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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Week #4 June 25, 2015

Happy Summer!

If you didn’t make it to the Annual CSA Farm Tour and Strawberry Picking event last weekend, sorry to tell you but you missed the last Strawberries of the season. They’re now gone at the CSA till next year (but 3 quarts out of 3 weeks is nothing to sneeze at, the most we ever get is 4 quarts in 4 weeks). However, let’s see if we have a dry enough summer to get Melons whenever they’re ready to show up! With every crop that’s gone for the season, there’s another tasty, interesting, wonderful, healthy food to take its place! 

This is the fourth week, of the 18th year, for Green Thumb CSA – Huntington, at our CSA’s new location at the Cinema Arts Centre’s Sky Room Café (423 Park Ave, Huntington)! It’s going to take a while for the CSA to get its bearings in the new space so please be patient. 

Anybody want an Herb Share? This week it’s Dill and Cilantro! If you’re interested, the cost is $55 from July to December. Let me know!

CSA Basics 101 –
Please read the Wall Chart that the farmer brings in every week, follow the direction on the Wall Chart, and it’s not a bad idea to refer to it before you leave the CSA to make sure you haven’t taken too much OR too little before you leave the CSA.
I can’t tell you how many times I have left the CSA, gotten home, and realized I THOUGHT I took everything in the share for the week, didn’t, and it’s too late to do anything about it as anything left over at the end of the night is donated and gone at 7:31pm (unless prior arrangements have been made by CSA members for late pickups).

CSA Parking suggestion…try parking all the way around the building in the upper parking lot where the day care center play area is. You hopefully will find a spot, and it’s a short walk down the stairs to the entrance from there, and most people don’t seem to think of parking up there. If you park illegally you can get a parking ticket, it does happen!

If you are going to show up at the CSA later than 7:30pm, but before the Box Office is closing for the night (may be different every week but will probably be open till at least 10pm) and it’s the last minute and you’re running late…call the Cinema Arts Centre Box Office at 631-423-7610 xt 0 and ask them to transfer the call to the café so we can pack a bag for you, put your name on it and leave it at the Box Office. If you don’t get to the Cinema before the Box Office closes, your food will NOT be there the next day. The Cinema is under no obligation to store your food, and we don’t want to be the cause of bugs being attracted to our wonderful CSA food.

Sky Room Café Deal of the Week…if you’re picking up your food and want a snack, this week the special is their Antipasto Salad with a 16 oz bottle of water…the salad is a mix of romaine lettuce and spring mix, topped with sweet red and green peppers, green queen & kalamata olives, cucumbers, tomatoes, mushrooms, and carrots. Sprinkled with a blend of premium mozzarella, asiago, romano, and parmesan cheese! $7.00 while supplies last.
New menu item…the Blue Note Burger - signature black bean veggie burger, topped with a rich crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, just a dash of creamy blue cheese, and a drizzle of buffalo style hot sauce, garnished with crisp romaine lettuce, spring mix and fresh cut vine tomato, on a toasted brioche bun for $5.00!

This email contains…

1.We bag our own!
2. The CSA is looking for ONE (1) person from 5:30pm to 7:30pm to work at the CSA today…
3.This week’s list…occasionally subject to change without prior notice because farming is like that!
4.Veggie Info Sheets
5.Black Turtle Beans and Lavender redux…
6.Events (things to do both near and far)
7.Produce wrangler and counselor
8. What you actually got last week
9. Weigh stuff and check your receipts before leaving any grocery store!


1.We bag our own

CSA basic, for this CSA anyways, is that you need to bring your own supply of bags for packing up your CSA share every week from now till December 10th!

So, my suggestion…put bags that you’re setting aside for your CSA share in EVERY vehicle you own or might ride in!  Put them in the trunk, or the glove compartment, or in a bigger bag somewhere in the car, or whatever you think will work for your situation. That way, you don’t even have to remember, they’re just there.

The CSA is under no obligation to provide you with bags for your food.

I also recommend a selection of canvas, paper and plastic. I bag my CSA share up in my paper (Strawberries) and plastic bags (most everything else) and put it in my bigger canvas bag so when I get home, everything’s pretty much (with some exceptions…like herbs) ready to be put right into the fridge.



2.The CSA is looking for ONE (1) person from 5:30pm to 7:30pm to work at the CSA today…

If you’re available, please..

1. Respond to this email from now till 1pm, Thursday, June 18th
2. Call 631-421-4864 from now till 1pm, Thursday, June 18th
3. Call the Cinema Box Office at 631-423-7610 xt 0 from 2:30pm to 5:30pm and make sure we get the message that you’re coming to work and when
4. Just stop by the CSA a little before 3:30pm and 5:30pm and see if we still need help.
5. Will be getting back to whoever responds about 1pm in the order of who contacted me first

If you didn’t already get an email from Hayley or/and suzanne talking to you about being at the CSA on the Early Shift (3:30pm to 5:30pm) or the Late Shift (5:30pm to 7:30pm) this week, you’re not on the schedule for this week.

You can always show up a little before 3:30pm or 5:30pm and offer to help out just in case someone doesn’t show up (stuff happens  ).



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

CSA #101 – The Basics – when trying any new food item, start small and start slow. See how your body and palate reacts. And if you aren’t crazy about the taste, texture, smell, something…try at least SIX completely different ways of preparing it before you give it the heave-ho (raw, steamed, stir-fried, fried …maybe not so healthy but ANYTHING usually tastes good fried, in a salad, in a soup, in a sandwich, in a stew, in a smoothie, and on and on)!  Am glad to provide suggestions for this one.

June 25, 2015
Week #4

1.Peas, Sugar Snap
2.Lettuce
3.Radishes
4.Peas, Snow
5.Mustard Greens (also see Braising Green Veggie Info Sheet)
6. Mint

Total Items: 6

Herb Share – June 2B
Cilantro AND Dill

Flower Share – Week #2



4.Veggie Info Sheets

The attachments to this email are your Veggie Info Sheets. You’ll be getting them every week, and if you print them out and put them in a notebook (and put in plastic sleeves if you want to keep them clean), you’ll have a CSA cookbook by the end of the CSA season!

If we get something that doesn’t have a Veggie Info Sheet, there will be links to click to help you out.



