting it’s good for around trees or in a playground area.

Bulk Certified Organic Paste (Roma) Tomatoes available from our farm…$45 per 20 lb box (to place an order, call the farm at 631-726-1900 between 9am to 5pm and be ready to pay with a credit card).

Here’s some Tomato talk from the folks at the NYC Greenmarkets…
Forget proper storage, eat this fruit immediately! We suggest tomato sandwiches, mozzarella and tomato salad, tomato soup, tomato pie, salsa, gazpacho, tomato sauce, tomato juice, fried green tomatoes and plain old tomatoes eaten as is, or with a dash of salt. If you get a little overwhelmed by this steady diet, follow the lead of Greenmarket staff and host a tomato canning party at your house. Each September we pile into our co-worker's Brooklyn backyard and set up an assembly line to scald, peel, seed and can as many flats as we can get our hands on. If a perfect, local tomato is a treat in September, it's a bona fide treasure in the middle of March!

We could use a LOT more CSA members! If each of us (we’re now 56) managed to find three more members our farmer would be VERY happy. We now have till the week after Labor Day to accept new members. After that, we’re talking April of 2013. If each of us got one more member to join, that would be great, and if THEY got one more member…you get the idea. Even ideas of where to leave CSA brochures or posters, and where to do lectures about CSA would be helpful. So far this season I participated in the 1st LI CSA Fair, the 2nd LI Small Farm Summit, and a health fair at the Vitamin Shoppe in Melville, gave a lecture to the Holistic Moms Network about eating local and just put an ad (VERY reasonably priced) in the brochure for a charity auction for the local Montessori School.

This week’s email includes…

1. Your CSA does not need you this week, however…
2. Happy Organic Harvest Month!
3. Bags and you
4. This week’s list…subject to change without notice (farming is like that)
5. Any teachers out there? Know any?
6. Fun, Cool & Interesting Stuff to Do (new events added weekly)
7. Click here and help change our world!
8. Have you eaten and/or purchased these foods?
9. What you actually got last week
10. And now…for something completely different


1. Your CSA does not need you this week, however…

You can ALWAYS stop by the CSA a little before 3:30 or 5:30 to offer to help in case someone doesn’t show up (or is late) without letting anyone know…life happens! 

If you didn’t get a confirmation email from Judi (occasionally it’s me), you’re not scheduled to work this week.



2. Happy Organic Harvest Month!

Consumer Reports still recommends eating organic food after the Stanford report…
http://news.consumerreports.org/health/2012/09/dont-give-up-on-organic-food-our-experts-urge.html



3. Bags and you

The short story is make sure to bring bags to pack your CSA food as the CSA does not provide them.

Suggestion…put bags (paper/plastic/cloth) in EVERY vehicle you own. Put them in the glove compartment, trunk, wherever, and make sure to replenish them when the supply is running low or you’re out of them. That way it will be hard to forget them.

And, if someone is picking up for you, please remind them about bringing bags with them.



4. This week’s list…subject to change without notice (farming is like that!)

Week #22
September 20, 2012

1. Tomatoes, Mini
2. Squash, Winter: Butternut
3. Soybeans
4. Mizuna
5. Squash, Summer

Total Items: 5 (?)



5. Any teachers out there? Know any?

Here’s a link to a curriculum program that can be used for Food Day, on October 24th…
https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/foodday/pages/24/attachments/original/1341610970/Food_Day_School_Curriculum_2012_NO_BRAND.pdf?1341610970

Food Day is about eating healthy, sustainable, affordable and fair!



6. Fun, Cool & Interesting Stuff to Do (new events added weekly)
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Saturday, September 1st to Sunday, September 30th

The 3rd Annual NY Locavore Challenge!
For more info and to register:
http://www.nofany.org/events/ny-locavore-challenge

Challenge yourself to eat more local foods and get active, or more active, in the locavore world that’s all around you!


Thursday, September 20th

10am to 11am

iEat Green
http://prn.fm/shows/lifestyle-shows/i-eat-green/

iEat Green is hosted by Slow Food Huntington’s Bhavani Jharoff. Listen to this internet radio show either live or if you miss this show, you can listen to it on the archives and it’s available for downloading on iTunes for your iPhone.

Today’s guest will my guest will be Perryne Lokhandwala and Paula Lee Poy of PlayHarvest. PlayHarvest is a grassroots organization focused on harnessing the creative force of community-based design, the dynamic power of outdoor play, and the energizing benefits of locally grown foods to motivate kids to live healthier, more active lives.

6pm

Greek Food Festival
St. Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church
1 Shrine Pl
Greenlawn
FREE Admission
For more info:
http://www.stparaskevi.org/FoodFestival11.htm

Food, rides, games, live music, farmer’s market!

7pm

Dive
The Ethical Humanist Society of LI
38 Old Country Rd
Garden City
$10

Movie about dumpster diving for food hosted by Jon Stepanian of Food Not Bombs (where our CSA donates any excess produce).


Friday, September 21st

11am

Greek Food Festival
St. Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church
1 Shrine Pl
Greenlawn
FREE Admission
For more info:
http://www.stparaskevi.org/FoodFestival11.htm

Food, rides, games, live music, farmer’s market!

6pm

The Healthy Planet Radio Program
WUSB-FM 90.1FM
Or listen online:
http://www.wusb.fm/stream


Saturday, September 22nd

Farm Aid
Hersheypark Stadium
PA
$37.75 to $101.46
For more info:
http://www.farmaid.org/site/c.qlI5IhNVJsE/b.2723605/k.C7B8/Concert.htm
For ticket info:
http://www.farmaid.org/site/c.qlI5IhNVJsE/b.5307325/k.93C0/Ticket_Info.htm?msource=concert

So far it’s Willie, Neil, John, and Jack Johnson and Dave Mathews…and more!

10am

Organic Apple Festival
Rodale Institute’s Organic Farm
611 Siegfriedale Rd
Kutztown, PA
FREE ($5 parking fee per car)
For more info:
http://www.rodaleinstitute.org/organic_apple_festival

11am

Greek Food Festival
St. Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church
1 Shrine Pl
Greenlawn
FREE Admission
For more info:
http://www.stparaskevi.org/FoodFestival11.htm

Food, rides, games, live music, farmer’s market!

12pm

LI Global Frackdown Rally
Office of Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos
55 Front St
Rockville Centre
For more info and to register if you’re planning to attend:
http://action.foodandwaterwatch.org/p/salsa/event/common/public/index.sjs?event_KEY=75813


1pm

Backyard: Fruit from Small Gardens
Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
630 Bedford Hills Rd
Pocantico Hills, NY
$18 Member/$20 General Public
For more info and to get tickets:
http://www.stonebarnscenter.org/products/backyard-fruit-for-small-gardens.html

Join fruit master, Lee Reich, in a lecture about how to include fruit in a growing space as small as a city apartment balcony to a small suburban backyard.


Sunday, September 23rd

10am

Edible Garden Festival with a Mario Batali Cooking Demo and dinner
NY Botanical Garden
$25 to $250
To get tickets:
http://secure4.gatewayticketing.com/NYBG/Content.aspx?Kind=LandingPage

Take part in a day-long festival of Edible Garden fun exploring Mario Batali's Kitchen Gardens, cooking demonstrations by NYBG staff, gardening activities, and food samplings in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden. Then join Garden friend Mario Batali at the Conservatory Tent for a demonstration of fresh, seasonal family dishes inspired by Mario Batali's Kitchen Gardens. Want more Mario? With a different ticket type, you can do all of the above followed by cocktails in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden and an intimate garden-to-table dinner at the Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill. Mario will enjoy the meal with you and share anecdotes, memories, inspirations, and background information about the four-course menu he has designed.

12pm

Greek Food Festival
St. Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church
1 Shrine Pl
Greenlawn
FREE Admission
For more info:
http://www.stparaskevi.org/FoodFestival11.htm

Food, rides, games, live music, farmer’s market!


Tuesday, September 25th

7pm

Huntington Food Share – Food Not Bombs
Fairground Ave and E 6th St (outside of All Weather Tires)
Huntington Station
For more info and to get involved:
http://www.lifnb.com/chapters/huntington_food_share

Distribution of food and clothing to all who attend and are in need.


Thursday, September 27th

10am to 11am

iEat Green
http://prn.fm/shows/lifestyle-shows/i-eat-green/

iEat Green is hosted by Slow Food Huntington’s Bhavani Jharoff. Listen to this internet radio show either live or if you miss this show, you can listen to it on the archives and it’s available for downloading on iTunes for your iPhone.

Today’s guest will my guest will be David Orr, author of "Earth In Mind: On Education, Environment and the Human Prospect." This was the first book I read in graduate school that inspired me to re-think how we are educating our children.

7pm

Forks over Knives
The Ethical Humanist Society of LI
38 Old Country Rd
Garden City
$10

Movie about healthy vegetarian/vegan eating hosted by Judy Griffin, founder of Nourishing Solutions 4 LIfe.


