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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Thursday, June 28, 2018 Week #4 Happy Summer!


Happy Summer!

CSA weather report…warm, breezy, humid (it’s summer J )

This email includes…

  1. What you need to know
  2. Click Activism – changing the world one click at a time
  3. Events
  4. What you actually got last week
  5. Contest
  6. And now for something completely different…
 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, and feel free to ask for suggestion/info/recommendations!

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 #4
June 28, 2018

  1. Lettuce – 1 head
  2. Peas, Snow  – ¾ lb.
  3. Greens, Mustard* – 1 bunch
  4. Peas, Sugar Snap – ½ lb.
  5. Dill** – 1 bunch

Total Items: 5

Flower Share - #2
Yarrow

Herb Share – June 2B
Marjoram AND Savory, Summer

*On the list of the world’s 100 healthiest foods…

** On the list of the world’s 100 healthiest foods…


1.What you need to know (will be either new info to first time CSA members, or reminders/old hat to returning CSA members)…

Before you leave the houseBRING BAGS to pack up your food (CSA members are responsible for packing up their own shares) – canvas/plastic/paper…bring whatever suits your fancy. The CSA does NOT provide bags for CSA members.
Time – 3:30pm to 7:30pm
IF you need to pick up later than 7:30pm, call the Cinema Arts Center Box Office between 3pm to 7:30pm at 631-423-7610 xt. 0 and we can pack a bag for you and leave it at the Box Office but it MUST be picked up before the Box Office closes (call the Box Office to check the time…lately it’s been 9:30pm). If not, it won’t be there on Friday.
Place – Sky Room Café in the Cinema Arts Centre at 423 Park Ave, Huntington (if otherwise, you’ll be informed…like this week)
Parking – park in the all the way around at the back of the building by the day care center (you’ll see a fenced in playground area with a sandbox)
When you arrive at the CSA
  1. Check in at the desk with our friendly CSA worker
  2. Read the Wall Chart that tells us every week what we’re getting, how much we’re getting, and what the farm charged us for it…some weeks it’s take one of everything but SOME WEEKS IT’S NOT!!! So you have to make sure you read the Wall Chart every week, and not assume anything. You can also ask your fellow CSA members that are working that day what the story is for the day (they should have name tags on).
Before you leave the CSA – Make sure you have everything on the list! If you get to talking with people, have kids with you, etc., it can be easy to be distracted and if you get home and find out you don’t have everything that was on the list, you’re out of luck because at 7:31pm the food is donated to a local food organization that’s waiting to pick it up and get on their way.

Veggie info sheets added as needed. This is the link to the: 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.

  
2.Click Activism – changing the world one click at a time

  1. Demand that Amazon reject unlabeled GMO Apple snacks…

  1. Tell your Senators and Representatives to protect organic standards in the upcoming Farm Bill, and protect the environment (next one isn’t for another FIVE years!)…


 3.Events…both near and far

Monday, June 25th to Sunday, July 1st

The Toxic Home Transformation Summit
Online conference
FREE
To sign up…

If you’re eating organic and your home has got  toxins in it (hmmmm…does it? Or doesn’t it?) you might want to get rid of them. Where to start? Check out this free online summit.

You also have the option of purchasing access to all the online lectures (hard to keep up with the amount of information being given in a relatively short amount of time). The most well-known participant, if you keep up with the world of alternative medicine and environmentally healthy living, is Dr. Joseph Mercola. Topics covered range from green cleaning products and green dry cleaning, keeping your kids and pets toxin free, to non-toxic building materials and mold, and much more.


Thursday, June 28th

7:30pm

Riverblue (speakers and reception)
Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Ave
Huntington
For more info and to buy tickets…

If you didn’t make it to our first CSA Culinary Extravaganza, you probably didn’t get to see author Beth Fiteni at Book Revue with her book about organic/green/eco clothing, The Green Wardrobe Guide. HOWEVER, tonight she’ll be speaking with the film Riverblue about the ecological consequences of wearing and buying non-organic bluejeans. Her thought is…if we’re eating organic, when are we going to start wearing organic. Also speaking will be someone from the NYC Fair Trade Coalition. Food for thought…


Saturday, June 30th

10:30am, 11:30am OR 12:30pm

Rescheduled Annual CSA Strawberry Pickin’ Farm Tour (rain or shine)
Green Thumb Farm
2 Rose Hill Rd (just south of Montauk Hwy)
Water Mill
For more info and to RSVP:
631-726-1900 (call between 9:30am and 4:30pm)
Directions are basically to go past the Green Thumb Farm farm stand (if you’re headed east), make the first right and the first driveway to the right is the path to the farm tour. Park along the road and walk down the path and there should be a sign-in table right there.

