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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Thursday, July 12, 2018 Week #6

Happy Summer!

CSA weather report…warm and not so humid.

Living Foods Pop-Up this week (see Events for details).

Parking Alert!
From now till August 23rd there will be cars lined up from 2pm to 4pm at the end of the initial driveway of the building. It’s parents picking up children from summer camp at the YMCA. If you want to avoid it, come after 4pm. OTHERWISE, if you’re trying to get to the upper parking lot around the other side of the building, you will be forced to go in an “out” roadway so be careful someone doesn’t hit you head-on while you’re trying to get around the line of cars blocking the roadway you should be using.

DO NOT LEAVE MESSAGES FOR THE CSA WITH THE CINEMA BOX OFFICE STAFF!!! We don’t always get the messages…at all (people forget…and it’s not their job), and the Box Office staff doesn’t always give correct info. Ask to be transferred to the Café to speak to someone at the CSA. If not, the CSA will not be responsible if your food isn’t left at the Box Office to be picked up, or for anything else you might have wanted to communicate to the CSA staff.

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.

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 #6
July 12, 2018

  1. Lettuce – 1 head
  2. Peas, Snow*  – 1/2 lb.
  3. Beets** – 1 bunch
  4. Squash, Summer***  – 2 lbs.
  5. Beans, Fava**** – 1 lb.

Total Items: 5

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

**On the list of the world’s 100 healthiest foods…
And if we get the Beet Greens, this is a 2 for 1…

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

****Fava Beans – no Veggie Info Sheet for this one so…
OR if you have G6PD (also known as favism…rare genetic disease in Sephardic Jews, and people of Mediterranean or African descent  if you don’t have a problem with Soy there’s a decent chance you don’t have this…and it is rare…and seems to get detected in childhood)
OR if you have issues with migraine headaches you might want to see if there’s any connection between eating Fava Beans (and Chickpeas and Navy Beans), and onset of migraines. This may or may not be a trigger for you.  Black Beans don’t appear to have this issue at all for those who tend to get migraines.

How to prepare…

Nutrition info…

Easiest…however you make Hummus – substitute cooked, skinless Fava Beans for your Garbanzo Beans/Chick Peas and proceed and use however you’d use Hummus
Fava Beans with Snap Peas and Mint
Grilled Fava Beans
Broiled Fava Beans with Dill and Garlic Salt…
Fava Bean and Goat Cheese Dip with Radishes

Flower Share - #4
Ageratum (all parts of the plant are toxic so keep away from pets/kids)

Herb Share – July 1A
Basil, Lemon* AND Parsley, Italian**

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

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

This email includes…

  1. What you need to know
  2. It’s time to weigh our CSA food!!!
  3. Click Activism – changing the world one click at a time
  4. Alzheimer’s, genetics and diet
  5. Events…both near and far
  6. Eat meat? Read this…
  7. What you actually got last week
  8. And now for something completely different…

Anything in these emails not directly related to the functioning of the CSA feel free to take or leave at your discretion, and anything related to health issues always consult with your physicians before taking any actions.

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 ask to speak to someone at the CSA) 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 10 to 11pm). 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.

We send 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 trying to hedge success rate in getting info out to you.

2.It’s time to weigh our CSA food!

  1. Please be aware that it may take a little more time for you to collect your CSA share when weighing is part of the experience, so plan accordingly.

  1. Check the CSA Wall Chart that our farmer brings in every week before taking any food so you know what you’re taking and how much to take…assume nothing and please feel free to ask questions!

  1. Bring your reading glasses or ask someone to help if you can’t see the numbers on the scale clearly.


Please err on the under side of the weight posted…NEVER over. It may not seem like much to you, but we have 42 CSA members this week, and if every person is over by ONE OUNCE (for crying out loud! It’s only an ounce!!!) …that means we’ll be short over 2 1/2 POUNDS of produce and 1 or 2 CSA members (and one of them could be you) won’t get the food they paid for.

  1. IF you are asked to weigh more than one food item at the same time (and you probably will at some point in the CSA season)…please follow the directions given to you, and weigh in the order you are asked (you might not think there’s any good reason to be doing this but our farmer does, and that should be enough of a reason right there but if you want a further explanation – ask someone working at the CSA or contact suzanne…there is always a method to the madness J )

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

A.How many more ways can we pollute our planet? Tell your Senator to oppose industrial ocean fish farms in our waterways!

B.Tell your Senators and Representatives to vote against the current Farm Bill until provisions that will be harmful to health and the environment are removed…

C.I just signed an important petition demanding that the USDA drop its misleading plan to "label" GMOs with smiley faces, sunshines, and QR codes instead of clear, consumer-friendly labels. If enacted, this would be terrible for consumers and a huge giveaway to Monsanto.I think you should sign the petition, too:
4.Alzheimer’s, genetics, and diet

What if both of your parent’s have the ApoE4 gene that increases your risk of getting Alzheimer’s? Short answer…eat more vegetables, herbs and fruits…

5.Events…both near and far

Monday, July 9th to Sunday, July 15th

Candida Summit
Online conference
To register…

Some of the speaker for this summit that I know of are…Dr. Mark Hyman (functional MD), Donna Gates (author of The Body Ecology Diet book), Sayer Ji (founder of GreenMedInfo), Dr. Nandi (holistic gastroenterologist), Dr. Alan Christianson (naturopathic MD specializing in holistic endocrinology) and Anne Louise Gittleman (author on books about detoxing, weight loss and dieting).

