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Thursday, June 19, 2014

CSA Rhubarb

Hi!

No Rhubarb info sheet but here’s some info…

If you’re not a fan of Rhubarb (or any single food item), try preparing it at least six COMPLETELY different ways (styles of cooking…bake/broil/steam/stir-fry, etc, recipes from different countries, different textures, sweet/savory, using it as a small part of a dish that has other ingredients as the main event) before giving it the heave ho (unless you have allergic reactions or sensitivities…very different scenario)…you might just be very pleasantly surprised.

Here’s a Rhubarb article written by someone who wasn’t a fan of Rhubarb…
http://www.heraldmailmedia.com/life/rhubarb-is-peculiar-and-poisonous-but-easy-to-make-safe/article_5dcc2ae3-cd66-5901-a173-b4be53e99535.html

And an article that talks about trying it five completely different ways (my kind of article!  )…
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/five-ways-to-eat-rhubarb-29385943/?no-ist

I can’t tell you how many people over the years have LOVED something I made them to eat out of something they thought they HATED, when it was just that they never had it made in a different way from what they didn’t like (or whoever made it wasn’t a very good or creative cook).

CSA member Heather Engle’s fella made this recipe (sounds like a winner to me!)…
http://m.allrecipes.com/recipe/50422/low-sugar-strawberry-rhubarb-crunch


Rhubarb
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhubarb
http://www.marthastewart.com/275393/rhubarb-recipes/@center/1009726/spring-produce
http://www.rhubarbinfo.com/

Sweet, savory and boozy…and another classic website for recipes…
http://www.saveur.com/article/Kitchen/One-Ingredient-Many-Ways-Rhubarb

Rhubarb is a vegetable so savory preparations are an appropriate option for those who aren’t crazy about it sweetened…or just want to change things up…

The NY Times dining section featured Rhubarb in a savory recipe with Chicken this week in the Dining Section…
http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/1016577/skillet-chicken-with-rhubarb.html

Rhubarb Chutney (and a good website for recipes)…
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/rhubarb_chutney.html

Dal with Rhubarb…
http://markbittman.com/dal-with-rhubarb/

More savory recipes and another decent website for recipes…
http://www.thekitchn.com/rhubarb-for-dinner-savory-rhub-151491

Rhubarb and booze!
http://liquor.com/articles/in-season-rhubarb/

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Week #9 June 19, 2014

Happy Spring!

The annual CSA Strawberry Picking Farm Tour is this Saturday and even though rain is predicted, it seems like it won’t be much (if anything) and the event will be rain or shine…unless it turns out to be a torrential downpour.

Planting a garden this year? Get certified organic Herb (many varieties), Vegetable (many varieties) and Flower (some…ask!) plants grown at your farm, Green Thumb Farm! To order plants, call the farm at 631-726-1900 between 9:30am and 4pm any day of the week/weekend and have a credit card on hand for payment. They will be delivered with the next available CSA delivery!

If you’d like to visit our farm (Green Thumb Farm in Water Mill) on days besides our CSA Strawberry picking in June and Pumpkin picking in October, the farm stand is now open 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 doesn’t need you this week but…
2. Strawberry picking at our farm this Saturday!
3. This week’s list…
4. Our certified organic Flower Shares are here! Are you ready and on the list?
5. What you actually got last week
6. Anybody out there involved in tv, film or digital media production?
7. Learn to play with your food at Fairway!
8. Holistic Moms Network Picnic this Sunday
9. Calling all vegans!!!
10. And now for something completely different…


1. Your CSA doesn’t need you this week but…

you can always show up at 3:30pm or 5:30pm and ask if we still need help!

Also, keep in mind that if you don’t get an email telling you that you’re working on a particular week…you’re not scheduled to work (but if you have any questions, get in touch with Judi and/or suzanne).



2. Strawberry picking at our farm this Saturday!

Saturday, June 21st

10am to 1pm

Annual CSA Strawberry Picking and Farm Tour
Green Thumb Farm
829 Montauk Hwy
Water Mill
631-726-1900

Save the date! The times are 10am, 11am 12pm and 1pm. It’s a walking tour of approx 1 hour in length for CSA members and their immediate family members only!