Saturday, September 29th

10am

14th Annual LI Naturally Environmental Fair
Manor Farm
210 Manor Rd
Huntington
For more info:
http://www.starflowerexperiences.org/12flyer.pdf

Music, games, community yard sale, info on green living.

10am

9th Annual LI Garlic Festival
Garden of Eve
4558 Sound Ave
Riverhead
$3/Children under 6 FREE
For more info:
http://www.gardenofevefarm.com/garlic-festival.htm

Food, crafts, music, theater and….GARLIC!


Sunday, September 30th

10am

9th Annual LI Garlic Festival
(see Saturday, September 29th)

5:30pm

Potluck Across New York
Glenwood Church
70 Grove St
Glenwood Landing
FREE (bring a dish to share…it’s a potluck)
For more info:
https://sites.google.com/site/seacliffcooperative/home/events

As part of the 3rd Annual NY Locavore Challenge (organized by NOFA-NY), Slow Food Huntington (co-founder is CSA member Ann Rathkopf), Sustainable Sea Cliff Cooperative, and the Glenwood Arts group organized a potluck! Please join us for an evening of conviviality and lively discussion. Topics will include our industrialized food system, GMO's, fracking, our own community garden and how we can create and support a healthy, local food system.


Monday, October 1st

World Vegetarian Day
For more info:
http://act.ran.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=3791&First_Name=[[First_Name]]&Last_Name=[[Last_Name]]&Zip=[[Zip]]&Email=[[Email]]


Wednesday, October 3rd

6pm

Let Us Eat Local
The Altman Building
135 W 18th St
NYC
$175 (before October 3rd…after $200)
For more info and to get tickets:
http://luel.eventbrite.com/

This event is a benefit for Just Food, the group that organizes CSA in all five boroughs of NYC, in addition to being involved in the City Chickens project, City Farms and getting more local food into food pantries as well as being involved in fighting hunger in NYC. They do great work and are a great bunch of folks. This will be a locavore’s delight if you see the list of participating restaurants.


Thursday, October 4th

7pm

Holistic Moms Network Monthly Meeting (Huntington, NY Chapter)
Elwood Public Library
1929 Jericho Tpke (on the northeast corner of Jericho and Elwood Rd…in the strip mall where a Blockbuster used to be)
E Northport
FREE
For more info:
www.holisticmoms.org
Email: huntingtonhmn@aol.com
Check them out on Facebook…
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Holistic-Moms-Network-Suffolk-County-Huntington-Area-NY-Chapter/399399243443967

Join CSA member Vickie Muller (co-founder of this chapter) at this month’s meeting!


Saturday, October 6th

2pm to 5pm

Growing Backyard Fruits, a Workshop and Tasting
387 Springtown Rd
New Paltz, NY 12561
$35
To register:
Mail a check to Lee Reich at the above address and include your email address and phone number in case of the need to cancel due to severe weather
Questions:
Email Lee: leeareich@gmail.com
Call Lee at 845-255-0417

Join fruit master, Lee Reich, in his garden. You can harvest DELECTABLE, ORGANIC, NO-SPRAY FRUITS right in your own BACKYARD. This workshop will cover which hardy fruits are best and easiest to grow, and how to grow them. Participants will also get to taste luscious fruits such as pawpaws, persimmons, hardy kiwifruit, and whatever else is ripe (grapes?, pears?, aki-gumi?, lingonberry?, medlar?)!
Check out his blog and website for other events…
http://leereich.com/
http://leereich.blogspot.com/


Wednesday, October 10th

6:30pm

Plant a Healthy School Lunch…
The NY Coalition for Healthy School Food’s Fall Gala
NY Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Ave (at 103rd St)
NYC
$100
For more info about NY Coalition for Healthy School Food:
http://www.healthylunches.org/
For more info about the gala:
http://www.healthylunches.org/events.htm

Ex-Long Islander Amie Hamlin is the Executive Director of this organization, and Joy Pierson (of Candle Café and Candle 79) is their board chair. A lot of the food at this event will be organic, local, vegan and raw (check the website and look who’d providing it).


Saturday, October 12th

8:30am

Holistic Moms Network presents…
9th Annual Natural Living Conference
Chicago, IL
$80 Member/$90 General Public/$45 child over 3 (lunch included)
For more info and to register:
http://register.holisticmoms.org/2012_HMN_NLC.pdf

Celebrate holistic parenting with special guests Andrea Beaman (natural foods chef, author, tv host and Top Chef contestant..and she cured herself of thyroid disease thru diet and natural methods) and Barbara Loe Fisher (National Vaccine Information Center Co-Founder). Learn…share…connect!


Friday, October 19th

6pm

The Healthy Planet Radio Program
WUSB-FM 90.1FM
Or listen online:
http://www.wusb.fm/stream


Tuesday, October 23rd

6pm

Taste of the Harvest
Crest Hollow Country Club
Jericho Tpke
Woodbury
$295
For more info and to buy tickets:
http://www.islandharvest.org/page.aspx?name=fundraisingevents&eventid=123

Island Harvest is celebrating 20 years of service fighting hunger and touching lives, and honoring Stop and Shop.


Wednesday, October 24th

Food Day!
For more info and to get involved…
http://www.foodday.org/

5pm

The Future of Food: 2050
US Capitol Visitor Center
Washington, DC
For more info and to get involved…
http://www.foodday.org/

What will we be eating in the year 2050? How will that food be produced? Where is the food movement going? Food Day’s national marquee event conference will bring together forward-thinking experts on agriculture policy, nutrition, and sustainability to discuss the future of Americans’ diet and food system.



Thursday, October 25th to Sunday, October 28th

Salone del Gusto & Terre Madre
Turin, Italy
For more info and to get tickets:
http://salonedelgustoterramadre.slowfood.com/

This is Slow Food’s biannual international event in the land where the organization Slow Food began…Italy! CSA member Ann Rathkopf (one of the founders of Slow Food Huntington) will be attending, and she’s been there before, so ask her if you have any questions.


Saturday, October 27th

7pm

Dr. Helen Caldicott…the medical and political implications of Fukushima
Healthy Planet
Sweet Hollow Hall
Gwynne Rd
Melville
$???
For more info, reservations and directions:
631-421-5591
http://www.healthy-planet.org/


Sunday, October 28th

2pm

A Harvest Homecoming
Dominican Village
565 Albany Ave
Amityville
$40 Adults/$10 Children
For more info and to purchase tickets:
516-842-6000 xt 307
Email: Sofiagardengrow@aol.com

Music, dancing, food, raffles, Chinese auction benefitting Homecoming Farm and Sofia Garden, and honoring Sister Ginny Maguire.


Thursday, November 15th

8:30am

Harvesting Opportunities in NY
Hotel Albany
40 Lodge St
Albany
$85
For more info and to register:
http://newyork.farmland.org/harvesting-opportunities

A conference to inspire and educate New Yorkers to support local agriculture, strengthen local farm and food economies, and get involved in protecting farmland.


Sunday, November 18th

9am

The NAVAL Expo
Huntington Hilton
Melville
$20
For more info (if you look at the last one they had in May you’ll get an idea of what they’ll have in November) and to buy tickets:
http://www.navelexpo.com/expo.php

All day alternative health expo with many lectures, demo, samplings, etc including Steve Meyerowitz, the Sproutman! More info TBA.

Afternoon (more info TBA)
Turkey Free Thanksgiving Dinner/Lecture
Healthy Planet
Sweet Hollow Hall
Gwynne Rd
Melville
$???
For more info, reservations and directions:
631-421-5591
http://www.healthy-planet.org/



7. Click here and help change our world!

Pass a progressive Farm Bill…drought stricken farms need help now!
http://www.farmaid.org/c.qlI5IhNVJsE/b.8333161/k.5AFE/Dont_leave_family_farmers_out_to_dry_Pass_a_2012_Farm_Bill_Now/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?msource=email

Tell Congress to dump the Biotech riders for good…
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8417

Tell Cargill corporate money should not sway science (they funded the Stanford U organic study recently published)…
http://ran.org/act/cargill-stanford/?e=131127&r=

Stop NAFTA on steroids (the Trans-Pacific Partnership that includes a lot of lobbyists like Cargill, etc)…
http://ran.org/act/nafta-on-steroids/?e=130184&r=

Demand that Cargill comes clean (trades Palm oil that could be harvested by people that are having their human rights violated and are incurring environmental destruction by destroying rainforests)…
http://ran.org/act/cargill_notrade/?e=126852&r=

Tell the EPA to choose science over political influence (Cargill again)…
http://ran.org/act/epa_palm/?e=125306&r=

Tell Cargill that slave labor is unacceptable…
http://act.ran.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=4362&First_Name=[[First_Name]]&Last_Name=[[Last_Name]]&Zip=[[Zip]]&Email=[[Email]]



