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Monday, November 25, 2013

Happy Autumn (believe it or not…it’s really not winter yet till December 21st)!

This week is Thanksgiving week! The CSA delivery will be on Wednesday, November 27th, and the hours for the CSA will be 2:30pm to 7:30pm (or until all the CSA shares are picked up…let me know if you’re not going to show up so we don’t have to wait for you if you’re not getting someone to get your food for you…or maybe I can help you get someone to hold your food till you get back from wherever you’re going)…

Last day of the CSA for 2013 is December 12th. Info about 2014 CSA season TBA.

This email includes…

1. Your CSA needs you this week! We’re looking for at least 4 people that can work some hours between 2:30pm to 7:30pm…
2. News from the Farm
3. Got kids (any kind…little ones or adult)? Interested in holistic parenting/grandparenting and living and/or learning about living a healthy lifestyle?
4. This week’s list (subject to change without notice…farming is like that!)
5. Help young local farmers (and young farmers around the world) learn…
6. What to do with Black Spanish Radishes, Misato (alias Watermelon) Radishes, and Winter Radishes in general…
7. What Dr. Andrew Weil has to say about Winter Squash!
8. Potatoes and Onions…can they live together in harmony?
9. Event Listings
10. Click here…
11. What you actually got last week
12. And now for something completely different…



1. Help! Your CSA needs you this week! We’re looking for at least 4 people that can work some hours between 2:30pm to 7:30pm…

If you can work this week from 2:30 to 5:30pm, or 5:30pm to 7:30pm, or 2:30pm to 7:30pm please (or any combination of hours that will get the CSA 2 people to be there from 2:30pm to 7:30pm)…
A. respond to this email before noon on Wednesday
B. call 631-421-4864 before noon on Wednesday
C. call 631-385-1079 after 2pm on Wednesday
D. show up a little before 2:30pm or 5:30pm on Wednesday

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. News from the Farm

November 16, 2013

Our CSA season is drawing to a close. Our last CSA delivery will be the 2nd week in December (Thursday, December 12th).

Our fall crops are mostly doing well. Broccolis, Cabbages, and Cauliflowers have all been damaged by geese and deer just as they all began to head up. So, we have had very little of those crops to bring in to our CSA members. Chois (Pak and Bok), Scallions, Radishes, Turnips, Lettuces, Carrots, and Beets are all doing well. We also have only a few Sweet Potatoes left. Our Sweet Potato crop total was down about HALF from last year. There was a lower total yield plus less size per Sweet Potato. This was due to the colder than normal summer, and also less rain as well. Some crops always do well…other not so much. Ever year, and growing season, is different. Growing food is always a challenge!

We did well this year with Tomatoes, Beans, Summer Squashes, Lettuces, Celery (we only got NINE total in 2012!), and with all types of greens…Oriental, Italian and others. Turnips, Radishes and Carrots also were plentiful throughout the year.

Now is the time to start thinking about the 2014 season and what we can do to keep everything running smoothly. We plan on growing all the same crops in about the same amounts however, what produce gets brought in to the CSA each week depends largely upon Mother Nature.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Farmer Bill (Halsey)



3. Got kids (any kind…little ones or adult)? Interested in holistic parenting/grandparenting and living and/or learning about living a healthy lifestyle?

CSA member Vickie Muller started the Huntington Chapter of the Holistic Mom’s Network (HMN) just over two years ago. Huntington HMN is in search of an enthusiastic and passionate co-leader to work together with Vickie to fulfill our vision and inspire others about holistic living.

Holistic Mom’s is a widely recognized and respected non-profit organization as a resource link for helping parents to find support and information on natural health, wellness, and informed holistic parenting.

We are looking forward to continue to grow with fresh new ideas. If you think you are interested or know someone else who might be please reply to this email and you’ll be put in touch with Vickie to get more info.



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

Week #31
November 27, 2013

1. Sweet Potatoes*
2. Lettuce – 1 head
3. Arugula – 1 bunch
4. Rosemary OR Sage – 1 bunch
5. Squash, Winter: Acorn** – 1
6. Rutabagas

Total Items: 6 (?)

*
Sweet Potato Recipes…

Ciabatta Stuffing with Chorizo, Sweet Potatoes and Shiitake Mushrooms…
http://food52.com/recipes/1516-ciabatta-stuffing-with-chorizo-sweet-potato-and-mushrooms

Smoky Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili…
http://food52.com/recipes/20498-smoky-black-bean-and-sweet-potato-chili

Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges…
http://www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,10000000701068,00.html

Sweet Potato Casserole with Crispy Corn Flake Topping…
http://www.attunefoods.com/blog/2012/11/sweet-potato-casserole-with-crispy-corn-flake-topping/?utm_source=family-fresh-cooking&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=brandam&utm_content=sweet-potato-casserole-with-crispy-corn-flakes-topping

Sweet Potato Gratin…
http://food52.com/recipes/738-individual-sweet-potato-gratins-with-creme-fraiche-onions-and-bacon

Sweet Potato Hash with Fried Eggs
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2012/10/26/chile-sweet-potato-hash-with-fried-eggs-recipe/

Sweet Potato and Roasted Beet Salad…
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2013/02/15/rustic-roasted-beet-sweet-potato-salad-recipe/

Sweet Potato Souffle with Feta and Sage…
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2012/10/24/sweet-potato-souffle-with-feta-and-sage-recipe/

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes…
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/neelys/twice-baked-sweet-potatoes-recipe/index.html

Vegan Sweet Potato Anytime Cookies…
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2012/12/28/sweet-potato-anytime-cookies-recipe/


**
Acorn Squash for breakfast? Why, yes!
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2013/01/11/acorn-squash-quinoa-breakfast-porridge-recipe/



5. Help young local farmers (and young farmers around the world) learn…

From now till December 27th, 2013, you have the chance to help fund a series of videos produced as part of Cornell University’s Northeast Beginning Farmers Project. The goal is $15,000 and they’ve raised about $3,000 so far.

This project has helped thousands of new and aspiring farmers (not just in NY or the northeast, but around the world!) get started, by providing trainings and connections to the resources they need to develop strong farm businesses. Being able to hear advice from real farmers–and seeing how things are produced on the farm–is priceless both for these new farmers and for any eater interested in how food is produced. The Northeast Beginning Farmer Project started producing videos in 2008, starting with a series called “Voices of Experience,” which provides farm business advice from successful small farmers, and “Video Mentors,” which shows behind-the-scenes production techniques for vegetables, fruits, poultry, pigs, and more. They’ve made these clips freely available on their YouTube channel. Funding to allow these videos to continue to be made, and continue to bring much needed information to help beginning farmer’s flourish is needed.

To learn more about this project…
http://nebeginningfarmers.org/

To make a donation…
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/small-farm-videos-learn-how-successful-small-farms-produce-good-food



6. What to do with Black Spanish Radishes, Misato (alias Watermelon) Radishes, and Winter Radishes in general…

Black Spanish Radishes…
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/589989

For those of you who aren’t fans of the Black Spanish Radish (or who are!  )…
http://noteatingoutinny.com/2013/02/04/ode-to-a-difficult-food-black-radish/


Here’s a recipe for the Watermelon (Misato) Radish Chips…
When I had them, it was just oil and salt so I guess you could add whatever spices you might want to add…or not!
http://thoughtfulconsumption.com/2009/05/31/baked-watermelon-radish-chips/

And another recipe that’s even easier…
Baked Watermelon Radish Chips
I liked this idea better than the ‘fried’ chips… deep-frying just takes so much oil!
Preheat your oven to fairly hot – 400 to 425 degrees.
Slice the radishes as thinly evenly as possible. Then lightly coat them with olive oil (or other veggie oil). I’d put them in a bowl and drizzle a little over them then use my hands and massage them around gently to get them all coated.
Spread them evenly on a baking sheet (you can put down some parchment paper if you like, for easier cleanup) – do not crowd or overlap them if at all possible. Sprinkle with seasonings — option 1: salt and cumin; option 2: garlic salt, paprika and chili powder (or salt, paprika, chili powder and finely minced garlic); option 3: just salt.
Bake them 10 minutes, then check to see how they’re doing. Depending on how thinly you sliced them, they may be done, or they may require more time. They should be lightly browned and crispy.
Serve as is for a crunchy snack, or with sour cream or ?? for dipping. Yum! You know… while you’re at it, why not slice up some turnip too, and bake ‘em along with the radish slices, so you have crispy pink-and-white chips?
Conventional medical uses and info about Radishes in general…
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-502-RADISH.aspx?activeIngredientId=502&activeIngredientName=RADISH

And good info for Radishes in general…this one says NOT to peel the Black Spanish Radishes…
http://urbanext.illinois.edu/veggies/radish.cfm



7. What Dr. Andrew Weil has to say about Winter Squash!

This one includes a recipe…
http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/TIP04997/4-Reasons-to-Eat-Winter-Squash.html



8. Potatoes and Onions…can they live together in harmony?

Hanging out at the CSA last week, the topic of storing Potatoes and Onions together, or not, came up…

Here, they’re saying the Onions will cause the Potatoes to rot…
http://food52.com/hotline/3132-someone-told-me-you-shouldn-t-store-potatoes-next-to-onions-is-this-true-why

Here they’re saying the Potatoes will cause the Onions to rot…
http://www.wikihow.com/Store-Onions

Here they talk more about the topic
http://www.thekitchn.com/tip-dont-store-22091

And a LOT more suggestions…
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/478302

But when in doubt…ask Martha!
http://on.aol.com/video/how-to-store-potatoes-and-onions-517636386

So, the answer is…in a recipe Potatoes and Onions can be fast friends, but in a cool, dark place they’re exactly not a match made in heaven. Keep them in separate locations so the gas from the Onions don’t rot the Potatoes, and the moisture from the Potatoes don’t rot the Onions. But I see from Martha’s storage ideas, they don’t have to be as far away as I formerly thought…though I’d like to hear from Harold McGee or Alton Brown on this topic!



9. Event Listings

Thursday, May 2nd to Sunday, December 8th

9am to 4:30pm

Green Thumb Organic Farm
829 Montauk Hwy (east of the windmill)
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/or friends you might be visiting in the area, and food…lots of food! 


Monday, November 25th

4pm to 6pm

Suffolk County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board Meeting
H Lee Dennison Bldg
Division of Planning and Environment (4th floor conference room)
100 Veterans Hwy
Hauppauge
RSVP to:
Robin 631-283-3195
RHarris@PeconicLandTrust.org

Please attend and share your opinions and concerns as the county works to update the Suffolk County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan. Light refreshments will be served. If you can’t make it to this meeting, there are other ones being held (11/12 – Riverhead, 11/13 – Farmingville, 12/12 – Southampton, 12/18 – Southold).

