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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Week #34 December 11, 2014 'Last CSA Pickup for 2014'

Happy Autumn!

CSA weather report…the snow and rain should be stopping so by the time 3:30pm rolls around it will be clear and above freezing till about 7pm when we hit freezing again and by 7:30pm when the CSA ends…just drive carefully and be watchful for any black ice that may be around on the roads.

Since the topic has come up…the last CSA day is this week, Thursday, December 11th.

For those of you interesting in joining the CSA again next year, contracts for 2015 will be emailed out in January and the first CSA pickup will be the end of April (not as far away as you’d think). We’ll see if we can do our Mushroom Share again, in addition to a Honey Share (from Bees from our farm). There will be an email next week to let you know what you actually got this week, and periodic emails over the winter as news and interesting things come up.

Any uncashed checks (the smaller CSA ones, not the farm ones which have all been deposited) will be dealt with in the coming few weeks and you’ll be emailed when they will be deposited, or I’ll be contacting you if they have to be rewritten (because they’re over 6 months old or you worked and need to only pay $25 not $125).

UUFH Cookbooks are $10 if they’re still on the windowsill as they were last week (sorry gang…they aren’t free even though they are a few years old) and if you’re interested, bring cash or make a check out to UUFH for $10 and leave it at the CSA sign-in desk.

Know anyone out east (or who’d move out east) who wants to do some farming and work with children? Slow Food East End is looking for people to apply for their Master Farmer Program to expand their Edible School Garden Program. For more info and to apply…
http://www.slowfoodeastend.org/master-farmer/

Anybody make it out to the farm the other Saturday? If so, please send any photos or comments about the experience and we’ll share with the rest of the CSA gang. Thanks!

Bring bags with you to the CSA! If anyone is picking up for you at the CSA…tell THEM they need to bring bags!!!
Put bags in every vehicle you own or might end up driving.
Bring an assortment of bags…cloth, plastic, paper…as you’ll find them all useful. Basic bagging issue is separating wet food from dry food so one doesn’t start the rotting process of the other. Tomatoes like to be stored in paper, not plastic.

Seriously…put this phone number (631-385-1079) in your cell phone, on your fridge, or wherever you put phone numbers you’re glad to have when you need them! It’s the hall phone of the UUFH to be used only on Thursdays from 3pm to 8pm. We’ve already had a few people who wished they had it and didn’t, and others who had it and found out how handy it can be! 


This email contains…

1. HELP! Your CSA does need you this week! We’re looking for ONE (1) person to be at the CSA from 5:30pm to 7:30pm…
2. WE WEIGH!!!
3. This week’s list…
4. News from the Farm
5. What you actually got last week
6. Prizes!
7. Event Listings
8. Click, swipe, tap to help make the world a better place
9. Ask, and you shall get the answer!
10. And now for something completely different…



1.HELP! Your CSA does need you this week! We’re looking for ONE (1) person to be at the CSA from 5:30pm to 7:30pm…

If you can help out today at the CSA between 5:30pm and 7:30pm…

1. Respond to this email before 1pm today
2. Call 631-421-4864 before 1pm today
3. Call the CSA at 631-385-1079 after 3pm and let us know you’d like to help out
4. Show up a little before 5:30pm and offer to help

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

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

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



2. WE WEIGH!!!

It’s time to weigh our food!

A. Check the wall chart before taking any food so you know what you’re taking and how much to take…assume nothing and 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 51 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 over THREE POUNDS of produce and some 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. This week’s list (subject to change without notice because…farming is like that!)…

December 11, 2014
Week #34 – Last week of our 2014 CSA season!

1. Kale: Redbor
2. Squash, Winter*
3. Sweet Potatoes**
4. Cabbage
5. Beans: Black Turtle, dried
6. Beets OR Carrots

Total Items: 6

Herb Share – December 1A
Rosemary*** AND Dried Hot Chili Peppers

*
Butternut Squash Steamed with Red Chili Sauce
http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=recipe&dbid=179&pfriendly=1&utm_source=daily_click&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_email

And info on storing Winter Squash…
http://www.nwedible.com/2011/11/storing-winter-squash.html

Big fan of Barbara Damrosch…
http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/how-to-cure-and-store-winter-squash/2013/10/15/2450dd42-2cf0-11e3-b141-298f46539716_story.html

http://extension.oregonstate.edu/lane/sites/default/files/documents/ec1632.pdf

http://www.organicgardening.com/cook/harvesting-and-storing-squash

**
Sweet Potato Latte and Chai Latte
http://www.tarheelfoodie.com/2012/10/08/sweet-potato-lattes/

Sweet Potato Gluten Free Chocolate Cake…
http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Healthy-Flourless-Chocolate-Cake-Recipe-27029712

***
Italian Navy Bean Soup with Rosemary
http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=recipe&dbid=31&pfriendly=1&utm_source=daily_click&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_email



4. News from the Farm

December 2014

Our last deliveries will take place with our two drop offs in December.

The seasons go by so fast! It’s hard to believe our 19th CSA season in NYC (17th in Huntington) is coming to an end.

As every year is different, this one was also. Some crops always do well while others do not. This fall, our Sweet Potatoes and Winter Squashes were wonderful while our cole crops…Broccoli, Cabbages, Cauliflowers were terrible (deer are to blame for this one)! Fall greens started off very slow with the lack of rain in August and September, and then got better.

So that’s the way seasonal farming is…very weather dependent (and subject to other things like deer attacks, new diseases from abroad…the fungal disease that attacked the Basil not just on our farm but in the entire region and hit everyone quite hard, etc).

We would like to thank all our CSA members in supporting us and our local organic family farming efforts, and hope to see you all next season…our 20th CSA season in NYC (18th in Huntington)!

Thanks again!!!

Organically yours,
Farmer Bill (Halsey)



5. What you actually got last week

December 4, 2014
Week #33

1. Garlic – ¼ lb - $3.50
2. Squash, Winter: Pharsi – 1 - $3.50
3. Sweet Potatoes* - up to 2 lbs - $4.25
4. Mei Quing Choi – 1 bunch - $3.25
5. Jerusalem Artichokes (Sunchokes) – 1 lb - $6.00

Total Items: 5
Total Amount: $20.50
(We pay $18.50 per week for our CSA share. Our farmer has given us $2.00 more this week than the $18.50 which we paid for so, the total so far is $29.25 more than what we’ve paid so far this season…that means we’ve gotten more than one extra share’s worth of food that we didn’t pay for, so if you missed a week of the CSA you didn’t lose any money…though I know it’s still annoying missing the food…been there done that myself with other CSAs I have been a member of in addition to being a member of this one…can’t have too many vegetables!)

*
Sweet Potato Pancakes
http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/11/sweet-potato-pancakes-made-with-leftover-mash.html

Sweet Potato Peanut Bisque
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/sweet_potato_peanut_bisque.html

Spiced Sweet Potato Quesadilla
http://naturallyella.com/2013/11/10/spiced-sweet-potato-quesadilla/



6 . Prizes!

A.Visit any Tanger Outlet (Deer Park/Riverhead) before 12/24 and enter to win $5,000 for a dream party! Plus a $1,000 gift card for the Gap Outlet!!!

B.Win a cookbook…Peter Reinhart’s (master baker) Bread Revolution…
http://awaytogarden.com/ancient-grains-sprouted-flours-bread-revolution-peter-reinhart-giveaway/



7. Event Listings…

Thursday, December 11th

7pm to 8:30pm

One Wok, Three Meals
Cold Spring Harbor Library
Cold Spring Harbor
$5
For more info and to make sure you can attend (reservations/pre-payment ended 12/9 but give a call and see if you can still get in)…
631-692-6820

Learn how to use your wok and the same natural ingredients to prepare three international dishes with Bhavani from iEat Green. You will sample…

Japanese stir-fried vegetables served with rice noodles in a sesame sauce;
Mixed vegetables in a coconut curry sauce, served with saffron rice; and
Mediterranean vegetables with fire roasted tomatoes, olives, and capers,
served with whole wheat couscous.


Sunday, December 14th

12pm

Poverty, Inc (in-person post-film Q & A with director Gary Null…yes, THAT Gary Null!  )
Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Ave
Huntington
$10 Member/$15 General Public (includes Q & A and reception)
For more info and to purchase tickets:
http://www.cinemaartscentre.org/event/poverty-inc-with-gary-null-in-person/

Examining the influence of corporate globalization and exposing the destructive nature of our modern financial system, Poverty, Inc. offers a sobering look into how the predatory economic policies instituted by America’s new elite class have contributed to the nation’s descent into Third World status. Engrossing in-depth interviews with some of the world’s finest economists, progressive politicians, investigative reporters and philosophers, as well as the voices of America’s downtrodden featuring: Chris Hedges, Ralph Nader, Dennis Kucinich, Robert Reich, Vandana Shiva and many more!

12pm to 6pm

Vegan Shop-up
Moo Shoes
78 Orchard St (between Broome and Grand)
NYC
For more info:
http://veganshopup.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/say-it-aint-snow-vegan-holiday-shop-ups-december-6th-20th/

Buy, eat, drink booze…all vegan!


Wednesday, December 17th

7:30pm

Let’s Eat! Food on Film presents…Cowspiracy: the sustainability secret
Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Ave
Huntington
$12
For more info and to see the trailer…
http://www.cinemaartscentre.org/event/cowspiracy-the-sustainability-secret/
To buy tickets…
https://www.tugg.com/events/12205

Come join likeminded food folk at the Cinema Arts Centre for their Let’s Eat! Food on Film series, and enjoy non-GMO popcorn (with organic Butter and Sea Salt if you’d like) and their certified organic, shade grown, fair trade Coffee, and other environmentally conscious treats, in the Cinema Art Centre’s Sky Room Café.

In collaboration with Healthy Planet, Slow Food North Shore, and The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, the Cinema Arts Centre presents the film, Cowspiracy: the sustainability secret.

The film follows filmmaker Kip Andersen, as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. As Andersen approaches leaders in the environmental movement, he increasingly uncovers what appears to be an intentional refusal to discuss the issue of animal agriculture, while industry whistleblowers and watchdogs warn him of the risks to his freedom and even his life if he dares to persist.


Saturday, December 20th

12pm to 6pm

Vegan Shop-up
Pine Box Rock Shop
12 Grattan St
Brooklyn
For more info:
http://veganshopup.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/say-it-aint-snow-vegan-holiday-shop-ups-december-6th-20th/

Buy, eat, drink booze…all vegan!


Saturday, January 10th

7:30am to 7:30pm

NOFA – MA Winter Conference
Worcester State University
Worcester, MA
$35 to $94
For more info and to register:
http://www.nofamass.org/events/wc

Keynote speaker is Greg Judy, rotational grazer and carbon sequestration advocate. Children’s conference for ages 3 to 12 in addition to teen workshops.