If you’re sharing a CSA share with someone, only one person/family can go. In this case often one person will go in June for the Strawberry picking, and the other person will go in October for the Pumpkin picking.



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

June 19, 2014
Week #9

1. Strawberries
2. Rhubarb (get rid of leaves…they’re poisonous…too much Oxalic Acid)
3. Mustard Greens
4. Lettuce
5. Lavender (yes, you can cook with Lavender Flowers…or not, and then just put in a vase and smell, or dry and use in future potpourri or cooking)

Total Items: 5



4. Our certified organic Flower Shares are here! Are you ready and on the list?

Did you take a look at the Flower Shares last week? Amazing, right?

Do you now want one (or two)?

The way to get them now is to let me know ASAP either at the CSA, or by phone or email (by Wednesday midnight latest for me to try and get the word to the farm) and let me tell you how much the CSA share will be and you can pay cash or by check.

The amount for the next one will be $63 which may or may not be this week. The Flowers come to the CSA when they’re ready so it’s not necessarily for 10 consecutive weeks.

If you’re sharing with someone and you buy a Flower Share and they show up when your share partner is picking up you can either pick your Flowers up from them, or have them pay you for the Flower for that week or each of you get a Flower Share and then…you can figure it out! 

Also, keep in mind that one person can have more than one Flower Share. A number of us (I’m one of them) get 2 Flower Shares because they are just that nice!!! 



5. What you actually got last week

June 12, 2014
Week #8

1. Strawberries – 1 qt - $6.75
2. Asparagus – ½ lb - $3.00
3. Broccoli Rabe (Raab/Rape) – 1 bunch - $3.00
4. Lettuce, Leaf: Green – 1 head - $2.75
5. Beans: Black, dried – ¾ lb - $3.50

Total Items: 5
Total Amount: $19.00 (We pay $18.50 per week for our CSA share. Our farmer has give us $.50 more this week over what we paid for. It doesn’t sound like much but it does add up over the course of the CSA season. The total of the season so far…meaning that the farmer is giving us more than we paid for…is $2.75 over from what we’ve paid so far)

Flower Share #1 – Peonies

Herb Share – June #1A
Curly Cress AND Mint



6. Anybody out there involved in tv, film or digital media production?

The reason I’m asking is that CSA member, Randi Gould, is looking to make a job change and as we know…you never know! 

This is the ad that Randi sent me and if I had a job to offer, I’d give her an interview!

And if you don’t have any direct connections but have some good ideas, get in touch with her about those too.

Producer/Field Producer/Associate Producer "Volunteer" Available

If you are in the film or television industry, or digital media production, and need someone to assist on your film/video project, contact me. Among my strengths:
• Strong communication skills (Columbia University Journalism School grad; freelance writer and editor; co-author of 7 books)
• Ability to multi-task and stay hyper-organized
• Diplomatic wrangler of celebrities and on-air talent (experience garnered during my magazine days and during a recent video project for the American Society of Clinical Oncology)
• Doggedness in conducting research and gathering intel
I already have the skills; I just need the experience. Let's discuss!
Write to randi.gould@gmail.com



7. Learn to play with your food at Fairway!

Meet Bill Wurtzel and learn how to make fun food art using only healthy ingredients from Fairway…
http://www.funnyfood.us/

Saturday, June 21st

1 to 3pm

Fairway, Red Hook, Brooklyn
480-500 Van Brunt St.
$1.00 if you reserve online…not sure if there’s a cost if you reserve at the store
https://www.fairwaymarket.com/shop/funny-food-art-workshop/

Register at the Customer Service Desk or online.



