Labeling GMO’s?

CSA member Pawan brought the discussion about GMO’s and a petition to have them labeled (as is already mandatory in Europe) to our attention.  Find more info and links to the petition that Pawan provided after the jump:

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2012 Starbrite Farm Event Schedule

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My father’s farm in Iowa. You can take the girl off the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the girl!

CSA Newark receives our amazing veggies from John Krueger and his stellar team at Starbrite Farm.  Each season, there are a number of events and work days.  Here’s the schedule for 2012!

June 9 & 10 – Farm Visit – 11:00AM
This will be a potluck picnic with grills available for folks to bring hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, etc. to cook. There will be tours of the fields in the afternoon. Saturday the 9th will be the primary day for the CSA groups with Sunday the 10th as a rain date and for those who would like to visit but cannot make it on Saturday. I will be inviting customers from my markets on Sunday as well. There is a u-pick strawberry farm nearby if folks would like to come early to pick strawberries for themselves. We will also try to recruit some volunteers to pick some for a shortcake dessert. More details will be provided as the date approaches.

Work parties and volunteer days – I know there are many people who would like to come out to lend a hand and I certainly can use the help. We will have 2 work parties in the spring, before deliveries begin. These will be major events when we will need as many hands as possible to assist in covering my 2 high tunnel greenhouses. On weekends both before and during the delivery season we will have volunteer days. These will be to help with transplanting, cutting up seed potatoes, and harvesting labor intensive crops like peas, and beans.  For these volunteer days members should notify me directly by e-mail of their intention to attend. Please send me an e-mail during the week prior to the event and not weeks or months ahead.            kruegerjohn [at] earthlink [dot] net

Saturday, May 12 – 10:00 AM
Work Party at Good Hand Farm to cover the greenhouse. Members should meet at – 141 Brighton Rd. Andover, NJ 07821

If you arrive late, we will be working down the street at 110 Brighton Rd.  You will see the greenhouse inside the deer fence, on the north side of the barn. Please do not enter the paved driveway between the house and the barn.  Bring gloves!

Saturday, May 26 – 10:00 AM
2nd Work party at Good Hand Farm to cover a high tunnel greenhouse that we have moved from it’s original location in Hardwick Twp. See info above for May 12. Bring gloves!

Volunteer days – These will be on Sundays at 10 AM (except 4/29), Meet at 141 Brighton Rd., Andover
Sunday April 29, 1PM. Help cut up seed potatoes and help with greenhouse transplanting.
Sunday May 6 and May 20, 10AM. Help with transplanting or greenhouse construction.
Sunday, June 24 and July 1, 10 AM- Help with pea picking.
Sunday, July 8, 10AM- Help with the garlic harvest.
Sunday, July 22 and 29, 10AM- Help with bean picking.
Sunday, August 5- Help with onion harvest

2012: season two in the making

It is 2012 and we’re dreaming once again of farm fresh veggies delivered weekly and know you must be too!  Just this week, John sent information about the upcoming season and we wanted to post it here.  Once again, we’ll need
a minimum number of members to ensure CSA Newark happens this year.  If
you know you wouldn’t dare go June-November without organic fresher than
fresh veggies, don’t delay!

The lowdown below:
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vegetable time lapse!

Thank you to CSA member Sarah for this link:

http://vimeo.com/digitalfarmcollective

The Community of CSA

CSA Newark member Andrea Lockett recently reminded us that she was reminded of the C in CSA. For community, of course!

With that in mind, she asked that we share a few exciting things going on in our community:

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Polenta Lasagna – a blog post of its own

That’s right, an entire blog post devoted to this one delectable dish.  Special thanks to Erica De Mane for this taste sensation, and to my fantastic friend Chris Campbell who attended one of Erica’s Recession Cooking Classes and passed this gem on.

I see it’s been over a month since posting.  Shame on me.  I feel confident this recipe will make up for lost time.  It’s labor intensive — I’m not going to lie.  And totally worth it.  While making my second batch the other day I questioned, “Is this really worth it?”  The answer is unanimous.  YES, it is. Continue reading

The Sauerkraut Challenge

Pretty much everything I know about sauerkraut I’ve learned from Sandor Katz.  Through his book, that is.  And what I’ve learned is that lacto-fermenting foods is actually quite easy.  I’ve found I have all this preceding worry:  What if I screw it up?  I don’t know how to do this.  It’s high maintenance, seems involved, etc., etc., etc.  Like so many things once you actually do it, it’s fine.

Not sure if this makes it look good or not, but it sure is!

Because it is so easy, and because we are halfway through the season and I don’t know about you, but I have got a bunch of reserves going on; I’m posing a challenge this week.  Accept it, or don’t.  I’ll never know;)  Here’s the deal:

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Summer Squash & Eggplant

not a summer squash or eggplant!

First, let me say that last night Marshall and I bit into a slice of Farmer John’s watermelon and it is so good I wanted to call him right away and gush.  It’s so good we’ve saved all the rinds to juice them.  You can also pickle them!

Speaking of pickling, re:  the topic at hand, there’s a great article in Wednesday’s NY Times.  And speaking of eggplant, what to do with all of it?? Continue reading

One Of My ALL TIME FAVORITE Recipes

A great resource for recipes is http://nymag.com/restaurants/recipes/.  Each week, New York Magazine features a recipe, usually centered around an in season ingredient, from a particular local chef or restaurant.  It’s worth reading the magazine just for that, and of course Maura Jacobson’s crossword puzzles (though happy for her and her retirement, we sure miss her puzzles . . . )

One of my All Time Favorite recipes is from an issue last summer and it’s called Saltie’s Romaine Dinghy.  Saltie is a sandwich shop in Brooklyn.  I’ve not been, but I just know we’d hit it off.  Prepare yourself, this sandwich is off the hook–

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Pickles!

 
 
I’m not kidding when I tell you I just made the BEST pickles I have EVER tasted.

 
 
I’m still a little in shock, and wanted to share.

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