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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Happy Spring (no matter how hot it might be this weekend…it’s not summer till June 21st)!

Help! Can anyone store a CSA share in their fridge for new CSA member Todd Berlent (and big fan of the Paleo diet) till he gets back into town on Friday (or maybe Saturday depending on if he’s getting back late on Friday or not)? If so, let the sign-in table folks, Karen or Priscilla, know that you can pick up for Todd, and then I’ll get Todd your info and vice versa so you guys can coordinate him getting his food. Thanks! 

Mystery of the week! By any chance did anyone take both Herbs last week (Tarragon AND Savory, instead of Tarragon OR Savory)? If so, please let me know as we were short one bunch of Herbs and that would explain it.

Question…Do any of you out there sell Shaklee products, or do you know anyone who does? One of our CSA members is looking to purchase some of their products so if you have a line on this, respond to this email and I’ll get you in touch with them.

Any gardeners? You can order certified organic herb and vegetable plants for your garden from our farm by calling Green Thumb Farm at 631-726-1900, 7 days a week, from 9:30 to 4pm, place your order with a credit card and they will be delivered to the CSA.

BJ’s has organic foodstuffs. If you’d like to check it out and you’re not a member, there’s a coupon on the sign-in desk to try it out that’s valid till July 14th. I’m a fan of their gas prices. Last time I was there it was $3.63 for regular.


This email includes…

1. You can still get in on the Herb Shares!
2. You can still get in on the Flower Shares!
3. Mushroom Share anyone?
4. This week’s list (subject to change without notice…farming is like that!)
5. Click activism
6. Get a guide that lists all the certified organic farms in NY State!
7. Event Listings
8. Any writers (or wanna be writers) out there?
9. What you actually got last week
10. And now for something completely different…



1. You can still get in on the Herb Shares!

If you’ve seen the Herb Share and it looks appealing…you can still get one! Yes, we do get Herbs as part of our regular share, but for some of us…it’s not enough AND believe it or not, Herbs have higher levels of antioxidants than high antioxidant foods like Blueberries (and Berries in general)!
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=news&dbid=35

We Americans don’t use them enough. If you aren’t going to use what Herbs you have within a week or so, you can freeze or dry them (depending on the Herb). So, if you’re interested in an Herb Share, talk to suzanne about how to jump in, and what the pro-rated cost would be. The price to start on June 13th will be $65 (for 2 bunches of Herbs twice a month) per Herb Share. Let me know if you’re interested!



2. You can still get in on the Flower Shares!

The first Flower Share usually turns up the first week in June and is often Peonies. The flowers are certified organic, grown on our farm (Green Thumb Organic Farm), and are a visual delight. I get two Flower Shares because I like fuller arrangements.

If you have a cutting garden in your home it allows you to keep more blossoms in the yard, and you can use these for your home.

If you share with someone and worry about not being there when the flowers show up…make an agreement that if the flowers show up on a week when you’re not there that your share partner can pay you $7 to take them home that week. Just a thought!

If you’re interested, the cost per Flower Share is $70 for 10 weeks (not consecutively but whenever the flowers are ready). Let me know if you’re interested!



3. Mushroom Share anyone?

Our first Mushroom Share delivery is going to be this week! We need to be getting the Mushrooms in 5 lb boxes and we’ve filled our first 5 lb order, and now I’ll be taking names for people interested in the next group. As soon as we get enough people interested, we can figure out when the delivery for the next group will start and how much it will cost. Any questions, just ask!

The same matchmaking service is available if anyone wants to share a Mushroom Share. Are you sharing a share and your share partner doesn’t want Mushrooms? Maybe someone else will share a Mushroom Share with you for the weeks you’re not picking up!

If you know anyone who’d be interested, have them get in touch. You can get a Mushroom Share and not be a CSA member. In fact, one of our Mushroom Share members is Nicole, owner of Sip Tea Lounge in Huntington Village…
http://siptealoungeny.com/

I happened to be watching the tv show Christina Cooks and she was making Tempeh Stroganoff with Shiitake Mushrooms and heard her say this…

Christina Pirello - Shiitake Mushrooms have been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years and they’re known to lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and remove plaque from your arteries. And if you don’t have any heart problems, it also relieves tension in the body. I think those are reasons enough for everybody to include Shiitake Mushrooms in your diet on a regular basis!

Tempeh Stroganoff with Shiitake Mushrooms (hers are dried…just use your fresh ones!)
http://christinacooks.com/best-vegan-recipe/tempeh-stroganoff?A=SearchResult&SearchID=6790752&ObjectID=4154441&ObjectType=35

Her list of recipes using Shiitake Mushrooms…including Shiitake Tea!
http://christinacooks.com/Default.aspx?A=Search&PageID=5385313&Collections=X&OT=6,7,9,43,27,26,48



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

Week #6
May 30, 2013

1. Bok Choi (greenhouse) – 1 bunch
2. Mustard: Red (greenhouse) – 1 bunch
3. Tat Soi (greenhouse) – 1 bunch
4. Spinach – 1 bag
5. Radishes – 1 bunch
6. Scallions – 1 bunch

Total Items: 6 (?)



5. Click activism…

Urge supermarkets, food companies and seafood restaurants to not sell GE Salmon…
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=10107



6. Get a guide that lists all the certified organic farms in NY State!

The NOFA-NY 2013 Food & Farm Guide is about to come out and YOU can be the first on your block to have it.

You have to join NOFA-NY to get it but you know what? It’s worth every penny!

In addition to the guide, you also get subscriptions to The Natural Farmer and NY Organic News, both great publications…especially if you’re at all interested in organic food, gardening and farming!

The suggested minimum amount to join is $30 but if you’re really strapped for cash, they’ll accept $10!
https://www.nofany.org/join



7. Event Listings

Thursday, May 2nd to Sunday, December 8th

9am to 4:30pm

Green Thumb Organic Farm
Montauk Hwy
Water Mill

Our CSA farm’s farm stand is open for the season! If you’re passing by, stop in and say hi and tell them you’re a CSA member and you’re sure to get a smile! There are plants for your garden, flowers for your home and friends you might be visiting in the area and food…lots of food! 


Wednesday, May 1st to Friday, May 31st

The month of May is the Great American Shake Sale! Donate $2 to Share Our Strength to help end childhood hunger, and get a coupon for a free shake ($5 value) to be used on your next visit. Shake Shack uses Fair Trade and local foods (ex - chocolate from Mast Brothers of Brooklyn), and the building is part solar and was built using green building concepts.
For more info:
www.shakeshack.com


Saturday, May 25th to Monday, Sept 2nd

Swedish Culinary Summer
East Hampton
For more info:
www.swedishculinarysummer.com

Swedish cuisine, and worldwide interest in it, has grown exponentially over the last 20 years. Zagat just placed Swedish restaurants in the number two and number three positions in the top ten restaurants in the world and there are three Swedish restaurants on Pellegrino's World's 50 Best Restaurants list. Swedish food is now the darling of media worldwide and especially in the U.S. Swedish Culinary Summer uses food as the universal ambassador to "open the doors" at key charity events in the Hamptons during the summer season: a full summer of top Swedish chefs, food, beverages and consumer goods, plus there will be cooking classes and special dinners available at the Maidstone Hotel.