Friday, January 16th to Monday, January 19th

The Agriculture Course: An intensive study of the origins and future of Biodynamics 2015 (Focus: Animals and Soil Fertility)
The Pfeiffer Center
260 Hungry Hollow Rd
Chestnut Ridge, NY
$345 (does not include housing…does include 5 out of possible 9 meals)/$195 Farmer’s Apprentices/Scholarships available
For more info and to register:
http://www.pfeiffercenter.org/workshops_and_events/register.aspx


Saturday, January 17th

Vegan Pop-up
For more info:
http://veganshopup.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/say-it-aint-snow-vegan-holiday-shop-ups-december-6th-20th/


Wednesday, January 21st and Thursday, January 22nd

9am to 5pm

1st Annual Food Tank Summit
George Washington University
Washington, DC
It’s sold out but looks like you can watch it live for free if you sign up here (if you REALLY want to attend you can sign a wait list)…
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/1st-annual-food-tank-summit-in-partnership-with-the-george-washington-university-tickets-12494891557

This two-day event will feature more than 75 different speakers (including Long Island’s own Brian Halweil of Edible Long Island/East End/Brooklyn/Manhattan) from the food and agriculture field. Researchers, farmers, chefs, policy makers, government officials, and students will come together panels on topics including; food waste, urban agriculture, family farmers, farm workers, and more.


Friday, January 23rd to Sunday, January 25th

Soil: The Root of the Movement
33rd Annual Organic Farming & Gardening Conference
Saratoga Hilton & City Center
Saratoga Springs, NY
For more info:
http://www.nofany.org/events/winter-conference

Keynote speaker: Wes Jackson, The Land Institute
http://www.landinstitute.org/
Farmer of the year: Lakeview Organic Grain, Klaas & Mary-Howell Martens
http://www.lakevieworganicgrain.com/

There’s a children’s conference (ages 6 to 13) and childcare available (ages 3 to 5) as well so it’s fun for families, single folk, young and old. The food is local and/or organic as much as possible in January and accommodates all styles of eating (raw, vegan, gluten free, paleo).

It’s too early to register so either get on the NOFA-NY email list (not a bad thing to do if you’re interested in eating organic food or gardening organically), or joining NOFA-NY (same as I just said) so you can be apprised of when registration starts.

Want to go for free (well, almost…you still have to pay for room and board)???
Enter the Annual Winter Conference T-shirt Contest by October 22nd and if you win you get your registration paid for and 2 t-shirts when your design is printed (and the cool factor of having your t-shirt be THE t-shirt for the NOFA-NY Winter Conference)…
http://www.nofany.org/tshirtcontest


NOFA-NJ’s 25th Anniversary Food & Agriculture Winter Conference
Brookdale Community College – Warner Student Life Center
265 Newman Springs Rd
Lincroft, NY (near Red Bank NJ Transit stop)
$95 to $315
For more info and to register:
http://www.nofanj.org/winterconference.htm

Keynote speaker is the head of the Rodale Institute in PA and other speakers include Sally Fallon (Nourishing Traditions and president of the Weston A Price Foundation) and Jerry Brunetti (Agri-Dynamics).


Saturday, January 24th

8:30am to 4pm

NOFA – CT’s 10th Annual Getting Started in Organic Farming Conference
Connecticut College
270 Mohegan Ave
New London, CT
$50
For more info and to register…
http://ctnofa.org/gettingstarted/

Helps aspiring organic farmers develop successful farming careers. This event teaches the basics of developing and running an organic operation to both brand new farmers and farmers who are established but want to switch to organic. Attendees have access to valuable support and resources as well as a unique opportunity to interact with knowledgeable experts and established farmers.


Saturday, April 25th

Long Island Food Conference
Hofstra University
Hempstead
Details TBA


September 19th

Noon to 8pm

Gaia’s Essence: 7th Annual Women’s Wellness Conference
Islandia Marriott Long Island
3635 Express Driveway North
Islandia
$20 till December 20, 2014 (additional group discounts available for non-profits and women’s groups)
For more info and to get tickets:
http://gewwc.com/

Gaia’s Essence Women’s Wellness Conference is an annual event held on Long Island New York. The conference originated out of the passion of the founder of Gaia’s Essence (Farrah La Ronde-Hutchinson) to empower and motivate women in reaching and maintaining their optimum health This gave her the vision to create the conference as an avenue where women of all ages could come together to share, empower and inspire each other to live happier healthier lives.

Farrah La Ronde-Hutchison was born and raised on the Nature Isle of the Caribbean, Dominica. Known for its biodiversity, culture and large centenarian population, Dominica instilled in Farrah a respect for nature, the environment and the power of natural, healthy living. Farrah completed her degree in Environmental Science with specializations in Biology and Chemistry. After much success in her industry, Farrah found a growing need of wellness education and a lack of high quality and affordable loose teas comparable to the ones she enjoyed in her early childhood. This was her inspiration to create Gaia’s Essence in the spring of 2007. The company has since expanded to include a diverse selection of not only loose teas but also an entire line of salt free seasonings blends



8. Click, swipe, tap to help make the world a better place

A.Climate summit in Peru…who knew? If you’d like, put your 2 cents in for clean energy and cutting down on carbon pollution. A cleaner planet means cleaner food for us to eat and stuff to drink!
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/lima_summit_100_clean_us/?tlhHlgb

B.Stop unreported and unregulated fishing and seafood fraud (30% of Shrimp sold and not what they are supposed to be…like another kind of Shrimp not meant or tested for people to eat)…
https://takeaction.takepart.com/actions/stop-illegal-unreported-and-unregulated-fishing-and-seafood-fraud?cmpid=tpdaily-eml-2014-12-03

C.In celebration of Terre Madre Day (it was yesterday but what the heck  ), Slow Food USA requests that you sign the Slow Food Manifesto (and read about it if you don’t know what it is)…
http://www.slowfoodusa.org/manifesto

D.Want GMO labelling on food? Click here…
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50865/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13738
and here…
http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/stop_HR_4432_the_Ultimate_Monsanto_Protection_Act/?t=2&referring_akid=1456.31784.tsstcT

And if you REALLY want GMO labeling on your food…Monsanto is going to sue the state of Vermont because they want their food labeled for GMOs so they’re asking if you can chip for the legal campaign…if Vermont succeeds, others can follow in their footsteps…Vermont has started its own “food fight” legal defense fund to go up against Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association (GMA)…
http://www.foodfightfundvt.org/



9. Ask, and you shall get the answer!

Part 1 –

Last week, CSA member Jeff Tanenbaum asked the following question…If you plant these Jerusalem Artichokes, will they grow?

The answer is…yes! However, the ones we just got last week? You’d have to have them keep till the spring to plant them. You’d be better off waiting till we get them again next spring and planting those so you don’t have to store them.

But, beware as they can be VERY invasive (they began to burrow thru a friend’s cement foundation).
http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/growing-jerusalem-artichokes-zmaz10onzraw.aspx?PageId=1#axzz3L7GvVGcc

And a side note…
CSA member, and homeopath extraordinaire, Sonam Kushner, brought up the subject of Jerusalem Artichokes and flatulence.

So, here’s some info about that!
http://www.chow.com/food-news/134892/do-sunchokes-give-you-gas-meet-the-fartichoke/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2078323/Revealed-The-vegetable-leave-passing-wind-Christmas-sprouts.html
More info and a recipe for Sun Chips…
http://www.gracelinks.org/1488/real-food-right-now-and-how-to-cook-it-sunchokes
And some other ideas…
http://www.marksdailyapple.com/roasted-jerusalem-artichokes-with-chives/#axzz3LaUxCf00
And what to do if they make you a gassy lassy or lad…don’t eat a lot of them in one meal, take probiotics, cook low and slow, don’t use them right away so the Inulin turns to Fructose…
https://healthyhabitscoach.wordpress.com/2008/11/21/be-careful-with-sunchokes/
Try pickling them…
http://agardenerstable.com/2014/02/24/taking-the-wind-out-of-jerusalem-artichokes/


Part 2 –
We had a discussion about what Ducks eat at the CSA last week because at least one of the Pharsi Winter Squashes looked just like one (especially after I drew eyes on it with non-toxic water based marker).

After posing this question, the first word out of young CSA member Isabela Knauf’s mouth was…BREAD! And I knew that was the wrong answer (after many years of thinking it was the right one) but didn’t exactly know the right one besides cracked Corn (which you used to be able to get at the Heckscher Museum in Heckscher Park in Huntington Village to feed the ducks on the pond there) and guesses about algae and other things.

So, the answer is…
http://birding.about.com/od/birdfeeders/a/What-Do-Ducks-Eat.htm



10. And now for something completely different…

A tiny hamster vs Hot Dog eating champion Kobayashi…
http://www.grubstreet.com/2014/09/kobayashi-hamster-video.html

Tiny hamster eats tiny Burritos!
http://www.grubstreet.com/2014/11/tiny-hamster-eats-thanksgiving.html?om_rid=AADNgX&om_mid=_BUa57BB89p5wwP

Hamster run izakaya (bar serving bar snacks) in Japan…
http://en.rocketnews24.com/2014/11/05/ginji-the-hamster-tends-miniature-bar-serves-tiny-sushi-makes-everyone-smile-from-his-cuteness/

And yes, I am a fan of Cute Overload… 
http://cuteoverload.com/

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Week #33 December 4, 2014

Happy Autumn!

Since the topic has come up…the last CSA day is next week, Thursday, December 11th.

Want to see the movie Cowspiracy? See below under December 17th and buy your tickets before December 8th otherwise the event won’t happen (as of Monday night, they need to sell 66 more tickets to make it happen)!

Anybody make it out to the farm the other Saturday? If so, please send any photos or comments about the experience and we’ll share with the rest of the CSA gang. Thanks!

Bring bags with you to the CSA! If anyone is picking up for you at the CSA…tell THEM they need to bring bags!!!
Put bags in every vehicle you own or might end up driving.
Bring an assortment of bags…cloth, plastic, paper…as you’ll find them all useful. Basic bagging issue is separating wet food from dry food so one doesn’t start the rotting process of the other. Tomatoes like to be stored in paper, not plastic.

If you’d like to visit our farm (Green Thumb Farm in Water Mill), the farm stand is now open 7 days a week until Sunday, December 7th (and this weekend they often have an end of season sale). Tell them at the farm stand that you’re a CSA member and it’s sure to bring a smile!

Seriously…put this phone number (631-385-1079) in your cell phone, on your fridge, or wherever you put phone numbers you’re glad to have when you need them! It’s the hall phone of the UUFH to be used only on Thursdays from 3pm to 8pm. We’ve already had a few people who wished they had it and didn’t, and others who had it and found out how handy it can be! 


This email contains…

1. Your CSA does not need you this week! However…
2. WE WEIGH!!!
3. This week’s list…
4. Win Prizes!!!
5. What you actually got last week
6. Cheesecake Factory…who knew???
7. Event Listings
8. For the food and drink lover that has pretty much everything!
9. Do you eat Quinoa? Check this out…
10. And now for something completely different…



1. Your CSA does not need you this week! However…

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

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

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



2. WE WEIGH!!!

It’s time to weigh our food!

A. Check the wall chart before taking any food so you know what you’re taking and how much to take…assume nothing and 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 51 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 over THREE POUNDS of produce and some 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. This week’s list (subject to change without notice because…farming is like that!)…

December 4, 2014
Week #33

1. Garlic
2. Squash, Winter: Pharsi
3. Sweet Potatoes*
4. Mei Quing Choi
5. Jerusalem Artichokes (Sunchokes)

Total Items: 5

*
Sweet Potato Pancakes
http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/11/sweet-potato-pancakes-made-with-leftover-mash.html

Sweet Potato Peanut Bisque
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/sweet_potato_peanut_bisque.html

Spiced Sweet Potato Quesadilla
http://naturallyella.com/2013/11/10/spiced-sweet-potato-quesadilla/



4. Win Prizes!!!

And I can attest that you CAN win these things! I just got an email that I actually won one of the cookbook contests. You gotta be in it to win it! 

