Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Farm News and Share List Week 7

This is an A-week with cheese share. See below for farm news and the share list (best guess in advance). 

Have you signed up for your volunteer shift yet? You can do so from this link.

-KWT CSA Core Group

Farm News:

Sweet Corn is here! We hope you enjoy it because it is very difficult to grow organically, we are one of the only organic CSAs to give their members sweet corn, as far as we know. We want to help you understand about the worms that you will find in some of the corn.

Organic sweet corn is hard to grow because of heavy pest pressure from corn earworms in New York State. That is just a fact of life of organic production, as contrasted with conventional farmers who are spraying highly toxic chemicals on their corn every three days or so. We have heard stories of members not taking our organic corn at the CSA distributions because they are afraid of a few small worms – this makes us sad. We work very hard to bring you super sweet corn for you to enjoy, it is a highlight of our season and we hope it is a highlight of yours.

We wish we could cull through every ear at the farm, but this would mean that we wouldn’t have time to harvest all the crops that we want to send you in your share! If you get corn with a worm or other imperfection, just snap off any affected tips, the rest of the ear is not affected. If the tip of the corn or a strip along the side doesn’t have kernels and instead is just white, that just means that it was not pollinated, not that it was bad. At times, some very small ones get harvested and distributed – we try to take these home and eat them ourselves… but even if it’s just a few mouthfuls, it’s pretty good.

Please know we don’t ever intend for you to receive anything damaged obviously, we spend hundreds of man-hours each week going through the produce, culling, and packaging it so it arrives at your CSA in good shape. However, sometimes our best efforts are thwarted. For example if you get a container of cherry tomatoes with one smushy one in it, same with fruit etc, just wash it out at home and discard anything broken, the good ones will still be fine.

Lastly, we know Fennel is a sort of love-it-or-hate-it vegetable. Please make sure (coordinators) that you set up a swap box at every location so those who like fennel can get extra and it doesn’t get wasted, and I don’t get fennel hate-emails. I used to be a hater, but learned to quarter it and roast it in a covered cast-iron dish in the oven for about 45 minutes with some onions and a little olive oil, it will caramelize and get so sweet! Thanks!

Share items for July 23, 26 (best guess):
Scallions
Beets
Sweet Corn!
Mixed zucchini and summer squashes
cucumbers
Basil
Dill
Fennel
String Beans (green, yellow or purple)

Fruit share: Peaches and Cherries (Wed), Sugar Plums and Cherries (Sat)

Flower share: Sunflowers

Egg share: ½ Dozen Pastured Eggs

Cheese share: 1 wheel R&G Cheesemakers “Pollenbert”, one of our favorite cheeses. It is a Camembert-style goat's milk cheese at 12 oz., infused with a layer of fennel pollen. How does someone get fennel pollen to use in cheese? We have no idea. AND you get 1 log R&G Cheesemakers Garlic Herb goat cheese, a deliciously fresh, creamy goat cheese great on crackers or anything else. www.rgcheese.com, The Creamery is located in Cohoes NY.



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

CSA Share List Week 6 and Announcements

A couple of announcements and a share list below!

-This is the Milk Not Jails pickup week for those who placed one-time MNJ orders. Please remind the check-in volunteer that you're picking up MNJ when you arrive.

-For those who were short part of their share last Wednesday (you know who you are), we believe the farm will be sending extra vegetables for you next Wednesday (the next A week). Let the volunteers know next week that you were in the group missing veggies.

Share items for 7/16 and 7/19, the farm's best guess in advance, subject to change:

Cucumbers mixed types
Scallions,
Lettuce,
Swiss chard
Green, purple or gold string beans
kohlrabi
Basil
Mixed summer squash
Fennel
Cilantro
Fruit share: one quart of organic blueberries and 1 lb cherries

Flower share: sunflowers, zinnias, snapdragons, sparkler flower (cleome), agyranthemum, hydrangeas, etc.

Egg share: ½ dozen pastured eggs

Friday, July 11, 2014

CSA Share List Week 5

This week is an A-week with cheese and meat pickups. 

Note, as always, that the share list is the farm's best guess in advance and is subject to change.

Garden of Eve CSA 2014 News: Week 5

We hope everyone is enjoying summer vacation.  Please be sure to check out all our new farm events and programs at the end of the newsletter and on our calendar of events.  Most farm programs are free to CSA members!