7:45 to 8:45

The Jewish Omnivore’s Dilemma: Eating Jewishly in the 21st Century
Institute for Jewish Studies
Temple Chaverim
1050 Washington Ave
Plainview
$5
To register and for more info:
Carole Wolfner 516-349-7616
Sharon Kunoff 516-694-1896

This lecture is being given by Nigel Savage, the founder of Hazon, a VERY cool organization combining Judaism and sustainable food issues…it’s the largest American Jewish environmental organization.
To learn more about Hazon (and see Dec 29th about their food conference in CT)…
http://www.hazon.org/


Thursday, November 28th

12pm to 3pm

3rd Annual Gratitude & Good Friends Thanksgiving Day Celebration
Dipamkarma Meditation Center
282 New York Ave
Huntington
FREE (bring a vegetarian dish to share)
RSVP (so they know how many people are coming and what you are bringing) to:
gratitudegoodfriends@gmail.com

Everyone is welcome! Meditation starts at noon, and the potluck from 1pm to 3pm. All food will be vegetarian and the general theme for the meal is Thanksgiving (stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, etc).


Saturday, November 30th

Noon to 1pm

Food Chain Radio
Listen on your computer or mobile device…
http://metrofarm.com/food-chain-radio/

Check out the archives! A lot of interesting food related topics and points of view.


Monday, December 2nd

6:30pm to 9pm

5th Annual Latke Festival
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W 18th St
NYC
$55 to $110
For advance tickets (none sold at the door):
http://latkefestival2013.eventbrite.com/
And for more info, pix and recipes:
http://www.greatperformances.com/the-dish/save-the-date-5th-annual-latke-festival

Sample Latkes made by some of the best chefs in NYC (and vote for the Latke Master of the year), along with Beer from the Schmaltz Brewing Company…who could ask for more?  Organized by Great Performances and co-sponsored by Edible Manhattan. I’ve gone for two years in a row with fellow CSA member Andrew Rudin and I’ll be there again this year.


Tuesday, December 3rd

7pm to 10pm

2nd Annual Cocktails and Shopping
Thatched Cottage
455 E. Main St
Centerport
$35
To purchase advance tickets (must be purchased in advance):
Email: thegoodneighborfund@yahoo.com
call Maria @ 516-343-9550
To learn more about the Good Neighbor Fund…
http://www.stparaskevi.org/GoodNeighborFund.htm

For those of you who don't know about the Good Neighbor Fund, it’s a philanthropic organization that helps individuals in the community (all of Long Island and Queens) who are having financial difficulties as a result of a car accident or illness. Whether they pay a LIPA or mortgage bill or supply food cards or perhaps pay for a medical device not covered by insurance, on and on the list goes on. So please join us and ask a friend or two..last year we had 200 women and we have a larger venue this year!

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, coffee and dessert, and a chance to win a handbag by Vasiliki Lagis.


Thursday, December 5th

6pm to 10pm

11th Annual Small Planet Fund Gala and Auction
NYC
$75 and $250
For more info and to get tickets?
http://smallplanetfund.org/events/

Attending will be Frances Moore Lappe (co-founder of the Small Planet Fund) and LI’s own Scott Chaskey from Quail Hill Farm. Drink and dine on local organic food and wine from The Cleaver Co., rub elbows with environmental movers and shakers, and bid on silent and live auction items from exclusive vacations to dinners at some of New York City's finest restaurants. For more than ten years, the Small Planet Fund's bash has brought together leaders in the sustainability movement for a festive night. Please join us for another rousing evening and raise a toast to the Rainforest Action Network.


Friday, December 6th

6pm to 7pm

The Healthy Planet Radio Show
WUSB-FM (90.1 FM)
To listen live or on the archives…
http://wusb.fm/station/schedule/week
For more info:
http://www.healthy-planet.org/


Thursday, December 12th to Saturday, December 14th

Ecological Farming for the Real World
2013 Acres Conference & Trade Show
Prairie Capital Convention Center
Springfield, IL
For more info (I’d ask to get the brochure mailed to me for more info):
http://www.acresusa.com/events/2013conference/
and to register:
http://www.acresusa.com/events/

If you’re serious about learning about farming, this might be right up your alley (though the winter NOFA-NY Conference in January might be a good place to start if you’ve never been to one).


Sunday, December 29th to Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Hazon Food Conference: Recipes for The New Jewish Food Movement
Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center
Falls Village, CT
$510/$460/$410/Children aged 4 to 16 $200 (if you register before December 8th…all inclusive cost includes room and board, kosher farm to table meals)/Children under 4 FREE
For more info and to register:
http://www.hazon.org/programs/food-conference/

Guest presenters celebrated cookbook author Joan Nathan, food writer Leah Koenig and Itta Werdiger-Roth (founder of underground supperclub in Brooklyn, The Hester)


Thursday, January 16th and Friday, January 17th, 2014

33rd Annual LI Agricultural Forum
Suffolk Community College
Riverhead
$30 (after Jan 10th it will go up to $45)
For more info and to register:
Linda Holm 631-727-7850 xt 341
At the moment, the website has no info about this event…
http://www.ccesuffolk.org/

Details TBA. I think Thursday is the day that has the “Sustainable Farming” section but both days have lectures of interest to the organic farmer/gardener and it’s only $30 for both days!


Friday, January 24th to Sunday, January 26th, 2014

NOFA-NY’s 32nd Annual Organic Farming and Gardening Winter Conference: Preserving the Past, Seeding the Future
Saratoga Hilton and City Center
Saratoga Springs, NY
For more info and to register:
http://www.nofany.org/events/winter-conference
1-585-271-1979 xt 509 M-F 9:30 to 4:30

Keynote speaker: Gary Paul Nabhan, author of Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land (with forward by Bill McKibben). Registration is now open and if you register by December 13th you’ll get a $10 discount.

Join us at one of the largest sustainable agriculture conferences in the East! Each year, we strive to inspire, as well as inform, and to provide an unparalleled opportunity for networking and for reciprocal teaching and learning. Whether you're a beginning or experienced farmer, organic gardener, dedicated homesteader, or food advocate, there's something for you.

There are more than 80 workshops, a special children’s conference, entertainment, and the most delicious meals made from food donated by our farmers.


February 5th to February 8th

PASA’s 23rd Annual Farming for the Future Conference: Letting Nature Lead
State College, PA
For more info and to register:
http://www.pasafarming.org/events/conference

Keynote speakers this year are Daphne Miller, MD (author of Farmacology) and Miguel Altieri, PhD (Professor of Agroecology, UC Berkeley). Sign up for their emails or like their Facebook page to keep up to date on when registration begins.


Saturday, March 1st, 2014

10am to 5pm

TEDx Manhattan Viewing Party
Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Ave
Huntington
FREE

Check out a sample of last year’s speakers such as chef Michel Nischan, LaDonna Redmond, Anna Lappe, White House chef Bill Yosses, Annemarie Colbin, etc, here…
http://www.youtube.com/tedxman

Check out the list of speakers scheduled for this year (includes a performance by Huntington’s own Jen Chapin…Harry’s kid  )…
http://www.tedxmanhattan.org/speakers/

Details TBA


March 9th, 2014

Jubilee: Women and Food Conference
NYC

Details TBA


May 3rd and May 4th , 2014

NAVEL Expo

Details TBA!



10. Click here…

http://bestof.longislandpress.com/voting/

Vote from now to December 15th for the Best of Long Island awards from the Long Island Press.

And apparently, you can vote once a day, every day till December 15th!

The Cinema Arts Centre is nominated for Best Movie Theater and best Mom & Pop business (to be, as they say, transparent about this one…I do live with its co-director, Dylan Skolnick  ).

And so is The Purple Elephant (if you haven’t been there yet…try it, I bet you’ll like it) and Shinn Estate Vineyards (the most organic/biodynamic vineyard on LI…though not certified organic or biodynamic).

Are YOU nominated? If so, let us know so we can vote for you! 



11. What you actually got last week

Week #30
November 21, 2013

1. Sweet Potatoes* - 2 lbs - $4.50
2. Lettuce: Boston, Green OR Oakleaf, Green – 1 head - $2.75
3. Kale: Lacinato – 1 bunch - $3.25
4. Scallions – 1 bunch - $2.75
5. Radishes, Winter: Black Spanish, China Red, Misato (Watermelon)** - 2 lb - $4.25

Total Items: 5
Total Amount: $17.50 (we pay $17.50 for our weekly CSA share and this week we’ve gotten an extra $1.00 so the total extra value we’ve gotten so far this season…is $35.00)

*
Sweet Potato Recipes…

Ciabatta Stuffing with Chorizo, Sweet Potatoes and Shiitake Mushrooms…
http://food52.com/recipes/1516-ciabatta-stuffing-with-chorizo-sweet-potato-and-mushrooms

Smoky Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili…
http://food52.com/recipes/20498-smoky-black-bean-and-sweet-potato-chili

Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges…
http://www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,10000000701068,00.html

Sweet Potato Casserole with Crispy Corn Flake Topping…
http://www.attunefoods.com/blog/2012/11/sweet-potato-casserole-with-crispy-corn-flake-topping/?utm_source=family-fresh-cooking&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=brandam&utm_content=sweet-potato-casserole-with-crispy-corn-flakes-topping

Sweet Potato Gratin…
http://food52.com/recipes/738-individual-sweet-potato-gratins-with-creme-fraiche-onions-and-bacon

Sweet Potato Hash with Fried Eggs
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2012/10/26/chile-sweet-potato-hash-with-fried-eggs-recipe/

Sweet Potato and Roasted Beet Salad…
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2013/02/15/rustic-roasted-beet-sweet-potato-salad-recipe/

Sweet Potato Souffle with Feta and Sage…
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2012/10/24/sweet-potato-souffle-with-feta-and-sage-recipe/

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes…
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/neelys/twice-baked-sweet-potatoes-recipe/index.html

Vegan Sweet Potato Anytime Cookies…
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2012/12/28/sweet-potato-anytime-cookies-recipe/


**
Relish the Radish…
http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/blog/whole-story/relish-radish
Rooting for Radishes (original article used for the one above but has things the other one doesn’t)…
http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/blog/whole-story/rooting-radishes

Roasted Watermelon Radishes with warm Shallot Vinaigrette
Source: Whole Foods Market
1 lb. Watermelon Radish
2 tbsp. Olive Oil
Salt
Pepper
Dressing:
1/3 cup plus 2 tbsp Olive Oil
4 large Shallots, thinly sliced
Salt & Pepper
1/3 cup White Wine Vinegar
1/2 tsp Sugar
Preheat oven to 375F. Cut radishes into wedges. Mix with 2 tbsp. oil and put in a 2-qt. baking dish. Roast radishes, stirring occasionally, until fork tender, about 1 hour.
For dressing: Heat 2 tbsp. of the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and 1/2 tsp. salt and cook, stirring often, until softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the vinegar, sugar, the remaining 1/3 cup of oil, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper and cook, sirring, until heated through, 1 minute.
Combine and serve!