A.Win a cookbook from Bar Tartine in San Francisco (I hear it’s a wonderful place…a chef I know named a Carrot dish in his NYC restaurant as a tribute to this restaurant)
http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/12/win-a-copy-of-bar-tartine.html#_logout

B.Win a LOT of cool food/cooking related stuff…

Must enter before January 2, 2015
http://seriouseats.com/gifts#giveaway



5. What you actually got last week

November 26, 2014
Week #32

1. Kale: Lacinato – 1 bunch - $3.50
2. Squash, Winter: Carnival – 1 - $2.50
3. Sweet Potatoes* - up to 2 lbs - $4.25
4. Rutabaga – up to 2 lbs - $4.00
5. Sage OR Rosemary – 1 - $2.75
6. Radicchio: Chiogga – 1 head - $3.50

Total Items: 6
Total Amount: $20.50
(We pay $18.50 per week for our CSA share. Our farmer has given us $2.00 more this week than the $18.50 which we paid for so, the total so far is $27.25 more than what we’ve paid so far this season…that means we’ve gotten one extra share’s worth of food that we didn’t pay for, so if you missed a week of the CSA you didn’t lose any money…though I know it’s still annoying missing the food…been there done that myself with other CSAs I have been a member of in addition to being a member of this one…can’t have too many vegetables!)

Herb Share – Nov 2B
Sage AND Thyme

*
Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Kale and White Beans…
http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-stuffed-sweet-potatoes-with-beans-and-greens-recipes-from-the-kitchn-181845

Sweet Potato, Lentil and Coconut Curry (she’s English…you’ll have to translate a little)…
http://deliciouslyella.com/recipe/sweet-potato-lentil-and-coconut-curry/



6 . Cheesecake Factory…who knew???

CSA member Cathy Ribando couldn’t work the other week so she sent a friend of hers, Jamie, to work for her so we didn’t have to find someone to take her place (what a sweetie!).

Well, Jamie is a long time employee of the Cheesecake Factory and she let me know the following info that I had no idea about and they don’t seem to let their customers know either (though she says it’s on the menu…have you seen the size of that menu? No wonder no one sees it if it’s in there!).

The Cheesecake Factory…

1. purchases some organic produce

2. Uses Chickens that are antibiotic and hormone free

Huh!

Good for them! And, good for their customers whether they know it or not!



7. Event Listings…

Thursday, December 4th

7pm

Slow Food Market Dinner at the North Fork Table & Inn
57225 Main Rd
Southold
$95 Slow Food Member/$105 General Public
For more info and to buy tickets:
http://www.slowfoodeastend.org/dinner-north-fork-table-inn/


Saturday, December 6th

12pm to 4pm

Greenport Shellabration
Greenport
$15 for one/$25 for two
For more info and to purchase wristbands:
http://shellabration.li/

Clams, Oysters, Beer, Wine…Greenport! Wristband entitles you to a map for your food crawl and a first tasting of beer and shellfish. Otherwise, $3 drinks and $5 food samples available. Proceeds go to the VERY worthy SPAT program (Southold Project in Aquaculture Training).

12pm to 6pm

Vegan Shop-up
Pine Box Rock Shop
12 Grattan St
Brooklyn
For more info:
http://veganshopup.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/say-it-aint-snow-vegan-holiday-shop-ups-december-6th-20th/

Buy, eat, drink booze…all vegan!


Sunday, December 7th

12pm to 4pm

Greenport Shellabration
Greenport
$15 for one/$25 for two
For more info and to purchase wristbands:
http://shellabration.li/

Clams, Oysters, Beer, Wine…Greenport! Wristband entitles you to a map for your food crawl and a first tasting of beer and shellfish. Otherwise, $3 drinks and $5 food samples available. Proceeds go to the VERY worthy SPAT program (Southold Project in Aquaculture Training).


Tuesday, December 9th

6pm

FED UP (the movie)
Ross School
Goodfriend Drive
East Hampton
$10/$5 Members
For more info, reservations (this will sell out) and tickets:
http://www.slowfoodeastend.org/fed-up/

If you missed this at the Cinema Arts Centre, here’s another opportunity to see the movie FED UP with a bunch of other likeminded folks (and visit the VERY lovely Ross School)! Post film Q & A will be moderated by culinary nutritionist and radio show host, Stephanie Sacks.


Sunday, December 14th

12pm to 6pm

Vegan Shop-up
Moo Shoes
78 Orchard St (between Broome and Grand)
NYC
For more info:
http://veganshopup.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/say-it-aint-snow-vegan-holiday-shop-ups-december-6th-20th/

Buy, eat, drink booze…all vegan!


Wednesday, December 17th

7:30pm

Let’s Eat! Food on Film presents…Cowspiracy: the sustainability secret
Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Ave
Huntington
$12
For more info and to see the trailer…
http://www.cinemaartscentre.org/event/cowspiracy-the-sustainability-secret/
To buy tickets (if you, the viewing public, don’t buy enough of these by December 8th, the event won’t happen)…
http://www.tugg.com/events/12205

Come join likeminded food folk at the Cinema Arts Centre for their Let’s Eat! Food on Film series, and enjoy non-GMO popcorn (with organic Butter and Sea Salt if you’d like) and their certified organic, shade grown, fair trade Coffee, and other environmentally conscious treats, in the Cinema Art Centre’s Sky Room Café.

In collaboration with Healthy Planet, Slow Food North Shore, and The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, the Cinema Arts Centre presents the film, Cowspiracy: the sustainability secret.

The film follows filmmaker Kip Andersen, as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. As Andersen approaches leaders in the environmental movement, he increasingly uncovers what appears to be an intentional refusal to discuss the issue of animal agriculture, while industry whistleblowers and watchdogs warn him of the risks to his freedom and even his life if he dares to persist.


Saturday, December 20th

12pm to 6pm

Vegan Shop-up
Pine Box Rock Shop
12 Grattan St
Brooklyn
For more info:
http://veganshopup.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/say-it-aint-snow-vegan-holiday-shop-ups-december-6th-20th/

Buy, eat, drink booze…all vegan!


Saturday, January 17th

Vegan Pop-up
For more info:
http://veganshopup.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/say-it-aint-snow-vegan-holiday-shop-ups-december-6th-20th/


Friday, January 23rd to Sunday, January 25th

Soil: The Root of the Movement
33rd Annual Organic Farming & Gardening Conference
Saratoga Hilton & City Center
Saratoga Springs, NY
For more info:
http://www.nofany.org/events/winter-conference

Keynote speaker: Wes Jackson, The Land Institute
http://www.landinstitute.org/
Farmer of the year: Lakeview Organic Grain, Klaas & Mary-Howell Martens
http://www.lakevieworganicgrain.com/

There’s a children’s conference (ages 6 to 13) and childcare available (ages 3 to 5) as well so it’s fun for families, single folk, young and old. The food is local and/or organic as much as possible in January and accommodates all styles of eating (raw, vegan, gluten free, paleo).

It’s too early to register so either get on the NOFA-NY email list (not a bad thing to do if you’re interested in eating organic food or gardening organically), or joining NOFA-NY (same as I just said) so you can be apprised of when registration starts.

Want to go for free (well, almost…you still have to pay for room and board)???
Enter the Annual Winter Conference T-shirt Contest by October 22nd and if you win you get your registration paid for and 2 t-shirts when your design is printed (and the cool factor of having your t-shirt be THE t-shirt for the NOFA-NY Winter Conference)…
http://www.nofany.org/tshirtcontest


September 19th

Noon to 8pm

Gaia’s Essence: 7th Annual Women’s Wellness Conference
Islandia Marriott Long Island
3635 Express Driveway North
Islandia
$20 till December 20, 2014 (additional group discounts available for non-profits and women’s groups)
For more info and to get tickets:
http://gewwc.com/

Gaia’s Essence Women’s Wellness Conference is an annual event held on Long Island New York. The conference originated out of the passion of the founder of Gaia’s Essence (Farrah La Ronde-Hutchinson) to empower and motivate women in reaching and maintaining their optimum health This gave her the vision to create the conference as an avenue where women of all ages could come together to share, empower and inspire each other to live happier healthier lives.

Farrah La Ronde-Hutchison was born and raised on the Nature Isle of the Caribbean, Dominica. Known for its biodiversity, culture and large centenarian population, Dominica instilled in Farrah a respect for nature, the environment and the power of natural, healthy living. Farrah completed her degree in Environmental Science with specializations in Biology and Chemistry. After much success in her industry, Farrah found a growing need of wellness education and a lack of high quality and affordable loose teas comparable to the ones she enjoyed in her early childhood. This was her inspiration to create Gaia’s Essence in the spring of 2007. The company has since expanded to include a diverse selection of not only loose teas but also an entire line of salt free seasonings blends



8. For the food and drink lover that has pretty much everything!

I like the Soup that helps hungry people in the Rockaways (I’ve been following these gals online for a while), and the black Chickens are fascinating (and insanely expensive)!
http://www.grubstreet.com/2014/11/food-drink-gift-guide.html



9. Do you eat Quinoa? Check this out…

Eat local, eat organic, and know where your food comes from (unfortunately, “organic” food from outside the USA is a dicier proposition…if something is certifice by OCI they’ve been sued several times for certifying things organic that weren’t… than certified organic food from within the USA…even then there are issues but if it’s certified organic from NOFA – not a problem! Feel free to ask me questions about this if you have any.)…
http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/11/29/bolivia-peru-organic-inorganic-quinoa?cmpid=tpdaily-eml-2014-12-01

Check out other grains crops one can use instead of Quinoa and I’m sure some of these can and are grown locally…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_grain



10. And now for something completely different…

After all this (Lamb Chop shot into outer space)…I wonder if the book is any good???
http://www.grubstreet.com/2014/11/lamb-chop-shot-into-space-nikesh-shukla.html

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Week #32 November 26, 2014

REMINDER!!

The week of Thanksgiving, the CSA is on Wednesday, November 26th, and the hours will be from 2:30pm to 7:30pm (we’re starting an hour earlier as the farmer wants to try and beat holiday traffic on the way back home).

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Week #31 November 20, 2014

Happy Autumn!

Since the topic has come up…
1. CHANGE...the week of Thanksgiving, the CSA is on Wednesday, November 26th, and the hours will be from 2:30pm to 7:30pm (we’re starting an hour earlier as the farmer wants to try and beat holiday traffic on the way back home).
2. The last CSA day is Thursday, December 11th

Anybody want to meet me (or come with me…room for 2) in Queens this Saturday afternoon for a Momo Crawl? Momos are Nepalese/Tibetan dumplings (Beef, Chicken, Potato). If you do, see below for Saturday, November 22nd and get in touch! You can even be back in time to catch some of the Healthy Planet Turkey Free event in Farmingdale!

Want to see the movie Cowspiracy? See below under December 17th and buy your tickets before December 8th otherwise the event won’t happen!

Anybody make it out to the farm the other Saturday? If so, please send any photos or comments about the experience and we’ll share with the rest of the CSA gang. Thanks!