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

We hope everyone is enjoying the warm weather.  We are happy to bring you lots of greens this week, including kale.  The kale recipe in this week's newsletter is one of our favorites.

We added a lot of new events to our farm calendar that we hope some of you can attend, including a food swap, a tomato canning class, a health lecture and a new children's program.

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

VEGETABLE SHARE:

Scallions, 1 bunch
String beans OR snow peas
Mesclun
Bok choi, 1 head
Cucumbers
Kale, 1 bunch
Chard, 1 bunch
Lettuce, 1 head
Basil, 1 sprig
Cilantro .10 lb 
 
FRUIT SHARE: 

1 qt organic blueberries and non-og raspberries (wed) or cherries (sat)

EGG SHARE: ½ dozen pastured eggs

FLOWER SHARE: to be determined

CHEESE SHARE:

Goodale farm Feta AND 1 qt old Chatham farm Sheep Yogurt plain

MEAT SHARE: 

1 lb ground grass fed wagyu beef AND 1 pkg lamb OR pork  

This Week's Recipe:
Kale Chips

This is a simple recipe for kale. You can use any seasoning you like for the chips. We especially like to use Cajun or barbecue seasoning.

Ingredients:

Bunch kale, stems removed & leaves torn into bite size pieces
Olive Oil, to coat (about a Tablespoon)
Salt or favorite seasoning, to taste

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Put in large bowl, add oil and seasonings.  Toss to coat.  Spread kale on baking sheet.  Bake for about 10-15 minutes or until crispy.   
Events at the Farm and 
In Our Community

Upcoming Events at the Farm


Thursday, July 10: 
Pancake party Experience the entire wheat harvesting, threshing, winnowing, grinding, and eating process! 

Thursday, July 17
: Mesclun mix up Pick and eat our friends the lettuces 

Thursday, July 24
: Fairy Gardening: take a journey to fairy-land by planting our own fairy garden! We will include some herbs and foods for the fairies to eat. 

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.

Class 1: July 13 - Seeds and sprouts- We begin by preparing our garden bed and planting micro-seeds that will sprout quickly for great satisfaction. Learn how Jewish life is connected to the seasons and to agricultural activities. Take home a special piece of garden art that you and your family create together.

Class 2: July 27 - Night and day - Moon flowers, day lilies, and morning glories, oh my! Our garden grows up and it grows down - during the day and into the night. Discover the different ways our garden grows and how the moon plays a special role in our lives.

Class 3: 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.

Class 4: 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.

Class 5: 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!


Saturday July 26, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
WE believe there is a definite link between physical and mental health, caused by the food and drink we consume. A healthy digestive system is an absolute necessity to good health. Find out some of the causes of poor digestion and gut health and how it affects our overall wellness. Poor gut health may be the link between Autism, ADD, and Depression and even schizophrenia. There is also a link between allergies, asthma, and other inflammatory conditions and poor gut health.
Find out about these conditions, how this occurs, and how to restore your gut health. You don't want to miss this workshop. FREE!

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.

Garden of Eve Farm | 4558 Sound Avenue | Riverhead | NY | 11901

Monday, June 23, 2014

CSA Week 3 Share List

This is an A-week pickup and a cheese pickup. See below for this week's share list from the farm From the Farm:

We are still working on trellising the tomatoes in our new hoophouses – more work than we’d thought! We planted these under cover to hopefully protect them from fungal diseases like Late Blight (a killer of tomatoes), which has already been found in our area. This way less rain will fall on their leaves, and the dry conditions keep fungus away.
Also peas are here – a spring favorite – and most likely the last of strawberries, and the beginning of organic blueberries. Beginning of cucumbers! Summer is here!

Share items for June 25, 28:
head lettuce, 1 head
zucchini, 2 pieces small or 1 large
Snow Peas, 1 pint
Mesclun, 1 bag
Sweet salad turnips, 1 bu
Radishes, 1 bu
Garlic scapes – a perennial favorite! Great chopped, sautéed, with a zucchini and a little soy sauce! Or make a pesto
Cucumbers, 2
Arugula, .25 lb

Fruit share: 1 quart organic strawberries and 1 pint organic blueberries

Egg Share: ½ dozen pastured eggs

Flower share: 1 bunch lavender

CHEESE SHARE: Cooperstown Creamery Colby AND Cooperstown Creamery Tomme Celina. Cooperstown Creamery is owned by Gina Tomaselli. The Tomme, an Alpine cheese, has won awards at the American Cheese Society. Cooperstown Creamery sources their milk from a herd of nearby Brown Swiss cows – the protein in their milk helps create her unique cheese flavors. Gina’s cheeses have even been served at the last White House Inaugural Luncheon that began President Obama’s second term.

