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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 Week #23

Happy Autumn!

Much thanks to all who responded to the call for help this week! J We’re good to go, but you can always ask at 3:30pm or 5:30pm in case someone cancels at the last minute.

CSA weather report as of Wednesday evening….warm and pleasant.

CSA Alerts!

  1. Missing vegetables! – Last week we were short 2 heads of Cauliflower and 2 bags of Sweet Potatoes at the end of the night. The people who counted the food before the CSA started were fairly sure they counted correctly however, we’re not 100% sure so this week they will be counting everything twice to make sure. So, if the count last week was correct and if it happened to be you that accidentally took extra, please let me know. If you still have the extra food, please bring it to the CSA this week. If it wasn’t you, this is just a good reminder that we should all be mindful when picking up our CSA shares to check the wall chart before, and even after, you take your CSA share to make sure you don’t end up with too much, or too little, food.
  2. November 16th – the CSA will be either outside, or in the Senior Center Cafeteria. Too soon to tell what the weather will be like so stay tuned.
  3. If you share a CSA share with anyone (weekly or biweekly)…A) please collect all your food and then go into the café area to sort it out (unless you need to use a scale to weigh something and in that case, please wait till the scale is free), B) if you need/want to cut up your food, please provide your own knife (better idea might be to take it home, cut it up there and have your share partner pick it up by your house OR take the whole food item and the next time we get a similar food item, the other person gets it then), C) if you are leaving their half share at the CSA please write the first and last name of your CSA share partner on the bag that you have provided for that purpose (the CSA can provide permanent markers for that purpose).
  4. Thanksgiving – during the week of Thanksgiving, the CSA will be held on Wednesday, November 22nd, so plan accordingly.
  5. Feel free to call the box office regarding late pickups, but please do not leave messages with the box office staff…ask to speak to someone with the CSA directly. If you don’t talk directly to a CSA member, the CSA will not be responsible if your food isn’t packed up, etc. The other week the box office person forgot the name of the CSA member by the time they walked over to the CSA.

Veggie info sheets added as needed. This is the link: Veggie Info Sheets. Print out, put in a notebook and you end up with a cookbook at the end of the CSA season. Also there are good tips on storage, prep, and nutrition.

The list…this is a general list and you’ll be sent another email within the next week with the detailed list after I get it (which isn’t till the day of the CSA…the list is subject to change without notice because farming is like that!  J However, most of the time it’s accurate and if it’s not…usually only one food item will be changed)…

CSA words to live by…when trying any new food that you’ve never eaten before…START SLOW!  Read up about it (make sure it doesn’t interfere with any medications you might be taking or any health conditions you might have), see what traditional/conventional ways it’s prepared (cultures that have been eating certain foods for many years basically have a good idea what they’re doing and we can learn from that), try a small portion, see how your body/digestive system reacts, and proceed from there. Then try preparing in different ways and see what you come up with!
 Paraphrased wise words by a nutritionist that I read and don’t remember where I read it or who said it, BUT it’s pretty smart info regarding eating seasonally in our part of the globe…
Spring is all about detoxing (what we get from the CSA at this time is a lot of green things that are really good to help clean us out from whatever we accumulated during the winter)
Interesting piece about spring greens (out of the 14 listed, we get 12 of them with our CSA…watercress nutritionally and botanically similar to Peppercress) and detoxing…
Summer is all about being hydrated (the popular summer foods are all full of water…Tomatoes, Lettuces, Summer Squashes, etc.)
Fall/winter is all about storing energy (we get all the dense vegetables…Sweet Potatoes, Winter Squashes, etc…. that are energy powerhouses to fuel us through the winter) to get you through the winter to make it to…Spring!

