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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Happy Summer!

Any Unitarians out there that we don’t know about? If so, you have UUFH fridge privileges! if you don’t pick up your food by the end of the night and your name isn’t checked off (unless you’ve contacted me to tell me not to if you’ll be gone longer than a week), we pack a bag, write your last name on it and put it in the fridge in the kitchen and email you to remind you to pick up your food so if you are, please let us know. At the moment the only names I have on the list are McEntee, Nielsen and Willard.

Anybody make it to Green Thumb Farm last Saturday for the farm tour? Let us know how it went. CSA member Haley Wiggins went and got some Strawberries (I didn’t think there’d be any) and a fine time was had by her and her family.

We could use a LOT more CSA members! If each of us (we’re now 46) managed to find five 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. Help! Your CSA needs you this week! We’re looking for ONE (1) person to help out from 3:30 to 5:30pm…
2. Eight surprising things that might be making Americans fat!
3. Bags and you!
4. This week’s list…subject to change without notice (farming is like that)
5. More about Fennel, Kohlrabi and Radishes
6. Fun, Cool & Interesting Stuff to Do (new events added weekly)
7. Are you a mother or grandmother?
8. The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen…
9. What you actually got last week
10. You can do a lot by just clicking!
11. And now…for something completely different



1. . Help! Your CSA needs you this week! We’re looking for ONE (1) person to help out from 3:30 to 5:30pm…

If you can work this week from 3:30 to 5:30pm, please…

A. respond to this email before 1pm today
B. call 631-421-4864 before 1pm today
C. call 631-385-1079 after 3pm today
D. show up a little before 3:30pm today

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. And if you got an email from Judi asking you to confirm that you’re working…you need to respond to that in the time frame stated in the email otherwise she’s going to try and find someone else to take your place.



2. Eight surprising things that might be making Americans fat!

http://www.alternet.org/story/155682/8_surprising_things_that_may_be_making_americans_fat?page=entire



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 #10
June 28, 2012

1. Peas: Sugar Snap
2. Peas: Snow
3. Fennel
4. Kohlrabi
5. Radishes *
6. Lettuce: Boston, Green

Total Items: 6 (?)

Herb Share – 4
Chives AND Upland Cress



5. More about Fennel, Kohlrabi and Radishes…

Courtesy of Clean Plates…
Radishes…
http://national.cleanplates.com/healthier-recipes/eat-this-now-radishes/?utm_source=Clean+Plates&utm_campaign=f74fc11599-Health_Tips_Issue_21_10_2012&utm_medium=email

Courtesy of Sang Lee Farms…
Kohlrabi: "What is this weird green bulb with leaves and WHAT do I do with it!" I particularly love answering this question because it is a hidden gem of a vegetable and it is amazing to watch people’s faces when they taste it for the first time. It is a deliciously sweet bulb (once you peel all the green off) that can be either eaten raw, stir-fried, sauteed or roasted. The flavor is something like a broccoli cabbage apple hybrid and the texture is very moist and crispy. It has an incredible amount of vitamin C, omega 3's, protein, and also helps your body to absorb iron. Please give it a try next time and try one of these simple ideas if you don't want it raw: make Kohlrabi Chips, add it to your stir-fry in a matchstick shape (like carrots), add to a roast of vegetables julienned or boil it and mash it up like potatoes!
Kohlrabi Chip recipe…
http://www.marthastewart.com/354688/kohlrabi-chips

Courtesy of Golden Earthworm Farm…
Fennel is another unusual crop that has a strong flavor that some people love, and others, not so much. Cooking the fennel helps the flavors mellow out a bit, so you may want to try our braised fennel recipe below if you're not quite sure what to do with it.

Braised Fennel Recipe…
http://www.goldenearthworm.com/recipes/2009/2/13/braised-fennel.html

Kohlrabi is a great, usual vegetable that you probably can't find in many (if any) stores! It's a member of the cabbage family but looks more like a space satellite! Peel off the skin and you'll be left with a much more manageable looking round vegetable that can be sliced up in salads or cooked in soups. We love to just nibble thin slices that have been sprinkled with sea salt. Definitely a kid friendly snack!



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


June 23rd to 30th

Eat Drink Local Week 6/23 to 6/30
For more info:
http://www.ediblemanhattan.com/events/eat-drink-local-week/
We’re thrilled to announce our fourth annual Eat Drink Local Week, an eight-day fest for our foodshed celebrated by Edibles around the Tri-state area. The Week kicks off June 23 and involves partners from every part of our local food system, who urge you to dine out, cook in, and celebrate the ingredients, landscape and people behind our plates through a week’s worth of events, restaurant meals and plenty of cooking and drinking at home. What can you do to join in?


Saturday, June 30th

5pm

Eat Drink Local Film Festival
Silas Marder Gallery
120 Snake Hollow Rd
Bridgehampton
FREE (except food for purchase)
For more info:
http://www.parrishart.org/calendar.asp?fp=cal&id=79&pid=1024

5pm – art exhibit opening, 6pm – bee demo, 7:30 – food vendors, 8:30pm – film screening

Celebrating locally produced food, this one-night screening will feature short films and videos about farmers, fishers, vintners, and other food purveyors in the region.

Part of Eat Drink Local week, the food chain celebration organized by Edible magazines throughout the region, with partner restaurants on both forks, the evening will feature tacos from Estia's Little Kitchen in Sag Harbor, beer from Greenport Harbor Beer Company, cheese tastings from Mecox Bay Dairy, a selection of Peconic Bay oysters, local honey from Bee's Needs, and a corresponding honey bee demonstration with Mary Woltz.