We’re invited to visit our farm twice a year so this is one of them (next one not till October). It’s a one hour walking tour of a small section of the farm (it IS 100 acres) that ends with us getting set loose in the Strawberry patch to pick Strawberries! Everyone that comes is given a quart basket to fill. The event is rain or shine.

We also get a 10% discount on everything purchased at the farm stand.

It’s for CSA members and immediate family only. If you’re sharing a CSA share, the way people usually work it out is one person/family goes in June and the other takes October, as your share partner isn’t recognized as a CSA member by the farm, but they are with the CSA.

Suggestion for somewhere to eat before or after your Green Thumb Farm visit…Bay Burger in Sag Harbor (not far, and everyone I’ve sent there so far has liked it). The unheralded star of this place are the 2 veggie sides (from local farms). They may have local beef, sometimes there’s a grass fed option, TWO veggie options (Black Bean and Falafel) and the best fish sandwich…ever. These people bake their own burger buns. There’s also locally made ice cream from Joe & Liza, and craft local beer. There’s also a separate room if you have younger kids that has kid friendly TV.

  
4.What you actually got last week

Week #3
June 21, 2018

  1. Lettuce: Crisp, Red OR Leaf, Red – 1 head - $3.25
  2. Rhubarb* – 1 bunch - $3.75
  3. Cress, Curly** – 1 bunch - $3.25
  4. Peas, Sugar Snap – ½ lb. - $3.50
  5. Tarragon*** – 1 bunch - $3.50
  6. Strawberries – 1 pt. - $3.50
 Total Items: 6
Total Amount: $20.25
(We pay $20 per week for our CSA share…some weeks we get a bit more and it adds up over the course of the season. This week we got an extra $.25…whoo-hoo J ! So far that total is $.50 which doesn’t sound like much, but…just wait and see! We seem to always get at least one CSA share’s worth of food every year that we don’t pay for…some years two, and some between one and two…it’s all good! J )

*Rhubarb - there is no Veggie Info Sheet so here’s some info…
The most important thing to know is…do NOT eat the leaves! They are poisonous so cut them off when preparing them
Can be used in sweet AND savory recipes

Simplest recipe ever…
Rinse off Rhubarb
Cut off any leaves on the one end (cut off ¼” of the stalk so you have NO leaf bits), cut off ½” off the other end (root end)
Cut the Rhubarb into 1” to 2” pieces
Put in a heavy pot and cover and cook over low heat for about 10 to 20 minutes. Stir frequently at first till Rhubarb starts producing its own juice.
When softened, sweeten to taste (common ratio is 1 part sweetener to 4 parts Rhubarb…can use Honey, Maple Syrup, Sugar…whatever)
Great topping for Oatmeal, Ice Cream, Pancakes…whatever! J

General Rhubarb health info…
Culinary article about Rhubarb…
Rhubarb & Strawberry Yogurt Pops…Rhubarb & Strawberry Hand Pies…and more…
Martha Stewart Rhubarb recipes both sweet and savory (she’s got a Rhubarb Chutney recipe and a Rhubarb Salad with Arugula and Goat Cheese)…
Rhubarb & Strawberry recipe in NY Times Food Section…
And I typed in Rhubarb and got great recipes here (thanks to a CSA member…but I can’t remember who or I’d mention their name…who’s a fan of Sam Sifton…and am now subscribed to this newsletter like she is…and if you remember telling me I’d be happy if you’d remind me that you did J )…
  
**Curly Cress – no Veggie Info Sheet so…
It’s speecy spicy, very good for you, and goes well in small amounts in any salad, sandwich, wrap for starters…read on…

 ***Tarragon - no Veggie Info Sheet on Tarragon so…


  
5.Contest

Like Beer?

Enter to win 2 VIP tickets to Edible Manhattan’s Good Beer event being held in Manhattan on July 19th…

  
6.And now for something completely different…

What if these showed up on your table at a restaurant after you ordered dessert? J

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Thursday, June 21, 2018 Week #3 Happy Summer!


Happy Summer (as of 6:07am J )!

CSA weather report…warm

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, and feel free to ask for suggestion/info/recommendations!

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 #3
June 21, 2018

  1. Lettuce – 1 head
  2. Rhubarb* – 1 bunch
  3. Cress, Curly** – 1 bunch
  4. Peas, Sugar Snap – ½ lb.
  5. Tarragon*** – 1 bunch
  6. Strawberries – 1 pt.

Total Items: 6

Veggie info sheets added as needed. This is the link to the: 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.