Week #23
November 2, 2017

  1. Squash, Winter: Butternut – 1
  2. Arugula – 1 bunch
  3. Lettuce – 1 head
  4. Peppers, Sweet
  5. Leeks – 1 bunch
  6. Celeriac/Celery Root
Total Items: 6

This week’s email…

  1. You can still purchase our organic Herb Shares (you could do a half share with someone…I did J )!
  2. Events – near and far
  3. Contest!
  4. Click to change the world (or at least try J )
  5. Sign up for free online lectures from Dean Ornish, MD, Caldwell Esselstyn, MD, and more
  6. Eat Chicken? Know where your Chicken comes from!
  7. What you actually got last week
  8. Dr. Weil on Pumpkins/Winter Squash
  9. Americans are actively trying to eat healthier, so corporations must go elsewhere to try and make money, and make other folks overweight and sick…
  10. Sign up for the Food Mood Project free online lecture series
  11. And now for something completely different…

CSA caveat…anything in any of our CSA emails that’s not related directly to the workings of the CSA is an opinion and/or subjective, so please feel free to take it or leave it! J

1.You can still purchase our organic Herb Shares (and you could do a half share with someone…I did J )!

Like the Herbs in the Herb Shares you’re seeing? So far we’ve gotten Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Lemon Basil, Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Purple Sage, Rosemary and a bunch more!

If you’d like to get in on the rest of the Herb Share for the season, the cost is $15.

Say yes to this email, and bring cash or a check made out to Halseys Green Thumb Farm to the next CSA.

The next one will be delivered on November 9th (two different herbs show up on the 2nd and 4th week of every month except for December where it will be the 1st week as that’s the last week for the CSA).

Think it’s too much to use? Dry the hearty ones (Rosemary), and freeze the delicate ones (Chives/Dill/Mint/Basil/Sage).

Herbs have more antioxidants than Blueberries and a lot of other foods that are popular because of their antioxidant levels…

2.Events – near and far

Thursday, November 2nd

10am to 11am


iEat Green with Bhavani Jharoff online radio show

To tune in online…

To call in during the live show…


Download the PRN mobile app to listen wherever!

Can also listen to past shows on the PRN archive page

Join host Bhavani Jharoff (chef and head of the Slow Food North Shore chapter) talking food and food politics.

Saturday, November 4th

11am to 5pm

11th Annual Wellness Expo & Psychic Fair for Physical, Spiritual and Planetary Health

95 Old Country Rd.


$10/FREE under 12

For more info:

Gathering of Light and Creation magazine sponsor this annual event with vendors, children’s activities, speakers, raffles, yoga, demos, and healthy food.

11am to 3pm

Sang Lee Farm Open House

25180 County Road 48



Tour farm and food tastings.

Noon to 1pm

Food Chain Radio (online radio show)

Excellent topics (food/farming/alternative health issues) and guests with a program archive.

2pm to 5pm

HOG Lounge Pants Lunch

HOG (Hamlet Organic Garden) Farm

319 Beaver Dam Rd.


$55 Members/$65 General Public (cash or check only)/FREE – under 14

For more info and reservations:

It’s RSVP and BYOB. Press your own cider. Guest chefs Andrew Tarlow (Diner/Marlow & Sons/Reynard), Farmer Sean (HOG), Patty Gentry (Early Girl Farm), Fran Derby (The Cannibal). Menu is organic, local jerk style Chicken, legumes, and vegetables with dessert by Lili’s Baked Goods & Friends. Music by DJ Gabe (dub style reggae).

Sunday, November 5th

10am to 6pm


Huntington Hilton

598 Broadhollow Rd.



For more info:

If you’re interested in alternative/holistic health and healthy living…this is the event for you! Lectures by many well-known holistic health doctors and practitioners.

Saturday, November 11th

12pm to 5pm

Vegan Shop-Up

Pine Box Rock Shop

12 Grattan St.

Bushwick, Brooklyn


For more info:

21 and over…vegan food and drink (including alcohol), and other vegan stuff to buy.

Sunday, November 19th

2pm to 6:30pm

Healthy Planet’s 24th Annual Thanksgiving: Healthy, Green & Turkey-free!

Molloy College

The Sustainability Institute

1780 Republic Airport

Farmingdale, NY

$10 – Members/$15 – General Public…add $10 if eating food and not bringing a dish to share/FREE – under 12 years old

For more info:

Come for all or part of this yearly event (I often skip the potluck and come for the lecture at 4:30pm)…

2pm – soup and live music

3pm – potluck begins

4:30pm – members forum and guest lecturer (TBA)

5:30pm – raffles and more!