Tuesday, July 3rd

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, July 4th

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 Brett Tolley. Brett is the Community Organizer and Policy Advocate for the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA). He works to empower local fishing communities and highlight the triple-bottom-line values of locally caught seafood. The Northwest Atlantic Alliance's mission is to restore and enhance an enduring marine system supporting a healthy diversity and an abundance of marine life and human uses through a self-organizing and self-governing organization. NAMA hopes to support the growing movement of Community Supported Fisheries!


Thursday, July 5th

7pm

1st Anniversary of the Holistic Moms Network Huntington Chapter!
1929 Elwood Public Library
E Northport
Jericho Tpke (intersection of Elwood Rd in the shopping center on the northeast corner)
FREE
For more info:
www.holisticmoms.org
Email: huntingtonhmn@aol.com

Join the gang (this group was started by CSA member Vickie Muller) for an informal evening of socializing and planning events for the coming year. Come connect with other parents (and grandparents) interested in holistic health and green living.


Thursday, July 26th

6pm (movie starts at 7pm)

Sustainable Film Series presents Dirt
Molloy College
Suffolk Center
Farmingdale
$5 suggested donation
For more info, to watch the movie trailer, and to RSVP:
http://www.molloy.edu/news-and-events/news-archive/dirt

This event, brought to my attention by CSA member Kenny Friedman, features the film Dirt, narrated by Jaime Lee Curtis. This film brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil. It tells the story of Earth's most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility-from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation.


August 2nd to 5th

6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
Burlington, VT
For more info and to register:
http://farmtocafeteriaconference.org/6/
Farm to Cafeteria is Digging In! Whether you are new to the movement or have years of wisdom to share, the 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Digging In! is a great opportunity to network, build skills and get energized!
Farm to Cafeteria began with the common goal of building strong communities, healthy individuals and resilient local farms. Across the country great progress has been made connecting farm-fresh foods with K-12 schools, pre-schools, childcare settings, colleges, universities, hospitals, prisons and beyond – now we are Digging In!
The conference will bring together food service professionals, farmers, educators, policy makers, representatives from government agencies and nonprofits, entrepreneurs, students and others who are breaking down barriers and expanding the impact of Farm to Cafeteria.
There will be skill-building short-courses, field trips to innovative Vermont farms and institutions, a diverse workshop program, and plenty of opportunities to network with inspiring individuals from across the country.

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.



7. Are you a mother or grandmother?

You might want to sign up for these emails to get click activist alerts about having a healthier environment for you and your family…
http://www.momsrising.org/issues_and_resources/environmentalHealth



8. The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen…

Guess what? Out of the list of the 15 Dirty Dozen (I know, it’s more than a dozen but that’s what’s on the list)…our CSA provides certified organic produce for 9 of them (the other 6 are things the farmer doesn’t grow…out of those 1 is White Potatoes not grown because of the potential for Potato Blight which still exists on Long Island, and the other 5 are fruits not grown on the farm). Out of the Clean 15…our farmer provides 8 and we’re working on a Mushroom Share which would bring the total up to 9 (out of the 6 not included…5 are tropical fruits which can’t be grown in this region for practical commercial purposes, and the other one is Sweet Corn which I WISH our farmer would grow again but it’s a matter of being a crop that uses a lot of land so it can be considered a “waste” of space AND there’s the issue of worms in the corn – all commercially grown organic corn will get worms at some point and there were so many complaints about it at the farm stand and at the CSAs, they decided to stop growing it…BTW the worms were really not an problem or an issue for those who were educated about them and got over the ick factor).

Regardless of the status of the Clean 15, “Environmental Working Group always recommends eating more fruits and veggies and buying them organic if you can - for adults and babies”.

http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/

Then watch CEO of Stonyfield Yogert, Gary Hirschberg, rapping (along with The Stonyfield Moms)…and then upload your own video “just eat organic” shoutout!
http://justeatorganic.com/



9. What you actually got last week

Week #9
June 21, 2012

1. Peas: Sugar Snap – 1/2 lb - $3.00
2. Peas: Shelling – .75 lb - $4.50
3. Beets: Chiogga – 1 bunch - $3.25
4. Curly Cress (Pepper Cress) – 1 bunch - $2.50 *
5. Jerusalem Artichokes (Sunchokes) – ½ lb - $2.50
6. Lettuce: French Crisp, Red – 1 head - $2.75

Total Items: 6
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 $7.25)

Herb Share - 3
Oregano AND Savory (Summer?)

*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/



10. You can do a lot by just clicking!

VERY IMPORTANT!!!
This week the House of Representatives will consider a provision to House Agricultural Appropriations Bill that will fundamentally undermine the concept of judicial review. Hidden under the guise of a “Farmer Assurance Provision” (Section 733), the provision strips the rights of federal courts to halt the sale and planting of genetically engineered crops during the legal appeals process.
In the past, legal advocates have successfully won in court the right to halt the sale and planting of unapproved GMO crops while the approval of those crops is under review by a federal judge. This dangerous new House provision, which were calling the Monsanto Protection Act, would strip judges of their constitutional mandate to protect consumer rights and the environment, while opening up a floodgate of planting of new untested genetically engineered crops, endangering farmers, consumers and the environment.
http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/stop_the_monsanto_protection_act/?rd=1&t=4&referring_akid=583.31784.DPvAz8

Food & Water Watch’s “people over profits” petition in response to the Rio + 20 conference, which includes the human right to have access to clean water
http://action.foodandwaterwatch.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=10691

Greenpeace’s Save the Arctic petition…
http://www.savethearctic.org/



11. And now for something completely different…

A week in the life of a freegan!
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/28/food-informants-freegan_n_908542.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000008

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Happy Summer!

