Apr 29th, 2010
I've heard there's long waiting lists to become a member of many CSAs around the city. Park Slope's is packed, Greenpoint-Williamsburg's maxed out, and Crown Heights's, new as of last year, filled up so early that another CSA sprouted up in South Crown Heights this year. So if you're on one of those lists, here's some good news. Many CSAs in New York City still need members this season, and I dare say, you need
to get in on this before the door's closed.
Still Time to Sign Up For a CSA!
Oct 1st, 2009
Okay, it's not summer anymore, and Indian summer has not yet arrived. Instead, this is about the time of year people start taking flu shots, and sweaters and scarfs out from hibernation boxes and changing their sheets to flannel. I do all these things minus the flu shots. But I do have a good way to boost the immune -- fresh veggies and bloody, bloody, antioxidant-rich beets. To keep that blood pumping.
Aug 23rd, 2009
Some of you guys are gonna say off the bat, I don't like eggplant. And hey, that's okay. They're squishy, mushy, weird and hard to pinpoint the taste of. But I'll bet if I gave you this soup and didn't tell you what was in it (roasted eggplant), you'd slurp it to no satisfaction's end. It's smooth, creamy, cold and intensely flavorful. And sometimes, a little mystery only helps the effect.
Chilled Eggplant Soup
Jul 29th, 2009
Since so many of us have joined the frays of small farm supporting by becoming new members of CSAs, I've noticed a particular syndrome going around this summer. The symptoms? Staying in to eat lettuce heads that have piled up in the crisper over some weeks, extreme guilt about going out to eat when there's tons of food at home; passing up plans to make the weekly pick-up day and time, or feeling the need to schedule vacations around your CSA calendar. And then the danger symptom, indicating the illness has reached its next, undesirable stage: deciding to forfeit a few items from your share on a particular week, leaving them behind at the pick-up location.
How to Cope with “CSA Stress”
Jun 14th, 2009
Time to roll out the red cartons -- strawberries are in season. And local strawberries, especially those from my CSA farm, are a real treat to start the summer off with. If it weren't for these bursting-sweet nuggets of bright red, I'd never be able to make this shake half as good. No "five dollar shake" with milk and ice cream for me, please. This one's just milk, fruit, basil and ice.
Fresh Strawberry Basil Milkshake
May 10th, 2009
Imagine walking into the office of an industrial agriculture giant, the kind that produces 99% of the food we eat, and saying, "Hey, I'm really interested in learning more about agriculture. Could you tell me a few things about what you do?" Would someone jump up from behind the counter and say, "Sure, let me show you around. Let me take out valuable time from my day, put you on a haystack as we drive around the premises and I'll tell you all about it -- pick an asparagus stalk if you care!" I think you can tell I'm being facetious, but this exemplifies one of the many stark differences about small farms and farmers: that they're often more than willing to chat with you, answer your questions and help you understand where your food comes from as that one degree of separation. And I was offered an extraordinary case of this friendliness while visiting Sang Lee Farms in Long Island.
A CSA Trip to Sang Lee Farms
Apr 26th, 2009
Not so long ago, I tended to associate Long Island with being stuck in squawking traffic on the LIE and guys in wifebeaters who wouldn't think to eat an apple if the tree plopped one in his hand. True, the eastern trail of New York City never exactly conjured an agrarian idyll, replete with rustic farmstands and coastal pastures producing everything from grass-fed beef to tasty wines. But perhaps that's just the Jersey in me speaking (ironic as it may seem, New Jersey and Long Island kids have a long, stupid rivalry). Because after a trip out to Garden of Eve organic farm in Riverhead, I was introduced to a world of old-school farming values being led for the most part by young and fresh-thinking pioneers.
From Gardening to Farming: A Glimpse at Long Island’s Garden of Eve Farm
Mar 3rd, 2009
Though it may not look like it after yesterday's snowstorm, spring is right around the corner. And, more local produce is just a few weeks from sprouting through the soil. If you want to experience the seasonal harvest from an intimate perspective (i.e. eat peas in June, blueberries in July), then a great way to do so if you don't have your own garden is to join a CSA. What's that? Community Supported Agriculture, essentially buying a share of a local farm to ensure both their survival, and your constant supply of healthy, earth-friendly and fresh produce.
It’s CSA Signing-Up Time!
Dec 7th, 2008
I'm sure I'm not the only one who has this tendency: to fall in love with a certain vegetable for about a week's worth of nonstop eating at a time, then move onto the next affair. A few weeks ago this happened with beets. Afterward, it was sweet potatoes, roasted simply, with no salt and their skins intact. Now it's broccoli. Not sure why. We're old flames, though, a well-established on/off pair throughout the decades. We understand each other much more than with more novel, exciting veggies. (I had a bad date with celeriac once.) You know what I mean. It's comfortable.
Steamed Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Almonds