12. And now, for something completely different…

CSA member Chiara Mathews turned me on to this video about farming (from a British perspective  with a number of rude words, some of which start with the letter “f”)…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5RrGFBbbSY

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Happy Autumn!

Thanksgiving week! The CSA delivery will be on Wednesday, November 27th, and the start time MAY be earlier depending on the availability of the room, and when our farmer can arrive. Keep posted!

Last day of the CSA for 2013 is December 12th. Info about 2014 CSA season TBA.

This email includes…

1. Your CSA does not need you this week, however…
2. Watch a program about LI Agriculture on the LI Business Report!
3. Got kids (any kind…little ones or adult)? Interested in holistic parenting/grandparenting and living and/or learning about living a healthy lifestyle?
4. This week’s list (subject to change without notice…farming is like that!)
5. Help young local farmers (and young farmers around the world) learn…
6. It may not be too late to order a local, and/or sustainably raised Turkey for Thanksgiving (if you’re eating one at all)…
7. Eat fish? Check this out…
8. Last day to order local Caviar for 2013!!!
9. Event Listings
10. Click here to help change the world!
11. What you actually got last week
12. And now for something completely different…



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

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

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



2. Watch a program about LI Agriculture on the LI Business Report!

This show features Joe Gergela, Executive Director of the LI Farm Bureau, and the new president of the LI Farm Bureau, Karen Rivara…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdud2U7q5J4&list=PLZRf9OqttPLNV_x_ExF-QjPGXqQtkTJZJ&index=5



3. Got kids (any kind…little ones or adult)? Interested in holistic parenting/grandparenting and living and/or learning about living a healthy lifestyle?

CSA member Vickie Muller started the Huntington Chapter of the Holistic Mom’s Network (HMN) just over two years ago. Huntington HMN is in search of an enthusiastic and passionate co-leader to work together with Vickie to fulfill our vision and inspire others about holistic living.

Holistic Mom’s is a widely recognized and respected non-profit organization as a resource link for helping parents to find support and information on natural health, wellness, and informed holistic parenting.

We are looking forward to continue to grow with fresh new ideas. If you think you are interested or know someone else who might be please reply to this email and you’ll be put in touch with Vickie to get more info.



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

Week #30
November 21, 2013

1. Sweet Potatoes*
2. Lettuce – 1 head
3. Kale – 1 bunch
4. Scallions
5. Radishes, Winter**

Total Items: 5 (?)

*
Sweet Potato Recipes…

Ciabatta Stuffing with Chorizo, Sweet Potatoes and Shiitake Mushrooms…
http://food52.com/recipes/1516-ciabatta-stuffing-with-chorizo-sweet-potato-and-mushrooms

Smoky Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili…
http://food52.com/recipes/20498-smoky-black-bean-and-sweet-potato-chili

Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges…
http://www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,10000000701068,00.html

Sweet Potato Casserole with Crispy Corn Flake Topping…
http://www.attunefoods.com/blog/2012/11/sweet-potato-casserole-with-crispy-corn-flake-topping/?utm_source=family-fresh-cooking&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=brandam&utm_content=sweet-potato-casserole-with-crispy-corn-flakes-topping

Sweet Potato Gratin…
http://food52.com/recipes/738-individual-sweet-potato-gratins-with-creme-fraiche-onions-and-bacon

Sweet Potato Hash with Fried Eggs
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2012/10/26/chile-sweet-potato-hash-with-fried-eggs-recipe/

Sweet Potato and Roasted Beet Salad…
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2013/02/15/rustic-roasted-beet-sweet-potato-salad-recipe/

Sweet Potato Souffle with Feta and Sage…
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2012/10/24/sweet-potato-souffle-with-feta-and-sage-recipe/

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes…
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/neelys/twice-baked-sweet-potatoes-recipe/index.html

Vegan Sweet Potato Anytime Cookies…
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2012/12/28/sweet-potato-anytime-cookies-recipe/


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Relish the Radish…
http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/blog/whole-story/relish-radish
Rooting for Radishes (original article used for the one above but has things the other one doesn’t)…
http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/blog/whole-story/rooting-radishes

Roasted Watermelon Radishes with warm Shallot Vinaigrette
Source: Whole Foods Market
1 lb. Watermelon Radish
2 tbsp. Olive Oil
Salt
Pepper
Dressing:
1/3 cup plus 2 tbsp Olive Oil
4 large Shallots, thinly sliced
Salt & Pepper
1/3 cup White Wine Vinegar
1/2 tsp Sugar
Preheat oven to 375F. Cut radishes into wedges. Mix with 2 tbsp. oil and put in a 2-qt. baking dish. Roast radishes, stirring occasionally, until fork tender, about 1 hour.
For dressing: Heat 2 tbsp. of the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and 1/2 tsp. salt and cook, stirring often, until softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the vinegar, sugar, the remaining 1/3 cup of oil, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper and cook, sirring, until heated through, 1 minute.
Combine and serve!


5. Help young local farmers (and young farmers around the world) learn…

From now till December 27th, 2013, you have the chance to help fund a series of videos produced as part of Cornell University’s Northeast Beginning Farmers Project. The goal is $15,000 and they’ve raised about $3,000 so far.

This project has helped thousands of new and aspiring farmers (not just in NY or the northeast, but around the world!) get started, by providing trainings and connections to the resources they need to develop strong farm businesses. Being able to hear advice from real farmers–and seeing how things are produced on the farm–is priceless both for these new farmers and for any eater interested in how food is produced. The Northeast Beginning Farmer Project started producing videos in 2008, starting with a series called “Voices of Experience,” which provides farm business advice from successful small farmers, and “Video Mentors,” which shows behind-the-scenes production techniques for vegetables, fruits, poultry, pigs, and more. They’ve made these clips freely available on their YouTube channel. Funding to allow these videos to continue to be made, and continue to bring much needed information to help beginning farmer’s flourish is needed.

To learn more about this project…
http://nebeginningfarmers.org/

To make a donation…
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/small-farm-videos-learn-how-successful-small-farms-produce-good-food



6. It may not be too late to order a local, and/or sustainably raised Turkey for Thanksgiving (if you’re eating one at all)…

And you may REALLY want one (or may decide to eat something vegetal?  ) after you read this…
http://www.alternet.org/prozac-arsenic-and-beer-your-turkey-9-creepy-things-know-about-your-holiday-meal?akid=11153.238255.zBY67A&rd=1&src=newsletter925306&t=4&paging=off¤t_page=1#bookmark

And ground Turkey? Learn how to grind your own!

Yet another reason to eat local, eat organic, and know where your food comes from.



7. Eat fish? Check this out…

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/TIP04995/Whats-the-Healthiest-Fish.html



8. Last day to order local Caviar for 2013!!!

The holidays are coming up and what a treat for your holiday table or as a present for the discerning cook on your gift list.

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium has Brook Trout Caviar for sale during the first 4 weekends in November…it’s seasonal so get it while it lasts (and a recipe will be included)!
$10 pint
$15 quart

To order (no later than the Thursday of the weekend you wish to pick up and it can be picked up on Friday, Saturday or Sunday from 9am to 5pm):
Call 516-692-6768
Email: jlarosa@cshfha.org



9. Event Listings

Thursday, May 2nd to Sunday, December 8th

9am to 4:30pm

Green Thumb Organic Farm
829 Montauk Hwy (east of the windmill)
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/or friends you might be visiting in the area, and food…lots of food! 


Saturday, November 23rd

Noon to 1pm

Food Chain Radio
Listen on your computer or mobile device…
http://metrofarm.com/food-chain-radio/

Check out the archives! A lot of interesting food related topics and points of view.


Sunday, November 24th

2pm to 6pm

HealthyPlanet's 20th Annual Healthy, Green & Turkey-Free Thanksgiving Dinner/Lecture
Sustainability Institute at Molloy College
7180 Republic Airport
Farmingdale, NY
$10 Members/$15 Non-members (add $10 to both categories if you’ll be eating and not bringing a dish to share)/FREE – under 12 years of age
To RSVP, pay in advance and get more info about the event and what to bring:
631-421-5591
info@healthy-planet.org
http://www.healthy-planet.org/Series/index.asp

2pm – Doors open – Live music, socializing, soup complements of Angelica 7 Farms and more!
3pm – Potluck begins (additional food provided by House of Dosas)
4:30pm – Victoria Moran’s talk begins

Come for all or part of the largest vegan gathering on Long Island. Bring your best plant based Thanksgiving dish to share.). Live music, raffles (one will be a basket of produce from our farm!), socializing with a great group of people, and a talk by Victoria Moran (inspirational speaker, author, life coach featured on Oprah)
See our website for further details and to make reservations
http://www.healthy-planet.org/Series/index.asp

Also, please like us on Facebook!


Monday, November 25th

4pm to 6pm

Suffolk County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board Meeting
H Lee Dennison Bldg
Division of Planning and Environment (4th floor conference room)
100 Veterans Hwy
Hauppauge
RSVP to:
Robin 631-283-3195
RHarris@PeconicLandTrust.org

Please attend and share your opinions and concerns as the county works to update the Suffolk County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan. Light refreshments will be served. If you can’t make it to this meeting, there are other ones being held (11/12 – Riverhead, 11/13 – Farmingville, 12/12 – Southampton, 12/18 – Southold).