Can you help out a fellow CSA member? First year CSA member Fiona Larkin can’t make it to the CSA by 7:30pm tonight. She lives on Cold Spring Hills Rd in Huntington and could pick up the food about 9:30pm tonight, or on Friday or Saturday. Anybody able to pack her food and keep it for her till she can pick up? Normally, I’d say she could pick it up at our alternate late night pickup site in the neighborhood (more about that next week), but with this heat??? Her food would be very sad by the time she got there. If you’re able to help out…respond to this email by 1pm today, or call the CSA after 3pm at 631-385-1079 (if no one picks up the hall phone at the UUFH…keep calling till they do!).

Any Unitarians out there that we don’t know about? If so, you have UUFH fridge privileges! if you don’t pick up your food by the end of the night and your name isn’t checked off (unless you’ve contacted me to tell me not to if you’ll be gone longer than a week), we pack a bag, write your last name on it and put it in the fridge in the kitchen and email you to remind you to pick up your food so if you are, please let us know. At the moment the only names I have on the list are Nielsen and Willard.

Anybody make it to Green Thumb Farm last Saturday for the farm tour? Let us know how it went. CSA member Haley Wiggins went and got some Strawberries (I didn’t think there’d be any) and a fine time was had by her and her family.

So much for the road being closed last week! False alarm there. However, I did see white wooden “horses” on the side of the road so maybe it was closed earlier in the day. Good for us!

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!

We could use a LOT more CSA members! If each of us (we’re now 46) managed to find five 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. Call NOW about the upcoming Farm Bill
3. Bags and you!
4. This week’s list…subject to change without notice (farming is like that)
5. Great story! Scottish school girl blogs about, and photographs, school lunches to raise money to feed school children in Africa and is ordered to stop!
6. Fun, Cool & Interesting Stuff to Do (new events added weekly)
7. Ten reasons to eat Beets!
8. Notes from the Farm
9. What you actually got last week
10. You can do a lot by just clicking!
11. 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. And if you got an email from Judi asking you to confirm that you’re working…you need to respond to that in the time frame stated in the email otherwise she’s going to try and find someone else to take your place.



2. Call NOW about the upcoming Farm Bill

This site was the least complicated in terms of instructions about calling. It’s possible that these amendments have been voted on since yesterday when I got this email but call anyway!

Basically the office workers wanted the names of the amendments after I said that I was calling for the Senator to support several amendments in the Farm Bill. Schumer wanted my name and zip and Gillibrand said their computer system did it for them.

I didn’t bother to go thru the whole speech they give you on the website…
http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/call/urgent_farm_bill_vote_good_bad_ugly/?rd=1&t=5&referring_akid=576.31784.L-SfJ7



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 #9
June 21, 2012

1. Peas: Sugar Snap
2. Peas: Shelling
3. Beets
4. Jerusalem Artichokes
5. Curly Cress *(also known as Pepper Cress)
6. Lettuce

Total Items: 6 (?)

*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/

Flower Share – maybe yes or maybe no!

Herb Share – 3
Oregano AND Savory (not sure if it’s Winter or Summer…my guess is, oddly enough, it’s Winter)



5. Great story! Scottish school girl blogs about, and photographs, school lunches to raise money to feed school children in Africa and is ordered to stop!

How cool is this?
http://www.thebraiser.com/jamie-olivers-favorite-9-year-old-food-blogger-shut-down-by-school-officials/
Scottish girl is awesome in raising money to feed kids in Africa, and putting the spotlight on school lunches!!!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-18454800#TWEET160058
Check out her blog…
http://neverseconds.blogspot.co.uk/



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


June 23rd

Eat Drink Local Week 6/23 to 6/30
For more info:
http://www.ediblemanhattan.com/events/eat-drink-local-week/
We’re thrilled to announce our fourth annual Eat Drink Local Week, an eight-day fest for our foodshed celebrated by Edibles around the Tri-state area. The Week kicks off June 23 and involves partners from every part of our local food system, who urge you to dine out, cook in, and celebrate the ingredients, landscape and people behind our plates through a week’s worth of events, restaurant meals and plenty of cooking and drinking at home. What can you do to join in?


12pm

The Festival
Mechanics Hall
Worcester, MA
$60 per session
For more info and tickets:
www.The-Festival.us

An international celebration of over 60 small brewers and cider makers and food from local food trucks including the Clover Food Truck (locavores…possibly also organic).


Sunday, June 24th

The Festival (see June 23rd)
Worcester, MA

11am

UnCooking Class – East West Asia
Live Island Café
201 E Main St
Huntington
$25
To register:
631-923-1831
rawchefelyse@gmail.com
For more info:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/LiveIslandCafe
http://www.facebook.com/#!/ChefElyse

Join Chef Elyse in making…Sushi, Pad Thai, Scallion Pancakes, Seaweed Salad, Wasabi Mayo, “Salmon”


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


Tuesday, June 26th

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 27th

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, Jeff Negron. Jeff is the owner and operator of The Growing Seed, a for profit business that designs, installs, maintains and harvests vegetable gardens for residential and commercial properties.