5.Black Turtle Beans and Lavender redux…

Black Turtle Beans…
Beans stored properly for 30 years were ok (notice I did say properly  )…
http://extension.usu.edu/foodstorage/htm/dry-beans

And the new thing is there’s no reason to pre-soak Beans other than to cut down cooking time…
http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish/la-dd-dont-soak-dried-beans-20140911-story.html#page=1

Lavender…
CSA member Sharon Levy submitted this recipe which she may or may not have tried (I don’t think we had enough for a cup of Lavender but I would probably try it with what we had and checked it out anyway)…it’s from the movie “It’s Complicated”…
http://www.bakespace.com/recipes/detail/Lavender-Ice-Cream:-it's-Complicated/45913/

And if you happen to be in the city and like Coffee, check out the Coconut-Lavender Iced Cappuccino!
http://www.grubstreet.com/2015/06/creative-iced-coffee-drinks.html



6.Events

Thursday, June 25th

5pm to 10pm

Hush Restaurant Restaurant Week Last Night!
291 Main St
Farmingdale
$30 three course tasting menu (beverages not included)
To make a reservation:
516-293-4874
For more info:
http://hushamericanbistro.com/

Hush is a Modern American restaurant (farm-to-tablesque) owned by African American chef Marc Anthony Bynum. It’s on my list of places to check out.


Friday, June 26th

11am to 2pm and 4pm to 8pm

Seafood Fest (as part of National Sustainable Seafood Week in NYC)
Union Square Greenmarket
NYC
FREE (but I’m sure there will be a charge to purchase food)
For more info about this event:
http://www.grownyc.org/nightmarkets
and more info about Sustainable Seafood Week…
http://www.sswnational.com/nyc

Farmer’s Market – Beer and Cider Garden – Live Music – Local Restaurants


Saturday, June 27th
10am-1pm

Sustainable Seafood Cooking Demo
Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket
Prospect Park West and Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn
FREE
For more info about this event:
http://www.grownyc.org/greenmarket/brooklyn-grand-army-plaza
and more info about Sustainable Seafood Week…
http://www.sswnational.com/nyc

Celebrate Sustainable Seafood Week with local Brooklyn chef, John Poiarkoff, of The Pines and new restaurant, Willow. He will be leading a guest seafood cooking demonstration in collaboration with Blue Moon Fish.


Sunday, June 28th

12pm to 5pm

Vegan Shop-Up
Spreadhouse
116 Suffolk St
NYC
For more info:
https://veganshopup.wordpress.com/about/

All vegan pop-up event to eat and shop!


Tuesday, July 8th

10am to noon

Lost Ladybird Search
Quail Hill Farm farm stand
660 Old Stone Highway
Amagansett
FREE
Directions:
http://www.peconiclandtrust.org/pdf/pdf%20directions/Directions%20to%20Quail%20Hill%20Farm.pdf
For more info about this project:
http://www.lostladybug.org/

Help find native ladybugs and let scientists know where they are and how they’re doing! Heavy rains cancels this event.


Thursday, July 9th

8pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

A Comedy Benefit for Homecoming Farm in Amityville
Governor’s Comedy Club
90 Division Ave
Levittown
$20 (plus 2 drink minimum)
To get tickets (which must be purchased before the event from Sister Jean Clark of Homecoming Farm)…
Call Sister Jean Clark at 631-842-6000 xt 338
Or email Sister Jean at earthhomej@aol.com
For more info about Homecoming Farm…
http://homecomingearth.org/

Homecoming Farm is a CSA project run by Dominican nuns on their property in Amityville. The featured comic is Tim Krompier who has a new comedy CD titled Fifty Shades of Fatherhood.


Saturday, July 11th

2pm to 4pm

If I Could Write a Book: the Beverly Fite story
Cold Spring Harbor Public Library
Large Meeting Room
95 Harbor Rd
Cold Spring Harbor
FREE
Advance Registration Requested
631-692-6820

CSA member Lenore Hanson’s mother-in-law, B Hanson (also a long time CSA member), is the subject of this documentary directed by Emmy Award winning director Ron Rudaitis. B Hanson will be here for a Q & A after the film. I’ll be there…will you? 

From pre-Civil Rights Alabama to Rodgers and Hammerstein-era Broadway to present-day suburban Long Island, this whimsical and heartwarming documentary tells the story of the life, career and indomitable spirit of a truly inspiring American voice. Join B (Beverly Fite) Hanson on an emotional and revelatory journey back to Alabama in search of the real story of her father's disbarment and ultimately the meaning of her own life's journey.


Tuesday, July 14th

10am to 12pm

Seed Saving Workshop
Quail Hill Farm – Apple Orchard
660 Old Stone Highway
Amagansett
$5 Members/$10 General Public
Directions:
http://www.peconiclandtrust.org/pdf/pdf%20directions/Directions%20to%20Quail%20Hill%20Farm.pdf

Heavy rains will move this event indoors.


Thursday, July 23rd

7:30pm

Conversations: Ina Garten – The Barefoot Contessa
NYCB Theatre at Westbury
960 Brush Hollow Rd
Westbury
$85
For more info and tickets:
http://concerts.livenation.com/ina-garten-westbury-new-york-07-23-2015/event/00004E74BA6A7E2B?tm_link=edp_onsale&bba=1

An in depth talk with questions from you! Ina Garten, best-selling cookbook author and star of Food Network’s Barefoot Contessa, shares her natural approach to food; sharing tips, stories and maybe even some recipes. Onstage, Ina Garten delivers a charming insider’s view of the world of the Barefoot Contessa and the pleasures of good food, cooked with love and passion, and engages the audience in an interactive Q&A. Moderated by Julia Turshen. This is a new project in association with Book Revue of Huntington!


Saturday, August 8th

1pm to 5pm

North Fork Craft Beer Festival
Calverton Links Golf Course
149 Edwards Ave
Calverton
$10 to $75
For more info and to buy tickets:
http://northforkcraftbeerfestival.com/tickets.html

Featuring 50 + breweries with 100+ beers, food trucks and live music! No kids, no pets.


Tuesday, August 11th

10am to noon

Lost Ladybird Search
Quail Hill Farm farm stand
660 Old Stone Highway
Amagansett
FREE
Directions:
http://www.peconiclandtrust.org/pdf/pdf%20directions/Directions%20to%20Quail%20Hill%20Farm.pdf
For more info about this project:
http://www.lostladybug.org/

Help find native ladybugs and let scientists know where they are and how they’re doing! Heavy rains cancels this event.