Saturday, June 1st

Hay House World Summit
online
FREE
Register here:
http://www.hayhouseworldsummit.com/home-registered/
For more info:
http://www.hayhouseworldsummit.com/about-us/

Access to over 100 hours of lectures from people such as Louse Hay, Wayne Dyer, Suze Orman, Baron Baptiste, Kriss Carr, Caroline Myss, Christiane Northrup MD, Joan Borysanko, Deepak Chopra, Sonia Choquette, Mark Hyman MD, Cheryl Richardson and a LOT more. It would cost a FORTUNE to take workshops with these people so this is a pretty good deal.


12pm to 1pm

Food Chain Radio Show…What’s Eating What with Michael Olson
http://metrofarm.com/food-chain-radio

Check out the archives…there’s a LOT of good stuff in there!


5pm to 8pm

Salsa with a Healer Dance Party…for the Gift of Life!
Fred Astaire Dance Studio
132 W Jericho Tpke
Huntington Station
$20 for a Raffle Ticket suggested to be purchased if attending
To register “like” this Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/SalsaWithAHealerForTheGiftOfLife?fref=ts
Info about Gift of Life…
http://www.giftoflifeinternational.org/pages/index.php

This is a benefit for the Gift of Life International. There will be dancing, food, Larocca Organic Wine, raffle prizes (including an Omega juicer!) and lots of like-minded folks interested in health, healing and fun! Attending will be the following single health providers…Donna Martini - is the Ambasador For Wellness in Nassau County, Michael Antonelli, NTP is partner in Nutritional Frontiers, Michael Berlin, DC - is Founder of the Wellness Center in Plainview, Karen Barbosa, DO - is a Breast Surgeon at Winthrop Hospital, Peter Testani - is a Wealth Manager for David Lerner & Associates, Don Nelson - is a Psychotherapist in NYC and Speaker Coach.


Monday, June 10th

4pm to 8pm

The Edible Academy Family Garden Picnic w/ Mario Batali
NY Botanical Garden
Bronx, NY
$40 and up
For more info and to get tickets:
http://www.nybg.org/exhibitions/2013/batali-family-picnic.php

For the kids…make pickles, climb trees, etc, and for the big kids…booksigning, cooking demo (special guest Daphne Oz), and cocktail party. All proceeds benefit The Edible Academy children’s gardening program.


Wednesday, June 12th

7:30pm

Let’s Eat: Food on Film presents…How to Cook Your Life
Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Ave
Huntington
$10 Members/$15 General Public (includes reception and Skype with Edward Espe Brown)
For more info and to buy tickets (this will probably sell out):
http://www.cinemaartscentre.org/event/how-to-cook-your-life/

Filmmaker Doris Dörrie turns her attention to Buddhism and that age-old saying, you are what you eat. In How To Cook Your Life, Dörrie enlists the help of the charismatic Zen Master, chef, and Tessajara Bread Book author Edward Espe Brown to explain the guiding principles of Zen Buddhism as they apply to the preparation of food as well as life itself. This event is co-presented with Slow Food Huntington.


Monday, June 17th

12pm to 3pm

NY Crossroads: Rally to stop fracking and demand alternative energy
East Capitol Lawn
Albany
For more info and to sign up:
https://www.facebook.com/events/200220593434997/
http://nyagainstfracking.org/

There are supposed to be buses from Long Island going and car pools.


Thursday, June 27th

6pm to 9pm

Art With a Purpose
Rush Arts Gallery
526 W 26th St, Suite 311
NYC
$150
For more info and to buy tickets:
http://www.healthyschoolfood.org/events.htm?utm_source=Art+With+a+Purpose+-+1&utm_campaign=Year+End+27th+2012&utm_medium=email

An art exhibit/event with works for sale by such artists as Peter Max and Sue Coe, benefitting the NY Coalition for Healthy School Food. There’ll be vegan food donated by Candle 79 and Candle Café West, and wine donated by Pure Food & Wine and Verity Wine Partners. Jazz music provided by Miles of Music.


Friday, August 9th to Sunday, August 11th

NOFA Summer Conference
U Mass
Amherst, MA
For more info and to register (early bird pricing till July 9th):
http://www.nofasummerconference.org/registration.php
What is NOFA (in particular NOFA-NY)?
https://www.nofany.org/about

CSA members Vickie Muller (along with her daughter) and suzanne j zoubeck attended last year and may be going again this year. If you have any questions, ask one of them. If you’re at all interested in organic gardening, food, food politics, the environment, green living, green housing, renewable energy, alternative health, etc. this is an AMAZING event to attend (over 200 workshops to choose from)! The food is local and organic and there are enough choices whether your diet is gluten-free, raw, vegan or paleo. There are farm tours and parties at night. Also, there are workshops and activities for children from ages 2 to 17 so it’s fun for the whole family…or for singles…or seniors…or anyone!


8. Any writers (or wanna be writers) out there?

Enter the Locavore Challenge Essay Contest!

In 500 words or less tell NOFA-NY what it means to you to take on the challenge of eating locally and organically. Be inspiring. Be creative. Be engaging.

The winner of the essay contest will have their essay printed in the fall "Locavore Challenge" issue of New York Organic News. They will also receive $50 worth of books from the Storey Publishing catalog and a one-year subscription to a wonderful new quarterly magazine entitled Taproot.

Essays must be submitted via e-mail in a word document to tanya@nofany.org by midnight June 15th.

To learn more about our Locavore Challenge,click https://www.nofany.org/events/locavore-challenge . If you would like to receive a free copy of the "Locavore Challenge" issue of our New York Organic News, please send your name and address to membership@nofany.org



9. What you actually got last week


Week #5
May 23, 2013

1. Arugula (greenhouse) – 1 bunch - $3.25
2. Mizuna (greenhouse) – 1 bunch - $3.25
3. Tat Soi (greenhouse) – 1 bunch - $3.25
4. Leeks – 1 bunch - $3.50
5. Kale, Siberian: White (last week of Kale for a while) – 1 bunch - $3.50
6. Tarragon* OR Savory, Winter **– 1 bunch - $2.50

Total Items: 6
Total Amount: $19.25 (we pay $17.50 for our weekly CSA share so this week we’ve gotten $1.75 worth of food more than we paid for PLUS a bunch of Cilantro on top of that…so the total extra value we’ve gotten so far this season…is $7.50)

Herb Share
May – Week B
Mint AND Thyme

*
Tarragon – no Veg Info Sheet on this so here’s some online info…
http://www.tasteofhome.com/Herbs-and-Spices/Tarragon
http://www.herbinfosite.com/?page_id=357
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarragon
http://homecooking.about.com/od/herbsspices1/a/tarragontips.htm
http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/tarragon-herb.html
http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/learn/tarragon.php
http://botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/t/tarrag07.html
http://www.nwitimes.com/niche/get-healthy/healthy-living/herbal-healer-what-is-tarragon/article_ec5d25b8-37f6-5211-a0fe-6013fd127863.html

**
Savory - no Veg Info Sheet on this so here’s some online info…
http://www.gardenherbs.org/savory.htm
Winter Savory
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_savory
http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/s/savwin25.html
http://extension.psu.edu/plants/gardening/herbs/all-herbs/winter-savory
http://www.campaignforrealfarming.org/2012/01/herb-of-the-month-winter-savory/



10. And now for something completely different…

Why can’t I find this at BJ’s (or anywhere else in the USA for that matter)?
http://kotaku.com/5991860/the-creepiest-fruit-china-has-to-offer

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Happy Spring!

