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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Happy Spring!

Change of date for the Green Thumb CSA Strawberry Picking Farm Tour due to changes in the weather! It’s now going to be on June 16th. I’ll have more info in the next CSA email.

Yes, you can go down to the end of the block and see the house that had the car go thru it and ended up in the back yard! There’s not much to see now with the place boarded up. The online photos and footage of the car sticking out of the back of the house make more of an impact…this incident is why CSA member Polly Hanson Greenberg ended up on Fox News (see below).

Want organic seedlings for your garden? Call our farm, Green Thumb Farm, from 9 to 4pm, 7 days a week with a credit card in hand and order your plants at 631-726-1900, and they’ll be delivered to the next CSA delivery available. Whatever you want…there’s a good chance they have it. Just ask!

IMPORTANT!!! Sounds simple but PLEASE check the wall chart for what your share is every week, and check what’s in your bag with what’s on the wall chart before you leave to make sure that you didn’t take too much or too little food! Please take your time when picking your produce and if there are any questions, please ask!!! If someone takes more than what the allotted CSA share that means at the end of the night someone is going to get less than what they paid for. As Martha would say…that is NOT a good thing!

The next is…put this phone number in your cell phone…631-385-1079…it’s the hall phone of the UUFH (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington) and it’s ESSENTIAL CSA info. If you’re running late and won’t get to the CSA till after 7:30pm…you need to call this number and let us know to wait for you or pack a bag for you and put it on the “bench” afterhours pickup location…more on that at another time. If there’s a choice one week and you REALLY want it, you might want to call before you get to the CSA and have someone pack a bag for you with that choice item in it. There are many other reasons people will use this number. Sometimes it’s to get in touch with someone who’s at the CSA (family/friends/other CSA members) as it’s more reliable than cell phones as the cell phone reception in the UUFH is not great and in many cases non-existent. That said, do NOT call this phone number any other time but Thursdays between 3pm (we’re there a little early setting up) and 8pm (we can be there till 8pm still cleaning up and putting things away). Otherwise, you might get some person from the UUFH, or the daycare center that is also in the building, and they will probably have no idea what you’re talking about and probably won’t be able to help you.

Third would be…we could use a LOT more CSA members! If each of us (we’re now 41) managed to find seven more members our farmer would be VERY happy. However, even one more member each would be a help 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  ! 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. Bags and you!
3. This week’s list…subject to change without notice (farming is like that)
4. Another healthy recipe contest!
5. Fun, Cool & Interesting Stuff to Do (new events added weekly)
6. Pink Slime update…
7. Calling all artists (or spread the word if you know any)…
8. Click here for safe & healthy school lunches…
9. See CSA member Polly Hanson Greenberg on Fox News!


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. 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.



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

Week #6
May 31, 2012

1. Strawberries
2. Spring Onions
3. Kale: Lacinato (greenhouse)*
4. Radishes
5. Cress: Curly (also known as Pepper Cress)**

Total Items: 5 (?)

*grown in their greenhouse, not in the fields (it’s too early for that)

**Learn about Curly Cress (Pepper Cress)…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_cress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lepidium
http://www.bonappetit.com/tipstools/ingredients/2009/09/peppercress
http://newarcsite.com/microgreens/peppercress/
http://crabappleherbs.com/blog/category/herbs/peppercress/
http://www.foodsubs.com/Greensld.html
http://noteatingoutinny.com/2009/04/20/peppercress-and-poached-egg-salad/
http://www.simplesocialkitchen.com/2010/06/07/csa-cooking-curly-cress-jerusalem-artichokes-and-strawberries/



4. Another Healthy Recipe Contest!

Submit a recipe up till Friday, June 1st at 6pm and win a copy of “Jame Oliver’s Meals in Minutes” cookbook by Jamie Oliver AND you could see your recipe on the BBC America website…
http://www.bbcamerica.com/meals-in-minutes/extras/share-your-meals-in-minutes/?cm_mmc=Responsys-_-email-_-BBCA_2012_05_28_newsletter-_-email&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=Responsys&utm_campaign=BBCA_2012_05_28_newsletter



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


Friday, June 1st

8am to 2pm

Sustainable LI’s 6th Annual Sustainability Conference
Carlyle on the Green
Bethpage State Park

$125/$75 – Lunch only
For more info and to purchase tickets:
http://sustainableli.org/events/annual-conference-2012

What is the face of sustainability today? Where has it come from? Where is it going? Discover all this and more at Sustainable Long Island's Sixth Annual Sustainability Conference; attended by hundreds of leaders from business and government, community advocates, real estate figures, and important decision makers.

7pm

The World Peace Diet with it’s author, Dr. Will Tuttle
Sweet Hollow Hall
Gwynne Rd
Melville
$7 – Members/$12 – General Public
For more info:
http://www.healthy-planet.org/Series/index.asp
Email: info@healthy-planet.org
631-421-9951
Directions:
From East or West of Route 110:
Northern State Pkwy. to Route 110 South. Go Right at first stop light onto Old Country Road. Go to first light and make a right onto Sweet Hollow Road. Make first left (just after overpass—onto Gwynne Rd.) into West Hills park. Sweet Hollow Hall is at the end of this short road on your right. If lot is full, you may park on the right side of the road as you exit the park.

7pm – Live music, socializing (local vendor veg snacks for sale)
8pm – Lecture and Q & A

Dr. Will Tuttle is an award-winning speaker, educator, author, and musician. His music, writings, and presentations focus on creativity, intuition, and compassion. The World Peace Diet has been called one of the most important books of the 21st century: the foundation of a new society based on the truth of the interconnectedness of all life. Dr. Tuttle is currently giving a series of lecture presentations around North America on The World Peace Diet.

For more info about Dr. Tuttle and The World Peace Diet…
http://www.worldpeacediet.com/about.html


Sunday, June 3rd

4pm

Edible and Medicinal Food, and Herb Walk with Ellen Kamhi, RN, the Natural Nurse!
Old Westbury
$10 Members/$20 General Public
For more info, and to register and get directions:
Call 516-238-3616

Slow Food Huntington and iEat Green are co-sponsoring this event. It will be followed by a potluck in the garden.