Bring bags with you to the CSA! If anyone is picking up for you at the CSA…tell THEM they need to bring bags!!!
Put bags in every vehicle you own or might end up driving.
Bring an assortment of bags…cloth, plastic, paper…as you’ll find them all useful. Basic bagging issue is separating wet food from dry food so one doesn’t start the rotting process of the other. Tomatoes like to be stored in paper, not plastic.

If you’d like to visit our farm (Green Thumb Farm in Water Mill), the farm stand is now open 7 days a week until Sunday, December 7th. Tell them at the farm stand that you’re a CSA member and it’s sure to bring a smile!

Seriously…put this phone number (631-385-1079) in your cell phone, on your fridge, or wherever you put phone numbers you’re glad to have when you need them! It’s the hall phone of the UUFH to be used only on Thursdays from 3pm to 8pm. We’ve already had a few people who wished they had it and didn’t, and others who had it and found out how handy it can be! 


This email contains…

1. Your CSA does not need you this week! However…
2. WE WEIGH!!!
3. This week’s list…
4. Drink Tea at Sip Tea Lounge, get a free treat, and support a good cause!
5. What you actually got last week
6. Good news…basically
7. Event Listings
8. Healthy Thanksgiving ingredients…
9. Enter to win…
10. And now for something completely different…



1. Your CSA does not need you this week! However…

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

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

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



2. WE WEIGH!!!

It’s time to weigh our food!

A. Check the wall chart before taking any food so you know what you’re taking and how much to take…assume nothing and 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 51 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 over THREE POUNDS of produce and some 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. This week’s list (subject to change without notice because…farming is like that!)…

November 20, 2014
Week #31

1. Kale, Russian: White
2. Squash, Winter: Spaghetti
3. Sweet Potatoes*
4. Radish: China Rose
5. Leeks
6. Peppers, Sweet and/or Peppers, Hot (it wasn’t clear on Farmer Bill’s phone message so we’ll see exactly what we get when we get it)

Total Items: 7

*
Think you’ve got too many Sweet Potatoes?
Then think about storing them for use over the holidays. They’ll last a month (Farmer Bill manages to save them till JULY but then again…he’s Farmer Bill  ) in a cool, dark, dry space (that’ll get you to Thanksgiving), and frozen for 6 to 8 months (Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza and New Year’s Day not a problem)…
http://www.americastestkitchenfeed.com/cooking-science/2013/02/we-prove-it-the-best-way-to-store-sweet-potatoes/
http://www.stilltasty.com/fooditems/index/18774

Sweet Potatoes with Ginger and Cinnamon…
http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=recipe&dbid=205&pfriendly=1&utm_source=daily_click&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_email

18 Sweet Potatoes, and Winter Squash, recipes from the gang at Serious Eats…
http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/11/sweet-potato-squash-recipes-for-thanksgiving.html

Smoky Sweet Potato Burgers…
http://www.forksoverknives.com/recipes/smoky-sweet-potato-burgers/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter11192014



4. Drink Tea at Sip Tea Lounge, get a free treat, and support a good cause!

For the month of November (in honor of No Shave November), if you go to Sip Tea Lounge and order a 16 oz cup of Tea, you’ll get a free Mustacheroon (if you like Coconut Macaroons dipped in Dark Chocolate you should LOVE these) and know that a percentage of the proceeds will be going to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
For location and hours…
http://siptealoungeny.com/



5. What you actually got last week

November 13, 2014
Week #30

1. Collard Greens* - 1 bunch - $3.50
2. Squash, Winter: Gold Nugget (never had this one before but if you know what to do with one Winter Squash, you basically know what to do with any that come your way!  ) – 2 - $2.75
3. Sweet Potatoes** - up to 2 lbs - $4.25
4. Celeriac/Celery Root – 1 - $2.25
5. Radicchio: Chiogga – 1 head - $3.50
6. Peppers, Sweet: Mix – 1 lb - $3.25

Total Items: 7
Total Amount: $19.50
(We pay $18.50 per week for our CSA share. Our farmer has given us $1.00 more this week than the $18.50 which we paid for so, the total so far is $24.25 more than what we’ve paid so far this season…that means we’ve gotten one extra share’s worth of food that we didn’t pay for, so if you missed a week of the CSA you didn’t lose any money…though I know it’s still annoying missing the food…been there done that myself with other CSAs I have been a member of in addition to being a member of this one…can’t have too many vegetables!)


Herb Share – Nov 1A
Arugula AND Thyme

*
Collard Greens, Poached Eggs and Shiitake Mushrooms…
http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=recipe&dbid=108&pfriendly=1&utm_source=daily_click&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_email


**
Think you’ve got too many Sweet Potatoes?
Then think about storing them for use over the holidays. They’ll last a month (Farmer Bill manages to save them till JULY but then again…he’s Farmer Bill  ) in a cool, dark, dry space (that’ll get you to Thanksgiving), and frozen for 6 to 8 months (Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza and New Year’s Day not a problem)…
http://www.americastestkitchenfeed.com/cooking-science/2013/02/we-prove-it-the-best-way-to-store-sweet-potatoes/
http://www.stilltasty.com/fooditems/index/18774



6 . Good news…basically

McDonald’s refused GMO Potatoes for its French Fries!
http://www.grubstreet.com/2014/11/mcdonalds-refuses-gmo-potatoes.html

However, now it’s up to us to not buy them if we don’t want these things being grown, and let people know why we’re choosing not to buy them…
http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2014/11/simplot-innate-new-gmo-potato-mcdonalds



7. Event Listings…

Thursday, November 20th

2pm to 4pm

Raingardening Workshop
The Waterfront Center
1 West End Ave
Oyster Bay
$10/$25 Landscape professionals
Directions:
http://www.thewaterfrontcenter.org/
Raingardening is catching on as something that everyone on Long Island can do to help with coastal resiliency and mitigating pollution to our waters post-Sandy. Join national raingarden expert Rusty Schmidt as he demonstrates how easy and fun it is to turn any ordinary garden into a raingarden that can also help the local environment Mr. Schmidt, a wildlife biologist and landscape ecologist who has built over 1,000 raingardens, trained numerous raingarden trainers, and co-authored the “Blue Thumb Guide to Raingardens,” will share design and installation recommendations for deep-rooted native plants and grasses which help slow runoff velocity.
Workshops are geared toward conservation professionals, homeowners, landscape professionals, gardeners, and anyone interested in growing beautiful plants and improving our streams and water-bodies. Presentation topics include sizing, modeling, and complete details for a simple raingarden.
Cost for the workshop is $10 for homeowners and residents, and $25 for landscape professionals. Payments will be accepted by check or money order. Light refreshments are included in the price. Space is limited, registration required one week prior to each session. To register email K.C. at nassauswcd2@optonline.net or call (516) 364-5860. Checks or money orders should be made out to NCSWCD or Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District.
7pm

Grassroots Environmental Education Farm-to-Table Fundraising Dinner
Wainwright House
260 Stuyvesant Ave
Rye, NY
$100
For more info and to buy tickets:
http://grassrootsinfo.org/rsvp/
Directions:
http://www.wainwright.org/

Honoree is Dr. John Wargo for his work on environmental exposures and children’s health.


Saturday, November 22nd

2pm to 5pm

Momo Crawl 2014 (3rd annual)
Jackson Heights Food Court
73-07 37th Rd (corner of 75th St)
Jackson Heights, Queens
Cost: 3 bills of any denomination (I plan on giving $15…3 $5 bills…as the guy that’s organizing this is a GREAT food blogger and does a lot of very cool stuff in the borough of Queens)
For more info:
http://iwantmorefood.com/
And to join (so he knows how many maps to print):
https://www.facebook.com/events/310152259171135/https://www.facebook.com/events/310152259171135/

I’ll be going with my partner Dylan Skolnick and possibly a friend of his who’ll meet us there.

Meet up at the Food Court, get a map, and start crawling and eating. Momos will be $1 a piece and there’s 18 to 20 locations to check out and then rally back at the Food Court to vote for best Momo of 2014 and who’ll receive the Golden Momo award! There will be Henna Momo Tattoos, a make your own Momo workshop, a whistling contest for a dinner for 2, drink specials, and other stuff. It should be a hoot and the organizer, Jeff Orlick, is a legendary food blogger and specialist in the ethnic cuisines of Queens.

My plan is to go to places that I haven’t been before but would be glad to talk about places I’ve been and make recommendations. And parking? I can park along Roosevelt Ave near any subway stop and take it to 74th St to be right near the Jackson Heights Food Court as I imagine parking might be challenging in that neighborhood that time of the day (limited metered parking and LOTS of South Asian folks doing their grocery shopping).

5pm to 9:30pm

Healthy Planet’s 21st Annual Turkey Free Thanksgiving Dinner & Lecture
Sustainability Institute at Molloy College
7180 Republic Airport
Farmingdale
$10 Members/$15 General Public/Under 12 years of age FREE
For more info and to make a reservation:
631-421-5591
https://www.facebook.com/events/987303781296473/?ref=6&ref_notif_type=plan_user_invited
And for more info about the event…
https://www.facebook.com/events/987303781296473/995216520505199/

Vegan potluck, there will be a lecture, live music, soup will be provided as well as some Indian food and vegan Ice Cream, a good time will be had by all!4

The raffles alone are worth going there to participate in. One raffle prize is a $100 gift certificate for dinner for 2 at Bun*ker Vietnamese in Ridgewood, Queens (considered the best Vietnamese restaurant in NYC and the produce is either organic or local, and the meat is pasture raised or local & sustainably raised, they have local or organic brews and biodynamic wine from time to time, and they do have options for vegan and gluten-free folks).


Monday, November 24th

2:30pm to 3:30pm

Farms, Stores and Dinner Tables: How to shape healthy food policy in your community
Stay at home (or work or school) and find out how to make healthy food more available in your neck of the woods and help change local food policies.
Online discussion sponsored by the Union of Concerned Scientists.
For more info and to register and participate:
http://action.ucsusa.org/site/Survey?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&SURVEY_ID=27502&autologin=true


Tuesday, December 9th

6pm

FED UP (the movie)
Ross School
Goodfriend Drive
East Hampton
$10/$5 Members
For more info, reservations (this will sell out) and tickets:
http://www.slowfoodeastend.org/fed-up/

If you missed this at the Cinema Arts Centre, here’s another opportunity to see the movie FED UP with a bunch of other likeminded folks (and visit the VERY lovely Ross School)! Post film Q & A will be moderated by culinary nutritionist and radio show host, Stephanie Sacks.


Wednesday, December 17th

7:30pm

Let’s Eat! Food on Film presents…Cowspiracy: the sustainability secret
Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Ave
Huntington
$12
For more info and to see the trailer…
http://www.cinemaartscentre.org/event/cowspiracy-the-sustainability-secret/
To buy tickets (if you, the viewing public, don’t buy enough of these by December 8th, the event won’t happen)…
http://www.tugg.com/events/12205

Come join likeminded food folk at the Cinema Arts Centre for their Let’s Eat! Food on Film series, and enjoy non-GMO popcorn (with organic Butter and Sea Salt if you’d like) and their certified organic, shade grown, fair trade Coffee, and other environmentally conscious treats, in the Cinema Art Centre’s Sky Room Café.

In collaboration with Healthy Planet, Slow Food North Shore, and The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, the Cinema Arts Centre presents the film, Cowspiracy: the sustainability secret.

