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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Happy Autumn (it’s not winter till December 21st)!

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

The short story is that there’s some loose ends concerning the CSA so will be in touch to square away all outstanding CSA paperwork issues, etc, between this weekend and before the new year begins.

Am going old school this week and next week with the CSA emails (sent to one member with the others BCC’d) because it was too inconvenient last week to not know who did and did not receive the CSA email. Next year it looks like the CSA will be using Mail Chimp to send out the CSA emails.

Exciting news from CSA member Marissa Waller! She’s launched her website www.BeauTeaBar.com and they sell the most luxurious and effective non-toxic skin care products and makeup available! There’s a discount code for people placing first time orders. The code is “MYFIRSTTIME” and that gives the purchaser 10% off of their purchase.! You can also “like” their Facebook page at…
https://www.facebook.com/BeauTeaBar You go girl!!! 

This email includes…

1. Your CSA does not need you this week, however…
2. Make a donation by eating a sandwich!
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. Click here to help make the world a better place…
7. What Dr. Andrew Weil has to say about Winter Squash!
8. Help save a New York farm if you’re of a mind to!
9. Event Listings
10. And click here too!
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. Make a donation by eating a sandwich!

If you’re in NYC this holiday season…checking out the holiday store windows, the ginormous tree in Rockefeller Center, or just enjoying the many sights and sounds New York City has to offer…consider checking out the eatery called Num Pang (opened in 2009). Besides the fact that they’re just good, from now till the end of December if you order the Gramercy Tavern Pang (a duck meatloaf sandwich topped with spicy Kim Chee…made in-house), out of the $9.50 you pay for the sandwich, $6 will be donated to Unicef and God’s Love We Deliver!

If you’re not a meat eater…not to worry. They have numerous selections for vegetarians too (have had the Spicy Tofu Sandwich, Roasted Cauliflower Sandwich, Japanese Yam Sandwich, Lentil Soup, Grilled Corn on the Cob, the side of Roasted Vegetables and the Hot Ginger Apple Cider which has so much Ginger in it, it will cure whatever may ail you…all good and there’s more I look forward to try from the non-meat selections!)

They now have FIVE locations…not all locations have all the food options (I think the NOMAD site has the largest menu)…
Chelsea Market (75 9th Ave between 15th and 16th Sts)
Grand Central (140 E 41st St between Lexington and 3rd Ave)
NOMAD (1129 Broadway between 25th and 26th Sts)
Times Square (148 W 48th between 6th and 7th Ave)
Union Square (21 E 12th St between University Pl and 5th Ave)…the original location…you have to go up a spiral staircase and eat at a counter space or kiddie chairs (I’ve done it but prefer the NOMAD location…haven’t been to the other locations…yet  )

General info…
http://www.numpangnyc.com/

Read this before you go…not all locations have a place to sit inside the eatery (but most have options nearby like at Chelsea Market you can sit outside Num Pang on a bench or at a table in the hallway of the Market…been there, done that…not at Num Pang but some other eatery at Chelsea Market)…
http://www.numpangnyc.com/index.php/faq



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 #32
December 5, 2013

1. Sweet Potatoes* - 1 bag
2. Lettuce – 1 head
3. Leeks – 1 bunch
4. Carrots – 1 bunch
5. Squash, Winter: Butternut – 1
6. Kale – 1 bunch
7. Beets

Total Items: 7 (?)

*
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/



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. Click here to help make the world a better place…

A. Urge your State Senators to improve food options available on public property (parks, state buildings, etc)…
http://www.congressweb.com/cspinet/7/takeaction/go/publicgrrecid/912F629E-1D09-296B-DA4BEBD16FC05CE6/eid/BCWQQSQSFN

B. Tell Congress to suspend the use of Bee-toxic pesticides…the Bees can’t wait five more years!!!
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=11547

C. Tell the EPA, USDA and President Obama to protect Monarch Butterflies (a big part of the problem is Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide)…
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12506



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. Help save a New York farm if you’re of a mind to!

Tamarack Hollow Farm is a vendor at the Union Square Greenmarket. Why should you care about them?

We need all the local farms that exist, and then some. So, we can’t afford to lose any (and there are some that fall through the cracks every year).

They want to move to higher ground so they don’t get flooded. They’re in a flood plain (bad for the excess water but creates some mighty good soil for growing food) and have had three floods in three years on their twelve acre spread, with the most recent one being this past summer. With climate change making all bets off on how the weather is going to behave from year to year, hey want to move to a 20 acre parcel in Plainfield, Vermont, have a Kickstarter campaign going to raise $25,000, they have three days left, and while they’re made their goal, the more the merrier! They’re accepting all donations from $1 (thank you email and a mention on their website) to $5,000 (they’ll throw you a pig roast for 100 people…could work for a wedding or just a heck of a party…and someone bought one and there’s only one of these left). And there are options all along the spectrum in between.