8. Have you eaten and/or purchased these foods?
If you haven’t, spread the word as maybe someone you know has…
A number of consumers have purchased the following products, prominently labeled as “All Natural.”
Log Cabin Table Syrup
Log Cabin Pancake Mix
Tim’s Cascade Snacks Potato Chips
Erin’s Popcorn
Snyder of Berlin Kettle Cooked Potato Chips
Husman’s Kettle Cook Potato Chips
Despite the labeling claims, all of these products contain highly processed ingredients, such as xanthum gum and corn syrup. A consortium of law offices and nonprofits are investigating the viability of state and/ or federal consumer protection claims for deceptive marketing.
If you have purchased any of these products, or know someone who has, please contact...
Kenneth Miller, Esq.
Kenneth@lawforfood.com
(802) 299-7532


9. What you actually got last week

Week #21
September 13, 2012

1. Tomatoes: Red and/or Paste, Red and/or Yellow – 2 lbs total - $5.00
2. Squash, Winter: Acorn – 1 - $2.50
3. Beets – 1 bunch - $3.25
4. Eggplant: Japanese – 1 - $1.75
5. Leeks – 1 bunch - $3.50
6. Okra – ½ lb - $2.75
7. Bitter Melon – 1 - $0.00 (take it if you want it…or not)

Total Items: 7
Total Amount: $18.75 (We pay $17.50 per week to our farmer for the food we get every week. Today we’ve gotten $1.25 extra, making the total extra that we’ve received from our farmer [over and above the $17.50 we pay per week] for the year so far $25.50 – doesn’t include Aug 9th)

Herb Share – Sept A
Rosemary AND Savory, Winter



10. And now for something completely different…

Chocolate on the high seas!

Read about the most amazing chocolatiers in our area, the Mast Brothers of Brooklyn, sailing (yes, with a sailboat) their cocoa beans from the Dominican Republic to Brooklyn to create their choco bars!
I believe I’ve just started seeing their bars of chocolate sold at Fairway in Plainview. Let me know if you’ve seen them elsewhere.
http://www.ediblebrooklyn.com/magazine/the-mast-brothers-live-up-to-their-name/

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Happy Summer!

FYI – Our CSA is on Thursdays (except the week of Thanksgiving where it’s on Wednesday) from 3:30pm to 7:30pm (if you need to come after 7:30pm call the CSA at 631-385-1079 on Thursdays from 3pm to 7:30pm to make last minute arrangements for alternate pickups).

If you can’t use these wood chips, do you know anyone who might? CSA member Sonam Kushner (and Homeopath extraordinaire) still has a bunch of wood chips for the taking. Take what you want on a tarp in the back of your car, or rent or drive a truck for larger quantities! If interested, respond to this email and I’ll put you in touch with Sonam. She’s suggesting it’s good for around trees or in a playground area.

Any holistic moms out there? Vickie Muller, our CSA member who started the Holistic Moms Network’s Huntington, NY Chapter, is looking for one or two women to be co-leaders of this terrific group. If you’re interested, or can think of anyone who would be, please respond to this email and I’ll get you in touch with her (or go to the next meeting tonight…see the events listings…or next month) and you can talk to Vickie about the details of what would be involved.

Bulk Certified Organic Paste (Roma) Tomatoes available from our farm…$45 per 20 lb box (to place an order, call the farm at 631-726-1900 between 9am to 5pm and be ready to pay with a credit card).

Here’s some Tomato talk from the folks at the NYC Greenmarkets…
Forget proper storage, eat this fruit immediately! We suggest tomato sandwiches, mozzarella and tomato salad, tomato soup, tomato pie, salsa, gazpacho, tomato sauce, tomato juice, fried green tomatoes and plain old tomatoes eaten as is, or with a dash of salt. If you get a little overwhelmed by this steady diet, follow the lead of Greenmarket staff and host a tomato canning party at your house. Each September we pile into our co-worker's Brooklyn backyard and set up an assembly line to scald, peel, seed and can as many flats as we can get our hands on. If a perfect, local tomato is a treat in September, it's a bona fide treasure in the middle of March!

We could use a LOT more CSA members! If each of us (we’re now 56) managed to find three more members our farmer would be VERY happy. We now have till the week after Labor Day to accept new members. After that, we’re talking April of 2013. If each of us got one more member to join, that would be great, and if THEY got one more member…you get the idea. Even ideas of where to leave CSA brochures or posters, and where to do lectures about CSA would be helpful. So far this season I participated in the 1st LI CSA Fair, the 2nd LI Small Farm Summit, and a health fair at the Vitamin Shoppe in Melville, gave a lecture to the Holistic Moms Network about eating local and just put an ad (VERY reasonably priced) in the brochure for a charity auction for the local Montessori School.

This week’s email includes…

1. Your CSA does not need you this week, however…
2. Happy friggin’ Organic Harvest Month redux!
3. Bags and you
4. This week’s list…subject to change without notice (farming is like that)
5. Notes from the Farm
6. Fun, Cool & Interesting Stuff to Do (new events added weekly)
7. Click here and help change our world!
8. Italian vs Japanese Eggplants
9. What you actually got last week
10. And now…for something completely different


1. Your CSA does not need you this week, however…

You can ALWAYS stop by the CSA a little before 3:30 or 5:30 to offer to help in case someone doesn’t show up (or is late) without letting anyone know…life happens! 

If you didn’t get a confirmation email from Judi (occasionally it’s me), you’re not scheduled to work this week.



2. Happy friggin’ Organic Harvest Month redux!

Another rebuttal of the Stanford article on organics…
http://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2012/09/12/the-real-reason-reason-the-stanford-organic-food-study-was-a-fraud/

September is also Childhood Cancer Awareness Month…how ironic that the agribiz PR flacks have also chosen to go on the attack on organic food during September’s Organic Harvest Month!

And fear is being ramped up about WNV so people will slather themselves up with DEET and demand being sprayed aerially (most of which doesn’t get to the bugs they want to kill) or by street trucks (where everyone has more of a chance of developing cancer due to exposure than of dealing with the problems involved with a mosquito population that’s out of balance)…
The stuff they’re spraying has this in it…
http://www.ewg.org/release/duke-study-confirms-toxicity-widely-used-pesticide-ingredient

An alternative point of view…
http://www.healthychild.org/blog/comments/protect_your_family_from_west_nile_virus/



3. Bags and you

The short story is make sure to bring bags to pack your CSA food as the CSA does not provide them.

Suggestion…put bags (paper/plastic/cloth) in EVERY vehicle you own. Put them in the glove compartment, trunk, wherever, and make sure to replenish them when the supply is running low or you’re out of them. That way it will be hard to forget them.

And, if someone is picking up for you, please remind them about bringing bags with them.



4. This week’s list…subject to change without notice (farming is like that!)

Week #21
September 13, 2012

1. Tomatoes
2. Squash, Winter: Acorn
3. Beets
4. Eggplant: Japanese
5. Leeks
6. Okra

Total Items: 6 (?)

Herb Share – Sept A
Rosemary AND Savory, Winter



5. Notes from the Farm

September 1, 2012

Happy Labor Day!

This marks the beginning of the end for all those wonderful summer vegetables. As the days get shorter, and the nights cooler, the summer’s bounty will be slowly ending over the next month. We still have many Tomatoes, Summer Squashes, Cucumbers, Peppers, Eggplants and Beans, but as September happens, all these will decline in productivity.

Winter Squashes…Acorn and Butternut…are still growing well. You can expect these by the month’s end. Our Sweet Potatoes will be dug by the end of the month, so these also will start to arrive. Flea Beetles have destroyed much of our early greens…Tat Soi, Arugula, Broccoli Raab and Mustards. So, we’ll have to wait until (hopefully) early October for all of these. We’re still picking Carrots, Scallions, Leeks and Beets, as well as some culinary herbs which will all be brought in over the next month.

Deer have eaten our Celery crop which had been looking very nice up till last week. Once the deer discovered they liked Celery, the whole cop was eaten to the ground within days.

The challenges continue…

Organically Yours,
Farmer Bill (Halsey)



6. Fun, Cool & Interesting Stuff to Do (new events added weekly)
.
Saturday, September 1st to Sunday, September 30th

The 3rd Annual NY Locavore Challenge!
For more info and to register:
http://www.nofany.org/events/ny-locavore-challenge

Challenge yourself to eat more local foods and get active, or more active, in the locavore world that’s all around you!


Thursday, September 13th

10am to 11am

iEat Green
http://prn.fm/shows/lifestyle-shows/i-eat-green/

iEat Green is hosted by Slow Food Huntington’s Bhavani Jharoff. Listen to this internet radio show either live or if you miss this show, you can listen to it on the archives and it’s available for downloading on iTunes for your iPhone.

Today’s guest will my guest will be Sherry Ackerman. Sherry is the author of "The Good Life", a guide to finding personal freedom and a blueprint for a sustainable and fulfilling lifestyle.