Friday, August 14th to Sunday, August 16th

NOFA Summer Conference
U Mass at Amherst
Amherst, MA
For more info and to register:
http://www.nofasummerconference.org/

This is where all the cool kids of all ages go  . Keynote speakers this year will be Ronnie Cummins of the Organic Consumers Association, and Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride (developer of the GAPS…gut and psychology syndrome…diet used to treat and reverse chronic neurological and digestive illnesses).


Saturday, September 19th

12pm to 8pm

7th Annual Gaia’s Essence Women’s Wellness Conference
Islandia Marriott Long Island
3635 Expressway Drive North
Islandia
$25
For more info and to get tickets:
http://gewwc.com/

Their mission statement for this event is be empowered…be inspired…your perception…your reality. This year they’ll be having a kid’s room with special programs just for kids! Sponsors include Fit Healthy Mamas, LI Dietetic Association, Natural Awakenings magazine, So Delicious, Vitamix, and Whole Foods.


Thursday, October 29th

8pm

Conversations: Michael Pollan – In Defense of Food
NYCB Theatre at Westbury
960 Brush Hollow Rd
Westbury
$63
For more info and to buy tickets…
http://concerts.livenation.com/event/00004E75D4FC4D1F?crosssite=TM_US:1236523:141?crosssite=TM_US:1236523:141

An in depth talk with questions from you! For the past 20 years, Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles about the places where the human and natural worlds intersect: food, agricul¬ture, gardens, drugs and architecture. He is the author of the best-sellers In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto and The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. Join us in a moderated conversation with audience Q&A and a book signing to follow. This is a new project in association with Book Revue of Huntington!



7.Produce Wrangler and Veggie Counselor

In addition to being the CSA founder, organizer, and matchmaker, I’m also a Produce Wrangler and Veggie Counselor!  Please feel free to ask me/contact me about ANYTHING to do with ANYTHING you get at the CSA! I’m happy to share my knowledge about cooking, food storage, etc. and if I don’t know, I’m happy to keep on learning so we can both find out. Oh yeah, and my basic cooking style is lazy working class gourmet (few ingredients, not a lot of time, good results). I’m a fan of the Working Class Foodie videos, and I steal their credo…local, seasonal and affordable…
http://blip.tv/wcfoodies/



8.What you actually got last week

June 18, 2015

Week #3

1.Peas, Snow – .4 lb - $3.25
2.Curly Cress (aka Pepper Cress/Garden Cress) – 1 bunch - $3.00
3.Lavender – 1 bunch - $3.00
4.Lettuce: Boston, Red – 1 head - $3.00
5. Strawberries – 1 qt - $6.50

Total Items: 5
Total Amount: $18.75
It has begun! We pay $18.50 per week for the food the farmer is giving us, and this week he’s given us $.50 more than we paid for. Doesn’t sound like much but see how every little bit extra he gives us adds up over the course of 28 weeks (so far it’s $1.25 total extra between last week and this week).



9.Weigh stuff and check your receipts before leaving any grocery store!

It’s never a bad idea to weigh stuff and check your receipts before you leave the store. While Whole Foods is the main target of this article, 70% of the stores checked had similar errors…
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/exclusive-foods-faces-city-probe-overcharges-article-1.2268695

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

What you actually got last week. Week #2 June 11, 2015

Greetings!

CSA Basics 101 –
Please read the Wall Chart that the farmer brings in every week, follow the direction on the Wall Chart, and it’s not a bad idea to refer to it before you leave the CSA to make sure you haven’t taken too much OR too little before you leave the CSA.
I can’t tell you how many times I have left the CSA, gotten home, and realized I THOUGHT I took everything in the share for the week, didn’t, and it’s too late to do anything about it as anything left over at the end of the night is donated and gone at 7:31pm (unless prior arrangements have been made by CSA members for late pickups).

This email includes…

1.What you actually got last week
2.Farm tour this weekend! See next CSA email for details
3.Happy Pollinator Week!


1.What you actually got last week

June 11, 2015

Week #2

1.Beans, Turtle: Black (dried) – 2/3 lb - $3.75
2.Asparagus – ½ lb - $3.00
3.Rhubarb – 1 bunch - $3.25
4.Lettuce: Boston, Green – 1 head - $3.00
5. Strawberries – 1 qt - $6.50

Total Items: 5
Total Amount: $19.50
It has begun! We pay $18.50 per week for the food the farmer is giving us, and this week he’s given us $.50 more than we paid for. Doesn’t sound like much but see how every little bit extra he gives us adds up over the course of 28 weeks (so far it’s $1.00 total extra between last week and this week).

Herb Share – June 1A
Chives, Garlic AND Mint

Flower Share – Week #1
Sweet Williams



2. Farm tour this weekend! See next CSA email for details



3. Happy Pollinator Week!

June 15th to June 21st is Pollinator Week (Bees, Birds, Butterflies and yes, even Mosquitoes pollinate wildflowers, and who knows how important they are to our delicate ecosystem???  )!

Take a peek at what foods need pollination by Bees otherwise we don’t get to eat them (it’s a long list and there are some classics in here like Tomatoes, Strawberries, Almonds, Carrots, and a LOT more)…
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_crop_plants_pollinated_by_bees

So, tell your local representative to save our pollinators!
http://action.beyondpesticides.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14785

and tell the EPA to protect our pollinators…
http://action.beyondpesticides.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=20676

Consider making and declaring your yard, garden, local park, golf course, school, anywhere, pesticide free and pollinator friendly…
http://action.beyondpesticides.org/o/7106/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup?signup_page_KEY=7574

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Week #3 June 18, 2015

Happy Spring!

This is the third week, of the 18th year, for Green Thumb CSA – Huntington, at our CSA’s new location at the Cinema Arts Centre’s Sky Room Café (423 Park Ave, Huntington)! It’s going to take a while for the CSA to get its bearings in the new space so please be patient. 

***The CSA is going to be OUTSIDE this week!!! Told you this is all an adjustment to a new space! We will either be in front of the Café in the garden, OR if it looks like rain (which it might or might not by the morning and we may do this just in case it might) we will be in the alcove that’s located between the Cinema garden and the stairs to the upper parking lot (told you to park there anyway  ). If you can’t find it, ask at the Box Office and they’ll tell you where we are. There are 3 other CSA days where we’ll be outside (the 3rd Thursdays in Sept/Oct/Nov) and let’s all think good thoughts for pleasant weather on those days. 

Strawberry Picking CSA Farm Tour coming up THIS WEEKEND at our farm (Green Thumb Farm) in Water Mill on Saturday, June 20th (read #5 and #6 for details).