7:45 to 8:45

The Jewish Omnivore’s Dilemma: Eating Jewishly in the 21st Century
Institute for Jewish Studies
Temple Chaverim
1050 Washington Ave
Plainview
$5
To register and for more info:
Carole Wolfner 516-349-7616
Sharon Kunoff 516-694-1896

This lecture is being given by Nigel Savage, the founder of Hazon, a VERY cool organization combining Judaism and sustainable food issues…it’s the largest American Jewish environmental organization.
To learn more about Hazon (and see Dec 29th about their food conference in CT)…
http://www.hazon.org/


Monday, December 2nd

6:30pm to 9pm

5th Annual Latke Festival
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W 18th St
NYC
$55 to $110
For advance tickets (none sold at the door):
http://latkefestival2013.eventbrite.com/
And for more info, pix and recipes:
http://www.greatperformances.com/the-dish/save-the-date-5th-annual-latke-festival

Sample Latkes made by some of the best chefs in NYC (and vote for the Latke Master of the year), along with Beer from the Schmaltz Brewing Company…who could ask for more?  Organized by Great Performances and co-sponsored by Edible Manhattan. I’ve gone for two years in a row with fellow CSA member Andrew Rudin and I’ll be there again this year.


Tuesday, December 3rd

7pm to 10pm

2nd Annual Cocktails and Shopping
Thatched Cottage
455 E. Main St
Centerport
$35
To purchase advance tickets (must be purchased in advance):
Email: thegoodneighborfund@yahoo.com
call Maria @ 516-343-9550
To learn more about the Good Neighbor Fund…
http://www.stparaskevi.org/GoodNeighborFund.htm

For those of you who don't know about the Good Neighbor Fund, it’s a philanthropic organization that helps individuals in the community (all of Long Island and Queens) who are having financial difficulties as a result of a car accident or illness. Whether they pay a LIPA or mortgage bill or supply food cards or perhaps pay for a medical device not covered by insurance, on and on the list goes on. So please join us and ask a friend or two..last year we had 200 women and we have a larger venue this year!

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, coffee and dessert, and a chance to win a handbag by Vasiliki Lagis.


Thursday, December 5th

6pm to 10pm

11th Annual Small Planet Fund Gala and Auction
NYC
$75 and $250
For more info and to get tickets?
http://smallplanetfund.org/events/

Attending will be Frances Moore Lappe (co-founder of the Small Planet Fund) and LI’s own Scott Chaskey from Quail Hill Farm. Drink and dine on local organic food and wine from The Cleaver Co., rub elbows with environmental movers and shakers, and bid on silent and live auction items from exclusive vacations to dinners at some of New York City's finest restaurants. For more than ten years, the Small Planet Fund's bash has brought together leaders in the sustainability movement for a festive night. Please join us for another rousing evening and raise a toast to the Rainforest Action Network.


Friday, December 6th

6pm to 7pm

The Healthy Planet Radio Show
WUSB-FM (90.1 FM)
To listen live or on the archives…
http://wusb.fm/station/schedule/week
For more info:
http://www.healthy-planet.org/


Thursday, December 12th to Saturday, December 14th

Ecological Farming for the Real World
2013 Acres Conference & Trade Show
Prairie Capital Convention Center
Springfield, IL
For more info (I’d ask to get the brochure mailed to me for more info):
http://www.acresusa.com/events/2013conference/
and to register:
http://www.acresusa.com/events/

If you’re serious about learning about farming, this might be right up your alley (though the winter NOFA-NY Conference in January might be a good place to start if you’ve never been to one).


Sunday, December 29th to Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Hazon Food Conference: Recipes for The New Jewish Food Movement
Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center
Falls Village, CT
$510/$460/$410/Children aged 4 to 16 $200 (if you register before December 8th…all inclusive cost includes room and board, kosher farm to table meals)/Children under 4 FREE
For more info and to register:
http://www.hazon.org/programs/food-conference/

Guest presenters celebrated cookbook author Joan Nathan, food writer Leah Koenig and Itta Werdiger-Roth (founder of underground supperclub in Brooklyn, The Hester)


Thursday, January 16th and Friday, January 17th, 2014

33rd Annual LI Agricultural Forum
Suffolk Community College
Riverhead
$30 (after Jan 10th it will go up to $45)
For more info and to register:
Linda Holm 631-727-7850 xt 341
At the moment, the website has no info about this event…
http://www.ccesuffolk.org/

Details TBA. I think Thursday is the day that has the “Sustainable Farming” section but both days have lectures of interest to the organic farmer/gardener and it’s only $30 for both days!


Friday, January 24th to Sunday, January 26th, 2014

NOFA-NY’s 32nd Annual Organic Farming and Gardening Winter Conference: Preserving the Past, Seeding the Future
Saratoga Hilton and City Center
Saratoga Springs, NY
For more info and to register:
http://www.nofany.org/events/winter-conference
1-585-271-1979 xt 509 M-F 9:30 to 4:30

Keynote speaker: Gary Paul Nabhan, author of Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land (with forward by Bill McKibben). Registration is now open and if you register by December 13th you’ll get a $10 discount.

Join us at one of the largest sustainable agriculture conferences in the East! Each year, we strive to inspire, as well as inform, and to provide an unparalleled opportunity for networking and for reciprocal teaching and learning. Whether you're a beginning or experienced farmer, organic gardener, dedicated homesteader, or food advocate, there's something for you.

There are more than 80 workshops, a special children’s conference, entertainment, and the most delicious meals made from food donated by our farmers.


February 5th to February 8th

PASA’s 23rd Annual Farming for the Future Conference: Letting Nature Lead
State College, PA
For more info and to register:
http://www.pasafarming.org/events/conference

Keynote speakers this year are Daphne Miller, MD (author of Farmacology) and Miguel Altieri, PhD (Professor of Agroecology, UC Berkeley). Sign up for their emails or like their Facebook page to keep up to date on when registration begins.


Saturday, March 1st, 2014

10am to 5pm

TEDx Manhattan Viewing Party
Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Ave
Huntington
FREE

Check out a sample of last year’s speakers such as chef Michel Nischan, LaDonna Redmond, Anna Lappe, White House chef Bill Yosses, Annemarie Colbin, etc, here…
http://www.youtube.com/tedxman

Check out the list of speakers scheduled for this year (includes a performance by Huntington’s own Jen Chapin…Harry’s kid  )…
http://www.tedxmanhattan.org/speakers/

Details TBA


March 9th, 2014

Jubilee: Women and Food Conference
NYC

Details TBA


May 3rd and May 4th , 2014

NAVEL Expo

Details TBA!



10. Click here to help change the world!

A. Did you hear the one about Walmart having a food drive for its own employees?

Walmart is having a holiday food drive…for its own workers who might be going hungry this Thanksgiving…because they work at Walmart…
http://www.grubstreet.com/2013/11/walmart-food-drives-thanksgiving.html
http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2013/11/18/walmart_food_drive_retail_giant_is_raising_money_for_its_own_employees.html

While Costco is giving its employees Thanksgiving the day off to spend with their families.

But McDonald’s tells ITS hungry employees to break their food into little pieces and quit complaining so they’ll feel fuller and better!
http://www.grubstreet.com/2013/11/mcdonalds-mcresources.html

Sign this if you think fast food workers should be paid a living wage…
http://lowpayisnotok.org/7-billion


B. Sign petition regarding the people of the Philippines being victims of climate change and urging action…
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Stand_with_the_Philippines/


C. Keep radioactive frack wastewater out of our nation’s rivers…
http://petitions.moveon.org/environmental-action/sign/keep-radioactive-frack


D. Tell Nestle to stop draining Pakistan and make sure that villages have access to safe drinking water…
http://action.sumofus.org/a/nestle-water-pakistan/?sub=homepage



11. What you actually got last week

Week #29
November 14, 2013

1. Sweet Potatoes* - 2 lbs - $4.50
2. Lettuce: Leaf, Red – 1 head - $2.75
3. Kale: Russian, Red** – 1 bunch - $3.25
4. Eggplant (assorted Purple Rain, Thai green, Asian Purple, Asian White, etc) – 1 lb - $2.75
5. Mizuna, Red – 1 bunch - $2.75
6. Squash, Winter***: Butternut – 1 - $2.50

Total Items: 6
Total Amount: $18.50 (we pay $17.50 for our weekly CSA share and this week we’ve gotten an extra $1.00 so the total extra value we’ve gotten so far this season…is $35.00)


Herb Share – Nov 1A
Cilantro AND Dill


*
Sweet Potato Recipes…

Sweet Potato Souffle with Feta and Sage…
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2012/10/24/sweet-potato-souffle-with-feta-and-sage-recipe/

Sweet Potato Hash with Fried Eggs
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2012/10/26/chile-sweet-potato-hash-with-fried-eggs-recipe/

Sweet Potato Casserole with Crispy Corn Flake Topping…
http://www.attunefoods.com/blog/2012/11/sweet-potato-casserole-with-crispy-corn-flake-topping/?utm_source=family-fresh-cooking&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=brandam&utm_content=sweet-potato-casserole-with-crispy-corn-flakes-topping

Vegan Sweet Potato Anytime Cookies…
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2012/12/28/sweet-potato-anytime-cookies-recipe/

Sweet Potato and Roasted Beet Salad…
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2013/02/15/rustic-roasted-beet-sweet-potato-salad-recipe/


**
Check out the Red Russian Kale in this video…
Oh yeah…certified organic isn’t “important” to this chef but…that’s where he’s choosing to shop. Local is good…local and certified organic rocks! 
http://www.dailycandy.com/new-york/video/160656/A-Chefs-Guide-to-the-Greenmarket?et_cid=68273&et_rid=178029


***
Butternut Squash…
How to cut one up…
http://www.marthastewart.com/1037018/how-cut-butternut-squash?xsc=eml_food_2013_11_06_template
And then cook it…
http://www.marthastewart.com/275653/butternut-squash-recipes/@center/276955/seasonal-produce-recipe-guide



12. And now, for something completely different…

Married couple devoted to cupcakes! Robicelli’s cookbook…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYQhA2y0CGQ

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Happy Autumn!

Question of the week…Does anyone know of someone who has a daughter that’s going to New Zealand to work on an organic farm through the WOOF program? If so, let me know as someone from our farm will be in New Zealand this winter working on an organic farm as well!

Weather report for CSA…not freezing and dry.

Anybody make it out to the farm the other weekend for the CSA tour? If so, and you’d like to share, please email any comments and photos!

Thanksgiving week! The CSA delivery will be on Wednesday, November 27th, and the start time MAY be earlier depending on the availability of the room and when our farmer can arrive.

Last day of the CSA for 2013 is December 12th. Info about 2014 CSA season TBA.