6pm

iEat Green’s Farm to Table Cooking Series: Fish
Old Westbury
$89
To register email:
Bhavani
Bhavani@iEatGreen.com

7pm

Virtual Back to School Night: The School Day Just Got Healthier
To sign up for the live webcast event…
http://psav.mediasite.com/Mediasite/Login/Register?ReturnUrl=%2Fmediasite%2FPlay%2Fd4673cc4f37d416387cfe7e71975c2e91d
This event will feature a panel discussion about the exciting new meals coming to school cafeterias and how parents can navigate these changes and support their children and schools in making healthy choices.
Jessica Donze Black, project director for the Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project, will moderate the conversation with the following:
• Betsy Landers, President, National PTA
• Sam Kass, White House Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives
• Audrey Rowe, Administrator for the Food and Nutrition Service, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
7pm

Queen of the Sun
The Ethical Humanist Society of LI
38 Old Country Rd
Garden City
$10

Movie about bees hosted by the beekeepers at Crossroads Farm at Grossman’s in Malverne.


Saturday, September 15th

10am

2nd Annual NYC Honey Festival
Rockaway Beach
FREE ($20 for festival dinner at the end of the day)
For more info and directions:
http://www.nychoneyfest.com/festival

Beekeeping, beer, local eats, kids activities…fun for all!


Monday, September 17th

7:30am

Millions Against Monsanto Rally
Good Morning America Studio
Times Square
44th and Broadway
NYC
For more info and action…
http://organicconsumers.org/monsanto/index.cfm
And to get on their email list…
gcu_manhattan@occupy-monsanto.com


Tuesday, September 18th

7pm

Huntington Food Share – Food Not Bombs
Fairground Ave and E 6th St (outside of All Weather Tires)
Huntington Station
For more info and to get involved:
http://www.lifnb.com/chapters/huntington_food_share

Distribution of food and clothing to all who attend and are in need.


Wednesday, September 19th

6pm

The Educated Eater: What’s Behind the Label
The New School
Wollman Hall
65 W 11th St.
NYC
FREE
To RSVP and get your ticket:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/251020

Our decisions about the food we purchase are governed by a variety of factors: taste, price, ethics, safety, and more. What do labels like 'organic,' 'natural' and 'hormone free' communicate about how that food is raised or grown, and how do farmers determine which, if any, certifications are right for them? This Greenmarket Educated Eater panel discussion will delve into the questions of what certifications mean for small family farms. Greenmarket producers will expound on popular certifications such as Certified Naturally Grown and organic, why they did or did not choose to become certified, and how it affects their growing practices.


Thursday, September 20th

10am to 11am

iEat Green
http://prn.fm/shows/lifestyle-shows/i-eat-green/

iEat Green is hosted by Slow Food Huntington’s Bhavani Jharoff. Listen to this internet radio show either live or if you miss this show, you can listen to it on the archives and it’s available for downloading on iTunes for your iPhone.

Today’s guest will my guest will be Perryne Lokhandwala and Paula Lee Poy of PlayHarvest. PlayHarvest is a grassroots organization focused on harnessing the creative force of community-based design, the dynamic power of outdoor play, and the energizing benefits of locally grown foods to motivate kids to live healthier, more active lives.

7pm

Dive
The Ethical Humanist Society of LI
38 Old Country Rd
Garden City
$10

Movie about dumpster diving for food hosted by Jon Stepanian of Food Not Bombs (where our CSA donates any excess produce).


Friday, September 21st

6pm

The Healthy Planet Radio Program
WUSB-FM 90.1FM
Or listen online:
http://www.wusb.fm/stream


Saturday, September 22nd

Farm Aid
Hersheypark Stadium
PA
$37.75 to $101.46
For more info:
http://www.farmaid.org/site/c.qlI5IhNVJsE/b.2723605/k.C7B8/Concert.htm
For ticket info:
http://www.farmaid.org/site/c.qlI5IhNVJsE/b.5307325/k.93C0/Ticket_Info.htm?msource=concert

So far it’s Willie, Neil, John, and Jack Johnson and Dave Mathews…and more!

1pm

Backyard: Fruit from Small Gardens
Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
630 Bedford Hills Rd
Pocantico Hills, NY
$18 Member/$20 General Public
For more info and to get tickets:
http://www.stonebarnscenter.org/products/backyard-fruit-for-small-gardens.html

Join fruit master, Lee Reich, in a lecture about how to include fruit in a growing space as small as a city apartment balcony to a small suburban backyard.


Sunday, September 23rd

10am

Edible Garden Festival with a Mario Batali Cooking Demo and dinner
NY Botanical Garden
$25 to $250
To get tickets:
http://secure4.gatewayticketing.com/NYBG/Content.aspx?Kind=LandingPage

Take part in a day-long festival of Edible Garden fun exploring Mario Batali's Kitchen Gardens, cooking demonstrations by NYBG staff, gardening activities, and food samplings in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden. Then join Garden friend Mario Batali at the Conservatory Tent for a demonstration of fresh, seasonal family dishes inspired by Mario Batali's Kitchen Gardens. Want more Mario? With a different ticket type, you can do all of the above followed by cocktails in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden and an intimate garden-to-table dinner at the Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill. Mario will enjoy the meal with you and share anecdotes, memories, inspirations, and background information about the four-course menu he has designed.


Thursday, September 27th

7pm

Forks over Knives
The Ethical Humanist Society of LI
38 Old Country Rd
Garden City
$10

Movie about healthy vegetarian/vegan eating hosted by Judy Griffin, founder of Nourishing Solutions 4 LIfe.


Saturday, September 29th

10am

9th Annual LI Garlic Festival
Garden of Eve
4558 Sound Ave
Riverhead
$3/Children under 6 FREE
For more info:
http://www.gardenofevefarm.com/garlic-festival.htm

Food, crafts, music, theater and….GARLIC!


Sunday, September 30th

10am

9th Annual LI Garlic Festival
(see Saturday, September 29th)

5:30pm

Potluck Across New York
Glenwood Church
70 Grove St
Glenwood Landing
FREE (bring a dish to share…it’s a potluck)
For more info:
https://sites.google.com/site/seacliffcooperative/home/events

As part of the 3rd Annual NY Locavore Challenge (organized by NOFA-NY), Slow Food Huntington (co-founder is CSA member Ann Rathkopf), Sustainable Sea Cliff Cooperative, and the Glenwood Arts group organized a potluck! Please join us for an evening of conviviality and lively discussion. Topics will include our industrialized food system, GMO's, fracking, our own community garden and how we can create and support a healthy, local food system.


Wednesday, October 3rd

6pm

Let Us Eat Local
The Altman Building
135 W 18th St
NYC
$175 (before October 3rd…after $200)
For more info and to get tickets:
http://luel.eventbrite.com/

This event is a benefit for Just Food, the group that organizes CSA in all five boroughs of NYC, in addition to being involved in the City Chickens project, City Farms and getting more local food into food pantries as well as being involved in fighting hunger in NYC. They do great work and are a great bunch of folks. This will be a locavore’s delight if you see the list of participating restaurants.


Thursday, October 4th

7pm

Holistic Moms Network Monthly Meeting (Huntington, NY Chapter)
Elwood Public Library
1929 Jericho Tpke (on the northeast corner of Jericho and Elwood Rd…in the strip mall where a Blockbuster used to be)
E Northport
FREE
For more info:
www.holisticmoms.org
Email: huntingtonhmn@aol.com
Check them out on Facebook…
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Holistic-Moms-Network-Suffolk-County-Huntington-Area-NY-Chapter/399399243443967

Join CSA member Vickie Muller (co-founder of this chapter) at this month’s meeting!


Saturday, October 6th

2pm to 5pm

Growing Backyard Fruits, a Workshop and Tasting
387 Springtown Rd
New Paltz, NY 12561
$35
To register:
Mail a check to Lee Reich at the above address and include your email address and phone number in case of the need to cancel due to severe weather
Questions:
Email Lee: leeareich@gmail.com
Call Lee at 845-255-0417

Join fruit master, Lee Reich, in his garden. You can harvest DELECTABLE, ORGANIC, NO-SPRAY FRUITS right in your own BACKYARD. This workshop will cover which hardy fruits are best and easiest to grow, and how to grow them. Participants will also get to taste luscious fruits such as pawpaws, persimmons, hardy kiwifruit, and whatever else is ripe (grapes?, pears?, aki-gumi?, lingonberry?, medlar?)!
Check out his blog and website for other events…
http://leereich.com/
http://leereich.blogspot.com/


Wednesday, October 10th

6:30pm

Plant a Healthy School Lunch…
The NY Coalition for Healthy School Food’s Fall Gala
NY Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Ave (at 103rd St)
NYC
$100
For more info about NY Coalition for Healthy School Food:
http://www.healthylunches.org/
For more info about the gala:
http://www.healthylunches.org/events.htm

Ex-Long Islander Amie Hamlin is the Executive Director of this organization, and Joy Pierson (of Candle Café and Candle 79) is their board chair. A lot of the food at this event will be organic, local, vegan and raw (check the website and look who’d providing it).