Tuesday, June 5th

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, June 6th

4pm to 5pm

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 be Kelly Carlisle, Founder and Executive Director of Acta Non Verba, a youth urban farm project in Oakland, CA. Ms. Carlisle has worked with and mentored pre-teen and teenage youth since the age of 14. A native of East Oakland, California, she is committed to creating positive change in her childhood neighborhood


Thursday, June 7th

7pm

The Greater Good movie and Q & A with holistic pediatrician Lawrence Pavelsky, MD
Holistic Moms Network Monthly Meeting
Elwood Public Library
1929 Jericho Tpke (and Elwood Rd)
E Northport
FREE
For more info:
huntingtonhmn@aol.com
www.holisticmoms.org

The Greater Good looks behind the fear, hype and politics that have polarized the vaccine debate in America today. The film re-frames the emotionally charged issue and offers, for the first time, the opportunity for a rational and scientific discussion on how to create a safer and more effective vaccine program. Dr. Lawrence Pavelsky, local holistic Pediatrician is in this movie.

Tea and healthy snacks will be provided BUT please be green and bring your own mug! 

If you join till end of day on Thursday, May 31st , there’s a $10 discount ($35 with discount). Put in the code mom2012 at the website http://membership.holisticmoms.org/


Wednesday, June 13th

7:30pm

Let’s Eat: Food on Film presents…The Harvest/La Cosecha – with special guest, filmmaker U. Robert Romano
Cinema Arts Centre
432 Park Ave
Huntington
$10 Members/$15 General Public (includes reception)
For more info about the film and to watch the trailer:
http://theharvestfilm.com/
For more info about Slow Food Huntington:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Slow-Food-Huntington/111833608364
To purchase advance tickets:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/250609

Executive Producer (and actress) Eva Longoria presents an award-winning documentary which provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of children who struggle to dream while working 12 – 14 hours a day, 7 days a week to feed America. Every year there are more than 400,000 American children who are torn away from their friends, schools and homes to pick the food we all eat. Zulema, Perla and Victor labor as migrant farm workers, sacrificing their own childhoods to help their families survive. The Harvest/La Cosecha profiles these three as they journey from the scorching heat of Texas’ onion fields to the winter snows of the Michigan apple orchards and back south to the humidity of Florida's tomato fields to follow the harvest. This series is co-curated with Slow Food Huntington.


Saturday, June 16th

Green Thumb CSA – Huntington Strawberry Picking Farm Tour
Rt 27
Watermill
FREE (for CSA members and immediate family only)

More info TBA.


Sunday, June 24th

12:30pm

Bringing Nature Home: How you can sustain wildlife with native plants with Douglas W. Tallamy
LI Horticultural Society
The Conference Center
Planting Fields Arboretum
Planting Fields Rd
Oyster Bay
$15 General Public/Free – LIHS members (membership is $25)
For more info:
www.lihort.org
Bruce Hambrecht – bruce@lihort.org


August 10th to 12th

NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association) Summer Conference
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA
For more info:
http://www.nofasummerconference.org/
And to register and see a listing of workshops:
http://www.nofasummerconference.org/pdfs/2012_SC_regform.pdf

Featured speaker this year is Jeffery Smith, author of Seeds of Destruction and an authority on GE/GMO foods. Over 200 workshops, kid friendly, fun for everyone…singles, seniors, families – everyone! Great food and a good time will be had by all who attend.



6. Pink Slime update…

http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/food/story/2012-05-24/ground-beef-industry-pink-slime/55268822/1



7. Calling all artists (or spread the word if you know any)…

From the Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District: Community Garden & Environmental Program Fundraiser

When: Thursday, June 14th, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Where: The newly restored barn at the Fairgrounds at Old Bethpage Village Restoration

Art competition and networking party to raise money to build community gardens & support environmental programs.

The cost for entering the contest is $20. The fee includes the application fee, entry to the party, and makes you eligible to win one of the $1,500 in prizes. All art must reflect the natural environment. And since the artwork is being placed in a silent auction you you can also bring a guest to the party for free.



Artists receive 30% of what their piece sells for, get to put out brochures and business cards, and are eligible for prizes. If the piece doesn't get purchased for the minimum bid you get it back.

If you just want to be a part of the fun at the party it is $25 to enter if you RSVP by June 1st or $35 after this date.



To sign-up for the contest or party please email Art4SoilandWater@gmail.com or contact board member Jaime Van Dyke Doran at (516) 677-5853.


Old Bethpage Village Restoration
1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, NY 11804


8. Click here for safe & healthy school lunches…

Safe & healthy school lunch petition…
https://secure3.convio.net/advoc/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=571&JServSessionIdr004=nbaz6370z1.app338a



9. See CSA member Polly Hanson Greenberg on Fox News!

CSA member Polly Hanson Greenberg weighs in on Fox News TV on extreme DWI accident that occurred near the CSA and pretty much next door to Polly!
http://www.myfoxny.com/story/18640651/woman-arrested-for-dwi-after-crashing-car-into-a-house

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Happy Spring!

Want organic seedlings for your garden? Call our farm, Green Thumb Farm, from 9 to 4pm, 7 days a week with a credit card in hand and order your plants at 631-726-1900, and they’ll be delivered to the next CSA delivery available. I’ll have the plant list in the next email but whatever you want…there’s a good chance they have it. Just ask!

IMPORTANT!!! Sounds simple but PLEASE check the wall chart for what your share is every week, and check what’s in your bag with what’s on the wall chart before you leave to make sure that you didn’t take too much or too little food! Please take your time when picking your produce and if there are any questions, please ask!!! If someone takes more than what the allotted CSA share that means at the end of the night someone is going to get less than what they paid for. As Martha would say…that is NOT a good thing!

The next is…put this phone number in your cell phone…631-385-1079…it’s the hall phone of the UUFH (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington) and it’s ESSENTIAL CSA info. If you’re running late and won’t get to the CSA till after 7:30pm…you need to call this number and let us know to wait for you or pack a bag for you and put it on the “bench” afterhours pickup location…more on that at another time. If there’s a choice one week and you REALLY want it, you might want to call before you get to the CSA and have someone pack a bag for you with that choice item in it. There are many other reasons people will use this number. Sometimes it’s to get in touch with someone who’s at the CSA (family/friends/other CSA members) as it’s more reliable than cell phones as the cell phone reception in the UUFH is not great and in many cases non-existent. That said, do NOT call this phone number any other time but Thursdays between 3pm (we’re there a little early setting up) and 8pm (we can be there till 8pm still cleaning up and putting things away). Otherwise, you might get some person from the UUFH, or the daycare center that is also in the building, and they will probably have no idea what you’re talking about and probably won’t be able to help you.