CSA weather report…thunder storms…some possibly severe…umbrellas and consider driving the flat way * to the CSA and avoiding West Shore Rd which has a tendency to flood.

*take West Neck Rd (off of Main St/25A) north to John Daves Lane and make a right on to John Daves Lane. Make your first left on to Southdown Rd and then your first right on to Browns Rd and the UUFH/CSA is right after the Southdown Elementary School. This is a good way to keep in mind for heavy rains to avoid flooding (may happen today) and in icy or snowy conditions (come Nov/Dec this can be an issue) to avoid slipping and sliding down hilly roads.

Any gardeners? You can order certified organic herb and vegetable plants for your garden from our farm by calling Green Thumb Farm at 631-726-1900, 7 days a week, from 9:30 to 4pm, place your order with a credit card and they will be delivered to the CSA.


This email includes…

1. You can still get in on the Herb Shares!
2. You can still get in on the Flower Shares!
3. Mushroom Share anyone?
4. This week’s list (subject to change without notice…farming is like that!)
5. Click activism
6. Want Hot Dogs this Memorial Day Weekend?
7. Event Listings
8. Ways to avoid toxins…including things that are food related…
9. What you actually got last week
10. And now for something completely different…



1. You can still get in on the Herb Shares!

If you see the Herb Share today and it looks appealing…you can still get one! Yes, we do get Herbs as part of our regular share (we’re getting Tarragon or Savory today), but for some of us…it’s not enough AND believe it or not, Herbs have higher levels of antioxidants than high antioxidant foods like Blueberries (and Berries in general)!
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=news&dbid=35

We Americans don’t use them enough. If you aren’t going to use what Herbs you have within a week or so, you can freeze or dry them (depending on the Herb). So, if you’re interested in an Herb Share, talk to suzanne about how to jump in, and what the pro-rated cost would be. The price to start on June 13th will be $65 (for 2 bunches of Herbs twice a month) per Herb Share. Let me know if you’re interested!



2. You can still get in on the Flower Shares!

The first Flower Share usually turns up the first week in June and is often Peonies. The flowers are certified organic, grown on our farm (Green Thumb Organic Farm), and are a visual delight. I get two Flower Shares because I like fuller arrangements.

If you have a cutting garden in your home it allows you to keep more blossoms in the yard, and you can use these for your home.

If you share with someone and worry about not being there when the flowers show up…make an agreement that if the flowers show up on a week when you’re not there that your share partner can pay you $7 to take them home that week. Just a thought!

If you’re interested, the cost per Flower Share is $70 for 10 weeks (not consecutively but whenever the flowers are ready). Let me know if you’re interested!



3. Mushroom Share anyone?

Our first Mushroom Share delivery is going to be on May 30th. We need to be getting the Mushrooms in 5 lb boxes and we’ve filled our first 5 lb order, and now I’ll be taking names for people interested in the next group. As soon as we get enough people interested, we can figure out when the delivery for the next group will start and how much it will cost. Any questions, just ask!

The same matchmaking service is available if anyone wants to share a Mushroom Share. Are you sharing a share and your share partner doesn’t want Mushrooms? Maybe someone else will share a Mushroom Share with you for the weeks you’re not picking up!

If you know anyone who’d be interested, have them get in touch. You can get a Mushroom Share and not be a CSA member. In fact, one of our Mushroom Share members is Nicole, owner of Sip Tea Lounge in Huntington Village…
http://siptealoungeny.com/
Nicole had joined a CSA for this season before she was aware there were other CSA options in the area, but she heard about our Mushroom Share and couldn’t resist! 

Check out where Dr Weil puts Asian Mushrooms (Shiitakes…and Oysters which we might also get in the share from time to time…are indeed that  ) on his Anti-Inflammatory Diet Pyramid (and click on them too)…
http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02995/Dr-Weil-Anti-Inflammatory-Food-Pyramid.html



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

Week #5
May 23, 2013

1. Arugula (greenhouse) – 1 bunch
2. Mizuna (greenhouse) – 1 bunch
3. Tat Soi (greenhouse) – 1 bunch
4. Leeks – 1 bunch
5. Kale, Siberian: White (last week of Kale for a while) – 1 bunch
6. Tarragon* OR Savory (winter? summer?) **– 1 bunch

Herb Share
May – Week B
Mint AND Thyme

*
Tarragon – no Veg Info Sheet on this so here’s some online info…
http://www.tasteofhome.com/Herbs-and-Spices/Tarragon
http://www.herbinfosite.com/?page_id=357
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarragon
http://homecooking.about.com/od/herbsspices1/a/tarragontips.htm
http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/tarragon-herb.html
http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/learn/tarragon.php
http://botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/t/tarrag07.html
http://www.nwitimes.com/niche/get-healthy/healthy-living/herbal-healer-what-is-tarragon/article_ec5d25b8-37f6-5211-a0fe-6013fd127863.html

**
Savory - no Veg Info Sheet on this so here’s some online info…
http://www.gardenherbs.org/savory.htm
Winter Savory
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_savory
http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/s/savwin25.html
http://extension.psu.edu/plants/gardening/herbs/all-herbs/winter-savory
http://www.campaignforrealfarming.org/2012/01/herb-of-the-month-winter-savory/
Summer Savory
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summer_savory
http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/s/savsum24.html
http://www.ediblemanhattan.com/topics/food-dining/recipes/summer-savory-is-the-skinny-herb-nobody-knows-but-all-cooks-should-grow/



5. Click activism…

A. Any day now, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam could sign into law an "Ag-Gag" bill designed to intimidate the journalists and whistleblowers who gather this compelling visual evidence. Those investigations are critical to exposing terrible cruelty to animals, as well as conditions that threaten our food safety.
The bill would make it illegal to wait more than 48 hours to turn over videos or photographs of animal abuse to law enforcement, which keeps investigators from revealing patterns of corporate wrongdoing and abuse by forcing them to expose themselves after only two days
Sign ag-gag petition…
https://www.aclu.org/secure/veto-the-TN-ag-gag?ms=autofire_130424_acluaction_aggag

B. Tell Congress…don’t let food workers go hungry and support the Fair Minimum Wage Act…
http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/tell-congress-dont-let

“I work as a server and I work very hard. Some months I don't make enough to pay my bills and I don't get benefits. Often times when I get my paycheck it's only $20 because of the taxes I have to pay on my tips. I honestly could not afford to take my family out to eat at the restaurant that I work at. If my hourly wage were higher I would be able to pay for my basic expenses without worrying every day if my tips are going to be enough to cover the next bill that's due.” -Kaycee, FMWA supporter

C. Take action for a fair food & farm bill and help repeal the Monsanto Protection Act! Sign the petition from the Center for Food Safety…
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=10982

D. Label genetically engineered foods! Sign the petition from the Environmental Working Group…
http://action.ewg.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=2024&tag=201305FBGEAmendFull&utm_source=201305fbgeamendfull&utm_medium=email&utm_content=first-link&utm_campaign=food

E. Tell the Bureau of Land Management to ban fracking on federal lands…
http://act.credoaction.com/letter/blm_fracking_ban/?rd=1&t=5&referring_akid=7948.2109721.JhqUcE



6. Want Hot Dogs this Memorial Day Weekend?

These are the ones recommended by the folks at Rodale News…
http://www.rodalenews.com/beef-hotdogs?cm_mmc=TheDailyFixNL-_-1304386-_-05222013-_-The_10_Best_Grassfed_Hotdogs_text

If you want to know more about Rodale, all the way at the bottom of this page there’s something called “The Rodale Story”. Click on that for more info!