This email includes…

1. Your CSA does not need you this week, however…
2. Dr. Andrew Weil recommends what to eat in November…
3. Got kids (any kind…little ones or adult)? Interested in holistic parenting/grandparenting and living and/or learning about living a healthy lifestyle?
4. This week’s list (subject to change without notice…farming is like that!)
5. The Purple Elephant wants to grow!
6. Help a farmer! Must vote by Friday, November 15th!!!
7. News from the Farm
8. Local Caviar anyone?
9. Event Listings
10. Click here to help change the world!
11. What you actually got last week
12. And now for something completely different…



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

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

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



2. Dr. Andrew Weil recommends what to eat in November…

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/TIP04993/Three-Foods-to-Eat-in-November.html

We get 2 out of the 3 at the CSA (Winter Squash and Sweet Potatoes), and Cranberries WERE grown commercially on Long Island (I forget when the last commercial Cranberry bog was filled in) but can still be found growing wild if you know where to look! CSA member Jeff Tanenbaum has foraged for them (lucky him!).



3. Got kids (any kind…little ones or adult)? Interested in holistic parenting/grandparenting and living and/or learning about living a healthy lifestyle?

CSA member Vickie Muller started the Huntington Chapter of the Holistic Mom’s Network (HMN) just over two years ago. Huntington HMN is in search of an enthusiastic and passionate co-leader to work together with Vickie to fulfill our vision and inspire others about holistic living.

Holistic Mom’s is a widely recognized and respected non-profit organization as a resource link for helping parents to find support and information on natural health, wellness, and informed holistic parenting.

We are looking forward to continue to grow with fresh new ideas. If you think you are interested or know someone else who might be please reply to this email and you’ll be put in touch with Vickie to get more info.



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

Week #29
November 14, 2013

1. Sweet Potatoes*
2. Lettuce – 1 head
3. Kale: Russian, Red** – 1 bunch
4. Eggplant
5. Mizuna, Red – 1 bunch
6. Squash, Winter***: Butternut - 1

Total Items: 6 (?)


Herb Share – Nov 1A
Cilantro AND Dill


*
Sweet Potato Recipes…

Sweet Potato Souffle with Feta and Sage…
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2012/10/24/sweet-potato-souffle-with-feta-and-sage-recipe/

Sweet Potato Hash with Fried Eggs
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2012/10/26/chile-sweet-potato-hash-with-fried-eggs-recipe/

Sweet Potato Casserole with Crispy Corn Flake Topping…
http://www.attunefoods.com/blog/2012/11/sweet-potato-casserole-with-crispy-corn-flake-topping/?utm_source=family-fresh-cooking&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=brandam&utm_content=sweet-potato-casserole-with-crispy-corn-flakes-topping

Vegan Sweet Potato Anytime Cookies…
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2012/12/28/sweet-potato-anytime-cookies-recipe/

Sweet Potato and Roasted Beet Salad…
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2013/02/15/rustic-roasted-beet-sweet-potato-salad-recipe/


**
Check out the Red Russian Kale in this video…
Oh yeah…certified organic isn’t “important” to this chef but…that’s where he’s choosing to shop. Local is good…local and certified organic rocks! 
http://www.dailycandy.com/new-york/video/160656/A-Chefs-Guide-to-the-Greenmarket?et_cid=68273&et_rid=178029


***
Butternut Squash…
How to cut one up…
http://www.marthastewart.com/1037018/how-cut-butternut-squash?xsc=eml_food_2013_11_06_template
And then cook it…
http://www.marthastewart.com/275653/butternut-squash-recipes/@center/276955/seasonal-produce-recipe-guide



5. The Purple Elephant wants to grow!

Spread the word if you know anyone that might be interested in getting in on this!

Contribute money…get stuff…from $5 for a glass of wine (good chance it’s organic and/or biodynamic), to $1,000 for a private dinner for two cooked in your home by Chef David. A decent deal is the $150 gift certificate for $100. If you don’t have to use it in one shot (I’m thinking not), it has to be used in 6 months and that should be no problem if you’re a regular…or even a semi-regular  !
Like indiegogo, but not…
https://www.luckyant.com/project/view/2328

To learn more about the Purple Elephant (the best way is to go there and eat!)…
http://thepurpleelephant.net/



6. Help a farmer! Must vote by Friday, November 15th!!!

I got an email from Stewart, the Sprout dude (that’s what I call him  ), from the Union Square greenmarket. One of his Union Square farm buddies, Kevin Smith of Sycamore Farms in Middletown, NY, is trying to get a $250,000 grant from Chase Bank. If you vote for him and he gets enough votes, he will remain in the pool to be considered for the grant. His goal is to build a kitchen on to his farm to process his vegetables into what’s referred to as “value added product” (pickles, etc), which will help to support his farm store and greenmarket locations.

If it’s good enough for Stewart (who I’ve been acquainted with for many years…I think he grows the best Sprouts and Wheatgrass in the NYC metro area), it’s good enough for me. And if it’s good enough for me, that might be good enough for you!  FYI - they do want you to connect to your Facebook page to vote.

https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/business/detail/95426

To learn more about this farm (it’s not organic as far as I can tell but it is local…and if I see them at Union Square I’ll ask, or ask Stewart about them)…
http://www.sycamorefarmsny.com/home.html



7. News from the Farm

November 1, 2013

November is here and our last six weeks of delivery has begun. We’ve had TWO frosts just last week, damaging, but not killing, our Peppers, Eggplants, Summer Squashes and Tomatoes but…all of those are about done for the year anyway.

Kales and Collards have begun as have winter Radishes, Turnips, Celery Root (Celeriac) and Sunchokes (Jerusalem Artichokes). Our Broccoli, Cauliflowers and Cabbages have been severely hurt by the deer, geese, and drought of the last six weeks. There was only .25 inches of rain in all of October (in an ideal world there would have been 4 inches of rain…one each week). We’re still hoping for some of these later in the year. Greens of all sorts, Beets, Carrots, and Scallions are all still plentiful and will be, until the end of the season.

Sweet Potatoes will also begin this week. Our crop is smaller than usual due to the colder than normal weather in August but, we should still have plenty…at least for a few weeks.

Our Garlic crop was cut by about 2/3 due to flooding from Hurricane Sandy last October. The size is just not there so we saved some to plant, and the rest for our CSA members but not all groups may receive it.

So, overall it’s been a good year…some things better, some not so well. This is the reason we began diversified farming many years ago.

Organically yours,
Farmer Bill (Halsey)



8. Local Caviar anyone?

The holidays are coming up and what a treat for your holiday table or as a present for the discerning cook on your gift list.

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium has Brook Trout Caviar for sale during the first 4 weekends in November…it’s seasonal so get it while it lasts (and a recipe will be included)!
$10 pint
$15 quart

To order (no later than the Thursday of the weekend you wish to pick up):
Call 516-692-6768
Email: jlarosa@cshfha.org



9. Event Listings

Thursday, May 2nd to Sunday, December 8th

9am to 4:30pm

Green Thumb Organic Farm
829 Montauk Hwy (east of the windmill)
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/or friends you might be visiting in the area, and food…lots of food! 


Monday, November 11th to Sunday, November 17th

The Gluten Summit
FREE
To register:
http://theglutensummit.com/

All you ever wanted to know about gluten…featuring these well know alternative medicine/environmental speakers - Dr Mark Hyman, JJ Virgin, Dr Daniel Amen, Jeffrey Smith.


Thursday, November 14th

7pm to 8pm

Slow Food Huntington Monthly Meeting
To find out the location (meeting place had to be changed at the last minute):
516-380-3218
Lisa lisaeicher@yahoo.com
Bhavani Bhavani@ieatgreen.com
All are welcome!

Friday, November 15th

6pm to 7pm

The Healthy Planet Radio Show
WUSB-FM (90.1 FM)
To listen live or on the archives…
http://wusb.fm/station/schedule/week
For more info:
http://www.healthy-planet.org/


Saturday, November 16th

12pm to 6pm

Vegan Shop-Up
Pine Box Rock Shop
12 Grattan St
Bushwick, Brooklyn
FREE

For more info:
http://veganshopup.wordpress.com/


Sunday, November 17th

Noon

Gary Null presents…Silent Epidemic: The Untold Story of Vaccines
Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Ave
Huntington
$10 Members/$15 General Public
For more info and to get advance tickets:
http://www.cinemaartscentre.org/event/silent-epidemic-the-untold-story-of-vaccines/

Alternative health expert, Gary Null, will be at the Cinema Arts Centre to present his latest documentary.

12pm to 6pm

Flatbush Food Court featuring Barry’s Tempeh
Sycamore
1118 Cortelyou Rd
Brooklyn
http://sycamorebrooklyn.com/index.php/bar-posts/

Superstar food vendors and drinks specials to accompany the grub!

12:30pm to 3:30pm

Holistic Moms Autumn Celebration
West East Bistro
758 S Broadway
Hicksville
$25 Adult/$15 Child
To register, get more info and see the menu:
http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e8d1dlukf40b0742&llr=kfxhbbhab

This event is being held by the Nassau County North Shore Chapter of the Holistic Moms Network. HMN chapter members and guests welcome. Bring a can of food to be donated to Island Harvest. There will be entertainment for the children.


Wednesday, November 20th

8:30am to 5pm

2nd Annual Harvesting Opportunities in NY: Growing Local Food Economies and Protecting Farmland
American Farmland Trust
Hilton Albany
40 Lodge St
Albany, NY
$90
For more info and to register:
http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e7vm5zlgd7828107&llr=i5urjviab
This is a conference for people who care about New York agriculture and want to work together to grow local food economies, protect farmland from development and support the next generation of farmers. Conference participants will include: farmers, public officials from all levels of government, land trusts, local foods and public health leaders, hunger relief advocates, institutional food-service managers, agricultural organizations and concerned citizens. A Cider Doughnut Continental Breakfast with Chobani© yogurt will jump-start the day and a lunch will be Thanksgiving—Locally Grown!

Sunday, November 24th

2pm to 6pm

HealthyPlanet's 20th Annual Healthy, Green & Turkey-Free Thanksgiving Dinner/Lecture
Sustainability Institute at Molloy College
7180 Republic Airport
Farmingdale, NY
$10 Members/$15 Non-members (add $10 to both categories if you’ll be eating and not bringing a dish to share)/FREE – under 12 years of age
To RSVP, pay in advance and get more info about the event and what to bring:
631-421-5591
info@healthy-planet.org
http://www.healthy-planet.org/Series/index.asp

2pm – Doors open – Live music, socializing, soup complements of Angelica 7 Farms and more!
3pm – Potluck begins (additional food provided by House of Dosas)
4:30pm – Victoria Moran’s talk begins

Come for all or part of the largest vegan gathering on Long Island. Bring your best plant based Thanksgiving dish to share.). Live music, raffles (one will be a basket of produce from our farm!), socializing with a great group of people, and a talk by Victoria Moran (inspirational speaker, author, life coach featured on Oprah)
See our website for further details and to make reservations
http://www.healthy-planet.org/Series/index.asp

Also, please like us on Facebook!


