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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Week #28 October 30, 2014

Happy Autumn, Happy Farm to School* AND Happy Vegetarian Awareness** month!

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! 

*
Join the National Farm to School Network (it’s free) and you’ll be entered to win $1,000 for a farm to school or farm to preschool project in your area (and can download Organic Valley coupons for members only)!
http://www.farmtoschool.org/join

**
More info about World Vegetarian Day, which is part of Vegetarian Awareness Month, and ends up with World Vegan Day on November 1st!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Vegetarian_Day
http://www.worldvegetarianday.org/
Dr. Weil’s 6 ways to celebrate Vegetarian Awareness Month…
http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/TIP05344/6-Ways-to-Celebrate-Vegetarian-Awareness-Month.html
Huff Post’s 30 reasons to go vegetarian and 30 reasons to go vegan…
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathy-stevens/thirty-days-thirty-reason_b_1923921.html


This email contains…

1. Your CSA does not need you this week! However…
2. WE WEIGH!!!
3. This week’s list…
4. News from the Farm
5. What you actually got last week
6. Someone else besides me trying to convert someone who doesn't like to eat something! 
7. Event Listings…
8. Consider supporting your local African restaurant
9. 7 Most Important Reasons to Avoid GMOs
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!)…

October 30, 2014
Week #28

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

Total Items: 6

*
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



4. News from the Farm

October 19, 2014

We had our annual CSA fall farm tour this past weekend and the weather was beautiful. I would like to thank everyone that came out to see us, and the farm, and learn a little bit about what we are doing!

On the tour, we saw many of our fall greens, Radishes, Turnips and Kales…multiple varieties of each.

Our Sweet Potatoes were finally harvested about 2 weeks ago the crop looks plentiful so we will be bringing those in throughout the rest of our CSA season. We still have lots of Winter Squash in storage as well.

Still picking Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplants and Beans. Our summer crops not done yet! But soon will be gone till next year.

The fall crops have started – Kales, Greens, Broccolis, will be showing up soon as well. We’re still picking Beets, Carrots, Chards, and many herbs. Turnips and Rutabagas will be coming in soon too.

There’s still lots to look forward to!

Organically yours,
Farmer Bill (Halsey)



5. What you actually got last week

October 23, 2014
Week #27

1. Lettuce: Leaf, Red – 1 head - $2.75
2. Tomatoes, Mini: Grape, Yellow – 1 pt - $4.75
3. Sweet Potatoes – 2 lbs - $4.25
4. Beans, Snap: Green – 1 lb - $3.50
5. Eggplant: Asian OR Italian – 1 - $1.75
6. Curly/Pepper Cress* - 1 bunch - $2.75

Total Items: 6
Total Amount: $19.75
(We pay $18.50 per week for our CSA share. Our farmer has given us $1.25 more this week than the $18.50 which we paid for so, the total so far is $21.75 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!)

Herb Share – Oct 2B
Cilantro AND Sage

*
Curly Cress (or Pepper Cress/Garden Cress/Peppergrass)…
http://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/ingredients/article/peppercress
http://www.harvesttotable.com/2007/09/cress_cress_is_a_common/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_cress
http://completewellbeing.com/article/garden-cress-packed-with-power/
http://foodilicious.smeak.com/herbs/garden-cress/



6. Someone else besides me trying to convert someone who doesn't like to eat something! 

Don’t like Sardines?

Try this…plus, it uses Kale which we have this week!
http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2011/11/toms-kitchen-sardine-dish-convert-unsaved



7. Event Listings…

Saturday, November 1st

9:30am to 3pm

Living Healthy from the Outside In: a bi-lingual (English/Spanish) meditation retreat
Science of Spirituality Meditation Center
79 County Line Rd
Amityville
FREE
To register:
631-822-7979
For more info:
http://www.sos.org/icl/locator/SecondLevel/United+States/Thirdlevel/Tristate/State/NY/Meetingname/Amityville.html

Workshops on healthy living, plant based eating, yoga, meditation and more! The food should be pretty good too if you like Indian food as I’ve been to one of these before.

11am

Knit/Crochet Club
Sip Tea Lounge
Huntington
For more info:
631-683-5777

Join Sara and bring your yarn and needles (whether you’re a beginner or experienced knitter), and have some tea and a snack! The first project is going to be a teapot cozy. Call for more info.
http://www.craftleftovers.com/patterns/knitteacozy.pdf


Tuesday, November 4th

6am to 9pm

Election Day…time to go out and vote!

There is a proposition to protect open space and improve water quality (Prop #5)…consider voting YES!

This proposition has been endorsed by the following organizations (I received something in the mail about this that was paid for by The Nature Conservancy as I had no idea this was up for a vote)…
Citizens Campaign for the Environment
Group for the East End
Huntington/Oyster Bay Audubon Society
Long Island Clean Water Partnership
Long Island Environmental Voters Forum
Long Island Pine Barrens Society
New York League of Conservation Voters

7:30pm

Five Boroughs Food Talk: Jewish Food
Symphony Space
Leonard Nimoy Thalia
2537 Broadway (at 95th St)
NYC
$15
For more info and to get tickets:
http://www.symphonyspace.org/event/8487//five-boroughs-food-talk-jewish-food
Host Gabriella Gershenson (food writer and editor at Every Day with Rachael Ray) dives into the topic with a panel of special guests all working to preserve and advance the art of Jewish food.
Guests include:
Saul Zabar of Zabar's
Liz Alpern, co-founder of Gefilteria
Naama Shefi, independent Culinary Curator & EatWith's Director of Communication
Jane Ziegelman, Curator of Culinary Programs at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and author of 97 Orchard
Mitchell Davis, Vice President of the James Beard Foundation and author of The Mensch Chef

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


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.

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



8. Consider supporting your local African restaurant

This is the reason why…Ebola hysteria, fear and ignorance will help these places go out of business…
http://www.thebraiser.com/african-restaurant-assures-public-it-wont-give-you-ebola-people-freak-out-anyways-because-were-all-the-worst/

On Long Island, there’s only one and it’s Taste of Africa, on Deer Park Ave…have been there and the people are very friendly, helpful in deciphering a cuisine I am TOTALLY not familiar with, gave samples of almost everything, and have vegan options and customers…
http://www.nytasteofafrica.com/



9. 7 Most Important Reasons to Avoid GMOs

This was submitted to me by CSA member, Karen Rubino, who is on her way to Mexico after having narrowly avoided the last major hurricane down that way (go girl!  )…
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/the-7-most-important-reasons-to-avoid-gmos.html#ixzz3HMs7QXHU



10. And now for something completely different…

Either it’s a Paleo dream (not really) or a vegan’s nightmare (really)…
http://www.charlesphoenix.com/halloween-meatloaf-rat/?utm_source=Charles+Phoenix+Newsletter+List&utm_campaign=7fbaf11e79-OCT_28_Newsletter10_28_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d84790fcb5-7fbaf11e79-171808489&ct=t(Oct_28_Newsletter_10_28_2014)

Besides the baby and the dog…this is what you might not want to wear for Halloween…
http://www.thebraiser.com/the-best-and-worst-food-halloween-costumes-ranked/

And have some extra Halloween candy lying around? You can create a diabetic’s worst nightmare (REALLY!!!)…
http://www.charlesphoenix.com/psychedelic-halloween-candy-cake/?utm_source=Charles+Phoenix+Newsletter+List&utm_campaign=7fbaf11e79-OCT_28_Newsletter10_28_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d84790fcb5-7fbaf11e79-171808489&ct=t(Oct_28_Newsletter_10_28_2014)

Have a Happy Halloween/Samhain! 

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Week #27 October 23, 2014

Happy Autumn, Happy Farm to School* AND Happy Vegetarian Awareness** month!

Anybody make it out to the farm last 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.

Want BULK TOMATOES to can for the winter (sauce? stewed? freeze? dehydrate for the best sundried Tomatoes ever?)? Call our farm (631-726-1900) from 9:30am to 4:30am any day and order a 22 lb box of their certified organic Red Roma/Plum Tomatoes for $45.00 and they’ll be delivered to the CSA for you!

If you’d like to visit our farm (Green Thumb Farm in Water Mill) on days besides our CSA Pumpkin picking in October, 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! 