8. Holistic Moms Network Picnic this Sunday

Sunday, June 22nd

12:30pm to 4pm

Holistic Moms Network Picnic
Hoyt Farm Nature Preserve
200 New Highway
Commack
For more info, to RSVP and get info to carpool (see below as to why you might want to be carpooling*):
Vickie Muller
For more info about Hoyt Farm Nature Preserve…
http://www.smithtownny.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/1?Page=detail&RID=1

Pack a picnic, bring a blanket and your family, and head outdoors with CSA member and founder of the Huntington Chapter of the Holistic Moms Network, Vickie Muller, for this month’s Holistic Moms Network gathering!

*Smithtown residents can park in the parking lot for free. If you are NOT a resident of the Town of Smithtown, you can only park in the park if you are a guest of a Smithtown resident with a permit (?) and will pay $12 for parking. Is there somewhere else you can park and then walk in the park? Contact Vickie and ask because I have no idea! 



9. Calling all vegans!!!

Here’s a rare opportunity to hang with Rip Esselstyn, author of the Engine 2 Diet and My Beef with Meat (and son of Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, surgeon and former Olympic rowing champion, advocate of a plant based diet and the one who influence President Bill Clinton to change his diet).

Saturday, June 21st

6 to 8pm

Wellness Foundation’s Summer Benefit
East Hampton
$150
To purchase your ticket(s):
https://ssl.perfora.net/wfeh.org/register.php
For more info about the Wellness Foundation…
https://ssl.perfora.net/wfeh.org/about.php

Enjoy delicious vegan hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and live music at a private home in the Hamptons as we celebrate and honor Rip Esselstyn, Wellness Foundation's 2014 Illumination Award Recipient — celebrating those individuals illuminating the path of wellness for others.
Proceeds benefit the non-profit Wellness Foundation, providing programs, services, and support that empower the community by promoting a lifestyle of optimal nutrition, fitness and health


10. And now for something completely different…

Broccoli, Purple Cauliflower, Shiitake & Oyster Mushrooms (we’re working on getting the Mushroom Share back for this season), Romanesco, Winter Squash, Carrots, Rosemary, Garlic, Onions…all things we get at the CSA featured in this “food porn” commercial.

Spot the Romanesco (which we often get at the CSA around Thanksgiving)? They’re the pointy green things that looks like coral.
http://www.grubstreet.com/2014/04/lurpak-food-porn-butter-ad.html

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Week #8 June 12, 2014

Happy Spring!

Last week we had a bit of a mystery that wasn’t solved so it bears mentioning this…

When picking up your CSA share, you must read the wall chart and do not make any substitutions UNLESS the list says you have a choice of something…but that still means following the directions and not improvising.

At the end of the night last week there were 2 MORE bunches of Curly Cress than there should have been, and 2 LESS bunches of Mustard Greens than there should have been. It certainly sounds like 2 people left their Curly Cress and took extra Mustard Greens. No one contacted me about this to either ‘fess up and give the people missing their Mustard Greens their food back, or give me any other clues as to what happened.

Bottom line is please be mindful and considerate when picking up your CSA food. If you already are…good on ya and keep up the good work!

Planting a garden this year? Get certified organic Herb (many varieties), Vegetable (many varieties) and Flower (some…ask!) plants grown at your farm, Green Thumb Farm! To order plants, call the farm at 631-726-1900 between 9:30am and 4pm any day of the week/weekend and have a credit card on hand for payment. They will be delivered with the next available CSA delivery!

If you’d like to visit our farm (Green Thumb Farm in Water Mill) on days besides our CSA Strawberry picking in June and Pumpkin picking in October, the farm stand is now open 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 doesn’t need you this week but…
2. News from the Farm
3. This week’s list…
4. Our certified organic Flower Shares are coming! Are you ready and on the list?
5. What you actually got last week
6. The FDA wants to mess with cheesemakers!
7. Learn to play with your food at Fairway!
8. Strawberries picking at our farm!
9. Eat Shrimp? Know where it comes from?
10. And now for something completely different…


1. Your CSA doesn’t need you this week but…

you can always show up at 3:30pm or 5:30pm and ask if we still need help!

Also, keep in mind that if you don’t get an email telling you that you’re working on a particular week…you’re not scheduled to work (but if you have any questions, get in touch with Judi and/or suzanne).



2. News from the Farm

June 2014

Greetings to another year!