*Rhubarb - there is no Veggie Info Sheet so here’s some info…
The most important thing to know is…do NOT eat the leaves! They are poisonous so cut them off when preparing them
Can be used in sweet AND savory recipes

Simplest recipe ever…
Rinse off Rhubarb
Cut off any leaves on the one end (cut off ¼” of the stalk so you have NO leaf bits), cut off ½” off the other end (root end)
Cut the Rhubarb into 1” to 2” pieces
Put in a heavy pot and cover and cook over low heat for about 10 to 20 minutes. Stir frequently at first till Rhubarb starts producing its own juice.
When softened, sweeten to taste (common ratio is 1 part sweetener to 4 parts Rhubarb…can use Honey, Maple Syrup, Sugar…whatever)
Great topping for Oatmeal, Ice Cream, Pancakes…whatever! J

General Rhubarb health info…
Culinary article about Rhubarb…
Rhubarb & Strawberry Yogurt Pops…Rhubarb & Strawberry Hand Pies…and more…
Martha Stewart Rhubarb recipes both sweet and savory (she’s got a Rhubarb Chutney recipe and a Rhubarb Salad with Arugula and Goat Cheese)…
Rhubarb & Strawberry recipe in NY Times Food Section…
And I typed in Rhubarb and got great recipes here (thanks to a CSA member…but I can’t remember who or I’d mention their name…who’s a fan of Sam Sifton…and am now subscribed to this newsletter like she is…and if you remember telling me I’d be happy if you’d remind me that you did J )…


**Curly Cress – no Veggie Info Sheet so…
It’s speecy spicy, very good for you, and goes well in small amounts in any salad, sandwich, wrap for starters…read on…


***Tarragon - no Veggie Info Sheet on Tarragon so…




The CSA is OUTSIDE this week! It happens on the 3rd Thursday of every month except July and August. No rain…in the garden outside the Sky Room Café, rain…under the overhang of the entrance to the building between the upper parking lot and the entrance to the Cinema Arts Centre (closer to the stairs to the upper parking lot).

This email includes…

  1. What you need to know
  2. Click Activism – changing the world one click at a time
  3. Events
  4. What you actually got last week
  5. And now for something completely different…
  
1.What you need to know (will be either new info to first time CSA members, or reminders/old hat to returning CSA members)…

Before you leave the houseBRING BAGS to pack up your food (CSA members are responsible for packing up their own shares) – canvas/plastic/paper…bring whatever suits your fancy. The CSA does NOT provide bags for CSA members.
Time – 3:30pm to 7:30pm
IF you need to pick up later than 7:30pm, call the Cinema Arts Center Box Office between 3pm to 7:30pm at 631-423-7610 xt. 0 and we can pack a bag for you and leave it at the Box Office but it MUST be picked up before the Box Office closes (call the Box Office to check the time…lately it’s been 9:30pm). If not, it won’t be there on Friday.
Place – Sky Room Café in the Cinema Arts Centre at 423 Park Ave, Huntington (if otherwise, you’ll be informed…like this week)
Parking – park in the all the way around at the back of the building by the day care center (you’ll see a fenced in playground area with a sandbox)
When you arrive at the CSA
  1. Check in at the desk with our friendly CSA worker
  2. Read the Wall Chart that tells us every week what we’re getting, how much we’re getting, and what the farm charged us for it…some weeks it’s take one of everything but SOME WEEKS IT’S NOT!!! So you have to make sure you read the Wall Chart every week, and not assume anything. You can also ask your fellow CSA members that are working that day what the story is for the day (they should have name tags on).
Before you leave the CSA – Make sure you have everything on the list! If you get to talking with people, have kids with you, etc., it can be easy to be distracted and if you get home and find out you don’t have everything that was on the list, you’re out of luck because at 7:31pm the food is donated to a local food organization that’s waiting to pick it up and get on their way.

I’m sending a 2nd email with the list for the week and the Veggie Info Sheet attachments that you’ll get because of a) concern if I send one email with attachments it might end up in junk/spam and you might not be in the habit of looking for it there yet, and b) modern communications technology not being all it’s cracked up to be so I’m trying to hedge my success rate in getting this info out to you.

  
2.Click Activism – changing the world one click at a time

Ask Governor Cuomo to make NY State a haven for pollinators by enacting legislation to halt widespread use of bee-toxic pesticides (if you want to eat, you need bees)…

  
3.Events…both near and far

Saturday, June 23rd

10:30am, 11:30am OR 12:30pm

Annual CSA Strawberry Pickin’ Farm Tour (rain or shine)
Green Thumb Farm
2 Rose Hill Rd (and Montauk Hwy)
Water Mill
For more info and to RSVP:
631-726-1900 (call between 9:30am and 4:30pm)
Directions are basically to go past the Green Thumb Farm farm stand (if you’re headed east), make the first right and the first driveway to the right is the path to the farm tour. Park along the road and walk down the path and there should be a sign-in table right there.

We’re invited to visit our farm twice a year so this is one of them (next one not till October). It’s a one hour walking tour of a small section of the farm (it IS 100 acres) that ends with us getting set loose in the Strawberry patch to pick Strawberries! Everyone that comes is given a quart basket to fill. The event is rain or shine.