*
Join the National Farm to School Network (it’s free) and you’ll be entered to win $1,000 for a farm to school or farm to preschool project in your area (and can download Organic Valley coupons for members only)!
http://www.farmtoschool.org/join

**
More info about World Vegetarian Day, which is part of Vegetarian Awareness Month, and ends up with World Vegan Day on November 1st!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Vegetarian_Day
http://www.worldvegetarianday.org/
Dr. Weil’s 6 ways to celebrate Vegetarian Awareness Month…
http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/TIP05344/6-Ways-to-Celebrate-Vegetarian-Awareness-Month.html
Huff Post’s 30 reasons to go vegetarian and 30 reasons to go vegan…
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathy-stevens/thirty-days-thirty-reason_b_1923921.html


This email contains…

1. Your CSA does not need you this week! However…
2. WE WEIGH!!!
3. This week’s list…
4. It’s getting chilly so what’s your preference? Coffee or tea?
5. What you actually got last week
6. Good news…
7. Event Listings…
8. Win some cookbooks (enter this week)!
9. Click, tap, or swipe here to help make the world a better place…
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!)…

October 23, 2014
Week #27

1. Lettuce
2. Tomatoes, Mini
3. Sweet Potatoes
4. Beans, Snap
5. Eggplant
6. Curly Cress*

Total Items: 6

Herb Share – Oct 2B
Cilantro AND Sage

*
Curly Cress (or Pepper Cress/Garden Cress/Peppergrass)…
http://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/ingredients/article/peppercress
http://www.harvesttotable.com/2007/09/cress_cress_is_a_common/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_cress
http://completewellbeing.com/article/garden-cress-packed-with-power/
http://foodilicious.smeak.com/herbs/garden-cress/



4. It’s getting chilly so what’s your preference? Coffee or tea?

Tea…
Try Sip Tea Lounge in Huntington (see #7 under Nov 1st)…organic tea and food options…
http://siptealoungeny.com/
And the 4 options Dr. Weil suggests are all at Sip Tea Lounge!
http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/TIP05351/4-Healthy-Tea-Suggestions.html

Coffee…organic Colombian Coffee and NY milk…new kids on the block (6 weeks old) and trying to be local and sustainable…
Southdown Coffee
http://southdowncoffee.wordpress.com/



5. What you actually got last week

October 16, 2014
Week #26

1. Lettuce: Escarole – 1 head - $2.75
2. Tomatoes: Orange, Red, Paste/Plum/Roma: Red – up to 2 lbs - $5.75
3. Squash, Summer: Costata, Romanesco, Gold, Kousa, Patty Pan, Yellow, Zucchini – up to 2 lbs - $4.00
4. Beans, Snap: Dragon Tongue - ¾ lb - $2.75
5. Squash, Winter: Delicata – 1 - $1.50
6. Kale: Russian, Red – 1 bunch - $3.25

Total Items: 6
Total Amount: $20.00
(We pay $18.50 per week for our CSA share. Our farmer has give us $1.50 more this week than the $18.50 which we paid for so, the total so far is $20.50 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!)



6. Good news…

The next time you’re in NYC you might want to visit the restaurant, Colors. This restaurant was started by workers from Windows on the World who survived 9/11, and it’s back (they had a hard time the first go round but they haven’t given up)! It’s a gluten-free, worker owned and operated, restaurant that pays its workers a living wage, and it’s connected with ROC (Restaurant Opportunities Center), the group that’s trying to get a living wage for restaurant workers…
http://www.grubstreet.com/2014/10/colors-lafayette-street.html
http://www.thehighroadnyc.com/



7. Event Listings…

Thursday, October 23rd

6:30pm to 9pm

Cowspiracy
Molloy College
The Madison Theater
1000 Hempstead Ave
Rockville Center
FREE but you must RSVP:
http://www.molloy.edu/about-molloy-college/news-and-events/news-archive/the-sustainable-living-film-series-screening-of-cowspiracy

COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret" is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker 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.


Friday, October 24th

Food Day…a nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, sustainable and affordable food
For more info and event listings…
http://www.foodday.org/

Local events listed on the website…

10am to 8pm

Bareburger (all organic and local everything…craft beers…not doing anything special but it’s an appropriate place to be eating today)
32 Middle Neck Road
Great Neck
http://eatreal.org/locations/bareburger-middle-neck-rd-ny/

noon to 3pm

Farmer’s Market
Plainview Hospital
888 Old Country Rd
Plainview
RSVP:
mgurlide@nshs.edu
516-719-2333

noon to 3pm

Eating Local on $4 a Day
North Shore University Hospital
Employee Cafeteria and Main entrance
300 Community Drive
Manhasset

Pretty impressive actually…they’ll offer local produce and homemade foods, patients will be getting Applesauce made from NY State Apples, and in the cafeteria they’ll be offering free range Eggs and Antibiotic –free Chicken cutlets and Beef patties, and they’ll be planting Spinach and Garlic somewhere (hospital garden?).

4pm to 8pm

Union Square: Cider Week Night Market
Union Square
17th St between Park and Broadway
NYC
FREE (food for purchase)
For more info:
http://www.grownyc.org/nightmarkets

Local farms and restaurants, local Cider & Beer, live music, Pumpkin patch and more! Sponsored by Taste NY, with eleven local cideries on hand to sell our favorite seasonal adult beverage. Local restaurants will also serve up delectable fall dishes and glasses of cider and other local brews will be available for purchase in our beer garden. This night isn't just for the adults, though. There will be a pumpkin patch and a pumpkin carving demonstration by Maniac Pumpkin Carvers, just in time for Halloween, so make sure you bring the whole family.
6:30pm to 9pm

The 10th Annual Gala for the NY Coalition for Healthy School Food
NY Academy of Medicine
1216 5th Ave (entrance on 103rd St)
NYC
$100 to $10,000
For more info and to get tickets:
http://www.healthyschoolfood.org/events.htm?utm_source=Fall+Gala+2014+%232&utm_campaign=12-18-13--9PM%28Year+End+27th+2013%29&utm_medium=email

This is quite the event with a raffle, silent auction and amazing healthy vegan food, organic wine and spirits, great gift bags, and live music.


Saturday, October 25th and Sunday, October 26th

10am to 5pm

Oktoberfest at Garden of Eve Farm
4558 Sound Ave
Riverhead
$15 – tickets must be purchased in advance and include one tasting from each of the brewery in attendance/21 and under FREE
For more info and to purchase tickets:
http://www.gardenofevefarm.com/Oktoberfest.htm

Rain or shine, enjoy craft beers from (to be confirmed) Greenpoint Harbor Brewing, Long Ireland Brewing Company, Pt Jefferson Brewery, Rocky Point Artisanal Brewing and Southampton Publick House. None of these breweries are organic but they are all local. There will also be Pumpkin picking, live music, craft vendors, food, hay rides, pony rides, games and petting zoo. This is a benefit for WUSB radio, out of SUNY Stony Brook.

Sunday, October 26th

9am to 7pm

Navel Expo
Huntington Hilton
598 Broadhollow Rd (Rt 110)
Melville, NY
$10 (though you can sometimes find free tickets around at places like the Vitamin Shoppe, etc)
For more info and to get tickets in advance:
http://www.navelexpo.com/expo.php

If you’re at all interested in healthy eating, healthy living, alternative healing, and/or if you have an illness (you name it, they probably have a workshop for you) that you’re trying to deal with in a more holistic way…THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE!!!

For the caliber of speakers (Ellen Kamhi, the Natural Nurse, holistic chiropractor Garry D’Brant, and Howard Robins – longtime member of the Gary Null Posse and ozone expert, among MANY others) and the number of lectures you can take advantage of hearing (36 lectures to choose from) for the price of only $10 for the day…it is a GREAT bargain compared to what you’d have to pay for an event like this in NYC. Plus there is healthy food to buy to eat there, and samples (Vitamix will be there…see #10  ) to eat too, and a HUGE market area to check out all sorts of interesting things to do and buy and learn about.

It’s not all about illness either, some wellness issues covered are…healthy cooking, exercise, beauty from the inside and out, creating a healthy home, and massage. Some of the conditions and treatments that will be covered…allergies, arthritis, cancer, Candidiasis, chiropractic, Crohn’s, digestive issues, dentistry, eyesight, heart disease, Herpes, HIV, menopause, mental health, neurology, ozone therapy, weight loss…and this is glossing over what happens here. Go online or get the booklet (online) to get details.

If you’re going, let me know if you’re willing to hand out “free organic food” fliers in any lectures you might attend. I went last time and shamelessly accosted any and all who were interested and am planning on doing it again. All you need to do is announce at the end of the lecture that if anyone is interested in getting a sample of free certified organic food in Huntington, they should take a flier from you and call and/or email to schedule a visit (and that info is on the flier). Any questions, you can just tell them to call, unless you feel like talking to them about the CSA.


Saturday, November 1st

9:30am to 3pm

Living Healthy from the Outside In: a bi-lingual (English/Spanish) meditation retreat
Science of Spirituality Meditation Center
79 County Line Rd
Amityville
FREE
To register:
631-822-7979
For more info:
http://www.sos.org/icl/locator/SecondLevel/United+States/Thirdlevel/Tristate/State/NY/Meetingname/Amityville.html

Workshops on healthy living, plant based eating, yoga, meditation and more! The food should be pretty good too if you like Indian food as I’ve been to one of these before.