CSA Parking suggestion…try parking all the way around the building in the upper parking lot where the day care center play area is. You hopefully will find a spot, and it’s a short walk down the stairs to the entrance from there, and most people don’t seem to think of parking up there. If you park illegally you can get a parking ticket, it does happen!

If you are going to show up at the CSA later than 7:30pm, but before the Box Office is closing for the night (may be different every week but will probably be open till at least 10pm) and it’s the last minute and you’re running late…call the Cinema Arts Centre Box Office at 631-423-7610 xt 0 and ask them to transfer the call to the café so we can pack a bag for you, put your name on it and leave it at the Box Office. If you don’t get to the Cinema before the Box Office closes, your food will NOT be there the next day. The Cinema is under no obligation to store your food, and we don’t want to be the cause of bugs being attracted to our wonderful CSA food.

Sky Room Café Deal of the Week…if you’re picking up your food and want a snack, this week the special is a hefty helping of their signature garlic hummus, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkled with crushed red pepper, and topped with hot & spicy cherry peppers !Served with toasted whole grain pita! $5.00 while supplies last.
New menu item…the Blue Note Burger - signature black bean veggie burger, topped with a rich crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, just a dash of creamy blue cheese, and a drizzle of buffalo style hot sauce, garnished with crisp romaine lettuce, spring mix and fresh cut vine tomato, on a toasted brioche bun for $5.00!

This email contains…

1.We bag our own!
2. The CSA is looking for ONE (1) person from 3:30pm to 5:30pm and ONE (1) person from 5:30pm to 7:30pm to work at the CSA today…
3.This week’s list…occasionally subject to change without prior notice because farming is like that!
4.Veggie Info Sheets
5. News from the Farm
6.Events (things to do both near and far)
7.Produce wrangler and counselor
8. Great article on Herb Greens (similar to the category of Salad Greens but a little different)…and at the CSA we get Curly Cress, Sorrel and Arugula which is similar to what they call Rocket…
9. One click can help change the world!


1.We bag our own

CSA basic, for this CSA anyways, is that you need to bring your own supply of bags for packing up your CSA share every week from now till December 10th!

So, my suggestion…put bags that you’re setting aside for your CSA share in EVERY vehicle you own or might ride in!  Put them in the trunk, or the glove compartment, or in a bigger bag somewhere in the car, or whatever you think will work for your situation. That way, you don’t even have to remember, they’re just there.

The CSA is under NO obligation to provide you with bags for your food.

I also recommend a selection of canvas, paper and plastic. I bag my CSA share up in my paper (Strawberries) and plastic bags (most everything else) and put it in my bigger canvas bag so when I get home, everything’s pretty much (with some exceptions…like herbs) ready to be put right into the fridge.



2.The CSA is looking for ONE (1) person from 3:30pm to 5:30pm and ONE (1) person from 5:30pm to 7:30pm to work at the CSA today…

If you’re available for either shift (or both), please..

1. Respond to this email from now till 1pm, Thursday, June 18th
2. Call 631-421-4864 from now till 1pm, Thursday, June 18th
3. Call the Cinema Box Office at 631-423-7610 xt 0 from 2:30pm to 5:30pm and make sure we get the message that you’re coming to work and when
4. Just stop by the CSA a little before 3:30pm and 5:30pm and see if we still need help.
5. Will be getting back to whoever responds about 1pm in the order of who contacted me first…realize it’s 5am and I’m still working so would like to get SOME sleep and may not get up till noon.

If you didn’t already get an email from Hayley or/and suzanne talking to you about being at the CSA on the Early Shift (3:30pm to 5:30pm) or the Late Shift (5:30pm to 7:30pm) this week, you’re not on the schedule for this week.

You can always show up a little before 3:30pm or 5:30pm and offer to help out just in case someone doesn’t show up (stuff happens  ).



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

CSA #101 – The Basics – when trying any new food item, start small and start slow. See how your body and palate reacts. And if you aren’t crazy about the taste, texture, smell, something…try at least SIX completely different ways of preparing it before you give it the heave-ho (raw, steamed, stir-fried, fried …maybe not so healthy but ANYTHING usually tastes good fried, in a salad, in a soup, in a sandwich, in a stew, in a smoothie, and on and on)!  Am glad to provide suggestions for this one.

June 18, 2015
Week #3

1.Strawberries – 1 qt
2.Lettuce: Boston, Red – 1 head
3.Curly Cress (aka Pepper Cress,/Garden Cress) – 1 bunch*
4.Peas, Snow - .4 lbs
5.Lavender** – 1 bunch…and yes, it’s edible! 

Total Items: 5

*
Curly Cress (aka Pepper Cress/Garden Cress) – I just wash it and put it on my sandwiches or wraps, and sprinkle on salads
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_cress
From a members of the Cobble Hill Brooklyn CSA of Green Thumb Farm…
http://www.simplesocialkitchen.com/2010/06/07/csa-cooking-curly-cress-jerusalem-artichokes-and-strawberries/
http://www.harvesttotable.com/2007/09/cress_cress_is_a_common/
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/410264

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Lavender – yes, there is a Veggie Info Sheet but I figure more info is always a good thing for something so unique to cook with - you can put it in a vase and enjoy that way, dry and use for potpourri, or use it in cooking recipes (it’s a classic ingredient in Herbes de Provence)
Strawberry Lavender Spritzer…
http://www.motherearthliving.com/cooking-methods/8-lovely-lavender-recipes-lavender-strawberry-spritzer.aspx
http://whatscookingamerica.net/Lavender.htm
http://boulderlocavore.com/15-lovely-lavender-recipes/
http://www.motherearthliving.com/cooking-methods/lavender-recipes.aspx
http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20587573,00.html



4.Veggie Info Sheets

The attachments to this email are your Veggie Info Sheets. You’ll be getting them every week, and if you print them out and put them in a notebook (and put in plastic sleeves if you want to keep them clean), you’ll have a CSA cookbook by the end of the CSA season!

If we get something that doesn’t have a Veggie Info Sheet, there will be links to click to help you out (and see #7 too).



5. News from the Farm

June 11, 2015

Summer is almost here and our crops are growing well. Strawberries are here but only for a couple more weeks, so enjoy them while they’re here. Peas have begun - Sugar Snaps, followed by Snow Peas and then Shelling Peas. We’ve been picking Spring Onions and Scallions and will have them for several more weeks. Swiss Chard and Beets will be the next to arrive. Lettuces are doing well and we now have many varieties that we are picking. Herbs of all sorts are still coming in as well - Oregano, Chives, Savory, Dill, Cilantro, Mint, Curly Cress, Lavender flowers, and maybe some others. Most can be dried for future use.