We also get a 10% discount on everything purchased at the farm stand.

It’s for CSA members and immediate family only. If you’re sharing a CSA share, the way people usually work it out is one person/family goes in June and the other takes October, as your share partner isn’t recognized as a CSA member by the farm, but they are with the CSA.

Suggestion for somewhere to eat before or after your Green Thumb Farm visit…Bay Burger in Sag Harbor (not far, and everyone I’ve sent there so far has liked it). The unheralded star of this place are the 2 veggie sides (from local farms). They may have local beef, sometimes there’s a grass fed option, TWO veggie options (Black Bean and Falafel) and the best fish sandwich…ever. These people bake their own burger buns. There’s also locally made ice cream from Joe & Liza, and craft local beer. There’s also a separate room if you have younger kids that has kid friendly TV.

  
4.What you actually got last week

Week #2

  1. Lettuce: Oak, Green – 1 head - $3.00
  2. Scallions – 1 bunch - $3.50
  3. Radishes: French Breakfast OR Red – 1 bunch - $3.00
  4. Strawberries – 1 qt. - $7.50
  5. Lavender (yes…it’s edible) – 1 bunch - $3.00

Total Items: 5
Total Amount: $20.00
(We pay $20 per week for our CSA share…some weeks we get a bit more and it adds up over the course of the season. So far that total is $.25 from the first week which doesn’t sound like much, but…just wait and see! We seem to always get at least one CSA share’s worth of food every year that we don’t pay for…some years two, and some between one and two…it’s all good! J )

Flower Share #1
Sweet Williams

Herb Share – June 1A
Chives, Garlic AND Tarragon, French

  
5.And now for something completely different…

Why doesn’t America have more fun with its food like the Japan does?

I understand these are basically advertising ploys but our advertising isn’t as much fun or as silly either…and we don’t champion fruits or vegetables that aren’t processed to death!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

CSA Huntington **Strawberry farm visit** THIS SAT. June 23rd!


Greetings!


Annual CSA Strawberry Pickin’ Farm Tour (rain or shine)
Green Thumb Farm
Our farmers would like an RSVP for the farm tour this Saturday. Please see details (3 tour times) below then call the farm at 631-726-1900 between 9:30am and 4:30pm.


Even with requesting an RSVP…you could still get up Saturday AM, call the farm when they open at 9am and get there in time for any of the three tour times.

If you have a garden (or a deck or porch or sunny windowsill) and plant anything edible, you can purchase organically grown seedlings at Green Thumb Farm when you visit (and get 10% off!). Green Thumb Farm has many herbs, Sungold mini Tomatoes, all sorts of wonderful edibles for your vegetable garden or yard (or deck, porch, stoop, or window sill J ). If you want to know if they have what you’re interested in, give our farm a call and ask (Green Thumb Farm 631-726-1900).

We’re invited to visit our farm twice a year and this is one of them (next one not till October). The weather so far looks like it will be sunny and not too hot (yay! J ).

If you’re never been, a good time will be had by all. If you have, there’s always new things to learn about what’s going on at our farm. The farm is really lovely, you get to see where your food is coming from and meet our 12th generation farmers (and see other family members at the farm stand…all of them really appreciate meeting the people who are eating the vegetables, herbs and fruits of their hard labor), you get 10% off at the farm stand (they have great non-produce foodstuffs too) and…who doesn’t like being out east in the summer?

If you want to catch a ride, or offer space in your car, get in touch. People can meet at the Cinema Arts Centre and carpool from there.

The drive takes about 1 ½ hours this time of year, but I’m sure you’ll check with whatever driving/GPS program you use to get the latest info. Since I’m arriving at 12:30pm I plan to give myself 2 hours in case of heavier traffic (usually the later you go the more traffic there is).

If you know you’re attending, let me know and I’ll email the list to give everyone an idea as to who’s going, as the list is updated. This info only goes to CSA members and isn’t posted anywhere.

You don’t have to RSVP the farm so if you wake up Saturday morning and are inspired to go…great! J

It’s a one hour walking tour of a small section of the farm (it IS 100 acres) that ends with us getting set loose in the Strawberry patch to pick Strawberries! Everyone that comes is given a quart basket to fill. If want more Strawberries than that, you can purchase more at the farm stand AND you get it at a 10% discount. Read on for all the details…

Saturday, June 23rd

10:30am, 11:30am OR 12:30pm

Annual CSA Strawberry Pickin’ Farm Tour (rain or shine)
Green Thumb Farm
2 Rose Hill Rd (and Montauk Hwy)
Water Mill
For more info and to RSVP:
631-726-1900 (call between 9:30am and 4:30pm)
Directions are basically to go past the Green Thumb Farm farm stand (if you’re headed east), make the first right and the first driveway to the right is the path to the farm tour. Park along the road and walk down the path and there should be a sign-in table right there.