7. Event Listings

Thursday, May 2nd to Sunday, December 8th

9am to 4:30pm

Green Thumb Organic Farm
Montauk Hwy
Water Mill

Our CSA farm’s farm stand is open for the season! If you’re passing by, stop in and say hi and tell them you’re a CSA member and you’re sure to get a smile! There are plants for your garden, flowers for your home and friends you might be visiting in the area and food…lots of food! 


Wednesday, May 1st to Friday, May 31st

The month of May is the Great American Shake Sale! Donate $2 to Share Our Strength to help end childhood hunger, and get a coupon for a free shake ($5 value) to be used on your next visit. Shake Shack uses Fair Trade and local foods (ex - chocolate from Mast Brothers of Brooklyn), and the building is part solar and was built using green building concepts.
For more info:
www.shakeshack.com


Thursday, May 23rd

4:30pm to 6pm

Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Lovingood Fitness Lounge & Spa
310 NY Ave
Huntington

Bodywork presentations…chair massages…raffle prizes…refreshments! You may need to register thru the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce (how I learned about this), or you could just stop by and see what happens.


Saturday, May 25th to Monday, Sept 2nd

Swedish Culinary Summer
East Hampton
For more info:
www.swedishculinarysummer.com

Swedish cuisine, and worldwide interest in it, has grown exponentially over the last 20 years. Zagat just placed Swedish restaurants in the number two and number three positions in the top ten restaurants in the world and there are three Swedish restaurants on Pellegrino's World's 50 Best Restaurants list. Swedish food is now the darling of media worldwide and especially in the U.S. Swedish Culinary Summer uses food as the universal ambassador to "open the doors" at key charity events in the Hamptons during the summer season: a full summer of top Swedish chefs, food, beverages and consumer goods, plus there will be cooking classes and special dinners available at the Maidstone Hotel.


Saturday, May 25th

12pm to 1pm

Food Chain Radio Show presents…author Mark Prendergast with For God, Country & Coca Cola
http://metrofarm.com/food-chain-radio
Topics include a look at the secret ingredients of the original Coca-Cola; how the Coca-Cola company grew to become one of the world’s most successful companies; and what the future might look like for the soft drink industry.
2pm to 5pm

March Against Monsanto
1. H Lee Dennison Bldg
Hauppauge
2. Union Square
NYC
For more info:
http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/


Wednesday, May 29th

7pm

Slow Food Huntington
Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Ave
Huntington
FREE

Attend the first open meeting with the new Board of Directors, meet new people, discuss the issues that are the most important to you, find ways in which you can get involved, and share a delicious meal!


Saturday, June 1st

Hay House World Summit
online
FREE
Register here:
http://www.hayhouseworldsummit.com/home-registered/
For more info:
http://www.hayhouseworldsummit.com/about-us/

Access to over 100 hours of lectures from people such as Louse Hay, Wayne Dyer, Suze Orman, Baron Baptiste, Kriss Carr, Caroline Myss, Christiane Northrup MD, Joan Borysanko, Deepak Chopra, Sonia Choquette, Mark Hyman MD, Cheryl Richardson and a LOT more. It would cost a FORTUNE to take workshops with these people so this is a pretty good deal.

5pm to 8pm

Salsa with a Healer Dance Party…for the Gift of Life!
Fred Astaire Dance Studio
132 W Jericho Tpke
Huntington Station
$20 for a Raffle Ticket suggested to be purchased if attending
To register “like” this Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/SalsaWithAHealerForTheGiftOfLife?fref=ts
Info about Gift of Life…
http://www.giftoflifeinternational.org/pages/index.php

This is a benefit for the Gift of Life International. There will be dancing, food, Larocca Organic Wine, raffle prizes (including an Omega juicer!) and lots of like-minded folks interested in health, healing and fun! Attending will be the following single health providers…Donna Martini - is the Ambasador For Wellness in Nassau County, Michael Antonelli, NTP is partner in Nutritional Frontiers, Michael Berlin, DC - is Founder of the Wellness Center in Plainview, Karen Barbosa, DO - is a Breast Surgeon at Winthrop Hospital, Peter Testani - is a Wealth Manager for David Lerner & Associates, Don Nelson - is a Psychotherapist in NYC and Speaker Coach.


Monday, June 10th

4pm to 8pm

The Edible Academy Family Garden Picnic w/ Mario Batali
NY Botanical Garden
Bronx, NY
$40 and up
For more info and to get tickets:
http://www.nybg.org/exhibitions/2013/batali-family-picnic.php

For the kids…make pickles, climb trees, etc, and for the big kids…booksigning, cooking demo (special guest Daphne Oz), and cocktail party. All proceeds benefit The Edible Academy children’s gardening program.


Wednesday, June 12th

7:30pm

Let’s Eat: Food on Film presents…How to Cook Your Life
Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Ave
Huntington
$10 Members/$15 General Public (includes reception and Skype with Edward Espe Brown)
For more info and to buy tickets (this will probably sell out):
http://www.cinemaartscentre.org/event/how-to-cook-your-life/

Filmmaker Doris Dörrie turns her attention to Buddhism and that age-old saying, you are what you eat. In How To Cook Your Life, Dörrie enlists the help of the charismatic Zen Master, chef, and Tessajara Bread Book author Edward Espe Brown to explain the guiding principles of Zen Buddhism as they apply to the preparation of food as well as life itself. This event is co-presented with Slow Food Huntington.


Monday, June 17th

12pm to 3pm

NY Crossroads: Rally to stop fracking and demand alternative energy
East Capitol Lawn
Albany
For more info and to sign up:
https://www.facebook.com/events/200220593434997/
http://nyagainstfracking.org/

There are supposed to be buses from Long Island going and car pools.


Thursday, June 27th

6pm to 9pm

Art With a Purpose
Rush Arts Gallery
526 W 26th St, Suite 311
NYC
$150
For more info and to buy tickets:
http://www.healthyschoolfood.org/events.htm?utm_source=Art+With+a+Purpose+-+1&utm_campaign=Year+End+27th+2012&utm_medium=email

An art exhibit/event with works for sale by such artists as Peter Max and Sue Coe, benefitting the NY Coalition for Healthy School Food. There’ll be vegan food donated by Candle 79 and Candle Café West, and wine donated by Pure Food & Wine and Verity Wine Partners. Jazz music provided by Miles of Music.