Third would be…we could use a LOT more CSA members! If each of us (we’re now 39) managed to find seven more members our farmer would be VERY happy. However, even one more member each would be a help 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  ! 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. Bags and you!
3. This week’s list…subject to change without notice (farming is like that)
4. Recipe contest for kids!
5. Fun, Cool & Interesting Stuff to Do (new events added weekly)
6. Visit CSA member Randy Sokol at Madison’s in Northport for some organic Vodka!
7. Calling all artists (or spread the word if you know any)…
8. What you actually got last week – 5/10/12
9. 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. 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.



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

Week #5
May 17, 2012

1. Strawberries OR Burdock…if the Strawberries aren’t ready (they need some more sun) we’re getting Burdock (called Gobo in Japan)
2. Spring Onions
3. Flowering Chives (the flowers are edible…use sparingly in salads or on top of anything you’d like to garnish with onions)
4. Tat Soi
5. Swiss Chard
6. Mustard Greens – greenhouse* (also use Braising Greens Veggie Info Sheet)

Total Items: 6 (?)

*grown in their greenhouse, not in the fields (it’s too early for that)



4. Recipe contest for kids aged 8 to 12 to win a trip to the White House!

The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge…
http://www.recipechallenge.epicurious.com/

The deadline for entries is June 17th (this date is when the entries must be received by)!



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


Tuesday, May 29th

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, May 30th

4pm to 5pm

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 be Victoria Moran, the author of 11 books, as well as an inspirational speaker, monologist, and certified holistic health counselor (HHC, AADP). She is the founder of Main Street Vegan Academy, where she trains vegan lifestyle coaches. Victoria’s latest book is Main Street Vegan.


Friday, June 1st

8am to 2pm

Sustainable LI’s 6th Annual Sustainability Conference
Carlyle on the Green
Bethpage State Park

$125/$75 – Lunch only
For more info and to purchase tickets:
http://sustainableli.org/events/annual-conference-2012

What is the face of sustainability today? Where has it come from? Where is it going? Discover all this and more at Sustainable Long Island's Sixth Annual Sustainability Conference; attended by hundreds of leaders from business and government, community advocates, real estate figures, and important decision makers.


Sunday, June 3rd

4pm

Edible and Medicinal Food, and Herb Walk with Ellen Kamhi, RN, the Natural Nurse!
Old Westbury
$10 Members/$20 General Public
For more info, and to register and get directions:
Call 516-238-3616

Slow Food Huntington and iEat Green are co-sponsoring this event. It will be followed by a potluck in the garden.


Wednesday, June 13th

7:30pm

Let’s Eat: Food on Film presents…The Harvest/La Cosecha – with special guest, filmmaker U. Robert Romano
Cinema Arts Centre
432 Park Ave
Huntington
$10 Members/$15 General Public (includes reception)
For more info about the film and to watch the trailer:
http://theharvestfilm.com/
For more info about Slow Food Huntington:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Slow-Food-Huntington/111833608364
To purchase advance tickets:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/250609

Executive Producer (and actress) Eva Longoria presents an award-winning documentary which provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of children who struggle to dream while working 12 – 14 hours a day, 7 days a week to feed America. Every year there are more than 400,000 American children who are torn away from their friends, schools and homes to pick the food we all eat. Zulema, Perla and Victor labor as migrant farm workers, sacrificing their own childhoods to help their families survive. The Harvest/La Cosecha profiles these three as they journey from the scorching heat of Texas’ onion fields to the winter snows of the Michigan apple orchards and back south to the humidity of Florida's tomato fields to follow the harvest. This series is co-curated with Slow Food Huntington.


Sunday, June 24th

12:30pm

Bringing Nature Home: How you can sustain wildlife with native plants with Douglas W. Tallamy
LI Horticultural Society
The Conference Center
Planting Fields Arboretum
Planting Fields Rd
Oyster Bay
$15 General Public/Free – LIHS members (membership is $25)
For more info:
www.lihort.org
Bruce Hambrecht – bruce@lihort.org


August 10th to 12th

NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association) Summer Conference
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA
For more info:
http://www.nofasummerconference.org/
And to register and see a listing of workshops:
http://www.nofasummerconference.org/pdfs/2012_SC_regform.pdf

Featured speaker this year is Jeffery Smith, author of Seeds of Destruction and an authority on GE/GMO foods. Over 200 workshops, kid friendly, fun for everyone…singles, seniors, families – everyone! Great food and a good time will be had by all who attend.



6. Visit CSA member Randy Sokol at Madison’s in East Northport for some organic Vodka!

New CSA member Randy Sokol is at Madison’s on Wednesdays from 11:30am to 7pm, and at the bar they are stocking organic Vodka! And of course, drink responsibly! 

Madison’s Grille & Martini Bar
200 Larkfield Rd
E Northport
631-486-4808
http://www.restaurant.com/madisons-grille-martini-bar-east-northport-continental-mainsite-restaurant-pid=22616?&rpid=3514&



7. Calling all artists (or spread the word if you know any)…

From the Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District: Community Garden & Environmental Program Fundraiser

When: Thursday, June 14th, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Where: The newly restored barn at the Fairgrounds at Old Bethpage Village Restoration

Art competition and networking party to raise money to build community gardens & support environmental programs.

The cost for entering the contest is $20. The fee includes the application fee, entry to the party, and makes you eligible to win one of the $1,500 in prizes. All art must reflect the natural environment. And since the artwork is being placed in a silent auction you you can also bring a guest to the party for free.



Artists receive 30% of what their piece sells for, get to put out brochures and business cards, and are eligible for prizes. If the piece doesn't get purchased for the minimum bid you get it back.

If you just want to be a part of the fun at the party it is $25 to enter if you RSVP by June 1st or $35 after this date.



To sign-up for the contest or party please email Art4SoilandWater@gmail.com or contact board member Jaime Van Dyke Doran at (516) 677-5853.


Old Bethpage Village Restoration
1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, NY 11804


8. What you actually got last week – 5/17/12

There was talk around the old CSA last week that the share for this week looked small.

Big or small, it was worth $17.50 (actually it was valued at $18). Tat Soi is NEVER going to have very big leaves. While Winter Radishes can get pretty large but spring/summer Radishes are always going to be pretty small. Asparagus is expensive so ½ pound is ½ pound. The other greenhouse greens (Mizuna and Mustard) are also not going to get much bigger in the greenhouse. Outside they do get larger and this will happen later in the year. And Leeks, depending on when you harvest them, can be the size we got or larger and we will get both over the course of the year. So, while the size of the share may seem larger or smaller from one week to another, or one month to another, it’s always valued at the $17.50 we paid for it (and sometimes more as you can see when you read this list).