Saturday, June 30th

5pm

Eat Drink Local Film Festival
Silas Marder Gallery
120 Snake Hollow Rd
Bridgehampton
FREE (except food for purchase)
For more info:
http://www.parrishart.org/calendar.asp?fp=cal&id=79&pid=1024

5pm – art exhibit opening, 6pm – bee demo, 7:30 – food vendors, 8:30pm – film screening

Celebrating locally produced food, this one-night screening will feature short films and videos about farmers, fishers, vintners, and other food purveyors in the region.

Part of Eat Drink Local week, the food chain celebration organized by Edible magazines throughout the region, with partner restaurants on both forks, the evening will feature tacos from Estia's Little Kitchen in Sag Harbor, beer from Greenport Harbor Beer Company, cheese tastings from Mecox Bay Dairy, a selection of Peconic Bay oysters, local honey from Bee's Needs, and a corresponding honey bee demonstration with Mary Woltz.


Thursday, July 5th

7pm

1st Anniversary of the Holistic Moms Network Huntington Chapter!
1929 Elwood Public Library
E Northport
Jericho Tpke (intersection of Elwood Rd in the shopping center on the northeast corner)
FREE
For more info:
www.holisticmoms.org
Email: huntingtonhmn@aol.com

Join the gang (this group was started by CSA member Vickie Muller) for an informal evening of socializing and planning events for the coming year. Come connect with other parents (and grandparents) interested in holistic health and green living.


August 2nd to 5th

6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
Burlington, VT
For more info and to register:
http://farmtocafeteriaconference.org/6/
Farm to Cafeteria is Digging In! Whether you are new to the movement or have years of wisdom to share, the 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Digging In! is a great opportunity to network, build skills and get energized!
Farm to Cafeteria began with the common goal of building strong communities, healthy individuals and resilient local farms. Across the country great progress has been made connecting farm-fresh foods with K-12 schools, pre-schools, childcare settings, colleges, universities, hospitals, prisons and beyond – now we are Digging In!
The conference will bring together food service professionals, farmers, educators, policy makers, representatives from government agencies and nonprofits, entrepreneurs, students and others who are breaking down barriers and expanding the impact of Farm to Cafeteria.
There will be skill-building short-courses, field trips to innovative Vermont farms and institutions, a diverse workshop program, and plenty of opportunities to network with inspiring individuals from across the country.

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.



7. Ten reasons to eat Beets!

Some are simplistic for us longtime Beet eaters but it’s never a bad idea for reminders…
http://www.bewellbuzz.com/nutrition/10-reasons-eat-beets/



8. Notes from the Farm

June 15, 2012

After a wet several weeks, the sun is back and crops are growing well! This week we planted our second crop of Eggplant and Peppers, as well as our Sweet Potatoes. We hope to do better on these than last year. Our Peas are coming in…Snow peas, Sugar Snap Peas, and Shelling Peas. We should have these for a month or so. Then come Beans and Summer Squashes. Our Beets, Red and Chiogga, are also about ready and will be followed by Carrots, and then Scallions.

This time of year, we also bring in several types of Herbs for everyone – Chives, Oregano, Savory and Thyme. These can be frozen or dried to preserve what is not used fresh. Cilantro, Dill and Basils will be brought in also throughout the season.

Lettuces are looking beautiful this time of year! Cooler nights and enough rainfall has made for large delicious heads. We have about ten types of Lettuce. Radicchio will be ready soon and Fava Beans should show up in early July. There’s much to enjoy now, and look forward to, as our seasons progress.

Thank you for all your support! Our local certified organic farming depends upon it!

Organically yours,
Farmer Bill (Halsey)



9. What you actually got last week

Week #8
June 14, 2012

1. Peas: Snow – 1/2 lb - $3.25
2. Kale: Curly, Green – 1 bunch - $3.25
3. Mustard Greens – 1 bunch - $3.25
4. Lavender – 1 bunch - $2.50
5. Sorrel – 1 bunch - $2.75
6. Lettuce: Leaf, Red – 1 head - $2.75

Total Items: 6
Total Amount: $17.75 (We pay $17.50 per week to our farmer for the food we get every week. Today we’ve gotten $.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 $6.25)

Flower Share
Week #3
Yarrow

Herb Share - 2
Chives AND Rosemary



10. You can do a lot by just clicking!

Click under “Hot Issue” to allow farm workers to be paid for overtime (says “Tell lawmakers to end shameful legacy of racism…”)…
http://www.ufw.org/

Agent Corn…remember Agent Orange? We don’t want this on our food…
Click here to act!
https://act.credoaction.com/campaign/poison_corn/index.html?r=6901345

Email or call your senator today about the Farm Bill!!!
http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/5735/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=6161

Email about Food Bill labeling GMO food…
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=7935



11. And now for something completely different…

Here’s what not eating local looks like!
http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2012/06/see-video-of-the-dominos-supply_chain.html

More food as art…
http://weburbanist.com/2010/05/04/bento-chocolate-and-jesus-10-intriguing-examples-of-food-art/

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Happy Spring!

Green Thumb CSA Strawberry Picking Farm Tour this Saturday! (see #6 under Saturday, June 16th).