Friday, August 9th to Sunday, August 11th

NOFA Summer Conference
U Mass
Amherst, MA
For more info and to register (early bird pricing till July 9th):
http://www.nofasummerconference.org/registration.php
What is NOFA (in particular NOFA-NY)?
https://www.nofany.org/about

CSA members Vickie Muller (along with her daughter) and suzanne j zoubeck attended last year and may be going again this year. If you have any questions, ask one of them. If you’re at all interested in organic gardening, food, food politics, the environment, green living, green housing, renewable energy, alternative health, etc. this is an AMAZING event to attend (over 200 workshops to choose from)! The food is local and organic and there are enough choices whether your diet is gluten-free, raw, vegan or paleo. There are farm tours and parties at night. Also, there are workshops and activities for children from ages 2 to 17 so it’s fun for the whole family…or for singles…or seniors…or anyone!


8. Ways to avoid toxins…including things that are food related…

http://www.alternet.org/environment/bill-moyers-12-ways-you-can-avoid-toxic-chemicals?akid=10466.238255.1nqTFy&rd=1&src=newsletter843715&t=6&paging=off



9. What you actually got last week

Week #4
May 16, 2013

1. Arugula (greenhouse) – 1 bunch - $3.25
2. Radishes (greenhouse) – 1 bunch - $3.25
3. Chives – 1 bunch - $2.50
4. Tat Soi (greenhouse) – 1 bunch - $3.25
5. Beans, Black: dried – 1 bag - $2.75
6. Kale, Russian: White OR Red – 1 bunch - $3.50

Total Items: 6
Total Amount: $18.50 (we pay $17.50 for our weekly CSA share so this week we’ve gotten $1.00 worth of food more than we paid for PLUS a bunch of Cilantro on top of that…so the total extra value we’ve gotten so far this season…is $5.75)



10. And now for something completely different…

For children of all ages!!!

Get creative…make food AND make art!

Slide #7 features Chiogga Beets (we get those) and Carrots that are dark purple on the outside and orange on the inside (we’ve had those too)…
http://www.doctoroz.com/slideshow/cute-foods-get-your-kids-eat-healthier

And a bazillion more ideas and images…
http://pinterest.com/foodhero/creative-veggies/
http://pinterest.com/recipeart/edible-art-food-art/
http://pinterest.com/planetpals/food-fun-for-kids-healthy-too/
http://www.livinglocurto.com/2011/09/vegetable-trays/
http://ohhappyday.com/2012/05/kids-plates-diy/

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Happy St. Honore Day!

May 16th is the Feast Day of St. Honore, the patron saint of bakers and pastry chefs, and the inspiration for the St. Honore cake! 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Honor%C3%A9_cake

Have to thank first year CSA member (and art teacher) Heather Engle for her idea of having me send the CSA emails to myself to keep everyone’s email address private. We’re looking into finally dealing with a bulk email program like Mail Chimp or Constant Contact which will make this issue sending out multiple emails a (thankfully) moot point! Anybody out there have any experiences, positive or negative, with either of these programs or any like them? Please feel free to share! 

Any gardeners? You can order certified organic herb and vegetable plants for your garden from our farm by calling Green Thumb Farm at 631-726-1900, 7 days a week, from 9:30 to 4pm, place your order with a credit card and they will be delivered to the CSA.

Can you help solve this mystery!!! Last week at the end of the night when we count what food is left over (if any), it appears we had 1 less bunch of Arugula than we should have, and 1 extra bunch of Cilantro, Swiss Chard and Kale. By any chance, did any of you not want the Cilantro, Swiss Chard and/or Kale and either 1) didn’t take it, and/or 2) took an extra Arugula and then didn’t take the Swiss Chard, Cilatro or Kale as an exchange, or 3) did anyone by accident take an extra bunch of Arugula? Please let me know if you can help solve this mystery.

In the future, if you’re not going to take something, please let someone at the front desk or at one of the tables know. And, the CSA system does not allow for any independent exchanges of substituting one food for another within the CSA share as it will end up with someone not getting the food they paid for (not fair and not nice!  ). Since there are a number of first year members, such a mistake could be perfectly understandable (in the past 15 years, it’s happened before).

Lastly, it’s always a good idea to check your bags before you leave the CSA to make sure that you’ve taken the entire CSA share (some people get home and realize they didn’t take something and unless they realize it before 7:30pm, it’s been donated and is gone), and also check to make sure you haven’t taken more than your share (if little ones are involved, sometimes they put something in a bag that was already taken, and sometimes us grownups make mistakes and take the same thing twice).

This email includes…

1. You can still get an Herb Share!
2. How do you feel about McDonald’s?
3. Mushroom Share anyone?
4. This week’s list (subject to change without notice…farming is like that!)
5. Anyone use a leaf blower on your property? Check this out!
6. Farm Bill debate begins…your voice is needed!
7. Event Listings
8. Did you hear about the all vegetarian school lunch program in NYC?
9. What you actually got last week
10. And now for something completely different…



1. You can still get an Herb Share!

If you see the Herb Share today and it looks appealing…you can still get one! Yes, we do get Herbs as part of our regular share (we’re getting Cilantro today), but for some of us…it’s not enough AND believe it or not, Herbs have higher levels of antioxidants than high antioxidant foods like Blueberries (and Berries in general)!
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=news&dbid=35

We Americans don’t use them enough. If you aren’t going to use what Herbs you have within a week or so, you can freeze or dry them (depending on the Herb). So, if you’re interested in an Herb Share, talk to suzanne about how to jump in, and what the pro-rated cost would be. The price to start on May 23rd will be $70 (for 2 bunches of Herbs twice a month).



2. How do you feel about McDonald’s?

If it’s anything like the way Anna Lappe* feels, check out this website if you want to help stop its predatory marketing to children…
http://www.stopcorporateabuse.org/momsnotlovinit

*
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Lapp%C3%A9



3. Mushroom Share anyone?

Our first Mushroom Share delivery is going to be on May 23rd . We need to be getting the Mushrooms in 5 lb boxes and we’ve filled our first 5 lb order, and now I’ll be taking names for people interested in the next group. As soon as we get enough people interested, we can figure out when the delivery for the next group will start and how much it will cost. Any questions, just ask!

The same matchmaking service is available if anyone wants to share a Mushroom Share. Are you sharing a share and your share partner doesn’t want Mushrooms? Maybe someone else will share a Mushroom Share with you for the weeks you’re not picking up!

If you know anyone who’d be interested, have them get in touch. You can get a Mushroom Share and not be a CSA member. In fact, one of our Mushroom Share members is Nicole, owner of Sip Tea Lounge in Huntington Village…
http://siptealoungeny.com/
Nicole had joined a CSA for this season before she was aware there were other CSA options in the area, but she heard about our Mushroom Share and couldn’t resist! 

Check out where Dr Weil puts Asian Mushrooms (Shiitakes…and Oysters which we might also get in the share from time to time…are indeed that  ) on his Anti-Inflammatory Diet Pyramid (and click on them too)…
http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02995/Dr-Weil-Anti-Inflammatory-Food-Pyramid.html



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

Week #4
May 16, 2013

1. Arugula – 1 bunch
2. Radishes – 1 bunch
3. Chives – 1 bunch
4. Tat Soi – 1 bunch
5. Beans, Black: dried – 1 bag
6. Kale, Russian: White and/or Red – 1 bunch

Total Items: 6 (?)