The event is rain (unless it’s an extended torrential rainstorm) or shine.

Again, we also get a 10% discount on everything purchased at the farm stand this Saturday if you attend the CSA farm tour.

It’s for CSA members and immediate family only. If you’re sharing a CSA share, the way people usually work it out is one person/family goes in June and the other takes October, as your share partner isn’t recognized as a CSA member by the farm, but they are with the CSA and you would sign in under the name of the person on the CSA contract.

Suggestion for somewhere to eat before or after your Green Thumb Farm visit…Bay Burger in Sag Harbor (not far, and everyone I’ve sent there so far has liked it). The unheralded star of this place are the 2 veggie sides (from local farms). They may have local beef, sometimes there’s a grass fed option, TWO veggie options (Black Bean and Falafel) and the best fish sandwich…ever. These people bake their own burger buns. There’s also locally made ice cream from Joe & Liza, and craft local beer. There’s also a separate room if you have younger kids that has kid friendly tv.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Thursday, June 14, 2018 Week #2


Happy Spring (not summer till June 21st J )!

CSA weather report…warm and windy!

This email includes…

  1. What you need to know
  2. This week’s list
  3. Events
  4. What you actually got last week
  5. Strawberry tops?

1.What you need to know (will be either new info to first time CSA members, or reminders/old hat to returning CSA members)…

Before you leave the houseBRING BAGS to pack up your food (CSA members are responsible for packing up their own shares) – canvas/plastic/paper…bring whatever suits your fancy. The CSA does NOT provide bags for CSA members.
Time – 3:30pm to 7:30pm
IF you need to pick up later than 7:30pm, call the Cinema Arts Center Box Office between 3pm to 7:30pm at 631-423-7610 xt 0 and we can pack a bag for you and leave it at the Box Office but it MUST be picked up before the Box Office closes (call the Box Office to check the time…lately it’s been 9:30pm). If not, it won’t be there on Friday.
Place – Sky Room Café in the Cinema Arts Centre at 423 Park Ave, Huntington
Parking – park in the all the way around at the back of the building by the day care center (you’ll see a fenced in playground area with a sandbox)
When you arrive at the CSA
  1. Check in at the desk with our friendly CSA worker
  2. Read the Wall Chart that tells us every week what we’re getting, how much we’re getting, and what the farm charged us for it…some weeks it’s take one of everything but SOME WEEKS IT’S NOT!!! So you have to make sure you read the Wall Chart every week, and not assume anything. You can also ask your fellow CSA members that are working that day what the story is for the day (they should have name tags on).
Before you leave the CSA – Make sure you have everything on the list! If you get to talking with people, have kids with you, etc., it can be easy to be distracted and if you get home and find out you don’t have everything that was on the list, you’re out of luck because at 7:31pm the food is donated to a local food organization that’s waiting to pick it up and get on their way.

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, and feel free to ask for suggestion/info/recommendations!

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!


 2.This week’s list (subject to change without notice…farming is like that! J )

Week #2
 June 14, 2018

  1. Lettuce – 1 head
  2. Scallions – 1 bunch
  3. Radishes – 1 bunch
  4. Strawberries – 1 qt.
  5. Lavender (yes…it’s edible) – 1 bunch

Total Items: 5

  
3.Events…both near and far

Saturday, June 16th

10am to noon

CSA Monthly Meeting
Cinema Arts Centre
Sky Room Cafe
423 Park Ave
Huntington

We’ll be viewing an episode of Alton Brown’s show Good Eats that’s all about Strawberries to prepare us for the following week’s visit to the farm for the Strawberry picking tour. The Sky Room Café will be open around 10:30pm to purchase snacks/drinks.
Meeting Schedule…
10 to 10:15 – gather
10:15 to 10:45 – Good Eats – Strawberries
10:45 to noon – chat about…future meetings (will alternate between weekday evenings and weekends), restaurant outings, etc.
  
Saturday, June 23rd

10:30am to 1:30pm (to be confirmed)

Annual CSA Strawberry Pickin’ Farm Tour (rain or shine)
Green Thumb Farm
2 Rose Hill Rd (and Montauk Hwy)
Water Mill
For more info:
631-726-1900 (call between 9:30am and 4:30pm)
Directions are basically to go past the Green Thumb Farm farm stand (if you’re headed east), make the first right and the first driveway to the right is the path to the farm tour. Park along the road and walk down the path and there should be a sign-in table right there.

We’re invited to visit our farm twice a year so this is one of them (next one not till October). It’s a one hour walking tour of a small section of the farm (it IS 100 acres) that ends with us getting set loose in the Strawberry patch to pick Strawberries! Everyone that comes is given a quart basket to fill. The event is rain or shine.

We also get a 10% discount on everything purchased at the farm stand.