Monday, November 25th

4pm to 6pm

Suffolk County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board Meeting
H Lee Dennison Bldg
Division of Planning and Environment (4th floor conference room)
100 Veterans Hwy
Hauppauge
RSVP to:
Robin 631-283-3195
RHarris@PeconicLandTrust.org

Please attend and share your opinions and concerns as the county works to update the Suffolk County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan. Light refreshments will be served. If you can’t make it to this meeting, there are other ones being held (11/12 – Riverhead, 11/13 – Farmingville, 12/12 – Southampton, 12/18 – Southold).

7:45 to 8:45

The Jewish Omnivore’s Dilemma: Eating Jewishly in the 21st Century
Institute for Jewish Studies
Temple Chaverim
1050 Washington Ave
Plainview
$5
To register and for more info:
Carole Wolfner 516-349-7616
Sharon Kunoff 516-694-1896

This lecture is being given by Nigel Savage, the founder of Hazon, a VERY cool organization combining Judaism and sustainable food issues…it’s the largest American Jewish environmental organization.
To learn more about Hazon (and see Dec 29th about their food conference in CT)…
http://www.hazon.org/


Monday, December 2nd

6:30pm to 9pm

5th Annual Latke Festival
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W 18th St
NYC
$55 to $110
For advance tickets (none sold at the door):
http://latkefestival2013.eventbrite.com/
And for more info, pix and recipes:
http://www.greatperformances.com/the-dish/save-the-date-5th-annual-latke-festival

Sample Latkes made by some of the best chefs in NYC (and vote for the Latke Master of the year), along with Beer from the Schmaltz Brewing Company…who could ask for more?  Organized by Great Performances and co-sponsored by Edible Manhattan. I’ve gone for two years in a row with fellow CSA member Andrew Rudin and I’ll be there again this year.


Tuesday, December 3rd

7pm to 10pm

2nd Annual Cocktails and Shopping
Thatched Cottage
455 E. Main St
Centerport
$35
To purchase advance tickets (must be purchased in advance):
Email: thegoodneighborfund@yahoo.com
call Maria @ 516-343-9550
To learn more about the Good Neighbor Fund…
http://www.stparaskevi.org/GoodNeighborFund.htm

For those of you who don't know about the Good Neighbor Fund, it’s a philanthropic organization that helps individuals in the community (all of Long Island and Queens) who are having financial difficulties as a result of a car accident or illness. Whether they pay a LIPA or mortgage bill or supply food cards or perhaps pay for a medical device not covered by insurance, on and on the list goes on. So please join us and ask a friend or two..last year we had 200 women and we have a larger venue this year!

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, coffee and dessert, and a chance to win a handbag by Vasiliki Lagis.


Friday, December 6th

6pm to 7pm

The Healthy Planet Radio Show
WUSB-FM (90.1 FM)
To listen live or on the archives…
http://wusb.fm/station/schedule/week
For more info:
http://www.healthy-planet.org/


Thursday, December 12th to Saturday, December 14th

Ecological Farming for the Real World
2013 Acres Conference & Trade Show
Prairie Capital Convention Center
Springfield, IL
For more info (I’d ask to get the brochure mailed to me for more info):
http://www.acresusa.com/events/2013conference/
and to register:
http://www.acresusa.com/events/

If you’re serious about learning about farming, this might be right up your alley (though the winter NOFA-NY Conference in January might be a good place to start if you’ve never been to one).


Sunday, December 29th to Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Hazon Food Conference: Recipes for The New Jewish Food Movement
Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center
Falls Village, CT
$510/$460/$410/Children aged 4 to 16 $200 (if you register before December 8th…all inclusive cost includes room and board, kosher farm to table meals)/Children under 4 FREE
For more info and to register:
http://www.hazon.org/programs/food-conference/

Guest presenters celebrated cookbook author Joan Nathan, food writer Leah Koenig and Itta Werdiger-Roth (founder of underground supperclub in Brooklyn, The Hester)


Thursday, January 16th and Friday, January 17th, 2014

33rd Annual LI Agricultural Forum
Suffolk Community College
Riverhead
$30 (after Jan 10th it will go up to $45)
For more info and to register:
Linda Holm 631-727-7850 xt 341
At the moment, the website has no info about this event…
http://www.ccesuffolk.org/

Details TBA. I think Thursday is the day that has the “Sustainable Farming” section but both days have lectures of interest to the organic farmer/gardener and it’s only $30 for both days!


Friday, January 24th to Sunday, January 26th, 2014

NOFA-NY’s 32nd Annual Organic Farming and Gardening Winter Conference: Preserving the Past, Seeding the Future
Saratoga Hilton and City Center
Saratoga Springs, NY
For more info and to register:
http://www.nofany.org/events/winter-conference
1-585-271-1979 xt 509 M-F 9:30 to 4:30

Keynote speaker: Gary Paul Nabhan, author of Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land (with forward by Bill McKibben). Registration is now open and if you register by December 13th you’ll get a $10 discount.

Join us at one of the largest sustainable agriculture conferences in the East! Each year, we strive to inspire, as well as inform, and to provide an unparalleled opportunity for networking and for reciprocal teaching and learning. Whether you're a beginning or experienced farmer, organic gardener, dedicated homesteader, or food advocate, there's something for you.

There are more than 80 workshops, a special children’s conference, entertainment, and the most delicious meals made from food donated by our farmers.


February 5th to February 8th

PASA’s 23rd Annual Farming for the Future Conference: Letting Nature Lead
State College, PA
For more info and to register:
http://www.pasafarming.org/events/conference

Keynote speakers this year are Daphne Miller, MD (author of Farmacology) and Miguel Altieri, PhD (Professor of Agroecology, UC Berkeley). Sign up for their emails or like their Facebook page to keep up to date on when registration begins.


Saturday, March 1st, 2014

10am to 5pm

TEDx Manhattan Viewing Party
Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Ave
Huntington
FREE

Check out a sample of last year’s speakers such as chef Michel Nischan, LaDonna Redmond, Anna Lappe, White House chef Bill Yosses, Annemarie Colbin, etc, here…
http://www.youtube.com/tedxman

Check out the list of speakers scheduled for this year (includes a performance by Huntington’s own Jen Chapin…Harry’s kid  )…
http://www.tedxmanhattan.org/speakers/

Details TBA


May 3rd and May 4th , 2014

NAVEL Expo

Details TBA!



10. Click here to help change the world!

A. And make a difference for one of these groups…
Vote till November 15th to decide which of these groups will be giving a talk at TEDxManhattan…you can’t buy this sort of publicity if they get the chance to talk at this conference so it will change their lives and by the work they’re doing will help change the world!
http://www.tedxmanhattan.org/challenge/

B. Tell Walmart to stop torturing pigs…
https://www.change.org/petitions/stop-this-american-horror-story-tell-walmart-to-stop-torturing-pigs



11. What you actually got last week

Week #28
November 7, 2013

1. Sweet Potatoes*** - 2 lbs - $4.50
2. Cabbage, Savoy – 1 head - $3.25
3. Pak Choi (see Bok Choi Veggie Info Sheet) – 1 bunch - $3.00
4. Mibuna (see Mizuna Veggie Info Sheet)**** - 1 bunch - $2.75
5. Snap Beans*: Green – 1 lb - $3.50
6. Squash, Winter**: Acorn – 1 - $1.50

Total Items: 6
Total Amount: $18.50 (we pay $17.50 for our weekly CSA share and this week we’ve gotten an extra $1.00 so the total extra value we’ve gotten so far this season…is $34.00)

*
For those of you who may have gotten Snap Bean weary (I understand but don’t relate…there’s always another flavor profile, another recipe, another cooking technique to try), here’s one of my favorite songs…How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away, by Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, dedicated to the last of the Snap Beans till Summer 2014…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rW9-FOLG-iA

And on the flip side…don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone (for all sorts of things…including Snap Beans!  )…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJIuP7zEVeM

And some health benefits to illustrate one of the reasons why I’m a fan. Did any of you Mushroom Share folks try a stir fry of Shiitakes and Green Beans? That’s one of the things this post recommends. Maybe next year!…
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=134

**
Have no idea what kind of Winter Squash we might be getting this week (if we get one) but here’s Martha Stewart on…

Acorn Squash…
http://www.marthastewart.com/275063/acorn-squash-recipes/@center/276955/seasonal-produce-recipe-guide?xsc=eml_food_2013_11_06_template

Butternut Squash…
How to cut one up…
http://www.marthastewart.com/1037018/how-cut-butternut-squash?xsc=eml_food_2013_11_06_template
And then cook it…
http://www.marthastewart.com/275653/butternut-squash-recipes/@center/276955/seasonal-produce-recipe-guide

***
Sweet Potato Recipes…

Sweet Potato Souffle with Feta and Sage…
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2012/10/24/sweet-potato-souffle-with-feta-and-sage-recipe/

Sweet Potato Hash with Fried Eggs
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2012/10/26/chile-sweet-potato-hash-with-fried-eggs-recipe/

Sweet Potato Casserole with Crispy Corn Flake Topping…
http://www.attunefoods.com/blog/2012/11/sweet-potato-casserole-with-crispy-corn-flake-topping/?utm_source=family-fresh-cooking&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=brandam&utm_content=sweet-potato-casserole-with-crispy-corn-flakes-topping

Vegan Sweet Potato Anytime Cookies…
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2012/12/28/sweet-potato-anytime-cookies-recipe/

Sweet Potato and Roasted Beet Salad…
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2013/02/15/rustic-roasted-beet-sweet-potato-salad-recipe/

****
Mibuna vs Mizuna…
http://www.rhs.org.uk/Gardening/Grow-Your-Own/Veg-A-to-Z/Mibuna---mizuna
http://recipesfortom.blogspot.com/2012/07/mizuna-and-mibuna-mustard-greens.html
Mibuna…
http://vegetablesofinterest.typepad.com/vegetablesofinterest/2007/08/mibuna.html
Just to confuse you (you say Mizuna, I say Mibuna…the post says Mibuna, the weblink says Mizuna, the photo looks like Mizuna…it’s Mizuna but you can use this recipe)
http://sogoodandtasty.blogspot.com/2010/05/quinoa-and-mizuna-salad-with-lemon.html



12. And now, for something completely different…

I’m sure you’ve seen the ads for “Got milk?”…well, this is a little different. Contains nudity (it’s pretty amazing!)…
http://www.slrlounge.com/traditional-40s-pinup-photos-models-wearing-high-speed-milk

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Happy Autumn!