5. . Anyone use a leaf blower on your property? Check this out!

CSA member Bonnie Sager (sharing with CSA member Joe & Juanita Wetherell) let me know that using a leaf blower is not good if you want to be practicing organic gardening methods on your lawn and in your garden, AND they’re not good for solar panels!

And Dr. Andrew Weil agrees…
http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/id/ART02059



6. Farm Bill debate begins…your voice is needed!

Click here to take action and tell Congress that the Farm Bill should support healthy farms and food, and not processed foods and industrial agriculture (and let me know if it’s a problem because I acted on it already…I’m clueless as to how these things work!)…
http://www.ucsusa.org/action/

And visit the Union of Concerned Scientists interactive healthy farm graphic…
http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/solutions/advance-sustainable-agriculture/healthy-farm-vision/



7. Event Listings

Wednesday, May 1st to Friday, May 31st

The month of May is the Great American Shake Sale! Donate $2 to Share Our Strength to help end childhood hunger, and get a coupon for a free shake ($5 value) to be used on your next visit. Shake Shack uses Fair Trade and local foods (ex - chocolate from Mast Brothers of Brooklyn), and the building is part solar and was built using green building concepts.
For more info:
www.shakeshack.com


Friday, May 10th to Sunday, May 19th

LI Craft Beer Week
For details…
www.longislandcraftbeerweek.com

It’s a 10 day celebration of the making and drinking of local beer!


Friday, May 17th

5pm to 7pm

East End Food Revolution Day
Bridgehampton School Greenhouse
2685 Montauk Hwy
Bridgehampton

Cooking Demos by Bhavani Jaroff (Slow Food Huntington), Bryan Futerman (Foody’s of Water Mill) and Nadia Ernestus (Hampton’s Health Coach) Music provided by the Bridge Marimba Band. Potluck dinner so bring a fresh, local dish (entrée, side or dessert) to feed 6 to 8 people. Local farmers will be on hand to answer questions about growing vegetables.


Saturday, May 18th

10am to 5pm

Long Island Fleece and Fiber Fair
Hallockville Museum Farm
6038 Sound Ave
Riverhead
$5
http://www.hallockville.com/fiber_fair.html

CSA member Patti Edwards will be here at her table with her Rare Sheep Breeds display so she’s unable to attend the CSA meeting today but if you go…say hi!

10am to 6pm

The Seed
82 Mercer St
NYC
$22 to $40
For more info and tickets:
http://theseedexperience.com/

2 days of vegan See.. Eat.. Hear.. FEEL VEGAN. Two days of vegan exploration await you. Nourish your taste buds on scrumptious plant-based food from New York’s famed vegan restaurants – the best in the world! Get inspired by world-renowned speakers, champion athletes, and top chefs. Provoke new thoughts with award-winning films and their directors. Discover the vast market of cruelty-free products and services. And much more.

10:30am to noon

Green Thumb CSA – Huntington Monthly Meeting
Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Ave
Huntington
RSVP (up till Friday afternoon, May 17th but if you show up unannounced you’ll still be most welcome  )…
Respond to this email or call 631-421-4864

10:30am to 10:45am - Gathering (snacks provided but feel free to add to the table)
10:45am to 11:15am – Strawberries
11:15am to noon – CSA member input on most anything but in particular…how to increase membership and suggestions of how to improve the CSA

11am to 4pm

10th Annual Health & Fitness Fair
Audrey Avenue
Oyster Bay
FREE

Massages, holistic health, kids games…if you go, see if you think there’d be a place for our CSA to table next year and let me know!

As part of this event there will be the 8th Annual Brooke Jackman Run for Literacy (you may see CSA member Bob Buhmann there which is why he can’t make it to the CSA meeting this morning)…
http://brookejackmanfoundation.org/events/

Starting at 9:15am there will be entertainment for kids and this event starts at 9:45am.


Sunday, May 19th

10am to 6pm

The Seed
(see Saturday, May 18th)

11am to 3pm

Delta T4X Pop-Up (from 5/19 to 5/22)
376 Broadway
NYC

Free Shake Shack burger coupons being given out as long as they last!


Monday, May 20th

11am to 3pm

Delta T4X Pop-Up (from 5/19 to 5/22)
376 Broadway
NYC

Free Shake Shack burger coupons being given out as long as they last!


Tuesday, May 21st

11am to 3pm

Delta T4X Pop-Up (from 5/19 to 5/22)
376 Broadway
NYC

Free Shake Shack burger coupons being given out as long as they last!


Wednesday, May 22nd

11am to 3pm

Delta T4X Pop-Up (from 5/19 to 5/22)
376 Broadway
NYC

Free Shake Shack burger coupons being given out as long as they last!

6pm to 8pm

Educated Eater: International Cuisine, Local Ingredients
International Culinary Center
462 Broadway (Grand & Broome)
NYC
FREE (suggested donation $10) but reserved tickets are required
To get tickets:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/382423

This panel discussion and tasting will delve into the stories behind dishes that recall flavors from afar but which re-emerge here in the city, made with ingredients grown in the Northeast. Speakers include Romy Dorotan of Purple Yam, Carl Christian Frederiksen of Aamanns, Hiroko Shimbo, author of Hiroko's American Kitchen, and more. This event is hosted in collaboration with Greenmarkets GrowNYC through Slow Food NYC's Snail of Approval Collaboration series.

Saturday, May 25th to Monday, Sept 2nd

Swedish Culinary Summer
East Hampton
For more info:
www.swedishculinarysummer.com

Swedish cuisine, and worldwide interest in it, has grown exponentially over the last 20 years. Zagat just placed Swedish restaurants in the number two and number three positions in the top ten restaurants in the world and there are three Swedish restaurants on Pellegrino's World's 50 Best Restaurants list. Swedish food is now the darling of media worldwide and especially in the U.S. Swedish Culinary Summer uses food as the universal ambassador to "open the doors" at key charity events in the Hamptons during the summer season: a full summer of top Swedish chefs, food, beverages and consumer goods, plus there will be cooking classes and special dinners available at the Maidstone Hotel.


Saturday, May 25th

2pm to 5pm

March Against Monsanto
1. H Lee Dennison Bldg
Hauppauge
2. Union Square
NYC
For more info:
http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/


Wednesday, May 29th

7pm

Slow Food Huntington
Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Ave
Huntington
FREE

Attend the first open meeting with the new Board of Directors, meet new people, discuss the issues that are the most important to you, find ways in which you can get involved, and share a delicious meal!



8. Did you hear about the all vegetarian school lunch program in NYC?

In Flushing, Queens, PS244 has an all vegetarian lunch program with organic Tofu, and the students are fine with it.