11am

Knit/Crochet Club
Sip Tea Lounge
Huntington
For more info:
631-683-5777

Join Sara and bring your yarn and needles (whether you’re a beginner or experienced knitter), and have some tea and a snack! The first project is going to be a teapot cozy. Call for more info.
http://www.craftleftovers.com/patterns/knitteacozy.pdf


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



8. Win some cookbooks (enter this week)!

Not sure when the deadline is but if you enter by end of day Friday I think you’d be ok…

A.Win a cookbook by the guys at Baked (there’s a LOT of really good bakers in Brooklyn)…visit them in Red Hook sometime…
http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/10/win-a-copy-of-baked-occasions.html

B. Win the cookbook Heritage by southern superstar chef, Sean Brock…
http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/10/win-a-copy-of-plenty-more-yotam-ottolenghi.html



9. Click, tap, or swipe here to help make the world a better place…and feel free to spread the word!

Tell Starbucks to use only organic milk!
http://gmoinside.org/starbucks/

I see in Huntington on Main St. they’re already using organic soy milk (I asked to see if they were at least using non-GMO soy milk and the gal showed me the carton and it said organic)



10. And now for something completely different…

This isn’t scientific and not sure what it means but it is interesting…
http://www.grubstreet.com/2014/10/fast-food-burgers-age-grow-mold.html

The scariest thing for me was how little the McDonald’s Hamburger changed. It’s like the Dorian Gray of foodstuffs!

If you don’t know about Dorian Gray…look it up and read the book (good one around Halloween).

Further investigation provides an explanation as to why the McDonald’s burger doesn’t rot (but still not going to eat it  )…
http://aht.seriouseats.com/archives/2010/11/the-burger-lab-revisiting-the-myth-of-the-12-year-old-burger-testing-results.html

I have to admit, I would go to McDonald’s once or twice a year for a Fish sandwich but after learning about the yoga mat buns I haven’t gone at all. I guess I could ask for it without a bun and wrapped in Lettuce.

And now this…

Yoga mat buns, hormone and GMO fed beef, an anti-foaming agent used in the oil to make Chicken McNuggets (don’t ask me to spell it…read the article), ingredients banned in Europe used in the USA, labor abuse, and Consumer Reports rated its basic burger as the worst of the chain bunch (tastewise)…and this is an article about the GOOD things about Mickey D’s…

http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2014/10/mcdonalds-world-ask-me-anything

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Week #26 October 16, 2014

Happy Autumn, Happy Farm to School* AND Happy Vegetarian Awareness** month!

THIS SATURDAY, October 18th, is the day we’ll have our annual CSA Pumpkin Picking Farm Tour at Green Thumb Farm (and the last chance to visit the farm to see the behind the scenes workings of the farm till June 2015, when CSA members get to go Strawberry picking). See below, #7!

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.

Want BULK TOMATOES to can for the winter (sauce? stewed? freeze? dehydrate for the best sundried Tomatoes ever?)? Call our farm (631-726-1900) from 9:30am to 4:30am any day and order a 22 lb box of their certified organic Red Roma/Plum Tomatoes for $45.00 and they’ll be delivered to the CSA for you!

If you’d like to visit our farm (Green Thumb Farm in Water Mill) on days besides our CSA Pumpkin picking in October, 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! 

*
Join the National Farm to School Network (it’s free) and you’ll be entered to win $1,000 for a farm to school or farm to preschool project in your area (and can download Organic Valley coupons for members only)!
http://www.farmtoschool.org/join

**
More info about World Vegetarian Day, which is part of Vegetarian Awareness Month, and ends up with World Vegan Day on November 1st!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Vegetarian_Day
http://www.worldvegetarianday.org/
Dr. Weil’s 6 ways to celebrate Vegetarian Awareness Month…
http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/TIP05344/6-Ways-to-Celebrate-Vegetarian-Awareness-Month.html
Huff Post’s 30 reasons to go vegetarian and 30 reasons to go vegan…
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathy-stevens/thirty-days-thirty-reason_b_1923921.html


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. Free online wellness conference
7. Event Listings…
8. Win some cookbooks, wine (and related wine stuff) and Le Creuset cookware (enter this week)!
9. Click, tap, or swipe here to help make the world a better place…
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!)…

October 16, 2014
Week #26

1. Lettuce: Escarole
2. Tomatoes
3. Squash, Summer
4. Beans, Snap: Dragon Tongue
5. Squash, Winter: Delicata
6. Kale

Total Items: 6



4. Notes from the Farm

October 3, 2014

Finally had our rain (4 out of the last 7 days), so we went from dusty to muddy in a short time. Our fall greens are growing now – seeds that were put in a month ago have finally germinated and sprouted. So, in 3 weeks or so we will have plenty – Pak Chois, Arugula, Broccoli Raab/Rabe/Rape, and Spinach will all be coming in for our last 6 to 8 weeks of CSA deliveries. We’re still picking Peppers, Eggplants and Tomatoes, as well as several types of Beans. By the end of the month all of these should be about done.

Due to the last week of wet weather, we have not dug our Sweet Potatoes yet. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get to it this week coming up! Winter Squashes are still left in the field awaiting harvest, though some of each variety are in our barns for storage, and ten distribution over the next several weeks.

Fall farm tour and pumpkin picking on Saturday, October 18th! Call for info and reservations 631-726-1900 between 9:30am and 4pm daily (see details in #7).

Happy Fall!

Organically yours,
Farmer Bill (Halsey)



5. What you actually got last week

October 9, 2014
Week #25

1. Lettuce: Leaf, Red – 1 head - $2.75
2. Tomatoes, Mini: Pear, Red & Yellow mix – 1 pt - $4.75
3. Mizuna OR Mibuna (use Mizuna Veggie Info Sheet) – 1 bunch - $3.00
4. Beans, Snap: Green OR Romano OR Yellow/Wax – 1 lb - $3.50
5. Squash, Winter: Spaghetti – 1 - $3.00
6. Tat Soi OR Pak Choi (use Bak/Boc Choi-Pak/Pac Choi Veggie Info Sheet) – 1 bunch - $3.25

Total Items: 6
Total Amount: $20.25
(We pay $18.50 per week for our CSA share. Our farmer has give us $1.75 more this week than the $18.50 which we paid for so, the total so far is $19.00 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 – Oct 1A
Savory AND Sorrel



6. Free online wellness conference

October 13th to October 20th

The Wellness Family Summit (whether you are a family of 1 or 21  )
FREE
For more info and to register:
http://wellnessfamilysummit.com/

Sorry you didn’t get this sooner but it was only emailed to me by someone this minute BUT better late than never, and there’s still 5 days left. If you REALLY want to see what you missed…you can purchase the lectures…

The one speaker I know of is Alex Jamieson, the chef, health coach, and now wife of Morgan Spurlock, the director who did the movie Supersize Me (and Alex was in the movie).

It has a Paleo leaning but I’m sure there’s a lot of interesting info no matter what your dietary lifestyle.



7. Event Listings…

Saturday, October 18th

10am to 2pm

Green Thumb CSA Annual Fall Pumpkin Picking Farm Tour
Green Thumb Farm
Montauk Highway
Watermill
FREE (for CSA members and immediate family only)
For reservations:
631-726-1900 (call any day between 9:30am and 4pm)

Held rain (unless it’s a torrential downpour), or shine, this is a riding tour of our home farm on a trailer pulled by a tractor. The tour times are 10am, 11am, 12pm and 1pm. Reservations are required as space on each trailer is limited. The tour is 1 hour in length, and everyone gets to take home a Pumpkin (in full disclosure, the Pumpkins are NOT organic and are not grown on our farm as Pumpkins used for carving, while they are edible, are not the variety of Winter Squashes you want to grow for eating). There is no charge for the tour or the Pumpkins.

Please keep in mind that this event is only for CSA members and their immediate family members. If you are sharing a CSA share with someone, only one person and their immediate family is allowed to take the tour and if it’s not the CSA member who is going, please make your reservation in the name of the CSA member. Often people who share a CSA share have one person go in June for Strawberry picking and the other person goes in October for the Pumpkin Tour (if there’s more than that, and there have been…I guess they pick straws!).

The is our CSA members’ last chance to see your farm and talk to Farm Bill this year (if you have any gardening questions about your own home garden…this is the chance to talk to someone who knows something about growing things that are local and edible)!

6pm to 9:30pm

Farm to Table Dinner at the Pfeiffer Center
The Pfeiffer Center
Threefold Cafe
285 Hungry Hollow Rd
Chestnut Ridge, NY
$40 per person/$75 per couple
For more info and to get tickets:
http://www.pfeiffercenter.org/workshops_and_events/register.aspx###
For more info about the Pfeiffer Center:
http://www.pfeiffercenter.org/index.aspx

Our farm, Green Thumb Farm, in addition to being a certified organic farm, uses Biodynamic farming practices. If you want to learn about Biodynamics…this is the place to go.

The evening will begin in the garden with hors d’oeuvres of Pfeiffer Center squash-infused flatbreads with caramelized Pfeiffer Center leek jam and Hawthorne Valley Salt Ridge Cheese, paired with a lovely organic Pinot Gris from Oregon. Following a tour of the garden, it’s on to Threefold Cafe for a hearty fall dinner featuring baked squash and rutabaga from the Pfeiffer Center garden, Swiss chard from the Fellowship Community’s Duryea Farm, micro-greens from Cropsey Farm, and either duck from Hudson Valley Duck Farm or a smoked bean ragu with wild mushrooms and local corn grits. We’re pairing the main course with a Rosso Piceno from La Marche, Italy, or a crisp and flavorful white Bordeaux. We’re thrilled to be able to offer you the very best of biodynamic and organic produce from the Pfeiffer Center and neighboring farms. This event will sell out so get your tickets now!


