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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thursday, Dec.1, 2016 Week #27

Happy Autumn!

Does anyone who’s getting a ½ lb. jar of Honey want to switch it to a 1 lb. jar? I made an error in writing and ordering and I’d like to correct it if possible (though our understanding CSA member will take the 1 lb. if there are no takers). Let me know ASAP per the usual ways (email and/or call before 1pm today, and call the Box Office after 3pm today, or say something when you get to the CSA).

Did anyone make it out to the farm the other weekend? If you did, I’d love to hear about it.

Thursday, December 8ththe last CSA pickup day for 2016  - I will get 2017 info to you as soon as I get it from the farm (could be any time from now to April 2017…will keep y’all posted, and you can always contact me)

CSA Weather report…late 40s to lower 50s, sunny and breezy (ok to leave your CSA share in your car…veg are happiest at 40)!

Keep in mind…any time you try a food you’ve never eaten before
  1. Do some reading about what it is, and find out if there are medical contraindications if you’re on medication or have health issues
  2. Eat a single serving size and give it 24 hours to see how your body reacts (some might be fine, a lot might not)
  3. When in doubt how to cook something, look to the countries that have been using it for decades/centuries, and see what they do and don’t do
  4. Any questions, don’t hesitate to ask

What happens if you don’t get any CSA emails and Thursday rolls around and it’s time to go to the CSA? GO ANYWAY! There have been times over the years when various things have prevented a CSA email from being sent…computers, storms, health emergencies, etc. However, the thing to do is to come to the Cinema and in all probability, your CSA share will be there (unless there’s weather that’s so treacherous travel would be extremely ill-advised and even then, the farm will show up and drive from Water Mill to Huntington before some CSA members would drive from Huntington…to Huntington). And if not (which I doubt…there was only one snowstorm where the farm showed up on Friday instead of Thursday because no one could drive anywhere), there would be a sign on the door saying something, or you could call me (though with Hurricane Sandy, even my land line was down because of the Verizon battery it’s hooked up to….grrrrrrr…I need to get that detached so I can get phone calls during those times when the power goes out).

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 (can be different every week but 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 (do NOT leave a message to be given to the CSA because there have been occasions where we didn’t get the message and someone showed up to get their food and was not happy their food wasn’t there) 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.

If you’re sharing a CSA share with someone…it’s possible they’re not on this email list (if not email me their full name and email address…or have them do it), so check with them and then forward this if they didn’t get it (and always check the junk/spam folder).

*Keep in mind that anything you read in this email (unless it’s directly related to the functioning and operation of the CSA) is subjective and like they say in the 12 step world…take what you like and leave the rest!

This week’s email includes…

1.       We could use help if you’d like to put in some hours this week at 5:30pm, and next week at 3:30pm and 5:30pm
2.       CSA 101 – Bring Bags!!!
3.       Green Thumb Farm end of season clearance sale!
4.       The List- subject to change without notice because…farming is like that
5.       Event Listings…both near and far
6.       What you actually got last week
                    7.  And now for something completely different…

1. We could use help if you’d like to put in some hours this week at 5:30pm, and next week at 3:30pm and 5:30pm

Respond to this email or call 631-423-7610 before 1pm today, call the CSA after 3pm at 631-423-7610 xt 0 and ask for the CSA in the Café, OR just stop by at 3:30pm or 5:30pm and ask if we still could use some help.

If you didn’t already get an email from Rene 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).

2.CSA 101…Bring Bags!

CSA basic, for this CSA anyway, is that you need to bring your own supply of bags for packing up your CSA share every week from now till December 8th!

So, my suggestion…put bags that you’re setting aside for your CSA share in EVERY vehicle you own or might ride in! J 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.

And if you send someone to pick up your CSA share for you, you need to tell them to…BRING BAGS!

3.Green Thumb Farm end of season clearance sale!

We’re talking about our CSA farm, Green Thumb Farm.

The farm stand’s last day is Sunday, December 4th, SO from now till then, there’s a 40% off sale on non-perishable, fridge and freezer items! However, the one exception I’m aware of is our Honey (but if you’re interested in any more Honey, the only way to get it is to stop by the farm stand…call first to make sure they haven’t run out…they were running low and that’s why they didn’t let us add to the order on Monday like I thought we’d be able to do).

Hours are 8:30am to 4:30pm BUT on the last day, I think they’ll be closing somewhere between noon and 2pm.

4.The List - subject to change without notice because…farming is like that!

December 1, 2016
Week #27

4.Squash, Winter: Butternut
5.Jerusalem Artichokes

Total Items: 5

5.Event Listings…both near and far

Thursday, December 1st

10am to 11am

iEat Green online radio show with Bhavani Jaroff
888-874-4888 (to call in during the live show with questions)

And if you miss it, you can listen in the archives.

Saturday, December 3rd

10am to 4pm

Rodale Institute Open House
611 Siegfriedale Rd.
Kutztown, PA
For more info:

Come to the farm to take pix with Santa, buy organic Xmas trees/wreaths/swags in the Garden Store, and enjoy organic treats while sitting by the fire.

January 22nd to 22nd

35th Annual NOFA-NY Winter Conference – Long Live the Farmer: Diversity & Biodiversity
Saratoga Hilton & City Center
Saratoga Springs, NY
For more info and to register:

There’s a summer and winter conference and THIS is the one that farmer’s attend (they’re not working in January J ). However, if you’re interested in growing food, eating food, healthy living, kids and food, and food politics, there still should be enough workshops to make it worth your while to attend (the summer is more geared to the general public as most farmers are too busy to attend during the growing season). Keynote speaker will be CR Lawn of Fedco Seeds (our farm gets seeds from this company, and he’s a national treasure and really nice guy). There is a children’s conference with activities for kids from 5 to 12 years old.

If anyone’s interested in going, let me know and maybe we can share a room or travel together (if I go, I’m thinking train…car can be scary if there’s snow and ice…was in a van once with others from the area…including Mick Makinajian from Makinajian Farm…and not eager to do that again).

6.What you actually got last week (not always what was in the email the week before because farming is like that regarding occasional last minute changes)

November 23, 2016
Week #26

1.Fennel – 1 bunch - $3.75
2.Lettuce: Crisp, Green – 1 head - $3.25
3.Sweet Potatoes – 2 lb. bag - $4.75
4.Turnips (mix – Golden, Japanese Red, White with Purple top)* - 2 lb. bag - $4.75
5.Sage – 1 bunch - $3.00

Total Items: 5
Total Amount: $19.50
(Since we pay $18.50 per week for our CSA share, this week we got $1 more than we paid…SO, that means at the moment our farmer has given us $25.25 more than we paid for up to this point. That’s a little over one week’s CSA share FREE! Over the course of the CSA year…and over the years…we have gotten at least one, and sometimes up to two, share’s worth of food that we didn’t pay for…so keep reading this and see how it plays out from week to week)

Herb Share – Nov 2A
Arugula AND Peppers, Hot (dried)

*trending recipe…Turnip Fries

7.And now for something completely different…

Fun with food…

And that guy was influenced by this guy…