MOST IMPORTANT!!! Vickie Muller saw a sign posted saying that Browns Road was going to be close on June 14th . Of course, I’m just remembering now and looked at the Huntington Town Hall website but there’s nothing posted that I can find, and a web search didn’t help either. So, be prepared to take a bit of extra time in getting here today in case you’re rerouted on the way.

This week’s email includes…

1. Your CSA does not need you this week, however…
2. Kids and eating healthier…
3. Bags and you!
4. This week’s list…subject to change without notice (farming is like that)
5. Have an vegetable garden in your yard? Think it’s organic? Think again…
6. Fun, Cool & Interesting Stuff to Do (new events added weekly)
7. Nutritional database including Glycemic Index data…
8. Calling all artists (or spread the word if you know any)…
9. What you actually got last week
10. You can do a lot by just clicking!
11. 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. And if you got an email from Judi asking you to confirm that you’re working…you need to respond to that in the time frame stated in the email otherwise she’s going to try and find someone else to take your place.



2. Kids and healthier eating…

http://www.kiddingaroundthekitchen.com/

The foods kids need to do well in school…
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/new-health/health-nutrition/leslie-beck/what-your-kids-should-eat-to-do-well-in-school/article2154848/

School lunch safety info (though I disagree with her washing her melon with soapy water…water does just fine according to a study done by Cornell University of veggies washes vs water)…
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/30/health/30brody.html?_r=2&ref=health

And a video of homemade granola…
http://fitperez.com/2010-12-28-how-to-get-your-children-to-eat-better-exclusive/?from=PH



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 #8
June 14, 2012

1. Peas: Snow
2. Kale
3. Sorrel
4. Lavender (yes, it’s edible…or just use them as a flower…or dry and use in potpourri or as an herb)*
5. Mustard Greens
6. Lettuce

Total Items: 6 (?)

Flower Share
Week #3
Yarrow (everlasting…means you can dry them)**

*
Drying Lavender…
http://www.purplehazelavender.com/drying.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qD32JwKQJE
http://oldfashionedliving.com/lavender3.html
http://www.jenniferrizzo.com/2012/06/growing-and-drying-lavender.html

**
Drying info…
http://files.campus.edublogs.org/blogs.cornell.edu/dist/3/72/files/2009/03/drying-flowers.pdf
http://pss.uvm.edu/ppp/articles/preserv.html
http://www.drycreekgarden.com/techniques/drying_flowers.cfm
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/archives/parsons/misc/dryflrs.html
http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/plants/landscape/flowers/hgic1151.html

Herbal info is for educational purposes only! Proceed with caution…if at all!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achillea_millefolium
http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/learn/yarrow.php
http://www.thepracticalherbalist.com/component/content/article/40-herbal-encyclopedia/102-yarrow-the-wound-healer.html

Herb Share – 2
Chives AND Rosemary



5. Have an vegetable garden in your yard? Think it’s organic? Think again…

Who knew??? Buy another garden hose and follow the directions…
http://www.alternet.org/story/155718/health_dangers_in_your_hose%3A_are_you_watering_your_garden_with_endocrine_disruptors_and_toxic_chemicals?page=entire
http://www.healthystuff.org/findings.050312.garden.php#pvcfree



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

Saturday, June 16th

10am to 1pm

CSA Strawberry Picking Farm Tour
Green Thumb Farm
Rt 27
Watermill
For more info:
631-726-1900 (9:30am to 4pm)

For CSA members and immediate family only! If you are sharing with someone, only one person/family can attend…people who share often have one person/family go in June for Strawberries and the other go in October for the Pumpkins (if more than two are sharing…sorry, but them’s the breaks!). Rain or shine. Tours start every hour…10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm.


1pm

War on Health: FDAs Power of Tyranny with filmmaker and alternative health expert Gary Null
Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Ave
Huntington
$10 Members/$15 General Public (includes DVDs of War on Health AND Prescriptions for Disaster)
To purchase tickets in advance:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/249995
For more info:
http://www.cinemaartscentre.org/event/gary-null-in-person-with-war-on-health-fdas-power-of-tyranny/

War on Health, FDA’s Power of Tyranny explores the position of the FDA and its role in the current medical paradigm, the current health crisis, and looks at possibilities for a healthier, more holistic health system. Statistical evidence documents hundreds of thousands of injuries and deaths due to conventional medicine due to the lack of oversight by the FDA.


The Seed: A Vegan Experience
82 Mercer St
NYC
$18 per day or $27 for both days ($25 per day at the door IF they’re not sold out already)
For discount tickets…
http://theseed.eventbrite.com/?discount=HSF10&utm_source=Copy+of+Copy+of+Food+Revolution+-+Starting+Today%21%21%21&utm_campaign=Food+Revolution+Summit+2&utm_medium=email
For more info about the event:
http://theseedexperience.com/

Speakers include: Joel Fuhrman, MD, Kathy Freston, Dr McDougall, Sue Coe, Vickie Moran, former LIer Amie Hamlin, and many more!
The Seed invites the vegan-curious, vegan-skeptical, and vegan choir to explore what veganism has to offer today. You’ll gain understanding of the endless benefits of a compassionate, healthful, and earth-conscious existence of the vegan lifestyle. What awaits you at The Seed: 17 Leading Experts Presenting, Including World Champions * Food Samplings Form Top NYC Vegan Restaurants * 7 Cooking & Other Demonstrations * 3 Movie Screenings with Film Directors Q&A * +80 Vendors * Workshops * Spectacular BUST Magazines Craft-tacular * Musical Entertainment * Amazing Raffle Prizes * And Much More!