Sunday, October 19th

8am to 5pm

Greater NY Honeybee Conference
St. John’s University
D’Angelo Center
Flushing, NY
$65 (including lunch)
For more info and to get tickets:
http://longislandbeekeepers.org/conference/conference.html

Hosted by the LI Beekeepers Club. Not necessarily organic methods being used or discussed.


Monday, October 20th

6pm to 8pm

The Quarterly Carousel: a celebration of food, beer and stories
Pentimento Restaurant
93 Main St
Stony Brook
FREE but you must RSVP:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-quarterly-carousal-tickets-13315716667

Edible East End and Brooklyn Brewery present Weizenhammer (Brooklyn Brewery’s latest), free copies of Edible East End and locally made snacks!


Thursday, October 23rd

6:30pm to 9pm

Cowspiracy
Molloy College
The Madison Theater
1000 Hempstead Ave
Rockville Center
FREE but you must RSVP:
http://www.molloy.edu/about-molloy-college/news-and-events/news-archive/the-sustainable-living-film-series-screening-of-cowspiracy

COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret" is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker 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.


Friday, October 24th

Food Day…a nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, sustainable and affordable food
For more info and event listings…
http://www.foodday.org/

Local events listed on the website…

10am to 8pm

Bareburger (all organic and local everything…craft beers…not doing anything special but it’s an appropriate place to be eating today)
32 Middle Neck Road
Great Neck
http://eatreal.org/locations/bareburger-middle-neck-rd-ny/

noon to 3pm

Farmer’s Market
Plainview Hospital
888 Old Country Rd
Plainview
RSVP:
mgurlide@nshs.edu
516-719-2333

noon to 3pm

Eating Local on $4 a Day
North Shore University Hospital
Employee Cafeteria and Main entrance
300 Community Drive
Manhasset

Pretty impressive actually…they’ll offer local produce and homemade foods, patients will be getting Applesauce made from NY State Apples, and in the cafeteria they’ll be offering free range Eggs and Antibiotic –free Chicken cutlets and Beef patties, and they’ll be planting Spinach and Garlic somewhere (hospital garden?).

4pm to 8pm

Union Square: Cider Week Night Market
Union Square
17th St between Park and Broadway
NYC
FREE (food for purchase)
For more info:
http://www.grownyc.org/nightmarkets

Local farms and restaurants, local Cider & Beer, live music, Pumpkin patch and more! Sponsored by Taste NY, with eleven local cideries on hand to sell our favorite seasonal adult beverage. Local restaurants will also serve up delectable fall dishes and glasses of cider and other local brews will be available for purchase in our beer garden. This night isn't just for the adults, though. There will be a pumpkin patch and a pumpkin carving demonstration by Maniac Pumpkin Carvers, just in time for Halloween, so make sure you bring the whole family.
6:30pm to 9pm

The 10th Annual Gala for the NY Coalition for Healthy School Food
NY Academy of Medicine
1216 5th Ave (entrance on 103rd St)
NYC
$100 to $10,000
For more info and to get tickets:
http://www.healthyschoolfood.org/events.htm?utm_source=Fall+Gala+2014+%232&utm_campaign=12-18-13--9PM%28Year+End+27th+2013%29&utm_medium=email

This is quite the event with a raffle, silent auction and amazing healthy vegan food, organic wine and spirits, great gift bags, and live music.


Saturday, October 25th and Sunday, October 26th

10am to 5pm

Oktoberfest at Garden of Eve Farm
4558 Sound Ave
Riverhead
$15 – tickets must be purchased in advance and include one tasting from each of the brewery in attendance/21 and under FREE
For more info and to purchase tickets:
http://www.gardenofevefarm.com/Oktoberfest.htm

Rain or shine, enjoy craft beers from (to be confirmed) Greenpoint Harbor Brewing, Long Ireland Brewing Company, Pt Jefferson Brewery, Rocky Point Artisanal Brewing and Southampton Publick House. None of these breweries are organic but they are all local. There will also be Pumpkin picking, live music, craft vendors, food, hay rides, pony rides, games and petting zoo. This is a benefit for WUSB radio, out of SUNY Stony Brook.

Sunday, October 26th

9am to 7pm

Navel Expo
Huntington Hilton
598 Broadhollow Rd (Rt 110)
Melville, NY
$10 (though you can sometimes find free tickets around at places like the Vitamin Shoppe, etc)
For more info and to get tickets in advance:
http://www.navelexpo.com/expo.php

If you’re at all interested in healthy eating, healthy living, alternative healing, and/or if you have an illness (you name it, they probably have a workshop for you) that you’re trying to deal with in a more holistic way…THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE!!!

For the caliber of speakers (Ellen Kamhi, the Natural Nurse, holistic chiropractor Garry D’Brant, and Howard Robins – longtime member of the Gary Null Posse and ozone expert, among MANY others) and the number of lectures you can take advantage of hearing (36 lectures to choose from) for the price of only $10 for the day…it is a GREAT bargain compared to what you’d have to pay for an event like this in NYC. Plus there is healthy food to buy to eat there, and samples (Vitamix will be there…see #10  ) to eat too, and a HUGE market area to check out all sorts of interesting things to do and buy and learn about.

It’s not all about illness either, some wellness issues covered are…healthy cooking, exercise, beauty from the inside and out, creating a healthy home, and massage. Some of the conditions and treatments that will be covered…allergies, arthritis, cancer, Candidiasis, chiropractic, Crohn’s, digestive issues, dentistry, eyesight, heart disease, Herpes, HIV, menopause, mental health, neurology, ozone therapy, weight loss…and this is glossing over what happens here. Go online or get the booklet (online) to get details.

If you’re going, let me know if you’re willing to hand out “free organic food” fliers in any lectures you might attend. I went last time and shamelessly accosted any and all who were interested and am planning on doing it again. All you need to do is announce at the end of the lecture that if anyone is interested in getting a sample of free certified organic food in Huntington, they should take a flier from you and call and/or email to schedule a visit (and that info is on the flier). Any questions, you can just tell them to call, unless you feel like talking to them about the CSA.


Saturday, November 1st

9:30am to 3pm

Living Healthy from the Outside In: a bi-lingual (English/Spanish) meditation retreat
Science of Spirituality Meditation Center
79 County Line Rd
Amityville
FREE
To register:
631-822-7979
For more info:
http://www.sos.org/icl/locator/SecondLevel/United+States/Thirdlevel/Tristate/State/NY/Meetingname/Amityville.html

Workshops on healthy living, plant based eating, yoga, meditation and more! The food should be pretty good too if you like Indian food as I’ve been to one of these before.


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



8. Win some cookbooks, wine (and related wine stuff), and Le Creuset cookware (enter this week)!

Not sure when the deadline is but if you enter by end of day Friday I think you’d be ok…

A. Win cookbook by the gals at Ovenly (really good bakers in Brooklyn)…you can order some of their sweets for dessert at Paulie Gee’s pizza joint in Greenpoint (they have a dozen vegan pizzas that are the best) which is down the block from Ovenly’s storefront (and go for a walk in the lovely waterfront park at the end of the block after you’re done eating to work off those extra calories  )…
http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/10/win-a-copy-of-ovenly-cookbook.html

B. Win the cookbook Plenty More by London based Israeli vegetable chef superstar Yotam Ottolenghi…
http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/10/win-a-copy-of-plenty-more-yotam-ottolenghi.html

C. Win the cookbook Eat by BBC’s Nagel Slater (not familiar with this fellow but it’s recommended by Margaret Roach…former gardening editor for Newsday, Martha Stewart, and lovely human being…so that’s good enough for me!)…
http://awaytogarden.com/nigel-slaters-potatoes-spices-spinach/

D. Enter till 10/20 to win $800 worth of Le Creuset cookware!
http://promo.cookstr.com/cookware-giveaway

E. Wine, designer wine rack, and other wine related stuff…
http://wineawesomeness.com/landing/wine_style_10_2014/index.html



9. Click, tap, or swipe here to help make the world a better place…and feel free to spread the word!

Chicken feces has no business being on my plate (I really think this one is a no brainer)…
https://takeaction.takepart.com/actions/secretary-vilsack-chicken-feces-has-no-place-on-my-plate?cmpid=action-eml-recurring-chicken

And when you’re done with this one, there’s a bunch more so you can click away! 



10. And now for something completely different…

Wacky trailer for new pastry cookbook by Brooks Headley (Del Posto).

I imagine his pastries are better than his veggie burgers (I had one and it was decent…I’d eat it again…but my fave so far is at MOB Brooklyn…and told Brooks to go check out the MOB burger…created by some alums from Pure Food and Wine…before he makes any more of his veggie burgers…hey – he boasts about having the BEST veggie burger ever so I felt he needed to know where the best one was…and I was tactful in the telling…as Dylan was my witness…and he told me a good friend of his told him the same thing).

