Thursday, October 8, 2009

Eat Local Challenge



Is it October already? This is an announcement for the 5th Annual Eat Local Challenge which takes place this month. It's hard to believe that such a simple concept -- eating as much food as possible from local sources -- has taken hold to such and extreme level and has been celebrated by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. I've seen it, and I know that you have too -- these days, everyone is talking about eating local. Many people are starting to see the wisdom in what we at the Eat Local Challenge have been discussing for a while, and it's an exciting thing to watch. 

Why do we choose to eat local? We choose to support local farmers, support our local economies, and to have a lighter footprint on the earth. When eating local is done correctly -- by using smart transportation methods to get to the market, and by combining errands -- it can lower our carbon footprint at the same time that it does great things for our community. 

Each year, we locavores take part in a month-long challenge that focuses on eating locally. This year, as in the past, the level of your eat local challenge is up to you. You can choose to try and eat locally the entire month, or you can introduce it to your family in a gradual way. Many communities take time this month to celebrate eating locally on town level -- a move that I have found to be particularly exciting, as it's a new phenomenon in the past couple years. 

The traditional Eat Local Challenge is a basic concept: commit to eating only locally grown foods for a period of thirty days. Declare "exceptions" that you will not be eating locally, and try as hard as you can to have everything else come from your local foodshed. "Local" is traditionally a 150-mile distance from your home, but can really be defined as any area near you. Some locavores choose their county, state, or region. 

This blog will be focusing on eating locally this month in a very deliberate manner. Here's how we'll be eating locally here at the Eat Local Challenge: 

Week One (through October 9): Taking Stock 

We'll take this week to reassess eating locally. Do the old eat local tenets hold up under a 2009 microscope? Where could we be doing better with eating locally? What should this month hold? 

Week Two (October 10 - 16): Personal Challenges 

How can we personally eat locally in a sustainable manner? What is the "low-hanging fruit" with regard to eating locally that we can easily change during this week? 

Week Three (October 17 - 23): Friends and Family 

Let's take this week to move eating locally out to our families. Can we convince our kids to take local apples to school instead of out-of-season blueberries? Can we ask our spouses to eat locally this week? 

Week Four (October 24 - 31): Taking it to the Community 

Week four will focus on eating locally within our communities. We can host potlucks and eat local parties, we can check in with our schools to hear whether they are supporting local farmers with their buying decisions. 

Let us know that you are participating this year by emailing us. If you have a blog or website where you'll be talking about the Eat Local Challenge, mention it in your email. If you'd like to see your work published here along the themes listed above, submit it at the same email address. Post an Eat Local logo on your site to let your readers know you're participating."

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Astoria CSA has two educational workshops coming up. We're extending
invites to you and your members. Please forward along!

Thursday, October 1
6:00-7:00 pm
Nourishing Nettles
Join Astoria CSA Core member Kristy, HHC, in rediscovering this
amazing plant once commonly used as food and medicine. Learn about the
amazing nutrients and healing properties of the stinging nettle plant,
featuring instruction on how to prepare a nourishing nettle infusion.
Includes all you need to make your own infusions at home!  $5
suggested donation (no cash on site, please make checks payable to
Astoria CSA). Supplies are limited, please go to  to sign up.
Location: ARROW Community Center, 35-30 35th Street Astoria, NY 11103

Thursday, October 15
6:30-7:30 pm
Raw Milk, the Real Deal
Join Astoria CSA President Stacey for a discussion on raw milk,
including health benefits, truth and lies in the dairy industry and
more! Stacey is the self-proclaimed NYC Milk Maid, having updated
Sustainable Table's Dairy pages. She is a food educator and board
member of the TNG. Tasting of raw dairy products will be available. $5
suggested donation (no cash on site, please make checks payable to
Astoria CSA).
Location: ARROW Community Center, 35-30 35th Street Astoria, NY 11103

Friday, September 11, 2009


markus: "it was csa bunch of leeks, 1 big onion, 2 garlics, olive oil in the bottom of a stainless steel pot. did that for like 10 min while i cubed 3 csa red potatos med sized. add spuds, cover with water some flour and Tbsp butter and a veg buillion cube. boil that till spuds are soft. blend [everything] briefly and simmer for another 15min. add some cream. salt and pepper at various stages of the game. i think maybe the potatos should be peeled but im lazy."

