Monday, October 20, 2014

Winter Squash Recipe

Winter squash recipe via our farmer, Eve.

From: Grassroots, the NY Farm Bureau Newsletter

This is happy with pie on the side
by Jennifer Jennings, District 8 Promotion and Education Representative

Check out the… tiny speckled gourds that look like pumpkins. These tiny little bundles are most often used for decoration but they hide a sweet surprise. Often called sweet dumpling squash, they make the most unbelievable pies.

To cook the squash, take of the stem and split in two. Scoop out the seeds and set on a baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F for 45 minutes or until the squash is soft then scoop out the meat. You can freeze the meat in 1 ½ cup servings for later or you can move right along and bake a pie.

Sweet Dumpling Pie

1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 eggs
1 ¼ t. cinnamon
½ t. ginger
1/8 t. nutmeg
1 t. vanilla
1 9-inch pie crust

1.    Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F
2.    In a large bowl, beat eggs slightly.
3.    Add remaining wet ingredients and mix until fully combined.
4.    Stir in spices.
5.    Pour filling into pie crust.
6.    Bake for 10 minutes at 425 degrees. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 35 to 45 minutes or until a knife comes out clean when poked into the center of the pie.

Monday, October 13, 2014

CSA Share List for 10/15 and 10/18

Farm News: We are starting to pull the first harvest of our first-ever crop of Hawaiian (via Long Island) Ginger. We received tubers in the spring, sprouted them in the greenhouse and then planted them in the warmest area we could think of, between our two hoop-houses in the ground. It looks like they grew OK, although a hotter summer would have led to more growth, these are tropical plants that love the heat. We will likely keep a portion of the crop for seed stock for next year, and will let the rest grow for awhile longer, so it can have as long a season as possible. Yes it is exciting but don’t be mad if you don’t see ginger in your share till the winter share! Eventually, it would certainly be great if we had enough to give out all season… this is our first baby step in that direction.

Our second annual Oktoberfest, and last on-farm event for the season, is October 25-26. The original idea came from our longtime collaboration and friendship with the founders of Rocky Point Artisan Brewers (RPAB for short,http://beer.donavanhall.net/rpab), who are longtime CSA members picking up at the Riverhead farm. Donovan Hall (with partners Mike and Yuri) brews the beer, and Denise Hall edits our e-news (that some of you are reading this moment!). This year the event is a fundraiser for the largest non-profit Long Island radio station, WUSB from Stony Brook. We hope you’ll join us! for info at http://www.gardenofevefarm.com/Oktoberfest.htm

Share items for Oct 15, 18 (best guess):
Broccoli 1 head or .5 lb broccoli shoots
Onions 2 pieces
½ lb arugula wild
Kale 1 bu
Cilantro, .10 lb
mesclun, .5 lb
fennel, 1 bulb
carrots one bunch
head lettuce (Romaine)
potatoes, 1 lb

Fruit share:  
WED: sekel pears 1 clamshell, mixed varieties apples 3 lbs
SAT: 1 clamshell seedless grapes, 3 lb apples

Flower share
REMINDER: Flower shares end on Oct 25 – this is the next-to-last week for flowers! (and it is your last week if you are biweekly A week flower share)

Cheese share
WED: 1 lb Goodale Farms cheese AND 1 quart Seven Stars Biodynamic Yogurt 
SAT: R&G Farms cheese  AND 1 quart Seven Stars Biodynamic Yogurt

Monday, October 6, 2014

CSA Share List For 10/8 and 10/11

Share list and news for this B-week. Reminder: this week is the pick-up for a la carte Milk Not Jails orders.

FARM NEWS: This past week we announced the beginning of sign ups for our Winter CSA Share! Winter Shares are important not only to customers who want to continue eating locally and seasonally through the winter, but also to our farm community. Because our members have supported the Winter Share over the past years, we have been able keep at least some of our great farm staff with a job year-round, so that they can support their families in a more stable way than the traditional “growing season” often allows. 
            Those who have experienced the Winter Share can vouch that it is a throwback to times before mass transportation and globalization, when Americans could get whatever they want to eat, whenever they want. Diversity remains high through the early winter, when we are able to offer both storage crops (potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, onions etc) as well as cold-hardy greens from the field. During deep winter (Jan and Feb) we look forward to giving out in addition to the storage crops, delicious, quick-frozen crops we’ve stored this fall, including green beans, broccoli, cauliflower and sweet corn. This year we made a large investment in 2 new “high tunnels”, adding more than 10,000 square feet of indoor growing space for spinach, lettuces, kale, and other hardy greens in the winter, in addition to the 10,000 feet we have already been using on the farm. These spaces are heated only by the sun, and no fossil fuels are burned to bring you farm-fresh greens all winter (or most of it)!
            We’ve also been pickling, pesto-ing, and raising chickens to prepare for winter share. These items will appear in add-on options such as the Shopping Basket share, the Locavore share, and the Meat Share. Although our Plant Share is not delivered until next May, you can sign up for it now with the rest of your shares! (or you can wait a bit as well until gardening is more on your mind!)
            All the info, and signup process is on our website at http://www.gardenofevefarm.com/WinterCSAShare.htm
            In other news, CSA members on Long Island should remember that our PumpkinFest Funpass (admission to the Kids’ Play Area, normally $10 per child) is free for CSA members. Just ask for a wristband at the register or at the entrance to the Play Area.  Each weekend till Halloween in addition to the usual play structures we have a bounce house, pony rides (1-3:30pm), organic “Corn” Maze, and more (Weather permitting).
            We’re also gearing up for Gleaning (Sunday October 19, 10am-noon) and Oktoberfest (Sat and Sun Oct 25-26, 10am-5pm). Hope to see you at some of these events!