 Thursday, July 12th

3:30pm to 7:30pm

Living Foods Pop-up at the CSA
Cinema Arts Center
Sky Room Café
423 Park Ave
For more info…

Our CSA is having a pop-up to sample Sprouts and Microgreens, and sign up if you’d be interested in a weekly Living Foods CSA Share with Don’s Finest. Once we get an idea of how many people might be interested, we’ll work out the details and let everyone know about signing up. I’m already looking for someone to share with so let me know if you’re interested.

Sunday, July 15th

10am to noon

CSA Monthly Meeting
Cinema Arts Centre
Sky Room Cafe
423 Park Ave
For more info…

10am to 10:15 – gathering
10:15am to 10:45pm -  Good Eats (Garlic) – recipes seen in the DVD given to those that attend
10:45pm to noon - meeting

This month’s episode of Good Eats with Alton Brown will be all about Garlic (which we should be getting later in the season) and will include an all-purpose recipe for cooking greens (which we get a lot of J ) and Garlic. This month’s meeting topics will include the ever popular challenge of how to increase CSA membership, how to increase participation in farm tours, planning for future meetings and restaurant outings, and any other input that might come up about the CSA, the food we get, etc.

 Thursday, July 19th

3:30pm to 7:30pm

Living Foods Pop-up at the CSA
Cinema Arts Center
Sky Room Café
423 Park Ave
For more info…

Our CSA is having a pop-up to sample Sprouts and Microgreens, and sign up if you’d be interested in a weekly Living Foods CSA Share with Don’s Finest. Once we get an idea of how many people might be interested, we’ll work out the details and let everyone know about signing up. I’m already looking for someone to share with so let me know if you’re interested.
Saturday, June 21st


CSA Culinary Extravaganza – July edition
Bunna Café
1084 Flushing Ave
Bushwick, Brooklyn
For info about Bunna Café…
To RSVP (leave name and number in your party):
Respond to this email
Leave a voice message at 631-421-4864

3:30pm – meet at Cinema parking lot to carpool
4:45pm – gather at Bunna Café
5pm – Coffee ceremony followed by dinner
6:30/7pm – Dessert option (to be decided after dinner)

This month’s featured eatery is Bunna Café, a vegan Ethiopian restaurant. Non-vegans love this place too. If you’re gluten intolerant the options are to call at least 24 hours in advance and order gluten-free Injera or order white Rice. One of our CSA members who lived in Ethiopia for a time will be attending. We’ll gather at the parking lot of the Cinema Arts Centre at 3:30pm to carpool, or you can meet us there. The plan is to arrive at 4:45pm as a traditional Ethiopian Coffee ceremony will start at 5pm, and we’ll have dinner afterwards (the deal is to get the feast for 2 or 3 and share, BUT you can get a meal or feast for one). After dinner, if anyone’s interested we’ll head to Van Leeuwen’s for vegan (or non-vegan) Ice Cream, OR if there aren’t any vegans hanging out for dessert we could check out Republic of Booza (they have vegan options but I hear they’re limited so Van Leeuwen would be better for that). Booza is Turkish Ice Cream that I haven’t tried yet but it’s on my list. We can decide about dessert after dinner.

Van Leeuwen…

Republic of Booza…

Monday, July 23rd to Sunday, July 29th

Alzheimers and Dementia Summit
Online conference
To register…

Some of the speaker for this summit that I know of are…Dr. Dale Bredesen (author of The End of Alzheimer’s), Dr. Russell Blaylock (retired neurosurgeon and author), Dr. Mark Hyman (functional MD, Dr. Steven Masley (holistic cardiologist), Dr. Daniel Amen (holistic psychiatrist), Sayer Ji (founder of GreenMedInfo)

Monday, July 23rd to Sunday, August 12th

Oprah & Deepak Energy of Attraction Manifesting Your Best Life
Online meditation course
To register…

Not food related BUT if one is more relaxed, you will digest your food better! J

Monday, August 13th to Sunday, August 19th

Addiction Summit
Online conference
To register…

In addition to the more obvious drugs and alcohol, this also includes food and technology addictions. Some of the speakers I know about are Dr. David Perlmutter (holistic neurologist) and Dr. Joel Fuhrman (holistic family MD creator of nutritarian diet…vegan based).

6.Eat meat? Read this…

73% of Salmonella found on ground Turkey is antibiotic resistant…oh dear…

7.What you actually got last week

Week #5
July 5, 2018

  1. Lettuce: Leaf, Green – 1 head - $3.25
  2. Peas, Shelling*  – 1 2/3 lb. - $10.00
  3. Fennel** – 1 bunch - $4.25
  4. Cilantro*** – 1 bunch - $3.50

Total Items: 4
Total Amount: $21.00
(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. This week we got an extra $1…whoo-hoo J ! So far that total is $2 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 - #3

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

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

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

8.And now for something completely different…

First there was Lady Gaga, now this…

Have driven past this place in Flushing numerous times but never tried it. Any fans of Hot Pot out there? Want to check out Hot Pot (not necessarily this place) on some future CSA culinary outing?