Sunday, June 17th

11am

UnCooking Class – Raw Italy
Live Island Café
201 E Main St
Huntington
$25
To register:
631-923-1831
rawchefelyse@gmail.com
For more info:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/LiveIslandCafe
http://www.facebook.com/#!/ChefElyse

Join Chef Elyse in making…Marinara, Almond Ricotta, Pumpkin Seed Pesto, Creamy Cashew Tomato Fettucine, Rawsagna, Rawviolis, “Meat” Balls


The Seed: A Vegan Experience
(see June 16th for details)


Tuesday, June 19th

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 20th

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 Christine Waltermyer. Christine is the founder and director of The Natural Kitchen Cooking School, offering Chef’s Training Programs, personal chef service and in-home cooking classes in Princeton, NJ and Manhattan.

June 23rd

Eat Drink Local Week 6/23 to 6/30
For more info:
http://www.ediblemanhattan.com/events/eat-drink-local-week/
We’re thrilled to announce our fourth annual Eat Drink Local Week, an eight-day fest for our foodshed celebrated by Edibles around the Tri-state area. The Week kicks off June 23 and involves partners from every part of our local food system, who urge you to dine out, cook in, and celebrate the ingredients, landscape and people behind our plates through a week’s worth of events, restaurant meals and plenty of cooking and drinking at home. What can you do to join in?


12pm

The Festival
Mechanics Hall
Worcester, MA
$60 per session
For more info and tickets:
www.The-Festival.us

An international celebration of over 60 small brewers and cider makers and food from local food trucks including the Clover Food Truck (locavores…possibly also organic).


Sunday, June 24th

The Festival (see June 23rd)
Worcester, MA

11am

UnCooking Class – East West Asia
Live Island Café
201 E Main St
Huntington
$25
To register:
631-923-1831
rawchefelyse@gmail.com
For more info:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/LiveIslandCafe
http://www.facebook.com/#!/ChefElyse

Join Chef Elyse in making…Sushi, Pad Thai, Scallion Pancakes, Seaweed Salad, Wasabi Mayo, “Salmon”


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


Saturday, June 30th

5pm

Eat Drink Local Film Festival
Silas Marder Gallery
120 Snake Hollow Rd
Bridgehampton
FREE (except food for purchase)
For more info:
http://www.parrishart.org/calendar.asp?fp=cal&id=79&pid=1024

5pm – art exhibit opening, 6pm – bee demo, 7:30 – food vendors, 8:30pm – film screening

Celebrating locally produced food, this one-night screening will feature short films and videos about farmers, fishers, vintners, and other food purveyors in the region.

Part of Eat Drink Local week, the food chain celebration organized by Edible magazines throughout the region, with partner restaurants on both forks, the evening will feature tacos from Estia's Little Kitchen in Sag Harbor, beer from Greenport Harbor Beer Company, cheese tastings from Mecox Bay Dairy, a selection of Peconic Bay oysters, local honey from Bee's Needs, and a corresponding honey bee demonstration with Mary Woltz.


August 2nd to 5th

6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
Burlington, VT
For more info and to register:
http://farmtocafeteriaconference.org/6/
Farm to Cafeteria is Digging In! Whether you are new to the movement or have years of wisdom to share, the 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Digging In! is a great opportunity to network, build skills and get energized!
Farm to Cafeteria began with the common goal of building strong communities, healthy individuals and resilient local farms. Across the country great progress has been made connecting farm-fresh foods with K-12 schools, pre-schools, childcare settings, colleges, universities, hospitals, prisons and beyond – now we are Digging In!
The conference will bring together food service professionals, farmers, educators, policy makers, representatives from government agencies and nonprofits, entrepreneurs, students and others who are breaking down barriers and expanding the impact of Farm to Cafeteria.
There will be skill-building short-courses, field trips to innovative Vermont farms and institutions, a diverse workshop program, and plenty of opportunities to network with inspiring individuals from across the country.

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.



7. Nutritional database including Glycemic Index data…

Interesting database for nutrition info on foods including individual vegetables and includes Glycemic Index data…
http://nutritiondata.self.com/



8. 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


9. What you actually got last week

Week #7
June 7, 2012

1. Peas: Sugar Snap – .75 lb - $4.75
2. Burdock – ¼ lb - $2.25
3. Swiss Chard: Green, Red or Rainbow – 1 bunch - $3.25
4. Cilantro – 1 bunch - $2.25
5. Scallions – 1 bunch - $2.75
6. Lettuce: Oakleaf, Green – 1 head - $2.75

Total Items: 6
Total Amount: $18.00 (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 $6)

Flower Share
Week #2
Sweet Williams



10. You can do a lot by just clicking!

Click to support healthy food in the farm bill…
http://action.ewg.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=1978&tag=201206FarmBillLetterLandingPage

Tomato workers trying to get UFH contract for 23 years!
http://action.ufw.org/page/speakout/sjtomato

Tell the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board to respect farm workers…
http://action.ufw.org/page/speakout/alrb312

Sign petition for national Cesar E. Chavez holiday…
http://action.ufw.org/page/s/chavezpetition?source=web

Click here to support the raising of the minimum wage for food servers (tipped minimum wage) to go from $2.13 to $3.75 (standard minimum wage for other jobs is $7.25)…
http://foodchainworkers.org/?page_id=1526



11. And now for something completely different…

Sandwiches as art…
http://lowcommitmentprojects.com/2012/01/02/sandwich-artist/

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Happy Spring!