I would have liked to have seen an organic Salad Bar option along with the rest of the menu but just goes to show you…it can be done!
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/queens/garden_variety_school_lunches_J5vR0TscuZi8QMz71kzNsJ



9. What you actually got last week


Week #3
May 9, 2013

1. Arugula (greenhouse grown) – 1 bunch - $3.00
2. Tat Soi (greenhouse grown) – 1 bunch - $3.00
3. Swiss Chard – 1 bunch - $3.50
4. Scallions – 1 bunch - $2.75
5. Kale: Bor, Red – 1 bunch - $3.50
6. Kale Raab/Rabe: Russian, White (last week) – 1 bunch - $3.50
7. Cilantro – 1 bunch - FREE

Total Items: 7
Total Amount: $19.25 (we pay $17.50 for our weekly CSA share so this week we’ve gotten $1.75 worth of food more than we paid for PLUS a bunch of Cilantro on top of that…so the total extra value we’ve gotten so far this season…is $4.75)

Herb Share
May - Week A

Chives & Oregano



10. And now for something completely different…

Two corn chips in a playground…(spoiler alert…it doesn’t exactly have a happy ending)…
http://vimeo.com/65102146

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Happy Spring (and it’s a new moon eclipse today)!

Bring your umbrella AND your bags to the CSA as it seems like it’s going to be a rainy day! 

Any gardeners? You can order certified organic herb and vegetable plants for your garden from our farm by calling Green Thumb Farm at 631-726-1900, 7 days a week, from 9:30 to 4pm, place your order with a credit card and they will be delivered to the CSA.

This email includes…

1. You can still get an Herb Share!
2. Mother’s Day Flowers
3. Mushroom Share anyone?
4. This week’s list (subject to change without notice…farming is like that!)
5. Time to protest regarding GE Salmon again…
6. Any Shake Shack fans out there?
7. Event Listings
8. Been to The Purple Elephant in Northport yet?
9. What you actually got last week
10. And now for something completely different…



1. You can still get an Herb Share!

If you see the Herb Share today and it looks appealing…you can still get one! Yes, we do get Herbs as part of our regular share (we’re getting Cilantro today), but for some of us…it’s not enough AND believe it or not, Herbs have higher levels of antioxidants than high antioxidant foods like Blueberries (and Berries in general)!
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=news&dbid=35

We Americans don’t use them enough. If you aren’t going to use what Herbs you have within a week or so, you can freeze or dry them (depending on the Herb). So, if you’re interested in an Herb Share, talk to suzanne about how to jump in, and what the pro-rated cost would be. The price to start on May 23rd will be $70 (for 2 bunches of Herbs twice a month).



2. Mother’s Day Flowers

Apparently there’s still time to order Mother’s Day flowers from Organic Bouquet for organic and/or sustainably grown flowers…
http://www.organicbouquet.com/Product/ProdList.aspx?subCatId=553



3. Mushroom Share anyone?

Our first Mushroom Share delivery is going to be on May 23rd and I’m looking for either one person who’d like ½ lb ($230) or two folks who’d like the ¼ lb share ($115). We need to be getting the Mushrooms in 5 lb boxes and we’re just ½ lb short. I’m going to be weighing out the individual shares every week to save you/the CSA some money as it’s pricey enough…though a great deal and amazingly good Mushrooms.

The same matchmaking service is available if anyone wants to share a Mushroom Share. Are you sharing a share and your share partner doesn’t want Mushrooms? Maybe someone else will share a Mushroom Share with you for the weeks you’re not picking up!

If you know anyone who’d be interested, have them get in touch. You can get a Mushroom Share and not be a CSA member. In fact, one of our Mushroom Share members is Nicole, owner of Sip Tea Lounge in Huntington Village…
http://siptealoungeny.com/
Nicole had joined a CSA for this season before she was aware there were other CSA options in the area, but she heard about our Mushroom Share and couldn’t resist! 

Check out where Dr Weil puts Asian Mushrooms (Shiitakes…and Oysters which we might also get in the share from time to time…are indeed that  ) on his Anti-Inflammatory Diet Pyramid (and click on them too)…
http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02995/Dr-Weil-Anti-Inflammatory-Food-Pyramid.html



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

Week #3
May 9, 2013

1. Arugula (greenhouse grown)
2. Tat Soi (greenhouse grown)
3. Swiss Chard
4. Scallions
5. Kale: Bor, Red
6. Kale Raab/Rabe (last week)
7. Cilantro

Total Items: 7 (?)

Herb Share
May - Week A

Chives & Oregano



5. Time to protest regarding GE Salmon again…

Spread the word…
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=10587



6. Any Shake Shack fans out there?

A) Help wanted…Shake Shack is looking for team members to work the line at Shake Shack in Westbury. If you know of anyone who might be interested…
http://www.shakeshack.com/join-our-team/

B) The month of May is the Great American Shake Sale! Donate $2 to Share Our Strength to help end childhood hunger, and get a coupon for a free shake ($5 value) to be used on your next visit. Shake Shack uses Fair Trade and local foods (ex - chocolate from Mast Brothers of Brooklyn), and the building is part solar and was built using green building concepts.



7. Event Listings

Friday, May 10th to Sunday, May 19th

LI Craft Beer Week
For details…
www.longislandcraftbeerweek.com

It’s a 10 day celebration of the making and drinking of local beer!


Saturday, May 11th

10am to 2pm

Farm Tour & Plant Sale
Restoration Farm
1303 Round Swamp Rd
Old Bethpage
FREE
For more info:
http://www.restorationfarm.com/

10am: gate opens, plant sale begins
10:30-11:30: farm tour
12pm: children's craft
12-2pm: live music

Feel free to bring a picnic lunch and stay a while.


Sunday, May 12th

9:30am to 4:30pm

Japan Day
Central Park – Bandshell Area
69th St & 5th Ave
NYC
FREE
For more info:
http://www.japandaynyc.org/

There will be free food as long as it lasts!

10am to 2pm

Farm Tour & Plant Sale
Restoration Farm
(see Saturday, March 11th)

6pm to 7:30pm

Sip Tea Lounge
286C NY Ave
Huntington
631-683-5777
$25 (free for moms who are being brought to this event as a gift)
To register (must register in advance):
http://siptealoungeny.com/#events

Are you a tea drinker? What is tea? Do you ever wonder where the tea you drink originated? This is a beginning level class meant as an introduction to the wonders of tea. Students will hear about the five main types of tea and learn more about the plant from which they come. The class will also provide an overview of how tea is processed and give students a chance to cup and taste tea.


Monday, May 13th

7:15pm to 9pm

Immune Tonics for Allergies
Organic Corner
37 Broadway
Massapequa
$20
RSVP: 516-325-3688

Learn how to make your own tinctures and teas to combat allergies and hay fever for children and adults with herbalist Ellen Thur (www.MeetTheHerbalist.com ). Go home with your own herbal tonics and teas. Natural fresh herbs and supplies provided at the class. Fun & informative!


Wednesday, May 15th

Fresh
203 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Tpke
Bridgehampton, NY
631-537-4700

Scheduled opening day for the new restaurant Fresh, from owner/chef Todd Jacobs (formerly of Tierra Mar in Westhampton Beach and Long Beach). Todd is a long time fan of farm to table cooking the menu is going to be seasonally based.

6:30pm to 8pm

The Herbal Pantry: How to Enjoy and Preserve Herbs with Leda Meredith
West Elm Market
50 Washington St
Brooklyn
$15
To register:
http://www.skillshare.com/The-Herbal-Pantry-How-to-enjoy-and-preserve-herbs/469445549/732372346?refId=3442086&utm_campaign=teacher-referral&utm_source=ShortUrl&utm_medium=teacher-referral

Ever come home with a bunch of fresh herbs, use a couple of sprigs in a recipe, but then end up wasting the rest? With these simple techniques you'll never need to do that again! Learn how to make herbal vinegars, salts and oils, as well as how to freeze or dry herbs so that they keep their vibrant colors and aromas. These delicious herbal products make great gifts, but keep some for yourself to enjoy year-round! All participants will bring home their own herbal product.

