Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Garden of Eve CSA 2014 News: Week 11


Garden of Eve CSA 2014 News: Week 11
We hope everyone has been enjoying all of the wonderful farm bounty this summer!  For those of you who do canning and pickling, the farm has an option to order an extra box of produce to be picked up with your weekly share.  

The following items are available:
-tomatoes (these will be "smalls" and seconds, small red slicing tomatoes)
-onions
-green beans
-beet root
-cherry tomatoes

Each 20 lb box (approx. a bushel) is $40.00 and you can sign-up and pay for your box at the Garden of Eve online store.

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!  

Tomatoes
Farmer's Update
 
Thanks to all those who came out to the farm this past weekend for our farm tour. As always, it was great to meet you! Some of you are like family at this point - you know who you are... we try not to take you for granted but it's so great to just be able to be in touch with the same people year after year, to recognize you and know that we don't have to worry about anything at the pick up site because you are going to take care of everything really well, like you always do! We hope all the other members appreciate the time and energy these "Core" CSA members put in. There are lots of causes out there, and we are perpetually amazed and humbled that you choose to give your time and energy to helping support our farm. It really puts the "Community" into Community Supported Agriculture. 
       Hope some of you got to meet our great farmstand workers, who masterfully turned the farm into the land of TomatoFest this past weekend.

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

VEGETABLE SHARE:

Tomatoes, 4 or 5 lb
cherry tomatoes, 2 pints
Sweet corn, 6 ears
Cabbage, 1 head red or green
Peppers, mixed colors, 2 or 3
Hot peppers, 3
Onion, 1
Eggplant, 1
Zucchini, 2
Cucumber, 1
Possibly: String beans, mixed colors green, yellow, purple, 1 Qt
 
FRUIT SHARE:   WED: 2 lb donut peaches AND 1 watermelon or cantaloupe, SAT: 2 lb plums AND 2 lb donut peaches. 

EGG SHARE: ½ dozen pastured eggs

FLOWER SHARE: zinnias, sunflowers, celosia, gomphrena, amaranth, etc.

CHEESE SHARE: Amazing Real Live Cheese Company, 3 items: 1 log Moonlight Chaorce (delicious! Like a camembert with a bloomy rind), 1 tub farmers cheese and 1 tub plain salted queso fresco. 
This Week's Recipe:
Parsley Lemon Green Beans

This week I made five recipes from a cookbook I picked up at the Garden of Eve Farmstand.  The book, Simply in Season, by Mary Beth Lind and Cathleen Hockman-Wert has all the recipes organized seasonally.  It's so easy to find recipes using the weekly share and each recipe offers multiple variations. Our favorite recipe this week was the parsley-lemon green bean side.  If parsley and lemons aren't for you, they have options using mint, basil-tomato, ham or bacon and almond-parmesan cheese. 

Parsley-Lemon Green Beans

1 pound green beans
1 Tablespoon butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
Salt and Pepper, to taste
1 lemon, halved

Cook green beans in a small amount of water until, crisp-tender, about 5-10 minutes.  Drain.

Lightly sauté garlic and parsley in butter.  Add the green beans, season to taste with salt and pepper.  Stir gently and heat through.  Sprinkle with the juice of 1 lemon and serve. 

Events at the Farm and 
In Our Community

Upcoming Events at the Farm

Tots Cooking! Classes Ages 2 - 6 years

Tots Cooking! is a fun, hands on weekly workshop dedicated to providing Moms/Grannys/ Dads/ Caregivers a fun, quality time with their child as well as the opportunity to learn first-hand where food comes from, and incorporate delicious, healthy food into their diet. Your child will practice a great variety of fine motor skills, such as mixing, measuring, pouring, weighing, stirring and mashing while learning about life on the farm, making new friends and experiencing new tastes.  Each class begins with a harvest tour of the farm, where we will all gather the things we need and learn about how they were produced. Then we'll bring them back to the Farm Market and turn them into delectable delicacies - while you learn simple ways to incorporate fresh, farm-to-table eating at home. NOTE: all recipes are vegetarian, and we can accommodate vegan or other diets in most classes. Just ask!

All classes are 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, and are geared towards children 2-6 years of age and their caregivers.

Thursday, Aug 21- Simple Simon Met a Pieman... make some fruit pies and eat them!  For this class, we will pick blackberries (yum), make some graham cracker crusts, and make some pies to take home and bake!
 Thursday, Aug 28 - Sauerkraut & more Turn veggies into delicious, probiotic foods that kids love! We'll investigate how to make a yummy meal without cooking, including raw kale salad, kale chips, cabbage slaw and more. You will be shocked, but yes we will have your kid eating raw kale of their own free will!

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 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!

Long Island Garlic Festival: Sat & Sun Sept 20 & 2110am-6pm, at the Garden of Eve Farm

Love Garlic? You will want to check out Long Island's only Garlic Festival, dedicated to celebrating food, farming, and family fun. This all-weekend celebration features organic garlic, a wide variety of garlic inspired foods, crafts, live music, and sustainability information.  Enter the a garlic eating contest, or cheer on your favorite local cook in the Iron Chef Garlic competition and walk away with the winning recipes.  

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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