May 17, 2012
Week #4

1. Mustard Greens: Red (greenhouse*) – 1 bunch - $3.00
2. Mizuna (greenhouse*) – 1 bunch - $2.75
3. Radishes: French Breakfast OR Red – 1 bunch - $2.75
4. Tat Soi (greenhouse*) – 1 bunch - $3.00
5. Leeks – 1 bunch - $3.50
6. Asparagus – .5 lb – $3.00

Total Items – 6
Total Amount - $18 (We pay $17.50 per week to our farmer for the food we get every week. Today we’ve gotten $.50 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 $4.25)

*Grown in the greenhouse…too early to be growing outside



9. And now…for something completely different –

For the food lover that has everything…MEAT BALLOONS!!!
http://o-d-l.us/events/balloon-factory-japan-premium-beef


Don’t try this at home kids!!! I’m not completely sure this is a good non-toxic idea…no matter what they might be doing or say!
http://www.foodarts.com/news/views/16602/bartender-theres-a-drink-in-my-flytrap


Lizard spit or Bitter Melon…you choose!
http://motherboard.vice.com/2012/5/21/next-in-weight-loss-fads-gila-monster-spit--2
We get Bitter Melon as part of our CSA share later in the year and it stabilizes blood sugar and helps with Diabetes. The lizard spit will be synthesized and may not have the same properties as the real thing and then may have side effects the natural lizard spit wouldn’t. Or, you could just cook up some Bitter Melon.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Happy Spring!

Would you help a local youngster in need?
CSA member Lucille Raskin (sharing with Joanne Schenendorf, and both new to CSA) is a volunteer extraordinaire! Through one of her volunteer assignments she has become acquainted with a 15 year old girl who lives in Huntington named Nicole, who is giving birth to a son on May 24th. She has no family to support and help her, and is in dire straits. Any donations for a little boy would be appreciated - especially diapers, wipes, and ointment. CSA member Beth Sherman was so moved after hearing the story from Lucille (Beth just happened to be there when I was talking to Lucille about the various volunteer groups she’s involved with), that Beth has already been inspired to act and give. If you’re interested in making a contribution of any sort, respond to this email and I’ll connect you with Lucille.

IMPORTANT!!! Sounds simple but PLEASE check the wall chart for what your share is every week, and check what’s in your bag with what’s on the wall chart before you leave to make sure that you didn’t take too much or too little food! Last week we had people thinking that Braising Greens and Collard Greens were two different things and were taking two Collard Greens just because there was a Veggie Info Sheet that said Braising Greens and Collard Greens on the same pile of food. I managed to see this happening and stopped people from walking out with extra Collard Greens. Why did I do this? Because Collard Greens are a Braising Green and people could read about it. Is this too confusing? Should I not do this anymore? Please take your time when picking your produce and if there are any questions, please ask!!! If someone takes more than what the allotted CSA share that means at the end of the night someone is going to get less than what they paid for. As Martha would say…that is NOT a good thing!

Does anyone want a Horse or know anyone who does??? Anyone had a childhood dream of owning a horse? Maybe your dream could come true! A good friend of CSA member Gloria Kruse knows of a horse (a lovely, adorable, sweet horse) who needs a home if anyone has the room; details would follow any interest shown. If anyone is interested or would like more info, please respond to this email and I’ll make the connection.

The next is…put this phone number in your cell phone…631-385-1079…it’s the hall phone of the UUFH (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington) and it’s ESSENTIAL CSA info. If you’re running late and won’t get to the CSA till after 7:30pm…you need to call this number and let us know to wait for you or pack a bag for you and put it on the “bench” afterhours pickup location…more on that at another time. If there’s a choice one week and you REALLY want it, you might want to call before you get to the CSA and have someone pack a bag for you with that choice item in it. There are many other reasons people will use this number. Sometimes it’s to get in touch with someone who’s at the CSA (family/friends/other CSA members) as it’s more reliable than cell phones as the cell phone reception in the UUFH is not great and in many cases non-existent. That said, do NOT call this phone number any other time but Thursdays between 3pm (we’re there a little early setting up) and 8pm (we can be there till 8pm still cleaning up and putting things away). Otherwise, you might get some person from the UUFH, or the daycare center that is also in the building, and they will probably have no idea what you’re talking about and probably won’t be able to help you.

Third would be…we could use a LOT more CSA members! If each of us (we’re now 39) managed to find seven more members our farmer would be VERY happy. However, even one more member each would be a help 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 weekend I’ll be putting brochures out on the Cinema Arts Centre table at the NAVELexpo and maybe other tables as well and if I attend I’ll be networking as much as possible. 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  ! 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. Bags and you!
3. This week’s list…subject to change without notice (farming is like that)
4. Drink Local!
5. Fun, Cool & Interesting Stuff to Do (new events added weekly)
6. More Asparagus Info from CSA member Karen Rubino (whose daughter works for Organic Avenue in NYC…cool!)…
7. Calling all artists (or spread the word if you know any)…
8. What you actually got last week – 5/10/12
9. Fun with Scallions!!!


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. 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.



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

Week #4
May 17, 2012

1. Asparagus
2. Leeks
3. Radishes
4. Tat Soi
5. Mizuna – greenhouse*
6. Mustard Greens, Red – greenhouse* (also use Braising Greens Veggie Info Sheet)

Total Items: 6 (?)

*grown in their greenhouse, not in the fields (it’s too early for that)



4. Drink Local!

“People can’t wait to rush off to the farmers’ market for local produce…But when they come in here and ask what I have, and I say, ‘A beautiful white wine from Long Island,’ they say, ‘What else do you have?’”…
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/16/dining/buying-local-wines-does-the-idea-travel-well.html



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


Sunday, May 20th

9am to 9pm

The NAVELexpo
Huntington Hilton
598 Broadhollow Rd (Rt 110)
Melville
For more info and to buy tickets in advance…
http://www.navelexpo.com/expo.php

Watch the video on the website home page for more of an explanation about this event…LOTS of speakers, exhibitors, samples, workshops, all about healthy living, and alternative and holistic medicine.


