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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

** CSA pickup is TODAY!, Wednesday, Nov. 23rd, from 2:30pm to 7:30pm ** Week #26



Happy Autumn!

CSA this week is TODAY, Wednesday, Nov. 23rd, from 2:30pm to 7:30pm.

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

IMPORTANT CSA DATES
Wednesday, November 23rd – Thanksgiving week pickup…at the moment, we’re in the Sky Café, and the hours are 2:30pm to 7:30pm.
Thursday, December 8th – the last CSA pickup day for 2016 L - 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…real feel temps will be mid to upper 30s, sunny and breezy (you can leave stuff in your car...just not overnight because if it gets below freezing, not good)!

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 starting at 2:30, 3:30 or 5:30pm (we still don’t have enough for an Exchange Table)
2.       CSA 101 – Bring Bags!!!
3.       CSA Honey for sale! Nice gift for the holidays for…anyone!
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 starting at 2:30, 3:30 or 5:30pm (we still don’t have enough for an Exchange Table)

Respond to this email or call 631-423-7610 before NOON today, call the CSA after 2pm at 631-423-7610 xt 0 and ask for the CSA in the Café, OR just stop by at 2:30pm, 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.

HOWEVER, you can always show up a little before 2:30pm, 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.CSA Honey for sale! Nice gift for the holidays for…anyone!

We’re talking Honey from our farm, Green Thumb Farm.

It’s not certified organic but then again…I’ve never understood how one could even certify Honey organic. Bees will fly 3 to 5 miles if they’re not happy where they are so, how do you control where bees go?

However, the bees at Green Thumb Farm must be really happy as they have organic Flowers to pollinate, and a large assortment of organic foods to pollinate so I don’t think they need, or would want, to go anywhere. They’d be making as organic a Honey as one could make (from what I’ve read, the only places that have enough land to have Honey be certified organic that really could be organic are Hawaii and Canada)

Place your orders and/or make payment this week (last day to place orders is Sunday, Nov. 27th), and Honey will be delivered on Thursday, December 1st and held till December 8th (if you share with someone and that’s your week to pick up).

Payment can be made in cash or by check (made out to Halseys Green Thumb).

1 lb. glass jars - $20.00
½ lb. glass jars - $12.00



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

November 23, 2016
Week #26

1.Fennel
2.Lettuce
3.Sweet Potatoes
4.Turnips (mix – Golden, Japanese Red, White with Purple top)*
5.Sage

Total Items: 5

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

*trending recipe…Turnip Fries



5.Event Listings…both near and far

Thursday, November 24th

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.


Sunday, November 27th

12 noon

Gary Null presents…Plant Codes: unleashing nature’s healing powers
Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Ave
Huntington
To purchase tickets (this may sell out)…
$10 Members/$15 General Public (includes reception)

Join Gary Null as he presents his latest documentary on the power of food, and how eating habits are destroying health and causing irreversible damage to the planet. There will be a Q & A after the film as well as a reception.


Saturday, December 3rd

10am to 4pm

Rodale Institute Open House
611 Siegfriedale Rd.
Kutztown, PA
FREE
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.



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 17, 2016
Week #25

1.Mei Quing Choi – 1 bunch - $3.59
2.Lettuce: Loose Leaf, Red – 1 head - $3.25
3.Sweet Potatoes – 2 lbs. - $4,75
4.Radishes (winter): Black Spanish, Chinese Green*, Chinese Red, Chinese White, Misato (Watermelon) – 2 lbs. $5.00
5.Squash, Winter: Butternut – 2 - $3.25

Total Items: 5
Total Amount: $19.75
(Since we pay $18.50 per week for our CSA share, this week we got $1.25 more than we paid…SO, that means at the moment our farmer has given us $24.25 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)

*




7.And now for something completely different…

Food museums!

In your travels around the country and world, you might want to visit one of these…includes one in Brooklyn!

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 Week #25



Happy Autumn!

CSA will be in the garden located outside the Sky Room Café at the Cinema Arts Centre this week.

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

The CSA hours are from 3:30pm to 7:30pm (and if pre-arranged a pre-packed CSA Share can be picked up at the Box Office from 7:30pm till 10pm). There seems to be some confusion about this as some folks are showing up anywhere from 2:30pm on-wards, and think it ends ???