Our spring season has begun. Because of cold weather over the last several months, some of our crops are later than usual (Water Mill is about 3 weeks behind Huntington as far as the growing season goes in normal weather conditions). Strawberries and Lettuces will not be quite ready until the 2nd week in June. We do have some Greens grown in our plastic covered hoop houses, as well as outside Curly Cress and Radishes coming soon. Our Peas, Fennel, Beets and Carrots are doing well, but growing slowly.

As another year begins, we would like to thank all our CSA members for helping our certified organic family farm continue into the 21st century (about half of what is grown at Green Thumb Farm is sold to CSA members)! This is our 17th year delivering produce to our CSA members in Huntington (year 19 in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn)…so THANK YOU ALL!

Our annual CSA Farm Tour that includes Strawberry picking is scheduled for Saturday, June 21st. We invite all our CSA members and their immediate family members and hope to see and meet you! It’s a walking tour of some of our fields, and then all can pick a quart of Strawberries at the end of the tour. Tours start at 10am, 11am, 12pm and 1pm.

Organically yours,
Farmer Bill



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

June 12, 2014
Week #8

1. Strawberries
2. Asparagus
3. Broccoli Rabe (Raab/Rape)
4. Lettuce, Leaf: Green
5. Beans: Black, dried

Total Items: 5

Flower Share #1 – Peonies

Herb Share – June #1A
Curly Cress AND Mint



4. Our certified organic Flower Shares are coming! Are you ready and on the list?

The first week of the Flower Share is coming this week and yes, it’s Peonies. Hooray! 

So, if you don’t have a Flower Share yet and would like to, or you have one and would like more than one…this is it! Let me know when you’d like to start picking up (if it’s this week, I’d have to know by midnight Wednesday night), and bring your checks (or cash) in this or next week. If you don’t contact me on Wednesday, the fee would be $60 and the next Flower Share arrival will be ??? Keep reading for the explanation.

It’s $70 for 10 weeks of Flowers at $7 a bunch but keep in mind that the Flowers don’t come every week for 10 weeks. They show up when THEY are ready. If you’re sharing with someone and you buy a Flower Share and they show up when your share partner is picking up you can either pick your Flowers up from them, or have them pay you for the Flower for that week or each of you get a Flower Share and then…you can figure it out! 

Also, keep in mind that one person can have more than one Flower Share. A number of us (I’m one of them) get 2 Flower Shares because they are just that nice!!! 



5. What you actually got last week

June 5, 2014
Week #7

1. Strawberries – 1 pt - $3.75
2. Rhubarb – 1 bunch - $3.50
3. Mustard (greenhouse) – 1 bunch - $3.00
4. Lettuce, Leaf: Red – 1 head - $2.75
5. Chives, Flowering – 1 bunch - $2.75
6. Cress, Curly – 1 bunch - $2.75

Total Items: 6
Total Amount: $18.50 (We pay $18.50 per week for our CSA share. The total of the season so far…meaning that the farmer is giving us more than we paid for…is $2.25 over from what we’ve paid so far)



6. The FDA wants to mess with cheesemakers!

This is bad…

Will let y’all know if there’s any petitions or actions to be taken around this…
http://www.grubstreet.com/2014/06/fda-cheese-aging-law-wood-boards.html



7. Learn to play with your food at Fairway!

Meet Bill Wurtzel and learn how to make fun food art using only healthy ingredients from Fairway…
http://www.funnyfood.us/

Saturday, June 21st

1 to 3pm

Fairway, Red Hook, Brooklyn
480-500 Van Brunt St.
$1.00 if you reserve online…not sure if there’s a cost if you reserve at the store
https://www.fairwaymarket.com/shop/funny-food-art-workshop/

Register at the Customer Service Desk or online.



8. Strawberries picking at our farm!

Saturday, June 21st

10am to 1pm

Annual CSA Strawberry Picking and Farm Tour
Green Thumb Farm
829 Montauk Hwy
Water Mill

Save the date! The times are 10am, 11am 12pm and 1pm. It’s a walking tour of approx 1 hour in length for CSA members and their immediate family members only!