Tuesday, May 22nd

7pm

Silk Road Spring: seasonal Persian Cooking Class…a benefit for Just Food
Whole Food Market
95 E Houston St
NYC
$25
To register:
http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=229889

Just Food organizes all the CSAs in the 5 boroughs of NYC and many other great food related things.
The ancient cuisine of Persia was formed thanks to the Silk Road, the legendary East-to-West trade route that stretched all the way from China to Italy throughout nearly 2,000 years of cultural and commercial exchanges. Today, Persian food is characterized by an abundance of fragrant herbs, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and the ever-present side dishes of yogurt and rice. Come help us kick off our summer series with local food advocacy nonprofit Just Food, and discover Chef Louisa Shafia’s healthy, contemporary take on this venerable cuisine. All proceeds from tonight’s class will benefit Just Food.
On the Menu: Yogurt Soda with Mint; Baked Herb Frittata with Walnuts (Kuku Sabzi); Fava Bean, Cucumber, and Dill Salad; Chicken with Rice and Barberries (Zereshk Polow); Yogurt with Roasted Beets; Rhubarb Cake with Pistachios and Orange Blossom Water.
Instructor: Louisa Shafia, Chef and Cookbook Author (Lucid Food: Cooking for an Eco-Conscious Life, Ten Speed Press)

Wednesday, May 23rd

4pm to 5pm

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 be Dan Sullivan, Managing Editor of BioCycle Magazine and former editor of Organic Gardening Magazine and The Rodale Institute's NewFarm.org. Dan will take a look at local and regional models relative to food, energy and waste management and how these three systems interconnect.


Sunday, June 3rd

4pm

Edible and Medicinal Food, and Herb Walk with Ellen Kamhi, RN, the Natural Nurse!
Old Westbury
$10 Members/$20 General Public
For more info, and to register and get directions:
Call 516-238-3616

Slow Food Huntington and iEat Green are co-sponsoring this event. It will be followed by a potluck in the garden.


Wednesday, June 13th

7:30pm

Let’s Eat: Food on Film presents…The Harvest/La Cosecha – with special guest, filmmaker U. Robert Romano
Cinema Arts Centre
432 Park Ave
Huntington
$10 Members/$15 General Public (includes reception)
For more info about the film and to watch the trailer:
http://theharvestfilm.com/
For more info about Slow Food Huntington:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Slow-Food-Huntington/111833608364

Executive Producer (and actress) Eva Longoria presents an award-winning documentary which provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of children who struggle to dream while working 12 – 14 hours a day, 7 days a week to feed America. Every year there are more than 400,000 American children who are torn away from their friends, schools and homes to pick the food we all eat. Zulema, Perla and Victor labor as migrant farm workers, sacrificing their own childhoods to help their families survive. The Harvest/La Cosecha profiles these three as they journey from the scorching heat of Texas’ onion fields to the winter snows of the Michigan apple orchards and back south to the humidity of Florida's tomato fields to follow the harvest. This series is co-curated with Slow Food Huntington.



6. More Asparagus Info from CSA member Karen Rubino (whose daughter works for Organic Avenue in NYC…cool!)…

“Keep bees and grow asparagus, watch the tides and listen to the wind instead of the politicians …if you want to live the good life.” – Miriam Waddington, Driving Home, “Advice to the Young”
Health Benefits:
1. Feeds friendly bacteria: Asparagus is one of the few vegetables containing a carbohydrate called inulin. Inulin promotes the growth and activity of these friendly bacteria in the intestines making it difficult for unfriendly bacteria to grow.
2. Anti-carcinogen: Asparagus is the food highest in glutathione, an important anti-carcinogen according to the National Cancer Institute.
3. The root is used to treat urinary issues as well as kidney and bladder stones.
4. Help with a hangover: Researchers say amino acids and minerals in asparagus extract may ease hangovers and protect liver cells against the toxins in alcohol. “These results provide evidence of how the biological functions of asparagus can help alleviate alcohol hangover and protect liver cells,” said lead researcher B.Y. Kim, Institute of Medical Science and Jeju National University in South Korea.
5. Is used as a tonic in Ayurvedic medicine.
6. Excellent source of folacin which has been shown to help in the prevention of neural tube defects that cause paralysis and death in 2,500 babies each year.
7. Has many medicinal properties, according to the ancient Romans.
8. Easy Weight Loss: Like many vegetables, asparagus has very low sugar content, zero fat, a low glycemic index, smart carbs and lots of fiber.



6. Calling all artists (or spread the word if you know any)…

From the Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District: Community Garden & Environmental Program Fundraiser

When: Thursday, June 14th, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Where: The newly restored barn at the Fairgrounds at Old Bethpage Village Restoration

Art competition and networking party to raise money to build community gardens & support environmental programs.

The cost for entering the contest is $20. The fee includes the application fee, entry to the party, and makes you eligible to win one of the $1,500 in prizes. All art must reflect the natural environment. And since the artwork is being placed in a silent auction you you can also bring a guest to the party for free.



Artists receive 30% of what their piece sells for, get to put out brochures and business cards, and are eligible for prizes. If the piece doesn't get purchased for the minimum bid you get it back.

If you just want to be a part of the fun at the party it is $25 to enter if you RSVP by June 1st or $35 after this date.



To sign-up for the contest or party please email Art4SoilandWater@gmail.com or contact board member Jaime Van Dyke Doran at (516) 677-5853.


Old Bethpage Village Restoration
1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, NY 11804


7. What you actually got last week – 5/10/12

May 10, 2012
Week #3

1. Spinach – .5 lb - $2.25
2. Kale: White Russian – 1 bunch - $3.00
3. Parsley Root – 1 - $2.75
4. Mustard Greens: Red (greenhouse) – 1 bunch - $3.00
5. Mizuna (greenhouse) – 1 bunch - $2.75
6. Lettuce/Radicchio Mix – .5 lb - $2.75
7. Chives: Garlic – 1 bunch – $2.25

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 $3.75)



9. Fun with Scallions!!!

The contributor for this one is CSA member Kenny Friedman…

I saw this tip re: Scallions and it worked...
Use the green parts of the Scallions as you normally would, but keep about 1-2" of the white part at the bottom.
Put them in water in a sunny window and they'll regenerate indefinitely!
I'll take a pics of last week’s Scallions and show you how they're sprouting up.
It's amazing!

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Happy Spring!

IMPORTANT!!! Sounds simple but PLEASE check the wall chart for what your share is every week, and check what’s in your bag with what’s on the wall chart before you leave to make sure that you didn’t take too much or too little food! Last week we had people thinking that Braising Greens and Collard Greens were two different things and were taking two Collard Greens just because there was a Veggie Info Sheet that said Braising Greens and Collard Greens on the same pile of food. I managed to see this happening and stopped people from walking out with extra Collard Greens. Why did I do this? Because Collard Greens are a Braising Green and people could read about it. Is this too confusing? Should I not do this anymore? Please take your time when picking your produce and if there are any questions, please ask!!! If someone takes more than what the allotted CSA share that means at the end of the night someone is going to get less than what they paid for. As Martha would say…that is NOT a good thing!