Yes, that is Brooks on drums and he was in a punk/rock band in his younger days…
http://www.grubstreet.com/2014/10/brooks-headley-fancy-desserts-cookbook-trailer.html

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Week #25 October 9, 2014

Happy Autumn and Happy Farm to School month*!

LAST CHANCE TO TOUR OUR FARM THIS YEAR! Saturday, October 18th, is the day we’ll have our annual CSA Pumpkin Picking Farm Tour at Green Thumb Farm. See below, #4 and #7!

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.

Want BULK TOMATOES to can for the winter (sauce? stewed? freeze? dehydrate for the best sundried Tomatoes ever?)? Call our farm (631-726-1900) from 9:30am to 4:30am any day and order a 22 lb box of their certified organic Red Roma/Plum Tomatoes for $45.00 and they’ll be delivered to the CSA for you!

If you’d like to visit our farm (Green Thumb Farm in Water Mill) on days besides our CSA Pumpkin picking in October, 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! 

*
Join the National Farm to School Network (it’s free) and you’ll be entered to win $1,000 for a farm to school or farm to preschool project in your area (and can download Organic Valley coupons for members only)!
http://www.farmtoschool.org/join

This email contains…

1. Your CSA does not need you this week! However…
2. WE WEIGH!!!
3. This week’s list…
4. Eating seasonally this time of year
5. What you actually got last week
6. Pasta/noodles made out of fresh vegetables!
7. Event Listings…
8. It’s not too late to start your garden, or start it up again!
9. Click, tap, or swipe here to help make the world a better place…
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!)…

October 9, 2014
Week #25

1. Lettuce
2. Tomatoes, Mini
3. Mizuna OR Mibuna (use Mizuna Veggie Info Sheet)
4. Beans, Snap
5. Squash, Winter: Spaghetti
6. Tat Soi OR Pak Choi (use Tat Soi Veggie Info Sheet)

Total Items: 6

Herb Share – Oct 1A
Savory AND Sorrel



4. Eating seasonally this time of year

As CSA members we don’t really have a choice BUT to be eating seasonally. However, CSA member, Karen Rubino, found this article on eating Pumpkins (Winter Squash…I’d be curious to know the exact variety of Winter Squash used in canned “Pumpkin”), and eating seasonally at this time of the year (mentions Sweet Potatoes, Rutabaga, Turnip, Pumpkin/Winter Squash and leafy greens…all things we get at the CSA…it says “Yams” but it’s highly unlikely she’s talking about the African vegetable which looks nothing like what most Americans know as Yams…which are actually just Sweet Potatoes!)…

http://www.annlouise.com/blog/2014/10/03/pumpkin-power/?utm_campaign=Ann+Louise%27s+Blog+%26+Health+Updates&utm_content=Pumpkin+Power%21&utm_medium=email&utm_source=getresponse

Ann Louise Gittleman is a longtime alternative health nutritionist who’s all about flushing! She’s the author of The Fat Flush, and The Gut Flush eating programs. How cute would that be if she was born in, or lived in, Flushing! 



5. What you actually got last week

October 2, 2014
Week #24

1. Lettuce: Leaf, Green – 1 head - $2.75
2. Tomatoes*: Orange, Red, Yellow AND/OR Yellow Paste/Plum Roma – up to 2 lbs - $5.75
3. Carrots – 1 bunch - $3.50
4. Beans, Snap: Green – 1 lb - $3.50
5. Squash, Summer: Costata Romanesca, Gold, Kousa, Patty Pan, Yellow, Zucchini AND/OR Bitter Melon** – up to 2 lbs - $4.25

Total Items: 5
Total Amount: $19.75
(We pay $18.50 per week for our CSA share. Our farmer has give us $1.25 more this week than the $18.50 which we paid for so, the total so far is $17.25 more than what we’ve paid so far this season)

*To put in the fridge? Or, not to put in the fridge? THAT…is the question! 
http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/09/why-you-should-refrigerate-tomatoes.html

**
Any questions about Bitter Melon you can email me…I did send out an email about it and will send again if you didn’t get it or want it again.



6. Pasta/noodles made out of fresh vegetables!

For those of you who like zucchini noodles, zoodles, vegetti, or whatever the heck the kids are calling them these days… 

Summer Squash, Cucumbers, Beets, Winter Squash, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes…apparently, the only limit to these things is whatever produce you can get a hold of and your imagination!

http://wellandgood.com/2014/10/05/the-20-something-whos-known-for-creating-noodles-out-of-vegetables/?utm_source=Well%2BGood&utm_campaign=ae1ac2e828-October_6_2014_SPONS_ANY_Athleta_House_FB9_25_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b430628ea3-ae1ac2e828-389999461

http://www.inspiralized.com/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/10/vegetable-noodles-are-going-to-change-everything_n_5112928.html



7. Event Listings…

Thursday, October 9th

noon to 4pm

Food Day – early but that’s when they’re celebrating it!
Farmingdale State College
Campus Center
2350 Broadhollow Rd (Rt 110)
Farmingdale
RSVP:
Lisa Eicher eicherl@farmingdale.edu
516-380-3218

Educators, farmers, food demo by iEat Green with Bhavani, food activists, and more.

5:30 to 8pm

Medicinal Herb Workshop w/Terese Hoffman and Potluck
Farmingdale State College
Sustainable Garden
2350 Broadhollow Rd (Rt 110)
Farmingdale
$5.00
RSVP:
thesustainablegardenfsc@gmail.com


Friday, October 10th

4 to 8pm

Union Square Mercato Notturno: Tasting Italian History
Union Square
17th St between Park and Broadway
NYC
FREE (food for purchase)
For more info:
http://www.grownyc.org/nightmarkets

The NYC Greenmarket has partnered with the city of Bologna, Italy for Mercato Notturno: Tasting Italian History. Take a journey through foods from different periods in Italian history with dishes prepared by local restaurants and guests from Bologna, including gelato-maker Otaleg. Our farmers will stay late Friday night so you can shop, eat and drink in our beer garden all while soaking in the sounds of live music provided by The Jazz Foundation. Don't forget to take a turn at our modern day family-friendly version of Kottabos (wacky ancient drinking game) and stop by to meet the American delegation who are gearing up to present American Food 2.0 in the USA Pavilion at next year's World's Fair in Milan.


Saturday, October 11th

7am to 11pm

The 6th Annual Plant & Sing
Sylvester Manor Educational Farm
55 Manhansett Rd
Shelter Island
FREE (if there’s still work left at this late date for you volunteer for 2 hours…and you can start your festivities Friday night at the “for volunteers only” activities) to $45 to $250/Children under 12 FREE
For more info and to get tickets:
http://plantandsing.brownpapertickets.com/

What started as a way to get free labor to help plant their Garlic crop, the yearly Plant & Sing has turned into a celebration of food, farm and much more (yoga, farm work, nature walk, poetry, live music…this year’s featured act is The Wainwright Sisters, jamming, dancing and of course, food…and more!). Rain or shine. No dogs or coolers.

9am to 6pm

Pumpkin Carving Demo and Contest
Hicks Nursery
100 Jericho Tpke
Westbury
FREE
For more info:
516-272-4758

Stop by anytime during the day to observe how a professional artist carves 3-D images into pumpkins and pick up some tips on how to carve your own pumpkin. Bring your carved and decorated pumpkins to Hicks Nurseries for the fourth annual Pumpkin Carving Contest! Registration begins at 2 PM; judging begins promptly at 3 PM. The winner of each category will receive a $20.00 gift certificate to Hicks Nurseries.

Noon to 2pm (?)

Gift of Life Wellness Walk and Party
2 High Street
Huntington, NY
FREE
For more info:
Kathy: Kathy@healthmedia.us

Brought to you by the folks that do the Navel Expo (see October 26th), this is a combination mini-march for health and wellness (only for a few blocks around Huntington Village), and health fair. There will be a raffle (we’re donating tickets to the Cinema Arts Centre), and probably healthy food tastings as well. If it’s not raining, Green Thumb CSA –Huntington will be tabling. Any monies collected will be going to the charity, Gift of Life (helps children in need from around the world get treatment for heart disease). For more info about Gift of Life:
http://giftoflife01.designinterventionsites.com/

1pm

Global Frackdown – Stop Port Ambrose Offshore LNG Facility
Long Beach Boardwalk
Boardwalk at National Blvd
Long Beach
For more info and to RSVP:
http://www.globalfrackdown.org/events-2014/


Sunday, October 12th

9am to 6pm

Pumpkin Carving Demo
Hicks Nursery
100 Jericho Tpke
Westbury
FREE

Stop by anytime during the day to observe how a professional artist carves 3-D images into pumpkins and pick up some tips on how to carve your own pumpkin.