If you’re sharing a CSA share with someone, only one person/family can go. In this case often one person will go in June for the Strawberry picking, and the other person will go in October for the Pumpkin picking.



9. Eat Shrimp? Know where it comes from?

Michael Pollan says you vote with your fork at least three times a day. So, what are you voting for?

Turns out that Shrimp/Prawns from Thailand sold at Costco and Walmart are a product of slave labor, human trafficking and murder…
http://www.grubstreet.com/2014/06/shrimp-human-slavery-guardian-investigation.html
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/jun/10/supermarket-prawns-thailand-produced-slave-labour?

If who you ask can’t come up with an answer as to where the Shrimp come from, one option is to not purchase any till they find out…or to not purchase till you know it’s from a source that’s healthy and humane.



10. And now for something completely different…

Jim Carey, Jeff Daniels, and Jimmy Fallon make Burgers using mannequin arms???
http://eater.com/archives/2014/06/11/watch-jim-carrey-and-jeff-daniels-attempt-to-make-burgers-with-fake-plastic-arms-on-fallon.php

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Rhubarb and Curly Cress

Curly Cress (also referred to as Pepper Cress)…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lepidium

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_cress

http://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/ingredients/article/peppercress

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/22/AR2006032200550.html

http://www.motherearthliving.com/mother-earth-living/home-grown-greens.aspx#axzz33khheTbx


Rhubarb
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhubarb

http://www.marthastewart.com/275393/rhubarb-recipes/@center/1009726/spring-produce

http://www.rhubarbinfo.com/

Week #7 June 5, 2014

Happy Spring and Happy World Environment Day!

For more info on World Environment Day…
http://www.unep.org/wed/

And maybe join Team Gisele (Bundchen…the model) since you’re already reducing your food footprint by being a CSA member, and if you learn to use up all the produce you receive in your CSA share (how many of you cooked up those delicious Radish greens last week? And always use the delicate greens and herbs first as the rest will last longer in your fridge) you’re reducing waste even more! But join the team you like the best…there’s no losers here! 
http://www.unep.org/wed/wedchallenge/gisele/

Planting a garden this year? Get certified organic Herb (many varieties), Vegetable (many varieties) and Flower (some…ask!) plants grown at your farm, Green Thumb Farm! To order plants, call the farm at 631-726-1900 between 9:30am and 4pm any day of the week/weekend and have a credit card on hand for payment. They will be delivered with the next available CSA delivery!

If you’d like to visit our farm (Green Thumb Farm in Water Mill) on days besides our CSA Strawberry picking in June and Pumpkin picking in October, the farm stand is now open 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! 

When picking up your CSA share (and “you” means the CSA member whose ONE NAME is on the CSA contract)…if you are sharing a CSA share with someone OR if someone besides you is picking up for you, the person who is not you must give your name to the person at the sign-in table along with their name. Last week, someone who lives with the CSA member gave their name and since it’s early in the season, we had no idea at the end of the night who the heck this person was and it caused a bit of a kerfuffle.


This email contains…

1. Your CSA doesn’t need you this week but…
2. Invitation to drink and dine
3. This week’s list…
4. Flower Shares are coming! Are you ready and on the list?
5. What you actually got last week
6. Pregnancy, babies and cell phones
7. Learn to play with your food at Fairway!
8. Strawberries picking at our farm!
9. Panera eliminating all artificial ingredients by 2016!
10. And now for something completely different…


1. Your CSA doesn’t need you this week but…

you can always show up at 3:30pm or 5:30pm and ask if we still need help!

Also, keep in mind that if you don’t get an email telling you that you’re working on a particular week…you’re not scheduled to work (but if you have any questions, get in touch with Judi and/or suzanne).



2. Invitation to drink and dine!

This Friday, there’s a culinary adventure afoot with suzanne j zoubeck, Dylan Skolnick, Katherine Congdon Caldwell, Vickie Muller, Judi & Paul Soehren (so far)!