Does anyone want a Horse or know anyone who does??? Anyone had a childhood dream of owning a horse? Maybe your dream could come true! A good friend of CSA member Gloria Kruse knows of a horse (a lovely, adorable, sweet horse) who needs a home if anyone has the room; details would follow any interest shown. If anyone is interested or would like more info, please respond to this email and I’ll make the connection.

The next is…put this phone number in your cell phone…631-385-1079…it’s the hall phone of the UUFH (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington) and it’s ESSENTIAL CSA info. If you’re running late and won’t get to the CSA till after 7:30pm…you need to call this number and let us know to wait for you or pack a bag for you and put it on the “bench” afterhours pickup location…more on that at another time. If there’s a choice one week and you REALLY want it, you might want to call before you get to the CSA and have someone pack a bag for you with that choice item in it. There are many other reasons people will use this number. Sometimes it’s to get in touch with someone who’s at the CSA (family/friends/other CSA members) as it’s more reliable than cell phones as the cell phone reception in the UUFH is not great and in many cases non-existent. That said, do NOT call this phone number any other time but Thursdays between 3pm (we’re there a little early setting up) and 8pm (we can be there till 8pm still cleaning up and putting things away). Otherwise, you might get some person from the UUFH, or the daycare center that is also in the building, and they will probably have no idea what you’re talking about and probably won’t be able to help you.

Third would be…we could use a LOT more CSA members! If each of us (we’re now 33) managed to find seven more members our farmer would be VERY happy. However, even one more member each would be a help 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  ! 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. Bags and you!
3. This week’s list…subject to change without notice (farming is like that)
4. Mother’s Day is coming up…
5. Fun, Cool & Interesting Stuff to Do (new events added weekly)
6. Calling all artists (or spread the word if you know any)…
7. What you actually got last week – 5/3/12


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. 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.



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

Week #3
May 10, 2012

1. Lettuce
2. Spinach
3. Chives, Garlic**
4. Parsley Root***
5. Mizuna – greenhouse*
6. Mustard Greens, Red – greenhouse*
7. Kale

Total Items: 7 (?)

*grown in their greenhouse, not in the fields (it’s too early for that)

**Garlic Chives are used cooked rather than raw as the more commonly known Chives…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garlic_chives
http://chinesefood.about.com/od/vegetablesrecipes/a/garlicchives_2.htm
http://chinesefood.about.com/od/vegetablesrecipes/a/garlicchives.htm
http://www.recipetips.com/glossary-term/t--35051/parsley-root.asp

***Parsley Root info…
http://harvesttotable.com/2007/04/parsley_root_parsley_root_is/
http://www.recipetips.com/glossary-term/t--35051/parsley-root.asp
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parsley



4. Mother’s Day is coming up…

If you’re going to give Flowers, consider using Organic Bouquet…
http://www.organicbouquet.com/



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

Thursday, May 10th

6:30pm

GMOs and Eco-Labeling: Getting more of the Story
CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College
2180 3rd Ave (119th St)
NYC
$40 General Public
For more info and to register (must register by May 7th and payment will NOT be taken at the door):
http://www.gnyda.org/Public/Events.aspx

I’d go if I could but it’s a Thursday so I’ll be at the CSA.

They’ll be having a raffle for a gift card to the restaurant Northern Spy Food Co. (farm-to-table in NYC).

Panelists Include:

Dr. Michael Hansen Senior Staff Scientist, Policy and Advocacy Division, Consumers Union

Dr. Urvashi Rangan
Director, Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group, Consumer Reports

Daniel B. Ravicher
President and Executive Director, Public Patent Foundation “PUBPAT” and Lecturer in Law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Patty Lovera
Assistant Director, Food & Water Watch

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Carolyn Dimitri
Research Associate Professor of Food Studies, NYU


Saturday, May 12th

9am

Brooklyn Food Conference
Brooklyn Tech High School
29 Fort Greene Place
Brooklyn
FREE ($8 lunch ticket available if you pre-pay for it)
For more info and to register:
http://bkfoodconference.org/

Featured speakers will be Bryant Terry, chef/author of The Inspired Vegan, and Lucas Benitez of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. There will be workshops on fracking, food issues, movies to watch, cooking demos, children’s activities, and free childcare. I’m sure a great time will be had by all who attend. I went to the last one and it was amazing and I’ll be going again this time.


Wednesday, May 16th

4pm to 5pm

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 is Rachel Kaplan, lead author of Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living. She is a pioneering therapist in the field of Eco-Somatics (an ecological approach to the body-mind connection in regards to movement), an educator, and widely published author.


Sunday, June 3rd

4pm

Edible and Medicinal Food, and Herb Walk with Ellen Kamhi, RN, the Natural Nurse!
Old Westbury
$10 Members/$20 General Public
For more info, and to register and get directions:
Call 516-238-3616

Slow Food Huntington and iEat Green are co-sponsoring this event. It will be followed by a potluck in the garden.


Wednesday, June 13th

7:30pm

Let’s Eat: Food on Film presents…The Harvest/La Cosecha – with special guest, filmmaker U. Robert Romano
Cinema Arts Centre
432 Park Ave
Huntington
$10 Members/$15 General Public (includes reception)
For more info about the film and to watch the trailer:
http://theharvestfilm.com/
For more info about Slow Food Huntington:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Slow-Food-Huntington/111833608364

Executive Producer (and actress) Eva Longoria presents an award-winning documentary which provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of children who struggle to dream while working 12 – 14 hours a day, 7 days a week to feed America. Every year there are more than 400,000 American children who are torn away from their friends, schools and homes to pick the food we all eat. Zulema, Perla and Victor labor as migrant farm workers, sacrificing their own childhoods to help their families survive. The Harvest/La Cosecha profiles these three as they journey from the scorching heat of Texas’ onion fields to the winter snows of the Michigan apple orchards and back south to the humidity of Florida's tomato fields to follow the harvest. This series is co-curated with Slow Food Huntington.



6. Calling all artists (or spread the word if you know any)…

From the Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District: Community Garden & Environmental Program Fundraiser

When: Thursday, June 14th, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Where: The newly restored barn at the Fairgrounds at Old Bethpage Village Restoration

Art competition and networking party to raise money to build community gardens & support environmental programs.