Saturday, October 12th

8:30am

Holistic Moms Network presents…
9th Annual Natural Living Conference
Chicago, IL
$80 Member/$90 General Public/$45 child over 3 (lunch included)
For more info and to register:
http://register.holisticmoms.org/2012_HMN_NLC.pdf

Celebrate holistic parenting with special guests Andrea Beaman (natural foods chef, author, tv host and Top Chef contestant..and she cured herself of thyroid disease thru diet and natural methods) and Barbara Loe Fisher (National Vaccine Information Center Co-Founder). Learn…share…connect!


Friday, October 19th

6pm

The Healthy Planet Radio Program
WUSB-FM 90.1FM
Or listen online:
http://www.wusb.fm/stream


Tuesday, October 23rd

6pm

Taste of the Harvest
Crest Hollow Country Club
Jericho Tpke
Woodbury
$295
For more info and to buy tickets:
http://www.islandharvest.org/page.aspx?name=fundraisingevents&eventid=123

Island Harvest is celebrating 20 years of service fighting hunger and touching lives, and honoring Stop and Shop.


Wednesday, October 24th

Food Day!
For more info and to get involved…
http://www.foodday.org/

5pm

The Future of Food: 2050
US Capitol Visitor Center
Washington, DC
For more info and to get involved…
http://www.foodday.org/

What will we be eating in the year 2050? How will that food be produced? Where is the food movement going? Food Day’s national marquee event conference will bring together forward-thinking experts on agriculture policy, nutrition, and sustainability to discuss the future of Americans’ diet and food system.


Thursday, October 25th to Sunday, October 29th

Salone del Gusto & Terre Madre
Turin, Italy
For more info and to get tickets:
http://salonedelgustoterramadre.slowfood.com/

This is Slow Food’s biannual international event in the land where the organization Slow Food began…Italy! CSA member Ann Rathkopf (one of the founders of Slow Food Huntington) will be attending, and she’s been there before, so ask her if you have any questions.


Saturday, October 27th

7pm

Dr. Helen Caldicott…the medical and political implications of Fukushima
Healthy Planet
Sweet Hollow Hall
Gwynne Rd
Melville
$???
For more info, reservations and directions:
631-421-5591
http://www.healthy-planet.org/


Sunday, November 18th

9am

The NAVAL Expo
Huntington Hilton
Melville
$20
For more info (if you look at the last one they had in May you’ll get an idea of what they’ll have in November) and to buy tickets:
http://www.navelexpo.com/expo.php

All day alternative health expo with many lectures, demo, samplings, etc including Steve Meyerowitz, the Sproutman! More info TBA.

Afternoon (more info TBA)
Turkey Free Thanksgiving Dinner/Lecture
Healthy Planet
Sweet Hollow Hall
Gwynne Rd
Melville
$???
For more info, reservations and directions:
631-421-5591
http://www.healthy-planet.org/



7. Click here and help change our world!

Want to support access to raw milk? Sign this petition! They’re looking for another 2,000 signatures. Watch the video…
http://www.change.org/petitions/big-government-persecution-of-small-farmer-alvin-schlangen

Join the Right to Know Campaign to label GMO food…even though we’re not in California and can’t vote on the upcoming proposition you can lend support by joining and/or contributing…
http://www.carighttoknow.org/join

Sign petition in solidarity with the United Farm Workers for striking Walmart warehouse workers in California…
http://takeaction.walmartwatch.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6549

Tell the EPA to protect pollinators!!! They need to stop allowing the use of a pesticide very toxic to bees…
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8377

Protect and support conservation programs on farmland…
http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/5735/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=6599

Tell the USDA to stop rubberstamping GMO crops…
http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/stop_rubberstamping_GMOs/?rd=1&t=4&referring_akid=624.31784.94uLMj



8. Italian vs Japanese Eggplants

The other week we got Eggplants at the CSA that were listed on the wall chart as “Italian” but they sure as heck looked like Asian or Japanese ones to me. They were dark purple (the color of the usual Italian Eggplant) but had the shape of Asian/Japanese ones…long and thin and curved.

Left a message on the answering machine at the farm asking Farmer Bill about this and got the answer (we mostly communicate by messages left on an answering machine because he doesn’t communicate by cell phone and it’s challenging to coordinate our schedules…mostly his ever changing schedules as to when he gets to work and gets out into the fields where he’s incommunicado, gets back to the farmstand around mid-day and when he leaves, and it’s more reliable than leaving messages with the other folks at the farmstand).

They were indeed a new variety (to the farm…not sure if it’s a new variety to the planet  …and if it is, it’s one that was created by old school hybridization techniques…which technically is called genetic modification…rather than the new more problematic and troubling methods of genetic modification that many of us are protesting).

And…they’re Italian! The giveaway is the color. The dark purple is a hallmark of the Italian Eggplant.

Farmer Bill said he might give us the traditional Japanese or Asian Eggplants this week.



9. What you actually got last week

Week #20
September 6, 2012

1. Tomatoes, Mini: Grape, Red OR Grape, Yellow – 1 pint - $4.25
2. Squash, Summer: Costata Romanesco, Eight Ball, Gold, Yellow, Zucchini – up to 1 lb – weighed with…
3. Peppers, Sweet: Mix – up to 1 lb - $5.00
4. Cilantro – 1 bunch - $2.50
5. Snap Beans, Green – 2/3 lb - $2.25
6. Scallions – 1 bunch - $2.75
7. Tomatillos* – up to 1 lb - $2.50

Total Items: 7
Total Amount: $19.25 (We pay $17.50 per week to our farmer for the food we get every week. Today we’ve gotten $1.75 extra, making the total extra that we’ve received from our farmer [over and above the $17.50 we pay per week] for the year so far $24.25 – doesn’t include Aug 9th)


*
Salsa Verde
1 pt Tomatillos**, cooked and drained
¼ cup Cilantro, chopped
2 cloves Garlic
1 small Onion, coarsely chopped
½ tsp Salt
1 tsp Lime or Lemon
chopped Green Chili Peppers, like Jalapeno (use your own judgment on quantity depending on how hot you like it)

Combine ingredients in blender and blend till smooth. This sauce may be frozen.

**
To cook Tomatillos, remove husk, wash in cold water for 20 seconds (as you should every produce item), place in cold water and bring slowly to a boil to prevent the skins from splitting and then bring the heat down to a simmer and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes, strain and drain the cooking water.

But this gal says to boil for 5 minutes…I’d probably go with her advice…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRpkiMyYAkg

Don’t want to boil/blanch your Tomatillos? Here’s a broiled Tomatillo version…
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/13/health/nutrition/13recipehealth.html

More info (boil 5 minutes to blanch or till soft) and more recipes…
http://whatscookingamerica.net/tomatillos.htm



10. And now for something completely different…

Sandwich that lasts for two years! My main initial concern is about the iron filings…
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2011/12/14/143722936/how-the-army-made-a-sandwich-that-stays-fresh-for-two-years

And if that wasn’t enough, a new preservative will make milk “fresh” on the shelf for THREE YEARS!!!
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/8700622/Fresh-food-could-last-for-years.html

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Happy Summer!

Only ONE jar of Honey left (I ordered 10 extra just because and there’s 1 left) available for purchase at the CSA today. $10 per 1 lb jar (cash only) if you’re interested.

FYI – Our CSA is on Thursdays (except the week of Thanksgiving where it’s on Wednesday) from 3:30pm to 7:30pm (if you need to come after 7:30pm call the CSA at 631-385-1079 on Thursdays from 3pm to 7:30pm to make last minute arrangements for alternate pickups).

Wood chips anyone? CSA member Sonam Kushner (and Homeopath extraordinaire) has about 10 yards of wood chips for the taking. Take what you want on a tarp in the back of your car, or rent or drive a truck for larger quantities! If interested, respond to this email and I’ll put you in touch with Sonam. She’s suggesting it’s good for around trees or in a playground area.

Any holistic moms out there? Vickie Muller, our CSA member who started the Holistic Moms Network’s Huntington, NY Chapter, is looking for one or two women to be co-leaders of this terrific group. If you’re interested, or can think of anyone who would be, please respond to this email and I’ll get you in touch with her (or go to the next meeting tonight…see the events listings…or next month) and you can talk to Vickie about the details of what would be involved.

Bulk Certified Organic Paste (Roma) Tomatoes available from our farm…$45 per 20 lb box (to place an order, call the farm at 631-726-1900 between 9am to 5pm and be ready to pay with a credit card).
Here’s some Tomato talk from the folks at the NYC Greenmarkets…
Forget proper storage, eat this fruit immediately! We suggest tomato sandwiches, mozzarella and tomato salad, tomato soup, tomato pie, salsa, gazpacho, tomato sauce, tomato juice, fried green tomatoes and plain old tomatoes eaten as is, or with a dash of salt. If you get a little overwhelmed by this steady diet, follow the lead of Greenmarket staff and host a tomato canning party at your house. Each September we pile into our co-worker's Brooklyn backyard and set up an assembly line to scald, peel, seed and can as many flats as we can get our hands on. If a perfect, local tomato is a treat in September, it's a bona fide treasure in the middle of March!