It’s for CSA members and immediate family only. If you’re sharing a CSA share, the way people usually work it out is one person/family goes in June and the other takes October, as your share partner isn’t recognized as a CSA member by the farm, but they are with the CSA.

Suggestion for somewhere to eat before or after your Green Thumb Farm visit…Bay Burger in Sag Harbor (not far, and everyone I’ve sent there so far has liked it). The unheralded star of this place are the 2 veggie sides (from local farms). They may have local beef, sometimes there’s a grass fed option, TWO veggie options (Black Bean and Falafel) and the best fish sandwich…ever. These people bake their own burger buns. There’s also locally made ice cream from Joe & Liza, and craft local beer. There’s also a separate room if you have younger kids that has kid friendly tv.

  
4.What you actually got last week

Week #1
June 7, 2018

  1. Lettuce: Romaine* – 1 head - $3.00
  2. Oregano** – 1 bunch - $2.75
  3. Beans, Black Turtle (dried)*** – ¾ lb. - $4.00
  4. Rhubarb**** – 1 bunch - $3.75
  5. Strawberries***** – 1 qt. - $7.50

Total Items: 5
Total Amount: $20.50

*Romaine Lettuce (not from Arizona where people are getting sick from it)…good World’s Healthiest Food article with general and health info, and recipes…
**Oregano…good World’s Healthiest Food article with general and health info, and recipes…
***There’s no Veggie Info Sheet for Black Turtle Beans but this attachment should get you going. They will be the BEST Black Beans you’ve ever had. These are dried from last fall so they’re not “fresh” BUT the dried ones you buy at the store can be several years old by the time you get them, so fall of 2017 is fresh as far as dried beans go.
Good article on the World’s Healthiest Foods website with general and health info, and recipe…
****There is no Veggie Info Sheet for Rhubarb so here’s some info…
The most important thing to know is…do NOT eat the leaves! They are poisonous so cut them off when preparing them
Can be used in sweet AND savory recipes

Simplest recipe ever…
Rinse off Rhubarb
Cut off any leaves on the one end (cut off ¼” of the stalk so you have NO leaf bits), cut off ½” off the other end (root end)
Cut the Rhubarb into 1” to 2” pieces
Put in a heavy pot and cover and cook over low heat for about 10 to 20 minutes. Stir frequently at first till Rhubarb starts producing its own juice.
When softened, sweeten to taste (common ratio is 1 part sweetener to 4 parts Rhubarb…can use Honey, Maple Syrup, Sugar…whatever)
Great topping for Oatmeal, Ice Cream, Pancakes…whatever! J

General Rhubarb health info…
Culinary article about Rhubarb…
Rhubarb & Strawberry Yogurt Pops…Rhubarb & Strawberry Hand Pies…and more…
Martha Stewart Rhubarb recipes both sweet and savory (she’s got a Rhubarb Chutney recipe and a Rhubarb Salad with Arugula and Goat Cheese)…
Rhubarb & Strawberry recipe in NY Times Food Section…
And I typed in Rhubarb and got great recipes here (thanks to a CSA member…but I can’t remember who or I’d mention their name…who’s a fan of Sam Sifton…and am now subscribed to this newsletter like she is…and if you remember telling me I’d be happy if you’d remind me that you did J )…
****Strawberries…good World’s Healthiest Food article with general and health info, and recipes…

  
5.Strawberry tops?

Being a fan of root to shoot cuisine (or waste not want not in old school speak J ), I was surprised to see this article about using Strawberry tops! I learn something new every day…whether I want to or not! J

I’d say to use organic Strawberry tops from the CSA, farmers market, or local organic farm as soon as you get them home…

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Thursday, June 7, 2018 Week #1


Happy Spring (not summer till June 21st J )!

Today is the first day of Green Thumb CSA – Huntington’s 2018 Season!

What you need to know (will be either new info to first time CSA members, or reminders/old hat to returning CSA members)…

Before you leave the houseBRING BAGS to pack up your food (CSA members are responsible for packing up their own shares) – canvas/plastic/paper…bring whatever suits your fancy. The CSA does NOT provide bags for CSA members.

Time – 3:30pm to 7:30pm
IF you need to pick up later than 7:30pm, call the Cinema Arts Center Box Office between 3pm to 7:30pm at 631-423-7610 xt 0 and we can pack a bag for you and leave it at the Box Office but it MUST be picked up before the Box Office closes (call the Box Office to check the time…lately it’s been 9:30pm). If not, it won’t be there on Friday.

Place – Sky Room Café in the Cinema Arts Centre at 423 Park Ave, Huntington

Parking – park in the all the way around at the back of the building by the day care center (you’ll see a fenced in playground area with a sandbox)

When you arrive at the CSA
  1. Check in at the desk with our friendly CSA worker
  2. Read the Wall Chart that tells us every week what we’re getting, how much we’re getting, and what the farm charged us for it…some weeks it’s take one of everything but SOME WEEKS IT’S NOT!!! So you have to make sure you read the Wall Chart every week, and not assume anything. You can also ask your fellow CSA members that are working that day what the story is for the day (they should have name tags on).