The film follows filmmaker Kip Andersen, as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. As Andersen approaches leaders in the environmental movement, he increasingly uncovers what appears to be an intentional refusal to discuss the issue of animal agriculture, while industry whistleblowers and watchdogs warn him of the risks to his freedom and even his life if he dares to persist.


Friday, January 23rd to Sunday, January 25th

Soil: The Root of the Movement
33rd Annual Organic Farming & Gardening Conference
Saratoga Hilton & City Center
Saratoga Springs, NY
For more info:
http://www.nofany.org/events/winter-conference

Keynote speaker: Wes Jackson, The Land Institute
http://www.landinstitute.org/
Farmer of the year: Lakeview Organic Grain, Klaas & Mary-Howell Martens
http://www.lakevieworganicgrain.com/

There’s a children’s conference (ages 6 to 13) and childcare available (ages 3 to 5) as well so it’s fun for families, single folk, young and old. The food is local and/or organic as much as possible in January and accommodates all styles of eating (raw, vegan, gluten free, paleo).

It’s too early to register so either get on the NOFA-NY email list (not a bad thing to do if you’re interested in eating organic food or gardening organically), or joining NOFA-NY (same as I just said) so you can be apprised of when registration starts.

Want to go for free (well, almost…you still have to pay for room and board)???
Enter the Annual Winter Conference T-shirt Contest by October 22nd and if you win you get your registration paid for and 2 t-shirts when your design is printed (and the cool factor of having your t-shirt be THE t-shirt for the NOFA-NY Winter Conference)…
http://www.nofany.org/tshirtcontest


September 19th

Noon to 8pm

Gaia’s Essence: 7th Annual Women’s Wellness Conference
Islandia Marriott Long Island
3635 Express Driveway North
Islandia
$20 till December 20, 2014 (additional group discounts available for non-profits and women’s groups)
For more info and to get tickets:
http://gewwc.com/

Gaia’s Essence Women’s Wellness Conference is an annual event held on Long Island New York. The conference originated out of the passion of the founder of Gaia’s Essence (Farrah La Ronde-Hutchinson) to empower and motivate women in reaching and maintaining their optimum health This gave her the vision to create the conference as an avenue where women of all ages could come together to share, empower and inspire each other to live happier healthier lives.

Farrah La Ronde-Hutchison was born and raised on the Nature Isle of the Caribbean, Dominica. Known for its biodiversity, culture and large centenarian population, Dominica instilled in Farrah a respect for nature, the environment and the power of natural, healthy living. Farrah completed her degree in Environmental Science with specializations in Biology and Chemistry. After much success in her industry, Farrah found a growing need of wellness education and a lack of high quality and affordable loose teas comparable to the ones she enjoyed in her early childhood. This was her inspiration to create Gaia’s Essence in the spring of 2007. The company has since expanded to include a diverse selection of not only loose teas but also an entire line of salt free seasonings blends



8. Healthy Thanksgiving ingredients…

And the CSA provides us with 4 (definitely) to 5 (some years, yes…some years, no) of the 8 foods mentioned (one’s in a bog somewhere on Long Island if you know where to look, one doesn’t grow in this neck of the woods, and one might be available…locally grown stone ground organic corn meal anyone?).
http://www.foodnetwork.com/thanksgiving/thanksgiving-how-tos/the-seven-healthiest-thanksgiving-ingredients0.html?nl=FNHN_111214_quad4&c32=4a81c4ac45fd5bcef69f3e31152e7c17ec529296



9. Enter to win…

A.Win a copy of the cookbook Prune, written by the outspoken, honest and brilliant chef/owner, Gabrielle Hamilton, of the classic NYC restaurant (having been around for 15 years I think it deserves to be called a classic) Prune…
http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/11/win-a-copy-of-prune-gabrielle-hamilton.html

B.Register to get Apartment Therapy emails to be able to win this LOVELY kitchen faucet (must enter before midnight tonight!)…
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/win-the-fresno-kitchen-faucet-by-dxv-giveaway-212291?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DXV%20Giveaway%20November%202014&utm_content=DXV%20Giveaway%20November%202014+CID_3da51009c45ad5991b585abb485e9954&utm_source=email_newsletter&utm_term=Enter%20Now



10. And now for something completely different…

Kim Kardashian nekkid cake pop! It actually looks pretty much like the photo…
http://www.grubstreet.com/2014/11/kim-kardashians-butt-cake-pop.html

Based on these photos (NSFW)…
http://www.papermag.com/2014/11/kim_kardashian.php

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Week #30 November 13, 2014

Happy Autumn!

Since the topic has come up…
1. The week of Thanksgiving, the CSA is on Wednesday, November 26th, same bat time, same bat channel (any Adam West Batman fans out there? ).
2. The last CSA day is Thursday, December 11th

I don’t know if anyone in the CSA besides me contributed to the film “In Search of Silence” that I mentioned last week but…they made their Kickstarter goal of $40,000! Every little bit helps.

Anybody make it out to the farm the other Saturday? If so, please send any photos or comments about the experience and we’ll share with the rest of the CSA gang. Thanks!

Bring bags with you to the CSA! If anyone is picking up for you at the CSA…tell THEM they need to bring bags!!!
Put bags in every vehicle you own or might end up driving.
Bring an assortment of bags…cloth, plastic, paper…as you’ll find them all useful. Basic bagging issue is separating wet food from dry food so one doesn’t start the rotting process of the other. Tomatoes like to be stored in paper, not plastic.

If you’d like to visit our farm (Green Thumb Farm in Water Mill), the farm stand is now open 7 days a week until Sunday, December 7th. Tell them at the farm stand that you’re a CSA member and it’s sure to bring a smile!

Seriously…put this phone number (631-385-1079) in your cell phone, on your fridge, or wherever you put phone numbers you’re glad to have when you need them! It’s the hall phone of the UUFH to be used only on Thursdays from 3pm to 8pm. We’ve already had a few people who wished they had it and didn’t, and others who had it and found out how handy it can be! 


This email contains…

1. Your CSA does not need you this week! However…
2. WE WEIGH!!!
3. This week’s list…
4. Notes from the farm
5. What you actually got last week
6. Bad news, good news
7. Event Listings
8. Click, tap or swipe to help make the world a better place!
9. Enter to win…
10. And now for something completely different…



1. Your CSA does not need you this week! However…

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

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

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



2. WE WEIGH!!!

It’s time to weigh our food!

A. Check the wall chart before taking any food so you know what you’re taking and how much to take…assume nothing and 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 51 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 over THREE POUNDS of produce and some 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. This week’s list (subject to change without notice because…farming is like that!)…

November 13, 2014
Week #30

1. Collard Greens
2. Squash, Winter: Gold Nugget (never had this one before but if you know what to do with one Winter Squash, you basically know what to do with any that come your way!  )
3. Sweet Potatoes*
4. Celery
5. Radicchio
6. Peppers, Sweet

Total Items: 7

Herb Share – Nov 1A
Arugula AND Thyme

*
Think you’ve got too many Sweet Potatoes?
Then think about storing them for use over the holidays. They’ll last a month (Farmer Bill manages to save them till JULY but then again…he’s Farmer Bill  ) in a cool, dark, dry space (that’ll get you to Thanksgiving), and frozen for 6 to 8 months (Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza and New Year’s Day not a problem)…
http://www.americastestkitchenfeed.com/cooking-science/2013/02/we-prove-it-the-best-way-to-store-sweet-potatoes/
http://www.stilltasty.com/fooditems/index/18774



4. Notes from the farm

November 1, 2014

Our last deliveries for the season are arriving too soon. Our summer crops are almost finished. Now we’ve been picking the last of our Tomatoes, Eggplants and Peppers…our Cucumbers are finished.

So now we’ll be bringing our fall/winter selections of produce which includes Celery Root, Winter Radishes, Turnips and Rutabagas. We have a variety of Oriental greens, Lettuces and Radicchios and we’ll be harvesting Beets and Carrots as well. We hope to have some Broccoli and Cabbages but the deer seemed to have found them and find them quite delicious. Deer have become a problem out here and all our fields are not fenced in to keep them out.

We still have lots of Winter Squashes and Sweet Potatoes in storage, so these will be brought in weekly until the end (December 11th). Both can be kept long term out of our refrigerator and kept in a cool dry area. I’ve kept both in my basement until July of the following year! Sweet Potatoes are nutritionally one of the best foods for us so eat them now, or save a few for the winter and spring. We also have a small amount of our own Garlic we’ll be bringing in.

So, still lots of look forward to in the CSA delivery weeks coming up!

Organically yours,
Farmer Bill (Halsey)



5. What you actually got last week

November 6, 2014
Week #29

1. Lettuce: Boston OR Leaf, Green OR Leaf, Red OR Oak Leaf OR Romaine – 1 head – 2.75
2. Mizuna OR Mibuna*** – 1 bunch - $3.25
3. Sweet Potatoes* - 2 lbs - $4.25
4. Beans, Snap**: Romano – 2/3 lb - $2.50
5. Eggplant – 1 - $1.75
6. Peppers, Sweet: mix – 1 ½ lbs - $4.50

Total Items: 6
Total Amount: $19.00
(We pay $18.50 per week for our CSA share. Our farmer has given us $.50 more this week than the $18.50 which we paid for so, the total so far is $23.25 more than what we’ve paid so far this season…that means we’ve gotten one extra share’s worth of food that we didn’t pay for, so if you missed a week of the CSA you didn’t lose any money…though I know it’s still annoying missing the food…been there done that myself with other CSAs I have been a member of in addition to being a member of this one…can’t have too many vegetables!)


*
Think you’ve got too many Sweet Potatoes?
Then think about storing them for use over the holidays. They’ll last a month in a cool, dark, dry space (that’ll get you to Thanksgiving), and frozen for 6 to 8 months (Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza and New Year’s Day not a problem)…
http://www.americastestkitchenfeed.com/cooking-science/2013/02/we-prove-it-the-best-way-to-store-sweet-potatoes/
http://www.stilltasty.com/fooditems/index/18774

**
Everything you’ve always wanted to know about Green Snap Beans. Would you take a look at all the health benefits from eating Snap Beans (and there’s a few recipes too)!!!
http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=134
Consider freezing Snap Beans for use over the holidays or for post-CSA over the winter…
http://www.bhg.com/recipes/how-to/preserving-canning/freeze-green-beans/
Plus more recipes for what to do with them…
21 recipes from Martha Stewart
http://www.marthastewart.com/275532/green-bean-recipes/@center/1009726/spring-produce
12 from Better Homes and Gardens…
http://www.bhg.com/recipes/vegetable/green-bean-side-dish-recipes/#page=1

I bet there’s at least one in here that you haven’t tried before and would like! 