IMPORTANT CSA DATES
Wednesday, November 23rd – Thanksgiving week pickup…we may be in the Senior Cafeteria and the hours may be the same 3:30pm to 7:30pm.
Thursday, December 8th – the last CSA pickup day for 2016 L - 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…58 to 50, sunny and breezy (your car is still a bit warmer than it is outside in the sun, so not ideal for leaving CSA food in your car…it’s happiest at about 40 degrees)!

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.      The CSA doesn’t need you this week (but we will soon enough)
2.       CSA 101 – Bring Bags!!!
3.       CSA Honey for sale! Nice gift for the holidays for…anyone!
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


1. The CSA doesn’t need you this week (but we will soon enough)

We’re talking about working at the CSA.

We have the help we need for this week. Whoo-hoo!

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.

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).



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! J



3.CSA Honey for sale! Nice gift for the holidays for…anyone!

We’re talking Honey from our farm, Green Thumb Farm.

It’s not certified organic but then again…I’ve never understood how one could even certify Honey organic. Bees will fly 3 to 5 miles if they’re not happy where they are so, how do you control where bees go?

However, the bees at Green Thumb Farm must be really happy as they have organic Flowers to pollinate, and a large assortment of organic foods to pollinate so I don’t think they need, or would want, to go anywhere. They’d be making as organic a Honey as one could make (from what I’ve read, the only places that have enough land to have Honey be certified organic that really could be organic are Hawaii and Canada)

Place your orders and/or make payment this week and next week at the CSA, and Honey will be delivered on Thursday, December 1st.

Payment can be made in cash or by check (made out to Halseys Green Thumb).

1 lb. glass jars - $20.00
½ lb. glass jars - $

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

November 17, 2016
Week #25

1.Arugula
2.Lettuce
3.Sweet Potatoes
4.Radishes (winter)
5.Squash, Winter

Total Items: 5

 4.Event Listings…both near and far

Thursday, November 17th

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.


Friday, November 18th

9pm to ???

Rene Bouchard & Cliff Ferdon
Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Ave
Huntington
FREE
For more info…

CSA member (and CSA Work Coordinator), Rene Bouchard, and her husband, Cliff Ferdon, will be playing in the Sky Room Café for an evening of original and cover songs!

The Cinema Café now has a Beer and Wine license so there will be $5 craft Beers available (if there’s nothing organic…tell them it’s something you’d be interested in J ).


Sunday, November 20th

2pm to 6pm

Healthy Planet’s 23rd Annual Turkey-free Thanksgiving Dinner & Lecture
Sustainability Institute
Molloy College
7180 Republic Airport
Farmingdale
$10 – Members/$15 – Public (add $10 to each ticket if planning to eat and not bringing a dish to share)/FREE – children under 12 years old
For more info and reservations:

This year’s speaker is Dr. Robert Ostfeld, MD, Director and Founder of the Cardiac Wellness Program at Montefiore Medical Center.
Event schedule…
2pm – live music, complementary soup
3pm – potluck dinner with some extra foods provided by local eateries
4:30pm – lecture

Stay for the whole event, or attend any part(s) of this yearly fun-filled and educational event.


Sunday, November 27th

12 noon

Gary Null presents…Plant Codes: unleashing nature’s healing powers
Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Ave
Huntington
To purchase tickets (this may sell out)…
$10 Members/$15 General Public (includes reception)

Join Gary Null as he presents his latest documentary on the power of food, and how eating habits are destroying health and causing irreversible damage to the planet. There will be a Q & A after the film as well as a reception.


Saturday, December 3rd

10am to 4pm

Rodale Institute Open House
611 Siegfriedale Rd.
Kutztown, PA
FREE
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.



5.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 10, 2016
Week #24

1.Mei Quing Choi – 1 bunch - $3.50
2.Tomatoes, Mini: Assorted – 1 pt - $5.50
3.Garlic – ¼ lb. (1 bag) - $3.75
4.Peppers, Sweet – 1.25 lbs. (1 bag) - $3.00
5.Squash, Winter: Pharsi – 1 - $3.50

Total Items: 5
Total Amount: $19.25
(Since we pay $18.50 per week for our CSA share, this week we got $.75 more than we paid…SO, that means at the moment our farmer has given us $23.00 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 1A
Cilantro AND Parsley



6. And now for something completely different…

Wife tells husband that he’ll find his lost wedding ring and she’s right (why am I not surprised? J )…

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