Before you leave the CSA – Make sure you have everything on the list! If you get to talking with people, have kids with you, etc., it can be easy to be distracted and if you get home and find out you don’t have everything that was on the list, you’re out of luck because at 7:31pm the food is donated to a local food organization that’s waiting to pick it up and get on their way.


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, and feel free to ask for suggestion/info/recommendations!

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 #1
June 7, 2018

  1. Lettuce: Romaine* – 1 head
  2. Oregano** – 1 bunch
  3. Beans, Black Turtle (dried)*** – ¾ lb.
  4. Rhubarb**** – 1 bunch
  5. Strawberries***** – 1 qt.

Total Items: 5

*Romaine Lettuce (not from Arizona where people are getting sick from it)…good World’s Healthiest Food article with general and health info, and recipes…
  
**Oregano…good World’s Healthiest Food article with general and health info, and recipes…

 ***There’s no Veggie Info Sheet for Black Turtle Beans but this attachment should get you going. They will be the BEST Black Beans you’ve ever had. These are dried from last fall so they’re not “fresh” BUT the dried ones you buy at the store can be several years old by the time you get them, so fall of 2017 is fresh as far as dried beans go.
Good article on the World’s Healthiest Foods website with general and health info, and recipe…

 ****There is no Veggie Info Sheet for Rhubarb so here’s some info…
The most important thing to know is…do NOT eat the leaves! They are poisonous so cut them off when preparing them

Can be used in sweet AND savory recipes

Simplest recipe ever…
Rinse off Rhubarb
Cut off any leaves on the one end (cut off ¼” of the stalk so you have NO leaf bits), cut off ½” off the other end (root end)
Cut the Rhubarb into 1” to 2” pieces
Put in a heavy pot and cover and cook over low heat for about 10 to 20 minutes. Stir frequently at first till Rhubarb starts producing its own juice.
When softened, sweeten to taste (common ratio is 1 part sweetener to 4 parts Rhubarb…can use Honey, Maple Syrup, Sugar…whatever)
Great topping for Oatmeal, Ice Cream, Pancakes…whatever! J

General Rhubarb health info…

Culinary article about Rhubarb…

Rhubarb & Strawberry Yogurt Pops…Rhubarb & Strawberry Hand Pies…and more…

Martha Stewart Rhubarb recipes both sweet and savory (she’s got a Rhubarb Chutney recipe and a Rhubarb Salad with Arugula and Goat Cheese)…

Rhubarb & Strawberry recipe in NY Times Food Section…

And I typed in Rhubarb and got great recipes here (thanks to a CSA member…but I can’t remember who or I’d mention their name…who’s a fan of Sam Sifton…and am now subscribed to this newsletter like she is…and if you remember telling me I’d be happy if you’d remind me that you did J )…

 ****Strawberries…good World’s Healthiest Food article with general and health info, and recipes…

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Friday, June 1, 2018

** Huntington CSA to start in 6 days on Thursday, June 7, 2018**


Happy Spring!

Thanks so much to everyone who was a member of Green Thumb CSA – Huntington last year in 2017! J

This is the long overdue email telling you what you got on the last day of the CSA AND gives us the grand total of how much extra stuff our farm gave us last year…plus a few more things. J Like that the CSA is starting next week and hope that you’ll be rejoining!


Sending a 2nd email with the CSA paperwork that you can either (and please let me know what you plan to do so I know where to look for it)…

  1. Drop off at the Cinema Arts Centre (contract and two checks) from now till Wednesday night so I can copy the paperwork and hand to Farmer Jesse on Thursday
  2. Bring everything with you to the CSA on Thursday

New this year…price of the Farm Fee went up $1.50 per week but everything else is the same, we WILL be having a CSA Winter Share this year from December 20th to February 13th (more on that later), and we’ll be having monthly CSA meetings and restaurant outings (see #4 below).


This week’s email…

  1. Want to pick up at the CSA next week, Thursday, June 7th? Just say YES! J
  2. Click to change the world (or at least try)
  3. What you actually got…a long time ago J
  4. Events…both near and far
  5. 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. Want to pick up at the CSA next week, Thursday, June 7th? Just say YES!

