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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Thursday, November 1, 2018 Week #22

Happy Autumn!

CSA Farm Tour THIS SATURDAY, November 3rd (see below under Events), and the farm is taking RSVPs now (though you could call 9am Saturday morning and still make the 10:30am tour). The weather looks promising…possible AM rain leftover from the day before and in the 60s (though windy so I’d bring/wear a coat). The might be over for even the 10:30am tour, but wear shoes/boots that do well in mud/puddles.

CSA weather reportpleasant…low to mid-60s)…not cool enough to leave your CSA food in the car!

We’re not having a hurricane YET but please read this now…
This is hurricane season and will be followed by the possibility of snow and ice before the CSA ends for the season. So, please be aware…
  1. If you don’t get any emails on any given week, show up to the CSA at the usual time and place, and if you’re able…show up to offer to work at 3:30pm or 5:30pm in case there’s a need. The reasons for non-communication could be A) computer problems (storm or no), B) power outages, and C) the X factor (unknown at the present time but…stuff happens).
  2. Keep in mind that the farm will show up and deliver food like the post office talks about the weather…rain, sleet, etc., so your CSA share will be at the Cinema Arts Centre waiting for you, unless there’s several feet of snow (or a serious ice storm or flooding) and no one is able to go anywhere. We’ve had food delivered during Hurricane Sandy, and during snowstorms.

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…this 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!

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.

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…in both nutrients and energy…Sweet Potatoes, Winter Squashes, dark leafy greens, etc…. that are the energy powerhouses to fuel us through the winter) to get you through winter to make it to…Spring!

Week #22
November 1, 2018

  1. Lettuce – 1 head
  2. Broccoli*
  3. Kale**  – 1 bunch
  4. Mustard Greens*** - 1 bunch
  5. Potatoes, Sweet****
And a delicious looking Sweet Potato recipe from the Blue Zones…

Total Items: 5

*One of the world’s healthiest foods…

** One of the world’s healthiest foods…

***One of the world’s healthiest foods…

****One of the world’s healthiest foods…

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.

This email includes…

  1. What you need to know
  2. News from the farm
  3. Click Activism – changing the world one click at a time
  4. Events…both near and far
  5. What you actually got last week
  6. 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. If someone is picking up food for you, please remind them to bring bags with them.
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 (make sure to 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 somewhere between 10pm and 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)
Parking – park in the lot 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 sign-in desk
  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 at the CSA that day what the story is (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 get distracted, but if you arrive 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.News from the farm…

Hello everybody,

October is coming to an close and there is only seven more deliveries for this year’s CSA season, it’s gone so quickly…we hope you all have been enjoying the bounty!  We have been busy picking and storing many winter time staples, including Celery Root, Turnips, Winter Radishes, and Sweet Potatoes. It was an excellent season for the Sweet Potatoes, and our greenhouse is packed wall to wall, quite a sight!
We have our postponed CSA Fall Harvest Tour due to inclement weather last weekend and it is rapidly approaching this weekend, we hope to see many of you out here!  Don’t forget to RSVP through our farm stand at 631-726-1900 to reserve your spot.

The wind has been howling through here the past few weeks, rattling everything around - branches and leaves everywhere, power outages - with large amounts of rain in the mix.  Some crops have suffered a bit as a result of all the elements, but many are looking good! We’ve begun picking the first rounds of Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts this week - flavors of the fall!
We are in the process of planting our cover-crops, tucking the fields in for the winter ahead.  Planting a mix of grains/legumes, in dense plantings provides coverage for the fields - keeping them warmer/more insulated, protecting from soil loss due to wind, among many other benefits... Getting the fields primed and ready for next year’s season!
Hoping all is well with you all, and can’t wait for this weekend!

Organically Yours,
Green Thumb Farm Family

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

I just signed an important petition urging Congress to immediately pass legislation to ban toxic organophosphate pesticides which are deadly nerve agents that cause long-term damage to children's brains and cancer.

4.Events…both near and far

Thursday, November 1st

10am to 11am

iEat Green with Bhavani online radio show
Progressive Radio Network

Always interesting guests. You can also check out the archives for other shows.

 Friday, November 2nd

7:30pm to 9:30pm

What the Health
LIU Post
Hillwood Commons
720 Northern Blvd

From the makers of the film Cowspiracy, the film What the Health explores the effect of big business on food and health (from a vegan perspective). Bhavani Jharoff of iEat Green will host a Q & A after the film with Dr. Charles Ventresca of Birch Hill Natural Medicine.