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Greenpoint Food Market

Greenpoint Food Market launches THIS SATURDAY Sept 12th from Noon to 6pm!
We are SUPER excited to inaugurate the weekly food market this Saturday inside the Church of Messiah located at 129 Russell Street between Nassau and Driggs Ave in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
GFM started as a nagging daydream about a market exclusively serving food lovingly produced by locals. It is a response to a burgeoning culinary movement where DIY, artisanal, and traditional methods of food-making is short of becoming normalized in Brooklyn and beyond. GFM hopes to be a support system for explorative amateur chefs and gourmands wishing to share their goods with the community and maybe even make a buck or two along the way. GFM is all about community involvement and gastronomical gratification, bringing folks together through food appreciation.
The market will be an all-encompassing sensory experience where visitors can walk from table to table sampling the goods while listening to live music and marveling at the artwork installed throughout the space, all referencing food. The convergence of art and food will not only instill potential chaos in a cozy space but also foster a unique experience utilizing all senses for savory consumption.
The market will feature a little over 30 vendors sharing tables to bring variety and community essence into the space. Hungry and curious patrons will be treated to an array of homemade goods including:
Mini pies by Py-O-My
Jam by Anarchy in a Jar
Pickles by Brooklyn Brine
Kombucha by Kombucha Brooklyn
Honey by Brooklyn Honey
Kimchee by Mama O’s
Chocolate by Taza Chocolate
Cookies by Sugarbuilt
Soup by The Soup Spoon
Soda by Pumpkin & Honeybunny
A performance involving angel cake and deviled eggs by artist Hein Koh
A bake sale residency by Sweet Tooth of the Tiger
The launch of Food + Sex magazine
Custom made tote bags by Christine Cotter
The market will also feature vegan and gluten-free baked goods, beer poached bratwurst, cocktail syrup, mini tarts and bundt cakes, herb garni, boiled peanuts, granola and coconut macaroons. These specialty prepared foods will be offered and packaged to take home or enjoy at McGolrick Park across the street.
We’d love to see you at Greenpoint Food Market. Your attendance not only supports local food production and distribution but harbors community support through sustainable practices in and out of the kitchen.
There’s always room for more vendors, if you’d like to join, just shoot us an email!
Joann Kim
646 696 0154

Saturday, August 1, 2009


"Dear CSA Core Members,

On June 30th, Resolution 2049—also known as FoodprintNYC resolution—was introduced to the New York City Council by member Bill de Blasio, and calls for a citywide initiative designed to lessen the impact the City’s food choices have on climate change through the launch of a public awareness campaign and resource mobilization to create greater access to local, fresh, healthy food, especially in low-income communities and city run institutions.  This includes setting targets for expanding institutional purchasing of local and preferably organic food and supporting the growth of urban agriculture. 

Currently, the Council Member where your CSA distribution site is located is not signed on for FoodprintNYC; however, you can change that!  We would like to ask that you make information on FoodprintNYC available to your members.  Below are a few ways to do this.

As a CSA core member, you can

  • Inform your members on the resolution and include a link to the FoodprintNYC webpage in your weekly CSA newsletter or CSA webpage (  If you receive the JustFood CSA newsletter, you can easily take our informational blurb from last week and insert it into your own newsletter!  If you don’t receive our newsletter, you can email us and let us know you would like to be added to our mailing list or sign up online (
  • Schedule a CSA call-in day – if everyone calls in on the same day, it will be more affective and would be a great community-building event.  Below is a script that can be used when calling your Council Member, as taken from the foodprintUSA webpage:

“Hello, my name is ______________ and I am a constituent.
 I live at/in ___________ (give street address or neighborhood so they know you are a constituent).
I'm calling to urge Council Member _______ to support Resolution 2049 calling for FoodprintNYC.”