Saturday, June 20th, our Annual CSA Farm Tour and Strawberry picking will happen - a walking tour at the field - meet on corner of Rose Hill Road at Montauk Highway in Water Mill. Tours begin at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm & 1:30pm. No charge for tour and everybody (tour is restricted to CSA members and immediate family only) gets to pick 1 Quart of Strawberries. For more info, call 631-726-1900, between 9:30am and 4pm. Hope all get a chance to come visit our farm. Our next CSA farm tour after this will be in October.

So enjoy our seasonal, fresh, local certified organic produce, because the season never seems to last long enough!

Organically yours,
Farmer Bill (Halsey)



6.Events

Saturday, June 20th

10:30am to 2:30pm

Annual CSA Strawberry Picking Farm Tour
Green Thumb Farm
Montauk Highway
Water Mill
FREE
For more info:
631-726-1900 (between the hours of 9:30am and 4:30pm)

Our Strawberry Picking CSA Farm Tour is a walking tour, and will be held rain or shine (unless we’re talking torrential downpour). Dress for sun exposure and wear closed toe shoes that are appropriate for walking in dirt and mud. If you’re bringing children, the tour is one hour so plan accordingly regarding bringing a stroller that can handle a gravel/dirt road. We’ll be meeting in the field on Rose Hill Road near the corner of Montauk Highway. The tour times are 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm. This tour is for CSA members of Green Thumb CSA – Huntington (and the 4 other Green Thumb Farm CSA pickup locations…at the farm, Brookhaven Labs, Cobble Hill BK and Long Island City Queens) and their immediate family members only! If CSA members are sharing with someone (who, as far as the farm is concerned, is technically not considered a CSA member…though they are happy you’re enjoying the fruits and vegetables of their labors ), often one person visits the farm in June and the other will visit in October when we go Pumpkin picking, and register using the CSA member’s name.


Wednesday, June 24th

7 to 9pm

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Cookbook event
Powerhouse Arena
37 Main St
DUMBO, Brooklyn
FREE (ice cream for purchase from Van Leeuwen truck)
For more info about this event:
http://www.powerhousearena.com/events/book-launch-party-and-food-tasting-van-leeuwen-artisan-ice-cream-by-laura-oneill-benjamin-van-leeuwen-peter-van-leeuwen-and-olga-massov/
Must RSVP:
rsvp@powerhousearena.com

Got my RSVP in and I’m there! Anybody coming? Van Leeuwen rocks the house. And yes, they also do vegan.


Saturday, July 11th

2pm to 4pm

If I Could Write a Book: the Beverly Fite story
Cold Spring Harbor Public Library
Large Meeting Room
95 Harbor Rd
Cold Spring Harbor
FREE
Advance Registration Requested
631-692-6820

CSA member Lenore Hanson’s mother-in-law, B Hanson (also a long time CSA member), is the subject of this documentary directed by Emmy Award winning director Ron Rudaitis. B Hanson will be here for a Q & A after the film. I’ll be there…will you? 

From pre-Civil Rights Alabama to Rodgers and Hammerstein-era Broadway to present-day suburban Long Island, this whimsical and heartwarming documentary tells the story of the life, career and indomitable spirit of a truly inspiring American voice. Join B (Beverly Fite) Hanson on an emotional and revelatory journey back to Alabama in search of the real story of her father's disbarment and ultimately the meaning of her own life's journey.



7.Produce Wrangler and Veggie Counselor

In addition to being the CSA founder, organizer, and matchmaker, I’m also a Produce Wrangler and Veggie Counselor!  Please feel free to ask me/contact me about ANYTHING to do with ANYTHING you get at the CSA! I’m happy to share my knowledge about cooking, food storage, etc. and if I don’t know, I’m happy to keep on learning so we can both find out. Oh yeah, and my basic cooking style is lazy working class gourmet (few ingredients, not a lot of time, good results). I’m a fan of the Working Class Foodie videos, and I steal their credo…local, seasonal and affordable…
http://blip.tv/wcfoodies/



8.Great article on Herb Greens (similar to the category of Salad Greens but a little different)…and at the CSA we get Curly Cress, Sorrel and Arugula which is similar to what they call Rocket…

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



9. One click can help change the world!

A.CSA member Gail Payne is concerned that women and children aren’t protected by current radiation exposure regulations (and that nuclear power is a “privileged pollutant” according to the EPA, meaning that much higher rates of cancer are allowed than for other known toxins) and wanted to share this with us. Eat healthy, exercise, and then get exposed to unhealthy amounts of radiation because of the government that we voted for and pay taxes to? I don’t think so! 
Click here if you’d like to change these regulations…
https://www.change.org/p/protect-the-most-vulnerable-from-radiation-exposure-b8eef25c-ea5f-4706-a128-4970df6cbc9f

B.Want clean water?
Click here (and don’t buy stuff with microbeads in them)…
http://p2a.co/ba4T8on

C.If you’d like our military personnel to have access to vitamins,
you might want to click here…
http://www.saveoursupplements.org/

D. If you don’t want our government to pass a law saying that state or local governments have no right to regulate GMO crops in any way,
you might want to click here…
http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14356

E. Let’s have a mandate for supermarkets to donate food instead of throwing it out…
http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/mandate-supermarkets
F.Tell the Senate…please support safer cosmetics. Right now they can put in things that are carcinogenic and endocrine disruptors (also really not good)…
http://action.ewg.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=2154&tag=201506FeinsteinCosmetics
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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Week #2 June 11, 2015

Happy Spring!

This is the second week, of the 18th year, for Green Thumb CSA – Huntington, at our CSA’s new location at the Cinema Arts Centre’s Sky Room Café (423 Park Ave, Huntington)! It’s going to take a while for the CSA to get its bearings in the new space so please be patient. 

Strawberry Picking CSA Farm Tour coming up at our farm (Green Thumb Farm) in Water Mill on Saturday, June 20th (read #5 and #6 for details).

Parking suggestion…try parking all the way around the building in the upper parking lot where the day care center play area is. You hopefully will find a spot, and it’s a short walk down the stairs to the entrance from there, and most people don’t seem to think of parking up there. If you park illegally you can get a parking ticket, it does happen!

