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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 Week #24

Happy Autumn!

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

CSA Alerts!

  1. 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.
  2. Thanksgiving – during the week of Thanksgiving, the CSA will be held on Wednesday, November 22nd, starting at 2:30pm, so plan accordingly.
  3. 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 #24
November 9, 2017

  1. Squash, Winter: Acorn
  2. Lettuce – 1 head
  3. Peppers, Sweet
  4. Broccoli
  5. Sweet Potatoes
 Total Items: 6

 This week’s email…

  1. HELP! Can you help out at the CSA this week?
  2. You can still purchase our organic Herb Shares (you could do a half share with someone…I did J )!
  3. Events – near and far
  4. Want to get pregnant, or know someone who's trying?
  5. Click to change the world (or at least try J )
  6. Like Oreo Cookies? Read this!
  7. Contest!
  8. What you actually got last week
  9. Endometriosis anybody?
  10. GMOs and Astroturf!
  11. Foods good for anxiety
  12. 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.HELP! Can you help out at the CSA this week?

At the moment we’re still looking for ONE (1) person who can be at the CSA this week from 3:30pm to 5:30pm.


If you can help out…

Please respond to this email ASAP…from now to noon, Thursday, November 9th or…

  1. call 631-421-4864 anytime from now till noon, Thursday, November 9th or…
  2. call 631-423-7610 xt. 0 on Thursday, November 9th, after 3pm and ask to speak to someone from the CSA
  3. just stop by the CSA before 3:30pm and ask if we still need any help

2.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 $10.

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 22nd (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…


3.Events – near and far

Monday, November 5th to Monday, November 13th

Healing Hashimoto’s Summit (online event)


To register and for more info…

You just know they’re going to be talking about eating organic food at some point. J

Thursday, November 9th

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 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.

1pm to 3pm

Zero Waste Thanksgiving!

Queens Botanical Garden

43-50 Main St.


$6.00 General Public/FREE - Members

For more info and tickets…

Demos of delicious recipes that involve zero food waste (a noble goal for all) using the principles of nose-to-tail (animals) and root-to-shoot (vegetables) cooking.

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.

4.Want to get pregnant, or know someone who's trying?

Guess what? Eat organic!

If you know anyone who’s trying, forward this article and suggest they join our CSA…

And if this is true for women, it’s probably true for men as well.

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

A.Tell your US Representative to support organic agriculture in the next Farm Bill…

B.Sign on with the Skip the Slip campaign to get rid of paper receipts (that you get when you go food shopping for starters) that are covered with BPA (you can get receipt paper without BPA but the majority has it) and they get on your skin…

6.Like Oreo Cookies? Read this!

I grew up dunking Oreos in milk, didn’t you?

Now, on the rare occasions I buy cookies, I get Newman-O Cookies (they’re organic J ), and didn’t realize they have special Dairy Free Newman-O’s for vegans!


Win a cheese grotto!

Don’t know what that is? I didn’t either, so go to the link and check it out…

8.What you actually got last week

Week #23

November 2, 2017

  1. Squash, Winter: Butternut – 1 - $2.50
  2. Arugula – 1 bunch - $3.25
  3. Lettuce: Crisp, Green – 1 head - $3.25
  4. Peppers, Sweet: Lunchbox – ¾ lb. bag - $3.50
  5. Leeks – 1 bunch - $3.25
  6. Celeriac/Celery Root – 1 - $2.50

Total Items: 6

Total Amount: $19.25

(We pay $18.50 per week for our CSA share…some weeks we get a bit more ($.75 this week) and it adds up over the course of the season. So far that total is $27.50…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 )

9.Endometriosis anybody?

Do you have, or know anyone with, Endometriosis?

If so, one of several suggestions to help from Dr. Weil is…eat organic (and eat cruciferous vegetables which we get from our CSA…this week it’s Broccoli)!!!!

10.GMOs and Astroturf!

Turns out that Astroturf is another problematic product brought to you by Monsanto, makers of GMOs…

What do your children play on? Do you really want them to be playing on this?

There’s no organizations yet that I’m aware of that have been formed to provide safe, non-toxic alternatives or protest the use of this stuff, but maybe you’re the person meant to start one up, or at least spread the word that there might be problems associated with Astroturf.

11. Foods good for anxiety

And who can’t use some of that! J

Foods that our CSA provides that are on this list, and in the recipes, are Strawberries, Sugar Snap Peas, Cabbage (to make your own Sauerkraut), Scallions, Acorn Squash (and you can probably substitute any orange fleshed Winter Squash for the recipe)…

12.And now for something completely different…

Our farmer believes a healthy diet is a diverse diet.

This is not a healthy diet BUT it’s amazing how us humans can survive on an unhealthy diet for as long as we do…

And a man who lives on NOTHING but microwaved pizza (a vegetarian who won’t eat vegetables and has diabetes which could be controlled if he changed his diet but at the moment it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen…there’s always hope J )…

I used to watch this tv show based on people with selective eating disorder and occasionally I’ll still see episodes pop up…

All things in moderation (at least when it comes to food)! J