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Mibuna…
http://vegetablesofinterest.typepad.com/vegetablesofinterest/2007/08/mibuna.html
http://asianvegetables.com.au/mibuna-green-spray/
Recipes…
http://camel-csa.org.uk/2013/03/10/seasonal-local-food-recipe-no-179-stir-fried-mibuna-mizuna-with-garlic-and-fish-sauce/
http://myanticancerlife.blogspot.com/2011/10/warm-salad-for-autumn.html
http://chervil-earth.blogspot.com/2007/08/recipes-from-garden-mibuna-quiche_26.html
http://recipesfortom.blogspot.com/2012/07/mizuna-and-mibuna-mustard-greens.html



6 . Bad news, good news

While we lost both elections that would have started the GMO labelling ball rolling (Oregon and Colorado), at least in Maui County, Hawaii. they voted to put a temporary moratorium on growing most (don’t know why it’s not all) GMO crops. Monsanto and Dow AgroScience have farming operations there so they can’t be happy about that…however, Monsanto will be challenging the ban and they have LOTS of money to do so. The work never stops!
http://www.grubstreet.com/2014/11/gmo-label-laws-states.html

Even though it lost back in 2012…I enjoyed seeing this celebrity video for California’s GMO labelling bill (including Danny DeVito, Jillian Michaels, Bill Maher, Emily Deschanel, Dave Matthews and others for Prop 37 which I didn’t see till after the election…not that it would have mattered since we couldn’t vote for it)…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RB1xHFwSYIg

And Russell Simmons (yeah!)…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSsi9t0KT5U&list=PLL15g0hB9EIem2CkCzwQ7iQEdCzdIefEQ&index=2



7. Event Listings…

Wednesday, November 12th

Thursday, November 13th

7pm to 10pm

Food Fight: an in-depth look at cultured meat
Holstee Work/shop
98 4th St, Ste #106
Brooklyn
$15 Subscribers/$20 Public
For more info and tickets:
http://climateconfidential.com/events/food-fight-an-in-depth-look-at-cultured-meat/

The San Francisco based organization comes to Brooklyn, hooks up with Modern Farmer and Popular Science magazine to take a look at meat that doesn’t come from animals but petri dishes...the benefits and risks. Vegetarian snacks and beverages (alcoholic and non) will be served.


Friday, November 14th

10:45am

Grazers: a cooperative story
IFC Center
323 Avenue of the Americas
NYC
$14 Member/$17/$15 Children
For more info and to get tickets:
http://www.docnyc.net/film/grazers-a-cooperative-story/#.VFoMdPnF-v2

Co-presented by Slow Food NYC, the IFC Center is screening the world premiere of this film as part of their DOC NYC 2014 event that features cattle ranchers of grass fed beef in upstate NY. The filmmakers are expected to be present.


Saturday, November 15th

9am to 5pm

Basic Beekeeping
The Pfeiffer Center
260 Hungry Hollow Rd
Chestnut Ridge, NY
$95
For more info, directions and to register:
http://www.pfeiffercenter.org/workshops_and_events/register.aspx

If you want to learn about taking care of bees, this is the place to go.


Sunday, November 16th

4:45pm

Grazers: a cooperative story
IFC Center
323 Avenue of the Americas
NYC
$14 Member/$17/$15 Children
For more info and to get tickets:
http://www.docnyc.net/film/grazers-a-cooperative-story/#.VFoMdPnF-v2

Co-presented by Slow Food NYC, the IFC Center is screening the world premiere of this film as part of their DOC NYC 2014 event that features cattle ranchers of grass fed beef in upstate NY. The filmmakers are expected to be present.


Monday, November 17th

1pm to 3pm

USDA Listening Session – Topic: Pollinator Health Strategy (translated - protect the Bees!)
Attend a meeting without leaving your house and see your tax dollars at work!
Click below at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting…
https://epa.connectsolutions.com/pollinatorhealthtaskforcelisteningsession/
And the EPA is accepting written comments here until November 24, 2014…
http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0806-0002


Wednesday, November 19th

9:30am to 11:30am

Raingardening Workshop
The Waterfront Center
1 West End Ave
Oyster Bay
$10/$25 Landscape professionals
Directions:
http://www.thewaterfrontcenter.org/
Raingardening is catching on as something that everyone on Long Island can do to help with coastal resiliency and mitigating pollution to our waters post-Sandy. Join national raingarden expert Rusty Schmidt as he demonstrates how easy and fun it is to turn any ordinary garden into a raingarden that can also help the local environment Mr. Schmidt, a wildlife biologist and landscape ecologist who has built over 1,000 raingardens, trained numerous raingarden trainers, and co-authored the “Blue Thumb Guide to Raingardens,” will share design and installation recommendations for deep-rooted native plants and grasses which help slow runoff velocity.
Workshops are geared toward conservation professionals, homeowners, landscape professionals, gardeners, and anyone interested in growing beautiful plants and improving our streams and water-bodies. Presentation topics include sizing, modeling, and complete details for a simple raingarden.
Cost for the workshop is $10 for homeowners and residents, and $25 for landscape professionals. Payments will be accepted by check or money order. Light refreshments are included in the price. Space is limited, registration required one week prior to each session. To register email K.C. at nassauswcd2@optonline.net or call (516) 364-5860. Checks or money orders should be made out to NCSWCD or Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District.

Thursday, November 20th

2pm to 4pm

Raingardening Workshop
The Waterfront Center
1 West End Ave
Oyster Bay
$10/$25 Landscape professionals
Directions:
http://www.thewaterfrontcenter.org/
Raingardening is catching on as something that everyone on Long Island can do to help with coastal resiliency and mitigating pollution to our waters post-Sandy. Join national raingarden expert Rusty Schmidt as he demonstrates how easy and fun it is to turn any ordinary garden into a raingarden that can also help the local environment Mr. Schmidt, a wildlife biologist and landscape ecologist who has built over 1,000 raingardens, trained numerous raingarden trainers, and co-authored the “Blue Thumb Guide to Raingardens,” will share design and installation recommendations for deep-rooted native plants and grasses which help slow runoff velocity.
Workshops are geared toward conservation professionals, homeowners, landscape professionals, gardeners, and anyone interested in growing beautiful plants and improving our streams and water-bodies. Presentation topics include sizing, modeling, and complete details for a simple raingarden.
Cost for the workshop is $10 for homeowners and residents, and $25 for landscape professionals. Payments will be accepted by check or money order. Light refreshments are included in the price. Space is limited, registration required one week prior to each session. To register email K.C. at nassauswcd2@optonline.net or call (516) 364-5860. Checks or money orders should be made out to NCSWCD or Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District.
7pm

Grassroots Environmental Education Farm-to-Table Fundraising Dinner
Wainwright House
260 Stuyvesant Ave
Rye, NY
$100
For more info and to buy tickets:
http://grassrootsinfo.org/rsvp/
Directions:
http://www.wainwright.org/

Honoree is Dr. John Wargo for his work on environmental exposures and children’s health.


Saturday, November 22nd

5pm to 9:30pm

Healthy Planet’s 21st Annual Turkey Free Thanksgiving Dinner & Lecture
Sustainability Institute at Molloy College
7180 Republic Airport
Farmingdale
$10 Members/$15 General Public/Under 12 years of age FREE
For more info and to make a reservation:
631-421-5591
https://www.facebook.com/events/987303781296473/?ref=6&ref_notif_type=plan_user_invited

Vegan potluck, there will be a lecture, possibly live music, soup will be provided, a good time will be had by all!


Monday, November 24th

2:30pm to 3:30pm

Farms, Stores and Dinner Tables: How to shape healthy food policy in your community
Stay at home (or work or school) and find out how to make healthy food more available in your neck of the woods and help change local food policies.
Online discussion sponsored by the Union of Concerned Scientists.
For more info and to register and participate:
http://action.ucsusa.org/site/Survey?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&SURVEY_ID=27502&autologin=true


Tuesday, December 9th

6pm

FED UP (the movie)
Ross School
Goodfriend Drive
East Hampton
$10/$5 Members
For more info, reservations (this will sell out) and tickets:
http://www.slowfoodeastend.org/fed-up/

If you missed this at the Cinema Arts Centre, here’s another opportunity to see the movie FED UP with a bunch of other likeminded folks (and visit the VERY lovely Ross School)! Post film Q & A will be moderated by culinary nutritionist and radio show host, Stephanie Sacks.


Friday, January 23rd to Sunday, January 25th

Soil: The Root of the Movement
33rd Annual Organic Farming & Gardening Conference
Saratoga Hilton & City Center
Saratoga Springs, NY
For more info:
http://www.nofany.org/events/winter-conference

Keynote speaker: Wes Jackson, The Land Institute
http://www.landinstitute.org/
Farmer of the year: Lakeview Organic Grain, Klaas & Mary-Howell Martens
http://www.lakevieworganicgrain.com/

There’s a children’s conference (ages 6 to 13) and childcare available (ages 3 to 5) as well so it’s fun for families, single folk, young and old. The food is local and/or organic as much as possible in January and accommodates all styles of eating (raw, vegan, gluten free, paleo).

It’s too early to register so either get on the NOFA-NY email list (not a bad thing to do if you’re interested in eating organic food or gardening organically), or joining NOFA-NY (same as I just said) so you can be apprised of when registration starts.

Want to go for free (well, almost…you still have to pay for room and board)???
Enter the Annual Winter Conference T-shirt Contest by October 22nd and if you win you get your registration paid for and 2 t-shirts when your design is printed (and the cool factor of having your t-shirt be THE t-shirt for the NOFA-NY Winter Conference)…
http://www.nofany.org/tshirtcontest


September 19th

Noon to 8pm

Gaia’s Essence: 7th Annual Women’s Wellness Conference
Islandia Marriott Long Island
3635 Express Driveway North
Islandia
$20 till December 20, 2014 (additional group discounts available for non-profits and women’s groups)
For more info and to get tickets:
http://gewwc.com/

Gaia’s Essence Women’s Wellness Conference is an annual event held on Long Island New York. The conference originated out of the passion of the founder of Gaia’s Essence (Farrah La Ronde-Hutchinson) to empower and motivate women in reaching and maintaining their optimum health This gave her the vision to create the conference as an avenue where women of all ages could come together to share, empower and inspire each other to live happier healthier lives.

Farrah La Ronde-Hutchison was born and raised on the Nature Isle of the Caribbean, Dominica. Known for its biodiversity, culture and large centenarian population, Dominica instilled in Farrah a respect for nature, the environment and the power of natural, healthy living. Farrah completed her degree in Environmental Science with specializations in Biology and Chemistry. After much success in her industry, Farrah found a growing need of wellness education and a lack of high quality and affordable loose teas comparable to the ones she enjoyed in her early childhood. This was her inspiration to create Gaia’s Essence in the spring of 2007. The company has since expanded to include a diverse selection of not only loose teas but also an entire line of salt free seasonings blends



8. Click, tap or swipe to help make the world a better place!

A.Support the EPA’s Clean Water Act (comments need to be in no later than Friday, November 14th)…
http://www.citizenscampaign.org/alerts/mailto-form.asp?id=048C4169-490F-41C3-8ECA-4FB28D2A2693

It looks like you have to type in your name and address in the body of the email that’s being sent (at least that’s what it looked like to me so I did it).