The cost for entering the contest is $20. The fee includes the application fee, entry to the party, and makes you eligible to win one of the $1,500 in prizes. All art must reflect the natural environment. And since the artwork is being placed in a silent auction you you can also bring a guest to the party for free.



Artists receive 30% of what their piece sells for, get to put out brochures and business cards, and are eligible for prizes. If the piece doesn't get purchased for the minimum bid you get it back.

If you just want to be a part of the fun at the party it is $25 to enter if you RSVP by June 1st or $35 after this date.



To sign-up for the contest or party please email Art4SoilandWater@gmail.com or contact board member Jaime Van Dyke Doran at (516) 677-5853.


Old Bethpage Village Restoration
1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, NY 11804


7. What you actually got last week – 5/3/12

May 3, 2012
Week #2

1. Collards – 1 bunch - $3.25
2. Spinach – ¾ lb - $3.00
3. Sorrel – 1 bunch - $2.75
4. Tat Soi (greenhouse) – 1 bunch - $2.75
5. Mizuna (greenhouse) – 1 bunch - $2.75
6. Lettuce Mix – .5 lb - $2.50
7. Scallions – 1 bunch – $2.50

Total Items – 7
Total Amount - $19 (We pay $17.50 per week to our farmer for the food we get every week. Today we’ve gotten $1.50 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 $2.50)

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Happy Spring!

Hope y’all had a nice Arbor Day last Friday!

The most important thing to say after saying that the CSA opens at 3:30pm and ends at 7:30pm, is to BRING BAGS TO PACK YOUR FOOD! We pack our own.

The next is…put this phone number in your cell phone…631-385-1079…it’s the hall phone of the UUFH (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington) and it’s ESSENTIAL CSA info. If you’re running late and won’t get to the CSA till after 7:30pm…you need to call this number and let us know to wait for you or pack a bag for you and put it on the “bench” afterhours pickup location…more on that at another time. If there’s a choice one week and you REALLY want it, you might want to call before you get to the CSA and have someone pack a bag for you with that choice item in it. There are many other reasons people will use this number. Sometimes it’s to get in touch with someone who’s at the CSA (family/friends/other CSA members) as it’s more reliable than cell phones as the cell phone reception in the UUFH is not great and in many cases non-existent. That said, do NOT call this phone number any other time but Thursdays between 3pm (we’re there a little early setting up) and 8pm (we can be there till 8pm still cleaning up and putting things away). Otherwise, you might get some person from the UUFH, or the daycare center that is also in the building, and they will probably have no idea what you’re talking about and probably won’t be able to help you.

Third would be…we could use a LOT more CSA members! If each of us (we’re now 30) managed to find seven more members our farmer would be VERY happy. However, even one more member each would be a help 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 LI Small Farm Summit, and a health fair at the Vitamin Shoppe in Melville, and gave a lecture to the Holistic Moms Network about eating local. 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  ! 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. Click here to help change the world!
3. Bags and you!
4. Storing produce without using plastic!
5. This week’s list…subject to change without notice (farming is like that)
6. Mother’s Day is coming up…
7. Fun, Cool & Interesting Stuff to Do (new events added weekly)
8. Another way to look at Leeks
9. Calling all artists (or spread the word if you know any)…
10. What you actually got last week – 4/26/12
11. File under…Oh dear!
12. 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, you’re not scheduled to work this week.



2. Click here to help change the world!

Don’t let them cave to the pesticide lobby!
http://action.ewg.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=1961&tag=201202AFFActionHPSide

Save funding for seniors and mothers so they can buy produce at greenmarkets (only $20 for seniors and $24 for mothers – not per week or per month but PER YEAR)…
http://www.change.org/petitions/the-u-s-senate-restore-the-cuts-made-to-wic-and-senior-fmnp-in-new-york-state



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.



4. Storing produce without using plastic!

Submitted by CSA member Kenny Friedman…
http://myplasticfreelife.com/images/Berkeley%20Farmers%20Market%20Tips%20for%20Storing%20Produce.pdf

Report back how these methods do or don’t work for you! The first thing I noticed on quick glance was they didn’t tell you to cut the stem ends of the Asparagus (as you would with cut flowers) before putting them in water.



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

Week #2
May 3, 2012

1. Lettuce
2. Spinach
3. Scallions
4. Collard Greens
5. Mizuna – greenhouse*
6. Tat Soi – greenhouse*
7. Sorrel

Total Items: 7 (?)

*grown in their greenhouse, not in the fields (it’s too early for that)



6. Mother’s Day is coming up…

If you’re going to give Flowers, consider using Organic Bouquet…
http://www.organicbouquet.com/



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

Thurday, May 3rd

Noon

Ban Fracking Day of Action
Port Washington Town Docks
Port Washington
FREE
For more info and to register for this event:
http://action.foodandwaterwatch.org/p/salsa/event/common/public/index.sjs?event_KEY=74006


Saturday, May 5th

Climate Impacts Day
It’s time to connect the dots between climate change and extreme weather.
Click here to search for an event near you (or create one and register it here)…
http://www.climatedots.org/


Sunday, May 6th

11am to 4pm

New Amsterdam Market
100 Peck Slip (between Beekman St & Peck Slip)
NYC
For more info:
http://www.newamsterdammarket.org/
For more info about this week’s special event & to get tickets, as well as the list of regular vendors…
http://www.newamsterdammarket.org/2012/05_06.html

This week’s special event, in addition to the regular market, will be 5 internationally themed food truck vendors featuring sustainably and humanely raised meat.


Wednesday, May 9th

4pm to 5pm

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.

This week’s guest is Richard Oppenlander, author of the new book Comfortably Unaware. Dr. Oppenlander is a sustainability and wellness advocate, writer, and speaker committed to improving the health of our planet, bringing an eclectic combination of experiences regarding this topic spanning the past 40 years.

Thursday, May 10th

6:30pm

GMOs and Eco-Labeling: Getting more of the Story
CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College
2180 3rd Ave (119th St)
NYC
$40 General Public
For more info and to register (must register by May 7th and payment will NOT be taken at the door):
http://www.gnyda.org/Public/Events.aspx

I’d go if I could but it’s a Thursday so I’ll be at the CSA.

They’ll be having a raffle for a gift card to the restaurant Northern Spy Food Co. (farm-to-table in NYC).