  • Don’t have a webpage or newsletter yet?  Make an announcement at your CSA distribution site.  As members walk in, you can encourage them to call their Council Member before they leave distribution.  If you provide them with the telephone number and the script above, it will be quick and easy

Would you like more information on FoodprintNYC that is not listed on the FoodprintUSA webpage?  Contact Nadia at

Thank You!


Paula and Wen-Jay"

Monday, July 27, 2009


Thursday, July 16, 2009


Jay Dines will be at our next CSA pickup on 7/22
You can place orders via or calling (518) 239-8203.  
Bon appetit!


I made this fast and easy beet ginger soup.


Click here to view the Evite invitation for the upcoming farm trip.

Monday, July 13, 2009

This Week's share - 7/15/09

Collard greens
Jalapeno peppers

Sunday, July 12, 2009


      Apparently its just the beginning of zucchini season so lets start exchanging recipes because I am running out of recipes quickly. Here is my Zucchini Pasta recipe.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

A visit to the farm 7/26

Sunday, July 26th is the agreed upon date in which we will visit the farm as a group. And, we will have a picnic! I will be setting up an evite so we can coordinate travel, carpooling and what to bring. Please check back soon for more info! 

This week's share - 7/7/09

yellow zucchini
swiss chard

Monday, June 29, 2009


WED., 5-7pm beginning July 1st, 2009

Sunday, June 28, 2009

This Week's Share - 7/1/09

lettuce mix
squash blossoms
sunflower sprouts
kohlrabi (last of the season)
round zucchini

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Please share your broccoli recipes! 

Here is a simple Pasta with Broccoli recipe from my blog.

This Week's Share - 6/24/09

Now I am linking veggies to their articles on The World's Healthiest Foods.


Squash Blossoms!

What treasures these fickle floppy flowers are! And what to do with them?

lois_lane96 says:
"Terribly excited to have squash blossoms this week. We've
been dying to try them - here are some recipes I found that others
might enjoy!"

Thanks Christina!

Here's a link from Maggie:

I (Jen) battered them in egg wash and flour and fried them. Easy and delicious! 

Friday, June 19, 2009


Click here for Jen's Recipe.


Maggie: "I'm thinking we should try to reuse those containers that the lettuce mix came in yesterday.  Please wash and dry them and bring them with you next week.  Hopefully they can be reused instead of trashed."

Great idea!

Question on Fruit Share

Answer: "We do not have a fruit share this year, but Sergio does grow cantaloupe and watermelon, so we will have those in our shares when they are ready."

Kohlrabi Recipes

Gail wrote:

"On the subject of kohlrabi, I peeled the bulb and chopped it, raw, into a phenomenal green salad. Then,...
We enjoyed eating our greens last night with an improvised recipe, based on Felipe's suggestion for making collard greens. I chopped both the collard greens and the kohlrabi greens together, along with the stems, and added them to a wok after sauteing onions and garlic in olive oil, salt and pepper. I let it cook, covered, on low, while the rest of the dinner was being prepared (~20 min) and they were yummy!
- Gail "

Markus wrote:

"My Oma's recipe:

peel and slice bulb, not too thin. put it in a pot.
just cover with water and boil til soft, a good half hour.
remove kohlrabi to a bowl, save the water.
add 1tbsn butter per bulb some salt n pepper, add some boil water and
flour to thicken as needed.

I make the sauce enough so that it covers all the greens, almost like
a soup.
I made it last night and had'nt had it since i was a kid in germany. a
neat way to bring back childhood."

Jen wrote an article on the CSA and Kohlrabi Pasta. Click here to go to the article.



There is an interest in adding Meat and Eggs to the CSA pick-up. Check out Jay Dine's Produce as a possibility.


The question on whether to shorten distribution hours to minimize wait time has come up. If everyone agrees, the new hours would be 4:30-6:30pm.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

This Week's Share - 6/17/09

This week we will get:

head lettuce
swiss chard
sunflower sprouts
collard greens