We could use a LOT more CSA members! If each of us (we’re now 56) managed to find three more members our farmer would be VERY happy. We now have till the week after Labor Day to accept new members. After that, we’re talking April of 2013. If each of us got one more member to join, that would be great, and if THEY got one more member…you get the idea. Even ideas of where to leave CSA brochures or posters, and where to do lectures about CSA would be helpful. So far this season I participated in the 1st LI CSA Fair, the 2nd LI Small Farm Summit, and a health fair at the Vitamin Shoppe in Melville, gave a lecture to the Holistic Moms Network about eating local and just put an ad (VERY reasonably priced) in the brochure for a charity auction for the local Montessori School. I said I would do this last year and didn’t so, I’ll be walking the streets around the UUFH and leaving brochures with a cover sheet that’s an invite to visit the CSA in people’s mailboxes. The exercise will do me good  ! At the moment, I’m waiting to get confirmation as to if and when Dines Farm is returning before I print up any more CSA brochures or place any ads. Any and all suggestions would be appreciated and considered. Another thing that was talked about last year and not done that will be done this year is putting an a paid ad in The Beacon, the newsletter of the UUFH, for several issues.


This week’s email includes…

1. Your CSA does not need you this week, however…
2. Happy friggin’ Organic Harvest Month!
3. Bags and you
4. This week’s list…subject to change without notice (farming is like that)
5. Request for coupons and all things baby related…
6. Fun, Cool & Interesting Stuff to Do (new events added weekly)
7. Click here and help change our world!
8. Still have that Bitter Melon sitting around? Or, wonder what to do with it if you try it the next time it shows up?
9. What you actually got last week
10. And now…for something completely different


1. Your CSA does not need you this week, however…

You can ALWAYS stop by the CSA a little before 3:30 or 5:30 to offer to help in case someone doesn’t show up (or is late) without letting anyone know…life happens! 

If you didn’t get a confirmation email from Judi (occasionally it’s me), you’re not scheduled to work this week.



2. Happy friggin’ Organic Harvest Month!

New study published (and why did they choose this month to release it???) on whether organic food is better than “conventionally grown” food or not…way flawed but what else is new. I could go through point by point going over this but…
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/04/science/earth/study-questions-advantages-of-organic-meat-and-produce.html?src=me&ref=general
http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/health&id=8796630&cmp=emc-wabc-Health_Headlines-090412-top1-8796630

Decent rebuttal…
http://www.anh-usa.org/new-junk-science-study-dismisses-nutritional-value-of-organic-foods/

I’ve noticed that a “study” comes out similar to this about once a year (if not more).



3. Bags and you

The short story is make sure to bring bags to pack your CSA food as the CSA does not provide them.

Suggestion…put bags (paper/plastic/cloth) in EVERY vehicle you own. Put them in the glove compartment, trunk, wherever, and make sure to replenish them when the supply is running low or you’re out of them. That way it will be hard to forget them.

And, if someone is picking up for you, please remind them about bringing bags with them.



4. This week’s list…subject to change without notice (farming is like that!)

Week #20
September 6, 2012

1. Tomatoes, Mini – 1 pint
2. Squash, Summer
3. Peppers, Sweet
4. Cilantro
5. Snap Beans, Green
6. Scallions
7. Tomatillos* – 1 lb

Total Items: 7 (?)

*
Salsa Verde
1 pt Tomatillos**, cooked and drained
¼ cup Cilantro, chopped
2 cloves Garlic
1 small Onion, coarsely chopped
½ tsp Salt
1 tsp Lime or Lemon
chopped Green Chili Peppers, like Jalapeno (use your own judgment on quantity depending on how hot you like it)

Combine ingredients in blender and blend till smooth. This sauce may be frozen.

**
To cook Tomatillos, remove husk, wash in cold water for 20 seconds (as you should every produce item), place in cold water and bring slowly to a boil to prevent the skins from splitting and then bring the heat down to a simmer and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes, strain and drain the cooking water.

But this gal says to boil for 5 minutes…I’d probably go with her advice…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRpkiMyYAkg

Don’t want to boil/blanch your Tomatillos? Here’s a broiled Tomatillo version…
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/13/health/nutrition/13recipehealth.html

More info (boil 5 minutes to blanch or till soft) and more recipes…
http://whatscookingamerica.net/tomatillos.htm



5. Request for coupons and all things baby related…

Lucille, who shares with CSA member Joanne Schenendorf, could use any coupons related to any items connected to babies…diapers, formula, baby food…whatever. AND, also possibly any baby clothes, furnishings, etc. She’s a hands on philanthropist working with young girls with babies in the Huntington area. Leave any coupons at the CSA sign-in desk and we’ll make sure to get them to Lucille, to help with her good works! As far as clothes and furniture, etc…contact me and I’ll get you in touch with Lucille.



6. Fun, Cool & Interesting Stuff to Do (new events added weekly)
.
Saturday, September 1st to Sunday, September 30th

The 3rd Annual NY Locavore Challenge!
For more info and to register:
http://www.nofany.org/events/ny-locavore-challenge

Challenge yourself to eat more local foods and get active, or more active, in the locavore world that’s all around you!


Thursday, September 6th

7pm

The Power of Magic: Transformation with Feng Shui
Holistic Moms Network Monthly Meeting (Huntington, NY Chapter)
Elwood Public Library
1929 Jericho Tpke (on the northeast corner of Jericho and Elwood Rd…in the strip mall where a Blockbuster used to be)
E Northport
FREE
For more info:
www.holisticmoms.org
Email: huntingtonhmn@aol.com
Check them out on Facebook…
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Holistic-Moms-Network-Suffolk-County-Huntington-Area-NY-Chapter/399399243443967

Join CSA member Vickie Muller (co-founder of this chapter) at this month’s meeting where Master Feng Shui practitioner Agnes Beleznay teaches us how to manifest wealth, health, love and happiness!


Friday, September 7th

6pm to 10pm

NY Open Center Open House
22 E 30th St
NYC
FREE
For more info:
http://www.opencenter.org/fall-open-house/

Go to workshops on Rudolf Steiner (father of Biodynamic Agriculture), Enhancing Your Digestion, Sugar and Gluten Free Eating and Ayurvedic Healing!


Saturday, September 8th

Noon to 6pm

Cool Cravings & Hot Startups
379 Broome St
NYC
$20 per session/$120 for the whole day
To buy tickets and for more info:
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3932235422

Cool Cravings & Hot Startups features homemade ice cream, brewed ice pops, soft serve with mounds of fruit and more! All made with fresh, local and small-batch ingredients. The Hot Startups portion features startup founders leading discussions on what it takes for an entrepreneur to run a successful business. Each session will provide insight on a different ingredient: product development, social media, food sourcing, production and more. Cool Cravings & Hot Startups boasts Brewla Bars, SkyIce Savory & Sweet, Soft Serve Fruit Co., Purely Elizabeth, NibMor, Stogo, Krumville Bake Shop. Presented by Clean Plates, Openhouse and Yumspring with Hint Water. A portion of the proceeds goes to Wellness in the Schools
3pm

Commercial Organic Greenhouse Tour
Marion Gardens
540 Rocky Pt Rd
East Marion
$5 NOFA Members/$15 General Public

Tour a commercial organic greenhouse operation, and see how organic plants are grown behind the scenes. Summer may be gone but whether you’re a backyard gardener of a commercial grower, fall is ideal for growing many crops. Learn how to take advantage of the season to prolong your harvest or plant fresh and tour this 28,000 square foot commercial organic greenhouse.
Marion Gardens has 300 varieties of herbs and certified organic vegetable plants, and has been a family business on the LI North Fork for more than twenty years.


Sunday, September 9th

10am

6th Annual North Fork Foodie Tour
Peconic Land Trust’s Agricultural Center
Charnew’s Farm
3005 Youngs Ave (between Rt 25 and 48)
Southold
$25
For more info:
http://www.northforkreformsynagogue.org/calendar/events/foodie_tour_2012/dteailed_information_about_our_foodie_tour_2012/

Come celebrate the North Fork's Bounty! A Festival of tours, visits and events celebrating the unique artisanal foods produced on Long Island's beautiful North Fork. Meet the folks who dedicate their lives to producing local foods and learn how they do it! Visit farms that grow vegetables, fruits, eggs, lavender, goats & cattle; vineyards, a bakery, and a jam & preserves producer.