If you are going to show up at the CSA later than 7:30pm, but before the Box Office is closing for the night (may be different every week but will probably be open till at least 10pm) and it’s the last minute and you’re running late…call the Cinema Arts Centre Box Office at 631-423-7610 xt 0 and ask them to transfer the call to the café so we can pack a bag for you, put your name on it and leave it at the Box Office. If you don’t get to the Cinema before the Box Office closes, your food will NOT be there the next day. The Cinema is under no obligation to store your food, and we don’t want to be the cause of bugs being attracted to our wonderful CSA food.

Sky Room Café Deal of the Week…if you’re picking up your food and want a snack, this week the special is a Tomato & Mozarella Bruschetta plus a 16 oz bottle of water for $4.00 (while supplies last), plus they have a new Fiesta Salad. It’s a mix of romaine lettuce and spring mix, topped with spanish rice, salsa, black beans, jalapenos, cucumbers, tomatoes, and carrots. Sprinkled with tortilla strips and cheddar cheese and paired with a creamy ranch dressing for $8.


This email contains…

1.We bag our own!
2. The CSA doesn’t need you this week (but I know we will  )
3.This week’s list…occasionally subject to change without prior notice because farming is like that!
4.Veggie Info Sheets
5. News from the Farm
6.Events (things to do both near and far)
7.Produce wrangler and counselor
8.And now for something completely different…



1.We bag our own

CSA basic, for this CSA anyways, is that you need to bring your own supply of bags for packing up your CSA share every week from now till December 10th!

So, my suggestion…put bags that you’re setting aside for your CSA share in EVERY vehicle you own or might ride in!  Put them in the trunk, or the glove compartment, or in a bigger bag somewhere in the car, or whatever you think will work for your situation. That way, you don’t even have to remember, they’re just there.

The CSA is under NO obligation to provide you with bags for your food.

I also recommend a selection of canvas, paper and plastic. I bag my CSA share up in my paper (Strawberries) and plastic bags (most everything else) and put it in my bigger canvas bag so when I get home, everything’s pretty much (with some exceptions…like herbs) ready to be put right into the fridge.



2. The CSA doesn’t need you this week (but I know we will  )

We’re talking about working at the CSA.

If you didn’t already get an email from Hayley or/and suzanne talking to you about being at the CSA on the Early Shift (3:30pm to 5:30pm) or the Late Shift (5:30pm to 7:30pm) this week, you’re not on the schedule for this week.

HOWEVER, you can always show up a little before 3:30pm or 5:30pm and offer to help out just in case someone doesn’t show up (stuff happens  ).

And, for some reason EVERYONE wants to work on June 18th so I’ll tell y’all right now that only 6 people are needed, so you’ll get an email from Hayley, our CSA work coordinator, to let you know if you’re on the schedule (if you don’t get an email, you’re not).



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

June 11, 2015
Week #2

1.Strawberries
2.Lettuce
3.Asparagus
4.Rhubarb
5.Beans, Black Turtle: Dried (take the Beans out of the pods…I found out last year that not everyone knows this)

Total Items: 5

Flower Share – Week #1 (?)

Herb Share – June 1A
???



4.Veggie Info Sheets

The attachments to this email are your Veggie Info Sheets. You’ll be getting them every week, and if you print them out and put them in a notebook (and put in plastic sleeves if you want to keep them clean), you’ll have a CSA cookbook by the end of the CSA season!



5. News from the Farm

This is the start of our 20th CSA season (20 years in NYC). The years seem to go by so fast. As the season begins, we would like to welcome back all of our returning CSA members who’ve supported our local, seasonal, certified organic, family farm though the years, and also welcome all our new first time members as well…A MOST GRATEFUL AND JOYOUS WELCOME TO YOU ALL!!!

As June begins, in the first few weeks we will have Strawberries, Rhubarb, Onions, Lettuces and herbs (many of our herbs, especially Oregano, Thyme, Savory and Mint can be dried or frozen as well as used fresh).

We’ll have several types of Peas (Sugar Snap, Chinese flat pod aka Snow, and shelling) ripening by the middle of the month. Our farm is seasonal, so enjoy each vegetable, herb and fruit while it’s here, because it’s only here for a short time, and then the next ones arrive…Snap Beans, Summer Squash, Tomatoes, Beets, Carrots, Broccolis, and all sorts of other crops.

Welcome to your Green Thumb Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program for another year!!!

Our Strawberry Picking CSA Farm Tour is a walking tour, and will be held on Saturday, June 20th. We’ll be meeting in the field on Rose Hill Road near the corner of Montauk Highway. The tour times are 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm. For more info you can call the farm at 631-726-1900 between 9:30am and 4:30pm. This tour is for CSA members and their immediate family members only! If CSA members are sharing with someone often one person visits the farm in June, and the other will visit in October when we go Pumpkin picking.

Organically yours,
Farmer Bill (Halsey)


6.Events

Friday, June 12th

7:00pm to 9:00 pm - doors open at 6:30

Art in Concert
Huntington Fine Arts
266 E Pulaski Rd
Greenlawn, NY 11740
$20 in advance (RSVP by June 9th but maybe it’s still not too late)/$25 at the door
For more info and to get tickets:
631-351-4060
huntingtonfinearts@gmail.com
www.huntfinearts.com

CSA member Lenore Hanson is the Associate Director over at Huntington Fine Arts and she’s excited about this fun evening of art making and music. There will be two models and a jazz band composed of four young students from the Manhattan School of Music. Participants should bring art supplies to draw, paint or sculpt, and friends for a fun evening of live music, live models and light refreshments! The fee is to cover the cost of the models and the band.


Saturday, June 20th

10:30am to 2:30pm

Annual Strawberry Picking CSA Farm Tour
Green Thumb Farm
Montauk Highway
Water Mill
FREE
For more info:
631-726-1900 (between the hours of 9:30am and 4:30pm)

Our Strawberry Picking CSA Farm Tour is a walking tour, and will be held rain or shine (unless we’re talking torrential downpour). Dress for sun exposure and wear closed toe shoes that are appropriate for walking in dirt and mud. If you’re bringing children, the tour is one hour so plan accordingly regarding bringing a stroller that can handle a gravel/dirt road. We’ll be meeting in the field on Rose Hill Road near the corner of Montauk Highway. The tour times are 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm. This tour is for CSA members of Green Thumb CSA – Huntington (and the 4 other Green Thumb Farm CSA pickup locations…at the farm, Brookhaven Labs, Cobble Hill BK and Long Island City Queens) and their immediate family members only! If CSA members are sharing with someone (who, as far as the farm is concerned, is technically not considered a CSA member…though they are happy you’re enjoying the fruits and vegetables of their labors ), often one person visits the farm in June and the other will visit in October when we go Pumpkin picking, and register using the CSA member’s name.


