Thursday, July 31, 2014

Announcements and CSA Share List Week 8

This is a B-week. A few announcements:

1. Time for another Milk Not Jails one-time order! Get some fantastic local dairy, including milk, yogurt, butter, and more. You don't need to be a MNJ subscriber, just pay online by 8/4 8PM, and your order will be delivered to the CSA pickup the week of August 11th. Order herePlease note that this is a B-week, but you don't need to be a B-week member to order, you'll just need to pick up your dairy on the date you specify.

2. Mark your calendars for the community potluck! This is a joint event for CSA and Community Garden members, 5-7PM on Saturday, 9/13 at the garden.

3. Free classes for CSA members! We want to offer a fermentation class and a gourmet vegan cooking class, but we need some members to step up and host in their kitchens. We will supply the teacher (and the food). You get a guaranteed spot in the class (which fills up very quickly)! Please email Melissa at mgrandom@gmail.com if you'd be willing to host 6-10 people for a few hours.

Garden of Eve CSA 2014 News: Week 8

We hope you can join us for the food swap this weekend.  Bring your homemade and homegrown foods to exchange.  See the events section of the newsletter for all the details.

We welcome any recipes, comments or suggestions.  Newsletter items, events and recipes can be sent to Denise Hall (denisehallrd at gmail.com).  If you have a picture of the recipe or any fun pictures from the farm send those along too!  

Farmer's Update
 
Here at the farm at the end of this week we say goodbye to a string of seasonal helpers from Manhattan, Bridget, Rhys and Mark. On the farm this year we have two students from Haiti, as well as our regular farm crew. This week arriving through the Fresh Air Fund (www.freshair.org) is Ivan, a 7 year old from China via Queens, to get a break from the city and enjoy some time on the farm. If you live on Long Island, you might want to consider hosting - you don't have to live on a farm to offer a city kid some fresh air! 

Our next farm tour is coming up Sunday August 17, we hope to see you there, so you can get some time on the farm too!

 

Thanks for supporting our farm!
Chris, Eve, and the Farm Crew
This Week's Share

VEGETABLE SHARE (best guess):

Beets
Cucumbers, white and/or green
Swiss Chard
Sweet Walla Walla onions (similar to Vidalia, but Vidalia is in Georgia and this variety was developed in Walla Walla Washington)
Green or gold string beans
Zucchini or summer squash
Sweet corn
Parsley
Cilantro
 
FRUIT SHARE: cherries AND sugar plums (WED), sugar plums AND apricots (SAT)

EGG SHARE: ½ dozen pastured eggs

Dilly Beans
This Week's Recipe:
Dilly Beans

In preparation for the food swap this weekend I decided to so some canning.  Out of everything I have ever canned, pickled green beans have been the biggest treat. Farm fresh beans are spiked with fresh dill, whole garlic cloves and cayenne pepper. This delicious recipe is from the Ball Blue Book of Preserving.

Dilly Beans
makes 4 pints

2 lb green beans
1/4 c canning salt
 2-1/2 c vinegar
1-1/2 c water
1 tsp cayenne pepper, divided
4 cloves garlic
4 heads dill

Trim ends off green beans. Combine salt, vinegar and water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Pack beans lengthwise into hot jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Add 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1 clove garlic and 1 head dill to each pint jar. Ladle hot liquid over beans, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Adjust 2 piece caps. Process pints for 10 minutes in a boiling-water canner. 

Events at the Farm and 
In Our Community

Upcoming Events at the Farm

  
Thursday, July 31: Tomato tasting, and learn your herbs Go on a tomato scavenger hunt & season your treasures with a flavor sensation.  

GARDEN SPROUTS! Children's Gardening with a Jewish Twist
Garden Sprouts is a sensory-rich experience on the farm that will help families create connections between nature and Jewish life. Values such as appreciation of beauty, stewardship and care, cooperation and teamwork, and the blessings of food, family and celebration are woven into each class. Activities include story walks, treasure hunts, singing, digging, planting, and tending to your own garden bed! A combination of free time for exploration and organized play will enrich everyone's appreciation for the natural world and create long lasting memories with other families. Each week a different topic.

All classes are 10:00-11:30, and are geared towards children 3-6 years of age and their caregivers.

August 10 - Little critters - Ladybugs and butterflies are just a few of the fascinating bugs that visit the fragrant flowers on the farm. We'll go on a bug hunt and be on the lookout for the most fragrant and beautiful flowers in the garden to decorate your kitchen table or give to a neighbor.

August 24 - Dirty Dig In - It's time to play in the dirt and learn why worms are truly a gardener's best friend. Wiggle like a worm and become a budding conservationist. We'll start our own compost and set up a rain barrel to see how much water is falling on our garden.

September 14 - Apples and honey - It's time to wish everyone a delicious year ahead, to prepare our beds for the following year, and even plant a few cold weather veggies and spring flowering bulbs too. Learn about the Jewish concept of Gleaning and when the Garden of Eve will hold their annual gleaning event which will continue our fun into October!

FOOD SWAP, Saturday August 2, 3-4:30 pm
What is a Food Swap? Anyone can come and share homemade, homegrown, or foraged foods with each other. Give away what you have too much of and get something different! e.g., a loaf of bread for a jar of pickles or a half-dozen backyard eggs. Bring your Jam, Baked Goods, and more! Swap recipes and Make new friends!
Our SWAP will last approximately 2 hours. The first 30 minutes of the swap is devoted to setting up your wares and meeting other Swappers. We will supply all tables, however you are welcome to bring your own tablecloth and any decorations or signage you'd like for your table. Bring enough so that you can provide some samples and make copies of your recipe if you wish to share it! Then we will walk around, examine and sample the items from other swappers. You will write your name and the items you brought, on the FOOD SWAP list, and indicate any items you saw that you'd like to take home. During the last half hour, the swapping actually happens! Everyone goes back to the sheets, looks at the offers, find the people they would like to swap with and SWAP AWAY!  This event is free.  People can sign up and register here.

TOMATO CANNING CLASSES at TomatoFest, August 16 and 17th
The same class will be offered both Sat and Sunday:

Learn simple ways to enjoy the fruits of your labor all year long. We will lead you step by step through the process of preserving your own garden bounty. After this class you will know how to prepare tomatoes and vegetables for canning, and how to do water-bath canning. We'll learn about food safety issues involved in the process. The materials fee includes use of our kitchen, tomatoes to preserve, and one jar per registrant. The best part - everyone takes home a jar of canned tomatoes to eat.

Sunday August 17, 11am-1pm
Chris and Eve Kaplan-Walbrecht founded Garden of Eve Organic Farm & Market in 2001.Eve and Chris started out as gardeners on half an acre in Riverhead and now grow on 50 certified organic acres, raise 1000 pastured laying hens, and sell their produce, eggs and flowers through an on-farm Farm Market, farmers markets, and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs at 13 locations in New York City and on Long Island. Come with us to tour the farm, taste the veggies, and meet the various species that are part of our farm agri-ecosystem. Bring water, sun protection and shoes you can get dirty. Rain or shine. FREE. 

Reminder: Everyone gets 10% off anything you purchase at the farm stand (tell the cashier you are with the CSA), FREE admission to adult cooking classes, kids cooking classes, and more.  

To sign up for a workshop, visit our Calendar of Events.

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