Monday, September 10th

7pm

Dirt Candy Cookbook Party
Housing Works Bookstore Café
126 Crosby St (between Broadway and Lafayette)
NYC
FREE (but heck…buy the cookbook – it’s only $20)
For more info:
http://www.housingworks.org/events/detail/the-dirt-candy-cookbook-launch-party
http://www.dirtcandynyc.com/

Dirt Candy is considered the best vegetarian restaurant in NYC. Free booze and food. Nuff said!

Check out the trailer for the cookbook directed by chef Amanda Cohen’s husband Grady…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1u7GfLGNG3s

PS – CSA member Maxine Wetanson’s daughter interned at Dirt Candy, and my fella Dylan knows chef Amanda’s husband Grady (he’s been a speaker at the Cinema Arts Centre as he’s an expert regarding Asian movies) and I now know chef Amanda (she rocks).


Tuesday, September 11th

7pm

Huntington Food Share – Food Not Bombs
Fairground Ave and E 6th St (outside of All Weather Tires)
Huntington Station
For more info and to get involved:
http://www.lifnb.com/chapters/huntington_food_share

Distribution of food and clothing to all who attend and are in need.


Wednesday, September 12th

7:30pm

Planeat
Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Ave
Huntington
$10 Members/$15 General Public (includes reception with food tastings)
For more info and to buy tickets (it will sell out):
http://www.cinemaartscentre.org/event/planeat/

The Cinema Arts Centre’s Let’s Eat: Food on Film series (co-presented with Slow Food Huntington…co-founded by CSA member Ann Rathkopf) is presenting the movie Planeat…the story of three men’s life-long search for a diet, which is good for our health, good for the environment and good for the future of the planet. With an additional cast of pioneering chefs and some of the best cooking you have ever seen, the scientists and doctors in the film present a convincing case for the West to re-examine its love affair with meat and dairy. The film features the ground-breaking work of Dr. T Colin Campbell in China exploring the link between diet and disease, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn‘s use of diet to treat heart disease patients, and Professor Gidon Eshel‘s investigations into how our food choices contribute to global warming, land use and oceanic deadzones.
Guest Speakers: Bob Dibenedetto of Healthy Planet, Chef Bhavani Jaroff of iEat Green, and Chef Okima Wilcox, from Live Island Cafe

Thursday, September 13th

10am to 11am

iEat Green
http://prn.fm/shows/lifestyle-shows/i-eat-green/

iEat Green is hosted by Slow Food Huntington’s Bhavani Jharoff. Listen to this internet radio show either live or if you miss this show, you can listen to it on the archives and it’s available for downloading on iTunes for your iPhone.

Today’s guest will my guest will be Sherry Ackerman. Sherry is the author of "The Good Life", a guide to finding personal freedom and a blueprint for a sustainable and fulfilling lifestyle.

6pm

iEat Green’s Farm to Table Cooking Series: Fish
Old Westbury
$89
To register email:
Bhavani
Bhavani@iEatGreen.com


Monday, September 17th

7:30am

Millions Against Monsanto Rally
Good Morning America Studio
Times Square
44th and Broadway
NYC
For more info and action…
http://organicconsumers.org/monsanto/index.cfm
And to get on their email list…
gcu_manhattan@occupy-monsanto.com


Wednesday, September 19th

6pm

The Educated Eater: What’s Behind the Label
The New School
Wollman Hall
65 W 11th St.
NYC
FREE
To RSVP and get your ticket:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/251020

Our decisions about the food we purchase are governed by a variety of factors: taste, price, ethics, safety, and more. What do labels like 'organic,' 'natural' and 'hormone free' communicate about how that food is raised or grown, and how do farmers determine which, if any, certifications are right for them? This Greenmarket Educated Eater panel discussion will delve into the questions of what certifications mean for small family farms. Greenmarket producers will expound on popular certifications such as Certified Naturally Grown and organic, why they did or did not choose to become certified, and how it affects their growing practices.


Saturday, September 22nd

Farm Aid
Hersheypark Stadium
PA
$37.75 to $101.46
For more info:
http://www.farmaid.org/site/c.qlI5IhNVJsE/b.2723605/k.C7B8/Concert.htm
For ticket info:
http://www.farmaid.org/site/c.qlI5IhNVJsE/b.5307325/k.93C0/Ticket_Info.htm?msource=concert

So far it’s Willie, Neil, John, and Jack Johnson and Dave Mathews…and more!

1pm

Backyard: Fruit from Small Gardens
Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
630 Bedford Hills Rd
Pocantico Hills, NY
$18 Member/$20 General Public
For more info and to get tickets:
http://www.stonebarnscenter.org/products/backyard-fruit-for-small-gardens.html

Join fruit master, Lee Reich, in a lecture about how to include fruit in a growing space as small as a city apartment balcony to a small suburban backyard.


Saturday, September 29th

10am

9th Annual LI Garlic Festival
Garden of Eve
4558 Sound Ave
Riverhead
$3/Children under 6 FREE
For more info:
http://www.gardenofevefarm.com/garlic-festival.htm

Food, crafts, music, theater and….GARLIC!

7pm

Gary Null…How to be a healthy vegetarian!
Healthy Planet
Sweet Hollow Hall
Gwynne Rd
Melville
$???
For more info, reservations and directions:
631-421-5591
http://www.healthy-planet.org/


Sunday, September 30th

10am

9th Annual LI Garlic Festival
(see Saturday, September 29th)

5:30pm

Potluck Across New York
Glenwood Church
70 Grove St
Glenwood Landing
FREE (bring a dish to share…it’s a potluck)
For more info:
https://sites.google.com/site/seacliffcooperative/home/events

As part of the 3rd Annual NY Locavore Challenge (organized by NOFA-NY), Slow Food Huntington (co-founder is CSA member Ann Rathkopf), Sustainable Sea Cliff Cooperative, and the Glenwood Arts group organized a potluck! Please join us for an evening of conviviality and lively discussion. Topics will include our industrialized food system, GMO's, fracking, our own community garden and how we can create and support a healthy, local food system.


Wednesday, October 3rd

6pm

Let Us Eat Local
The Altman Building
135 W 18th St
NYC
$175 (before October 3rd…after $200)
For more info and to get tickets:
http://luel.eventbrite.com/

This event is a benefit for Just Food, the group that organizes CSA in all five boroughs of NYC, in addition to being involved in the City Chickens project, City Farms and getting more local food into food pantries as well as being involved in fighting hunger in NYC. They do great work and are a great bunch of folks. This will be a locavore’s delight if you see the list of participating restaurants.


Saturday, October 6th

2pm to 5pm

Growing Backyard Fruits, a Workshop and Tasting
387 Springtown Rd
New Paltz, NY 12561
$35
To register:
Mail a check to Lee Reich at the above address and include your email address and phone number in case of the need to cancel due to severe weather
Questions:
Email Lee: leeareich@gmail.com
Call Lee at 845-255-0417

Join fruit master, Lee Reich, in his garden. You can harvest DELECTABLE, ORGANIC, NO-SPRAY FRUITS right in your own BACKYARD. This workshop will cover which hardy fruits are best and easiest to grow, and how to grow them. Participants will also get to taste luscious fruits such as pawpaws, persimmons, hardy kiwifruit, and whatever else is ripe (grapes?, pears?, aki-gumi?, lingonberry?, medlar?)!
Check out his blog and website for other events…
http://leereich.com/
http://leereich.blogspot.com/


Wednesday, October 10th

6:30pm

Plant a Healthy School Lunch…
The NY Coalition for Healthy School Food’s Fall Gala
NY Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Ave (at 103rd St)
NYC
$100
For more info about NY Coalition for Healthy School Food:
http://www.healthylunches.org/
For more info about the gala:
http://www.healthylunches.org/events.htm

Ex-Long Islander Amie Hamlin is the Executive Director of this organization, and Joy Pierson (of Candle Café and Candle 79) is their board chair. A lot of the food at this event will be organic, local, vegan and raw (check the website and look who’d providing it).


Saturday, October 12th

8:30am

Holistic Moms Network presents…
9th Annual Natural Living Conference
Chicago, IL
$80 Member/$90 General Public/$45 child over 3 (lunch included)
For more info and to register:
http://register.holisticmoms.org/2012_HMN_NLC.pdf

Celebrate holistic parenting with special guests Andrea Beaman (natural foods chef, author, tv host and Top Chef contestant..and she cured herself of thyroid disease thru diet and natural methods) and Barbara Loe Fisher (National Vaccine Information Center Co-Founder). Learn…share…connect!


Tuesday, October 23rd

6pm

Taste of the Harvest
Crest Hollow Country Club
Jericho Tpke
Woodbury
$295
For more info and to buy tickets:
http://www.islandharvest.org/page.aspx?name=fundraisingevents&eventid=123

Island Harvest is celebrating 20 years of service fighting hunger and touching lives, and honoring Stop and Shop.