If you want to start the CSA next week (or later),  (please call 631-421-4864) and say 3 things…

  1. YES…you want to rejoin the CSA
  2. WHEN…June 7th or some other day…and please say when
  3. FLOWERS…are you getting a Flower Share (or more than one) as there might be flowers the first week (right now the only people I know getting flowers are me and Mr. Carew)

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

A.Tell Senators to vote against the current Farm Bill unless harmful provisions to health and the environment are removed…



B.Tell Amazon to stop selling unlabeled GMO Apples…



C.Take a stand for clear GMO labeling…




3.What you actually got…a long time ago J



Week #28

December 7, 2017

  1. Squash, Winter*: Butternut – 1 - $2.50
  2. Arugula/Curly Cress** Mix – 1 bunch - $3.25
  3. Jerusalem Artichokes*** – 1 lb. (1 bag) - $6.25
  4. Mustard Greens**** – 1 bunch - $3.25
  5. Garlic – ¼ lb. (1 bag) - $3.75

Total Items: 5

Total Amount: $18.75

(We pay $18.50 per week for our CSA share…some weeks we get a bit more ($.25 this week) and it adds up over the course of the season. So far that total is now $32.75…so, at the end of this year, we’re only $4.25 short of having gotten TWO weeks worth of produce that our farmer gave us that we didn’t pay for…lucky us! J


Herb Share – December 1A

Sage AND Thyme

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A Guide to Winter Squash: How to Choose, Store and Cook Your Gourds



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Curly Cress (Upland Cress/Cresson) – use sparingly (it’s spicy) in Salads, on Sandwiches or Wraps, or make Pesto substituting Basil with Cress


Eat it! It’s good for you…


A member of our sister CSA in Cobble Hill Brooklyn got Curly Cress and Jerusalem Artichokes one week like we are this week…



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Jerusalem Artichoke Soup



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Mustard Greens are considered by this website to be one of the 100 most healthy foods (and he confirms my way of storing greens by putting in a plastic bag and squishing out all the air possible and then sealing…I tie it in a knot and also wrap in paper towels so they don’t get slimy, and label the bag with what it is and the date so it doesn’t go to waste by knowing when to use it and what’s in the bag)!




4.Events…both near and far

Monday, June 11th


7pm

Green Thumb CSA - Huntington Culinary Extravaganza

Chopt

8285 Jericho Tpke (corner of Woodbury Rd. in the Woodbury Common shopping center)

Woodbury


The first gathering of the year of our CSA’s dining club (next one will be in NYC and we’ll alternate every month between local and city…keep checking out your CSA emails). Chopt uses some local foods, is friendly to various diets (vegan/paleo/gluten-free), reasonably priced, and some of the food items are organic! Every few months they have specials with a theme and the current one is Global Street Food. All CSA members and family welcome! If you’re interested in going, let me know.

Saturday, June 16th
10am to noon

CSA Monthly Meeting
Cinema Arts Centre
Sky Room Cafe
423 Park Ave
Huntington

We’ll be viewing an episode of Alton Brown’s show Good Eats that’s all about Strawberries to prepare us for the following week’s visit to the farm for the Strawberry picking tour. The Sky Room Café will be open around 10:30pm to purchase snacks/drinks.

Meeting Schedule…

10 to 10:15 – gather

10:15 to 10:45 – Good Eats – Strawberries

10:45 to noon – chat about…future meetings (will alternate between weekday evenings and weekends), restaurant outings, etc.

Saturday, June 23rd

10:30am to 1:30pm (to be confirmed)
Annual CSA Strawberry Pickin’ Farm Tour (rain or shine)

Green Thumb Farm
2 Rose Hill Rd (and Montauk Hwy)
Water Mill
For more info:
631-726-1900 (call between 9:30am and 4:30pm)

Directions are basically to go past the Green Thumb Farm farm stand (if you’re headed east), make the first right and the first driveway to the right is the path to the farm tour. Park along the road and walk down the path and there should be a sign-in table right there.


We’re invited to visit our farm twice a year so this is one of them (next one not till October). It’s a one hour walking tour of a small section of the farm (it IS 100 acres) that ends with us getting set loose in the Strawberry patch to pick Strawberries! Everyone that comes is given a quart basket to fill. The event is rain or shine.


We also get a 10% discount on everything purchased at the farm stand.

It’s for CSA members and immediate family only. If you’re sharing a CSA share, the way people usually work it out is one person/family goes in June and the other takes October, as your share partner isn’t recognized as a CSA member by the farm, but they are with the CSA.

Suggestion for somewhere to eat before or after your Green Thumb Farm visit…Bay Burger in Sag Harbor (not far, and everyone I’ve sent there so far has liked it). The unheralded star of this place are the 2 veggie sides (from local farms). They may have local beef, sometimes there’s a grass fed option, TWO veggie options (Black Bean and Falafel) and the best fish sandwich…ever. These people bake their own burger buns. There’s also locally made ice cream from Joe & Liza, and craft local beer. There’s also a separate room if you have younger kids that has kid friendly tv.



4.And now for something completely different…

Pie…ummmm…gooooood…and beautiful! And one of the featured piemakers is Carissa’s out in East Hampton…maybe will have to visit after the CSA farm tour on the 23rd!


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