Wednesday, June 24th

7 to 9pm

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Cookbook event
Powerhouse Arena
37 Main St
DUMBO, Brooklyn
FREE (ice cream for purchase from Van Leeuwen truck)
For more info about this event:
http://www.powerhousearena.com/events/book-launch-party-and-food-tasting-van-leeuwen-artisan-ice-cream-by-laura-oneill-benjamin-van-leeuwen-peter-van-leeuwen-and-olga-massov/
Must RSVP:
rsvp@powerhousearena.com

Got my RSVP in and I’m there! Anybody coming? Van Leeuwen rocks the house. And yes, they also do vegan.


Saturday, July 11th

2pm to 4pm

If I Could Write a Book: the Beverly Fite story
Cold Spring Harbor Public Library
Large Meeting Room
95 Harbor Rd
Cold Spring Harbor
FREE
Advance Registration Requested
631-692-6820

CSA member Lenore Hanson’s mother-in-law, B Hanson (also a long time CSA member), is the subject of this documentary directed by Emmy Award winning director Ron Rudaitis. B Hanson will be here for a Q & A after the film. I’ll be there…will you? 

From pre-Civil Rights Alabama to Rodgers and Hammerstein-era Broadway to present-day suburban Long Island, this whimsical and heartwarming documentary tells the story of the life, career and indomitable spirit of a truly inspiring American voice. Join B (Beverly Fite) Hanson on an emotional and revelatory journey back to Alabama in search of the real story of her father's disbarment and ultimately the meaning of her own life's journey.



7.Produce Wrangler and Veggie Counselor

In addition to being the CSA founder, organizer, and matchmaker, I’m also a Produce Wrangler and Veggie Counselor!  Please feel free to ask me/contact me about ANYTHING to do with ANYTHING you get at the CSA! I’m happy to share my knowledge about cooking, food storage, etc. and if I don’t know, I’m happy to keep on learning so we can both find out. Oh yeah, and my basic cooking style is lazy working class gourmet (few ingredients, not a lot of time, good results). I’m a fan of the Working Class Foodie videos, and I steal their credo…local, seasonal and affordable…
http://blip.tv/wcfoodies/



8.And now for something completely different…

Can you name all the cubes?
http://lernertandsander.com/cubes/

There are some doubles (Red Cabbage), and I can spot the Chiogga Beets we get at the CSA, as well as a bunch of other vegetables (and fruit…I see a Cantaloupe) you’ll see in your CSA share over the course of a season.

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CSA - What you actually got LAST week in the 1st CSA Pickup

Greetings!

Please put in your 2 hours at the CSA (we have till December 10th so we need people from now till then) and consider working the 12 hours as it helps the CSA be a better CSA (and is what helps these “mysteries” from happening)!

Something a CSA member pointed out to me is that we had some youngsters grabbing food and getting it for their folks. We LOVE having children at the CSA and being active participants (really  ), but they do need to be supervised as it’s happened in the past that a little one will grab something, put it in their parent’s bag, and it’s not discovered till they get home that they have someone else’s food. And who has the time to have to deal with getting it to the rightful owner?

CSA Basics 101 – Please read the Wall Chart that the farmer brings in every week, follow the direction on the Wall Chart, and it’s not a bad idea to refer to it before you leave the CSA to make sure you haven’t taken too much OR too little before you leave the CSA. I can’t tell you how many times I have left the CSA, gotten home, and realized I THOUGHT I took everything in the share for the week, didn’t, and it’s too late to do anything about it as anything left over at the end of the night is donated and gone at 7:31pm (unless prior arrangements have been made by CSA members for late pickups).

The Veggie Info Sheet attached to this email is one we didn’t get last week, because we ended up with Spinach instead of the Scallions (on the list of food I thought we were getting last week…the list is subject to occasional change without prior notice  ).


This email includes…

1. What you actually got last week
2. Easy CSA Salad Idea
3. And now for something completely different…


1.What you actually got last week

June 4, 2015

Week #1

1.Jerusalem Artichokes (Sunchokes) – 2/3 lb - $4.00
2.Spinach – ½ lb - $3.00
3.Oregano – 1 bunch - $2.75
4.Lettuce: Oakleaf, Green – 1 head - $2.75
5. Strawberries – 1 qt - $6.50

Total Items: 5
Total Amount: $19.00
It has begun! We pay $18.50 per week for the food the farmer is giving us, and this week he’s given us $.50 more than we paid for. Doesn’t sound like much but see how every little bit extra he gives us adds up over the course of 28 weeks!


2.Easy CSA Salad Idea

First time CSA member Sharon Levy very pleased with her first CSA salad creation…

Lettuce, Green Oak Leaf (CSA)
Jerusalem Artichokes (CSA)
Strawberries (CSA)
Walnuts (not sure where they’re grown)
Goat Cheese (we theoretically could have a Cheese Share)…would also substitute Gorgonzola or Blue Cheese
Sunflower Seeds (not sure where they’d come from either but not grown around here)

Dressing…
Fresh squeezed Lemon Juice (not able to be easily grown in NY  )
Black Pepper, freshly ground (see above)


3.And now for something completely different…

Submitted by CSA member Bettina Barbier…you too can make 2,000 year old bread at home! 
http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/past_exhibitions/2013/pompeii_and_herculaneum/pompeii_live/live_event/bread_recipe.aspx

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Week #1 June 4, 2015 'FIRST CSA Pickup for 2015!'

Happy Spring!

This is the first week, of the 18th year, for Green Thumb CSA – Huntington, at our CSA’s new location at the Cinema Arts Centre’s Sky Room Café (423 Park Ave, Huntington)!

It’s going to take a while for the CSA to get its bearings in the new space so please be patient. There’s going to be a double feature Beatles event Thursday evening at the Cinema so I imagine the Cinema is going to be packed starting around 6pm (event starts at 6:30pm). Who doesn’t love The Beatles? 

Parking suggestion…try parking all the way around the building in the upper parking lot where the day care center play area is. You hopefully will find a spot, and it’s a short walk down the stairs to the entrance from there, and most people don’t seem to think of parking up there. If you park illegally you can get a parking ticket, it does happen!