Tuesday, October 14th

7:30pm

Let’s Eat! Food on Film presents…The Sturgeon Queens
Cinema Arts Centre
Park Ave
Huntington
$10 Members/$15 General Public (includes reception with classic Jewish dairy dishes)
For more info and to buy tickets (it will sell out):
http://www.cinemaartscentre.org/event/the-sturgeon-queens/

Co-presented with Slow Food North Shore (formerly Slow Food Huntington), the Cinema Arts Centre presents the story of the Jewish immigrant family that created the beloved New York City Lower East Side establishment Russ & Daughters that spans 100 years, 4 generations and 1.8 million lbs of pickled herring! The director, Julie Cohen, will be in person for a Q & A after the film and the reception will include such classic Jewish dairy dishes as Kasha Varnishkes, Latkes, Smoked Salmon with Horseradish Cream!


Wednesday, October 15th

6pm to 9pm

Edible Long Island’s First Anniversary
Harbor Club at Prime
95 New York Ave
Huntington
$50
For more info and to get tickets:
http://www.ediblelongisland.com/event/edible-long-islands-first-anniversary-harbor-club-prime/

Enjoy the harvest of Long Island’s land and sea (food/wine/beer/spirits) prepared by local chefs and artisans.


Saturday, October 18th

10am to 2pm

Green Thumb CSA Annual Fall Pumpkin Picking Farm Tour
Green Thumb Farm
Montauk Highway
Watermill
FREE (for CSA members and immediate family only)
For reservations:
631-726-1900 (call any day between 9:30am and 4pm)

Held rain (unless it’s a torrential downpour), or shine, this is a riding tour of our home farm on a trailer pulled by a tractor. The tour times are 10am, 11am 12pm and 1pm. Reservations are required as space on each trailer is limited. The tour is 1 hour in length, and everyone gets to take home a Pumpkin (in full disclosure, the Pumpkins are NOT organic and are not grown on our farm as Pumpkins used for carving, while they are edible, are not the variety of Winter Squashes you want to grow for eating). There is no charge for the tour or the Pumpkins.

Please keep in mind that this event is only for CSA members and their immediate family members. If you are sharing a CSA share with someone, only one person and their immediate family is allowed to take the tour and if it’s not the CSA member who is going, please make your reservation in the name of the CSA member. Often people who share a CSA share have one person go in June for Strawberry picking and the other person goes in October for the Pumpkin Tour (if there’s more than that, and there have been…I guess they pick straws!).

The is our CSA members’ last chance to see your farm and talk to Farm Bill this year (if you have any gardening questions about your own home garden…this is the chance to talk to someone who knows something about growing things that are local and edible)!

6pm to 9:30pm

Farm to Table Dinner at the Pfeiffer Center
The Pfeiffer Center
Threefold Cafe
285 Hungry Hollow Rd
Chestnut Ridge, NY
$40 per person/$75 per couple
For more info and to get tickets:
http://www.pfeiffercenter.org/workshops_and_events/register.aspx###
For more info about the Pfeiffer Center:
http://www.pfeiffercenter.org/index.aspx

Our farm, Green Thumb Farm, in addition to being a certified organic farm, uses Biodynamic farming practices. If you want to learn about Biodynamics…this is the place to go.

The evening will begin in the garden with hors d’oeuvres of Pfeiffer Center squash-infused flatbreads with caramelized Pfeiffer Center leek jam and Hawthorne Valley Salt Ridge Cheese, paired with a lovely organic Pinot Gris from Oregon. Following a tour of the garden, it’s on to Threefold Cafe for a hearty fall dinner featuring baked squash and rutabaga from the Pfeiffer Center garden, Swiss chard from the Fellowship Community’s Duryea Farm, micro-greens from Cropsey Farm, and either duck from Hudson Valley Duck Farm or a smoked bean ragu with wild mushrooms and local corn grits. We’re pairing the main course with a Rosso Piceno from La Marche, Italy, or a crisp and flavorful white Bordeaux. We’re thrilled to be able to offer you the very best of biodynamic and organic produce from the Pfeiffer Center and neighboring farms. This event will sell out so get your tickets now!


Sunday, October 19th

8am to 5pm

Greater NY Honeybee Conference
St. John’s University
D’Angelo Center
Flushing, NY
$65 (including lunch)
For more info and to get tickets:
http://longislandbeekeepers.org/conference/conference.html

Hosted by the LI Beekeepers Club. Not necessarily organic methods being used or discussed.


Monday, October 20th

6pm to 8pm

The Quarterly Carousel: a celebration of food, beer and stories
Pentimento Restaurant
93 Main St
Stony Brook
FREE but you must RSVP:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-quarterly-carousal-tickets-13315716667

Edible East End and Brooklyn Brewery present Weizenhammer (Brooklyn Brewery’s latest), free copies of Edible East End and locally made snacks!


Thursday, October 23rd

6:30pm to 9pm

Cowspiracy
Molloy College
The Madison Theater
1000 Hempstead Ave
Rockville Center
FREE but you must RSVP:
http://www.molloy.edu/about-molloy-college/news-and-events/news-archive/the-sustainable-living-film-series-screening-of-cowspiracy

COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret" is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker 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.


Friday, October 24th

Food Day…a nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, sustainable and affordable food
For more info and event listings…
http://www.foodday.org/

Local events listed on the website…

10am to 8pm

Bareburger (all organic and local everything…craft beers…not doing anything special but it’s an appropriate place to be eating today)
32 Middle Neck Road
Great Neck
http://eatreal.org/locations/bareburger-middle-neck-rd-ny/

noon to 3pm

Farmer’s Market
Plainview Hospital
888 Old Country Rd
Plainview
RSVP:
mgurlide@nshs.edu
516-719-2333

noon to 3pm

Eating Local on $4 a Day
North Shore University Hospital
Employee Cafeteria and Main entrance
300 Community Drive
Manhasset

Pretty impressive actually…they’ll offer local produce and homemade foods, patients will be getting Applesauce made from NY State Apples, and in the cafeteria they’ll be offering free range Eggs and Antibiotic –free Chicken cutlets and Beef patties, and they’ll be planting Spinach and Garlic somewhere (hospital garden?).

4pm to 8pm

Union Square: Cider Week Night Market
Union Square
17th St between Park and Broadway
NYC
FREE (food for purchase)
For more info:
http://www.grownyc.org/nightmarkets

Local farms and restaurants, local Cider & Beer, live music, Pumpkin patch and more! Sponsored by Taste NY, with eleven local cideries on hand to sell our favorite seasonal adult beverage. Local restaurants will also serve up delectable fall dishes and glasses of cider and other local brews will be available for purchase in our beer garden. This night isn't just for the adults, though. There will be a pumpkin patch and a pumpkin carving demonstration by Maniac Pumpkin Carvers, just in time for Halloween, so make sure you bring the whole family.
6:30pm to 9pm

The 10th Annual Gala for the NY Coalition for Healthy School Food
NY Academy of Medicine
1216 5th Ave (entrance on 103rd St)
NYC
$100 to $10,000
For more info and to get tickets:
http://www.healthyschoolfood.org/events.htm?utm_source=Fall+Gala+2014+%232&utm_campaign=12-18-13--9PM%28Year+End+27th+2013%29&utm_medium=email

This is quite the event with a raffle, silent auction and amazing healthy vegan food, organic wine and spirits, great gift bags, and live music.


Saturday, October 25th and Sunday, October 26th

10am to 5pm

Oktoberfest at Garden of Eve Farm
4558 Sound Ave
Riverhead
$15 – tickets must be purchased in advance and include one tasting from each of the brewery in attendance/21 and under FREE
For more info and to purchase tickets:
http://www.gardenofevefarm.com/Oktoberfest.htm

Rain or shine, enjoy craft beers from (to be confirmed) Greenpoint Harbor Brewing, Long Ireland Brewing Company, Pt Jefferson Brewery, Rocky Point Artisanal Brewing and Southampton Publick House. None of these breweries are organic but they are all local. There will also be Pumpkin picking, live music, craft vendors, food, hay rides, pony rides, games and petting zoo. This is a benefit for WUSB radio, out of SUNY Stony Brook.

Sunday, October 26th

9am to 7pm

Navel Expo
Huntington Hilton
598 Broadhollow Rd (Rt 110)
Melville, NY
$10 (though you can sometimes find free tickets around at places like the Vitamin Shoppe, etc)
For more info and to get tickets in advance:
http://www.navelexpo.com/expo.php

If you’re at all interested in healthy eating, healthy living, alternative healing, and/or if you have an illness (you name it, they probably have a workshop for you) that you’re trying to deal with in a more holistic way…THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE!!!

For the caliber of speakers (Ellen Kamhi, the Natural Nurse, holistic chiropractor Garry D’Brant, and Howard Robins – longtime member of the Gary Null Posse and ozone expert, among MANY others) and the number of lectures you can take advantage of hearing (36 lectures to choose from) for the price of only $10 for the day…it is a GREAT bargain compared to what you’d have to pay for an event like this in NYC. Plus there is healthy food to buy to eat there, and samples (Vitamix will be there…see #10  ) to eat too, and a HUGE market area to check out all sorts of interesting things to do and buy and learn about.