Share items for Oct 8, 11 (best guess):
Tomatoes – still! Proud to be bringing you tomatoes in mid October!
cherry tomatoes
garlic, 1 bulb
Bok Choi, 1 head
Mesclun lettuce
Beet root
Edamame
Head lettuce, 1 head
broccoli, 1 head

Fruit share (best guess):   WED: 1 lb Concord Grapes AND Italian Autumn sweet plums AND 2 lb apples  SAT: 1 lb Concord Grapes AND  3 lb apples mixed varieties Macintosh, Gala and others.

Flower sharesunflowers and celosia

Egg share½ dozen pastured eggs

Eve Kaplan-Walbrecht
Garden of Eve Organic Farm & Market

Thursday, October 2, 2014

CSA Share List for 10/1 and 10/4

See below for share list for this A-week, a cheese and meat week. 

Farm News from Garden of Eve: Shanah Tovah to all those who celebrated (and continue celebrating) the Jewish holidays.We are hosting a Gleaning of the field on on Sunday October 19 from 10am-12pm. This is a free event (does not require RSVP) we host several synagogue groups who come out and harvest crops that are not saleable or have been left behind in the fields. Usually several hundred people come out, and about a thousand pounds of produce are donated to Island Cares Food Bank.

We are feeling relieve to make it to October and still have tomatoes! We have had late blight on the farm since July but by using our 13 years of crop management experience and organic disease control methods, we managed to have a full harvest despite this challenge. We know our CSA members like their tomatoes!

Share items for Oct 1, 4 (best guess):
Arugula
bok choi, 1 head
onions
Collard greens
Acorn or sweet dumpling winter squash, 1
Broccoli, 2 heads
Lettuce, 1 head
Tomatoes
Cilantro

Fruit share: 1 Quart Autumn sweet plums AND 2 lbs mixed apples.
Flower share: zinnias, sunflowers, celosia, cosmos, etc.
Egg share: ½ dozen pastured eggs

Cheese share: Ithaca milk goat feta, and Muranda farms Gouda. “Muranda Cheese Company features the finest in Colby, British Raw Milk Cheddar, Blue, and Red Buddy, as well as 10 other varieties not commonly found in the Finger Lakes but whose bold, full flavors you’d expect to come from this region. We are a cheese company owned and operated by the Murray family— experienced dairy farmers— because only milk that has been deemed among the highest quality in the nation can make such exceptional cheeses.”

Finger Lakes Farmstead Cheese Co.: 1 package of Goat Feta and 1 lb Mild Raw Milk Cheddar. From their website: “A few things make us different: We are owner managed, we source all of our Jersey milk from the farmers directly, and we do not rely on the electrical power grid but produce all of our electricity on site. All of our Grade A Cow Milk products are produced using non-homogenized vat-pasteurized Jersey Milk. Jersey Milk has a distinctly sweeter flavor and is creamier than that of Holstein milk.”

Meat share: beef, assorted cuts.

Also, October 1st is National Kale Day! http://nationalkaleday.org/your-brain-on-kale/

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Week 14 CSA Share List and Farm News

Note from a member who asked us to post this to the blog:

Longtime member here to say THANKS much to Melissa Goldman, who invested much time and effort in reworking the October 4 (Yom Kippur) CSA delivery for those of us who have other obligations on the date. It's never easy to coordinate logistics -- especially with an 'organism' with so many moving, human parts -- and I'd like to express my appreciation and gratitude for creative solutions to occasional 'problems.' Really grateful to be a part of this CSA community, and for our esteemed core group, who work so hard on our behalf -- thank you again, and brava, Melissa, your work is very much appreciated. 

-Helen Z.


Newsletter for this A-week (cheese week, no meat)

FARM NEWS: Our Garlic Festival is this Saturday and Sunday 10am-6pm. Of course admission is free for CSA members – as always! Tomatoes are starting to wind down and sweet corn, sadly, is done.

Fall crops are coming in. We are proud to be giving you some really nice broccoli. Without any rain over the past month, our sweet potatoes are on the small side this year. But lots of winter squash was harvested.
 
Share items for Sept 17, Sept 20 (best guess):
Garlic, 1 bulb German White variety
Lettuce, 1 head
Cherry or plum tomatoes, 1 pint
Tomatoes,
broccoli 1 or 2 heads
mesclun, .5 lb
string beans (green or yellow), .25 lb
edamame (soybean – non GMO, a rare thing these days!), 1 plant
arugula, .25 lb
cilantro, .10 lb
peppers, 2 or 3
beets, 1 bu
 
Fruit share: WED: 2 lb Empress Plums AND 1 lb (2 pieces) peaches AND 3 apples
SAT: 3 lb Blue Royale Plums, AND 2 lb Gala apples

Flower share: cosmos, gomphrena, sunflowers, etc.

Egg share: ½ doz pastured eggs

Cheese share: WED: 1 pkg raw milk cheddar cheese (Ithaca Milk) And 1 package gouda.

SAT: 1 piece Goodale Farms Mozzarella AND 1 container Greek yogurt OR fresh chèvre