B.Tell Sabra to keep GMO’s out of their Hummus!
http://action.greenamerica.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=15118

C.Tell the FDA to label genetically engineered foods…
http://action.ewg.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=2053&tag=2014FDBWelcome3

D.Ask Congress to fund the modernization of the USDA’s Food Safety program…
https://www.cspinet.org/takeaction/#/46

E.Support GMO labelling in Vermont by stopping Monsanto and Starbucks from suing Vermont’s GMO labelling initiatives…
http://action.sumofus.org/a/starbucks-gmo-gma/?sub=mtl

F.Tell President Obama it’s time for a national food policy…
https://secure3.convio.net/ucs/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=4383&_ga=1.93909277.1611254289.1415047960

G.Tell President Obama to stop the Keystone XL pipeline and protect clean water…
http://act.350.org/letter/obama-keystone-frontpage/

H.Stop the Algonquin pipeline right here in NY State (protect our clean drinking water)…
https://www.credomobilize.com/petitions/stop-the-algonquin-pipeline-expansion

I.Ask Confress to fund and defend healthy school lunches…
https://secure3.convio.net/ucs/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=A76621AB5B914243CF317B545F78A4E1.app304a?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=4359



9. Enter to win…

Win a $1,000 gift card from Chefs online catalog. Enter till 11/30/14…
http://ebm.e.chefscatalog.com/r/regf2?aid=211275997&n=1&a=0



10. And now for something completely different…

Wacky commercial for Totino’s Pizza Rolls…still will not get me to eat this crap (though if one were in my vicinity I’d probably taste one just to try it…though not sure when and if this would ever happen  )…
http://www.grubstreet.com/2014/11/tim-and-eric-totinos-pizza-rolls-ad.html

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Week #29 November 6, 2014

Happy Autumn!

Anybody make it out to the farm the other Saturday? If so, please send any photos or comments about the experience and we’ll share with the rest of the CSA gang. Thanks!

Bring bags with you to the CSA! If anyone is picking up for you at the CSA…tell THEM they need to bring bags!!!
Put bags in every vehicle you own or might end up driving.
Bring an assortment of bags…cloth, plastic, paper…as you’ll find them all useful. Basic bagging issue is separating wet food from dry food so one doesn’t start the rotting process of the other. Tomatoes like to be stored in paper, not plastic.

If you’d like to visit our farm (Green Thumb Farm in Water Mill), the farm stand is now open 7 days a week until Sunday, December 7th. Tell them at the farm stand that you’re a CSA member and it’s sure to bring a smile!

Seriously…put this phone number (631-385-1079) in your cell phone, on your fridge, or wherever you put phone numbers you’re glad to have when you need them! It’s the hall phone of the UUFH to be used only on Thursdays from 3pm to 8pm. We’ve already had a few people who wished they had it and didn’t, and others who had it and found out how handy it can be! 


This email contains…

1. Your CSA does not need you this week! However…
2. WE WEIGH!!!
3. This week’s list…
4. You have till 10pm this Friday to help make a movie (and possibly be in it)!
5. What you actually got last week
6. Dr. Andrew Weil’s three recommended foods to be eating in November…
7. Event Listings…
8. Click, tap or swipe to help make the world a better place!
9. Win a cookbook and/or citrus trees!
10. And now for something completely different…



1. Your CSA does not need you this week! However…

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

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

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



2. WE WEIGH!!!

It’s time to weigh our food!

A. Check the wall chart before taking any food so you know what you’re taking and how much to take…assume nothing and 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 51 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 over THREE POUNDS of produce and some 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. This week’s list (subject to change without notice because…farming is like that!)…

November 6, 2014
Week #29

1. Lettuce
2. Mizuna
3. Sweet Potatoes*
4. Beans, Snap**
5. Eggplant
6. Peppers, Sweet
7. Mibuna***

Total Items: 7

*
Think you’ve got too many Sweet Potatoes?
Then think about storing them for use over the holidays. They’ll last a month in a cool, dark, dry space (that’ll get you to Thanksgiving), and frozen for 6 to 8 months (Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza and New Year’s Day not a problem)…
http://www.americastestkitchenfeed.com/cooking-science/2013/02/we-prove-it-the-best-way-to-store-sweet-potatoes/
http://www.stilltasty.com/fooditems/index/18774

**
Everything you’ve always wanted to know about Green Snap Beans. Would you take a look at all the health benefits from eating Snap Beans (and there’s a few recipes too)!!!
http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=134
Consider freezing Snap Beans for use over the holidays or for post-CSA over the winter…
http://www.bhg.com/recipes/how-to/preserving-canning/freeze-green-beans/
Plus more recipes for what to do with them…
21 recipes from Martha Stewart
http://www.marthastewart.com/275532/green-bean-recipes/@center/1009726/spring-produce
12 from Better Homes and Gardens…
http://www.bhg.com/recipes/vegetable/green-bean-side-dish-recipes/#page=1

I bet there’s at least one in here that you haven’t tried before and would like! 

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Mibuna…
http://vegetablesofinterest.typepad.com/vegetablesofinterest/2007/08/mibuna.html
http://asianvegetables.com.au/mibuna-green-spray/
Recipes…
http://camel-csa.org.uk/2013/03/10/seasonal-local-food-recipe-no-179-stir-fried-mibuna-mizuna-with-garlic-and-fish-sauce/
http://myanticancerlife.blogspot.com/2011/10/warm-salad-for-autumn.html
http://chervil-earth.blogspot.com/2007/08/recipes-from-garden-mibuna-quiche_26.html
http://recipesfortom.blogspot.com/2012/07/mizuna-and-mibuna-mustard-greens.html



4. You have till 10pm this Friday to help make a movie (and possibly be in it)!

There’s a Kickstarter campaign to make the movie “In Search of Silence”. Watch the trailer! Turns out noise pollution is 2nd only to air pollution in effecting health negatively worldwide (and of course children are the most susceptible to hearing damage, from which there IS no dietary supplement or food to eat that will make it all better, and conventional medicine doesn’t have much to offer either)…according to the World Health Organization. It looked good to me so I can’t wait till this film is done and it can be shown at the Cinema Arts Centre and can see it there.

So, what does this have to do with food or the CSA?

If you contribute at a high enough level, you can be in the movie shown attending one of the silent meals I went to last year that was held at the dearly departed restaurant EAT in Brooklyn. I wonder if it’s going to be filmed there as the space is still there and they do still have occasional pop-up meals…like brunch this weekend – not silent  .

Every little bit helps (you can donate as little as $1 and they’re looking for a total of $22,939 if you can afford to donate the whole thing!) so, if you’re so inclined make a donation and spread the word…
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/transcendentalmedia/in-pursuit-of-silence-finish-the-film

If they don’t make their goal of $40,000 by 10pm on Friday, they don’t get any of the money pledged/donated. I’ve done this before with several films and it’s pretty neat.



5. What you actually got last week

October 30, 2014
Week #28

1. Lettuce: Crisp, Red OR Iceberg, French: Red – 1 head - $2.75
2. Kale: Lacinato – 1 bunch - $3.50
3. Sweet Potatoes – 2 lbs - $4.25
4. Beans, Snap: Wax/Yellow* – 1 lb - $3.50
5. Radishes: Gold OR Red – 1 bunch - $3.00
6. Squash, Winter: Carnival – 1 - $2.50

Total Items: 6
Total Amount: $19.50
(We pay $18.50 per week for our CSA share. Our farmer has given us $1.00 more this week than the $18.50 which we paid for so, the total so far is $22.75 more than what we’ve paid so far this season…that means we’ve gotten one extra share’s worth of food that we didn’t pay for, so if you missed a week of the CSA you didn’t lose any money…though I know it’s still annoying missing the food…been there done that myself with other CSAs I have been a member of in addition to being a member of this one…can’t have too many vegetables!)


*
For those of you who are running out of ideas of how to prepare Snap Beans…here’s six recipes with five DIFFERENT ways to prepare Wax Beans (which I’m sure could use Green Beans instead)…
Honey Glazed Wax Beans (boiled)…
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Honey-Glazed-Wax-Beans-106372
Roasted Wax Beans with Peanuts and Cilantro (roasted)…
http://www.marthastewart.com/333871/roasted-wax-beans-with-peanuts-and-cilan
Garlic Green or Yellow Beans (steamed)…
http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/2008/07/garlic-green-or-yellow-beans.html
Wax Beans with Scallions (pan stir fried)…
http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/yellow-wax-beans-scallions-recipe.html
Pickled Wax Beans (pickled)…
http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2008/08/pickled_yellow.html
Miso Potato Salad with Wax Beans (another steamed but this looked so good!)…
http://www.thekitchn.com/harvest-recipe-potato-and-yell-65809



6. Dr. Andrew Weil’s three recommended foods to be eating in November…

Our CSA provides two of them (one we’re getting this week and the other one we got last week) and the third can actually be foraged for on Long Island if you know where to look!
http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/TIP05363/3-Foods-to-Eat-In-November.html



7. Event Listings…

Now to November 9th

Long Island Restaurant Week
For more info:
http://www.longislandrestaurantweek.com/


Wednesday, November 5th

7pm to 10pm

The Holiday Hodgepodge
Brooklyn Brewery
79 N 11th St
Brooklyn
$5
For more info and tickets:
http://www.ediblemanhattan.com/event/holiday-hodgepodge/

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Join us as our panel of experts teach you the basics of holiday meal prep so that you can impress your guests this Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas. Plus, enjoy small samples from each panelist to get you even more in the holiday spirit.
FEATURING…
Dutch’s Spirits, discussing holiday cocktails and preparing samples of the Crescent Moon cocktail
Fleisher’s Pasture-Raised Meats, discussing holiday appetizers and preparing samples of classic chopped chicken liver
The Baking Bean, discussing holiday sweets and preparing samples of apple pie poptarts
The Gefilteria, discussing Ashkenazi spins to Thanksgiving dinner and preparing samples of sauerkraut


Saturday, November 8th

10am to 6pm

Voices of Hope in a Time of Crisis
Cooper Union
The Great Hall
7 E 7th St
NYC
$15 to $100
For more info and tickets:
http://www.localfutures.org/

How to rebuild local economies with a concern for climate change. Speakers include Scott Chaskey from Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett and Judy Wick of the White Dog Café in Philadelphia, PA.


Monday, November 10th

6pm to 9pm

Ground Operation: Battlefields to Farmfields
Wang Theater
SUNY Stony Brook
Stony Brook
FREE
For more info:
http://www.longislandcommunitygardens.org/home.html

The Long Island Community Gardens Association presents a screening of the film Ground Operation for Veterans Day to honor our veterans, farmers and community gardeners. Speakers include Scott Chaskey of Quail Hill Farm and Congressman Tim Bishop.


Tuesday, November 11th

5:30pm to 6:30pm

Living in an Increasingly Toxic World
Wang Theater
SUNY Stony Brook
Stony Brook
FREE
For more info:
Erica Cirino
erica.cirino@stonybrook.edu

Lecture by Patti Wood of Grassroots Environmental Education on how to stay healthy and promote change in an unhealthy world.


Wednesday, November 12th

7pm to 9pm

Raingardening Workshop
The Waterfront Center
1 West End Ave
Oyster Bay
$10/$25 Landscape professionals
Directions:
http://www.thewaterfrontcenter.org/
Raingardening is catching on as something that everyone on Long Island can do to help with coastal resiliency and mitigating pollution to our waters post-Sandy. Join national raingarden expert Rusty Schmidt as he demonstrates how easy and fun it is to turn any ordinary garden into a raingarden that can also help the local environment Mr. Schmidt, a wildlife biologist and landscape ecologist who has built over 1,000 raingardens, trained numerous raingarden trainers, and co-authored the “Blue Thumb Guide to Raingardens,” will share design and installation recommendations for deep-rooted native plants and grasses which help slow runoff velocity.
Workshops are geared toward conservation professionals, homeowners, landscape professionals, gardeners, and anyone interested in growing beautiful plants and improving our streams and water-bodies. Presentation topics include sizing, modeling, and complete details for a simple raingarden.
Cost for the workshop is $10 for homeowners and residents, and $25 for landscape professionals. Payments will be accepted by check or money order. Light refreshments are included in the price. Space is limited, registration required one week prior to each session. To register email K.C. at nassauswcd2@optonline.net or call (516) 364-5860. Checks or money orders should be made out to NCSWCD or Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District.