Saturday, November 25th

1pm to 5pm

Wildman Steve Brill foraging tour

Sunken Meadow State Park

1 Sunken Meadow Parkway

Kings Park, NY

$20 ($10 for under 12 years old)

To register (at least 24 hours in advance)…

Read all the info about what to bring, etc. before you sign up and for meet-up directions. He’s awesome…’nuff said. J

Sunday, December 10th

2pm to 4:30pm

How to Survive the Holidays as a Vegan

Cold Spring Harbor Public Library, Large Meeting Room

95 Harbor Rd.

Cold Spring Harbor


Friday, January 19th to Sunday, January 21st

NOFA-NY Winter Conference

Saratoga, NY

$77 to $500 (depending on how long you stay, where you stay and dining plans)

For more info and to register:

This is the organic conference where farmers show up because they’re not working (or at least most of them aren’t). Good info, good food, good parties, good time had by all that attend. Tricky part can be getting there and back depending on the weather (can take Amtrak or Grayhound). Includes a children’s conference for ages 6 to 12.

February 2nd to February 11th

The Real Truth About Health

Huntington Hilton

598 Broadhollow Rd.



To register and for more info:

This is a holistic nutrition event filled with top names in the field…T. Colin Campbell, Joel Fuhrman MD, Caldwell Esselstyn MD, Brian Clement, Gabriel Cousens MD, Devra Davis, Brenda Davis and much more. FYI…the focus is on a vegan diet.


Win $100 gift certificate from Open Table for Fall Long Island Restaurant Week from Edible Long Island…

4.Click to change the world (or at least try J )

A.Stop Dow Chemical from poisoning kids and farmworkers…

B.Tell your Senator to reject Trump’s nominee to lead the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention at the EPA, Michael Dourson, as he’s a hack for the chemical industry and has spent his career advocating AGAINST strong standards on pesticides and toxic chemicals in consumer products…

C.Sign petition to keep the soil in organics (so hydroponically grown foods cannot qualify for organic certification…the short answer is this is a good thing…feel free to talk to me or research yourself)…

5.Sign up for free online lectures from Dean Ornish, MD, Caldwell Esselstyn, MD, and more

This is part of the Plant Powered and Thriving Expert Series about healthy eating and disease prevention…you also get the free starter kit with tips and recipes…

Spoiler alert…eating lots of fresh vegetables (they may recommend them being organic) are part of this program. J

6.Eat Chicken? Know where your chicken comes from!

Know where your Chicken comes from…

The wonderful thing about food is you get three votes a day. Every one of them has the potential to change the world…Michael Pollan

7.What you actually got last week

Week #22

October 26, 2017

  1. Squash, Winter: Acorn – 1 - $3.50
  2. Cauliflower: Green – 1 - $3.50
  3. Lettuce: Leaf, Green – 1 head - $3.25
  4. Sweet Potatoes – 2 lb. bag - $5.25
  5. Radishes: Red – 1 bunch - $3.50

Total Items: 5

Total Amount: $19.00

(We pay $18.50 per week for our CSA share…some weeks we get a bit more ($.50 this week) and it adds up over the course of the season. So far that total is $26.75…so, we’ve already gotten over one entire share’s worth of extra produce that our farmer gave us and we didn’t pay for…lucky us! J )

Herb Share – October 2B

Chives, Garlic AND Thyme

8. Dr. Weil on Pumpkins/Winter Squash

He’s saying Pumpkins, but Pumpkins are just one variety of Winter Squash so it’s like Summer Squash…whatever you can do with one, you can do with the other varieties…

Pumpkin spice smoothie…oh yeah! J

9. Americans are actively trying to eat healthier, so corporations must go elsewhere to try and make money, and make other folks overweight and sick…

Story on how Brazilians are eating more junk food, and the population is getting fatter and sicker (adults and children), thanks to companies like Nestle that are looking elsewhere for customers since the Americans are looking towards eating healthier…

This is not what America needs to be exporting to the rest of the world.

10.Sign up for the Food Mood Project free online lecture series

Starts November 6th

Presented by Kiran Ram, a UK lifestyle coach interested in woman and hormonal balance. For more info about Kiran Ram…

However, I tried to sign up for her newsletter and it wouldn’t work but emailed to tell her and hopefully, it will be fixed.

11.And now for something completely different…

Food celebrity Anthony Bourdain creates a slasher movie trailer for good friend and chef Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin in NYC…

Even funnier that Eric Ripert is a long time practicing Buddhist. J