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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Thursday, July 5, 2018 Week #5 Hope you had a Happy 4th!

Happy Summer!

CSA weather report…potentially HHH (hazy, hot and humid…it’s summer J )

PLEASE DON'T 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. PLEASE 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 (happened last week to someone), 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 #5
July 5, 2018

  1. Lettuce – 1 head
  2. Peas, Shelling*  – 1 2/3 lb.
  3. Fennel** – 1 bunch
  4. Cilantro*** – 1 bunch
 Total Items: 4

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…

This post 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

Tell Congress and the President to dump Scott Pruitt of the EPA now…

3.Events…both near and far

Thursday, July 12th
 & 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 it 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.

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…

 4.What you actually got last week

Week #4
June 28, 2018

  1. Lettuce: Romaine – 1 head - $3.25
  2. Peas, Snow  – ¾ lb. - $6.75
  3. Greens, Mustard* – 1 bunch - $3.50
  4. Peas, Sugar Snap – ½ lb. - $3.50
  5. Dill** – 1 bunch - $3.50
 Total Items: 5
Total Amount: $20.50
(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 $.50…whoo-hoo J ! So far that total is $1 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 - #2

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…

5.And now for something completely different…

Mussels test positive for opioids…but no – you can’t get high from eating them! J

However…it’s just the tip of the pharmaceutical iceberg that shows up in things coming out of the water that we eat, and isn’t good for marine life in general.