Sad to say there was no clear answer to my CSA mystery of last week. So, will have a second person counting when the food comes in from the farm to make sure the count is correct from the start, and will reiterate what I’ve had in just about every CSA email…

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!

We could use a LOT more CSA members! If each of us (we’re now 44) managed to find five 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. News from the Farm
3. Bags and you!
4. This week’s list…subject to change without notice (farming is like that)
5. Farm to School Grant and Survey
6. Fun, Cool & Interesting Stuff to Do (new events added weekly)
7. New cooking game show looking for contestants!
8. Calling all artists (or spread the word if you know any)…
9. What you actually got the last two weeks
10. Anybody want to be a farmer?
11. 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. News from the Farm

June 1, 2012

Welcome back to another CSA season, our 17th (17th total but it’s the 15th season for Huntington). After a warm winter and early spring, May became rainy, damp and cold so our growing season, as always, is challenging. Strawberries and Asparagus both began early, so will end early as well. Our first Strawberries began May 17th …our earliest ever!!! Because of this, we are moving up our Strawberry Picking Spring Farm Tour to June 16th. We will meet in the field on Rose Hill Rd just off Montauk Highway in Water Mill. It’s the same place as previous years. Call 631-726-1900 for more info between 9:30am and 4pm only.

Sugar Snap Peas have begun being picked this week so expect those earlier than usual as well. Our first Beets, Carrots, Scallions, Kales and Kohlrabi’s are growing very well also, and will start being picked by the middle of June. Beans and Summer Squashes have just been planted so will be ready early July. Lettuces and herbs will also be abundant for the month of June. Our other crops all seem to be doing well at this point. Peppers, Eggplants, Tomatoes, are all growing well and right on schedule…so far.

THANK YOU…to all our CSA members for entrusting us to be your farmers. We hope you enjoy our local certified organic bounty!

Organically yours,
Farmer Bill (Halsey)



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 #7
June 7, 2012

1. Strawberries OR Burdock…if there aren’t enough Strawberries (the poor things are getting slammed by the cool wet weather) we’re getting Burdock (called Gobo in Japan)
2. Scallions
3. Peas, Sugar Snap
4. Cilantro
5. Swiss Chard
6. Lettuce

Total Items: 6 (?)

Flower Share
Week #2
Sweet Williams



5. Farm to School Grant and Survey

Farm to school grant deadline is June 15th…if not this year, perhaps look into it for next year…
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/f2s/f2_grant_program.htm

Farm to Preschool National Survey of Program 2012
Are you affiliated with a preschool, childcare, or early care program that works to incorporate local food into meals and snacks, and/or educates children about where food comes from and how it's grown? If so, please take a few moments to fill out this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NationalFarmtoPreschoolSurvey2012

This will allow the National Farm to School Network the ability to see what is happening across the country and begin to make connections between schools, teachers, and communities. Plus, respondents will have the chance to be entered to win $500 towards their Farm to Preschool efforts!



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

Saturday, June 9th

1:30pm

Slow Food East End Potluck and Farm Tour of Mecox Dairy Farm
Mecox Dairy Farm
855 Mecox Rd
Bridgehampton
$18 Members/$22 General Public/$10 Children
To make a reservation:
Pierre blockhousefarms@gmail.com
For more info about the event:
http://www.edibleeastend.com/features/potluck-lunch-mecox-tour-and-wine-cheese-tasting-to-benefit-slow-food/

Guests must bring a dish that can feed six to eight people. There will be a wine and cheese tasting and a tour of the farm and cheese-making facility.


Tuesday, June 12th

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 13th

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 Roberto Romano, the Producer and Director of several important documentaries, including his most recent, The Harvest (see 7:30pm below), which profiles the lives of migrant farm workers, sacrificing their own childhoods to help their families survive.

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

CSA Strawberry Picking Farm Tour
Green Thumb Farm
Watermill
For more info:
631-726-1900 (9:30am to 4pm)

For CSA members and immediate family only! If you are sharing with someone, only one person/family can attend…people who share often have one person/family go in June for Strawberries and the other go in October for the Pumpkins (if more than two are sharing…sorry, but them’s the breaks!). More details TBA


The Seed: A Vegan Experience
82 Mercer St
NYC
$18 per day or $27 for both days ($25 per day at the door IF they’re not sold out already)
For discount tickets…
http://theseed.eventbrite.com/?discount=HSF10&utm_source=Copy+of+Copy+of+Food+Revolution+-+Starting+Today%21%21%21&utm_campaign=Food+Revolution+Summit+2&utm_medium=email
For more info about the event:
http://theseedexperience.com/

Speakers include: Joel Fuhrman, MD, Kathy Freston, Dr McDougall, Sue Coe, Vickie Moran, former LIer Amie Hamlin, and many more!
The Seed invites the vegan-curious, vegan-skeptical, and vegan choir to explore what veganism has to offer today. You’ll gain understanding of the endless benefits of a compassionate, healthful, and earth-conscious existence of the vegan lifestyle. What awaits you at The Seed: 17 Leading Experts Presenting, Including World Champions * Food Samplings Form Top NYC Vegan Restaurants * 7 Cooking & Other Demonstrations * 3 Movie Screenings with Film Directors Q&A * +80 Vendors * Workshops * Spectacular BUST Magazines Craft-tacular * Musical Entertainment * Amazing Raffle Prizes * And Much More!