Thursday, October 25th to Sunday, October 29th

Salone del Gusto & Terre Madre
Turin, Italy
For more info and to get tickets:
http://salonedelgustoterramadre.slowfood.com/

This is Slow Food’s biannual international event in the land where the organization Slow Food began…Italy! CSA member Ann Rathkopf (one of the founders of Slow Food Huntington) will be attending, and she’s been there before, so ask her if you have any questions.


Saturday, October 27th

7pm

Dr. Helen Caldicott…the medical and political implications of Fukushima
Healthy Planet
Sweet Hollow Hall
Gwynne Rd
Melville
$???
For more info, reservations and directions:
631-421-5591
http://www.healthy-planet.org/


Sunday, November 18th

9am

The NAVAL Expo
Huntington Hilton
Melville
$20
For more info (if you look at the last one they had in May you’ll get an idea of what they’ll have in November) and to buy tickets:
http://www.navelexpo.com/expo.php

All day alternative health expo with many lectures, demo, samplings, etc including Steve Meyerowitz, the Sproutman! More info TBA.

Afternoon (more info TBA)
Turkey Free Thanksgiving Dinner/Lecture
Healthy Planet
Sweet Hollow Hall
Gwynne Rd
Melville
$???
For more info, reservations and directions:
631-421-5591
http://www.healthy-planet.org/



7. Click here and help change our world!

Tell Congress you want your tax dollars to support organic farming in the upcoming Farm Bill…
http://action.ewg.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=1959&tag=2012GoodFoodWelome3

Tell the USDA to reject genetically engineered Apples…
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8279

Tell the USDA to keep Agent Orange Soy off your dinner plate!
http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/stop_agent_orange_soy/?rd=1&t=9&referring_akid=613.29820.MUAEDq



8. Still have that Bitter Melon sitting around? Or, wonder what to do with it if you try it the next time it shows up?


Laura McKellar’s Bitter Melon Juice Recipe…
Apple
Carrot
Spinach
Bitter Melon (only about 2 - 3 inches)
Ginger
And I bet a clove of garlic would be interesting there….or beets instead of carrot…and maybe with Grapes as a sweetener too

suzanne’s Bitter Melon Cook Up…
Olive Oil (or Canola Oil)
1 or 2 cloves of Garlic, minced
½ to 1 Onion, ½ inch dice (or whatever way you choose)
½ of a Bitter Melon, ¼ inch dice
1 Hot Pepper, fresh (minced) or dried…or not if you don’t like the heat
1 or 2 Sweet Pepper, chopped
¼ inch of Ginger, minced
1 tsp to 1 tbsp of Soy Sauce (or Shoyu)
Sesame Seeds (toasted or not) to taste
Eggs (2 or 3), scrambled
Brown Rice, cooked

The amounts of the ingredients are flexible depending on what you like. The only thing that’s NOT so flexible is the amount of Bitter Melon. Start off with a half of one and work your way up (if you get to like it) to as much as you’d like.

Heat up your sauté pan, add Olive Oil and heat on medium heat. Add Garlic and cook about 1 minute or till it gets fragrant and add Onions and cook till Onions are translucent. Add Bitter Melon and cook till the color changes but not cooked throughout and add Pepper (Sweet and/or Hot). When Peppers are almost cooked, add Ginger. Cook for another few minutes and add the Soy Sauce and Sesame Seeds. At this point everything should be cooked (especially want the Bitter Melon to be tender and cooked throughout). Add the scrambled Eggs and stir till the Eggs are scrambled dry and form what I call “nubbins”…little bits of cooked Eggs. When the Eggs are cooked, add this cook up on top of your Brown Rice, stir it up, taste and see if it needs more Soy Sauce or Hot Sauce and eat! Sorry this is all very vague but you have to understand I haven’t had access to a kitchen for 6 years (long story  which some of you know) so this is from memory and the best I can do till I get back in a kitchen again. But you can get the idea that you cook a lot of what are considered aromatics (Garlic, Onions, etc), cook the Bitter Melon thoroughly, add Eggs (protein and fat that helps lessen the bitterness…you could also use minced Beef or Pork) and you’re done. And if you like hot food, add whatever kind of heat you can to kill the bitter flavor if that’s what’s required! 

Restaurants that serve Bitter Melon…to learn how to cook, a great way is to eat!

Thai USA
Huntington
It’s not on the menu but ask for Bitter Melon and they may have it (eat with Brown Rice)…it’s a side dish of it sautéed with black pepper and eggs

The Orient
Bethpage
It’s not on the menu…ask for Bitter Melon and you can get it with Black Bean Sauce or Pork (a big honkin’ plate so be ready for leftovers or bring adventurous eaters)

Dosa Diner
Hicksville
Bitter Melon Uttapam (big rice flour pancake with slices of Bitter Melon on it…you don’t really taste it much at all)

House of Dosa
Hicksville
Health Salad…blanched Bitter Melon in a salad…haven’t tried it yet but it’s on my list

C & L Imperial Taiwanese
59-14A Main St
Flushing
Went there last weekend and had the oddest Bitter Melon dish yet! It was under Salads but there’s nothing on the menu in English to tell you it’s the salad section except two other dishes are called salads so I ordered the “Bittle Mellon” (they don’t speak much English here) and what I got was blanched Bitter Melon strips (you’d take a wide vegetable peeler and make wide and long strips the length of the Bitter Melon), shocked in ice water, dried off and drizzled with the spicy mayo that you get in Japanese restaurants! This is NOT a traditional Chinese dish (I don’t think) but it was good and hardly bitter at all! Again, to eat is to learn is to cook. I bet anything I could reproduce this…easy peasy! The have other Bitter Melon dishes. I’ve tried their Putz Bitter Melon (I’m not kidding here) and it’s really good.



9. What you actually got last week

Week #19
August 30, 2012

1. Tomatoes: Red and Paste, Yellow – 2 lbs - $5.00
2. Squash, Summer: Costata Romanseco, Eight Ball, Gold, Patty Pan- Yellow, Yellow, Zucchini – up to 2 lbs (weighed with the Peppers)
3. Peppers, Sweet: Gold – up to 1 lb - $7.25 (combined price for the Peppers and Squash)
4. Basil – 1 bunch - $2.50
5. Okra – ½ lb - $3.00
6. Cucumber – 1 - $.50
7. Eggplant, Italian (looked like Asian to me but I’ll ask our farmer) – 1 - $1.50
8. Bitter Melon * - 1 – no charge

Total Items: 7 (with an optional 8th)
Total Amount: $19.75 (We pay $17.50 per week to our farmer for the food we get every week. Today we’ve gotten $2.25 extra, making the total extra that we’ve received from our farmer [over and above the $17.50 we pay per week] for the year so far $22.50 – doesn’t include Aug 9th)

*Information about Bitter Melon…the most medicinal and amazing vegetable on the planet!
IF pregnant…don’t eat it as it can possibly cause a miscarriage. However, not seeing how much it would take to do this and….
http://www.drugs.com/npp/bitter-melon.html

this advice looks more reasonable and…
http://www.juicing-for-health.com/bitter-gourd-benefits.html

here’s another opinion that it could be useful for gestational diabetes…
http://pregnanteats.com/2010/05/05/eating-for-a-healthy-pregnancy-bitter-melon/


Oh yeah, I forgot it also slows down the growth of, and kills, breast cancer cells (and not surrounding normal cells) as an extract in a Petri dish…
http://articles.nydailynews.com/2010-02-24/entertainment/27057193_1_breast-cancer-melon-cancer-research
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100223131956.htm

They want to take the natural extract, turn it into something chemically produced and costing a fortune. I’d rather eat it and pay for the vegetable.

Recipes and chats about Bitter Melon (darker the Bitter Melon…more bitter it is)…
This is a scream…my new favorite cooking show…Cooking with Dog! That dog looks awfully close to the burner!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bp-a5y8rY28&NR=1&feature=fvwp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5bwWHImhUA (I’d take the pith and seeds out and don’t eat with bread…ugh…rice would be nice)
http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2010/07/seriously-asian-bitter-melon-stir-fry.html
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/324491
http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/asianveg/msg0818541820091.html
http://chinesefood.about.com/od/vegetablesrecipes/r/bittermelon.htm
http://www.cooks.com/rec/search/0,1-0,bitter_melon,FF.html

Recipe discovered by CSA member Lisa McInnis Lonigro…
http://amisvegetariandelicacies.blogspot.com/2011/07/bitter-melon-salad.html

Bitter Melon (spellings are more how to pronounce than correct…)
Goya – Japan
Kerala – India
Mah-Lah –Thailand
oh-Wah - Vietnam
Pahvahkah – India, in Kerala

General Info…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitter_melon
http://www.mskcc.org/mskcc/html/69138.cfm#Warnings

I had no idea! The National Bitter Melon Council…
http://bittermelon.org/



10. And now for something completely different…

An interview with Pulitzer Prize winning food critic Jonathan Gold (and he mentions Bitter Melon as a very challenging food to eat and like…it’s everywhere!!!)…
http://www.believermag.com/issues/201209/?read=interview_gold

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