Here’s the schedule…

2:30pm leave Huntington for NYC (there may be car pooling)
4pm arrive in NYC and park near Union Square Greenmarket
To 5pm – hang out at Union Square and buy (but nothing that needs refrigeration if you can’t get it cold within 2 hours) and nosh a bit as part of A Summer Night with Market Chefs…
http://www.grownyc.org/nightmarkets
5pm – leave for Williamsburg
6pm to 6:30pm – go to a wine/mead tasting at…
Brooklyn Kitchen
100 Frost St (between Manhattan Ave and Leonard St)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
http://www.thebrooklynkitchen.com/
and for those of us who ordered, pick up our Community Supported Alcohol shares…if you want to purchase a wine share, it may be an option…not sure if he’s selling single bottles at this point in time
This is the specifics on the wines for this season’s share (I’m really looking forward to the Dandelion Wine – he invited CSA members to pick the Dandelions with him but I couldn’t make it…hopefully, next time I’ll join in)…
http://enlightenmentwines.com/EnlightenmentWinesCSA-SPRING2014.html
6:30pm – leave for dinner (it will probably be either The Meatball Shop in Williamsburg or Bun*ker Vietnamese in Ridgewood, Queens depending on how many people end up going along…so far the food requests have been gluten-free, vegan but vegetarian acceptable, no MSG, no artificial sweeteners, and fish ok but no meat. Both of these locations have options for all of the above)
http://themeatballshop.com/
http://bunkervietnamese.com/

If you’re interesting in coming along to any or all of these events, get in touch by email or phone (631-421-4864) and leave a cell phone number so we can stay in touch.

If you want to go on your own to the wine/mead tasting there’s Friday night in Williamsburg and Saturday in NYC…

Friday, June 6th

6 to 8pm

Enlightenment Wine/Mead Tasting & CSA Signup
Brooklyn Kitchen
100 Frost St (between Manhattan Ave & Leonard St)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
718-389-2982
http://enlightenmentwines.com/news/

To join…Full Share $250 (12 bottles of wine/mead total – 4 varieties and 3 of each kind)/Half Share $130 )6 bottles of wine/mead total (6 bottles total – 3 varieties and 2 of each kind…won’t include 2014 Nought). Can be paid by cash or Paypal (you can ask/email about a check).

To read more about Raphael and Enlightenment Wine…
http://www.ediblemanhattan.com/departments/notable-edibles/a-sparkling-mead-maker-takes-a-bite-out-of-the-apple/
http://nyc.cleanplates.com/drinks/community-supported-alcohol-enlightenment-wines/


Saturday, June 7th

4pm to 6pm

Enlightenment Wine/Mead Tasting & CSA Signup
508 Brewpub
508 Greenwich Ave (between Spring St & Canal St)
NYC
212-219-2444
http://enlightenmentwines.com/news/

To sample is free, to join…Full Share $250 (12 bottles of wine/mead total – 4 varieties and 3 of each kind)/Half Share $130 )6 bottles of wine/mead total (6 bottles total – 3 varieties and 2 of each kind…won’t include 2014 Nought). Can be paid by cash or Paypal (you can ask/email about a check).

To read more about Raphael and Enlightenment Wine…
http://www.ediblemanhattan.com/departments/notable-edibles/a-sparkling-mead-maker-takes-a-bite-out-of-the-apple/
http://nyc.cleanplates.com/drinks/community-supported-alcohol-enlightenment-wines/



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

June 5, 2014
Week #7

1. Strawberries
2. Rhubarb
3. Mustard (greenhouse)
4. Lettuce, Leaf: Red
5. Chives, Flowering
6. Cress, Curly

Total Items: 6



4. Flower Shares are coming! Are you ready and on the list?

The first week of the Flower Share is coming soon. In past years it’s been the first week of June but this year it seems like everything is running late when it comes to agriculture/horticulture.