It’s not all about illness either, some wellness issues covered are…healthy cooking, exercise, beauty from the inside and out, creating a healthy home, and massage. Some of the conditions and treatments that will be covered…allergies, arthritis, cancer, Candidiasis, chiropractic, Crohn’s, digestive issues, dentistry, eyesight, heart disease, Herpes, HIV, menopause, mental health, neurology, ozone therapy, weight loss…and this is glossing over what happens here. Go online or get the booklet (online) to get details.

If you’re going, let me know if you’re willing to hand out “free organic food” fliers in any lectures you might attend. I went last time and shamelessly accosted any and all who were interested and am planning on doing it again. All you need to do is announce at the end of the lecture that if anyone is interested in getting a sample of free certified organic food in Huntington, they should take a flier from you and call and/or email to schedule a visit (and that info is on the flier). Any questions, you can just tell them to call, unless you feel like talking to them about the CSA.


Saturday, November 1st

9:30am to 3pm

Living Healthy from the Outside In: a bi-lingual (English/Spanish) meditation retreat
Science of Spirituality Meditation Center
79 County Line Rd
Amityville
FREE
To register:
631-822-7979
For more info:
http://www.sos.org/icl/locator/SecondLevel/United+States/Thirdlevel/Tristate/State/NY/Meetingname/Amityville.html

Workshops on healthy living, plant based eating, yoga, meditation and more! The food should be pretty good too if you like Indian food as I’ve been to one of these before.


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



8. It’s not too late to start your garden, or start it up again!

Planted a garden this year (or wish you did and think it’s too late to start now)? 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! I’m hearing from the people who bought these plants so far that they’re doing GREAT!!!

35 plants you can plant now for an Autumn Vegetable garden…and you can get some of these plants from our farm, Green Thumb Farm!

http://www.hgtvgardens.com/vegetables/15-vegetables-you-can-plant-now-for-fall-harvest?nl=HGG_093014_featlink1&sni_mid=157626&sni_rid=157626.10001.307464&c32=%7bBCDCFEB0-D404-4C4E-827D-738DA4C551F0%7d

http://www.hgtvgardens.com/photos/vegetables-photos/a-guide-to-leafy-vegetables?nl=HGG_093014_featlink2&sni_mid=157626&sni_rid=157626.10001.307464&c32=%7bBCDCFEB0-D404-4C4E-827D-738DA4C551F0%7d



9. Click, tap, or swipe here to help make the world a better place…and feel free to spread the word!

A. Tell President Obama to stop the Agent Orange crops and the toxic chemicals they rely on…
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14924
And here…
http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/breaking_EPA_to_approve_Dows_Agent_Orange_GMO_crops_Take_a_Stand/?t=1&referring_akid=1345.31784.-5HVu9

B. Please send a message today to persuade the largest global fast food brands to use deforestation-free palm oil:
https://secure3.convio.net/ucs/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=4263

McDonald's, Burger King, Yum! Brands (KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell), and other members of the fast food industry are often the focus of negative attention for the effect on our heath, but did you know they are also having a big effect on our climate? The top global fast food brands use palm oil, an ingredient linked to climate change and deforestation, in their products. As tropical forests are cleared to make way for palm oil plantations, carbon is released into the atmosphere, driving global warming and shrinking habitats for endangered species. Tropical deforestation currently accounts for about 10 percent of the world's heat-trapping emissions.

C. Help the Bees (they really need a LOT of help these days)…
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/save_the_bees_us_pet_loc/?clhHlgb



10. And now for something completely different…

Saturday Night Live and Sarah Silverman take on…the Vitamix!
http://www.hulu.com/#!watch/695298

Not the funniest bit I’ve seen but clearly the Vitamix has become well known enough that it’s something to now make fun of (as many things to do with healthy eating are…vegans, gluten-free, etc)! 

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Week #24 October 2, 2014 Part 1 and Part 2 mailings combined.

Happy Autumn and Happy Farm to School month*!

LAST CHANCE TO TOUR OUR FARM THIS YEAR! Saturday, October 18th, is the day we’ll have our annual CSA Pumpkin Picking Farm Tour at Green Thumb Farm. See below, #4 and #7!

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.

Are you Jewish? Just asking because the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur starts tomorrow, Friday, at sundown, so if you can’t make it to the CSA on Thursday night due to holiday related travel/activities…now is the time to see if you can get someone else to pick up your food and hold it till you can pick it up!

Emailed to me by CSA member Debra Ettenberg…for all of our CSA members who are observing Yom Kippur tomorrow, or for anyone who’d like to either learn or have explained some commonly used Yiddish worlds…
http://www.jspacenews.com/seniors-explain-yiddish-charming-video/

Want BULK TOMATOES to can for the winter (sauce? stewed? freeze? dehydrate for the best sundried Tomatoes ever?)? Call our farm (631-726-1900) from 9:30am to 4:30am any day and order a 22 lb box of their certified organic Red Roma/Plum Tomatoes for $45.00 and they’ll be delivered to the CSA for you!

If you’d like to visit our farm (Green Thumb Farm in Water Mill) on days besides our CSA Pumpkin picking in October, 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! 

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Join the National Farm to School Network (it’s free) and you’ll be entered to win $1,000 for a farm to school or farm to preschool project in your area (and can download Organic Valley coupons for members only)!
http://www.farmtoschool.org/join

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. Vegan cooking classes for the holidays…
7. Events Listings…
8. It’s not too late to start your garden, or start it up again!
9. Click, tap, or swipe here to help make the world a better place…
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!)…

October 2, 2014
Week #24

1. Lettuce
2. Tomatoes*
3. Carrots
4. Beans, Snap: Green
5. Squash, Summer

Total Items: 5

*To put in the fridge? Or, not to put in the fridge? THAT…is the question! 
http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/09/why-you-should-refrigerate-tomatoes.html



4. Notes from the Farm

August 19, 2014

Summer is almost over. Our fall crops have been planted and some are already being harvested. We’re still waiting for some rain as there’s only been 1/2 inch since August 13th (in an ideal world the farm would get one inch of rain every week so we’re already 1 ½ inches behind on the amount of rainfall needed). It seems to be raining at times all around us but not here!

Our Winter Squashes are being picked and look very good and there are new varieties this year including Spaghetti Squash! We’ll start bringing all types in shortly. Our Sweet Potato harvest will start next week, so look for those in October after curing for a couple of weeks.

Our Annual Fall CSA Pumpkin Picking Farm tour will be held on Saturday, October 18th (rain…unless it’s a torrential downpour, or shine). It’s a riding tour of our home farm on a trailer pulled by a tractor. The tour times are 10am, 11am 12pm and 1pm. Reservations are required as space on each trailer is limited. The tour is 1 hour in length, and everyone gets to take home a Pumpkin (in full disclosure, the Pumpkins are NOT organic and are not grown on our farm as Pumpkins used for carving, while they are edible, are not the variety of Winter Squashes you grow for eating). There is no charge for the tour or the Pumpkins. Call the farm any day of the week at 631-726-1900 between the hours of 9:30am and 4pmto make your reservation.

Please keep in mind that this event is only for CSA members and their immediate family members. If you are sharing a CSA share with someone, only one person and their immediate family is allowed to take the tour and if it’s not the CSA member who is going, you need to make your reservation in the name of the CSA member. Often people who share a CSA share have one person go in June for Strawberry picking and the other person goes in October for the Pumpkin Tour (if there’s more than that, and there have been…I guess they pick straws!).

The is our CSA members’ last chance to see your farm and talk to Farm Bill this year (if you have any gardening questions about your own home garden…this is the chance to talk to someone who knows something about growing things that are local and edible)!

Organically yours,
Farmer Bill (Halsey)



5. What you actually got last week

September 25, 2014
Week #23

1. Lettuce: Romaine – 1 head - $2.75
2. Tomatoes, Mini*: Cherry, Yellow - 1 pt - $4.75
3. Kale, Lacinato – 1 bunch - $3.50
4. Beans, Shelling: Lima** - 1 lb - $3.50
5. Okra*** - ½ lb - $2.50
6. Squash, Winter: Butternut, OR Watermelon: Red – 1 - $2.75

Total Items: 6
Total Amount: $19.75
(We pay $18.50 per week for our CSA share. Our farmer has give us $2.00 more this week than the $18.50 which we paid for so, the total so far is $16.00 more than what we’ve paid so far this season)

Herb Share – Sept 2B
Chives AND Thyme

6. Vegan cooking classes for the holidays…

Join The Purple Elephant’s vegan chef/owner, David Intonato, for one or both of the rare opportunities to take a cooking class with him that will include a one hour interactive lesson/demonstration, a food tasting of the dishes prepared, along with a tasting of organic/biodynamic wine pairings!