Thursday, November 13th

7pm to 10pm

A Journey Through Tea
Sip Tea Lounge
286C New York Ave
Huntington
$25 (only 4 tickets left!)
For more info:
631-683-5777
To get tickets:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-journey-through-tea-with-slow-food-north-shore-tickets-13816717173

Join Slow Food North Shore (formerly Slow Food Huntington) and Sip Tea Lounge for a journey through Tea. Enjoy a night of tea and conversation as we travel through four countries in four courses. Each course will represent a particular region and the tea will be paired with a sweet or savory treat from the Sip Tea Lounge kitchen. Reservations are limited and spaces fill quickly so please register in advance for this special event. We look forward to sharing tea with you. Please indicate if you are Gluten-Free upon registration.
7pm to 10pm

Food Fight: an in-depth look at cultured meat
Holstee Work/shop
98 4th St, Ste #106
Brooklyn
$15 Subscribers/$20 Public
For more info and tickets:
http://climateconfidential.com/events/food-fight-an-in-depth-look-at-cultured-meat/

The San Francisco based organization comes to Brooklyn, hooks up with Modern Farmer and Popular Science magazine to take a look at meat that doesn’t come from animals but petri dishes...the benefits and risks. Vegetarian snacks and beverages (alcoholic and non) will be served.


Friday, November 14th

10:45am

Grazers: a cooperative story
IFC Center
323 Avenue of the Americas
NYC
$14 Member/$17/$15 Children
For more info and to get tickets:
http://www.docnyc.net/film/grazers-a-cooperative-story/#.VFoMdPnF-v2

Co-presented by Slow Food NYC, the IFC Center is screening the world premiere of this film as part of their DOC NYC 2014 event that features cattle ranchers of grass fed beef in upstate NY. The filmmakers are expected to be present.


Saturday, November 15th

9am to 5pm

Basic Beekeeping
The Pfeiffer Center
260 Hungry Hollow Rd
Chestnut Ridge, NY
$95
For more info, directions and to register:
http://www.pfeiffercenter.org/workshops_and_events/register.aspx

If you want to learn about taking care of bees, this is the place to go.


Sunday, November 16th

4:45pm

Grazers: a cooperative story
IFC Center
323 Avenue of the Americas
NYC
$14 Member/$17/$15 Children
For more info and to get tickets:
http://www.docnyc.net/film/grazers-a-cooperative-story/#.VFoMdPnF-v2

Co-presented by Slow Food NYC, the IFC Center is screening the world premiere of this film as part of their DOC NYC 2014 event that features cattle ranchers of grass fed beef in upstate NY. The filmmakers are expected to be present.


Wednesday, November 19th

9:30am to 11:30am

Raingardening Workshop
The Waterfront Center
1 West End Ave
Oyster Bay
$10/$25 Landscape professionals
Directions:
http://www.thewaterfrontcenter.org/
Raingardening is catching on as something that everyone on Long Island can do to help with coastal resiliency and mitigating pollution to our waters post-Sandy. Join national raingarden expert Rusty Schmidt as he demonstrates how easy and fun it is to turn any ordinary garden into a raingarden that can also help the local environment Mr. Schmidt, a wildlife biologist and landscape ecologist who has built over 1,000 raingardens, trained numerous raingarden trainers, and co-authored the “Blue Thumb Guide to Raingardens,” will share design and installation recommendations for deep-rooted native plants and grasses which help slow runoff velocity.
Workshops are geared toward conservation professionals, homeowners, landscape professionals, gardeners, and anyone interested in growing beautiful plants and improving our streams and water-bodies. Presentation topics include sizing, modeling, and complete details for a simple raingarden.
Cost for the workshop is $10 for homeowners and residents, and $25 for landscape professionals. Payments will be accepted by check or money order. Light refreshments are included in the price. Space is limited, registration required one week prior to each session. To register email K.C. at nassauswcd2@optonline.net or call (516) 364-5860. Checks or money orders should be made out to NCSWCD or Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District.

Thursday, November 20th

2pm to 4pm

Raingardening Workshop
The Waterfront Center
1 West End Ave
Oyster Bay
$10/$25 Landscape professionals
Directions:
http://www.thewaterfrontcenter.org/
Raingardening is catching on as something that everyone on Long Island can do to help with coastal resiliency and mitigating pollution to our waters post-Sandy. Join national raingarden expert Rusty Schmidt as he demonstrates how easy and fun it is to turn any ordinary garden into a raingarden that can also help the local environment Mr. Schmidt, a wildlife biologist and landscape ecologist who has built over 1,000 raingardens, trained numerous raingarden trainers, and co-authored the “Blue Thumb Guide to Raingardens,” will share design and installation recommendations for deep-rooted native plants and grasses which help slow runoff velocity.
Workshops are geared toward conservation professionals, homeowners, landscape professionals, gardeners, and anyone interested in growing beautiful plants and improving our streams and water-bodies. Presentation topics include sizing, modeling, and complete details for a simple raingarden.
Cost for the workshop is $10 for homeowners and residents, and $25 for landscape professionals. Payments will be accepted by check or money order. Light refreshments are included in the price. Space is limited, registration required one week prior to each session. To register email K.C. at nassauswcd2@optonline.net or call (516) 364-5860. Checks or money orders should be made out to NCSWCD or Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District.
7pm

Grassroots Environmental Education Farm-to-Table Fundraising Dinner
Wainwright House
260 Stuyvesant Ave
Rye, NY
$100
For more info and to buy tickets:
http://grassrootsinfo.org/rsvp/
Directions:
http://www.wainwright.org/

Honoree is Dr. John Wargo for his work on environmental exposures and children’s health.


Saturday, November 22nd

5pm to 9:30pm

Healthy Planet’s 21st Annual Turkey Free Thanksgiving Dinner & Lecture
Sustainability Institute at Molloy College
7180 Republic Airport
Farmingdale
$10 Members/$15 General Public/Under 12 years of age FREE
For more info and to make a reservation:
631-421-5591
https://www.facebook.com/events/987303781296473/?ref=6&ref_notif_type=plan_user_invited

Vegan potluck, there will be a lecture, possibly live music, soup will be provided, a good time will be had by all!


Friday, January 23rd to Sunday, January 25th

Soil: The Root of the Movement
33rd Annual Organic Farming & Gardening Conference
Saratoga Hilton & City Center
Saratoga Springs, NY
For more info:
http://www.nofany.org/events/winter-conference

Keynote speaker: Wes Jackson, The Land Institute
http://www.landinstitute.org/
Farmer of the year: Lakeview Organic Grain, Klaas & Mary-Howell Martens
http://www.lakevieworganicgrain.com/

There’s a children’s conference (ages 6 to 13) and childcare available (ages 3 to 5) as well so it’s fun for families, single folk, young and old. The food is local and/or organic as much as possible in January and accommodates all styles of eating (raw, vegan, gluten free, paleo).

It’s too early to register so either get on the NOFA-NY email list (not a bad thing to do if you’re interested in eating organic food or gardening organically), or joining NOFA-NY (same as I just said) so you can be apprised of when registration starts.

Want to go for free (well, almost…you still have to pay for room and board)???
Enter the Annual Winter Conference T-shirt Contest by October 22nd and if you win you get your registration paid for and 2 t-shirts when your design is printed (and the cool factor of having your t-shirt be THE t-shirt for the NOFA-NY Winter Conference)…
http://www.nofany.org/tshirtcontest


September 19th

Noon to 8pm

Gaia’s Essence: 7th Annual Women’s Wellness Conference
Islandia Marriott Long Island
3635 Express Driveway North
Islandia
$20 till December 20, 2014 (additional group discounts available for non-profits and women’s groups)
For more info and to get tickets:
http://gewwc.com/

Gaia’s Essence Women’s Wellness Conference is an annual event held on Long Island New York. The conference originated out of the passion of the founder of Gaia’s Essence (Farrah La Ronde-Hutchinson) to empower and motivate women in reaching and maintaining their optimum health This gave her the vision to create the conference as an avenue where women of all ages could come together to share, empower and inspire each other to live happier healthier lives.

Farrah La Ronde-Hutchison was born and raised on the Nature Isle of the Caribbean, Dominica. Known for its biodiversity, culture and large centenarian population, Dominica instilled in Farrah a respect for nature, the environment and the power of natural, healthy living. Farrah completed her degree in Environmental Science with specializations in Biology and Chemistry. After much success in her industry, Farrah found a growing need of wellness education and a lack of high quality and affordable loose teas comparable to the ones she enjoyed in her early childhood. This was her inspiration to create Gaia’s Essence in the spring of 2007. The company has since expanded to include a diverse selection of not only loose teas but also an entire line of salt free seasonings blends



8. Click, tap or swipe to help make the world a better place!

A.Eat Pineapples? Even if you don’t, read this and help out British activist Andy Hall, in danger of being imprisoned in Thailand because of his anti-slavery work there…
http://www.walkfree.org/andy-hall/?utm_source=Subscribers&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=andy-hall&utm_content=Andy-Hall_EmailTarget_Chaser_en_Prospect_Ex_03Nov14

And then keep clicking to help out regarding the Thai fishing industry and the people who pick Florida Tomatoes.

B.Tell the USDA that open ocean fish farms should never be certified as organic…
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=15015

C.Tell Governor Cuomo to veto the Port Ambrose LNG Terminal (off Long Beach)…
http://actnow.surfrider.org/app/write-a-letter?0&engagementId=62048



9. Win a cookbook and/or citrus trees!

A.Win a copy of Downtown Italian: recipes inspired by Italy created in New York’s West Village by Joe Campanale, Gabriel Thompson and Katherine Thompson (of the NYC Italian restaurants dell ‘anima, L’Artusi, L’Apico and Anfora). Respond before Friday at 5pm…
http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/11/win-a-copy-of-downtown-italian.html

B.Win a gift certificate for citrus trees! Grow your own Lemons!!!
http://awaytogarden.com/citrus-pots-grow-overwinter-four-winds-growers/comment-page-16/#comment-1016808



10. And now for something completely different…

Gratuitous food porn…

How many CSA food items can you spot?

http://www.grubstreet.com/2014/10/alain-passard-twitter-.html

Helps if you know French as it’s not easy to guess just by sight but so far I’m seeing…

From the Herb Share…
Basil
Rosemary
Tarragon
Thyme

And from the regular CSA share…
Arugula or Green Oak Leaf Lettuce (not sure on this one)
Beets
Cantaloupe
Carrot
Celery
Chinese Red Radishes (we should be getting those before the end of the CSA)
Cucumbers
Daikon
French Breakfast Radishes (but of course!  )
Parsley
Patty Pan Summer Squash (I’m pretty sure that’s what it is and it’s a lovely presentation idea)
Purple Mustard Greens
Red Radishes
Rhubarb
Tomatoes (mini and regular)
Watermelon Radishes (twice)
Zucchini

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