Eve Kaplan-Walbrecht
Garden of Eve Organic Farm & Market
Also peas are here – a spring favorite – and most likely the last of strawberries, and the beginning of organic blueberries. Beginning of cucumbers! Summer is here!
Share items for June 25, 28:head lettuce, 1 headzucchini, 2 pieces small or 1 largeSnow Peas, 1 pint Mesclun, 1 bagSweet salad turnips, 1 buRadishes, 1 buGarlic scapes – a perennial favorite! Great chopped, sautéed, with a zucchini and a little soy sauce! Or make a pestoCucumbers, 2Arugula, .25 lb
Fruit share: 1 quart organic strawberries and 1 pint organic blueberries
Egg Share: ½ dozen pastured eggs
Flower share: 1 bunch lavender
CHEESE SHARE: Cooperstown Creamery Colby AND Cooperstown Creamery Tomme Celina. Cooperstown Creamery is owned by Gina Tomaselli. The Tomme, an Alpine cheese, has won awards at the American Cheese Society. Cooperstown Creamery sources their milk from a herd of nearby Brown Swiss cows – the protein in their milk helps create her unique cheese flavors. Gina’s cheeses have even been served at the last White House Inaugural Luncheon that began President Obama’s second term. 
Eve Kaplan-WalbrechtGarden of Eve Organic Farm & Market

Strawberries & Summer at Garden of Eve

New logo only    

  
Strawberry picking has been fun for all those visiting the farm recently. The berries are ripe and beautiful now, but plan to come soon because we have just about two more weeks of this delicious sweet fruit!

This year, in celebration of TomatoFest, we are hosting a unique virtual vegetable contest on Facebook. Read more about it in the article below and download the flyer. You can find out even more details on our website.The winner of the veggie contest will be announced at our TomatoFest event.

Also, be sure to check out the events we have coming up, especially our Tots Cooking Classes (details included in sidebar article), which begin July 10th.

Visit the farm stand for all of your gardening needs, check out our animals and even have lunch at the cafe! Find out more about what we offer on our website by clicking here. 

We hope to see you soon!
  
Eve and Chris
Garden of Eve Organic Farm & Market 
VIRTUAL VEGGIE CONTEST
ON FACEBOOK

Tomatoes  
Did you, like thousands of others, get your organic vegetable plants from Garden of Eve this year? Take a photo of the biggest, prettiest vegetables coming out of your garden to share on Facebook, and win a free garden for next year!

We hope you will enter. Find us on Facebook, then check out the details of our contest by clicking here for a flyer. 
EAT. GROW. ENJOY!

  
We invite you to the Farm Cafe for a Brunch, available Friday through Sunday! Looking for a farm fresh meal, in a relaxed family-friendly atmosphere?

Enjoy items like scones, donuts, quiche, falafel, our own pestos and dips, crudite' and more.View our menu by clicking here.

We also cater! Let us cook for your summer party. Find out more details, click here for aCatering Menu
TOTS COOKING CLASSES BEGIN
IN JULY 
Croquette Cooking Demo 1
 
Session 1: July 10-July 31
Session 2: August 7-28  
11:00 - 12:30 p.m. 
Ages 2-6
Tour the farm to gather the things we need for our recipe and learn about how they were produced. Then we'll bring them back to the Farm Market and turn them into delectable delicacies.
Fun for everyone!  
Read more or register  
on our website at: 


 
 
 
Photo: Homemade, organic cooking with ingredients from the farm.  
 
Whether enjoying lunch or a cooking class with us, you can be assured that it will be fun and fresh! Like us on Facebook for videos and updates in your news feed. Keep up with your favorite farm. Click on the icon below for a link.
 
 

TOTS COOKING CLASSES BEGIN
IN JULY 
Tomato Festival
  SAVE THE DATE
For your favorite festivals:

Saturday & Sunday,
August 16-17
10:00 - 6:00

Saturday & Sunday,
September 20-21
10:00 - 6:00 
Specials:
Montauk Daisies
Free 8" perennial (value $10.99) with every purchase of $100 or more.   

Plus, we are having a $5 and $10 sale on wooden planters, organic pest controls, and more!