The dates and topics…

Tuesday, November 11th – Appetizers, Soups and Sides
Tuesday, November 18th - Main Dishes

Cost - $75 per person, per class (payable by cash or check)

To reserve your spot, email Chef David at…
thepurpleelephant@me.com
Subject line…Cooking Class
Include in the message part…
I would like to join the fun on…



7. Event Listings…

Thursday, October 2nd to Sunday, October 5th

10am

The Long Island Fair
Old Bethpage Village Restoration
Old Bethpage
Admission prices range from FREE to $12 (check website)
For more information:
http://www.lifair.org/index.html

Fun for the whole family since 1842! There will be music, puppet shows, dancing, agricultural exhibits, magic, juggling, storytelling, craft exhibits, and more!


Thursday, October 2nd

7 to 8:30pm

iEat Green Cooking demo with Bhavani
Floral Park Library
17 Caroline Pl
Floral Park
FREE
For more info:
516-326-6330


Saturday, October 4th

3pm

Rural Route Film Festival
Queen Library
40-20 Broadway
Long Island City
FREE
For more info:
718-721-2462
Please join the Peconic Land Trust for a screening of its award-winning short documentary, “Growing Farmers,” as part of the Rural Route Film Festival’s Green Screening at the Queens Library.
The film, co-produced by Hilary Leff and Michael Halsband, won the Audience Choice Award for best short film at the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2012. It serves to focus attention on the challenges of new farmers seeking to get a foothold on Eastern Long Island and the work of the Peconic Land Trust to assist them in getting started. Also screened will be Growing Cities about urban agriculture. There will be a post-film meetup at the Queens Kickshaw (one of my favorite restaurants in Astoria, Queens).

Tuesday, October 7th

6:30pm

Herbal Medicine for Health and Happiness
American Herbalists Guild – Long Island Chapter Meeting
Oyster Bay Public Library
89 E Main St
Oyster Bay
FREE

Join the Natural Nurse, Ellen Kahmi, RN, and Angus J. Towse, BS (Hort), L.Ac, LMT for what I’m sure will be a very informative and entertaining event.


Thursday, October 9th

noon to 4pm

Food Day – early but that’s when they’re celebrating it!
Farmingdale State College
Campus Center
2350 Broadhollow Rd (Rt 110)
Farmingdale
RSVP:
Lisa Eicher eicherl@farmingdale.edu
516-380-3218

Educators, farmers, food demo by iEat Green with Bhavani, food activists, and more.

5:30 to 8pm

Medicinal Herb Workshop w/Terese Hoffman and Potluck
Farmingdale State College
Sustainable Garden
2350 Broadhollow Rd (Rt 110)
Farmingdale
$5.00
RSVP:
thesustainablegardenfsc@gmail.com


Saturday, October 11th

1pm

Global Frackdown – Stop Port Ambrose Offshore LNG Facility
Long Beach Boardwalk
Boardwalk at National Blvd
Long Beach
For more info and to RSVP:
http://www.globalfrackdown.org/events-2014/


Tuesday, October 14th

7:30pm

Let’s Eat! Food on Film presents…The Sturgeon Queens
Cinema Arts Centre
Park Ave
Huntington
$10 Members/$15 General Public (includes reception with classic Jewish dairy dishes)
For more info and to buy tickets (it will sell out):
http://www.cinemaartscentre.org/event/the-sturgeon-queens/

Co-presented with Slow Food North Shore (formerly Slow Food Huntington), the Cinema Arts Centre presents the story of the Jewish immigrant family that created the beloved New York City Lower East Side establishment Russ & Daughters that spans 100 years, 4 generations and 1.8 million lbs of pickled herring! The director, Julie Cohen, will be in person for a Q & A after the film and the reception will include such classic Jewish dairy dishes as Kasha Varnishkes, Latkes, Smoked Salmon with Horseradish Cream!


Saturday, October 18th

10am to 2pm

Green Thumb CSA Annual Fall Pumpkin Picking Farm Tour
Green Thumb Farm
Montauk Highway
Watermill
FREE (for CSA members and immediate family only)
For reservations:
631-726-1900 (call any day between 9:30am and 4pm)

Held rain (unless it’s a torrential downpour), or shine, this is a riding tour of our home farm on a trailer pulled by a tractor. The tour times are 10am, 11am 12pm and 1pm. Reservations are required as space on each trailer is limited. The tour is 1 hour in length, and everyone gets to take home a Pumpkin (in full disclosure, the Pumpkins are NOT organic and are not grown on our farm as Pumpkins used for carving, while they are edible, are not the variety of Winter Squashes you want to grow for eating). There is no charge for the tour or the Pumpkins.

Please keep in mind that this event is only for CSA members and their immediate family members. If you are sharing a CSA share with someone, only one person and their immediate family is allowed to take the tour and if it’s not the CSA member who is going, please make your reservation in the name of the CSA member. Often people who share a CSA share have one person go in June for Strawberry picking and the other person goes in October for the Pumpkin Tour (if there’s more than that, and there have been…I guess they pick straws!).

The is our CSA members’ last chance to see your farm and talk to Farm Bill this year (if you have any gardening questions about your own home garden…this is the chance to talk to someone who knows something about growing things that are local and edible)!


Friday, October 24th

Food Day…a nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, sustainable and affordable food
For more info and event listings…
http://www.foodday.org/

Local events listed on the website…

10am to 8pm

Bareburger (all organic and local everything…craft beers…not doing anything special but it’s an appropriate place to be eating today)
32 Middle Neck Road
Great Neck
http://eatreal.org/locations/bareburger-middle-neck-rd-ny/

noon to 3pm

Farmer’s Market
Plainview Hospital
888 Old Country Rd
Plainview
RSVP:
mgurlide@nshs.edu
516-719-2333

noon to 3pm

Eating Local on $4 a Day
North Shore University Hospital
Employee Cafeteria and Main entrance
300 Community Drive
Manhasset

Pretty impressive actually…they’ll offer local produce and homemade foods, patients will be getting Applesauce made from NY State Apples, and in the cafeteria they’ll be offering free range Eggs and Antibiotic –free Chicken cutlets and Beef patties, and they’ll be planting Spinach and Garlic somewhere (hospital garden?).


Saturday, October 26th and Sunday, October 27th

10am to 5pm

Oktoberfest at Garden of Eve Farm
4558 Sound Ave
Riverhead
$15 – tickets must be purchased in advance and include one tasting from each of the brewery in attendance/21 and under FREE
For more info and to purchase tickets:
http://www.gardenofevefarm.com/Oktoberfest.htm

Rain or shine, enjoy craft beers from (to be confirmed) Greenpoint Harbor Brewing, Long Ireland Brewing Company, Pt Jefferson Brewery, Rocky Point Artisanal Brewing and Southampton Publick House. None of these breweries are organic but they are all local. There will also be Pumpkin picking, live music, craft vendors, food, hay rides, pony rides, games and petting zoo. This is a benefit for WUSB radio, out of SUNY Stony Brook.


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



8. It’s not too late to start your garden, or start it up again!

Planted a garden this year (or wish you did and think it’s too late to start now)? 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! I’m hearing from the people who bought these plants so far that they’re doing GREAT!!!

35 plants you can plant now for an Autumn Vegetable garden…and you can get some of these plants from our farm, Green Thumb Farm!

http://www.hgtvgardens.com/vegetables/15-vegetables-you-can-plant-now-for-fall-harvest?nl=HGG_093014_featlink1&sni_mid=157626&sni_rid=157626.10001.307464&c32=%7bBCDCFEB0-D404-4C4E-827D-738DA4C551F0%7d

http://www.hgtvgardens.com/photos/vegetables-photos/a-guide-to-leafy-vegetables?nl=HGG_093014_featlink2&sni_mid=157626&sni_rid=157626.10001.307464&c32=%7bBCDCFEB0-D404-4C4E-827D-738DA4C551F0%7d



9. Click, tap, or swipe here to help make the world a better place…

A. Stop Syrgenta’s Bee killing plan…they want to increase the allowable amount of a particular bee killing pesticide by 40,000%...
http://act.credoaction.com/sign/syngenta_bees?sp_ref=.4.9402.e.36086.2&referring_akid=.380222.mmqQc_&source=mailto_sp

B. A world out of balance…Koyaanisqatsi (Hopi word for “life out of balance” and a good movie that an old acquaintance of mine did the location scouting for)…

Sea lions are starving because of overfishing of Sardines in California! As much as I like Sardines (maybe you don’t, but SOMEBODY’S eating them out of existence…or they’re being used for pet food or something), I’m willing to do what I need to do (stop eating them?) to let the population replenish itself and put the ecosystem in a better state of balance…
https://takeaction.takepart.com/actions/save-the-oceans-feed-the-world?cmpid=tpdaily-eml-2014-09-26

C. Watch this cool (and smart) video featuring Moby, the musician, about the Bees on his property and why he wants to save Bees (they need a lot of help, we’ve lost half of this country’s Bee population in the past few years)…
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14814

D. Join this Facebook page if you’d like to ban plastic bags in Huntington (I’m thinking they mean the plastic ones in grocery stores)…
https://www.facebook.com/BanPlasticBagsHuntingtonNY



10. And now for something completely different…

Restaurant owner wanted customers to LITERALLY become addicted to his food!
http://www.grubstreet.com/2014/09/chinese-restaurant-poppy-opium-noodles.html

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