So, if you don’t have a Flower Share yet and would like to, or you have one and would like more than one…this is it! Let me know and bring your checks in this or next week. It’s $70 for 10 weeks of Flowers at $7 a bunch but keep in mind that the Flowers don’t come every week for 10 weeks. They show up when THEY are ready. If you’re sharing with someone and you buy a Flower Share and they show up when your share partner is picking up you can either pick your Flowers up from them, or have them pay you for the Flower for that week.

The first week is often Peonies and we don’t get them again till next year so if you love them like I do…this is it! Also, keep in mind that you can have more than one Flower Share. A number of us (I’m one of them) get 2 Flower Shares because they are just that nice!!! 



5. What you actually got last week

May 29, 2014
Week #6

1. Kale, Siberian: White – 1 bunch - $3.50
2. Thyme – 1 bunch - $2.75
3. Radishes: Red (greenhouse) – 1 bunch - $3.00
4. Tat Soi (greenhouse) – 1 bunch - $3.00
5. Scallions – 1 bunch - $3.00
6. Swiss Chard (greenhouse) – 1 bunch - $3.50

Total Items: 6
Total Amount: $18.75 (We pay $18.50 per week for our CSA share. We were over by $.25 this week for the total of the season so far…meaning that the farmer is giving us more than we paid for…is $2.25 over from what we’ve paid so far)



6. Pregnancy, babies and cell phones

Patti Wood, who organizes the only all organic greenmarket in NY State, located in Port Washington, has a new project and this is it…
http://www.babysafeproject.org/

And it ties in with CSA member Andrew Pettenger’s successful film program at the Cinema Arts Centre last weekend about smart meters and EMF exposure. It’s a small world! 

If you didn’t get to attend the film program featuring the movie Take Back Your Power (or if you saw it and want to show it to friends and family), you can purchase a copy of the film from Andrew. Let me know and I’ll get you in touch with him.

You can see the movie trailer here…
http://www.takebackyourpower.net/



7. Learn to play with your food at Fairway!

Meet Bill Wurtzel and learn how to make fun food art using only healthy ingredients from Fairway…
http://www.funnyfood.us/

Saturday, June 21st

1 to 3pm

Fairway, Red Hook, Brooklyn
480-500 Van Brunt St.
$1.00 if you reserve online…not sure if there’s a cost if you reserve at the store
https://www.fairwaymarket.com/shop/funny-food-art-workshop/

Register at the Customer Service Desk or online.



8. Strawberries picking at our farm!

Saturday, June 21st

10am to 1pm

Annual CSA Strawberry Picking and Farm Tour
Green Thumb Farm
Rt 27
Water Mill

Save the date! The times are 10am, 11am 12pm and 1pm. It’s a walking tour of approx 1 hour in length for CSA member and immediate family members only!

If you’re sharing a CSA share with someone, only one person/family can go. In this case often one person will go in June for the Strawberry picking, and the other person will go in October for the Pumpkin picking and the name of the CSA member is the one used for the reservation.



9. . Panera eliminating all artificial ingredients by 2016!

If you like the direction this restaurant is going in (they already use meat with no added antibiotics and are eliminating trans fats)…GO EAT THERE (and suggest that others you know do the same)! Money talks…
http://www.grubstreet.com/2014/06/panera-all-natural-ingredients.html?om_rid=AADNgX&om_mid=_BTj2cOB86Zcehe

The nearest Panera to the CSA is 345 Main Street in Huntington Village. You can park either in the front or in the back in the lot on Gerard St and enter in the back entrance. The hours are Monday to Thursday from 6:30am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday from 6:30am to 11pm, and Sunday from 7am to 9pm. They serve breakfast every day to 11:30am.

BTW…Panera has had organic offerings in the past but since not enough people purchased them…they’re gone. The CEO likes to eat organic/natural/healthy and he’d like the rest of America to feel the same way but unless he has customers who agree by coming and eating there, his hands are tied to not be able to do more in this direction.



10. And now for something completely different…

File under…I’m SO sorry I missed this – NOT! 
http://www.lamag.com/lafood/digestblog/2014/05/29/the-magic-restroom-cafe-goes-down-the-toilet

And here’s the original!!!
http://www.moderntoilet.com.tw/en/about.asp

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