Leda Meredith is the author of The Locavore's Handbook: The Busy Person's Guide to Eating Local on a Budget, and an instructor at the New York Botanical Garden, specializing in edible plants. You can follow her local foods adventures on her blog at www.ledameredith.com.

8pm

Online live video chat about frying (in particular fried Chicken) with Julia Moskin of the NY Times and Norman King, author of The Way to Fry…
www.nytimes.com/dinersjournal


Friday, May 17th

5pm to 7pm

East End Food Revolution Day
Bridgehampton School Greenhouse
2685 Montauk Hwy
Bridgehampton

Cooking Demos by Bhavani Jaroff (Slow Food Huntington), Bryan Futerman (Foody’s of Water Mill) and Nadia Ernestus (Hampton’s Health Coach) Music provided by the Bridge Marimba Band. Potluck dinner so bring a fresh, local dish (entrée, side or dessert) to feed 6 to 8 people. Local farmers will be on hand to answer questions about growing vegetables.


Saturday, May 18th

10:30am

Green Thumb CSA – Huntington Monthly Meeting
Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Ave
Huntington
RSVP (up till Friday afternoon, May 17th but if you show up unannounced you’ll still be most welcome  )…
Respond to this email or call 631-421-4864

10:30am to 10:45am - Gathering (snacks provided but feel free to add to the table)
10:45am to 11:15am – Strawberries
11:15am to noon – CSA member input on most anything but in particular…how to increase membership and suggestions of how to improve the CSA


Saturday, May 25th to Monday, Sept 2nd

Swedish Culinary Summer
East Hampton
For more info:
www.swedishculinarysummer.com

Swedish cuisine, and worldwide interest in it, has grown exponentially over the last 20 years. Zagat just placed Swedish restaurants in the number two and number three positions in the top ten restaurants in the world and there are three Swedish restaurants on Pellegrino's World's 50 Best Restaurants list. Swedish food is now the darling of media worldwide and especially in the U.S. Swedish Culinary Summer uses food as the universal ambassador to "open the doors" at key charity events in the Hamptons during the summer season: a full summer of top Swedish chefs, food, beverages and consumer goods, plus there will be cooking classes and special dinners available at the Maidstone Hotel.



8. Been to The Purple Elephant in Northport yet?

There’s no excuse if you take advantage of this deal CSA member Andrew Rudin just sent me…
http://local.amazon.com/suffolk-county/B00CLWAKHI?ref_=cm_sw_em_r_&cid=share_em



9. What you actually got last week

Week #3
May 2, 2013

1. Scallions – 1 bunch - $2.75
2. Kale Raab: Red – 1 bunch - $3.50
3. Kale: Siberian, Green – 1 bunch - $3.50
4. Mustard: Red – 1 bunch - $3.25
5. Mizuna (greenhouse grown) – 1 bunch - $3.00
6. Broccoli, Sprouting: Red – 1 bunch - $3.50
7. Mustard: Green – 1 bunch - FREE

Total Items: 7
Total Amount: $20 (we pay $17.50 for our weekly CSA share so this week we’ve gotten $2.50 worth of food more than we paid for PLUS a bunch of Green Mustard on top of that…because the Mustard was “slightly over mature”…but I tell you, I LOVED a bit of the leaves cut up and tossed on top of a Salad to make it zestier, and sautéed…so the total extra value we’ve gotten so far this season…this week and last week…is $3.00)



10. And now for something completely different…

May 4th (or the first Saturday in May)…who knew???

Well, we missed it for this year, but you can put it on your calendar for 2014!

For adults only who are not easily offended (NSFW)…
http://wngd.org/

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Happy Spring!

One of our CSA members (I’d be able to tell you who if I could read my scrawled handwriting from last week  …I think I remember who but don’t want to get it wrong) was looking where to buy Hyssop Tea. Anybody buying it? Seen it sold?

And here’s some thoughts as to why you might be interested in it…
http://www.livestrong.com/article/239802-the-benefits-of-hyssop-tea/


This email includes…

1. This week’s list…subject to change without notice (farming is like that  )…
2. CSA Monthly Meeting
3. There’s still time to sign up for the Food Revolution…
4. What you actually got last week
5. And now for something completely different…


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

1. Scallions
2. Mizuna (greenhouse)
3. Kale, Siberian: Green ***
4. Broccoli, Sprouting (not Broccoli and not Broccoli Sprouts)**
5. Mustard, Green***
6. Kale Raab *

Total Items: 6

*Use Broccoli Raab Veg Sheet

**Articles on Sprouting Broccoli…
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/feb/04/seasonal-food-sprouting-broccoli
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2013/mar/01/purple-sprouting-broccoli-recipes
http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/content/knowhow/glossary/purple-sprouting-broccoli/

***Braising Green Veg Info Sheet can be used for Mustard Greens, Kale…and probably Kale Raab and Sprouting Broccoli



2. CSA Monthly Meeting

Saturday, May 18th

10:30am to 10:45am – gather
10:45am to 11:15am – Good Eats: Strawberries
11:15 to noon – chat & chew

Cinema Arts Centre – Sky Room Cafe
423 Park Ave
Huntington
For more info:
631-421-4864
dskolnick@pb.net

This is the first CSA meeting of the season. The format will be the same each month, starting with the showing a different DVD projected on the big screen in the Sky Room Café, featuring a food or cooking technique that would be useful for all us CSA folk.

This month, the focus is on Strawberries…to get us ready for our June Green Thumb CSA – Huntington Strawberry Picking Tour! Plus, June is the time that Strawberries show up at the CSA. Last year was the worst EVER (only 2 weeks of Strawberries before the rain totally wiped them out…other CSAs had none so we did better than most) so hopefully, this year the farm will be back with our usual four weeks.

It’s a time to meet and greet, put in your two cents, and discuss ideas of how to make the CSA grow and improve. After this month, the meetings will be open to the general public and will be advertised. Oh yeah, and there will be snackage (and you’re welcome to bring more)!



3. There’s still time to sign up for the Food Revolution…

An amazing FREE online event featuring a who’s who of food politics and alternative health (just take a look a the 25 speakers listed!)…
http://www.foodrevolution.org/summit-andrew-kimbrell.php?orid=129226&opid=49



3. What you actually got last week

Week #1
April 25, 2013

1. Jerusalem Artichokes (Sunchokes) – 1 lb - $5.50
2. Leeks – 1 bunch - $3.50
3. Collard Greens – 1 bunch - $3.50
4. Kale Raab (Rabe): Red – 1 bunch - $3.50
5. Sorrel – 1 bunch - $2.50

Total Items: 5
Total Amount: $18.50 (we pay our farmer $17.50 per week for our CSA share. FYI - he’s give us $1.00 more than we paid for)



5. And now for something completely different…

How cute is this…

Is your child a farmer? Know the warning signs…
http://theruralsite.blogspot.com/2012/03/is-your-child-farmer-know-warning-signs.html

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