Weather report for CSA…warm and maybe a little soggy.

Anybody make it out to the farm the other weekend for the CSA tour? If so, and you’d like to share, please email any comments and photos!

Thanksgiving week! The CSA delivery will be on Wednesday, November 27th, and the start time MAY be earlier depending on the availability of the room and when our farmer can arrive.

Last day of the CSA season for 2013 is December 12th. Info about 2014 CSA season TBA.


This email includes…

1. Your CSA does not need you this week, however…
2. It’s time to weigh!!!
3. Use spices when you cook? Read this!
4. This week’s list (subject to change without notice…farming is like that!)
5. The Purple Elephant wants to grow!
6. Eat chicken? You REALLY better read this!!!
7. Local Caviar anyone?
8. Event Listings
9. Click here to help change the world!
10. What you actually got last week
11. Win stuff
12. And now for something completely different…



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

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

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



2. It’s time to weigh!!!

A. Check the wall chart before taking any food so you know what you’re taking and how much to take…assume nothing and please ask questions! 

B. Bring your reading glasses or ask someone to help if you can’t see the numbers on the scale clearly.

C. PLEASE DO NOT GO OVER THE AMOUNT STATED on the Wall Chart. Please err on the under side of the weight posted…NEVER over. It may not seem like much to you but we have 56 members and if every person is off by ONE OUNCE (for crying out loud! It’s only an ounce!!!) …that means we’ll be short almost THREE AND A HALF POUNDS of produce and 3 CSA members won’t get the food they paid for. And I’m sure you wouldn’t want it to be you.

D. IF you are asked to weigh more than one food item at the same time…please follow the directions given to you and weigh in the order you are asked (you might not think there’s a good reason to be doing this but our farmer does and that should be enough of a reason right there…if you want a further explanation – ask suzanne…there is a method to the madness )



3. Use spices when you cook? Read this!

Some good news/bad news about spices.

The first is the bad news…ugh!

Unfortunately, when they talk about “treating” spices, they often mean irradiating them which 1) may make the health benefits of these food items non-existent, 2) change the chemical make-up to create things that we don’t know whether they are carcinogenic or not (with meat…they are), and 3)there’s no guarantee it will work 100% of the time anyway.
http://www.grubstreet.com/2013/10/spice-contamination.html?om_rid=AADNgX&om_mid=_BSc--KB82DRhf1

Here’s the 213 page report if you want to explore…
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/FoodScienceResearch/RiskSafetyAssessment/UCM367337.pdf

But don’t stop using spices because they’re so good for us…like helping to prevent Alzheimers…at least buy organic spices as they haven’t been irradiated…
http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/TIP04984/Can-a-Spice-Prevent-Alzheimers.html



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

Week #27
November 7, 2013

1. Sweet Potatoes***
2. Cabbage, Savoy
3. Pak Choi (see Bok Choi Veggie Info Sheet)
4. Mibuna (see Mizuna Veggie Info Sheet)****
5. Snap Beans*
6. Squash, Winter**

Total Items: 6 (?)

*
For those of you who may have gotten Snap Bean weary (I understand but don’t relate…there’s always another flavor profile, another recipe, another cooking technique to try), here’s one of my favorite songs…How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away, by Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, dedicated to the last of the Snap Beans till Summer 2014…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rW9-FOLG-iA

And on the flip side…don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone (for all sorts of things…including Snap Beans!  )…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJIuP7zEVeM

And some health benefits to illustrate one of the reasons why I’m a fan. Did any of you Mushroom Share folks try a stir fry of Shiitakes and Green Beans? That’s one of the things this post recommends. Maybe next year!…
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=134

**
Have no idea what kind of Winter Squash we might be getting this week (if we get one) but here’s Martha Stewart on…

Acorn Squash…
http://www.marthastewart.com/275063/acorn-squash-recipes/@center/276955/seasonal-produce-recipe-guide?xsc=eml_food_2013_11_06_template

Butternut Squash…
How to cut one up…
http://www.marthastewart.com/1037018/how-cut-butternut-squash?xsc=eml_food_2013_11_06_template
And then cook it…
http://www.marthastewart.com/275653/butternut-squash-recipes/@center/276955/seasonal-produce-recipe-guide

***
Sweet Potato Recipes…

Sweet Potato Souffle with Feta and Sage…
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2012/10/24/sweet-potato-souffle-with-feta-and-sage-recipe/

Sweet Potato Hash with Fried Eggs
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2012/10/26/chile-sweet-potato-hash-with-fried-eggs-recipe/

Sweet Potato Casserole with Crispy Corn Flake Topping…
http://www.attunefoods.com/blog/2012/11/sweet-potato-casserole-with-crispy-corn-flake-topping/?utm_source=family-fresh-cooking&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=brandam&utm_content=sweet-potato-casserole-with-crispy-corn-flakes-topping

Vegan Sweet Potato Anytime Cookies…
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2012/12/28/sweet-potato-anytime-cookies-recipe/

Sweet Potato and Roasted Beet Salad…
http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2013/02/15/rustic-roasted-beet-sweet-potato-salad-recipe/

****
Mibuna vs Mizuna…
http://www.rhs.org.uk/Gardening/Grow-Your-Own/Veg-A-to-Z/Mibuna---mizuna
http://recipesfortom.blogspot.com/2012/07/mizuna-and-mibuna-mustard-greens.html
Mibuna…
http://vegetablesofinterest.typepad.com/vegetablesofinterest/2007/08/mibuna.html
Just to confuse you (you say Mizuna, I say Mibuna…the post says Mibuna, the weblink says Mizuna, the photo looks like Mizuna…it’s Mizuna but you can use this recipe)
http://sogoodandtasty.blogspot.com/2010/05/quinoa-and-mizuna-salad-with-lemon.html



5. The Purple Elephant wants to grow!

Spread the word if you know anyone that might be interested in getting in on this!

Contribute money…get stuff…from $5 for a glass of wine (good chance it’s organic and/or biodynamic), to $1,000 for a private dinner for two cooked in your home by Chef David. A decent deal is the $150 gift certificate for $100. If you don’t have to use it in one shot (I’m thinking not), it has to be used in 6 months and that should be no problem if you’re a regular…or even a semi-regular  !
Like indiegogo, but not…
https://www.luckyant.com/project/view/2328

To learn more about the Purple Elephant (the best way is to go there and eat!)…
http://thepurpleelephant.net/



6. Eat chicken? You REALLY better read this!!!

USA is going to send dead chickens to China to be processed, and then ship them back to us…opportunities for contamination and counterfeit meat galore!

Ugh. UGH. UGH!!!!

Eat local and know where you food comes from!

http://www.grubstreet.com/2013/09/usda-chinese-chicken.html?om_rid=AADNgX&om_mid=_BSKic2B80$0VJ7



7. Local Caviar anyone?

The holidays are coming up and what a treat for your holiday table or as a present for the discerning cook on your gift list.

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium has Brook Trout Caviar for sale during the 4 weekends in November…it’s seasonal so get it while it lasts (and a recipe will be included)!
$10 pint
$15 quart

To order (no later than the Thursday of the weekend you wish to pick up):
Call 516-692-6768
Email: jlarosa@cshfha.org



8. Event Listings

Thursday, May 2nd to Sunday, December 8th

9am to 4:30pm

Green Thumb Organic Farm
829 Montauk Hwy (east of the windmill)
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/or friends you might be visiting in the area, and food…lots of food! 


Thursday, November 7th to Monday, November 11th

14th Annual International Conference of the Weston A Price Foundation
Curing the Incurable: Holistic Therapies for Chronic Diseases
Sheraton Atlanta Downtown Hotel
Atlanta, GA
For more info and to register:
http://conferences.westonaprice.org/main-conference/

Joel Salatin, Sally Fallon and Dr. Mercola will be there…will you?


Thursday, November 7th

7pm to 8:30pm

Consuming Kids
Holistic Moms Network (HMN) Meeting (Suffolk County/Huntington Area/NY Chapter)
Elwood Public Library
1929 Jericho Tpke (and Elwood Rd)
Elwood
For more info and to join:
http://wsuffolkctyny.holisticmoms.org/

Please join CSA member Vickie Muller at these fun and informative meetings (and you don’t have to be a mom to go…or even female!). There will be tea and a healthy snack. Be green and bring your own mug. This month’s meeting will feature the documentary, Consuming Kids…a VERY timely piece focusing on the marketing of everything, for better or worse (all too often worse), for our children!


Friday, November 8th to Sunday, November 10th

Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference
Boys and Girls High School
1700 Fulton Ave
Brooklyn
$30 Adults/$15 Students
For more info and tickets:
http://www.blackfarmersconf.org/home-1

You don’t have to be a farmer, gardener or black to attend this event. If eating healthy, food justice, food deserts, food sovereignty, local food, supporting local farmers, healthy food in schools and diversity in the farming community as well as in the fields are subjects of interest to you, this might be a good place to go to discuss and learn more about the issues of race, health, class and food. Keynote speakers will be Monica White, Asst Professor of Environmental Justice/University of Wisconsin-Madison and President on the Board of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, and Ben Burkett, President of the National Family Farm Coalition.


Saturday, November 9th

5pm to 8pm

2nd Annual Save Our Seagrass (SOS) Celebration
South Fork Natural History Museum & Nature Center
377 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Tpke
Bridgehampton
$75
For more info:
631-852-8660
Email: Kim Barbour Kp237@cornell.edu
http://www.sofo.org/announcements.asp
This celebration features a raw bar of locally harvested shellfish (featuring Peconic Bay Scallops), local wine and craft beer. All proceeds will support Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County’s local habitat restoration efforts and environmental education. Music by the Moto-Wrays…surf rock and jazz!
8pm

Kirtan with Ken Gerber
Sip Tea Lounge
286 New York Ave
Huntington
For more info:
631-683-5777

Stressed out? Like Indian music? Like to sing (though I’m sure you can just listen)? Fan of yoga? Come check out a kirtan with Ken Gerber and his harmonium…
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/05/fashion/05fitness-01.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0


Sunday, November 10th

Fundraiser for Shelter Animals
Sip Tea Lounge
286 New York Ave
Huntington
For more info:
631-683-5777

Buy Tea for a dog
And Chai for a cat
How easy was that!