If you are going to show up at the CSA later than 7:30pm, but before the Box Office is closing for the night (may be different every week but will probably be open till at least 10pm) and it’s the last minute and you’re running late…call the Cinema Arts Centre Box Office at 631-423-7610 xt 0 and ask them to transfer the call to the café so we can pack a bag for you, put your name on it and leave it at the Box Office. If you don’t get to the Cinema before the Box Office closes, your food will NOT be there the next day. The Cinema is under no obligation to store your food, and we don’t want to be the cause of bugs being attracted to our wonderful CSA food.

This email contains…

1.We bag our own!
2.This week’s list…occasionally subject to change without prior notice because farming is like that!
3.Veggie Info Sheets
4.Events
5.Produce wrangler and counselor


1.We bag our own

CSA basic, for this CSA anyways, is that you need to bring your own supply of bags for packing up your CSA share every week from now till December 10th!

So, my suggestion…put bags that you’re setting aside for your CSA share in EVERY vehicle you own or might ride in!  Put them in the trunk, or the glove compartment, or in a bigger bag somewhere in the car, or whatever you think will work for your situation. That way, you don’t even have to remember, they’re just there.

The CSA is under NO obligation to provide you with bags for your food.

I also recommend a selection of canvas, paper and plastic. I bag my CSA share up in my paper (Strawberries) and plastic bags (most everything else) and put it in my bigger canvas bag so when I get home, everything’s pretty much (with some exceptions…like herbs) ready to be put right into the fridge.



2.This week’s list…occasionally subject to change without prior notice because farming is like that!

June 4, 2015
Week #1

1.Strawberries – 1 qt
2.Lettuce – 1 head
3.Oregano – 1 bunch
4.Scallions – 1 bunch
5.Jerusalem Artichokes (Sunchokes) – 1 bag

Total Items: 5



3.Veggie Info Sheets

The attachments to this email are your Veggie Info Sheets. You’ll be getting them every week, and if you print them out and put them in a notebook (and put in plastic sleeves if you want to keep them clean), you’ll have a CSA cookbook by the end of the CSA season!



4.Event

Thursday, June 4th

7pm

Mast Brother’s Hootenany featuring Spirit Family Reunion
Mast Brother’s Chocolate Factory
111 N 3rd St
Brooklyn, NY (Williamsburg)
$45
To purchase tickets (I’m sure this will sell out) and for more info:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/mast-brothers-hootenanny-featuring-spirit-family-reunion-tickets-17053430269

This is where I’d be if I wasn’t going to be at the CSA this week. If anyone is going PLEASE let me know and I’ll give you money for the Martin Guitar raffle. I would LOVE to get a new guitar and I’m a Martin gal.

Music, good food, and whiskey! This is a fundraiser for the Newport Festivals Foundation to support the Newport Folk Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival, as well as supporting their education initiatives to get young people involved in the playing and appreciation of music.


Wednesday, June 24th

7 to 9pm

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Cookbook event
Powerhouse Arena
37 Main St
DUMBO, Brooklyn
FREE (ice cream for purchase from Van Leeuwen truck)
For more info about this event:
http://www.powerhousearena.com/events/book-launch-party-and-food-tasting-van-leeuwen-artisan-ice-cream-by-laura-oneill-benjamin-van-leeuwen-peter-van-leeuwen-and-olga-massov/
Must RSVP:
rsvp@powerhousearena.com

Got my RSVP in and I’m there! Anybody coming? Van Leeuwen rocks the house. And yes, they also do vegan.



5.Produce Wrangler and Veggie Counselor

In addition to being the CSA founder, organizer, and matchmaker, I’m also a Produce Wrangler and Veggie Counselor!  Please feel free to ask me/contact me about ANYTHING to do with ANYTHING you get at the CSA! I’m happy to share my knowledge about cooking, food storage, etc. and if I don’t know, I’m happy to keep on learning so we can both find out. Oh yeah, and my basic cooking style is lazy working class gourmet (few ingredients, not a lot of time, good results). I’m a fan of the Working Class Foodie videos, and I steal their credo…local, seasonal and affordable…
http://blip.tv/wcfoodies/

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Green Thumb CSA – Huntington – is about to begin please Join NOW!!

Happy Spring!

At Green Thumb CSA – Huntington, we’re all ready to start eating local certified organic vegetables, herbs and fruits, and smelling our local certified organic flowers, and hope that you’ll want to join us! The time to join is now as the CSA begins June 4th!!!

Please use the CONTACT US (below-right side) to request info about our CSA, and CSAs in general. After you’ve read everything over completely, you’ll have a good idea about how this CSA works, and the general CSA philosophy and process. If you don’t see the email in your “Inbox”, please check your junk/spam folder as it might end up there because of all the attachments. However, if you didn’t get it, please let me know (email AND a phone call are a safer bet) and we’ll figure out how to go from there.

Sorry it’s taken so long to get back to you this season but it’s been a unique year in our CSA’s 18 year history. It was an extreme winter for every farmer on Long Island for this reason, our normal starting date at the end of April was moved forward to the beginning of June. We also just received our contract information.

Another unexpected surprise, at the very last minute, we’ve moved our CSA pickup location to the Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave, Huntington, after being at the same location for 16 years. We couldn’t send out the contracts to everyone until the CSA location was finalized and that’s just happened.

Also new this season, if you are a current member of the Cinema Arts Centre (or join the Cinema before you join the CSA), as a perk of Cinema membership, you will get a $50 discount on your Work Deposit Fee! So, instead of it being $100, you’d pay $50 for the Work Deposit…and instead of getting back $100 if you work for 12 hours, you’d get back $50. That means your check that you make out to “Green Thumb CSA – Huntington” would be for $75 ($25 – yearly Adminstrative Fee + $50 – discounted Work Deposit = $75).

I started Green Thumb CSA - Huntington 17 years ago because I was tired of going to the health food store and purchasing Lettuce, Bananas and a loaf of bread, and it seemed like that alone was costing me almost $20! After trying to grow my own food, visiting farm stands and farmers markets, and being a co-op member, I’ve found this CSA to be the best way for me to get a good selection of reasonably priced, local, certified FRESH organic produce.

If after you look this information over and know that the CSA is something you want to do, contact me so I’ll put your name on the member list AND let me know what date you want to start picking up your CSA share.

If you want to make an appointment to tour the CSA before joining, please make an appointment. At the end of your visit, you’ll be given a free sample from the CSA share for that week.

Thanks for your interest in CSA!
suzanne
631-421-4864