Spread the word if you know anyone who might help out. I’m sure every dollar makes a difference!

For more info about this…
http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2013/12/help-tamarack-hollow-farm-move-kickstarter.html?ref=excerpt_readmore

The Kickstarter campaign for this is here…
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tamarackhollow/get-this-farm-off-the-floodplain



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! 


Thursday, December 5th

4:30pm to 6pm

Pride and Purpose Debate: Should the US Enact Stronger Regulations Against Genetically Modified Crops
Hofstra University
Leo A Guthart Cultural Center Theater
Joan and Donald E Axinn Library
1st Floor, South Campus
Uniondale
FREE
For more info:
http://news.hofstra.edu/2013/11/26/hofstras-first-pride-and-purpose-debate-to-focus-on-genetically-modified-crops/

Participants will be Bhavani Jharoff, local Chef/Educator/Radio Host/Food Activist, Michael Hanson of Chief Staff Scientist of Consumer’s Union, Gregory Dolin, U of Baltimore, and Kevin Folta, U of Florida.

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.

7 to 8:30pm

Holistic Moms Network Huntington (and Oyster Bay) Chapter Holiday Potluck Party!
Oyster Bay Community Center
Church St
Oyster Bay
For more info:
http://wsuffolkctyny.holisticmoms.org/

Each member or guest may bring a dish and share the story behind the meal or discuss a special tradition. We will also collaborate in updating our HMN bulletin board at the community center to include inspiration and resources.

1) RSVP to Raquel at raqueltwj@gmail.com with the dish or store-bought treat you would like to bring. In addition to food, we are also looking for someone to bring in wine and someone to bring in paper goods (plates, utensils, etc).
2) Bake, cook, or shop away!
3) Bring in a quote or words of inspiration and local resources to post on our bulletin board.
4) Reflect on what you are most grateful for to share with the group.

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).


Saturday, December 14th

Noon to 6pm

Vegan Holiday Shop-up!
Pine Box Rock Shop
12 Grattan Street
Brooklyn
For more info:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vegan-Shop-Up/186283534782045

For your holiday shopping needs…try the vegan shop-up!


Tuesday, December 17th

2pm

NYS Invasive Species Proposed Regulations
SUNY Stony Brook
DEC Region 1 Headquarters, Basement Conference Room
50 Circle Road
Stony Brook
To view the regulations being proposed and for more info…
http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/2359.html

Agency staff will be available one half hour before the start of the hearings to answer questions. One of my concerns is that there will be some unreasonable regulation about Bamboo, not differentiating between running Bamboo and clumping Bamboo (big difference…and you can eat Bamboo Shoots that you grow!).

If you can't make it...
Public comments on the proposed rule will be accepted through December 23, 2013 and should be sent to Leslie Surprenant, NYS DEC, Invasive Species Coordination Unit, 625 Broadway, Floor 5, Albany, NY 12233 or email invasivesregs@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Saturday, December 21st

Noon to 6pm

Vegan Holiday Shop-up!
Pine Box Rock Shop
12 Grattan Street
Brooklyn
For more info:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vegan-Shop-Up/186283534782045

For your holiday shopping needs…try the vegan shop-up!


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)


Friday, January 10th to Sunday, January 12th

10am

The Read Truth About Health
Hudson Theater
Millennium Hotel
New York
$149 to $499
For more info about the event:
http://www.therealtruthabouthealthseminar.com/
To register and get tickets:
http://www.therealtruthabouthealthseminar.com/register/

If you can’t attend (or afford to attend), you can be there with online live streaming at a lower pricepoint! Speakers will include Brian Clement, Jeffrey Smith, Sproutman Steve Meyerowitz, Michael Greger, Devra Davis, and many more!


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. And click here too!

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 #31
November 27, 2013

1. Sweet Potatoes* - 2 lbs - $4.50
2. Lettuce: Leaf, Red – 1 head - $2.75
3. Arugula – 1 bunch - $2.75
4. Rosemary OR Sage – 1 bunch - $2.75
5. Squash, Winter: Acorn** – 1 - $2.25
6. Rutabagas – 2 lbs - $3.00

Total Items: 6
Total Amount: $18.00 (we pay $17.50 for our weekly CSA share and this week we’ve gotten an extra $.50 so the total extra value we’ve gotten so far this season…is $35.50)

Herb Share Nov 2B
Savory, Winter AND Thyme

*
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/



12. And now, for something completely different…

I wish when I bought seafood that it would just turn into Japanese food without provocation or any effort on my part! 
http://vimeo.com/68319415

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