Sunday, June 17th

The Seed: A Vegan Experience
(see June 16th for details)


June 23rd to June 30th

Eat Drink Local Week
For more info:
http://www.ediblemanhattan.com/events/eat-drink-local-week/
We’re thrilled to announce our fourth annual Eat Drink Local Week, an eight-day fest for our foodshed celebrated by Edibles around the Tri-state area. The Week kicks off June 23 and involves partners from every part of our local food system, who urge you to dine out, cook in, and celebrate the ingredients, landscape and people behind our plates through a week’s worth of events, restaurant meals and plenty of cooking and drinking at home. What can you do to join in?


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


Saturday, June 30th

5pm

Eat Drink Local Film Festival
Silas Marder Gallery
120 Snake Hollow Rd
Bridgehampton
FREE (except food for purchase)
For more info:
http://www.parrishart.org/calendar.asp?fp=cal&id=79&pid=1024

5pm – art exhibit opening, 6pm – bee demo, 7:30 – food vendors, 8:30pm – film screening

Celebrating locally produced food, this one-night screening will feature short films and videos about farmers, fishers, vintners, and other food purveyors in the region.

Part of Eat Drink Local week, the food chain celebration organized by Edible magazines throughout the region, with partner restaurants on both forks, the evening will feature tacos from Estia's Little Kitchen in Sag Harbor, beer from Greenport Harbor Beer Company, cheese tastings from Mecox Bay Dairy, a selection of Peconic Bay oysters, local honey from Bee's Needs, and a corresponding honey bee demonstration with Mary Woltz.


August 2nd to 5th

6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
Burlington, VT
For more info and to register:
http://farmtocafeteriaconference.org/6/
Farm to Cafeteria is Digging In! Whether you are new to the movement or have years of wisdom to share, the 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Digging In! is a great opportunity to network, build skills and get energized!
Farm to Cafeteria began with the common goal of building strong communities, healthy individuals and resilient local farms. Across the country great progress has been made connecting farm-fresh foods with K-12 schools, pre-schools, childcare settings, colleges, universities, hospitals, prisons and beyond – now we are Digging In!
The conference will bring together food service professionals, farmers, educators, policy makers, representatives from government agencies and nonprofits, entrepreneurs, students and others who are breaking down barriers and expanding the impact of Farm to Cafeteria.
There will be skill-building short-courses, field trips to innovative Vermont farms and institutions, a diverse workshop program, and plenty of opportunities to network with inspiring individuals from across the country.

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.



7. New cooking game show looking for contestants!

GSN (Game Show Network) and the producers of THE GREAT FOOD TRUCK RACE, are thrilled to bring you BEAT THE CHEFS, an exciting new cooking game show that celebrates REAL people who make great food! BEAT THE CHEFS gives talented home cooks the chance to go up against some of the best chefs in the business, battle it out in the kitchen, and win a BIG CASH PRIZE ($50,000)!
We are scouring the nation for passionate home cooks from all walks of life. Are you a great cook despite never having been formally trained? Whether you are a chili cook-off champion, the queen of the bake sale, or just a whiz in the kitchen, now is your chance to see if your signature dish has what it takes to compete with our professional chefs! Gather up two of your family members or best friends as your sous chefs and pick the dish that you know will leave the judges begging for more!
We are looking for fun, outgoing teams of all ages. If you love to cook, have a competitive spirit, and think you have a winning dish, email us at BeatTheChefs@rrstaff.com. Please include your name, age, contact info, photo, two proposed teammates (and their photos), a description of your culinary background and your signature dish! Put the CITY/STATE where you live in the subject line for priority!


8. 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


9. What you actually got the last two weeks

May 24, 2012
Week #5

1. Mustard Greens (greenhouse*) – 1 bunch - $3.00
2. Tat Soi (greenhouse*) – 1 bunch - $2.75
3. Chives, Flowering – 1 bunch - $2.25
4. Onions, Spring – 1 bunch - $3.25
5. Strawberries – 1 pt - $3.50
6. Swiss Chard – 1 bunch – $3.25

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 $4.75)

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

May 31, 2012
Week #6

1. Strawberries – 1 qt - $6.50
2. Curly Cress – 1 bunch - $2.25
3. Onions, Spring – 1 bunch - $3.25
4. Kale: Lacinato (Greenhouse*) – 1 bunch - $3.50
5. Radishes – 1 bunch - $2.75

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

Total Items: 5
Total Amount: $18.25 (We pay $17.50 per week to our farmer for the food we get every week. Today we’ve gotten $.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 $5.50)

Flower Share
Week #1
Peonies

Herb Share - #1A
Mint AND Sage



10. Anybody want to be a farmer?

If my significant other didn’t have to live in Huntington to be close to work…I’d be here in a heartbeat!

A farm since the 1920s, 1.04 acres, $324,000, backed up by 190 acres of preserved farmland, Acquebogue on Main Rd, farm stand still standing on road, 4 bedroom cottage with one bath, zoned for horses/farm/nursery use, 2 car garage, chicken coop.

Kate Carpluk
Town and Country Real Estate

http://www.longislandhousehunter.com/homes/22199878/



11. And now for something completely different…

Not hysterically funny but cute…Michelle Obama reads the top 10 on Letterman re: gardening!
http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2012/06/michelle-obama-first-lady-david-letterman-top-10-ten.html