Proceeds will go to Shelter Link. To find out more about them, go to www.shelterlink.com PLUS volunteers from Shelter Link will be there to answer questions about adopting shelter animals from 10am to 2pm.


Thursday, November 14th

7pm to 8pm

Slow Food Huntington Monthly Meeting
Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Ave
Huntington
All are welcome!

Friday, November 15th

6pm to 7pm

The Healthy Planet Radio Show
WUSB-FM (90.1 FM)
To listen live or on the archives…
http://wusb.fm/station/schedule/week
For more info:
http://www.healthy-planet.org/


Wednesday, November 20th

8:30am to 5pm

2nd Annual Harvesting Opportunities in NY: Growing Local Food Economies and Protecting Farmland
American Farmland Trust
Hilton Albany
40 Lodge St
Albany, NY
$90
For more info and to register:
http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e7vm5zlgd7828107&llr=i5urjviab
This is a conference for people who care about New York agriculture and want to work together to grow local food economies, protect farmland from development and support the next generation of farmers. Conference participants will include: farmers, public officials from all levels of government, land trusts, local foods and public health leaders, hunger relief advocates, institutional food-service managers, agricultural organizations and concerned citizens. A Cider Doughnut Continental Breakfast with Chobani© yogurt will jump-start the day and a lunch will be Thanksgiving—Locally Grown!

Monday, November 25th

4pm to 6pm

Suffolk County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board Meeting
H Lee Dennison Bldg
Division of Planning and Environment (4th floor conference room)
100 Veterans Hwy
Hauppauge
RSVP to:
Robin 631-283-3195
RHarris@PeconicLandTrust.org

Please attend and share your opinions and concerns as the county works to update the Suffolk County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan. Light refreshments will be served. If you can’t make it to this meeting, there are other ones being held (11/12 – Riverhead, 11/13 – Farmingville, 12/12 – Southampton, 12/18 – Southold).

7:45 to 8:45

The Jewish Omnivore’s Dilemma: Eating Jewishly in the 21st Century
Institute for Jewish Studies
Temple Chaverim
1050 Washington Ave
Plainview
$5
To register and for more info:
Carole Wolfner 516-349-7616
Sharon Kunoff 516-694-1896

This lecture is being given by Nigel Savage, the founder of Hazon, a VERY cool organization combining Judaism and sustainable food issues…it’s the largest American Jewish environmental organization.
To learn more about Hazon (and see Dec 29th about their food conference in CT)…
http://www.hazon.org/


Monday, December 2nd

6:30pm to 9pm

5th Annual Latke Festival
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W 18th St
NYC
$55 to $110
For advance tickets (none sold at the door):
http://latkefestival2013.eventbrite.com/
And for more info, pix and recipes:
http://www.greatperformances.com/the-dish/save-the-date-5th-annual-latke-festival

Sample Latkes made by some of the best chefs in NYC (and vote for the Latke Master of the year), along with Beer from the Schmaltz Brewing Company…who could ask for more?  Organized by Great Performances and co-sponsored by Edible Manhattan. I’ve gone for two years in a row with fellow CSA member Andrew Rudin and I’ll be there again this year.


Tuesday, December 3rd

7pm to 10pm

2nd Annual Cocktails and Shopping
Thatched Cottage
455 E. Main St
Centerport
$35
To purchase advance tickets (must be purchased in advance):
Email: thegoodneighborfund@yahoo.com
call Maria @ 516-343-9550
To learn more about the Good Neighbor Fund…
http://www.stparaskevi.org/GoodNeighborFund.htm

For those of you who don't know about the Good Neighbor Fund, it’s a philanthropic organization that helps individuals in the community (all of Long Island and Queens) who are having financial difficulties as a result of a car accident or illness. Whether they pay a LIPA or mortgage bill or supply food cards or perhaps pay for a medical device not covered by insurance, on and on the list goes on. So please join us and ask a friend or two..last year we had 200 women and we have a larger venue this year!

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, coffee and dessert, and a chance to win a handbag by Vasiliki Lagis.


Friday, December 6th

6pm to 7pm

The Healthy Planet Radio Show
WUSB-FM (90.1 FM)
To listen live or on the archives…
http://wusb.fm/station/schedule/week
For more info:
http://www.healthy-planet.org/


Thursday, December 12th to Saturday, December 14th

Ecological Farming for the Real World
2013 Acres Conference & Trade Show
Prairie Capital Convention Center
Springfield, IL
For more info (I’d ask to get the brochure mailed to me for more info):
http://www.acresusa.com/events/2013conference/
and to register:
http://www.acresusa.com/events/

If you’re serious about learning about farming, this might be right up your alley (though the winter NOFA-NY Conference in January might be a good place to start if you’ve never been to one).


Sunday, December 29th to Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Hazon Food Conference: Recipes for The New Jewish Food Movement
Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center
Falls Village, CT
$510/$460/$410/Children aged 4 to 16 $200 (if you register before December 8th…all inclusive cost includes room and board, kosher farm to table meals)/Children under 4 FREE
For more info and to register:
http://www.hazon.org/programs/food-conference/

Guest presenters celebrated cookbook author Joan Nathan, food writer Leah Koenig and Itta Werdiger-Roth (founder of underground supperclub in Brooklyn, The Hester)


Thursday, January 16th and Friday, January 17th, 2014

33rd Annual LI Agricultural Forum
Suffolk Community College
Riverhead
$30 (after Jan 10th it will go up to $45)
For more info and to register:
Linda Holm 631-727-7850 xt 341
At the moment, the website has no info about this event…
http://www.ccesuffolk.org/

Details TBA. I think Thursday is the day that has the “Sustainable Farming” section but both days have lectures of interest to the organic farmer/gardener and it’s only $30 for both days!


Friday, January 24th to Sunday, January 26th, 2014

NOFA-NY Winter Conference: Preserving the Past, Seeding the Future
Saratoga Hilton and City Center
Saratoga Springs, NY
For more info:
http://www.nofany.org/events/winter-conference

Keynote speaker: Gary Paul Nabhan, author of Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land (with forward by Bill McKibben). Registration will begin mid-November.


February 5th to February 8th

PASA’s 23rd Annual Farming for the Future Conference: Letting Nature Lead
State College, PA
For more info and to register:
http://www.pasafarming.org/events/conference

Keynote speakers this year are Daphne Miller, MD (author of Farmacology) and Miguel Altieri, PhD (Professor of Agroecology, UC Berkeley). Sign up for their emails or like their Facebook page to keep up to date on when registration begins.


Saturday, March 1st, 2014

10am to 5pm

TEDx Manhattan Viewing Party
Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Ave
Huntington
FREE

Check out a sample of last year’s speakers such as chef Michel Nischan, LaDonna Redmond, Anna Lappe, White House chef Bill Yosses, Annemarie Colbin, etc, here…
http://www.youtube.com/tedxman

Check out the list of speakers scheduled for this year (includes a performance by Huntington’s own Jen Chapin…Harry’s kid  )…
http://www.tedxmanhattan.org/speakers/

Details TBA


May 3rd and May 4th , 2014

NAVEL Expo

Details TBA!



9. Click here to help change the world!

And make a difference for one of these groups…

Vote till November 15th to decide which of these groups will be giving a talk at TEDxManhattan…you can’t buy this sort of publicity if they get the chance to talk at this conference so it will change their lives and by the work they’re doing will help change the world!
http://www.tedxmanhattan.org/challenge/



10. What you actually got last week

Week #27
October 31, 2013

1. Scallions – 1 bunch - $2.75
2. Tomatoes – up to 1 lb – to be weighed with…
3. Peppers, Sweet: Lunch Box and/or Shishito** - up to 1 lb (2 lbs total including Tomatoes) - $5.75
4. Lettuce: Crisp, Green – 1 head - $2.75
5. Collard Greens – 1 bunch - $3.25
6. Snap Beans*: Green – ½ lb - $1.75
7. Fennel – 1 bunch - $3.50
8. Bitter Melon*** – 1 - $.25

Total Items: 8
Total Amount: $20.00 (we pay $17.50 for our weekly CSA share and this week we’ve gotten an extra $2.50 so the total extra value we’ve gotten so far this season…is $33.00)


Mushroom Share…no Mushroom share delivered, and still haven’t found out whether we’re getting one this week or not, but will be straightening all this out regardless in the next week or so!

*
Snap Bean recipes….

Green Beans 101 –
Roasted Green Beans…
http://www.food.com/recipe/roasted-green-beans-133821
Green Bean and Orzo Pilaf…
http://lasvegasfoodadventures.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/orzo-and-green-bean-pilaf/
Green Beans with Eggs Mexican style (Ejotes con Huevos)…
http://www.spiciefoodie.com/2012/08/06/ejotes-con-huevos-or-mexican-green-beans-with-eggs/

Green Beans 201 – Green Bean Casserole 2.0
http://www.thebittenword.com/thebittenword/2011/11/thanksgiving-green-bean-casserole-with-crispy-shallots-.html

Snap Beans graduate level…Snap Beans with Taleggio and Fish Sauce
http://www.grubstreet.com/2013/09/ignacio-mattos-string-bean-in-season-recipe.html?om_rid=AADNgX&om_mid=_BSLhvZB81DSguj


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Shishito Peppers…
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Sauteed-Shishito-Peppers-Summers-Best-New-Bite-51153400

http://www.chow.com/recipes/30210-grilled-shishito-peppers


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Bitter Melon…do your research before cooking with this one (most medicinal vegetable on the planet!!!)

The basics…and a good basic website for it…
http://bittermelon.org/eat/cookingbittermelon
And recipes…Bitter Melon Sorbet anyone?
http://bittermelon.org/eat/shareyourrecipes

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

IF pregnant…don’t eat it as it can possibly cause a miscarriage. However, not seeing how much it would take to do this and….
http://www.drugs.com/npp/bitter-melon.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



11. Win stuff

Win an overnight stay on the east end, tasting at 3 vineyards, $500 gift card for Tanger Outlet and tickets to the LI Aquarium!

If you have problems entering (I did), it may mean you need to use another internet browser program (my version was too old) so I had to use Google Chrome which worked.

http://www.eastendgetaway.com/pages/index.aspx



12. And now, for something completely different…

Did you hear about the $225 a scoop Ice Cream?
http://gizmodo.com/why-this-glow-in-the-dark-ice-cream-costs-225-a-scoop-1458185573

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