Saturday, November 3rd

8am to 5pm

LI Food Conference: Food as a Solution
LIU Post
720 Northern Blvd.
$40/$15 Student (ID required)/FREE – students of LIU Post…online registration required
To buy tickets…

A project of the Long Island Food Coalition (connected to the North Shore Land Alliance). Scheduled speakers include Frances Moore Lappe (author of the classic Diet for a Small Planet), Sally Fallon (author of the classic Nourishing Traditions), celebrity chef/food activist Tom Colicchio, Ellen Kamhi – the Natural Nurse, and Karen Washington (co-founder of Black Urban Gardeners and founder of Rise and Root Farm in the Bronx). Breakfast and lunch are included in the price of the ticket. Other groups involved in the conference are the North Shore Land Alliance, Sierra Club, LIU, Long Island Cares, Slow Food and iEat Green.

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

Annual CSA Pumpkin Picking Farm Tour
Green Thumb Farm
Water Mill
Call to RSVP:
631-726-1900 (M to Su 9:30am to 4:30pm)

This tour is for CSA members and immediate family only (sorry, but if you share a CSA share with someone, only the person listed on the contract is a CSA member…however, if the CSA member isn’t coming, you can show up and use their name to RSVP). Last time to get a behind the scenes tour of our farm and talk to our farmers (Got a garden? Got questions? These are the guys to ask J ).

This is a hayride tour of a different section of the farm than we toured in June during Strawberry picking.

Also, there’s usually a discount at the farm stand for those attending the farm tour.

The weather at the moment is rain and windy (leftover from Hurricane ???) so call the farm before you head out to make sure it hasn’t been cancelled (though most farm events ARE rain or shine).

Sunday, November 18th

2pm to 7pm

Healthy Planet’s 25th Annual Turkey-free Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner & Lecture
Sustainability Institute at Molloy College
7180 Republic Airport
$10 – Members/$15 – General Public/FREE – under 12 years old (however, add $10 to each category if not bringing any food to share and eating)
To reserve, purchase tickets and become a member of Healthy Planet:

Come for all or part of this event…I usually show up for the lecture and raffles
2pm – Live music, complimentary soup course, socialize
3pm – Potluck begins (bring only vegan food…see website for details…or don’t, and eat the food provided by everyone else plus some donated from vendors)
4:30pm – Member announcements and lecture…guest speaker to be announced.
5:30pm – Raffles and more (our farm usually donates a “basket of plenty” for this event as a raffle prize)

 Friday, January 25th to Sunday, February 3rd

9am to 9:30pm

The Real Truth About Health
Hilton Long Island
598 Broadhollow Rd.
FREE (vegan lunch, dinner and Ice Cream included every day)
For more info and to register (they need to have an idea of how much food to provide, etc)…

They did it last year, and they’re doing it again! CSA member Karen Rubino went and already told me she’s planning on going again. I missed it, but paid to get permanent online access to all the lectures. This year I plan to attend at least some of them (10 days 12 hours a day…quite a commitment of time). You can also watch the lectures streaming live (and need to register for access). Some of the speakers this year include…Brian Clement (Hippocrates Health Institute), Joel Fuhrman MD (latest book, one of many, is Super Immunity), Joel Kahn MD (holistic cardiologist), Vandana Shiva (I MUST go see her… a read “shero” of mine J ), Jeffrey Smith (expert on GMO issues), and MANY more (a total of 35 speakers). The focus is a vegan lifestyle, but there’s something for everyone if you’re interested in healthy living, eating, and alternative/holistic medicine.

5.What you actually got last week

Week #21
October 25, 2018

  1. Lettuce: French Crisp, Red – 1 head - $3.50
  2. Collards* – 1 bunch - $4.50
Great ideas…
  1. Cress, Curly** (also known as Pepper Cress/Garden Cress but NOT the same as Watercress) – 1 bunch - $3.75
  2. Peppers, Sweet: Lunchbox mix*** - ½ lb. bag - $4.00
  3. Potatoes, Sweet**** - 2 lb. bag - $4.75

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 the amount was $.50 and so far, the total comes to $19.25! 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 )

Herb Share – Oct 2B
Chives, Garlic AND Parsley*****

*One of the world’s healthiest foods…

**No Veggie Info Sheet…
How to use…sparingly (it’s spicy) in Salads or Wraps/Sandwiches, or used as a delicious and healthy garnish on Soups or main dishes
Health benefits and precautions (beyond those listed above…and we’re talking if you eat a LOT at one sitting for a number of days/meals)…

***One of the world’s healthiest foods…

****One of the world’s healthiest foods…

*****One of the world’s healthiest foods…

6.And now for something completely different…

How cute and Long Island food centric is this? J