Panelists Include:

Dr. Michael Hansen Senior Staff Scientist, Policy and Advocacy Division, Consumers Union

Dr. Urvashi Rangan
Director, Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group, Consumer Reports

Daniel B. Ravicher
President and Executive Director, Public Patent Foundation “PUBPAT” and Lecturer in Law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Patty Lovera
Assistant Director, Food & Water Watch

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Carolyn Dimitri
Research Associate Professor of Food Studies, NYU


Saturday, May 12th

9am

Brooklyn Food Conference
Brooklyn Tech High School
29 Fort Greene Place
Brooklyn
FREE ($8 lunch ticket available if you pre-pay for it)
For more info and to register:
http://bkfoodconference.org/

Featured speakers will be Bryant Terry, chef/author of The Inspired Vegan, and Lucas Benitez of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. There will be workshops on fracking, food issues, movies to watch, cooking demos, children’s activities, and free childcare. I’m sure a great time will be had by all who attend. I went to the last one and it was amazing and I’ll be going again this time.


Sunday, June 3rd

4pm

Edible and Medicinal Food, and Herb Walk with Ellen Kamhi, RN, the Natural Nurse!
Old Westbury
$10 Members/$20 General Public
For more info, and to register and get directions:
Call 516-238-3616

Slow Food Huntington and iEat Green are co-sponsoring this event. It will be followed by a potluck in the garden.


Wednesday, June 13th

7:30pm

Let’s Eat: Food on Film presents…The Harvest/La Cosecha – with special guest, filmmaker U. Robert Romano
Cinema Arts Centre
432 Park Ave
Huntington
$10 Members/$15 General Public (includes reception)
For more info about the film and to watch the trailer:
http://theharvestfilm.com/
For more info about Slow Food Huntington:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Slow-Food-Huntington/111833608364

Executive Producer (and actress) Eva Longoria presents an award-winning documentary which provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of children who struggle to dream while working 12 – 14 hours a day, 7 days a week to feed America. Every year there are more than 400,000 American children who are torn away from their friends, schools and homes to pick the food we all eat. Zulema, Perla and Victor labor as migrant farm workers, sacrificing their own childhoods to help their families survive. The Harvest/La Cosecha profiles these three as they journey from the scorching heat of Texas’ onion fields to the winter snows of the Michigan apple orchards and back south to the humidity of Florida's tomato fields to follow the harvest. This series is co-curated with Slow Food Huntington.



8. Another way to look at Leeks

Most recipes call for only using the white part of the Leek and the green bits are relegated for soup stocks (chop up and put in freezer bags in fistful sizes to throw in soups…where you could put in cheesecloth bags to remove or not because either you’re going to scoop out all the bits for broth or leave them in and eat them). However, in Chinese cooking they use pretty much the whole thing. Last night after the CSA I zipped into Flushing and got “Stir fried smoky pork with green Leeks” and there they were…more green bits of the Leek than white. We’re a very wasteful food culture and it’s a great thing to learn how other cultures use perfectly good bits of food to make delicious dishes!

There is a separate variety of Leeks you can grow that is different from the Leeks most Americans are acquainted with but I tell you…when I’m in Flushing going to Chinese restaurants where we’re the only European people eating and English is a 2nd language, the Leeks in our dishes look like the ones we got last night so I’d say go for it…I thought you’d need to blanch the Leeks first to get them a little tender but they don’t do it in any of these recipes so try it without and see how it goes…
Chinese vs European Leeks…
http://chinesefood.about.com/od/vegetablesrecipes/ig/Chinese-Vegetables-Pictures/leek_photo.htm
And then it gets confusing…though they are saying Chinese Leeks are the same as Garlic Chives, Garlic Chives (which we usually get at the CSA…yum!) are VERY different from Leeks and not sure how close they are to Leeks…Chinese or otherwise (other than all being in the Allium family)
http://www.evergreenseeds.com/chinleekchin.html

I’m sure you can also use Garlic Chives with any of these recipes…
Chinese recipe – Leeks and eggs…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daBxDJi1vRY
Malaysian recipe - Bean Curd with Leeks
http://rasamalaysia.com/chinese-recipe-stir-fried-bean-curd/2/
British recipes so some minor measuring conversion required…
Chinese recipe – Leeks with vegetables…
http://www.noobcook.com/stir-fry-leeks-with-vegetables/
Chinese recipe – Leeks with tofu and shrimp…
http://imbinitchy.blogspot.com/2008/01/cooking-series-stir-fry-chinese-leeks.html



9. Calling all artists (or spread the word if you know any)…

From the Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District: Community Garden & Environmental Program Fundraiser

When: Thursday, June 14th, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Where: The newly restored barn at the Fairgrounds at Old Bethpage Village Restoration

Art competition and networking party to raise money to build community gardens & support environmental programs.

The cost for entering the contest is $20. The fee includes the application fee, entry to the party, and makes you eligible to win one of the $1,500 in prizes. All art must reflect the natural environment. And since the artwork is being placed in a silent auction you you can also bring a guest to the party for free.



Artists receive 30% of what their piece sells for, get to put out brochures and business cards, and are eligible for prizes. If the piece doesn't get purchased for the minimum bid you get it back.

If you just want to be a part of the fun at the party it is $25 to enter if you RSVP by June 1st or $35 after this date.



To sign-up for the contest or party please email Art4SoilandWater@gmail.com or contact board member Jaime Van Dyke Doran at (516) 677-5853.


Old Bethpage Village Restoration
1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, NY 11804


10. What you actually got last week – 4/26/12

April 26, 2012
Week #1

1. Leeks – 1 bunch - $3.50
2. Jerusalem Artichokes – ¾ lb - $3.00
3. Greens, Turnip – 1 bunch - $3.00
4. Asparagus - .5 lb - $2.75
5. Mizuna (greenhouse) – 1 bunch - $2.75
6. Lettuce/Radicchio Mix – ½ lb - $3.50
7. Turnip Raab * – 1 bunch – free
*See Broccoli Rabe Veggie Info Sheet

Total Items – 7
Total Amount - $18.50 (we pay $17.50 per week to our farmer for the food we get every week so today we’ve gotten $1.00 extra, in addition to a free bunch of Turnip Raab)



11. File under…Oh dear!

Child’s “unhealthy” lunch taken away and replaced with “healthier” Chicken Nuggets…
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/15/school-lunch-guidelines-p_n_1278803.html



12. And now for something completely different…

A joke from Joanne Chang (baker and chef or Meyers and Chang in Boston)…

What do vegan zombies eat?
Graaaaaains!!!

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