Have You Joined A CSA This Season?

Hi everyone!  It’s been a while, I know.  This past month has been an unbelievable, incredible whirlwind and I promise we’ll catch up this week.  But today I wanted to write about something that is important to me as an aspiring registered dietitian, someone who cares about the health of people through what we put into our bodies.

Common HandsBack in March I was contacted by one of the local farms in the New York area, Common Hands Farm.  I wrote this fantastic post  about them and gave some detailed information on how to sign-up.  Today is the first day of pick-up and I am super excited to see all of the green goodies I get!  If you are in the Brooklyn area (specifically, Park Slope, Gowanus, Carroll Gardens, etc.) and still looking for a CSA to join for the season, Common Hands is distributing at Brooklyn Boulders.  You can still sign-up!  Stop by this evening and see what they’re all about.  Or you can e-mail Tess at hudsonlocale@gmail.com.  Or, if you were strongly considering signing up but have not yet provided payment or a contract, you can bring these with you later this evening to finalize your membership.

I always say, spending a little extra on good food to be put into your body is an investment in your own health.  Think of it as spending $25 on extending your life and the lives of your loved ones.  Believe me, one day they will thank you for making them eat their veggies. 🙂

Hope to see you at Common Hands later this evening!  Pick-up begins at 5PM and ends at 8. 🙂  Brooklyn Boulders is located at: 575 Degraw Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217.

Stay tuned for some delicious recipes I come up with using the beautiful, local, organic produce I receive from Common Hands.  So excited!!!

With love and veggies!

Common Hands CSA

Today I am posting about something that is very important to me and I assume you (yeah you) :).  You’re following my blog, obviously you have some passion, need for education, love of nutrition and healthy food and living.  Am I right?  So I have a few questions for you:

  1. Are you one of my nearly 1000 readers and live in the New York City area and/or more specifically Brooklyn?  Or do you know someone who does?
  2. If yes, how do you obtain your produce?
  3. Do you believe that fresh, organic produce should be available to all?
  4. Do you believe in sharing meals, relaxing and receiving nourishment with loved ones?
  5. Have you ever joined a CSA before?
  6. Have you considered joining a CSA this season but kind of stumped on where to go?

If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, consider  Common Hands Farm, a CSA shareholder owned farm for all your fresh-from-the-farm organic produce needs.

Common Hands

Recently the great farmers at Common Hands asked me to help get the word out about their CSA in Brooklyn.  They are working extremely hard to raise an organic farm “from the roots, up” and fulfill their mission to provide organic, healthy, fresh food to others locally around Hudson, NY as well as us city-dwellers here in NYC.  They drop-off in Brooklyn at Brooklyn Boulders in Park Slope.  If you live in Gowanus, Park Slope,  Carroll Gardens, Cobble & Boerum Hills, you’re in walking distance and it would be really easy to drop-by, do some “rock climbing” and pick-up your CSA.  Or, you can just pick-up your CSA. 😉

Common Hands is going strong.  This is their second year and they want to continue on this successful path.  But that depends on us to join-up and gain the benefits of fresh, organic produce.  When you purchase a share through Common Hands Farm you will receive an assortment (6-8 different kinds of vegetables) of seasonal organic, fresh-picked produce on a weekly basis starting in June and ending in November.  This works out to about $24 per week for produce.  $24 for 6-8 different kinds of veggies is a sweet deal and you’re supporting local organic farmers! What do you have to lose except the freshest of the fresh produce?  The produce is literally picked the day it is delivered!  How awesome is that?!

If, after reading all that you’re thinking “I’d like some more information o CSAs” or “How do I get more information on Common Hands Farm?”  here’s some more information for you (be sure to follow the links to their website and blog):

What is a CSA?  CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  It allows city-dwellers to have access to fresh-picked produce, direct from a regional farm.

How does it work? Becoming a member of a CSA means you are purchasing a share up-front from the farmer and a weekly plethora of fresh produce is then delivered to your neighborhood on a weekly basis, on a given day for you to pick-up.

What does a share typically include?  Shares typically are for an assortment of seasonal vegetables and some CSAs include a fruit share and an egg share.  Common Hands has all three.  Eggs and fruit are usually separate from the vegetables.

Finally, bringing affordable produce to the masses is something I believe is worth fighting for.  With my future degree in nutrition, as a Registered Dietitian, making healthy food accessible to all is my future career goal.  Eating fresh and natural food is a cause that is crucial to the well being of all men, women and children.  More people are now dying from food-related illnesses than hunger and the only way this can be revered is by eating right.  We can eat right by supporting those who work hard to literally put good, fresh food on our tables.  Join a CSA if you’re in an urban area and support your local farmers.  Join Common Hands Farm if you’re in the Brooklyn and/or New York City area.  This decision is one that pays forward.  Eating healthy food and produce gives you a long and healthy life.  Who could ask for more?

Look, I Made Some Juice!

In case you didn’t know I got a juicer on Sunday and I just want to say that I hugged my juicer this morning.  Really, I hugged it, and told it that I loved it.  The past two mornings I have made juice using my brand new Breville Juicer and…heaven…I’m in heaven…  It is really one of the greatest inventions ever; not to mention the health benefits it spurts out into a glass of delicious freshly-made juice.  Juicing is a good way for the body to absorb the nutrients in fruits and veggies.  It can reduce the risk for cancer, increase immunity, remove toxins, etc…

Yesterday I made organic apple, celery & carrot juice using the recipe/directions in the instruction booklet that comes with the juicer.  It made 16 ounces of a sunset orange, delicately sweet juice.  My husband had already left for work, so more for me!  

Carrots  have a ton of essential vitamins and nutrients including vitamin B6, Thaimin, Folic Acid.  But of course, carrots are most famous for their Vitamin A and Beta-carotene which give it that beautiful orange color.  These are great for the skin and vision.  Celery is slightly anti-inflammatory and a source of Vitamins K and A, Potassium and Calcium.  It may also help to lower cholesterol, high blood pressure and aid in cancer prevention.  Finally, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”  Apples are a good source of Vitamin C.

And here’s the finished product:

                                

Today I made all organic strawberry, kiwi, celery, apple & kale juice.  Strawberries are a great source of Vitamin C and also has some Calcium, Magnesium, Folate and Potassium.    Did you know that kiwi’s are technically a berry?  I didn’t!   They’re a native to Southern China.  (Learning something new every day!)  Along with other aforementioned nutrients, kiwi’s contain Vitamin E which is good for the skin and heart.  Kiwi’s are also good for thinning the blood.  Finally, kale with it’s dark green leaves is a great source of iron.  It’s also high in fiber.  It may help to prevent heart disease, osteoporosis and dementia.

Now check out this documentation:

Looks good enough to eat, right?

And the finished product:

                                      Voila:  

I happily shared this morning’s  juice with my husband.  When all stirred together the pink juice from the strawberry was overpowered by the dark green from the kale.  It looked like Naked Juice Green Machine and tasted like it too.

Tell me about your juicing adventures.  Any good recipes I should try?